Samsung Galaxy S7 vs LG G5: Which phone impressed you the most?

by: Jimmy WestenbergFebruary 22, 2016
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Samsung and LG flagship handsets have been quite similar for many years, but that’s certainly not the case this year. The newly-announced Galaxy S7 / Galaxy S7 Edge and the LG G5 couldn’t be further apart from one another when it comes to design and feature set, but that’s not a bad thing at all.

The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are more iterative upgrades over their predecessors, with just a few minor tweaks and improvements thrown in. Both feature Quad HD Super AMOLED displays, either a Snapdragon 820 or Exynos 8 Octa processor and 4GB of RAM, 12MP cameras with larger 1.4µm pixels, microSD expansion up to 200GB and an IP68 rating for water and dust resistance.

The LG G5 on the other hand is the more experimental of the two, with LG going for a completely revamped design, software and hardware experience this time around. The G5 comes with a 5.3-inch LCD Quad HD display, a Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, a 16MP rear camera, microSD expansion up to 2TB and a modular design.

All three handsets bring a lot of different things to the table, so we’re sure not everyone out there will be in love with all three. Tell us — which smartphone at MWC 2016 impressed you the most? Is it the Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge or LG G5?

Of course, we’d love to hear your full thoughts on these devices in the comment section below, so let us know what you think! And be sure to check out our other coverage on these smartphones as well:

  • I expect Samsung to always lose in polls on this site. Its where most of the Samsung haters are.

    • Gonna have to go with lgg5 and not because I’m a samsung hater (on the note4 and love it). I’m very interested with the ability/options of the modules. Interested to see what modules will be released and their additional features.

      • sevastian

        Yeah, the S7 is a monster in every aspect, but the G5 can be an innovation as long as third party manufacturers make modules. (I have myself a note 4 too, amazing device indeed).

        • chaos_envoys

          S7 is good, but no removeamble battery is a big NO for me.. My note 4 is really good, but on moderate uses, it only get through 10-12 hours, meaning I need to charge it at noon.. Good thing I can just swap the battery and it’ll go 100% in no time~ So I’ll change my note 4 to G5 is seems~

          • Dennis Furlan

            The S7 edge has a battery that is almost 30 percent larger than that of the G5, and the battery on the Note 6 will no doubt be even larger. I suspect many users will prefer a base device with significantly longer battery life versus one that needs a swappable backup.

  • Kadri246

    Samsung removed the IR Blaster so LG will succeed my S6 Edge in a few months.

    • Daggett Beaver

      You beat me to it. I was going to say, “Cue the whining about the IR blaster by people who can’t afford a $5 universal remote.”

      • Jonathon Rios

        I can never find my damn remotes, plus the damn things take batteries, my phone is always on my person. I think an IR blaster is fairly practical.

        • Daggett Beaver

          Each to his own, I guess. My phone has an IR Blaster, and I never use it. I’ve installed a number of remote apps for it just to try it out, and it works, but I still never use it.

          I don’t lose my remotes, and I find using them more convenient. The only thing I liked about using the phone as a remote was the ability to use the keyboard to enter text. So I bought a $15 universal remote that has a hardware qwerty keyboard. Problem solved.

          As for batteries, I get a cheap mega-pack of AAs and AAAs from Costco. I’m never out of batteries.

          If you have an S6 or something, that would be most ironic. “I don’t like that my phone doesn’t have a removable battery” and “I don’t like that my remote has removable batteries”. ;)

          • Jaime

            Well I use it to control my tv, cable box and home theater in my home, but is also programed to change automatically to my mother’s set up when I’m visiting. My workplace has several conference rooms and I’m able to control all the projectors or TV’s without having to go to the help desk only to get the corresponding control for the room. I know not everyone uses it as much, but FOR ME, it is a wonderful feature (one that has made many of my peers to change phones)

          • ASYOUTHIA

            ” My phone has an IR Blaster, and I never use it”

            Says the person who can’t afford a T.V.

          • Phillip

            The IR blaster was cool for all of one day then you hardly ever use it again. . Like you pointed out what about the other people in your house . My remote sits right on the table next to the couch where it belongs and it works better . With the ones on my phone it was always kind of uncomfortable to use

          • Jonathon Rios

            Lucky for me the current phone I have is the Note 4 so I can replace the battery. I use Peel for comcast, and chromecast handles most of my streaming, if I want to watch a movie stored locally on my computer THEN i have to use the roku remote so I can stream my downloaded movies from my computer through PLEX to my tv. It works for the most part. Using my phone as a remote is nice for restaurants and bars where you want to turn the volume up or change the channel because nobody is even paying attention.

        • KeyserSoze

          What good is using a phone as a remote when it’s always in your pocket and no one else besides you can use it? You’re gonna have to have stand-alone remotes no matter what. Carbon batteries are dirt cheap, buying alkalines that costs a lot more is not necessary.

          • Jonathon Rios

            I live alone so I have no need, unless my cats decide they want to watch something and come tell me. The only time I require a remote is when I want to use my Roku instead of my Chromecast and that’s when I want to stream a movie from my computer through the PLEX app.

      • Dennis Furlan

        I use the IR blaster on my S6 edge not because I’m cheap but because I’m on my device a lot while watching TV and a) don’t want to always switch to my remote, and; 2) I can leave my remote with others in the room, if they want it. So, it’s a feature I’ll probably miss in any future Samsung device.

        Having said that, I do use wireless charging on my S6 edge. It allows me to station the device beside my bed, including using it as an alarm clock. The LG G5 lacks wireless charging.

        So, there are tradeoffs with both devices.

        • Eric Jensen Michels

          I use it because I an at a fends house or any place with a TV and go no problem, give me a min and I can controll everything

  • adevx5

    Too early to tell. I want to see some low light photo’s from the S7. But I’m rooting for Samsung on this one.

  • Daggett Beaver

    The S7 Edge, by a huge margin. LG could have made the G5 more attractive if they had named it the LG G Spot. Then women would buy it knowing they could hide their phone and their boyfriends would never find it.

    • ajftl250

      huh? lol u have problems

      • Nickname303

        No, he’s just got a sense of humour, try getting one sometime

    • ASYOUTHIA

      Nailed it!

