LG G7 ThinQ vs Samsung Galaxy S9: Visual interface comparison

LG G7 ThinQ vs Samsung Galaxy S9: Visual interface comparison
The LG G7 ThinQ was just recently unveiled as LG's latest flagship device, taking the mantle off of the LG G6 and bringing the company in 2018 with a loud bang. For what it's worth, the G7 ThinQ appears to be a very adequate answer to just about any of the more recent top-end flagship device that have been released so far, like the Galaxy S9/S9+ and the Huawei P20/P20 Pro.

We've already compared the interface of the LG G7 ThinQ with the one of its predecessor, revealing all the differences that LG has introduced, but what about the biggestone of the phone's biggest rivals, the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9+?

Of course, as usual, there's only one way to find out. It's time to compare the G7 ThinQ and the Galaxy S9 and see how their interfaces look next to one another. Are there many diffferences? What about the similarities? Let's find out.

Home screen

From the get go, it's quite easy to draw tons of similarities between the two home screens. Both LG and Samsung have opted for simplistic setups that are quite alike with their five-icon docks, the Google Search bar above, and a minimalist clock and weather widget near the middle of the screen.

Additional home screens

Both devices allow you to ditch the regular app drawer and go for all of your apps splattered across a couple of home screens, just like on iOS.

Quick settings and notifications

Expanding the quick settings and notifications bar once reveals another homage to minimalism. No text, just descriptive icons that easily reveal what functions is lying beneath. In case you're not fond of white backgrounds, tough luck - both devices feature such eyesore white backgrounds, but thankfully, users can customize these to their whims. 

Quick settings and notifications - expanded

Expanding the quick settings reveals that both LG and Samsung use a similar color shade - a bluish green for LG and a vivid blue for Samsung. In case you have developed a liking for Samsung's interface, switching over the LG's will certainly feel like home.

Recent apps

Samsung has put its own swing on this app switcher business that most manufacturers leave unchanged and similar to the stock Android implementation. As a result, you get a more condensed implementation of the recent apps, whereas LG is mostly relying on whatever Google designed in stock Android. We can't really find a fault in that.


The Phone app on both devices is quite intuitive and modern-looking, making it super-easy to find your way around and have all the essential features at your fingertips. 


What's notable here is that LG has opted for a splash of color that makes the interface appear a bit more modern, whereas Samsung's implementation relies on a predominantly white interface.


Both devices feature full-screen folders that fill up the screen and are quite aesthetically pleasing. There are quirks with both - the Galaxy S9 features a nifty "Add apps" button on the bottom, whereas the LG has such a button right near the folder name field. 


Traditionally, LG separates the standard Settings menu of Android into four separate tabs that make it a bit easier to get to the desired option, and that's just exactly what you see on the LG G7 ThinQ. General, Display, Sound, and Network tabs make this normally-convoluted menu a bit more intuitive to get around. Samsung, on the other hand, has opted for a more succinct settings menu, with many features and functionalities hidden away and requiring you to use the built-in search function a bit more often.


There isn't anything to compare here - both gallery apps put your photos front and center, making your own content the highlight of the app, just as it should be. 


When you flick open the camera of both devices, you will be greeted by two interfaces that have a couple of similarities. The interface of the LG camera app is opting for icons, whereas the Galaxy S9 puts its faith into good ol' non-ambiguous text. The camera switcher on the G7 ThinQ is at the top of the screen when positioned in landscape mode, whereas you will have to tap the zoom switcher in the right corner of the viewfinder with the Galaxy S9. Yet, both phones let you do that even more easily by simply sliding the shutter button up and down. 

In the end of the day, it's time to call quits and see who's in favor of either interface. Drop a vote in the poll we've embedded beneath and let us know which one stole your heart. Of course, vocal criticism is also welcome - we'd love to read your thoughts in the comments section below.

Which interface do you fancy more?

LG G7 ThinQ
Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+

Related phones

G7 ThinQ
  • Display 6.1 inches
    3120 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Dual camera)
    8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, 4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh
  • OS Android 9.0 Pie
Galaxy S9
  • Display 5.8 inches
    2960 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Single camera)
    8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, 4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh
  • OS Android 10
    Samsung One UI



16. Rager722 unregistered

I'm just glad LG fixed their UI because before it was ugly and not simplistic, the icons looked like something out of 2012..

15. bayzoore

Posts: 4; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Everyone is complaining about Lg copying Samsung but aren't both companies just barely modding stock android so of course they are similar, and the first phone to have a notch was the LG V10 with the second screen not fully expanding the top of the phone, yes lg has the same notch as apple now but by them making it a second screen it doesn't interfere with apps or video playback which i will take as an accepted innovation a sqaure screen with a small bump for icons to be stored instead of a rectangular screen with a bite taken out of it during videos and apps.

13. Farcaster

Posts: 170; Member since: Apr 16, 2018

No surprise. Everyone copies from Samsung or Apple.

12. Sparkxster

Posts: 1269; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Even though LG copied some aspects of Samsung experience I'm liking their lastest ux better than Samsung experience.

10. limona

Posts: 72; Member since: May 19, 2017

Why they are starting to copy Samsung? First with the button position, now with the UI.. I liked the UI of the V30 much more...

8. Alcyone

Posts: 652; Member since: May 10, 2018

Lg has an ok ui. But their build quality sucks. My g2 bricked after a t mobile update, first lg I ever had. My g3 had the infamous crack on the bottom of frame. Never again after the g3, no matter what LG my do, they ruin it somehow.

11. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

My G6 has the best build quality of all the phones I have owned. Even better than my Xperia's.

7. senseiJ

Posts: 172; Member since: May 02, 2015

Looks identical. Here's to hoping they would both give a major design rehaul once Android P arrives.

6. Arthurhkt

Posts: 728; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

One thing I doesn't like with the LG UX was they the combination of Google apps and the LG apps, both of the UI design just doesn't match each other. I wish LG would continue to support their own web browser and messaging apps.

5. plasteek

Posts: 265; Member since: Jun 07, 2015

Both Samsung and LG got themes to change this white background so...

3. snowman21

Posts: 4; Member since: May 14, 2018

Please Share The galaxy s9 Wallpaper pls

4. Bjorn

Posts: 25; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

I just shared them.


Posts: 322; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

I would give it to Samsung since you don't have to hide the ugly notch with a black bar. Look at the second image comparison how the black bar ruins the experience further.

1. parasshah100

Posts: 70; Member since: Jan 01, 2016

Wow, it is almost a 1 to 1 replica!

9. GreenMan

Posts: 2704; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Aye, that's the first thing that crossed my mind. Seems like iPhone X and Samsung S9 just had a baby and its... Err... Fascinating? Anyhow; LG copying Samsung UI clearly means that The Samsung Experience is the sleekest UI in the world! Watching copycats doing their work is arguably the best way to determine what's best in the world! G'Day!

14. bayzoore

Posts: 4; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Lg coping Samsung? They are using stock android and making modifications i Don't think that can be validated as copying in anyways since lg is mostly stock android. most of those features posted were modification of android the similar colored icons and icons? that's form android not lg or samsung, the only thing either company really change was Samsung opened apps menu, lg setting menu, and then the texting apps, otherwise one of or the other usually is just stock.

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