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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16 Comments

16. Jessie24

Posts: 1; Member since: May 17, 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.

14. DwysWysd

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 23, 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.

11. shnibz

Posts: 523; Member since: Sep 18, 2011

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

9. aljololzz

Posts: 85; Member since: Nov 07, 2016

both phones are great

3. Takeharu

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

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

5. Bankz

Posts: 2555; Member since: Apr 08, 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.

6. Takeharu

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 28, 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.

8. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 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.

10. sgodsell

Posts: 7676; Member since: Mar 16, 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.

7. xchatter

Posts: 44; Member since: Mar 25, 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.

15. DwysWysd

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 23, 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.

13. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

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

2. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 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.

12. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Its quite rare to see praises from ex Samsung users.

1. XDAdam

Posts: 276; Member since: Feb 03, 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.

4. Bankz

Posts: 2555; Member since: Apr 08, 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.

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