LG G5 (LG UX) vs Samsung Galaxy S7 (TouchWiz) vs Apple iPhone 6s (iOS 9): how they differ visually

A smartphone's design and build quality are unquestionably important. Nobody wants a phone that feels awkward and gets damaged easily. But at the heart of each and every unit is the user experience, which can quite literally make or break a device. The interface completes a manufacturer's vision for what its product is supposed to mean to you. It's also the mediator between all that amazing hardware packed inside your smartphone and your intentions. If the interface is lacking – unsightly, confusing, jittery, and otherwise unreliable – you simply won't bother using the device in your hand, no matter how perfectly polished of a rectangle it seems to be.

Thankfully, this isn't the case with any of the three top-shelf smartphones we've lined up here – the LG G5, Samsung Galaxy S7, and Apple iPhone 6s. Not only are they among the finest-looking, best-handling handsets available on the market, but each one is pretty much a breeze to use thanks to the combination of fast hardware and a polished user experience. Different as they are in terms of graphic design and organization, LG UX, Samsung TouchWiz, and Apple iOS 9 do share a common goal, which is presenting a wealth of functionality in a straightforward fashion. Featuring plenty of eye candy and being easy to get around, each is a delightful example of modern-day mobile computing.

To give you an idea of how they compare with each other, we took matching screenshots from each smartphone and put them side-by-side. This way, you can easily see what they have to offer in terms of graphics and basic organisation. We won't be making any judgement here, although you can read our user experience impressions in the smartphone reviews that we've published.

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1. Exynos.

Posts: 177; Member since: Mar 28, 2016

I prefer LG Optimus UX. TouchWiz lags alot.

4. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

not true touchwize came along way from the lag it was known for in the past

11. AllFanboysMatter

Posts: 206; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

Touchwiz still lags. Who cares how far it has come. It still f**king lags. When will you stupid Samsung sheep get this? It fricken lags. Samsung fans, you say this every time. But you gotta realize, coming from smoother devices, it's very evident TOUCHWIZ STILL LAGS. Jesus.

13. Dr.SamX

Posts: 240; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

Touchwiz used to lag A LOT on my SGS4. On the S6 and S7 it is a lot smoother, but still pretty slow I would say. However, iOS isn't perfect either, especially if you have a lot of apps installed!

18. AllFanboysMatter

Posts: 206; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

1. I don't use iPhones 2. Just because it has improved doesn't mean it doesn't have a lot of room to still improve I'm just tired of people trying to act as if touchwiz is just as smooth as other Android flagships, let alone iOS or Windows Phone. Newsflash to Samsungsheep: it is not.

15. androidwindows

Posts: 216; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

I'm not even a samsung fan but Touchwiz doesn't lag. There are a gazillion of videos on Youtube that will prove you're wrong. And just because you type in capital letters saying that Touchwiz lags doesn't make it true.

20. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

While the lag isn't bad as he suggests I do still see a tad too much lag on my s7 edge. I do believe if you come from a very lag free device it opens your eyes a bit. I was using a Nexus 6 before I got my s7 edge and it's safe to say Nexus 6 was smoother. However, the s7 edge is completely badass so I'm obviously going to stick with it. But it is something Samsung needs to address with its touchwiz team.

21. tyrionTheWise unregistered

Let me guess: SD820 variant?

25. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Most likely. The 820 variant isn't optimized like the Exynos 8890 is.

28. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

Nope! Exynos for me Again, it isn't an issue for me, but even the Moto X felt more smooth all around than the s7 edge. Not knocking the phone, it's just the truth based on my experiences. Having said that, the phone is blazing fast, and that alone makes up for lag here and there.

30. tyrionTheWise unregistered

Hmm, that's weird. My exynos S6 is buttery smooth after the marshmallow update. And yes, I too have the moto X and don't notice any difference in smoothness. S6 is much faster than the moto though, mostly due to storage. See if a factory reset helps. It shouldn't stutter, even a little bit.

33. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

Not really weird. Perhaps I have a sensitive eye, but even with my friend's s7s, I still notice stutters. Please don't take this as me thinking touchwiz sucks. I don't. I even prefer it to stock, but touchwiz for me has not been as smooth as stock phones I've used previously. But I appreciate the advice tyrion!

