If you’re choosing a smartphone to purchase before the holidays, here’s our side-by-side comparison of the iPhone 7 and LG G5
When it comes to smartphone leaders, Apple and Samsung tend to be the unquestioned favorites. But with Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 being recalled in droves, there’s room at the top of the market for another device to move in. Many are turning to the LG G5, which begs the question: How do the iPhone 7 and LG G5 stack up?
If you’re in the midst of choosing a smartphone to purchase before the holidays, here’s our side-by-side comparison of the iPhone 7 and LG G5.
Meet the iPhone 7
While Apple has traditionally changed the physical appearance of the iPhone every couple of years, they’ve finally decided to make some tweaks to the inner workings of the iPhone 7, too.
The iPhone 7 (priced at $746.96 on Amazon) comes with never before seen features, most notably the water-resistant capabilities. Owners claim that you can use the phone in the shower, or even leave it submerged in water for up to 30 minutes, and it’ll still work just fine. Other neat features include a 3D touch home button, enhanced camera with OIS, a quad-core A10 Fusion processor, and new color options.
There are some cons as well. Most notably is the absence of a headphone jack. This is part of Apple’s push to get people using their AirPods, but comes across as more frustrating than progressive. The iPhone 7 does come with a pair of Lighting Earpods that can plug into the charging port, but this prevents you from being able to charge and listen to music simultaneously.
Apple’s logic for removing the headphone jack was that they needed to make room for a better camera, among other things. Well, they got this right. The camera is spectacular (see for yourself) and – for those who take lots of pictures – is worth the upgrade from the iPhone 6.
Meet the LG G5
When most people think about LG phones, quality isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. But this perception of the South Korean phone maker may be dissipating with the LG G5 (priced at $499.99 on Amazon). LG has finally ditched the cheap plastic material and gone with a full metal body, while still retaining the removable battery and microSD card that LG G4 owners appreciate.
The LG G5 features a 5.3-inch display with one unique feature. The phone never goes to sleep, with the date and time always visible (even when the phone is off). This prevents you from having to hit a button constantly to check the time.
Perhaps the most unique aspect of the LG G5 is its modular design. The phone features interchangeable parts that can be purchased separately – including the Cam Plus and the Hi-Fi Plus. The Cam Plus is a camera add-on that creates physical buttons and a zoom wheel for moments when you’re taking a lot of pictures, while the Hi-Fi Plus is designed to improve audio (and does a fairly good job).
The LG G5 has a fairly good battery life, feels comfortable in your hands, but it can be rather annoying to switch out different modules. It’s cutting edge on many fronts, and then feels like a step backwards in certain areas.
Comparing the two
When you look at the features of the iPhone 7 and compare them to the specs of the LG G5, they line up in a lot of areas. Camera-wise, they are both well above the rest of the competition. We may give the LG G5 the edge, though.
When you look at security, the LG G5 has a fingerprint scanner on the backside, while the iPhone 7 has a biometric sensor on the front.
From a durability standpoint, the iPhone 7 is the clear winner. It’s waterproof while the LG G5 is not. While some argue that this isn’t a big deal and doesn’t come in handy that much, all it takes is one time for the waterproof technology to save you.
When looking at price, the LG G5 is definitely more affordable than the iPhone 7. So, for price sensitive customers, the LG may be the better route. However, the iPhone 7 comes with the backing of Apple, which is worth paying a bit of a premium.
Both phones are high in quality, so you’ll have to be the ultimate judge. But the good news is that neither phone has experienced exploding battery packs.
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