Fight – LG G5 vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge vs Apple iPhone 6S Plus

So last night Samsung and LG announced their new flagship phones. So firstly, which is best out of the phones and then how do they compare to the iPhone 6S Plus.

Well the decision is not clear cut and really depends on your personal priorities. However, these are my thoughts on each phone.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge – This is the most attractive phone out of the bunch. The super amoled screen is gorgeous and using this tech for the always on screen is really good. For gaming, the Vulkan API is a great step forward, once developers support the API in their games. Quick wireless charging is good too as well as having larger batteries than last year’s model. Whilst the micro SD card has returned, the maximum storage is 32gb. Unfortunately, the S7 Edge does not support adoptable storage, nor does it support the latest USB-C standard. But it does have Gorilla Glass 5. Samsung has gone to town with its 12mp rear camera which has large pixels. Virtual Reality is also being heavily pushed. However, my experience of a Samsung VR headset involved feeling very sick. The accessories for the S7 Edge are decent too, from official cases and a case that has add on camera lenses. What is unknown is how good the loudspeaker is, and how good is the sound via headphones? Is there a HiFi DAC included? Personally, if I already had the S6 Edge, I wouldn’t upgrade to this phone. Samsung Pay is coming to the UK this year, but no firm date has been provided yet. However, when it does arrive, it will work with all terminals and not just contactless ones.

LG G5 – The design or look is just average. I need to see it in person, but from all the media footage it doesn’t inspire me. However from a specification point of view, the G5 appears to trounce the S7 Edge. Stunning IPS display capable of 850 nits. Really amazing camera with wide angle shots and some pretty funky options in the camera app. APT-X High Definition, infra red blaster, extra plug-in modules, and the kitchen sink. However, it doesn’t have any payment options unless Android Pay arrives soon. The Friends accessories are geeky too. So on paper it is likely the G5 will take high resolution photos and sound much better with headphones. The loudspeaker sound is unknown. What is also unknown is how the 16mp camera really compares versus the 12mp camera of the S7. Hard evidence is needed before being conclusive. Of course, it could depend on what type of environment you take photos in, which ends up dictating which phone camera suits you better. You may find having the option to shoot wide angle photos more useful than low light. With the G5 you won’t need to use an add on lens for wide angle shots that you will need with the S7.

Apple iPhone 6S Plus – So on paper it looks like the above phones will take better still photos, and in lower light this is quite likely. However, iOS is fortunate enough to have amazing apps, and therefore with the right apps, incredible low noise, low light photos are possible. There are no alternatives on android for these type of apps. iOS also has better apps, 3D Touch, a more advanced app eco system making use of 3D Touch and Apple Pay in full force. There are a number of aspects of both the LG G5 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge that wipe the floor of the iPhone from a hardware point of view, but iOS is supported by good software services , like iMessage and FaceTime. The iPhone is also 6 months old now, and 18 months into its product change cycle. The iPhone 7 could streak ahead of the Samsung and LG, or just level the field from a specs point of view. For example, whilst Samsung has introduced Vulkan API, Apple has been using metal for ages. However, Samsung clearly has the lead on VR, along with a decent number of VR apps already. But like everything, iOS offers some fabulous extras.

To pick a winner is a difficult choice. But I will in due course. Will the iPhone 6S Plus be history?? 🙂

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16 thoughts on “Fight – LG G5 vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge vs Apple iPhone 6S Plus

      1. In reality Jah I doubt it affected hardly any genuine users and has been fixed asap. Remember this affected only the newer phones. It came to light after a journalist got a dodgy repair done overseas. Then everyone tried to brick their iPhones deliberately. I have to agree with Mike that on the whole Apple are consistently good. Yes they’re not perfect at times but overall the experience is smoother.

        And if we wanted to be petty , what happened to Samsung selling the Note 5 in the UK and Europe. Even with the S7/Edge the silver version is not for sale in the UK nor is the 64gb base storage option.

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  1. My money is on you going LG 5. You seem to have a soft spot for LG. But then when the 7 Plus Dual comes around in September ….,😉

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  2. “You may find having the option to shoot wide angle photos more useful than low light.”

    I’d say 90% of people using their camera phones use them for taking pics of friends and their kids, pets etc. Low light is much more important for these people than a wide angle lens, surely?

    For me (caveat: very early days yet!), LG have dropped the ball a bit. Just adding another camera (which doesn’t seem to work in conjunction with the first one) seems a bit like they ran out of ideas. Like when HTC added another camera to theirs (and we all know how that turned out!).

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      1. No problem, the official quick case of the LG G5 are now visible on the web, it’s seems not compatible with modules … it’s a fault with this concept

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  3. @Gavin I owned iPhones and MBA. Theye are great cor some people. But I had a nightmare with old photos and ICloud, all pics before Oct 2013 I think old not be uploaded! And no matter what people say MS Office is not supported and El Capitan was buggy for some. No one said Samsung are perfect, I give this heavy criticism over at XDA Developers.

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    1. Have you tried MS products on the iPhone recently ? I haven’t personally but I’m told they’re the best on iOS than other platforms. Crazy situation. iCloud photos was in beta back then. Still not perfect. Better to use Flickr , onenote or google drive. I think new people using iPhones don’t have issues just people with older libraries. There is a fix if you’re ever needing it. Probably easier to use onenote or google photos TBH

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    1. I have MS office on my MacBook. It’s an older version now but seems ok. But then I use Google Docs now. Not the same but it all depends what you need or business needs.

      Who says it was an issue? Apple manage PR far more openly than before. Like I said before, how many genuine users got impacted? Could be many , but I doubt it. It ONLY came to light after a journalist got a dodgy repair overseas.

      You could say with Apple Pay, measures like this need to be enforced. I learnt today that Apple Pay does not have the £30 contactless limit that bank cards have. It’s limitless in many places now. I’d rather have my phone wiped than have my financials accessed by changing parts for a dodgy third party place.

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    2. BTW – Arstechnica seem to be quoting a lot of inaccurate stuff. I was reading some posts yesterday and was amazed how inaccurate the data quoted was. This is no bearing on your reply just something you may want to be aware of. Eg S7 specs were incorrectly quoted a lot.

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