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LG G5 vs LG V10: first look

LG G5 vs LG V10: first look

LG has finally unveiled its latest flagship – the LG G5. Its quite a departure, design-wise, from its flagship G line thus far, while at the same time it adopts and evolves some unique features from the unorthodox LG V10 phablet, which was launched late last year. No, there isn't an asymmetrical ticker display on LG's new heavy hitter. Instead, LG has gone with a more elegant solution by integrating an Always On display into the G5. And that's just one of the many things setting the G5 and V10 apart. Let's take a quick look at how these two smartphones compare!

LG G5 vs LG V10: first look
LG G5 vs LG V10: first look
LG G5 vs LG V10: first look
LG G5 vs LG V10: first look
Design


The LG V10 was quite an interesting handset design-wise. After spending a couple of years experimenting with the concept of curving its top-class phablets in a banana shape (LG G Flex and G Flex 2), and even using the tech to add a very slight, ergonomic arch to the mainstream G4, LG suddenly did a U-turn and produced a more orthodox, slate-shaped phablet. That doesn't mean it's mundane, however. The V10 has two stainless steel bars on its sides for durability and a sturdy feel. On its back, one can find a camera ring that matches the metal side guards and a conveniently placed volume rocker and power key / fingerprint scanner combo. Unfortunately, LG chose to make the top and bottom bezels out of plastic, and the phone's removable back cover out of a thin, flimsy-to-the-touch, rubbery plastic material.

With the LG G5, the manufacturer again strays away from its signature design choices and gets closer to the mainstream. The body is made entirely out of metal, and the volume buttons are moved to the side of the handset for a more traditional look and operation. The power / fingerprint scanner button is still nested on the back of the device, just below a bulging camera module, which holds two sensors – one 8 MP wide-angle shooter, and a traditional 16 MP one. It's placement and overall aesthetic, we feel, is going to be an acquired taste.

Of course, the G5 also has the unique modular design, which allows its bottom bezel to be unlatched and replaced with alternative modules, of which there currently are two available – the LG CAM Plus and LG Hi-Fi Plus. And, naturally, the new flagship is going to be more compact than the V10 due to the fact that it totes a 5.3-inch display – noticeably smaller than the 5.7-incher on the phablet.

LG G5 vs LG V10: first look
LG G5 vs LG V10: first look
Display


A 5.3-inch Quantum IPS display vs a 5.7-inch Quantum IPS display. Both have a 1440 x 2560 pixel resolution, with the G5's pixel density being 554 ppi, whereas the same metric is 515 ppi on the LG V10. So, yes, a shootout between the two will give you very similar results – punchy, albeit a bit inaccurate colors, and a very crisp resolution, which makes it virtually impossible for the naked eye to spot individual pixels.

There are, however, a couple of differences. Obviously, the V10 is a more niche, phablet-class handset, and its display is noticeably larger than the G5's, which is aimed at more conventional users. The V10, however, also has a secondary display at its very top, which is dimly lit even when the phone is sleeping, giving the user at-a-glance information about pending notifications and the current time. When the phablet is on, the secondary display houses panels with links to favorite apps, recently used apps, access to utilities, and music playback.

The G5 inherits the always on concept of the V10's mini ticker display. However, it doesn't have an extra stripe on its top. Rather, its main display can glow with a dim light, and display a clock and the same app-related notifications. So, the G5 also has the benefits of the always on technology, but doesn't have the mutitasking recent apps / favorite apps panels.

LG G5 vs LG V10: first look
Processor and Memory


The LG V10 is equipped with a hexa-core Snapdragon 808 and 4 GB of RAM. Despite the fact that LG didn't use the top-of-the-line Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 back when it designed the V10, the phablet still runs pretty smoothly and relatively stutter-free, though it can run out of breath when demanding tasks are involved.

