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LG G5 vs Samsung Galaxy S7: Vote best smartphone – Mobile Madness 2016

by Roy Choi | March 23, 2016March 23, 2016 3:40 pm PST

Today we have two new flagships going up against each other in Mobile Madness. Two very different philosophies out of these very intriguing phones.

The LG G5 is the first real step for a major manufacturer to take a leap in to the modular phone space. You can pull out the battery through the bottom and swap out a camera module that acts as a better grip and easier access to controls. It isn’t entirely game-changing, nor does the design stand out as being particularly beautiful. Don’t get me wrong, it is clean and I like the way it looks, it kind of has a Nexus 6P, meets iPhone meets some other Android phone I can’t fully place my finger on.  I will say, however, the G5 is taking a pretty important step forward into modular phone design.  I suspect LG is really hoping people buy into the idea of modular phones even if they don’t buy the G5.  I think we’ll start to see more impressive ideas from manufacturers and 3rd party accessory companies, but it will be a little while.

The Galaxy S7 is receiving mainly positive reviews and sports one of the best cameras on the market, right now.  Samsung brought back expandable storage and waterproofing, both features missing in the Galaxy S6. The S7 at first glance looks close to the S6, but there are a few subtle design changes that set it apart. Some people may argue the phone hasn’t changed much from the last version, that is probably true. But the changes Samsung has made were needed and much welcomed.

Where do your votes go? LG G5 or Samsung Galaxy S7? Vote today and vote often, check back to see if your vote wins. Have fun!

LG G5

We have an early G5 here in our office and, while we’ve agreed not to review a pre-production unit, we are still able to bring you new impressions and some answers to your questions. Jon recently asked our readers to submit the queries they had for him, and we’ve filmed a video answering each and every one. I’ll address them here in the post, too…. read more

 

Samsung Galaxy S7

At first glance, the Galaxy S7 looks nearly identical to the Galaxy S6—same button placement, same oval home button/fingerprint sensor combo, same bottom-facing speakers, volume rocker, power button, etc., etc. Nothing really stands out that signifies a major design overhaul over last year—certainly not on the level of change we saw from the Galaxy S5 to the Galaxy S6. But there are some subtle differences.

For one, the S7 is slightly thicker than last year’s model. Not in an annoying way; last year’s S6 came in at a svelte 6.8 mm, while this year’s model is a burly 7.9 mm. That sounds like a big difference, but it’s not something you’ll notice. The device isn’t heavy or unwieldy and it actually feels better thanks to the slightly thicker body, like you’re holding something substantial….read more

LG - G5 Samsung - Galaxy S7
Display Size 5.3-inch, 1440 x 2560 pixel display (554 ppi) 5.1-inch, 1440 x 2560 pixel display (576 ppi)
Resolution X 1440 1440
Resolution Y 2560 2560
Display Type Quad HD IPS Quantum Display QuadHD Super AMOLED
Operating System Android 6.0 (at launch) Android 6.0 (at launch)
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 Processor Quad-core 2.15GHz + 1.6GHz processor
RAM 4GB 4GB
Storage
  • 32GB
  • 32GB
External Storage Yes Yes
External Storage Specs
  • microSD up to 2TB
  • microSD up to 200GB
Main Camera (Back) 16MP + 8MP 12MP
Secondary Camera (Front) 8MP 5MP
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.2 Bluetooth 4.2 LE
Battery 2800mAh 3000mAh
NFC Yes Yes
Height 149.4 mm (5.88 inches) 142.4 mm (5.61 inches)
Width 73.9 mm (2.91 inches) 69.6 mm (2.74 inches)
Depth 7.7 mm (0.30 inches) 7.9 mm (0.31 inches)
Weight 159 g (5.61 oz) 152 g (5.36 oz)
Colors Gold, Pink, Silver, Titan Black Onyx, Gold Platinum
Supported Audio Formats N/A MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA
Supported Video Formats N/A MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM
In The Box N/A N/A

 

This poll closes within 24 hours (2:00 PM PT, the following day).

*Winners from previous rounds are marked bold.

Play-In

March 17 BlackBerry Classic vs OnePlus X
March 18 Nexus 6P vs Sony Xperia Z5
March 19 Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge vs OnePlus 2
March 20 Samsung Galaxy Note 5 vs HTC One A9
March 21 Nexus 5X vs Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
March 22 iPhone 6S vs Microsoft Lumia 950
March 23 LG G5 vs Samsung Galaxy S7
March 24 iPhone 6S Plus vs Nextbit Robin
March 25 HTC One M9 vs Microsoft Lumia 950 XL

Round 1

March 26 Motorola Droid Turbo 2 vs Winner of March 17
March 27 Winner of March 18 vs Winner of March 19
March 28 Xiamoi Mi 5 vs Winner of March 20
March 29 Winner of March 21 vs BlackBerry Priv
March 30 Huawei Mate 8 vs Winner of March 22
March 31 Winner of March 23 vs LG V10
April 1 Moto X Pure Edition vs Winner of March 24
April 2 Winner of March 25 vs Motorola Droid Maxx 2

Round 2 – Quarterfinals

April 3 Winner of March 26 vs Winner of March 27
April 4 Winner of March 28 vs Winner of March 29
April 5 Winner of March 30 vs Winner of March 31
April 6 Winner of April 1 vs Winner of April 2

Semi-final Round

April 7 Winner of April 3 vs Winner of April 4
April 8 Winner of April 5 vs Winner of April 6
Final Round
April 9 Winner of April 7 vs Winner of April 8

Roy Choi

Roy Choi is a Southern California native. He has been infatuated with technology reviews ever since he bought his first crummy laptop in the summer...

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