+ Thursday October 17th, 2019

LG G5 vs Galaxy S7 Galay S7 Edge
Samsung and LG have fired off the first rounds in the 2016 high-end phone stakes at Mobile World Congress, offering the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge and the G5. The phones are very nice, with some features similar under the hood, but with their own unique flavour in design on the outside, as well as on the inside with their software design. The choice is up to you, but we’ve laid out the specs and you can choose your device down below in our snap poll.

LG G5Samsung Galaxy S7Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
Screen size5.3-inch5.1-inch5.5-inch
Resolution2,560×1,440 pixels2,560×1,440 pixels2,560×1,440 pixels
PPI554ppi576ppi534ppi
Rear Camera16MP (8MP wide-angle)12MP
Aperturef/1.8 (main camera), f/2.4 (wide angle)f/1.7
Front Camera8MP5MP
ApertureUnknownf/1.7
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 820Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
Core configUnknownQuad core (2.15GHz Dual + 1.6GHz Dual)
AlternateExynos 8890 Octa core
2.3GHz Quad + 1.6GHz Quad
64 bit, 14 nm process
Only in some markets
RAM4GB4GB
Storage32GB32GB, 64GB
Micro SDYes, 200GBYes, 200GB
2TB theoretical max
Battery2,800 mAh3,000 mAh3,600 mAh
RemovableYesNo
Other featuresModular designWater resistance
Wireless charging
ConnectorUSB-C Type 2.0
3.0 compatible
MicroUSB
USB 2.0
Wifi802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspotWiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz), MIMO
Bluetooth4.2, A2DP, LE, APT-X4.2 LE, ANT+
NFCUnknownYes
LocationA-GPS, GLONASS, BDSA-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
SensorsFingerprint
Accelerometer
Gyro
Proximity
Barometer
Compass
Colour Spectrum
Fingerprint
Accelerometer
Gyro
Proximity
Barometer
RGB Light
Geo-magnetic
Hall
HRM
OSAndroid 6.0
with LG UX 5.0
Android 6.0
with Samsung UX
Android 6.0
with Samsung UX and Edge features
Dimensions149.4 x 73.9 x 7.7-8.6mm
accounts for camera bulge
142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9 mm150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7 mm
Weight159 g152 g157 g
ColoursSilver, Titan (Black), Gold, PinkBlack, Gold, Silver
Outright PriceUnknown$1,149 outright$1,249 outright
Carriers:Telstra
Optus
Telstra
Optus
Vodafone

Ok. We’re through all that, you’ve had a chance to check them out, now it’s down to your personal preference of specs and design. Which will it be? The Samsung Galaxy S7? The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge? Or the LG G5? Pick your phone below:

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Russell Fletcher
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The list of devices that support wireless charging is shrinking… this saddens me

Luke McMahon
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Luke McMahon

They both have wireless charging.

Philip Clark
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G5 does not.

Philip Clark
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All I want is the least buggy phone with a close to stock android experience. I upgraded from a Nexus 5 to a Galaxy S6 because the Nexus was surprisingly buggy and I wanted a device that just worked. But the S6 winds me up with the ridiculously delayed android update schedule, touchwiz ui issues (reduced but still there) and regular bugs like persistent keyboard and conflicts with android wear. Neither the G5 or S7 give me confidence they’ll be much better across this criteria, and after my Nexus 5 experience I’m not even confident the 6P will work more… Read more »

J.W
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J.W

nexus6p is rock solid imho, can’t compare it to a nexus5. But it’s too big for single hand use, that’s the main drawback I found.

J.W
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J.W

i just accidentally destroyed my nexus6p 2 days ago- so sort of bitter sweet timing. i’m going to grab a s7. USB c-type is overrated, its big, clunky, you can’t find charger cables anywhere, and who wants to PLUG in a charger ? Just not sure about samsung’s UI though.

Luke McMahon
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Luke McMahon

Touchwiz ui is actually quite nice to use.

Jay
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Jay

Probably waiting for the Xperia X. Not interested in getting Samsung, and based on LGs past performance G5 probably won’t be out until June..

vijay alapati
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vijay alapati

Lol…..s7 has 4gb…..clearly shows how ausdroid favours lg.
S7 edge is almost same in size compared to g5, even having a bigger screen.

Fred
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Fred

The key point is the price. There’s no point minor bumps in spec if the price is ludicrous. As it is, the probably BoM price is probably pretty similar to last year, but the prices mentioned are not. Its not all due to the exchange rate, these companies are trying to push margins in the face of lower volumes.

I’m quite happy to stick with the Nexus 5 for another year, these offer little of real substance over that. However if I were in the market, I’d be more likely to pay $1000 for an LG G5.

Adam
Ausdroid Reader

Having cracked the screen on my Nexus 5, I’m now being slightly forced to choose a new handset. Likely to do the same as you’ve suggested: G4 over the new G5, even though I love the initial impressions of the G5.

pukeyluke
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pukeyluke

Doesn’t the Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 Edge have 4GB of R.A.M not 3GB??

Ross Gelling
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Ross Gelling

Stupidly waiting to see what HTC will do with the One M10. I’ve owned a S5 and I don’t like Samsung Touchwiz.

gm
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gm

touchwiz since S6 onwards has been toned down a lot imo, i was skeptical at first but i dont mind it now (s6 edge) and will get the s7 edge

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