LG introduced a revamped user interface with the G5 and its latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow build, and now calls it UX 5.0 home screen. Gone are the cartoonish icon shapes and flashy colors, and the whole UI seems more polished and mature.

Besides the new coat of paint, LG has tinkered with the functionality, too. There is no app drawer by default, meaning all your apps will be plastered over your homescreen à la iOS. The Dual window split-screen multitasking has also been nixed, as we have a smaller screen real estate to work with now. The LG Health app has also been updated, and has received a visual and functional overhaul. Perhaps more importantly, however, G5 users will be treated to 100GB of free Google Drive storage for two years, which is neat.

Apple tends to strive for sense and simplicity when designing its products, and that applies to the iPhone UI experience as well. The iOS 9.x edition that is currently running on the iPhone 6s Plus is clean, streamlined, and easy to get the hang of. Besides, it serves as a gateway to a vast, quality-driven library of games and applications. The 3D Touch functionality of the screen adds a likable new level of app interaction, too.

Processor and memory

The processors ticking inside the LG G5 and the iPhone 6s Plus are vastly different in terms of architecture, so direct comparison would make no sense. Suffice it to say that both chipsets – the Snapdragon 820 in the G5, and the Apple A9 – are powerful and efficient. Moreover, neither of the two phones would have troubles running any of the latest apps and games.

With 4GB of RAM, the LG G5 should excel when it comes to multitasking in theory, and indeed you can line up tens of apps open in memory for whenever you might need them back quickly. The sheer RAM amount is not everything, though, as RAM management is at least as important, and the iPhone 6s Plus delivers on par with the G5, if not better, despite having less RAM to work with.

There are 32GB of storage inside the G5, plus support for a microSD card of up to 200GB, which, however, eschews Android's adoptable storage option, so the phone will always display the internal and added memory as separate entities. The iPhone 6s does not support expandable storage, as it comes with 16, 64, or 128 gigs on board, for a price. The advantage of the G5's approach is that microSD cards are less expensive per gigabyte, though not as fast or as reliable as embedded memory.

AnTuTu Higher is better
LG G5 134074
Apple iPhone 6s Plus 58664
JetStream Higher is better
LG G5 52.218
Apple iPhone 6s Plus 120.14
GFXBench T-Rex HD on-screen Higher is better
LG G5 54.33
Apple iPhone 6s Plus 59
GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 on-screen Higher is better
LG G5 17
Apple iPhone 6s Plus 38.4
Basemark OS II Higher is better
LG G5 1913
Apple iPhone 6s Plus 2032
Geekbench 3 single-core Higher is better
LG G5 2344
Apple iPhone 6s Plus 2526
Geekbench 3 multi-core Higher is better
LG G5 5442
Apple iPhone 6s Plus 4404

Browser and connectivity

LG went with Android's default Chrome browser on the G5, instead of its own concoction, and we can't blame it, as Google is making Chrome exceedingly faster and better. Apple's Safari browser, on the other hand, renders pages very quickly, too, and has a handy Reading mode that strips only the text from articles for easy skimming.

As for connectivity – well, the handsets are loaded with network compatibility and support for most Wi-Fi, Bluetooh, GPS or NFC wireless radio standards under the sun. When it comes to 4G LTE, though, the iPhone has the upper hand, as it flaunts a record 23 bands, letting you connect to local 4G networks almost everywhere you go with it.

For wired connectivity Apple uses its proprietary Lightning connector, while LG equipped the G5 with the trendy Type-C one, so now you have to remember to always bring the charging cable with you wherever you travel, as chances someone around you will have a Type-C cable are slim to none.

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