Samsung Galaxy S7 vs Galaxy S7 edge vs LG G5: vote for the better phone


So, Samsung and LG have unleashed their flagship phones for 2016, and they're all sizzling hot. Actually, it won't be a grand overstatement to say that either the Galaxy S7, S7 edge, or the LG G5 are some of the best Android devices available right now. 

You can check out these in our reviews of the devices, but that's not the point of this post. Quite the contrary — we are reaching out to and asking you to choose a winner among the three noteworthy Android champs. 

We are comparing them in a couple of subjective areas where each and every one of you is capable of having their own opinion. What would these be? Well, we will be asking you which one's better in terms of design, user interface, and camera performance. The polls will be open until early April 11. All set? Okay, let's go!

Design


While the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge are certainly not far cries from their respective predecessors, the G5 is. The latter is certainly trying to shake the industry by being the first in a couple of areas. The interchangeable modules, for example, are a first for the industry. Design-wise, LG finally joined the metal club and is ditching plastic—even if adorned with leather—in favor of cool aluminum. Have in mind that it doesn't feel like metal, because the aluminum body is covered with a significant layer of plastic.

In the meantime, the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge don't stray away from the successful design traits that debuted along with the Galaxy S6 and the S6 edge. We get a glass-metal sandwich that feels great in the hand, but attracts the arch-nemesis of almost any glass surface—unsightly fingerprint smudges—like crazy. Apart from nailing the design of the devices, Samsung has also succeeded in making them water-proof with no water repelling flaps on board, which is a commendable engineering feat.



Which phone has the better design?

Samsung Galaxy S7
12.91%
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
70.24%
LG G5
16.85%

User interface


Apart from taking a more conservative approach in the design department, Samsung also did not shake things up in the software section. Basically, what you get with the Galaxy S7 is similar to what you got on the Galaxy S6, though the new device is running on Marshmallow out of the box. Save for the always-on display feature, there is nothing major left out or added. You still get theme support so that you can easily change the appearance of you interface, making it look better... or worse. Additionally, the S7 edge comes with revamped Edge panels, which allow users to easily access different app and feature shortcuts.

Meanwhile, LG has went to great lengths to make its UX better. Dubbed UX 5.0 Home screen, LG's newest crack at nailing a smartphone interface is times more mature and sleek than its previous attempts. First of all, LG has streamlined its interface and has for the most part nixed the bright unsightly colors. These have been substituted for a simple, but way more appealing black and white theme with colorful toggles and buttons. Secondly, the whole interface has been overhauled and is now more mature in general. Unfortunately, LG's UX 5.0 has been stripped of some noteworthy features: the app drawer and Dual Window are gone. 

So, which phone has the better interface and functionalities? Vote right after the gallery below!
 

Which phone has the better interface and functionality?

Samsung Galaxy S7
12.64%
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
58.2%
LG G5
29.16%

Camera



The camera setup of the LG G5 did not surprise us - it's similar to the one at the front of the LG V10. This means that we have a 1/2.6” 16-megapixel camera with 1.12μm pixels and a rather wide f/1.8 lens aperture. Optical stabilization is also a go. Meanwhile, the second camera is a 8MP ultra-wide angle one - its field of view spans 135 degrees, which is greater that the one of the human eye. Indoors, the G5 performs a bit disappointing, mostly in terms of setting the correct white balance and detail reproduction.  

In the other camp, the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge come with similar camera setups. We have 12MP, 1/2.5” sensors with large, 1.4 micron pixels on both. The latter allow Samsung's finest to suck in 95% more light than the Galaxy S6. On top of that, they come with Dual Pixel, a technology that allows any camera pixel to aid the autofocus process. Quality-wise, you will hardly find an aspect in which the Galaxy S7/S7 edge doesn't shine - perfect details, mostly excellent color reproduction, and very good handling of the dynamic range.


Which phone has the better camera?

Samsung Galaxy S7/edge
77.34%
LG G5
22.66%

Final match


So, we asked, and you answered! Still, "the whole is greater than the sum of its parts", as Aristotle once said. That's why there is one glaring last question that needs to get answered. Which one's your favorite?

Which phone do you like more?

Samsung Galaxy S7
14.8%
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
66.51%
LG G5
18.69%

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38 Comments

46. epdm2be

Posts: 836; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

If only Samsung would stop making compromises . Wth did they ditch the IR-blaster? It only add a few pennies to the overal cost and makes the device that more complete.

