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Which one would you rather buy: Galaxy S7 or LG G5?

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Samsung's Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge (left) vs LG G5 (right)

Samsung's Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge (left) vs LG G5 (right)


The two (or rather three) of the most anticipated phones for 2016 are now official: the Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge and LG's G5.

And if you like having the best new phones, chances are one of these will be your next phone.

The new Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are two no-compromise devices that also come in two sizes to please pretty much everyone: a smaller, 5.1" S7 and a larger, 5.5" S7 Edge. With new cameras that do better in low light, fast performance, sleek design, microSD cards and extras like water protection, always-on display and expanded Edge functionality, it's hard even for us - seasoned critics - to find a weak point in these two.

Then, there is the LG G5: the 5.3" LG phone is a crazy little thing with its removable bottom part and support for crazy add-on accessories, and LG's new 'Friends' toys including a neat remote-controlled little robot. The G5 has picked up some serious style, has impressive performance, one-ups its own camera game and looks to bring variety to what LG describes as mundane phone world.

Hm, hard choice isn't it? But you have to pick one, so which one is it?

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Which one would you rather buy: Galaxy S7 or LG G5?
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(2500 votes) Samsung Galaxy S7 | S7 Edge
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(2815 votes) LG G5

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posted on 21 Feb 2016, 15:34

1. johanbiff (Posts: 388; Member since: 31 Mar 2015)


lot of geekbenching todayhttps://browser.primatelabs.com/geekbench3/search?q=SM-G930F

seems stable around 2150 and 6500

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 15:46 13

7. QWERTYphone (Posts: 651; Member since: 22 Sep 2014)


G5 is the only choice for intelligent consumers.
Samsung is DEAD.
NO REMOVABLE BATTERY = FAIL
FRAGILE GLASS CONSTRUCTION = FAIL

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 15:55 60

14. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2065; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


G5-UGLY AS SHIT = FAIL.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 16:01 14

21. pixelated (Posts: 58; Member since: 03 May 2015)


Beauty is in the eye of beholder- Your eyes r ugly!

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 16:20 13

34. Aploine (Posts: 426; Member since: 24 Oct 2013)


What do you expect when the PA promotes Samsung as hell. Look at those photos. S7's is a nice an cosy. But for the G5 they chose just the back of the phone that many don't like. And don't let me started the flood of articles for the S7. Just look at the front page and count. "Price of the S7 in the convenience store X". Unbelievable

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 16:28 7

41. TerryTerius (Posts: 1542; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)


They did the exact same thing for the g5 a few hours before the s7 was announced. It will take you 10 seconds to verify that. And you can hardly blame people awareness of Samsung solely on phone Arena

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 16:54 7

55. Aploine (Posts: 426; Member since: 24 Oct 2013)


Definitely doesn't justify the selection of photos. It's pretty obvious what they try to do. Look at this title: "Samsung Galaxy S7 size comparison vs Galaxy S6, iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, LG G4, others" in the others is the... G5!

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 17:07 8

58. TerryTerius (Posts: 1542; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)


I will repeat, they did a flood of G5 articles once it was announced. If you missed that, that's on you. They compared it to a few phones, talked about whether not it was worth upgrading from the G4, talked about its availability and pricing, did like six separate articles about the additional gadgets, and some other articles. The S7 was released later in the day, so its articles are more recent.

Honestly, I don't think it's much going to matter what photos they use. The G5 looks the way it looks. But I get your point, they could've used something more flattering.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 17:33 4

64. spin9 (Posts: 279; Member since: 31 May 2014)


Equally flattering. If you go to the compare size section, you 'll see that after one year they have the same low resolution photo of the G4. On the other hand they had put high resolution photos from the start for the S6 and note5. They had even cut the camera hump

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 17:49

73. TerryTerius (Posts: 1542; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)


Sure. Fair is fair. I just think that people get extremely defensive about devices they like and see everything as a slight even when none was intended. I'm in no way saying that it's impossible the choice of photos was deliberate to make the G5 look worse, but all too often on this site people see a conspiracy in literally everything. For inanimate objects. Albeit inanimate objects people are passionate about, which is we're all here.