    • Nickname303

      Best comment so far! Lol

    • Aris Routis

      It should be called LG A line, A as Anal, or LG B line , B for Butt…

      You get the gist anyways… :P

  • apolloa

    I like the S7 because it’s the closest to the physical size of a phone I like. Not sure if I’ll buy one but I will certainly take a look at the phone.

  • vmxr

    im impressed with LG efforts on G5 its a new generation of smartphones

  • charlie Jason

    Samsung is killing it this year with useful enhancements rather than silly gimmicks.
    Much bigger battery, much btter display, much bigger camera pixels, IP68, and last but definitely not least, minimal camera bulge.

    • abn

      At least with Lg you get a bag to carry all that crap around with you. They could have made the speakers the standard do away with module. 2 they really could had done more with the camera the concept was there another waste. Just trying to make more money. Just imagine if the phone had all that stuff built into it and bigger battery then all you would have to wait on was the performance. Then again its Lg what did you expect.

      • LG is innovation. duh. it doesn’t necessarily want to sell more, but to innovate!!!
        LG was: first releasing a 1080p & 1440p screen phones (G2 and G3), and now first to implement modular design.

        Also, if you get the camera module, you get 4000Mah. just sayin.

        • Toss3

          And with the battery-case for the S7 Edge you get 6700mAh just sayin.

          • thick and ugly though.

          • charlie Jason

            Not as ugly as LG G5 with double bulge. One at each end. :D

          • oh cmon, it looks like a compact camera with the camera module ;)
            I’d prefer this over a 5cm thick phone ;)

          • charlie Jason

            Imagine how it’s gonna feel is your pocket though.

          • like a super thing compact camera? hahaha
            Or maybe a dyck pressing against me. I’d enjoy that tbh

          • Eric Jensen Michels

            They are opening the mods up, they put out that size, wait until a 3rd party comes out with one 3 times that size

        • Dominick White

          Htc was the first to release a 1080 P phone

        • abn

          Everybody wants to sell more. But the majority wanted sam instead of Lg. Remember my young friend It all starts with the phone. They just dont get it.

      • Nickname303

        If all that stuff was built into the basic phone it would be the size of a small child!

        • abn

          They are supposed to big the big innovators. Innovate then. Like I said sone of that stuff should have been built into the phone thats The Real. Just last ditch effort to over take Sammy. Phone still gonnna be crap in the end

          • Nickname303

            Innovating is one thing, denying the laws of physics is something entirely different!

          • abn

            Im falling asleep. You dont get it do you?
            Phones have advanced to the point where you almost dont need a pc no more. Thety would have been Shßt if they packed most. Of that into the phone. But like I said we always go bk to performance. There they fall

    • Apury

      much better display? Isn’t it still a 1440p SAMOLED like .. last year and maybe even the year before? <.<

      • charlie Jason

        Color gamut keeps on getting wider, not to mention the gap between the glass and the panel keeps on getting smaller. Besides, by better I mean it’s better than LG’s display.

    • Ismail Akram

      Yes so now only HTC left to show his cards. Of course it’s in bad shape but till 2014 it competed so well with Samsung yes not in sales but in generally making good phones. What matters to me what they make not how many they sell it.

    • Nickname303

      Tell me, if Samsung had come up with the module idea and put it in the S7, would you and many other people be calling it a gimmick? I suspect you’re a Samsung fanboy and if the S7 had modules you would be calling it an excellent innovation! Samsung is now just the Apple of the Android world. It has loads of fanboys who will buy their phone no matter what and will always think there’s nothing else to even consider buying because nothing can possibly compare with their beloved Samsung. I don’t care who’s name is on a phone, I just choose the one that has the best for my requirements. I applaud LG for doing something different instead of just slightly tweaking the previous generation of their phone. Maybe it will work or maybe it won’t, but at least it’s another option for the consumer and that’s never a bad thing. What new option does the S7 offer the consumer?

      • charlie Jason

        Oh my friend, you are making so many cynical assumptions.
        I will be the first to point out that Samsung has always been the most gimmicky android manufacturer out there. In fact I am holding a 6P here in my hand, arguably the least gimmicky, most simplistic android experience available. But this year, the S7 is straight up superior to everything we’ve seen so far, including the G5.
        5.1 inch S7 has 3000mAh, 5.3 inch LG has 2800mAh plus massive camera bulge. Samsung’s AMOLED is still by far the best display. IP68 without any flap or awkward port shield, that’s quite uncommon. Going with one single good camera rather than two, of which neither is good at low light.
        If Samsung came up with an ugly camera bulge plus an unnecessary, gimmicky modular system, I will definitely call them the kings of gimmicks, just like they used to be. But you have to admit, the enhancements with the S7 are practical and intuitive.

  • Yolø23

    S7 edge because it’s water resistant and it’s insane good at gaming because of vulkan. It might not be a removable battery in the S7 edge but it has 3600mah and fast wirless charing. The G5 only have 2800 maybe that’s why you have to change your battery because it’s so small. And the G5 still has an ugly UI

  • Jeena Bittenbender

    LG G5 without a doubt. It blew me away. I so can’t wait to own one, and that ball will entertain my cat for hours….

  • Sami Cooper

    LG. Samsung made the phone they should have, last year. LG innovated.

  • Sage Brenner

    G5, I love modding!

  • Alex Brissot

    Only a blind man would consider G5 over S7.

    • Bur

      Impression? G5. Which one will I buy? S7. The G5 isn’t that good looking (sadly).

      • Ismail Akram

        Having note 5 I think same about s7. What is really new?

        • Dennis Furlan

          How about numerous upgrades, including much bigger batteries and an SD slot? Have you even looked at the specs?

          • Ismail Akram

            I am only fascinated by s7 edge bigger battery. I am heavy user real heavy user so I will give S7 edge a try if it last me through the day. If it is so I might keep it for long. I was expecting pressure display

          • Phillip

            The battery in both my gs6 edge plus and my note 5 last me a day . And that’s with Bluetooth headset and watch . Trust me the gs7 should be a beast in the battery front

          • Ismail Akram

            I trust you on this ;) I had note 5 and it had pretty great battery so S7 edge with bigger batter and more efficient component it should be top on battery timing. Only time I was disappointed was HTC One M9 which had bigger battery and better chipset but actually that turned out too bad

    • Fornavn Etternavn

      Then there’s many blind people in this world

      • KeyserSoze

        Blind people have no taste.

