Interface and features

Both phones feature heavily modified versions of Android, but with the Edge UX and useful Always-on Display, Samsung offers more excitement.

While both Samsung’s Galaxy S7 Edge and LG V10 are technically Android devices, they come with very profound custom user interfaces that change the appearance of stock Android.

Samsung’s TouchWiz has evolved to be a very likable UI, as Samsung has mercilessly slashed a lot of the features that were not received well. LG’s version of Android, on the other hand, still feels a bit over the top, overburdened with features and less cohesive graphically.

The two signature new features of the S7 Edge are the reformulated Edge UX and the Game Launcher. The Edge UX on the S7 Edge features a two-column interface where you can have apps or widgets that show you the weather, news or something else. The useful thing about the Edge UX is that you can bring it up from any place in the interface, and even when you are in an app. It’s not a game-changer by any means, but it’s a nice thing to have - either for quick multitasking shortcuts or short snippets of information. Then, there is the Game Launcher which allows you to do things like block notifications, as well as block the capacitive keys and optimize the frame rate to conserve battery on your phone, making for a more advanced gaming experience.



While the V10 does not have the Edge UX, it has a somewhat similar functionality in the form of the secondary ticker display located right above the main one and next to the front-facing cameras. It’s obviously a much smaller screen, and one that is fairly limited in functionality. However, it has one important advantage: it’s always on and you don’t need to do that one extra swipe to bring it up as the Edge UX. This is an important advantage, because that one extra swipe may happen to be enough to discourage you from doing something.

Then, there is the new always-on display feature on the S7 Edge. The V10 also has something similar on the small ticker display that shows the date, time and battery level in very tiny letters that are barely discernible. What’s worse is that the secondary display is very dim and it’s often extremely hard to even see what’s on it. Barely useful, if you ask us. Samsung’s Always-on screen is different: with large fonts, more info and very contrasty, easy to spot letters. It’s the right way to do it.



Performance, Processor and memory

The Snapdragon 820 on the S7 Edge is vastly better than the Snapdragon 808 on the V10 in benchmarks, but in real-life, the difference is minimal.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge features the latest and most powerful Snapdragon 820 system chip, while the LG V10 runs on the much more modest in terms of silicon power Snapdragon 808.

Here’s the deal, though: for most people, this difference in chips does not matter all that much these days. The fact is that both phones run very fast and mostly smooth. Yes, both stutter a bit in certain places, but for the most part performance is fluid and fast.

Next, we will look at the benchmarks, gaming load times and other details, but before we do that, we’d like to emphasize that the difference in daily performance is far less radical than benchmark numbers might suggest.

With that in mind, it’s obvious that the S7 Edge just walks all over the V10 when you look at benchmarks: it’s the vastly faster processor in both CPU performance and gaming.

When it comes to memory, both feature 32GB of internal storage and come with the handy option to have expandable storage via microSD cards. The storage on the S7 Edge is of the newer UFS 2.0 kind and you will notice this in the form of faster app installs and slightly faster file transfer speeds.

AnTuTu Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge 128191
LG V10 46905.33
Vellamo Metal Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge 3198
LG V10 2216
Vellamo Browser Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge 4840
LG V10 3571.33
Sunspider Lower is better
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge 612.3
LG V10 1047.16
GFXBench T-Rex HD on-screen Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge 52
LG V10 25
GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 on-screen Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge 28
LG V10 5.7
Basemark OS II Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge 1761
LG V10 1148.33
Geekbench 3 single-core Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge 2318
LG V10 870
Geekbench 3 multi-core Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge 5433
LG V10 3361.33


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24 Comments

1. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

really the v10 is a super bad phone except for the camera while the s7 edge is probably the first device ever that you could call near perfect btw i speak from my personal experience with the v10 which was the worst one i got with any gadget i bought in my entire life tbh

2. fancollo

Posts: 130; Member since: Dec 30, 2015

i also own the V10 and feel exactly opposite. i held the S7 in my hands and tried it including cam, put it back immediately as it felt just wrong - don't get me wrong, i'm not saying it's a bad phone, but no phone is better if it doesn't feel right in your hands. and i still have to come across a camera on a smartphone that i can safely say is matching the V10 (and G4)

20. taniyathakkar

Posts: 23; Member since: Feb 23, 2016

“Over- Joyed” Sometimes when you get surprises you are happy. But when you get the smart phones in the surprises you always feel joyed. Superb Surprise with the Oppo F1 having the best camera and 2 years of warranty.

4. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

If V10 gets updated with sd820, stylus, better battery capacity and durability and G5 new features, it'll be the most near perfect device and can challenge note 6 easily...

3. shield

Posts: 843; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

LG V10 best, S7E bad.

5. android1234

Posts: 203; Member since: Feb 09, 2010

I've owned the S7 Edge for about 2 days now, and I cant speak well enough about it. Great battery life from what I was used to fro the Moto X Pure edition. Great design, looks sleek and premium as hell! Great camera, fast, water proof, speaker isn't bad at all! I was expecting the speakers to be worse based on the reviews, but they're actually ok. This is the all around close to "perfect" in terms of design and features currently available on the market without many compromises!

6. shnibz

Posts: 510; Member since: Sep 18, 2011

Going from a G4 to an S7 I say there is no competition in these two. I've handled the V10 and my Regular S7 is leaps and bounds better than anything LG has out. The G5 will help that, but it sure is Fugly.

13. S-R-K

Posts: 304; Member since: Mar 15, 2016

LGs first ugly phone .

