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HTC 10 vs LG G5

HTC 10 vs LG G5


The HTC 10 is probably the first phone of HTC's flagship line that offers a very well-rounded package without perceivable weak points. HTC has been traditionally great in outer appearance, and this tradition has been further refined with the 10, but under the hood its last few high-end phones always left something to be desired, especially in the camera department.

HTC 10 vs LG G5
Well, HTC took the matter to heart and then some, offering a greatly improved camera sensor with the 10, along with Quad HD display, and a finger scanner. That is why we are clashing it with one of its chief rivals for the season, the G5. LG made this one with a crazy modular design, and a trendy dual camera, so let's see who's who in this salacious fight...


Uninspiring design, but par excellence build quality for the HTC 10 goes against a larger, flimsier modular chassis on the G5.

HTC has always been a designer darling, making phones with full metal jackets before metal became the new plastic. It therefore didn't need to change much in the exterior of its newest high-end model to remain on the “premium” bandwagon, and yet it did introduce a little something extra – chamfered edges of the aluminum rear that make the 10look rather sophisticated.

HTC 10 vs LG G5
HTC 10 vs LG G5
LG, on the other hand, made a soapy aluminum phone with rounded corners, which is nevertheless slim and light, regardless of the modular design. We say modular, as the G5 sports a detachable bottom, making it feel flimsier when handled. The detachable half lets you swap the battery, which is a rare feat in flagships these days, or you can add various media-centric and other accessories that LG calls Friends.

HTC has been eschewing finger scanners so far, but the situation became unbearable last year, so it was forced to include a traditional one, placed in the capacitive home key beneath the display. LG has chosen a bit more unorthodox placement, as it's housing said button on the back, embedded in the lock/power key there. It feels a bit weird to just tap the HTC home key instead of clicking it in, as it looks like a physical one, but not weirder than placing said button on the rear, like LG did, so we can call it a draw.

As for tactile feedback, the lock keys have it deep and well, and HTC's sturdy metal power button even has toothed surface for easier recognition when you search to press it without looking. The volume rockers are another matter, though – that of HTC is solid, with hearty tactile feedback, while on the G5 the rocker feels a bit shallow, overly thin, and flimsier.

HTC 10
5.74 x 2.83 x 0.35 inches
145.9 x 71.9. x 9 mm
5.68 oz (161 g)

HTC 10

5.88 x 2.91 x 0.29 inches
149.4 x 73.9 x 7.3 mm
5.61 oz (159 g)


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


HTC placed a 5.2” 1440 x 2560 pixels Quad HD display on the 10, instead of the Full HD panels it used before. It's a Super-LCD 5 one, and goes against the 5.3” LCD display at the G5's front with the same pixel count. While the resolution is plenty for those screen sizes, LG does differentiate with something a bit extra – an always-on feature that powers up a small section of the screen to display date, hour and pertinent notifications, though it consumes more battery in the process.

HTC 10 vs LG G5

As for the screens' quality, they are both equally ho-hum in color presentation, as they lean towards the cold side of the spectrum, with unnatural hue saturation. That's not something the average user would be too irked about, though. Outdoors, the HTC 10 tends to be just a bit brighter than its counterpart, but both could do a lot better.

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
HTC 10 432
LG G5 816
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posted on 28 Apr 2016, 07:58 15

1. tech2 (Posts: 3487; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)

Can someone tell how these two statements are not contradictory ?

'Outdoors, the HTC 10 tends to be just a bit brighter than its counterpart, but both could do a lot better.'

HTC max brightness 372 nits
LG G5 max brightness 816 nits

Get your sht together, PA.

posted on 28 Apr 2016, 08:01 5

2. Commentator (Posts: 3722; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

I was going to jump on that too. Maybe HTC does a better job filtering reflections? Or it was just a typo.

posted on 28 Apr 2016, 08:03 1

3. tech2 (Posts: 3487; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)

Highly unlikely.

Both are LCDs both are using GG4 and there is not a huge difference in their contrast as well.

posted on 28 Apr 2016, 08:40 5

7. Dr.SamX (Posts: 191; Member since: 19 Jan 2015)

Other reviews I have read say the HTC 10'a display is pretty bright. I am starting to wonder if there might be something wrong with how PA measured the 372 nits...

posted on 28 Apr 2016, 08:51 2

9. bur60 (Posts: 878; Member since: 07 Jul 2014)

Same with S7 review indeed. Low brightness while other sites report very bright display.

posted on 28 Apr 2016, 08:08 3

4. Shocky (unregistered)

I don't understand why they bother testing devices when they completely ignore their own results.

It's a clear contradiction which throws the rest of the review into question.

posted on 28 Apr 2016, 08:19 5

5. tech2 (Posts: 3487; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)

PA's testing methodology were never reliable to begin with.

They somehow always give lesser brightness score to Super Amoled screens. The score of S7's max brightness is laughable. Much more reliable sites such as DisplayMate gave them almost double in max. brightness. Displaymate said S7 is 24% brighter then S6 while on PA S6 is 25% brighter then S7.

