Call quality


Nothing bad can be said about the call quality of either devices – no matter which one you pick up, you will be treated to a loud and clear sound from the earpiece. It's worth noting that the Galaxy S7 has an "extra volume" mode, which will boost the sound when you need it to.

The microphones on both devices are also satisfactory, delivering our speech to our callers with no issues on the other side, though, the Galaxy S7 does tend to do a smidgen better in this scenario. But again, either one of these handsets does a great job at actually being a phone.

Battery life


Samsung's flagship Galaxy S series have never been amazing at working for long times on a single charge. While the Galaxy S7's enormous 3,000 mAh battery looked like a potential cure for this ail, our battery test shows otherwise — the S7 lasted a mere 6 hours and 37 minutes, which is less screen-on time than its own predecessor, the Galaxy S6.

The LG G4 also packs a 3,000 mAh cell, and is also not amazingly impressive in terms of longevity. In fact, it lasted 6 hours and 6 minutes on the very same test. So the battle is quite even on this front.

Now, both smartphones have features, which give them a certain advantage over the other. The LG G4 has a user-replaceable battery, which means that powerusers can carry a spare cell in their pocket, bag, or purse for a quick midday swap. The Galaxy S7, on the other hand, supports wireless charging, so if one outfits their working station with a wireless pad and tends to visit coffee shops, which have set up Qi pads for their customers, they can pretty much keep their phone charged throughout the day as well.

If you are looking for a quick recharge, the Galaxy S7 can go from 0% to 100% in about an hour and a half, while the LG G4 takes slightly longer than two full hours.

Battery life (hours) Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S7 6h 37 min (Average)
LG G4 6h 6 min (Average)
Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
Samsung Galaxy S7 88
LG G4 127

Conclusion


There are two reasons why you might be interested in comparing these two handsets. You either own an LG G4 and are interested in upgrading to one of this year's heavy hitters, or are looking for a new phone and are wondering whether it's a good idea to shell out for the shiny new Samsung Galaxy S7, or just go for a discounted, slightly older model in the face of the LG G4.

One doesn't need to keep score in order to see that the Galaxy S7 is a clear winner in this comparison, but hey – it has the benefit of being the newer piece of tech. However, this does not make the G4 obsolete or useless.

If you are a casual user who's looking for something that's not metal, but still has that flagship flair, a great camera, and will do a good job at keeping you connected through social media, email, calls, and texts, without breaking a sweat – the G4 is still a great device to go for, and can currently be had for a great price, too.

However, if you want to have the shiniest, most powerful, most advanced piece of tech that's currently out on the market, there is no doubt that the Galaxy S7 should be among your top choices.

Samsung Galaxy S7

Pros

  • Ergonomic design
  • Waterproof
  • Superior display
  • Bleeding edge hardware
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • Wireless charging

LG G4

Pros

  • Unique design with leather back and slight curve
  • Bigger screen
  • User-replaceable blattery
  • Cheaper


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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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