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Apple iPhone 7 Plus vs LG V20

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Apple iPhone 7 Plus vs LG V20

Introduction


In the battle for the best big phone, the Apple iPhone 7 Plus is one device that you cannot overlook.

Apple’s iPhone is not only the single best-selling phone out there, it also features one of the most powerful chips ever on a phone, has for a long while been a trend-setter for mobile photography, and – apart from the now dead Nexus series – seems to be the only phone that gets latest updates to its platform quickly and reliably.

This year, we see some Android manufacturers stepping up their game when it comes to software currency as well: the LG V20 is a big, 5.7-inch phone that in many ways rivals the iPhone 7 Plus, and – notably – it even comes with the latest version of Android, 7.0 Nougat, right out of the gate.

Both featuring dual rear shooters, the two phones have high aspirations as cameras, as well as creativity and productivity machines. But it’s the little differences and nuances that really make each one of them stand out: the V20 with its hi-res audio aspirations and secondary screen will appeal to a certain niche of power users, while the 7 Plus has a more mainstream appeal. Let’s dive in the details to learn the whole story about these two.

Design

The iPhone 7 Plus features the more streamlined, elegant design, but it’s also a heavy phone with huge bezels. The LG V20 is built like a tank, but lacks in elegance and is not water-proof.

Apple iPhone 7 Plus vs LG V20

Both the Apple iPhone 7 Plus and LG V20 are made of metal, but while the iPhone 7 Plus has a holistic metal construction, the V20 has a large metal back cover with plastic strips on the top and the bottom. And while both feel solidly put together, the iPhone is the one with the more refined design with less seams and more elegant curves, while the V20 feels more like separate pieces put together rather than one inherent whole.

When speaking about big phones, or phablets, there are some with more manageable sizes and some truly gigantic ones. While the iPhone 7 Plus is one of the largest 5.5-inch phones out there, the LG V20 goes with an even larger, 5.7-inch display and ends up having an even bigger physical footprint than the iPhone. It’s taller, slightly wider and a hair thicker, slight differences that when considered all together are noticeable. Despite its smaller size, though, the iPhone is the heavier of these two rather weighty phones, and this heft is definitely an inconvenience if you walk with your phone in your pocket a lot.

Apple iPhone 7 Plus vs LG V20
Apple iPhone 7 Plus vs LG V20
Apple iPhone 7 Plus vs LG V20
Looking at the details around the body of the two phones, the LG V20 has an interesting button on the side. It has one sole function: press it to pop up the back cover and get easy access to the removable battery. Not everyone needs that, but with all the recent stories about exploding phones and fires, it’s nice to be able to simply remove the battery, or swap it on the go for an emergency battery boost. The V20 has its volume buttons on the side, but it keeps the power key on its back. The round home button actually clicks and also doubles as a fingerprint scanner (just a tap is required for a fingerprint reading) that works quickly and reliably. And yes, there are two rear cameras on the V20, but more on that later, in the camera section.

On the iPhone 7 Plus side, you have the familiar iPhone design with two important changes. The home key is no longer a physical button: nope, it does not physically travel and that clicking sensation you get when pressing it comes from the Taptic Engine, the vibration motor inside the iPhone. Is the feeling the same as pressing an actual physical key? Not really. Can you get used to it, though? We know we did easily enough to not consider it a problem, but not an improvement either. Then, there is the no-3.5mm jack situation: put simply, if you use the 3.5mm jack a lot, you’re clearly going to miss it, and the fact that there is a 3.5mm adapter in the box with the iPhone is a work-around, but not a remedy.

There is one key new feature on the iPhone 7 Plus that is nowhere to be found on the LG V20: water-resistance. The 7 Plus is IP67-certified, meaning that it can be submerged in water up to 1 meter (3.3 feet) deep for as long as 30 minutes without sustaining any damage. The feature is there to protect the phone in case you accidentally drop it in water or leave it out in the rain for a short while, but it’s not officially meant as an excuse for you to film under water and take it on your surfing trips.