On the other hand, the LG G5 has the brand-new Snapdragon 820 SoC humming under its hood, and if the few quick benchmarks we ran on the device are anything to go by – it is a true powerhouse. Powerusers that demand nothing but bleeding edge performance from their handset will find it hard not to go with the G5 in this face-off. Of course, it also has 4 GB of RAM.

In terms of storage, the V10 wins with 64 GB of built-in memory, where the G5 has 32 GB. Still, both smartphones support expansion via microSD card of up to 2 TB.
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Interface


Curiously enough, LG decided to simplify the user interface on its G5 flagship. With the new LG UI, built on top of Android 6.0.1, the app drawer and dual window (split-screen) features are gone, both traits that are usually praised by Android powerusers. The miniature QSlide apps are still present on the G5, at least. This may be LG's version of "slimming down our heavy interface" — a step, which Samsung took with the Galaxy S6 back in 2015, though it didn't feel as extreme, probably because Sammy kept the app drawer. LG also claimed that it has streamlined the experience, making it less confusing for everyday tasks. With our current, limited experience with the G5, we can't say whether this is correct.

The V10 still has all the bells and whistles of the well-known LG UI. We can't be sure whether any future update to the device would add the very same, trimmed down interface that the G5 has, but we have a feeling that the V10 and any possible successor would retain the "productive / multitasking" vibe, keeping the phablet aimed at powerusers, while the G line would provide a more casual experience. Sort of like the Galaxy S vs Note lines of Samsung devices, but, at this point, we are just speculating.


LG G5 vs LG V10: first look
LG G5 vs LG V10: first look
Camera


The main cameras on both smartphones have 16 MP sensors. While we don't have the detailed specs of the G5's camera yet, we have a feeling that nothing has changed in this department, and that it uses a similar, if not the same, sensor as the LG V10. But that is in no way a bad thing, as we generally liked the performance of the snapper in the V10. Its wide F1.8 aperture helps with night shots, as it allows more light in, and offers a shallow depth of field for better layered photos.

The G5, however, has a secondary camera on its back. It's a wide snapper, capable of taking photos and video at a 135-degree angle. Basically, what you can see, the secondary camera can get into its view, LG says. It's meant for those moments where you want to photograph large monuments, landscapes, or groups of people. Unfortunately, its resolution suffers a bit, as it's knocked down to 8 MP, and GoPro-like distortion is noticeable.

On the front, the G5 has a generous 8 MP selfie snapper for those detailed mugshots. The V10's “main” frontal camera has a 5 MP sensor, but the phablet has a secondary selfie camera. Yup, the dual camera concept, which can be found on the G5's back, actually started with the V10, which offers a choice between a “regular” and a wide-angle shooter on its front.

LG V10's manual mode for video (click to enlarge)

LG V10's manual mode for video (click to enlarge)

So far, both handsets are pretty comparable. It's all about where one would prefer to have their wide-angle shooter – on the main camera side for landscape shots or on the front for group selfies. However, the V10 has an ace up its sleeve.

LG's phablet offered a pretty elaborate manual control mode for its video camcorder. Full access to white balance, focus, exposure, microphone gain, a wind noise cancellation, and three directional microphones built into the device are definitely a treat for any shutterbug out there. While the G5 does have a fully fleshed-out manual mode for photos, it lacks the deeply customizable mode for videos.


LG G5 vs LG V10: first look
LG Friends and Modules

We touched upon the modular design of the LG G5 in the design section. The phone's bottom part can be switched out for another, which houses an experience-enhancing device, widening the customization options in that regard. At the moment, there are two modules available — the CAM Plus and the B&O DAC — but there is much more potential here. We are curious what else LG and its partners can come up with, but thus far – V10 owners shouldn't feel too jealous. The CAM Plus one can live without, though its juicy 1,200 mAh extra battery is certainly a plus; and a high-quality DAC is actually present in the V10 already.

