Introduction


For the second year in a row now, Samsung launches a duo of flagship smartphones clad in metal and glass. This time around, the "regular" Galaxy S7 keeps the 5.1-inch screen, while its sibling, the Galaxy S7 edge, is better defined as a device for a whole other niche, thanks to its 5.5-inch display diagonal.

Ever since Samsung re-imagined its smartphone design ideals with the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge in 2015, the manufacturer has been regaining a lot of customer recognition – something that had began to waver back in the Galaxy S5 days.

LG also tried to set itself apart in 2015 by adding a slight curve to its flagship and dressing its back panel in genuine leather. Despite the G4's unique looks and great camera, however, it still couldn't outsell its main competitor – the Galaxy S6. Nonetheless, LG's top-class smartphone has its own strengths and certainly managed to garner its own number of enthusiastic fans.

So, how does Samsung's upgraded flagship compare to the LG's offering from last year? And is the latter still current, when clashing with the bleeding edge tech of today? Let's take a closer look!

Design


LG's response to the metal-and-glass trend of 2015 was to go and design something that uses different materials, yet is still associated with a "premium feel". Sure, the "regular" LG G4 actually has a plastic back, but by now, getting a leather cover for the device is pretty easy thanks to numerous promotions, bundle deals, and price drops — the plastic G4 has almost disappeared from our radar. That said, we find that the leather version definitely has a unique, stylish look and feel to it, and can stand up to the Galaxy S7's refined design.

Samsung built on top of the Galaxy S6's desirable looks by further fine-tuning its shape and fit. While the design materials are pretty much the same shiny metal and glass, the Galaxy S7 certainly fits better in the hand, with its back being elegantly curved on either side, and all of the phone's edges being even softer.

While we are on ergonomics, there's little contest here — the Galaxy S7 is smaller and, as mentioned, fits better in the palms of our hands, making it much easier to operate single-handed. The LG G4's 5.5-inch screen certainly forces the device to take up a bulkier shape, which can sometimes be troublesome for handling. It's worth noting that this wasn't such a big problem with the G3, which had much slimmer bezels and felt better in terms of one-hand operation, so, in that regard, the G4 feels like a bit of a downgrade. The LG G4 is also noticeably thicker than the Galaxy S7, measuring at 0.39 inches (9.8 mm) at its thickest point, whereas Samsung's handset is 0.31 inches (7.8 mm) thin.

The G4 still has its signature curve, though, which does help a lot with the way the phone rests in the user's hand, and also allows it to fit better in one's pocket, when placed with display towards the user's leg. It is still bulkier than the Galaxy S7, sure, but not unmanageable.

In the end, which design you will prefer comes down to two choices – do you favor metal-and-glass slabs, or do you like a unique, curvy, leather-clad handset? And, secondly, are you willing to work with a larger, still fairly ergonomic handset, which has a 5.5-inch display as a plus, or do you prefer a more compact, better fitting in the hand, 5.1-inch device?


Samsung Galaxy S7

Samsung Galaxy S7

Dimensions

5.61 x 2.74 x 0.31 inches

142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9 mm

Weight

5.36 oz (152 g)

LG G4

LG G4

Dimensions

5.86 x 3 x 0.39 inches

148.9 x 76.1 x 9.8 mm

Weight

5.47 oz (155 g)

Samsung Galaxy S7

Samsung Galaxy S7

Dimensions

5.61 x 2.74 x 0.31 inches

142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9 mm

Weight

5.36 oz (152 g)

LG G4

LG G4

Dimensions

5.86 x 3 x 0.39 inches

148.9 x 76.1 x 9.8 mm

Weight

5.47 oz (155 g)

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



Display


In terms of screens, the two smartphones are very different beasts. Starting from the most obvious — size — the Galaxy S7 sticks to the 5.1-inch display diagonal that Samsung chose way back with the Galaxy S5. The LG G4 follows a "more is always better" approach and offers a 5.5-inch screen to its users.

Both displays have a 1440 x 2560 pixel resolution, which gives them a pixel-per-inch density of 576 on the Galaxy S7 and 538 on the LG G4. Needless to day, both screens are very sharp and detailed, and it's impossible for one to spot individual pixels with a naked eye.

Samsung, naturally, uses its own Super AMOLED technology for the Galaxy S7. What this means is that we are treated to a beautiful, lively image representation, with true blacks and very accurate colors. Of course, if you are a fan of the more traditional, punchy and vivid color reproduction of the AMOLED screens, there are a few modes in the Galaxy S7's settings, which will give you just that.

The G4 carries LG's “Quantum Display” IPS display, which was advertised as a high-contrast, high-brightness screen, with lively colors. In reality, we have a cold-ish display that is consistently inaccurate with its colors, missing every target in the sRGB color space, and presenting us with oversaturated reds and greens.

In terms of brightness, both displays are pretty close to each other. The Galaxy S7 can go up to 484 nits, while the LG G4 stops at 454 nits. Both displays are easily viewable under the bright sunlight. Both go down to a minimum of 2 nits, which is great for night-time usage.



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17 Comments

1. Itiskonrad

Posts: 21; Member since: Feb 22, 2013

Under G4 Pros, I'd suggest including the IR blaster. I know most don't use it, but those of us that do use it quite often.

2. Shocky unregistered

Did they ever post results for the recent Galaxy S6 vs LG G4 camera comparison? Or did it get lost in all the Galaxy S7 news, I don't remember seeing it.

12. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

they just post it today.. S6 vs G4 (vs S7 vs i6s)

3. shnibz

Posts: 510; Member since: Sep 18, 2011

The G4 is the only phone I was ever happy to get rid of (in favor of am S7) the ergonomics were horrible, the battery life was significantly worse than the S7, and it just felt cheap. S7 is a massive upgrade. BUT for the price you can snag a G4 for nowadays, it's worth that. and very good for $300ish

4. thedigitalhobo

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 14, 2016

Why compare the S7 to the G4 and not hte G5? Seems like a much better comparison.

5. johanbiff

Posts: 415; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

...........because it`s not released yet?

9. trnz007

Posts: 48; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

or because pa wanted to make an article to tout the s7 prowess

6. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

the g4 didnt have a chance against the s6 leave alone s7 >> still the g5 probably the first lg smartphone that i will get because it is absolutely amazing

7. Shocky unregistered

In what way is the G5 amazing? serious question.

13. shnibz

Posts: 510; Member since: Sep 18, 2011

The G2 was the last truly great LG phone imo. I thought it killed the Galaxy S4 In their time. That G5 is a new type of ugly.

15. willzzz

Posts: 36; Member since: May 27, 2015

Indeed, when oh when will they release an updated G2? Surely LG realise there are millions of people waiting for that phone?

8. jonathonpower7

Posts: 49; Member since: Mar 09, 2016

Samsung camera is awesome

10. shield

Posts: 834; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

LG G4 and V10 better camera S7 bad.

11. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Looks downhill now with the G5. Hope they would bring it but failed. See how the V10 successor goes.

14. Coguar

Posts: 6; Member since: Dec 14, 2015

here is great photo comparison, LG G4 is doing great against samy h**ps://youtu.be/so7zmd3NH7k

16. ram12345

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 28, 2016

Just i purchased samsung s7 and best phone. Kuch Jano

17. Jdthebugman

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

In photos 1 and 2 it looks pretty clear that the G4 has better resolution. In the background is a street sign directly behind a lamp. Only with the G4 can you tell the street name begins with the letter D. This is the third source that tells me the Samsung takes better panoramas.

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