        • Shogun

          Some care for camera, some for audio. From my experience, a audiophile DAC/amplifier make a night and day difference. For audiophile, LG G5 easy.

          • Toss3

            But why not just get the V10 instead? We still don’t even know how much the dac/amp combo is going to cost, and why would you invest that much money when you have no idea of whether it is going to be compatible with newer phones? Just buy an external dac/amp instead, as that is a much much wiser investment.

          • 3165dwayne

            The 808…

        • ASYOUTHIA

          I think you have a dull palate

          • KeyserSoze

            I think you’ve gone blind from shooting yourself in the eye playing too much skin-flute.

          • ASYOUTHIA

            I think I left you with a salty taste in your mouth

          • KeyserSoze

            WRONG! You’re too blind to see that you’ve shot gallons into your own mouth cuz you enjoyed the taste immensely.

          • ASYOUTHIA

            If I wanted the comeback I’d wipe it from your chin, bro

          • KeyserSoze

            You troll me I troll you 10x more. Give it up, son!

          • ASYOUTHIA

            You stop to catch your breath while I’m still going HAM, boy!

          • KeyserSoze

            Weak. You’re not even a worthy troll.

          • ASYOUTHIA

            Why you think I’m trolling?

      • Marian Zamfir

        50% of those who voted ;)

        • ASYOUTHIA

          51% now

    • Jack Silsan

      Specially with this G5 design. Floppy

    • ASYOUTHIA

      The S7?? Oh you mean the S6+

      • Nallaikumaran

        Thank you sir…..for having a fully functional brain, Oh you are Blind.

        • ASYOUTHIA

          You’re absolutely right! The edges being more curvy makes it a brand new design! I was now blind but now I can see!

          • Aris Routis

            So perhaps you see the outside of the device. Now, check the actual implementation and pray tell if this is just a + on the S6.

          • ASYOUTHIA

            Double checked, still the same, oh and now more water resistant

          • Aris Routis

            Ip68 better cpu better camera better battery micro sd and better display better edge utilization and less bezels but hey ok I will take your word

          • ASYOUTHIA

            Oh, so instead of the + I should have said the “s” model like Apple. That’s what they’re turning into.

          • Dennis Furlan

            That’s a laugh. Despite Apple’s commercials, very little changes with the s models, while significant upgrades come with the S7 phones, including a larger screen for the edge model.

          • ASYOUTHIA

            I’ll give you that, there’s more changes from different versions of Sammy phones than there is with apple phones, but the design is 4% different than the s6

          • Dennis Furlan

            I think you’re working with a 4% IQ.

          • Aris Routis

            It is not an “S” per apple naming convention model. What it is is exactly what S6 was to S5 plus things that were missing to S6, like microSD and IP68 for instance.
            Of course, there are those that would really like to see this as an “S” upgrade, but alas, that is not the case.

    • Nate

      The Average Consumers will choose S7 over G5.. the G5 looks so Ugly as Hell… Yes G5 was revolutionary, But on a day to day life of a person, who wants to bring more items in their pockets (these modules), and not everyone can spend money to buy these modules, for just getting extra camera controls? or added Hi-fi sounds.. thats business.. And it’s 2016, who needs removable battery?…. The S7 is a total package with more useful specs, rather than the gimmicky modules.. So, Yes i agree with you, people loving the G5 are only blinded from what they see..

      • Ivan Budiutama

        Or people who preferred options? As in choices? I mean some ought to put some feature like “boom sound” or loud speaker at their phone, for USD 100 addition price on the phone. Some prefer to get a headset instead, and never use the so called loud speaker, so G5 is better option, IMHO

      • Ismail Akram

        Average consumer will choose S7 also only cuz its Samsung phone.. Most people like to own things which are well known. so like iPhone or now Samsung phones.. When you show to average user S7 and he asks whats new in S7 what you tell her? Big battery, SD Card water proofing. wasn’t S5 had those.. whats really new? hmm it got 12MP camera ;) but S6 had 16MP that is bad.. If we remove LG from LG G5 and Add Samsung it will sell double than what LG will sell now.

        • charlie Jason

          You forgot to mention IP68 is achieved without any awkard flap or port shield, battery size is even bigger than S5, 12MP overall sensor size much bigger than any previous Samsung phone, biggest aperture out of any phone, fastest focus out of any phone, and best display out of any phone.

        • Nickname303

          Exactly

        • Phillip

          The LG g4 had removable media and battery and didn’t sell same as the V10 . The only LG phones I ever see in the wild . Are the cheap ones you get from boost mobile

      • Nickname303

        Ok, so people who can’t afford to buy the modules for the G5 will also not be able to afford the S7 either because of its stupidly high pricetag.

        And who needs a removable battery? Well, maybe people who want to be able to slot in a fully charged spare battery when their phone dies? Maybe someone who wants to know that if the battery breaks they can simply put a new battery in it and carry on, rather than either having to send the phone for repair or even have to replace the whole device? BTW, I know 2 people who’ve owned Samsung’s and their battery failed.

        And regarding the modules – at least LG are trying something different. Maybe it will take off, maybe it won’t, but at least they’re not just playing it safe like Samsung etc. If it wasn’t for people trying to innovate like this our phones wouldn’t be where they are today.

        You’re the one with the eyesight problem because you’re being very short-sighted with your views.

    • calmdownbro

      After owning an S3, S4, Note 4, I would pick the LG G5 anytime.
      Good luck buying a Galaxy and ending up receiving no updates after half a year.

      • Hans Pedersen

        Which of those three mobiles you’ve “owned” stopped getting updates after six months?

        • Phillip

          He’s just trolling don’t mined him anybody that’s owned a LG phone knows that there Hella slow much worse than Samsung

        • Evan Willis

          All the three of them. The S3 got cut off with KitKat, and the S4 got cut off with Lollipop, as well as the last update for the Note 4 being Marshmallow. And that’s not even here yet

          • downhilldude

            And all of that happened within 6 months of buying the phone?! BS!!!!