And again, the G5 is going to look the way it looks regardless. I mean no insult by that.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 18:06 3

74. spin9 (Posts: 279; Member since: 31 May 2014)


What conspiracy? Can't you believe your eyes?

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 18:10

75. TerryTerius (Posts: 1542; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)


I said that a lot of commenters see a conspiracy in everything or take offense where none was intended. General statement. I wasn't specifically referring to this article. Yes, one picture in this article isn't as flattering as the other, at no point did I dispute that.

I just don't think it really matters.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 17:35 3

65. Commentator (Posts: 3665; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Yeah, definitely scratching my head about the choice of photos. Why not get an image of the G5 that actually shows the whole device, like the image in this article:

http://www.phonearena.com/news/LG-G5-specs-review-a-paradigm-shift_id78587

It's not like they're just going with what they have, there are dozens of better press-photos to choose from.

Not even to mention the biased thumbnail...

Another thing: for the past few days PA had both event countdowns on their homepage, yet despite the fact that LG was going first the Samsung countdown was listed above the LG one.

Usually event occurring FIRST gets TOP billing, no?

I mean, I get that they're going for traffic (Victor probably has a family to feed), and listing a more popular brand first will probably drive more clicks, but then why not have a big ol' "iPhone 7 Event Countdown: 210 days away" banner?

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 10:24

104. DoggyDangerous (Posts: 765; Member since: 28 Aug 2015)


yeah, you are right. I noticed that too, LG's count down was below Samsung's. Choice of photo in this article is not good. But I dont think it is a conspiracy.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 17:47

71. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2065; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Lol, you say beauty is in the eye of the beholder but then call my eyes ugly and you have never seen them. Hypocrite much.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 16:07

24. Kary1 (Posts: 300; Member since: 26 Jun 2015)


Every smart phone that gets released someone makes the incredibly moronic argument that it is ugly. Stupid, stupid, stupid! And beyond that, tiring, tiring, tiring.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 16:30 1

45. TerryTerius (Posts: 1542; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)


Again, it's a personal opinion. I would really like you to explain how whether or not someone finds a design appealing is "stupid" just because you apparently disagree with them. It's completely subjective.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 17:02

56. Kary1 (Posts: 300; Member since: 26 Jun 2015)


Because every smartphone looks almost exactly the same! The differences are non-consequential and almost completely unrelated to how the phone actually performs. But in any case, you're right, it is a personal opinion! What makes them think anyone should care about their opinion of the aesthetics of a smartphone? It's annoying as hell that they chime in with such nonsense in every thread about just about every phone.

Then there's color, which of course we all know is the most important feature of any smartphone. /sarc

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 17:09

61. TerryTerius (Posts: 1542; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)


To a certain degree I agree with you. But in reality, the more anything costs, the more people generally care about how it looks. That's true whether we're talking about electronics, cars, or appliances. That may not be a universal rule for every human being, but it's true for most people.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 19:59

84. Kary1 (Posts: 300; Member since: 26 Jun 2015)


True, but I buy cars and appliances based on whether I like the way they look, not some Internet poster I don't know. And even then, the looks of things are not high up there in the decision process--if they were I'd buy a Dodge or Mercedes and spend all my time at the mechanic! ;-)

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 17:45 1

68. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2065; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


I actually like the front design of the G5, come on even you can agree that the G5's back doesn't please the eyes right?

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 17:06

57. sgodsell (Posts: 3251; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


The G5 also has another advantage. The G5 has USB-C and the S7 does not. By using USB-C they can output video and data much faster. That is why LG's 360 VR has two 1080p displays in their VR. Which is higher than a 2k display.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 17:43

67. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2065; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


True.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 20:08

85. kevin91202 (Posts: 519; Member since: 08 Jun 2014)


Sorry, but you are mistaken in your assessment.