Apple iPhone 7 Plus
6.23 x 3.07 x 0.29 inches
158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm
6.63 oz (188 g)

Apple iPhone 7 Plus

LG V20
6.29 x 3.07 x 0.3 inches
159.7 x 78.1 x 7.6 mm
6.14 oz (174 g)

LG V20


To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.


Display

The 5.5” iPhone screen features better looking colors and is easier to see outdoors under the bright sunlight.

Apple iPhone 7 Plus vs LG V20

While many phone makers are jumping ship to AMOLED screens with their deep blacks and contrast, the iPhone 7 Plus and V20 both opt for IPS LCD displays. A 5.5-inch one with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels on the iPhone, and a 5.7-inch one with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels on the V20.

While technically the V20 is the sharper one, in real life it’s hard to see much of a sharpness difference. There is no visible pixelization on either of these two.

There is one small, but important thing that makes the two different, though: the LG V20 is equipped with a tiny secondary display right above the main panel that shows you the time and date, your recent notifications, quick shortcuts to apps, and it can be customized to do several other things. It’s a cool little addition that acts in two ways: first, it gives you a quick glimpse at important information without requiring you to turn the phone on, and second, it consumes just around 1% of battery every two hours, so it’s not too power hungry. However, it’s not a game-changer in any way, just a small touch that seems to do more good than bad.

What really matters is how pictures look on the main screen. The V20 has eye-popping colors that look flashy, but also – artificial. The iPhone 7 Plus, on the other hand, aims to look way more realistic, with natural color representation.

Both phones also can get very bright: the iPhone 7 Plus, however, shines brighter with a peak luminance of 672 nits against 537 nits on the V20. In reality, we found that the added brightness was important for better outdoor visibility, but what mattered more is how the screen on the iPhone dealt with reflections: they are much less visible than on the V20, and at the end of the day this makes the iPhone much more comfortable for use in challenging conditions such as outdoors on a sunny day.

At night, the V20 can drop to a minimal brightness level of 5 nits, which is OK for nighttime viewing. The iPhone 7 drops to even more forgiving 2 nits. Luckily, both phones have the useful Night Shift (iPhone) / Comfort View (LG) option that filters out blue light at night. This changes the colors on your screen to help your brain relax and prepare to sleep, something that blue light can prevent from happening.

Display measurements and quality

Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better Contrast Higher is better Color temperature (Kelvins) Gamma Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better Delta E grayscale Lower is better
Apple iPhone 7 Plus 672
(Excellent)
2
(Excellent)
1:1431
(Excellent)
6981
(Excellent)
2.2
3.11
(Good)
2.63
(Good)
LG V20 537
(Excellent)
5
(Excellent)
1:2004
(Excellent)
9257
(Poor)
2.35
4.7
(Average)
8.4
(Poor)
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posted on 17 Nov 2016, 10:00 5

1. XDAdam (Posts: 213; Member since: 03 Feb 2016)


You mean... the iPhone won the battle?!? *GASP*

However, all iPhoneareana jokes aside... LG has been second rate as of late and I really wish they would step it up to force more competition from all the major players.

posted on 17 Nov 2016, 11:11

4. Bankz (Posts: 2097; Member since: 08 Apr 2016)


Don't know if its just me but LG has actually been retrogressing since the G2. Yet, somehow PA decided that this was a battle we were looking for. They also did well with the V10 tho, let me admit.

posted on 17 Nov 2016, 10:16 7

2. Pattyface (Posts: 1646; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)


Im currently a v20 user that came from the note 7. Its an amazing phone and i was surprised by how good of a job they did on the lcd panel this time. I changed the theme to high contrast and boom it looms amazing.

posted on 17 Nov 2016, 20:44 1

12. Settings (Posts: 2411; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


Its quite rare to see praises from ex Samsung users.

posted on 17 Nov 2016, 10:43 9

3. Takeharu (Posts: 262; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


A plus for the iPhone is: "Rich app and game ecosystem".
Please tell how this doesn't apply to the V20?!