          • Evan Willis

            Galaxy S5 sure as hell did. I’m typing this out on KitKat on my GS5

          • downhilldude

            You just bought an S5? What are you doing on this website? That phones been out for just about 2 years! Everyone else on here buys the latest devices. Say “Hi” to your grandchildren for me…

          • Evan Willis

            Yeah, and I’m getting a new phone soon, because I got stuck with ATT. I just got done saying that this phone has shit updates. Im switching to the Nexus 6P as soon as I have some fucking money you insensitive prick

          • downhilldude

            LOL! Cheers!

          • downhilldude

            FYI, just went to check my GS5, and found that it got the Lollipop update in September, 2015. It launched in April 2014, so firmware support was over a year. I think if they support it past the model that replaced it, it’s not all that bad.

      • Ismail Akram

        Then maybe you should also not consider G5. Maybe next HTC phone or nexus. Nexus is best in updates but HTC isn’t bad especially if you buy there flagship phones and also especially if you are in USA ;)

        • Dude I have an LG G3 and have Marshmallow. LG is the third best (behind Motorola & Nexus) in terms of software updates.

          • Ismail Akram

            Yes and I have HTC One M8 and I have Marshmallow from Christmas. about 24th of December which is almost 2 month ago.. beside for newer devices like HTC One A9 they even given monthly patches which no other company doing..

          • you’re a big HTC fan :P

          • Ismail Akram

            Without a doubt ;) but I admirer too like S7 is awesome just not much changed iPhone is great with not great camera but smooth and quick with slow scrolling. S7 is like close to perfect phone better than 6p it seems which I have now

      • Phillip

        Dude LG is the slowest and the worst company for upgrading and that’s a fact. My buddies LG flex is still on 4.4 and my old s4 is at least on 5.0

      • HeatFan786

        Pick up a HTC M10 or Nexus 6P. You would appreciate their update schedules a lot more than LG. Life isn’t that great with LG.

    • Ismail Akram

      Only stupid man will say that.

    • sachouba

      I agree with you, and I’m going to buy the S7, but the G5 is the one that impressed me the most by its singularity : dual camera, modular design,…
      The S7 is clearly the best of the two, but it’s not that impressive when it comes to innovation.
      This is why I voted for the G5.

      • Sam

        Totally agree!

    • Nallaikumaran

      In fact, G5 Add-ons and accessories not free.

    • Nallaikumaran

      G5 design is ugly, Removable battery ok, But G5 modules and accessories are not free (LG CAM Plus or LG Hi-Fi Plus slot..) But Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge more features. Also Samsung VR free. S7 is a perfect smartphone.

      S7 and S7 Edge- Best processor (“Thermal spreader” Water cooling technology to avoid the phones overheating), Best display, Best camera (Dual Pixels camera – A first in the smartphone world), Fast wireless charging, Water-resistant (IP68 rating), Hybrid dual-SIM slot. Samsung Pay (NFC + MST), Edge UX, Heart-rate sensor and more. S7 and S7 Edge has the best in every single corner. And G5 still falls short against the S7 and S7 Edge on everything.

  • Nikolay Nikolaev Yanakiev

    Such a huge disappointment….Samsung is apparently not allowing adoptable storage, meaning that everyone in Europe will be stuck with 32 gb minus whatever is reserved for the OS.

    Well, I was very close to buying my first ever Samsung phone.

    LG has gone down the same route as well- such a pity.

    • Daggett Beaver

      LOL adoptable storage. Nobody but a geek even knows what that is. And it would be a nightmare for consumers, anyway. microSD cards are slower, and they die, and when they die, they bite the big one. Everything is gone. I pity the po fool who uses adoptable storage and has their microSD die. Even the Nexus phones don’t have to worry about adoptable storage (no microSD slot).

    • Apury

      Dafuq are you talking about? In which “Europe” do you life? I can buy a 96gb version that includes a 64gb MicroSD. It also has the 128GB micro SD slot mentioned on every carriers site.

    • didymus03

      You can still use the SD slot to store all of your media, files, documents, etc.. It is a rare person who uses up 30ish Gb with just apps.

  • Mostafijur rahman

    LG g5 obviously…. Samsung have not improved huge with the s7 from the s6,but LG improved a lot with the g5 from the g4….g5 is lot more attractive and innovative

  • J. Valenz

    The edge got my attention. And I hope its a way cheaper than last year . Who am I kidding?

    • Jaime

      It’s supposed to be €50 cheaper.

  • KeyserSoze

    It sucks that we had to unnecessarily wait a whole year for the S7 which should have came out in 2015 as the S6. Kinda anti-climatic the S7 is. Oh well, at least it’s finally here and it’s spectacular. It’s the best smartphone yet… after the Note6 of course. They will sell a gazillion of these, makes for a very exciting 2016. LG G5’s aesthetics is sht by the way, looks like that goofy Nexus 6P, just a generic gold phone. G4’s leather back was way more classy.

    An important question: will S7 be upgraded to Android N and will S8 come with N at launch? I think G5 will likely get the N upgrade when that OS becomes available.

  • Seenzoned

    both… but kudos to G5 for innovation

  • gubagub

    I have seen many complaints about the S7 with respect to the S6. But other companies also do “tick-tock” platform changes and refinements. For example, Intel and Apple. Samsung refined the issues they had with the S6. They couldn’t have just released the S7 last year. If they did, it would’ve had a Snapdragon 810 or the Exynos in the S6. They addressed the complaints people had about the the S6 like grip, battery life, SD card, etc. Since when have people complained about the lack of SD cards on Nexus phones? Google still couldn’t care less. I think those who bought the S6 have good reason to experience buyer’s remorse, but everyone else ought to consider having dodged that “Gen 1” product.