1. USB Type C has nothing to do with data transfer speeds. It's a type of connector, not a data transfer protocol. Don't mistake USB Type-C for USB 3.1 Gen2. They are not the same thing, and having USB Type-C doesn't not guarantee the latter. I only know of one device that has Type-C and 3.1 Gen2. That's the updated Dell XPS 13. Sorry, iFans, but none of your devices have both Type-C and Gen2.
2. The LG 360 VR does NOT have two 1080p displays. It has two 960x720p displays, and is certainly not higher than 2K's bitrate.
3. The Type-C connector in the G5 is only USB 3.0. That's no faster than the connection in the three-year old Samsung Note 3.
4. The data speed for the VR only requires the bandwidth available in USB 2.0, which is what most phones have today.
5. The only advantages LG's Type-C has over micro-B USB are quicker backups to your desktop (USB 3.0 vs 2.0) and reversible connector. That's about it. It's a difference, but not a huge deal.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 17:46 1

69. QWERTYphone (Posts: 651; Member since: 22 Sep 2014)


Only a clueless schoolgirl makes hardware decisions based looks.
Since I'm a professional MAN, the G5 is the only choice.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 18:32 1

79. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2065; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


I don't like the G5. The UI, design, small battery(smaller than competition), and the camera, the samples i've seen so far don't look better than the G4 or V10.

I don't make decisions based solely on design even if that design is horrible, in my opinion of course and lot of others as well.

I'll admit, I can't accurately judge the G5 without having used it but from what I can tell, it's not much better than the G4 and the camera might actually be worse.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 15:56 2

15. DRS1977 (Posts: 421; Member since: 27 May 2015)


The GS7 and GN5 will outsell all other Android phones combined. You are living in a fantasy land.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 15:58 3

17. zacsaturday (Posts: 202; Member since: 09 May 2014)


Battery that needs to be replaced every 5 mins = Big PLUS

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 16:29 1

43. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4273; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


That's why Samsung is probably going to sell 5 times as many units as LG, right?

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 21:55

87. j2001m (Posts: 2789; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


Buy a wireless charger case you fail, it's got 800 more battery a will take less battery

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 22:42

90. phichart (Posts: 250; Member since: 03 May 2014)


you have not brain and you still miss Qwerty keyboard...

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 04:14

97. touchscreen (Posts: 3; Member since: 22 Feb 2016)


Not every consumer is intelligent.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 15:50

12. vincelongman (Posts: 4109; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Any 820 vs 8890 GPU benchmarks?

I can't wait for reviews
Its going to be interesting to see which performs better in real usage and which is more efficient

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 15:54

13. Shocky (Posts: 2250; Member since: 16 May 2012)


There are some 8890 benchmarks but they're not final retail, same performance as Exynos 7420 so we need to wait as that's clearly not right.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 16:19

32. joeytaylor (Posts: 411; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)


Gmsarena ran then on the wxynos

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 16:19

33. joeytaylor (Posts: 411; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)


*exynos

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 19:35 1

82. havoc (Posts: 88; Member since: 08 Jan 2015)


I'll just wait for the next Moto or the next Nexus.

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 01:45

94. Scott93274 (Posts: 4132; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


My Nexus 6P is awesome, but after two years with the Moto X, it just feels like it's missing something. I think I'll be going back to the Moto X once I'm ready to upgrade.

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 04:29

99. Shocky (Posts: 2250; Member since: 16 May 2012)


What? Why?

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 08:14

103. Scott93274 (Posts: 4132; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Price/value, faster updates, a shatter proof display is more innovative than making the lines in a phone more seamless (though technically not a Moto X specific feature, it was just an example of something unique and of real value to ALL users that Motorola has come up with that isn't offered anywhere else)

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 06:54

102. engineer-1701d (Posts: 3262; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


i would say non nothing stud out the vulcan gpu is nice but am not really a mega gamer wish gs7 went with usb type c and had a more grain graphite back plate not a slippy finger print magnet glass breaking panel

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 15:37 12

2. johanbiff (Posts: 388; Member since: 31 Mar 2015)


S7 edge, the looks, bigger battery,nice camera with some seriously quick focus! and the SD-card is back oh glory days :)

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 15:38

3. Trakker (Posts: 283; Member since: 11 Feb 2016)


I want the S7 but if it's true it's only releasing in black and gold I might end up getting the LG G5 if the S7 doesn't have either white or silver before it's released.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 15:39 19