Even their battery score for S7/Edge is unbelievable. Almost all the big tech sites have given excellent battery life score to the duo but PA continues to live in denial.

posted on 28 Apr 2016, 09:12

14. talha_16 (Posts: 52; Member since: 12 Oct 2015)

A normal lcd has air gap between glass and the element. In slcd there is no air gap so it looks brighter and increases the visibility

posted on 28 Apr 2016, 08:33

6. talha_16 (Posts: 52; Member since: 12 Oct 2015)

It is because of super lcd .... search the difference between super lcd and ld then you will know

posted on 28 Apr 2016, 08:41 4

8. Dr.SamX (Posts: 191; Member since: 19 Jan 2015)

"Super LCD" is just stupid marketing term like "retina display".

posted on 28 Apr 2016, 09:06

12. talha_16 (Posts: 52; Member since: 12 Oct 2015)

No dude you are totally wrong. Both are good inventions just search about super lcd and you will know. Its not a gimmick and we can see that in Htc 10.... Its brightness level is less than half of what lg offers but still it looks more brighter. Once you know how this technology works you will not find it a gimmick

posted on 28 Apr 2016, 09:11 2

13. Dr.SamX (Posts: 191; Member since: 19 Jan 2015)

So it is brighter by being less bright...

posted on 28 Apr 2016, 10:12

16. ibend (Posts: 6685; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)

maybe its some HTC's magic, just Apple's magic that make people said iPhone screen is better than superAMOLED, lol

if photometer detect that screen is brighter and give it higher nit score, than human eye will see it brighter too..
and photometer doesnt care about superLCD, OLED, superAMOLED, retina, or whatever, it only care about brightness

posted on 28 Apr 2016, 11:35

18. talha_16 (Posts: 52; Member since: 12 Oct 2015)

Noooo.... it appears to be more bright even when it isnt

posted on 28 Apr 2016, 11:42

20. elitewolverine (Posts: 5192; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)

Reflections matter most. No matter how bright in testing conditions it can get, if you go outside and the glass is reflecting much brighter sun and other reflections back, it kills the photons leaving the screen and makes for a muted look, or you cant see the screen at all.

Now take a screen that is better at getting the screen photons to your eyes...and even with less brightness it will 'look' brighter.

posted on 28 Apr 2016, 09:04

10. talha_16 (Posts: 52; Member since: 12 Oct 2015)

Htc has serious focus problems with the camera. Someplaces where the focus is accurate the pictures come out real good but i can see that in some places it looks like its not even focusing

posted on 28 Apr 2016, 09:57 2

15. perfectnine (Posts: 195; Member since: 11 Mar 2016)

Not sure if you saw Pocketnow's review of the camera with the new update but it seems like they have improved more, although focus at night is still pretty bad.

posted on 28 Apr 2016, 11:38 1

19. talha_16 (Posts: 52; Member since: 12 Oct 2015)

yes that in the review it is actually pretty good but in this comparison it is pretty bad i would say. Only a few shots are accurate

posted on 28 Apr 2016, 09:04

11. IOSANDROID (Posts: 102; Member since: 30 Sep 2015)

This is a really bada review specially in the display section. Guys besides your contradictory outdoor visibility statement, there was a lot more to talk about in this fisplays, like how good their contrast levels are and the new technology htc implements on it, this is a seriously unreliable comparison/review

posted on 28 Apr 2016, 11:32

17. jsdechavez (Posts: 758; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)

Faster/Lower logged times both for taking a pic and hdr pic for the LG G5 but lower camspeed scores than the HTC 10? Somebody please enlighten me.

posted on 28 Apr 2016, 12:50 1

21. legiloca (Posts: 1461; Member since: 11 Nov 2014)

Design/Build- HTC, Display- HTC, UI- HTC, Performance- draw, Camera- LG (but HTC is not too far off), Multimedia- draw (LG Friends vs. HTC's more flexible multimedia capabilities and better built in audio), Call Quality- draw, Battery- HTC (but LG is swappable)
scores: HTC- 5 ; LG- 2.5

posted on 29 Apr 2016, 20:35

25. ph00ny (Posts: 1518; Member since: 26 May 2011)

How is performance a draw? It looked like it got creamed. Hopefully that's not due to half baked drivers or throttling

posted on 28 Apr 2016, 14:23

22. greenfieid (Posts: 6; Member since: 22 Apr 2016)

I rarely read their reviews, at this PA is pretty bad..

posted on 28 Apr 2016, 22:24

23. ajith25 (Posts: 18; Member since: 07 Mar 2016)

design of g5 sucks when compared to htc 10. its looking like a body of midrange phone. i liked the features of g5 though.

posted on 29 Apr 2016, 06:45 1

24. Babert (Posts: 98; Member since: 08 May 2013)

I will wait for GSM ARENA's HTC 10 review!

posted on 09 May 2016, 04:38

26. paralepiped (Posts: 14; Member since: 16 Dec 2015)

It is already available.

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