    Which brings me over to LG. They deserve a lot of credit for trying something very different this time around. The G5’s modular design is bringing to market what Google’s Project Ara has been touting for years. Plus, they are still catering to an important part of the their customer base: the Korean market. Korean power-hungry customers are used to getting extra batteries and other goodies with their purchases. Korean shops are highly competitive so they go far beyond what Americans are used to in warranty service. That keeps people coming and creates an opportunity for accessory sales. It’ll be harder to mass market accessories in the US. I doubt LG will let third parties develop add-ons freely so the types of accessories will be limited. Lastly G5 is firmly a “Gen 1” device too, so it might be safer to get the G6 when it’s clear which direction LG will take, and has the chance to address any unforeseen complaints.

    • gubagub

      I’ll wait for the in depth reviews before deciding. Both devices should be equally capable at the core due to the similar specs. I’m mostly interested in the camera performance and battery life for differentiation. My current device has a removable battery. It’s much faster to plug in the charger or a portable battery than mess with swapping batteries and rebooting. Larger battery capacity doesn’t help if the device drains it quickly so we’ll see.

      • didymus03

        I understand your point but disagree for me personally. I have a few batteries and a separate charger for batteries. I don’t know what is faster (currently before someone finally does hot swapping) than going from any percent of battery to 100% in about 30 seconds. I never carry a charger with me (just a battery that is a few credit cards thick), my phone is never plugged in and I’m always just 30 seconds away from full battery. Having to charge the dead batteries may take time, but I don’t have to be around while that is happening and with more than 2 batteries I never run out before the next one is charged. Quick charging needs to go from 0 to 100% in about 5 min to be more convenient for my lifestyle.

        Realistic near future perfection for me is a phone that offers removable battery with hot swapping (not having to turn the phone off) and a separate fast charger for spare batteries.

        • Chesz Heaven-

          Then ask the oems to create a UPS (uniterruptible power supply) like thing for smartphones so that when you change battery the power is still on..

        • Ichibanmugen

          Unfortunately haven’t seen hot swappable batteries in phones, the stupid thing is also that it does not work to keep it on the charger either unlike laptops etc. In the past some laptops had hot swap batteries but these had 2 batteries. If LG really wanted to market this properly they had to build a tiny battery that would last long enough for replacing the battery, or put the phone in a “battery replacement state” with some kind of capacitor.

    • Kievan Al-Hassan

      LG certainly deserves credit for going ahead with something radical like the G5 and the “Friends”. But it’s arguably not a very good looking phone and the accessories that seem questionable and a bit rushed. Though I’d totally grab the robot ball if I could afford it :P.

    • Nallaikumaran

      G5 design is ugly, Removable battery ok, But G5 modules and accessories are not free (LG CAM Plus or LG Hi-Fi Plus slot..) But Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge more features. Also Samsung VR free. S7 is a perfect smartphone.

      S7 and S7 Edge- Best processor (“Thermal spreader” Water cooling technology to avoid the phones overheating), Best display, Best camera (Dual Pixels camera – A first in the smartphone world), Fast wireless charging, Water-resistant (IP68 rating), Hybrid dual-SIM slot. Samsung Pay (NFC + MST), Edge UX, Heart-rate sensor and more. S7 and S7 Edge has the best in every single corner. And G5 still falls short against the S7 and S7 Edge on everything.

    • neonix

      I’m with you. I don’t know why people expect a radical redesign every year. Maybe it’s because smartphones have gotten so good—even cheaper ones—that advancements are stagnant and people easily get bored with their device and seek a new thrill.

      And I also agree that the G5 seems pretty rough around the edges and will be a testing grounds for the G6, which will refine the concept a lot.

  • KeyserSoze

    LG has always been about useless gimmicks: volume/power buttons on the back, GFlex curved screens, V10 mini LCD 2nd screen, and now the G5’s swapable bottom. So far none of their gimmicks caught on. Can’t fault them for trying but I CAN fault them for failing.

    • ASYOUTHIA

      S-Pen? Hahaha

      • ‘noughsaid

        S-Pen is a “gimmick” that has been present in Samsung’s flagships for 5 generations, and LG also ripped off the S-Pen/Galaxy Note with the LG G Stylo/LG Stylus 2. The new Stylus 2 has an off-screen memo menu, like really? Even the menu seems identical to the Note 5’s off-screen memo menu.

    • at least they try new stuff, instead of staying on the safe side, and then copy others and call it innovation.

      What Lg is doing s taking away the innovation part out of the tongue of other companies :P

  • David Coleman

    Love the modular design of the G5!

  • Shogun

    LG G5, because of his audiophile DAC. I own the ZTE Axon that has a HiFi DAC and can play FLAC music files. I’m so impressed by its audio quality that I’m will never going back to compressed music format.

    • KeyserSoze

      Meh, HiFi sound isn’t a big deal on a phone because well, it’s just a phone as opposed to a home/car stereo system. I mostly use decent quality headphones for music and movies anyway, sounds plenty good enough.

      • Shogun

        I’m using auxiliary input for my car. The ZTE Axon change the audio quality from Civic from not very to good enough, compare to my previous Sony Z. I can listen to music with the speakerphone and be impressed. It never come to my mind to listen that way with the Sony because its sound too bad. I wish I have a quality headphone like the Oppo MP-3 to try the headphone output. Anyway, for me, a audiophile DAC and FLAC playback is mandatory.

        • KeyserSoze

          Does your Civic not have support for MP3/Flac playback from an SD card? Wouldn’t that be better than having to plug your phone into your car stereo every time you’re in the car?

          • Shogun

            My 2009 Civic has low end quality audio hardware. I have remove the CD playback input and place aux input instead. My ZTE Axon has a audiophile DAC and amplifier and it sound is far superior.

          • KeyserSoze

            I recommend getting the $359 GA5172F Android 8″ touchscreen Nav/Audio/Infotainment system for your Civic from Eonon dot com, it’s probably about half the cost of the G5 phone.

  • Guest

    So most people now on techie gadgets were tend to be blind nowadays!

  • Goldfish

    Samsung all the way! if Samsung were a woman I would marry the bitch.

    • Apury

      just become employeed by her then you can get married to that bitch and work your ass off for her ;p. Atleat, I’ll do so.