posted on 17 Nov 2016, 11:28 1

5. Bankz (Posts: 2097; Member since: 08 Apr 2016)


You know this is true why even denying it. For a start, does android have the state of the art infinity blade? Which platform recieves game titles or updates first? Which platform are games more optimized for? Let's be honest here. But of course the android fans will come out in droves to give you a thumbs up because they're always against anything against android whether good or bad.

posted on 17 Nov 2016, 11:54 1

6. Takeharu (Posts: 262; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


I prefer the app store over the Play Store for the reasons you listed (as they are true). However the Android ecosystem is just as rich as iOS, hell Android has more apps in their store than Apple so I think it's a bulls**t pro.

posted on 17 Nov 2016, 12:17

8. sissy246 (Posts: 4221; Member since: 04 Mar 2015)


"But of course the android fans will come out in droves to give you a thumbs up because they're always against anything against android whether good or bad"
You mean like apple fans do for Apple.
Also who was just listed as the worst phone for app crashes.

posted on 17 Nov 2016, 17:02

10. sgodsell (Posts: 5038; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


They don't need to come and comment on how vast and robust Android's ecosystem is. A number of iPhone users would always talk about iOS having more apps in general. Now Android beats iOS and it's done this for a while now. They would always say that apps would arrive first and Android users would have to wait a long time before they arrive if ever. However the same is also true for Android apps. Especially in the utilities and tools area. Many of those types of apps NEVER came to iOS. Now when it comes to games, there was no mention of VR type games or apps in general. Oh, wait that's right VR apps suck on iPhones, because Apples retina display means jack when it comes to VR. Not to mention you can get emulators and other types of games that iPhone users can only obtain if they jailbreak their iPhones.

posted on 17 Nov 2016, 11:56

7. xchatter (Posts: 19; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)


Like the statement about voice quality - "we did not find any problems, but the iphone seemed a bit clearer".
But get used to reviews like this. Unprepared people doing subjective reviews.
Smart guys can do the research and comparison to get a realistic picture. Don't mind this stuff.

posted on 23 Jan 2017, 23:29

15. DwysWysd (Posts: 2; Member since: 23 Jan 2017)


Absolutely horrendous audio reproduction for speakerphone or audio use and any volumes about 50% it's all crackling both in the earpiece and speakerphone.

posted on 17 Nov 2016, 20:47

13. Settings (Posts: 2411; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


On the number of apps, they are fairly similar. Quality however unfortunately App Store is the winner.

posted on 17 Nov 2016, 13:22

9. aljololzz (Posts: 85; Member since: 07 Nov 2016)


both phones are great

posted on 17 Nov 2016, 18:56 1

11. shnibz (Posts: 405; Member since: 18 Sep 2011)


Love the V20! Best phone LG has made since the amazing G2.

posted on 23 Jan 2017, 23:27 1

14. DwysWysd (Posts: 2; Member since: 23 Jan 2017)


No difference in call Quality what in the world are you guys talking about? I live in a frenzy area my girlfriend iPhone 7 plus gets about 10 to 20% better Fringe Zone antenna gain in addition to the same topic the speakerphone on the LG is horrendous just as bad as the earpiece at any volumes above 50% you will know it is crackling in the audio which is so hypocritical as the LG boasts fancy high definition recording and Playback for audiophiles, of course using headphones. The iPhone 7S Nuttall Lane has increased their speaker output by 50% but they also use the earpiece in conjunction to provide a phenomenal speaker phone and audio playback for both phone calls and all other audio. You guys really need to get with it go online and read about all the horrendous reviews regarding the built-in speakers of the LG v20 which I'm on the cusp of returning.

posted on 17 May 2017, 13:25

16. Jessie24 (Posts: 1; Member since: 17 May 2017)


I think whoever wrote this had their own opinion that the iPhone 7 is better. I used to own a lg v20 then switched to the iPhone 7. I personally think that the lg v20 was better.

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