Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge vs LG V10
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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