  • PRATHEESH PS

    I appreciate what LG has done with #LGG5. I am not a hater but I don’t appreciate the Glass back panel on the S7 which looks good but will not survive a good fall. LG have stepped up the game & they need to step up their marketing

  • Mohsin Javed

    same old same old samesung, i mean samsung

  • _X_

    The S7 is close to perfection!

    It may look like a S6 but other than that people cannot find a thing wrong with it.

    It has IP68
    Fast Wireless charging
    Samsung Pay
    Vulcan For Games
    Liquid cooling
    AMOLED
    Actually has a new camera, not just an extra camera
    UFS Storage (maybe LG has this)
    Heart rate monitor plus S-Health
    Knox (which is cool for my work)
    Splitscreen
    Multi floating windows
    You get a GEAR VR for a limited time with the S7

    All of the above and more in the small body of the S7.

    Hope LG gives you a bag to carry your modules and hope they work on the G6

    Everybody is saying that LG changed the design this year and Samsung kept it familiar. To be fare, the G4 was the only plastic flagship in 2015. LG just got with the times.

    The G5 seems cool to me, but take the modular feature away and then it is a normal phone that lacks features compared to other phones.

    • No Name

      No USB C charging port.

      • Phillip

        Still waiting for someone to tell us all why type c is a needed thing….it is not so says the biggest phone company in the world.

        • Ronnie Brewer

          well if you use it, you will not need someone to supply you with the answer. I learned this my self. APple is known for doing whats best. They have had it right for years, sadly android just got in the game but Sammy is still behind.

          • Aris Routis

            No apple is not known for doing what’s best at all. Just for doing what they wanna do, irregardless if it’s best or not. Apple has had proprietary interfaces (don’t even get me started) and they started using USB-C last year at some point.

          • John Mortimer

            And then they just done a lead recall, there are way to many problems with leads and is why Samsung as not used it, that and that ip68, I have not noted any ip68 usb type c port parts on the net, get back to me if you find one

      • neonix

        ..

    • SamsaraGuru

      These are all very nice features and desirable, but the question is whether or not to the average buyer they will be interesting and help generate sales. You have the knowledge to both be aware of and appreciate them, and obviously do.

      However, in a sales environment like a phone store unless in the hands of a truly competent salesman, can those features help close the sale? Time will tell.

  • Captain Jack

    S7

  • silkdog

    Samsung’s S7 will no doubt have the greater advertising muscle behind it but LG’s G5 wins head to head on innovation and overall specs.

    • Toss3

      Overall specs? Huh? Pretty sure the S7 one-ups the G5 when it comes to specs.

  • kwannaboo

    People has diff taste as for me looks really don’t matter much I’d slap a case on the G5 anyways, What matters for me really is that I can replace that battery on my own when it dies or starts to drain faster when it used to as I give my old phones to either my siblings or parents .

  • stfu

    I agree that the g5 is going in the right direction when talking about the future of smartphones. However, i don’t need a frontier, i need a masterpiece: a reliable, efficient, and seamless integration of hardware and software in a compact device. And i believe the s7 nailed it.

    But then again, i’d still prefer the note line over the s-line. Just nothing beats its overall productivity.

    • abn

      Your comment should be the only one on here. Matter of fact charge lg fans everytime they read it. But then you couldnt, they will be to busy buying attractions.

  • ohXerxe

    I noticed in the video you didnt say that the S7 had the SnapDragon 820. You said that it had another processor. On the Best Buy Product page it says it has the SnapDragon 820. I am very Happy if this is true.

    • US will sell Snapdragon 820, while overseas it will be Exynos chips

  • Özgür Akbaba

    Here is why LG? LG = Innovation, Samsung = Same Case, Higher CPU&RAM

  • iamdluhansa

    I always love something new. and G5 give me that. So, I choose G5.

  • Bassiette

    I just loved the G5 very unique design ,but if they just put a larger screen it would be super awesome

    • Toss3

      They could have used a better camera sensor instead of using two, and included an OLED screen (LCDs are just complete shite in comparison).

  • T_Durden

    LG, just make a gamepad module and I will buy the G5. Bluetooth controller is just too laggy. Make it happen !

    • ;) sounds like a new module, right!!!? playing Wii U, Xbox or PS4 with your phone

      • T_Durden

        I was thinking about playing games on my phone. Like a MOGA replacement, but without the lag.

  • Francesco Mura

    The S7 is everything we hoped was in the S6.

    • 1 year late hey

      • Francesco Mura

        True, but at least it came. Samsung could have just said duck you and made the S7 like a copy of the S6.

  • Mohamed Khalil

    Damn people never settle…I think that both companies did a brilliant job whether be it the S7 or the thoughtful G5. I myself applaud LG G5 for going into deep unexplored waters; they’ve taken the chance to try a new approach (which I believe would be more successful if they open-sourced the module technology and let 3rd parties create modules cuz as far as the modules go there’s really none that’s worth the extra weight or the money). On the other side Samsung did a brilliant job as it started actually listening to customer feedback, I feel that they are more engaged with the market nowadays and I believe the S7 (or S6+) is a step in the right safe direction for Samsung.
    As for me I’d only pick the G5 if they open-sourced their module technology just hoping for better modules to be announced from third parties. That said, I would never be a unhappy owning an S7

  • Sulley Alsaeed

    The S7 and S7 edge are without a doubt the best phones that are going to be available this year, until the Note 6 comes out. LG was a threat last year with its G4 but this G5 crap is not flagship worthy, should’ve been a limited edition for rather tiny portion of people that might be interested in playing with their phones like toys.
    Water Resistant. Amoled screen. Oculus rift VR. huge battery without needing to add a Kardashian behind to the phone. Gaming center for tweaks. best gosh darn camera ever. WHO HAS THESE FEATURES?????

  • ForcibleAura

    I love Samsung, and the only way I think they will ever make another removable battery is by putting my money where my mouth is. G5 it is…

    It also helps that my new LG OLED is so dark it has me contimplating a toaster bath…

  • Richard Deladusty Agbeko

    LG is now proactive with its design. Thumbs up to LG

  • Camilla/קמילה

    The G5 is the better choise imo, expandeble memory, removble battery the modouls and to be honest i like the G5 design more.