The company also wants to introduce a fresh, playful feel back into the smartphone scene with its “Friends” devices. Manufactured by LG partners to work exclusively with the LG G5, these currently consist of a light and portable VR headset, which we didn't find to be too great, the Rolling Bot, complete with a mounted IP camera for both play and home surveillance, and the 360 CAM, for shooting VR-ready pictures and video.

LG G5 vs LG V10: first look


Expectations


These two smartphones are made to attract different types of consumers. The G5 comes in a more manageable body, offers lots of power headroom, and a nice all-around package of build materials, camera, and ergonomics. Additionally it has the potential for extra cool modules in the future, depending on what LG and its partners come up with. The LG Friend devices also sound interesting, but while LG is suggesting that they are exclusive to the G5, we are still willing to wait for a software update on the V10 and even the G4 and see if they get support for at least some of the companions (like the Rolling Bot, maybe?).

The V10, on the other hand, should appeal to those that are used to having both hands on a smartphone most of the time. Its larger display lends itself well for Web surfing and media consumption, and its ticker panels enhance multitasking. Additionally, its video-shooting prowess still comes out on top, at least if you are an avid clip-taker, thanks to the sheer amount of options in the manual mode.


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posted on 21 Feb 2016, 18:33

1. Aploine (Posts: 425; Member since: 24 Oct 2013)


LG G5 vs iPhone 6s? It's the V10

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 18:34

2. Chuck007 (Posts: 1012; Member since: 02 Mar 2014)


Don't mean to be a smart mouth, but guys there is no 6S here.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 18:39

3. Aploine (Posts: 425; Member since: 24 Oct 2013)


They fixed it

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 19:04 2

5. paul.k (Posts: 143; Member since: 17 Jul 2014)


Oops. So many phones! :)

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 18:48 1

4. cripton805 (Posts: 1416; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


I'll be getting the V10 when it drops under $300. I really want that phone. Everthing is best to suit "MY" needs. I don't care too much for the metal or any of the other upgrades.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 19:19 2

6. sissy246 (Posts: 542; Member since: 04 Mar 2015)


V10 looks so much nice. The back of the g4 is so ugly.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 19:24 2

7. hanabi (Posts: 177; Member since: 08 Oct 2015)


the more photoes I see, the more I like G5 design somehow

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 01:25

12. GMS85 (Posts: 208; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


EXACTLY.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 19:40

8. shield (Posts: 200; Member since: 12 Sep 2015)


I look forward to test the stamina to torch hope that does not disappoint, at least in the design when it is not God knows what.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 19:41

9. 2faraway (Posts: 75; Member since: 26 Mar 2014)


A real LG device the V10 in comparison to the new no so LG, G5. For those LG Lovers out there was the LG experience so bad and outdated????? To me it was one of the most practical yet unique device with a unique design! Am I wrong or is just LG looking to get customers from the iSami world?

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 20:46 3

10. dbmcelroy (Posts: 26; Member since: 10 Nov 2015)


I wish LG the very best with the g5. But honestly the metal body is a downgrade from the premium finish and durability of the V10. The add on for premium sound Dac...V10 has that built in. Though I have owned several Bang and Olufsen components in the past and still have a cartridge and turntable, I doubt that it beats the Sabre ESS chip. Also it is great to see the 820 chip scoring so high in tests, but honestly in real world day-to-day use, the 808 in the V10 leaves nothing on the table. It is smooth and fast and I have yet to experience any stutter or lag.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 22:40

11. combatmedic870 (Posts: 548; Member since: 02 Sep 2015)


I don't understand the removal of the app drawer. That's kinda what makes android, Android.

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 03:23

15. valneja (Posts: 31; Member since: 21 Dec 2014)


1. Go to play store
2. Download launcher
3. Done! You have your drawer back :)

I always use Nova launcher on any phone :) best thing bought from the store

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 02:15

13. Freelist86 (Posts: 37; Member since: 10 Jun 2014)


design wise G3 and V10 for the win

I dont like G5 because
no app drawer
I dont like the design
smaller screen
you need to pay extra for DAC where its already built in in V10

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