LG sends out questionable G5 vs. Galaxy S7 infographic

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.

via: ZDNet

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1. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Good for them. Hope both of them sell a ton of devices. Hope they take Apple customers. Be together, not same.

21. neops

Posts: 297; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

Phonearena warns the public. You can't say that the infographic is lying though, can you?

25. spin9

Posts: 310; Member since: May 31, 2014

G5 has IR blaster too but I wonder if they kept the FM radio

42. cdm283813

Posts: 424; Member since: Jan 10, 2015

Surprised they didn't use IR blaster as a plus. Still pissed at Samsung for removing it but I still pick the S7 Edge over the G5.

86. kamejoko

Posts: 253; Member since: Nov 10, 2011

nowaday. all model uhd and sudh of samsung. remote don,t use IR, maybe it use bluetooth. because you dont need align with tv when control.

114. andrewkb

Posts: 24; Member since: Jan 04, 2016

ir also works for ebay rgb led lights

93. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I like the IR. However if you order right now the S7, you will get a Gear VR headset included with the S7 for free. I wish LG offered sometime like that as well.

30. quintessential

Posts: 86; Member since: Mar 11, 2015

If Samsung was the one that released the infographic to say LG G5 loses out, I'm very sure Phonearena will have no objections, nor will they ever have to publish an article like this.

35. insyt

Posts: 52; Member since: Sep 16, 2015

Yeah flawed like a lot of Phonearena articles.

50. Good-Is-Better

Posts: 105; Member since: Nov 12, 2015

What ever the case I am getting my S7 edge. maybe by 2018 I will think about what LG has to offer if at all they will still be around by then.

69. chenski

Posts: 774; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

I thought always on screen is lg feature only?

77. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Hm, nope and the Samsung one looks better

105. chenski

Posts: 774; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Thats up to personal taste, i think the lg one is way better

36. igorb81

Posts: 77; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Most of those pointed out by LG are meaningless for average user including myself. I don't care about removable battery. I never removed batteries in my Galaxy phones ever so that's something I am not missing. Modular gimmick is nothing more than that for me. I think waterproofing is more important to me. I am almost certain that S7 will outlast LG in battery life. Also they can keep their crappy 16mp I would take 12mp high quality sensor any day over it. Is LG this desperate for sales? These infographics are immature to say the least with bogus info. Are they in they hurting now like HTC? Can someone enlighten me?

58. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Waterproofing is useless if not covered by warranty from manufacturer. Samsung dont cover those i had S5 user with water damage and they had to pay to repair or upgrade to a new phone. I myself had a Sonim XP7 ultra rugged phone and water got in it at least Sonim cover it with warranty. I also had a Sony Z1 thats got water damage they tested the water seal and found them to be defective so they swapped the phone for free. So Samsung waterproof not so good and if its fail you loose big time. modular design permit case maker to make battery case thats directly supply the phone with energy so no conversion lost between the case battery and the phone battery. Samsung S7 will have wireless battery case wich look amazing but wireless wont charge fast enuf if you game at the same time... Crappy 16 mpix? we shall see how crappy it is. S7 look to beat it in bad lightning but in good lightning the G5 will possibly beat it we shall see. So relaxe :)

108. igorb81

Posts: 77; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

see my comment 104

95. Kary1

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 26, 2015

You must not keep phones very long if you've never replaced a battery. They start losing life at about 2 years, assuming they don't get damaged by heat or something before then. Buying a $600+ device that's life is limited by the battery is folly, unless you change phones frequently.

112. mitchytan92

Posts: 92; Member since: Mar 02, 2015

I don't know if this is true but I remember reading this last year...http://bgr.com/2015/04/16/galaxy-s6-battery-replacement-cost-samsung/

101. rsiders

Posts: 1976; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

You were doing good until you got to crappy 16mp camera. Samsung may be better but I doubt it. Unedited.https://flic.kr/p/DvHanP

104. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

That is surely ridiculous to say LG's 16MP as 'crappy'. It is definitely the best if not the best camera out there. Do some research first before spitting out crap. Educate yourself.

107. igorb81

Posts: 77; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

I am a photographer with many years of DSLR experience so I would hope I know what I am talking about but from what I have seen so far G5 camera image quality is borderline crappy. At least from what I have seen so far. I will wait for DXO or other pros to properly review it before I come to my final judgement but at this time I am not impressed. 12mp is a sweet spot for mobile cameras and it has larger aperture along with other tech it certainly looks much better than other contenders. I wonder about it's OIS. I was really impressed with Mi 5 performance. I was hoping S7 could match it but I doubt it. I am gravitating towards S7 at the moment.

109. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

Well, I am also a photographer hobbyist, and I hope I understand what I'm talking about. I like to read lens sharpness charts and I often pixel peep on many SLRs and smartphone cameras' RAW files. I'm actually mostly referring to G4's excellent camera. And when I read your claim "their crappy 16mp" I burst out of confusion thinking "well, no way their 16MPs are crap". If you have stated a clearer statement, I probably wouldn't. As for the G5, There is no 'real' sample of G5's photos as of now as the phone is still in the pre-production phase. But based on the pictures here: http://www.phonearena.com/news/First-LG-G5-vs-iPhone-6s-vs-Galaxy-S6-camera-samples-comparison_id78561 I can conclude that it's definitely not borderline crappy. I know it's not as good as the G4 samples, let alone my expectations but it's definitely not crappy, by common photography knowledge. So yes, maybe my post was a little bit rude at first as I was skimming your comment, apologises for that, but yeah, just to clarify my statement.

111. igorb81

Posts: 77; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

perhaps I jumped the gun myself. I have not seen the proper samples yet. The ones I have seen I was deeply disappointed. But I have to admit the results from V10 are pretty stellar so there may be some hope. I will wait and see. Personally I still prefer what S7 achieved with their camera and I would gladly take 12 vs 16 if the sensor size is comparable common knowledge would tell one that 12 would be better from the image quality standpoint. To me low light and image quality along with fast shooter are bare necessities in smartphone world.

113. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

Which samples makes you deeply disappointed? Check my PA link, I was disappointed too but I would never judge them as 'crap'. I don't know where did you get the fact that 12MP would always be better than 16MP in the same sensor size, as that is pretty much not true for most cases. But If what I'm seeing is right, I am amazed by S7's low light shots. I'm quite positive it'll pretty much beat the G5 if there were no improvements at all with the G5 from the G4.

54. QWERTYphone

Posts: 654; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

How come no one is "questioning" that Samsung BLATANTLY LIED when the S6 was released and said they could not combine a MicroSD with UFS memory ???? PhoneArena needs to stop being Samsung fan bois and get off their nuts.

59. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

They did not lie... The Exynos in the S6 and note 5 has a cheap memory controller thats slowdown when both are used at the same time. SD820 dont have such issue ( even SD810 supported both at the same time )

64. willard12 unregistered

Really? They blatant lied? What was their quote on that?

76. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

yes it cant.. you also cant raid0 mechanical HDD with SSD, and hope it perform with SSD speed, right? but in this case, u can use both together.. side by side (but you cant adopt that microSD)

74. AZNHA unregistered

yeeaa android tagline

2. jellmoo

Posts: 2627; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

WHAT?!? LG isn't going to provide a subjective bit of advertising and chooses to use cherry picked items in order to make their device seem better? The nerve!

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