  • Özgür Akbaba

    LG = Innovation, Samsung = Same Case, Higher CPU&RAM

    • Toss3

      The modular design is great, if they had actually done anything useful with it; the camera controls look incredibly bulky, and is not something most of us would ever use. The hifi-dac was already included in the V10 so I don’t get why they didn’t include it this time around, and it’s pretty stupid when you think about it, because now you have to pay extra to get something they should have included in the first place (we still know nothing about the dac in the S7, so I assume the G5 is going to be the better choice when it comes to music). It also does not match the look of the rest of the phone. The swappable battery is the only thing that is better on the G5 compared to the S7 (if you don’t count the DAC/AMP).

      • Toss3

        And let’s not forget that we still have no idea how much this thing is going to cost, and whether it is even going to be compatible with future phones (my guess is no). Pretty sure an external dac/amp is still the way to go.

  • Žiga Štupar

    Samsung decided not too change its design becouse it was great allready and just changed it alittle, but LG decided too make radical change in design.Here in my opinion Samsung wins becouse S7 looks nice while G5 looks unapelling.
    CPU,RAM and GPU are similary powerful so they should be neck too neck on benchmarks, but S7 has liquid cooling so if LG does not have it S7 could hold CPU and GPU longer at 100% than G5.
    Battery for most users S7 will be better becouse battery is bigger than G5s and most people do not carry spare battery, besides now there are powerbanks witch are better solution than spare battery.
    only thing LG has is Modular design and most people in my opinion will not care about this.

    I will buy S7, but you can buy what you like and you cannot get wrong with G5 or S7

    • The day when you S7 gets a damaged battery… your purse will suffer a lot :P

    • JDMillest

      LG also need to put this modular on there mid range and everything else. Would suck if you get the g5 then g6 won’t see the modular design. Lol

    • Sammy

      Battery on Samsung has always been poor. Bigger battery doesn’t mean anything. I had the S6 and the battery was a joke

    • Jumbeau

      Spoiled rich people never get the purpose of a removable battery.
      Not only it’s a much better commodity than a power bank, but it allows you to sell the phone with a 100% capacity without the need to go to a “repair” shop that will deteriorate your device, no matter how careful they are.

  • paul_otuya

    its clear that the LG G5 wins this hands down, what i don’t get is the extreme brand loyalty coming from some people (samsung lovers) here. its not like you work for them or anything,so why you can’t just admit that LG Built a better phone is beyond me. well to each his own but resulting to brand bashing belittles you. so hats off to LG for their Innovation with the removable bottom.p.s no way is this device ugly

    • Žiga Štupar

      Build a better phone could you be more specific?

      • paul_otuya

        am talking design wise with the modular design cause we all know that they pretty much offer almost the same inner hardware specifications and while some people might argue that the modular design is just a gimmick, it has opened up a whole new world of innovations like HTC did with the one M7.

        • Žiga Štupar

          I will not say that modular design is a bad thing just how many people will change modules and what will the price of modules be?

          Well i belive S7 waterproofing is more useful than G5s modular design.

          • paul_otuya

            well am not saying that the S7 is bad, there is a reason why samsung is the number 1 android phone maker just that the LG G5 has brought a new innovation into the mobile world industry hopefully they build on it

    • Toss3

      Brand loyalty? The better screen, better camera, Gear VR, and larger battery have nothing to do with brand-loyalty. Are you living under a rock when you cannot see that the S7 is going to outsell the G5 10 to 1 if not 100 to 1? I’ve yet to see a single reviewer that hasn’t been impressed with the S7, but I have seen a fair bit of complaints about the G5.

      • paul_otuya

        how come LG is wining the poll and who says the camera is better as for larger battery, Samsung had a smaller battery on the S6 that didn’t stop it from outselling the others last year though

        • Toss3

          Everyone who has actually seen the phones? Yes the S6 sold way better than the G4, and this year the S7 is going to do even better. This poll means nothing in the larger scale of things.

          • paul_otuya

            you fail to understand the poll, it says who has impressed you the most, not who will sell the most. which is why i talked about brand loyalty, because at the end of the day samsung would probably sell more because (a) they build solid devices and (b) we stick to what we know

          • Toss3

            And what you don’t seem to get is that people actually buy what they deem is best, and that is the S7/S7 Edge in this case. Please explain to me how the G5 is the better phone?

          • paul_otuya

            the HTC one M7 was voted the best Android device across many websites the year it launched but that did not make it the best selling device that year same with the Sony Z1 which introduced the water resistance property you find dope right now. so its obvious that better does not necessarily translate to sales

          • Toss3

            Where did I say I found the water resistance to be dope? I was also planning on getting the Z1 when it was first released, but ended up cancelling my pre-order because the screen ended up being absolute crap. The M7 had a nice design, that was all it offered. The camera sucked, the interface sucked, and it didn’t have a swappable battery and microSD-slot. The S7 is the first phone to include everything – from a large battery, to an insanely great camera and screen in one package. There’s just no way around it – the S7 is the better phone. The only thing missing is the swappable battery, which sucks, but it is still better than having two mediocre cameras, lcd-screen and no Gear VR.

          • paul_otuya

            Sense crap as opposed to tochwiz? well to each his own and considering that one of said cameras on the G5 is probably the same as the one on G4, i highly doubt its mediocre. it also obvious that Lg reduced their battery in order to have something to introduce next year just as samsung did with the Sd card and battery size on the S6. OEMs never give you everything

          • Toss3

            Yes Sense was at that time much worse than TouchWiz was. TouchWiz really isn’t that bad when you turn off the gimmicky features that slow it down (some people do like these features though). The G4 camera was good, but not as good as the one in the S6 and iPhone 6S (unless you of course want full manual controls, in which case it was maybe on par or a little bit better, but most people don’t want that – they want to be able to take their phones out of their pockets and shoot away).

          • paul_otuya

            which is why i say to each his own. both devices are great though even though i generally prefer the samsung galaxy note line over the S line anyway

  • Kzd Yang

    C’mon guy…
    just buy which one you like.
    don’t need raise your eyebrow~

  • Jason Kim

    I can’t choose !!! they are both great phones !! can’t wait to buy any of them in Korea soon !!!!
    (Currently using both Note 5 and iPhone 6s)

  • Dennis Furlan

    I’m not sure how “innovative” it is to make a phone, the G5, with features most people won’t use and that doesn’t have wireless charging (or waterproofing, for that matter), and has even reduced the size of its battery.