4. Emmanuelz (Posts: 148; Member since: 01 Aug 2013)


S7 is winning by a million

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 15:48 3

9. QWERTYphone (Posts: 651; Member since: 22 Sep 2014)


The average consumer is a complete idiot. Look at Apple sales.
Polls mean nothing.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 16:16 5

29. Emmanuelz (Posts: 148; Member since: 01 Aug 2013)


Yeah but these are polls based on people like us who follow mobile tech the average consumer dont be on these websites

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 16:30 2

44. Kary1 (Posts: 300; Member since: 26 Jun 2015)


I wouldn't attribute much to people here reading this website. Too many people in these forums comment on a phone being ugly, or wanting a different color. Can you get any more shallow than that?

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 16:33 3

50. TerryTerius (Posts: 1542; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)


When you're paying over $500 for a phone, a lot of people tend to give a damn how it looks. You seem to believe it's impossible for someone to simultaneously hold a cognizant objective thought about the features and performance of a phone balanced against how they subjectively feel about how it looks.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 18:23 1

77. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2065; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


That is true, a lot of people buy iPhones because it's made by Apple and not because they like ios or think its a good phone.

I can personally say that if you like ios 8/9(I didn't like previous builds) then like me you would say the 6s plus is a great phone.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 15:40 4

5. Jason2k13 (Posts: 1149; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


Why can't I vote?

I would chose the G5 but the back design of the G5 looks ugly, and it's not water/dust resistance so it's the S7 for me.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 16:23

35. joeytaylor (Posts: 411; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)


I think tou need to be on a computer to vote...not mobile....but not sure about desktop version

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 16:28

42. xdza1979 (Posts: 259; Member since: 08 Aug 2015)


Change to desktop mode on your phone browser to be able to vote.
Yup PA sux in this.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 16:31

46. Pattyface (Posts: 1519; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)


You have to go to desktop mode to vote

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 15:45 6

6. Neros (Posts: 1016; Member since: 19 Dec 2014)


S7 is practically flawless at this point. Big battery, liquid cooling, waterproofing, sd card slot, improved hardware. Know we know sammy was full of BS with their claims regarding s6. S6 no sd card slot, no waterproofing, crappy battery. Way to make your product worse intentionally, so you can sell it twice with minor fixes. Appe have trained you well sammy.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 15:50 3

11. QWERTYphone (Posts: 651; Member since: 22 Sep 2014)


Samsung has become the inferior clone to Apple, and Apple is JUNK.
The LG G5 is now the only choice for intelligent consumers.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 15:58 7

18. DRS1977 (Posts: 421; Member since: 27 May 2015)


The GS7 will murder the LG5 in sales and LG will continue to only make 5 cent profit for each phone they sell. I wish LG luck, but the GS7 is THE only one true flagship Android phone.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 16:25 2

37. Pattyface (Posts: 1519; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)


I agree that sales will be one sided but that has little to do with the "best". Apple sales will murder the s7/s7 edge combined but that doesn't make it the best. The best is what's best for your personal needs

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 16:25

38. WickedDante90 (Posts: 4; Member since: 19 Jan 2014)


Vapor Chamber is completely different to water cooling

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 15:48 4

8. Joosty (Posts: 113; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


Pre order the S7 in the US and receive a Gear VR and 64GB microSD card free.

If that's not enough , then what is?

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 15:49 2

10. Shocky (Posts: 2250; Member since: 16 May 2012)


Not seen much that interests me in the G5.

I don't like the design, dual camera setup on the back looks ugly ( not sure what the point of this is), as does the LG Logo on the front, the interface looks bland and they removed the app draw.

Smaller battery, camera samples have not been very impressive, not liking the modular connection, don't like the rear button (never have), not waterproof?, no built-in wireless charging?

Just another overhyped LG phone.

The only thing that might swing me towards the LG G5 is if the SN820's GPU outperforms the one in Exynos by a large margin, or by some miracle a software update improves the camera quality which surpasses the low light performance of the S7.

Which I doubt, have to wait for retail units and full comparisons.

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