7. rsiders

Posts: 1960; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

This was a refreshingly fair and honest head to head review. I got the V10 early on and it is by fast the best phone I've owned besides the reality that is the poor battery life. I like being able to swap out the battery yet I don't like that I'll probably have to swap out the battery. Kind of a win lose but a great feature to have none the less. The Galaxy S7 Edge is no doubt one of the best phones design wise and a serious head turner but I love the build of the V10 and I have a gorgeous skin from.www.4tified.com that gives a premium look to a rugged phone. As far as cameras go the video is seriously over compensated by the jello effect that LG hasn't quite figured out yet but shooting at 1080p or 2k and using the software stabilization remedies this. The sheer controls at my fingertips in my pocket are what makes the V10 a clear winner against any phone that doesn't have a decent sensor and similar manual capabilities. I live for the manual mode which is unmatched in actual quality. Great showdown here for once in a while.

8. rsiders

Posts: 1960; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

*by far

22. FotherMucker

Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 31, 2016

I also have a couple skins from 4TIFIED. Which one did u get? I recently received the matte blue metallic. came with black carbon fiber camera ring. Looks soo much better and the blue metallic looks hot.

9. abeauchamp

Posts: 28; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

I have an Lg V10 and when over a phone store and place my V10 next to the S7 Edge, the LG V10 looks better and feel better. pa only promoting the product they like. Wait to the compare the S7 with Iphone and you will see that S7 is not as great as they said, because the like IPhone product..

10. aladab

Posts: 33; Member since: Oct 12, 2015

I have a V10.. Its beautiful and nearly perfect - except the battery life.. F..ck u PA!!!!

11. Relayer71

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 21, 2016

The V10 is a beautiful phone, the author is exaggerating in calling it ugly or a beast. Maybe the author has tiny, dainty hands that can't handle the size of the V10. Is it big? Sure, that's not debatable, but it's comfortable to hold. Those metal rails are very rugged and have a nice, smooth yet not slippery feel. The back, while rubbery plastic, still does not feel cheap, and the texture helps with making the phone not feel slippery. I have nothing against Samsung, previously having owned the S2, S4 and S5. I tried the S6 and while it looked fantastic, the glass back was a fingerprint/smudge magnet and after holding it for a bit, it was just unattractive. Not to mention that glass shatters easily - why buy such a beautiful phone to put it in a case? I don't understand that mentality. Or the fascination with GLASS = PREMIUM. The rails on the V10 are strong STEEL. The phone has been built to withstand a few drops. It feels nice and durable, NOT fragile. And the V10 has a look all its own and it's extra screen is functional and useful. Can't say the same about the Edge's screen.

19. driveme

Posts: 26; Member since: May 16, 2012

Bravo, couldn't agree more. The V10 is the best phone I've owned. Coming from the note 5 I agree its a fingerprint magnet and slippery. And I don't get those people who want to buy a great looking phone and then cover it with a big case. The V10 is one of the few phones you can use with out a case. Glass and metal look cheap to me and feel horrible. The silicone on the back of the V10 is perfect lots of grip. I like Samsung but didn't realize what I was missing until I owned the V10.

21. ColinW

Posts: 412; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

While I much prefer the Smasung to the LG, I do agree with the view that metal does not always = premium or quality same with glass. Nor do I agree that plastic or rubber does not equal premium. Most reviewers are biased though, first towards Apple, but also by material type and even screen size.

12. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

I own the V10. The black one. It's an amazing device. Camera is second to none so far. I went to Best Buy to check out the S7edge as I own an S6edge Plus. Wasn't really impressed. Sure it looks nice and the camera is good but it's nothing to write home about. But that's just my opinion.

14. S-R-K

Posts: 304; Member since: Mar 15, 2016

316L stainless steel.

15. idrisbarack07

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

v10 over s6 edge plus ? when it comes to phone handling ? let me know, battery life should not be an issue in v10 tell me liitle bit about it as i own s6 edge plus.

16. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

Phonearena logic .."the S7 edge can last a whole day even for heavy users"..*refuses to accept or change obviously innacurate battery life result*

17. idrisbarack07

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

Your right. Shame on the reviewer.

18. dbmcelroy

Posts: 44; Member since: Nov 10, 2015

Battery life of a phone when it is new means very little if the battery is sealed. All batteries loose their charge life as it ages. 12 to 18 months the battery will be significantly shorter life that is was when it was new. This deterioration is accelerated with quick charging. The v10 can pop in a new battery and be just as good as new in 15 seconds. To me this is what defines a phone as 'premium', the ability to maintain its usefulness over time.

23. elimartinez7

Posts: 23; Member since: Apr 16, 2015

i slapped on a 9000mAh battery on my V10, 3 days EASY, beast of a phone, no need for an s7 (for me anyways)

24. jack63

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 21, 2016

Whoever wrote this review is obviously paid by Samsung! I've owned both phones, first the S7 Edge for 10 months, then when that was smashed due to being VERY slippery in the hand, then had the LG V10 for past six months. I think I have more experience with these two phones than the writer does. Two big issues with the S7 Edge. 1. Very Slippery in the hand and can't take falls. V10 is rugged and not slippery and can take falls. 2. Typing of any kind is terrible with the S7 Edge wrap around screen. Constantly putting letters and symbols other than what I want when typing text or email. If you want a phone that feels like a small phone, the S7 Edge is for you. The LG V10 feels like what a phablet should feel and look like. I'm a photographer by trade and the LG V10 has the better phone. Samsung is close though.

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