Apple iPhone 7 Plus vs LG V20
Interface and features
The LG interface on top of Android is a bit of an overkill with excessive features, while iOS strikes a more reasonable balance of usability and simplicity.
For years on, the app drawer was a staple of the Android ecosystem, but something seems to have changed in recent years. First, many Chinese phone makers aiming to copy the iPhone did away with the app drawer, and this year, with the V20, LG has also disabled the app drawer in favor of an iPhone-esque Android interface.
You can enable an app drawer, but it’s a bit of a hassle: you have to locate the LG SmartWorld app and there, search for an app called LG Home that you then install and apply as a home screen launcher that comes with an app drawer.
There is that similarity, but also another one: the LG V20 actually runs on the latest Android 7.0 Nougat software. This is great. Previously, you could get a new major Android phone release with an old version of the software, a big annoyance that LG does away with. The iPhone 7 Plus, on its part, also features the latest iOS 10 version. It still remains to be seen how LG will deal with future updates, but so far, it’s up to a good start.
In general terms, Android remains the open and more customizable system, while Apple’s ecosystem is the ‘closed’ one, with less customization options, more limited access to the system, but that is also the beauty of iOS: this way Apple is able to keep the platform more secure, prevent app piracy, and enjoy a more vibrant app and games ecosystem.
Put quite frankly, though, this simplicity of iOS plays to its advantage: everything feels less cluttered and more focused. The V20 with its secondary display and a ton of options often feels overwhelming, while some advertized features like the signature wallpapers are nothing more than a gimmick with a poorly stylized name on top of a rather generic looking picture.
A key advantage of the iPhone 7 Plus and iOS is the 3D Touch functionality that adds a few quick shortcuts to the iOS experience. Core apps like iMessage are now also much richer and more popular that the stock messenger on Android, an important reason that keeps iPhone users in the Apple ecosystem.
Performance, Processor and Memory
The iPhone’s A10 system chip beats the Snapdragon 820 in benchmarks, and it also performs smoother in real life. The V20 feels fast, but a bit too jerky at times.
The iPhone 7 Plus is powered by the latest and most powerful Apple-made A10 Fusion system chip, while the LG V20 uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC that most 2016 flagships use.
Then, there are other specs: the iPhone has 3GB of RAM, while the V20 has 4GB. More RAM makes it possible to have your game on pause while you are doing other stuff on your phone and even completely forget about it. With a lot of RAM, the phone can keep it open and resume to it right away when you remember to start playing the next day. Cool, but hardly something that will be a deal-breaker.
What matters more is how the phones run in everyday tasks and if they lag. Luckily, both do not lag and respond quickly. The iPhone, however, is the smoother one, with less jittery action and more soothing animations and transitions, while the V20 is fast, but not as smooth, with a very slight stutter here and there. Barely noticeable, yet it comes out in comparison.
Power users will look at benchmarks and benchmarks show one thing clearly: the A10 Fusion in the iPhone 7 Plus is more powerful in both CPU-demanding tasks and in games and other graphics-intense apps.
The iPhone 7 Plus is offered in three versions, differing by storage and price: there’s a 32GB, 128GB and 256GB model of the 7 Plus, and none of them features a microSD card memory expansion slot. The LG V20, on its part, is offered in a single, 64GB version. This is a great starting point for native storage, but power users might need more. Luckily, LG does provide a microSD card slot that you can use to expand the existing storage.
AnTuTu Higher is better
Apple iPhone 7 Plus 179811
LG V20 135599.66
JetStream Higher is better
Apple iPhone 7 Plus 167.76
LG V20 50.862
GFXBench T-Rex HD on-screen Higher is better
Apple iPhone 7 Plus 58.2
LG V20 54
GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 on-screen Higher is better
Apple iPhone 7 Plus 55.8
LG V20 14.33
Basemark OS II Higher is better
Apple iPhone 7 Plus 3119
LG V20 1727.66
Geekbench 4 single-core Higher is better
Apple iPhone 7 Plus 3443
LG V20 1553.66
Geekbench 4 multi-core Higher is better
Apple iPhone 7 Plus 5619
LG V20 3626.33
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