There's no denying that the LG G5 and Samsung Galaxy S7 are two of the hottest smartphones unveiled at MWC 2016. Samsung and LG will go to extra lengths to try and convince customers that what they offer is better than what the competition has. LG already started comparing its new flagship handset to Samsung's Galaxy S7: it sent out an infographic which suggests that the G5 is superior to the S7 for a number of reasons. However, this infographic - seen above - is questionable. Read on to see why.
The first advantages that the G5 has over the Galaxy S7 (according to LG) are the modular design, and the removable battery. Well, OK, these are pluses for folks who like to swap out the battery, or add some extra camera and extra audio capabilities to their phone. However, we must mention that the Galaxy S7 features a 3000 mAh battery - which likely lasts longer on a single charge than the 2800 mAh battery of the G5 (stay tuned for our battery tests to see if we're right on this one).
Next, LG wants us to believe that the G5 is better than the S7 because it has a 16 MP rear camera, instead of just a 12 MP one. We really don't know about that. A 16 MP camera isn't superior to a 12 MP one just because it's got more Megapixels (as you probably already know, Megapixels are far from being everything when it comes to image quality). Sure enough, the dual 16 MP camera of the G5 can shoot wide photos, but Samsung's new 12 MP camera offers bigger pixel size, plus Dual Pixel autofocus. For now, we can't say which of the two cameras is better - but we'll soon compare them in real life to find out!
LG further suggests that the 5.3-inch screen of the G5 is better than the 5.1-inch screen of the Galaxy S7. Just because it's 0.2 inches larger? Many customers still prefer a more compact device, so the fact that the G5 sports a bigger display isn't necessarily an advantage, especially since both screens offer the same pixel resolution (Quad HD - 1440 x 2560 pixels).
Next: Daylight Mode - that's just another name for adaptive/automatic brightness, which the Samsung Galaxy S7 obviously also has (mind you, the screens of both handsets are capable of providing a maximum brightness of up to around 850 nits). We don't think there's a real winner here.
Interestingly, the infographic shows that the S7 actually has one advantage over the G5 (dust- and water-resistance), while also mentioning some of the handsets' common features: always on display, and microSD card support.
The bottom line: LG's infographic should not be seen as an objective way to compare the G5 and Galaxy S7. Some customers may think that the LG G5 is better than the Galaxy S7, while others will find Samsung's smartphone to be superior. Just don't judge the two handsets based on this infographic. Because it's flawed.
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