    • Toss3

      The “innovation” is also insanely clunky and the add-ons are ugly (the dac/amp should have been included in the first place).

      • why should it be included in the first place? maybe you’d want to pay more, oh wait you wouldn’t, then you would be criticizing how expensive the phone is, right?

  • Keith

    Lol the s7 is yet another boring device nothing new at all

    • Ismail Akram

      Yes exactly same is my thought. but If someone not got mobile for almost 2 years then its awesome upgrade.

  • Eric Jensen Michels

    My question is, is it water proof, they have not said it is, but they showed videos fRon the front of surfboards and jumping into water, am I just being overly hopeful of have they not told us the last great selling point on the g5

    • Dennis Furlan

      The LG G5 is not waterproof. That so-called “innovative” modular design doesn’t allow it; too many openings and cracks to seal.

  • Dennis Furlan

    The one LG G5 “innovation” I might actually be interested in is the camera module. I can see myself using something like that for a trip or an all-day event I’m attending where I don’t want to also lug around a DSLR but still have physical control buttons and a huge battery to rely on. For those reasons, I can probably live with the extra hump in my pocket. However, not sure what it would cost, or how often I’d have to use it to justify the cost. That it does double as a big replaceable battery, however, would justify some of that extra expenditure. On the other hand, I think the S7’s camera is probably better, as are much of its underlying specs. So, would I want to sacrifice some of those specs in the S7 to gain module use in the G5? Not so sure.

  • ljg500

    Both the LG G5 and LG V10 represent distinct innovations in their space, particularly so for the G5. With the G5, LG has leaped beyond Apple and Samsung- positioning the cell phone as a starting point for a world of mobile electronics- a set of services encapsulated in hardware, instead of an end in and of itself. The G7 represents excellent execution and refinement- but is not innovative beyond the space- and certainly doesn’t redefine it.

    • Dennis Furlan

      How isn’t Gear VR innovative beyond the space? In fact, I see a widet embrace of that technoligy than any of the modules LG is currently offering for the G5.

  • Don Rambarran

    Yes the S7 is much prettier but how is the G5 ugly? It looks like the G3 which is a very good looking phone

    LG wins for me….but I know nothing about these actual phones other than what I read/watch.
    Implementation is everything. If everything works the way it is supposed to…then the G5 is the clear winner….if not then the S7 might be the best phone EVER! The S6 was damn near perfect. The G4 is also great (I own one as well) with a better camera.

  • Aleksandar Sarkanjac

    G5 surprised me for sure, but S7 edge impressed me.
    Kudos to LG for thinking differently, but it still makes me feel like it’s some kind of a prototype device and not a finished product.
    The S7 edge just ticks all the right boxes for me – a bit bigger curved AMOLED screen, huge battery, IP68, even better camera, amazing performance AND expandable storage.
    To me, S6 edge was almost perfect, but S7 edge feels like a finished, complete device, and seems perfect for me.

  • Nadia Al-Belushi

    The LG G5 wins hands down!

    Who cares about looks? It’s all about how functional a smartphone could be. Modular phones are the future. I thought Samsung fans wanted replaceable batteries and all that. :-/

  • Matty032

    Neither. Both have fugly skins. And bloat.

    • KeyserSoze

      Only dumb noobs that don’t know how to set up their phone complain about bloat.

  • PalmPrezus

    As a fan of removable battery and to a lesser extent microSD storage I think a lot of people are doing things just because they can and aren’t making practical arguments at all. I love removable battery since I can slap on extended battery, replace oem battery in a year and lastly yes so I can have a spare. That being said if you’re walking around with spare batteries in your pocket that speaks to a slightly obsessive nature. I get 0-100% swap is great but assuming you work and sleep why would you need to be doing that even 1/4 of the time? You could charge your phone as you sleep, a couple hours before you sleep orhave spare charger at work and charge while you work, etc. Not saying having spare is bad but if you NEED to have 1-2 spares in your pocket either you’re on your phone way too much or you should consider an extended battery. I almost wonder are people going out of their way to defend removable batteries by inventing these over the top, “I have a battery for every day of the week so I can always swap” stories. Especially if you’re not a damn lumberjack or farmer

    • PalmPrezus

      As far as MicroSD. I am more of a fan of cloud or simply just putting older pics and vids on my laptop. I like the convenience and think they should be in phones but I again think if you have more than 64gb worth of music and videos at one given time on your phone you are probably obsessive and could do without those on your phone at all times. I mean use an older phone as your music player and put micro sd in there. The more you’re using your phone as your mini computer the more battery you’re using which I guess goes hand in hand with the need to walk with spare batteries. I guess my long winded point is to say the convenience of being able to not lose battery life over time, swap out in a pinch, extended battery options and expandable storage is a win. As opposed to pretending it’s necessary or normal having 2 spare batteries in your pocket and an entire record stores worth of music and video on your mobile phone.

  • shima

    I keep hearing the g5 is ugly. But I don’t see that at all. Its a good looking phone. I like the slot at bottom. The g5 is more interesting. The s7 besides spec bump is pretty much the same for most users. Is s7 bad. No its what the s6 should have been. And VR won’t have that killer application for 2-5 years for phones. From all vr info out there. Its more bout getting out the gate first. Because the prices are going to have to go down. And the hardware that can push itvat ease.

  • SamsaraGuru

    LG is breaking new ground and opening up possibilities for innovation.

    Samsung is plowing the same field over and again and again. The more Samsung continues down this path the less differentiation their products will have until they blend into and become indistinguishable from the huge masses of also rans. Perhaps this is because they don’t really care about the market and perceive that it is not worth their while to compete anymore with all the competition an prefer to focus on washing machines.

    Whatever their reasoning, there’s little to get excited about with th the S7.

    • Daggett Beaver

      I predict customers will be breaking new modules and opening up possibilities for recalls and replacements.