34. tyrionTheWise unregistered

So do I. My phone lagged like hell on 5.1.1, and it's really smooth on marshmallow. About the sensitive eye, that's not a factor since I have checked with profile rendering and there are no frame drops. So it's not a matter of eye noticing things, which my eyes are pretty good at. Touchwiz sucks. It's bloated and updates take forever, And I don't really care if you think otherwise. But it does not stutter, at least on my unit. Maybe it will be fixed on your phone with a software update. PS: I disabled around 110 packages from touchwiz with package disabler pro. Maybe that made the difference.

35. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

Our experiences differ, that's all my friend. Cheers!

41. tyrionTheWise unregistered

60 fps is the best expectation we can have. If I could share the screenshots of profile scheduler, I would. As I said, even running that didn't show frame drops. There is no way you can notice the frame drops as they are absent. Anyway, your statement just proves your S7 lags. That doesn't imply that touchwiz itself lags.

47. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Thats what make the difference tyrion... you need to deactivate about every crap they put in touchwiz for it to be smooth. Every year many other flagship and even mid end phone end up smoother than touchwiz equiped phone. On the S7 its almost impossible to notice unless you put it side by side with the G5 or the HTC M9 we have in store here.

52. tyrionTheWise unregistered

I don't care what I have to do, if it doesn't require root. And I never said it was laggy before disabling those. I disabled those apps for more free RAM( now I can keep about 17 apps in RAM compared to 11 on stock build) and much less battery drain. Besides, I never believed you and your 'store' claims. Last time you said you were able to keep clash of clans in memory. Your credibility has been flaky in past making it hard to trust you.

68. idcidk

Posts: 6; Member since: Apr 16, 2015

did you disable all the recommended ones?

71. tyrionTheWise unregistered

I disabled everything useless.

73. Exynos.

Posts: 177; Member since: Mar 28, 2016

Which means you can't sail smooth on TouchWiz without disabling a hundred stuffs...

76. tyrionTheWise unregistered

No. As I told, I disabled services for more RAM and battery. Besides, my phone is not missing any key feature. Touchwiz just has a lot of junk like samsung push service or other samsung junk that was useless. And my phone is still running at least twice the amount of services compared to stock android. It's the simple rule of OS: the more stuff you run, the slower it gets. I just leveled the playing field.

45. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Ah the soc excuses. Invalid as the G5 is lag free with identical hardware as the SD variant... Here in Canada we have exynos S7 and comparing it to SD G5 the G5 destroy it its faster for everything beside taking a picture ( S7 really is fast to take pic )

56. Exynos.

Posts: 177; Member since: Mar 28, 2016

It's not about SoC. But firmware. The SD820 and E8890 variants of the S7 have different firmwares build. I think it's what makes the difference.

72. tyrionTheWise unregistered

First your say you compared to SD S7, now you day exynos. You are a lama liar, that's all.

75. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

"lag free device" that's an absurd statement...

38. BeersAndTech

Posts: 95; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

....and just because you say touchwiz doesn't lag doesn't mean it doesn't. Take your own advice.

44. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

S7 SD edition vs G5 Both same hardware and resolution and the G5 is faster all around ( opening apps , UI smoother ect ) So sorry but its lag compared to similar flagship with same hardware.

53. tyrionTheWise unregistered

G5 is optimized for SD 810, S7 is not. The only reason for the existence of snapdragon S7 is because of the outdated CDMA using carriers in US, which the LTE of Exynos 8890 doesn't support. SD 820 based S7 is garbage. The kernel is absolutely optimized leading to shameful levels of lag. I would not buy it for even 200$ less than the Exynos.

58. Exynos.

Posts: 177; Member since: Mar 28, 2016

"G5 is optimized for SD 810, S7 is not" Snapdragon 810? And if you mean Snapdragon 820, prove your claims.

61. tyrionTheWise unregistered

I mean 820. See this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=233f0ewFWGk Also you may read the review by android police. Not to mention the horrible battery the 820 version of S7 gets.

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