45. Larry_ThaGr81

Posts: 593; Member since: May 26, 2011

I'm tired of gimmicks and oversized phones. I don't watch/play enough content to need that large of a screen, so the s7 is the perfect size for me. Previous phones include the Note 4 and Note 2.

44. Quduz

Posts: 84; Member since: Aug 18, 2015

s7 exynos ftw. The poor ram management bug on the G5 is the only thing keeping me away, it a good phone but sd820.meh https://youtu.be/ZD5bRIKY1zQ

39. DONUT

Posts: 436; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

after seeing Erica Griffin's unboxing of the G5, must say im glad to have gone with the S7 Edge

43. Jazbec

Posts: 30; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Amen to that man :) Same here

38. shnibz

Posts: 522; Member since: Sep 18, 2011

One would have to pay me a hefty sum to give up my S7 for a G5.

33. bassembm

Posts: 143; Member since: Dec 27, 2015

G5 ...>Edge...>S7

27. Tretas

Posts: 24; Member since: Apr 04, 2016

Lg g5... Can´t do with a 4:3 camera anymore !! And S7/Edge is slippery as hell.

25. Shocky unregistered

Would have preferred a 5.5" Galaxy S7 with no curved Edge to be honest. Curved edge is still a gimmick, distorts your content, issues with colour shifting and reflections. But the phone does look really nice and to most that's all that matters. :D

19. FluffyBled unregistered

Hey PA, could you guys make your polls more rating-like, where you can pick from a slider on a scale 1 to 10 for each because the way it is now, only the 1st place is determined!

26. Shocky unregistered

Agreed, it's stupid.

15. KingOfAndroid

Posts: 34; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

Bought the S7 edge to replace my aging S4... best decision ever

13. Fire5

Posts: 315; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

Samsung Galaxy edge s7 So far I have satisfied. I see only when active mode energy saving problem. I limited the Internet and in my S6 edge plus did not happen I do not see the logic to something. I need an update.

12. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Where are the battery test?

11. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

The S7 edge is probably the best phone you can buy right now.

9. tyrionTheWise unregistered

The results of this poll will suggest that the S7 will be worst of the 3, but it's not. That's what happens when you split the Samsung votes between 2 phones. Poor choices PA, should have merged the S7/edge for more fairness.

37. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Haha, I can see the iPhonearena headline saying "Our readers prefer the G5 over the S7"

49. cdm283813

Posts: 424; Member since: Jan 10, 2015

Just add them mentally. That's what I did. Last thing we need are S7 and S7 Edge Fanboys.

7. hafini_27

Posts: 951; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

S7 Edge is the most well-rounded phone IMO. I give LG props for being innovative with the G5 though I am still waiting for the review of its "Friends" accessories.

6. dubaiboy78

Posts: 465; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Why icrap is not included on this fight iphonearena?!?

16. gaming64

Posts: 234; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

Why do you have to be such a cunt?

18. taz_chaz

Posts: 135; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

and that made my day :P

20. dubaiboy78

Posts: 465; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

U r such a lonely d*ck

24. Shocky unregistered

That's just creepy.

50. Worldstar

Posts: 1; Member since: May 12, 2016

furfag likes apple

5. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1382; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

The Samsung Edge 7 simply dominates both the regular S7 and the LG5 in terms of design and in my subjective opinion is the more beautiful of the tree. Again this is in my opinion

23. QWERTYphone

Posts: 654; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Until you put it in to a ugly case, or it shatters. The S7 and Edge are fragile $hit.

30. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1382; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

I currently have own my S6 Edge for a year now and it is in always in its clear see through case. I have dropped it numerous times from above 2 feet and it has not shattered or crack and I can still see it's beautiful front and back panel through the case. I am sorry that your S7 was damaged but again when you buy an all glass phone and don't take the time to buy an inexpensive cover to protect it from accidental falls you don't blame the manufacture for that. You knew what you where purchasing.

31. phonearenarocks

Posts: 607; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

My s6 edge fell without a case thrice and with it 6 times, is in perfect state, I swear that. This glass isn't fragile as few ppl here comment. They seem to be more of Samsung haters than anything else.

36. Nopers unregistered

I call BS, gorilla glass 4 is very scratch resistant because of its hardness but also very brittle so smaller drops can break it compared to a gorilla glass 3 phone. So who actually counts the amount of times they drop their phone, 3 times dropping an S6 without a case would at least scuff or dent the chassis depending on where you drop it, on carpet I'd totally believe but that's not even that impressive, on concrete or tile floor then no, there would be damage.

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