Call quality


Call volume with the G5 is very good on both ends, and people's voices are recognizable even if one were to blindly answer calls. On the downside, these voices sound a tad flat and robotic. Thankfully, the earpiece is large enough to ensure that even as you shuffle the G5's position relative to your ear, you're still getting good volume.

The iPhone 6s Plus delivers an acceptable performance through its earpiece, which happens to deliver reasonably loud tones. Voices come in a relatively natural and dynamic way, so we don't have complaints in this regard. The microphone does a similarly good job at transferring our voice to our callers, with a mostly clean and well-defined sound quality.

Battery

One day or two days of usage – this will be your G5 vs 6s Plus battery life dilemma

On paper, the LG G5 fails to impress, with a removable, but modest 2,800 mAh juicer. As with most other specs, battery capacity can be misleading, but that's not the case according to our custom battery life test. The G5 managed to keep it up for 5 hours and 51 minutes, which is pretty disappointing for today's standards, and means it will probably get you through the proverbial 24 hours of normal usage, but expect everyday charging to be a must. Thankfully, you can always carry a spare battery with you now.

The iPhone 6s Plus carries almost the same battery capacity – 2750 mAh – in a non-removable unit, but fares much better when it comes to battery life. We clocked north of 9 hours of screen-on time in our standardized battery benchmark test, so the phone will easily get you through a day and a half, or even two days with normal usage.

Where the G5 shines is charging time, as it tops up the exhausted juicer completely for about an hour and fifteen mintes only, while the iPhone 6s Plus needs more than two and a half hours to do it.

Battery life (hours) Higher is better
LG G5 5h 51 min (Poor)
Apple iPhone 6s Plus 9h 11 min (Good)
Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
LG G5 76
Apple iPhone 6s Plus 165

Conclusion


The LG G5 comes with a brand new modular chassis and a dual camera solution that amount to a unique phone amongst this season's flagships. It is smaller and easier to handle than the iPhone 6s Plus, though the craftsmanship leaves something to be desired in comparison.

If you have no use for the still-limited portfolio of extra LG Friends module attachments, though, the G5 doesn't offer something to really set it apart from the 6s Plus in terms of everyday usage like software performance or camera quality. The iPhone has one big basic advantage, however, and that is a much better battery life, which in real life often trumps added options that you may rarely use.

The basic 6s Plus is slightly more expensive than the LG G5, though, and offers less storage, plus it is big and a chore to handle and carry around in comparison. Thus, if you aren't sold on the superiority of its software ecosystem and stellar battery life, the G5 is one of the svelter flagship alternatives on the Android side of the fence, if you don't mind its faster value depreciation.

LG G5

Pros

  • Great outdoor visibility
  • Intriguing modular design

Apple iPhone 6s Plus

Pros

  • Stellar battery life
  • 3D Touch input
  • Quality software ecosystem




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