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LG G5 vs. Samsung Galaxy S7: Which one is right for you?

Florence Ion | April 25, 2016
Having trouble choosing between two of this year's biggest flagships? Let us help.

If you’re an Android user and you’re looking to get the latest premium phone, you’re likely choosing between the recently-launched Samsung Galaxy S7 or the LG G5.

Both phones are impressive in their own right, but because they’re virtually similar in their hardware offerings, choosing between one or the other could be tough. You could peruse through our reviews of both the G5 ($649 on Amazon) or Galaxy S7 ($633 on Amazon) to figure out which one is right for you, or you can simply peep through an abridged version we’ve put together for you here. 

Design 

Looks are important. If your primary concern is whether your phone’s design is truly eye-catching, you’re probably going to lock eyes with the 5.1-inch Galaxy S7 first. It’s metal and glass chassis is a fingerprint magnet, but it’s an exceptionally attractive one—not to mention water resistant. You can even choose from a larger 5.5-inch Galaxy S7 Edge with curved edges if that strikes your fancy. It has all the same components and features as its smaller counterpart, but with a bigger battery. 

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A closer look at the LG G5. Credit: Florence Ion

The G5, on the other hand, is the first of LG’s flagships to be dressed in an all-metal chassis—or, as LG explains it, “microdized” aluminum. It comes with a removable battery pack and an optional swappable module called the Cam Plus that tacks on physical camera controls, though it costs an extra $70. The G5 also features a volume rocker on the left-hand side, and the Home button with embedded fingerprint scanner on the back.

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The G5 (bottom) is slightly larger than the GS7 (top). Credit: Florence Ion

Both the G5 and Galaxy S7 are prone to scratches and bruises. I discovered this well after filing my review with the Galaxy S7 variants, though there are plenty of horror stories that have cropped up since then. The G5 is also not as durable as it seems, either, and our review unit is already covered in scratches on the backside.

Performance

There’s little difference between either the G5 or Galaxy S7’s Snapdragon 820 processor. If you look at the benchmarks, you’ll notice there’s probably a bit of CPU throttling on the G5’s part, but you won’t notice it when you’re using the device.

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The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge’s Game Launchers and its accompanying tools remain unparalleled. Credit: Florence Ion

The Galaxy S7, however, does offer a software trick that enhances the mobile gamer’s experience. Its Game Tools are unparalleled. You can use them to dial down the performance of the phone so it doesn’t kill your battery, or record your game play if you’re plugged in and attempting to get your Twitch career off the ground.

 

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