LG V10 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 5: the user experience

LG's most recent offering in the high-end market is a pretty interesting device – a premium phablet with stainless steel bars on its sides, a secondary screen dedicated to notifications and quick shortcuts, and a manual mode for video, which gives us the most elaborate menu for recording on a smartphone to date. The device also performs pretty stable throughout day-to-day activities, and the LG UX runs smoothly on it.

However, if there is one player to beat in the phablet class niche, it's the fan-favorite Note line from Samsung, and this year's Note 5 didn't come without its own shiny style. A metal body, sandwiched between two Gorilla Glass 4 layers, with the one on the back being curved for extra ergonomics all work in unison to create an attractive handset, while Samsung's newly redesigned TouchWiz skin is much snappier than before.

In terms of hardware – both devices are top-notch. Sure, one can definitely argue that the Exynos 7420 SoC in the Samsung is more powerful than the Snapdragon 808 in the LG V10, but in real-world use, differences in performance between the two devices are rarely noticeable. And it's the real-world use that we want to take a look at here.

After having spent a couple of months switching between the two devices as daily drivers, we'd like to share with you the little nuances of how one caters to user experience better than the other, and vice-versa. Ready for some nit-picking?

But that's not to say that the V10 is in the lead. Oh, no, no – Samsung's phablet is a user's dream in its own ways. Let's see how it will make your life easier in "The Note 5 strikes back!"

And that's it – two awesome phones, both not without their own flaws. You may have noticed that we didn't mention the S Pen – it goes without saying that if you want to draw or write by hand on your smartphone, the Note is pretty much a winner before the race even begins. In fact, why don't you share with us – what is it that you look for in a phablet?

Related phones

  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 808, Hexa-core, 1800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(12h 3G talk time)
Galaxy Note 5
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 2100 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3000 mAh(22h 3G talk time)



1. meanestgenius

Posts: 22393; Member since: May 28, 2014

LG really did some awesome things with the V10. Definitely looking forward to the G5, and a sequel to the V10. Kudos to Samsung, as well. The Note 5 is a beast!

53. Furbal unregistered

I am waiting for an OEM to integrate their framework (similar to the Idol 3 but from someone who actually backs their products) for multi window/camera etc into as close of a stock android interface as possible. Hope it comes soon..

57. Elfmonster unregistered

Buying an LG V10 to replace my Note. Looking forward to it a lottt. I would be going for the Sony Premium if they'd gone 5-7 and added removable battery.

2. Landon

Posts: 1247; Member since: May 07, 2015

Now knowing about these aces up V10's sleeve makes me want to try the phone out. How does this phone have a 7 rating on PA?

6. rsiders

Posts: 1990; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

It has a 7 rating because the wrong person reviewed it and didn't even try. The follow up video mode review done by John V. displayed more of the capabilities that the reviewer didn't even touch on.

8. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I think the reviewer was being too generous.

20. meanestgenius

Posts: 22393; Member since: May 28, 2014

I was wondering the same thing. This phone seems to be one of the best releases this year. LG really brought the heat with the V10.

34. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Really? I could have sworn you've already said that for the Note 5 and the Priv.

39. meanestgenius

Posts: 22393; Member since: May 28, 2014

And? What's it to you if I did? There's some law that says you can't appreciate more than one phone?

45. Mxyzptlk unregistered

No, I just thought it was humorous.

50. meanestgenius

Posts: 22393; Member since: May 28, 2014

So is your avatar.

62. Mxyzptlk unregistered

That was pretty lame even for you.

65. meanestgenius

Posts: 22393; Member since: May 28, 2014

That doesn't make what I said any less true, considering the fact that you have the avatar of a male imp that's infatuated with a male kryptonian.

69. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Might want to stop before you bury yourself even further.

72. meanestgenius

Posts: 22393; Member since: May 28, 2014

I'm only burying you, Mxy. And I've the shovel to prove it.

42. tedkord

Posts: 17452; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The Note 5 is the best release of this year.

46. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Pengate and Ramgate, not exactly.

58. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

Better than the #fappening, #bendgate, #anttenagate, #iOSgate...

76. Deca-core

Posts: 75; Member since: Nov 20, 2015

you mean snapdragon?

21. nnjerzy

Posts: 126; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

I had the V10, returned it and went back to the note 5... with all the BS with TW, and memory options I once again went back to my V10 and I got it yesterday for 499.00 cyber monday deals TMOB.. great option literally. The removable wireless Qi back is coming out this month for wireless charging so that will be great Only thing I miss is Samsung Pay was a great service which always worked. Waiting on LG Pay to see what they do. From what I heard they may put Samsung Pay on the Play Store to DL if any. LG V10 call quality is better with the HD voice reception bars are smother and of course 64 GB to start not excluding removable options. V10 is also a beast and the second screen is far more doable and makes more since than on Samsungs.

23. Landon

Posts: 1247; Member since: May 07, 2015

Thanks for your honest viewpoint. Even if Samsung Pay is released to the Play Store for everyone, non-Samsung 2015 flagship phones would only be able to use NFC...and since Samsung Pay is limited to only a few banks, would it not be better to use Android Pay? I won't be switching from my Note 5 anytime soon since I use Samsung Pay daily and I'll be receiving the Gear VR headset tomorrow. Can't wait!

26. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

LG Pay is going to fail if it requires NFC. In the USA, Apple has the advantage of having more banks signed onto Apple Pay, but it has stalled do to lack of retailers who have NFC terminals. Samsung Pay is unbeatable because it supports both. So far only 2 locations I frequent even have NFC, McDonald's and Walgreen's; while Samsung Pay works at every place I've gone, including places where they usually ask you to hand them the card. I typically just hold my phone next to where they slide if I can reach it. I love getting the surprised looks.

31. Landon

Posts: 1247; Member since: May 07, 2015

I've been a little hesitant on using it in a situation where they typically take your card to swipe. I know it will work 99% of the time, but I just don't want their head to explode with this new technology lol. I agree, though...the surprised looks are great!

55. WakaFlakaD

Posts: 576; Member since: Apr 30, 2011

Hey, I am enjoying the same experience with Samsung Pay. One question though, since I do not drive, does Samsung Pay work at a gas station pump? I remember reading that somewhere that it does not work. Let me know. Thanks!

61. Landon

Posts: 1247; Member since: May 07, 2015

It does not. Samsung Pay will not work at gas stations and ATM machines since you have to insert the card.

3. Lycan155

Posts: 254; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

Note 5 UI > v10

4. jellmoo

Posts: 2645; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

This makes me wonder which device is the better productivity machine. The S Pen has a ton of great applications, but the removable battery and SD card on the V10 likely lets it pull ahead by a smidge.

10. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

You live in 2015 probably in a western country with 4G etc. Why on earth would you care for memory cards? I haven't seen anyone using them besides pro photographers.

14. jellmoo

Posts: 2645; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

To store data locally, which is far more secure than in the cloud. There are quite a few companies that require physical data storage as opposed to cloud based solutions for proprietary info. On a personal level, data is actually pretty pricey here in Canada. Being able to keep things like local music and videos can be very helpful.

77. k4ever

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 08, 2014

Because not everyone stays in one area. One of the things I really hate is reading reviews from people in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York that never leave the city. I grew up in Los Angeles, but I live in the Southern U.S. now and work outside the U.S. Bottom line: cloud storage sucks! Most of the places I drive to and work at in the South don't have cell phone access, let alone 4G. If you get on an airplane, you can't access the cloud unless you pay extra for the airline's crappy internet service. If you go overseas you have to pay an arm and a leg for cell service through your carrier, especially for data, and it doesn't even work everywhere you go. Most of us save our money and get a local SIM card, but then you are usually stuck with limited 4G or 3G. A memory card is simple. You install it in your phone and now you have up to 128GB of extra storage that will work EVERYWHERE YOU GO! When it's time to replace your phone, you take the memory card out and put it in your new phone. All of your photos, music, and videos go with you. Maybe you need to get out of the city once or twice. It would do you some good.

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