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LG G5 vs. Samsung Galaxy S7: Which one is right for you?

Florence Ion | April 25, 2016
Having trouble choosing between two of this year's biggest flagships? Let us help.

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LG’s gamer options aren’t as robust.  Credit: Florence Ion

LG also offers a gamer-friendly option in the G5’s Settings menu, but it’s not really well exposed, nor is it as impressive as Samsung’s offerings. All it really does is adjust the video resolution to help you save battery while you’re in transit.


Both the Galaxy S7 and G5 have impressive cameras. The Galaxy S7 features a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera with f/1.7 aperture and Dual Pixel technology, which means the sensor allows every single pixel to be an autofocus point. The G5, on the other hand, features a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera with f/1.8 aperture and laser autofocus.

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Seriously, you can’t go wrong with either device as a camera phone. Credit: Florence Ion

You can’t go wrong with either device, especially if your main concern is having a capable shooter with you at all times. But if you’re particularly pedantic, then you should know the Galaxy S7’s bigger pixels and larger aperture make it a better camera in low-light environments. Here’s an example of a shot of the inside of a dark computer case:

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A low-light photo taken with the Galaxy S7.

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The same low-light scene taken with a G5.

The G5 does have one gimmick the Galaxy S7 doesn’t offer, and that’s an additional 8-megapixel wide-angle lens on the back. You can switch to shooting 135-degree landscape photos with the simple tap of a button.

Rest assured, you’ll be fine shooting photos with either the G5 or Galaxy S7. Both phones also tack on an incredible amount of special camera features, and offer manual shooting modes that let you save RAW images.

Which one is right for you?

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There can only be one phone in your hand. Which will it be? Credit: Florence Ion

At this point in time, the Galaxy S7 is the best Android smartphone on the market. It remains unrivaled with its stellar gaming capabilities, sleek metal and glass construction, and extra features like water resistance, wireless charging, Samsung Pay, and consistent battery life. You can’t go wrong with one of the best smartphones of the year.

However, there’s a special place in everyone’s heart for the underdog, which is why LG manages to make such a splash with each new smartphone. The G5 is plenty reliable with its battery swapping capabilities, takes fantastic photos in a variety of lighting conditions, and lets you shoot a wide-angle photo on the fly. The phone also takes some risks with its swappable modules, though they’re not the most polished parts of the phone. LG is opening up the hardware development kit for its modules, which could mean some neat stuff on the horizon. So if you choose the G5 now, you’ll have all the bragging rights of being first if and when those new modules hit the scene.


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