If you’re an Android fan, you’re probably undecided on which smartphone to get – Samsung Galaxy S7 or LG G5. Both being released in spring, these phones are proudly offering never-before-seen features that have totally left their predecessors behind. Let’s take an in-depth look at these powerhouses that perhaps would help you in choosing.
Samsung Galaxy S7 vs LG G5: Appearance
The S7 retains its familiar look except it has finally gotten rid of the camera bump. Besides fitting so well in the hand, another plus is its waterproof and dustproof abilities.
The G5 body is now housed in a unibody all-metal suit that makes it really distinguishable. Another G5 advantage, and the first smartphone to ever have it, is the swap-out modules at the bottom so the user can easily pop out the battery and replace it.
Besides the battery module, there are also other modules available such as the Cam Plus and the Hi-Fi Plus. The Cam Plus lets you use the G5 like a traditional camera, while the Hi-Fi Plus caters to music lovers with its HD audio playback.
Samsung Galaxy S7 vs LG G5: Display
Both phones have Quad HD screens with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels. Size-wise, the G5’s 5.3-inch screen is a tad bigger than the S7’s 5.1-inch display. But if you don’t care much for that 0.2-inch difference, you’ll like Samsung’s AMOLED screen better making colors pop more than the G5’s IPS LCD technology.
Samsung Galaxy S7 vs LG G5: Power
Both powers are run by the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, which is a quad-core chip consisting of a dual-core, 2.15 GHz Kryo CPU and a dual core, 1.6 GHz Kryo CPU.And that’s not it –their 4 GB RAM can’t be beat either.
Samsung Galaxy S7 vs LG G5: Battery and Storage
The Galaxy S7 wins by 7 percent more with its 3,000 mAh battery compared to the LG G5’s 2,800 mAh unit. Samsung’s AMOLED screen and special liquid cooling system to keep systems cool will certainly help in lengthening the phone’s battery life.
But don’t cross out the G5 just yet. It does have the advantage of a slide-out battery. So if you run out of juice in the middle of the day, just swap in your extra battery and you’re good to go. The only question is how much these extra batteries are going to cost.
Both phones have a fast-charging feature because of Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0, but Samsung’s wireless charging is an attractive feature.
Storage capacity is a tie between the S7 and the G5 with their 32 GB, plus the ability to add additional storage with a MicroSD slot.
Samsung Galaxy S7 vs LG G5: Camera
These brands are known for their advanced camera features compared to other Android phones, and they’ve become bigger and better. The G5 can utilize a dual rear camera so you can take panoramic photos without having to put multiple photos together. The regular camera is 16 MP, while the wide-angle camera is 8 MP.
The Galaxy S7 has improved a lot more since the S6 and has considerable advantage compared to the iPhone 6s Plus in low-light conditions. Its camera also features a fast auto focus, thanks to its new dual-pixel technology. The S7 downed its megapixels from 16 to 12, however, but despite the lower megapixels, the quality still speaks volumes.
Definitely not an easy choice, but I would be making that pre-order on the Galaxy S7 myself. It’s certainly a great-looking phone, if not one of the best out there, and the vast upgrade from the S6 makes it an undeniable winner. Add to the fact that Samsung has decided to bring back the MicroSD card slot, even though the removable battery is still a no-show on the S7.
But if you want to own a daring phone and enjoy its unique modules, consider the LG G5, especially if you’re a power user, a shutterbug, or an audiophile.
|Samsung Galaxy S7||LG G5|
|Size||142.4 × 69.6 × 7.9 (mm)||149.4 × 73.9 × 7.7 (mm)|
|Weight||152 grams||159 grams|
|Screen||5.1-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED||5.3-inch IPS LCD Quad HD quantum|
|Resolution||2,560 × 1,440, 577 ppi||2,560 × 1,440, 554 ppi|
|Always On Display||Yes||Yes|
|OS||Android 6.0.1, with TouchWiz||Android 6.0.1 with LG UX|
|SD Card Slot||MicroSD, up to 200GB||MicroSD, up to 2TB|
|Processor||Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820||Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, MU-MIMO, LTE, HSPA+, USB 2.0, NFC||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, LTE, HSPA+, USB Type C, NFC|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth 4.2||Bluetooth 4.2|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, ambient light, barometer, Geo-magnetic, gyroscope, proximity, hall, heart-rate||Accelerometer, ambient light, compass / magnetometer, gyroscope, proximity
|Fingerprint Sensor||Yes, front home button||Yes, back panel|
|Rear Camera||Dual Pixel 12MP with OIS and f/1.7 aperture||Dual rear lenses – 16MP main and 8MP wide-angle (135 degrees) with OIS|
|Front Camera||5MP with f/1.7 aperture||8MP|
|Quick Charge||Yes, Quick Charge 3.0||Yes, Quick Charge 3.0|
|Wireless Charging||Yes, Fast wireless charging||No|
|Waterproof/Dust Rating||IP68||None (perhaps more vulnerable than a normal phone due to modular design)|
|Colors||Black Onyx, Gold, Platinum||Silver, Titan (charcoal), Gold, Pink|
|Expansion Modules||No||LG Cam Plus & LG Hi-Fi Plus with B&O Play|
|Marketplace||Google Play||Google Play|