Interface and features


LG's UX 4 sticks close to Google's Material Design guidelines and keeps a flat-ish aesthetic with nicely tamed, mature colors for its interface elements. As soon as one drops the notifications shade, opens up the Settings menu, or tries to rearrange their home screen, however, LG's extra features start popping up — mini apps, quick remotes, and the ability to change each app's icon to whatever the user prefers. The customizability is rich, but sometimes daunting.

Still, Samsung's TouchWiz is also famous for packing a ton of features that have arguable practicality for the majority of users. However, Samsung did make an attempt at trimming it down and, more importantly, speeding it up when it released the Galaxy S6, and we are happy to say that the same style can be seen on the Galaxy S7. TouchWiz looks matured, streamlined, and common design elements can be found throughout all of the interface's apps and features. Its settings menu is arranged in a coherent manner, and its animations and executions are snappy.


Both interfaces have features like split screen for side-by-side apps, both give the user the ability to rearrange the quick toggles inside the notifications shade, and both have a briefing app on the leftmost homescreen. The difference is that LG's Smart Bulletin offers the user quick access to settings, schedule, events, LG Health, and other apps and personal items, whereas Samsung's Briefing is a news app, built in partnership with Flipboard.

LG's UX 4 makes use of the virtual navigation buttons at the bottom of the screen, letting the user rearrange them and even add up to two extra buttons in the mix. As previously mentioned, the interface would also let us hand-pick app icons, if we desired to do so, although this feels a bit over the top in terms of customization options. The notifications shade can house shortcuts to the so-called QSlide apps — small apps that launch in floating window mode for multitasking purposes — or QRemote feature — an app that uses the phone's IR blaster to control various household devices – TVs, air conditioners, etc.


Samsung's Galaxy S7 looks a bit simpler at first look, with no mini apps, no IR blaster, and no ability to change the appearance of single items on the home screen. But we feel like this is a good thing. TouchWiz still has deeper layers of functions if one were to look, but, on the surface, the interface looks solid and easy to grasp. It's just better when basic operation is streamlined and extra features don't just pop up constantly to distract us from what we were doing in the first place. Also, aesthetics customizability is much more intelligible thanks to Samsung's Theme Store. The S Health app is a feature-rich, fleshed-out service, which can sync to 3rd party apps and hardware. LG Health, in contrast, is a step and weight tracker. Last, but not least, we have Samsung's Smart Manager, which keeps an eye for abnormal app activity and kills background app processes to save battery (granted, the latter functionality should come to the G4 with Android Marshmallow and its brand-new Doze mode).

Processor and memory


With the G4, LG dropped 2015's popular choice for flagship smartphones — Qualcomm's octa-core Snapdragon 810 — and instead picked the hexa-core Snapdragon 808. This resulted in a drop of performance prowess, as the 810 still showed to be the more powerful chip in benchmarks, despite the overheating and throttling issues it was plagued with. However, the more "stable" Snapdragon 808 at least provided a more predictable, steady performance throughput.

The Galaxy S7 comes in two flavors — the US-bound units carry Qualcomm's quad-core Snapdragon 820, designed in partnership with Samsung, while most of the world will get S7s equipped with Sammy's home-brewed octa-core Exynos 8890. Both of these are built on a 14nm FinFET process, which should ensure high productivity and better energy efficiency in their small package.

Sifting through the benchmarks we can see marginal differences in performance, when comparing the Snapdragon 820-equipped Galaxy S7 to the Exynos 7420-toting Galaxy S6 of last year. Still, the S7 definitely shows better score than the LG G4, which lags behind in almost every benchmark.

In daily usage, we can feel the Galaxy S7 being snappier, while the G4 has the occasional frame drop or stutter through its interface animations. When 3D gaming is involved, the Galaxy S7 is definitely the winner, especially since Samsung put extra emphasis on developing the new Game Launcher, which allows users to manually customize detail levels and other options.

Other components also help Samsung's flagship shine with speed. The UFS 2.0 internal storage chip is blazing fast, and this time around Samsung added a microSD slot for storage expansion – this is something that last year's Galaxy S6 did not have, letting the G4 shine in comparison. Both LG's and Samsung's flagships are sold with 32 GB of on-board memory in the States, expandable via microSD of up to 200 GB on the S7 and 2 TB on the G4.

In the RAM department, Samsung outfitted its new flagship with a generous 4 GB of LPDDR4 memory, while the G4 has 3 GB of the older LPDDR3 variety.

It doesn't take a lot of pondering for one to give Samsung's newest-and-best the win in the battle of hardware speed and prowess, though, it should be noted that if you are a casual user, you definitely won't feel as if the G4 is slowing you down.

AnTuTu Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S7 136695
LG G4 50330
Vellamo Metal Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S7 3632
LG G4 2369
Vellamo Browser Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S7 5339
LG G4 3948
Sunspider Lower is better
Samsung Galaxy S7 612.2
LG G4 730.2
GFXBench T-Rex HD on-screen Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S7 53
LG G4 25
GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 on-screen Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S7 29
LG G4 9.4
Basemark OS II Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S7 1943
LG G4 1549
Geekbench 3 single-core Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S7 2327
LG G4 1112
Geekbench 3 multi-core Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S7 5455
LG G4 3559


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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: 837; 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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