LG's LG V10 flagship is considered the perfect alternative to the LG G4 especially with great features such as its durable build and an outstanding fingerprint sensor. Even with its moderate success, the LG V10 has been met with a bit of competition particularly in the large screen, premium department. One of its major competitor is the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 which not only gave users a premium build quality but also revamped its core features, most notably the S-Pen. Both devices have their own special features but which stands out as the best?
Design and Build Quality Comparison
The two phablets feature contrasting design and build quality, which makes choosing between the two pretty straight-forward based on this alone. While the Note 5 looks different from its predecessors, focusing more on build quality and looks, LG is more function-oriented even though it is not exactly unattractive.
Rather than the simple, plastic build of former Galaxy Notes, the Note 5 is embodied with a premium metal and glass build design. Its aluminium and Gorilla Glass unibody is a great combination with the rear edges being round giving it a thinner look and feel. Even though the LG V10's polycarbonate back feels cheaper in comparison to the Note 5, it has sleek stainless steel covered edges, with a 70.8% screen-to-body ratio.
In addition, the Note 5 comes with the bonus of a stylus S-Pen which helps in note scribbling, and even drawing images.
The Note 5's best features come from its exquisite display screen. Standing at 5.7 inches, it has a Super AMOLED screen delivering a QHD resolution with 2,560 x 1,440 pixels at 518 ppi.
LG V10's display has the same screen size offering a similar resolution. Although the VI0's display like its counterparts is equipped with a superior IPS LCD technology, it doesn't match up to the Super AMOLED. On the other hand, V10's second display located right above its main screen which gives you access to app shortcuts, is pretty impressive.
Processor and storage Comparison
The Galaxy Note 5 is bundled with an Exynos 7420 quad core processor clocked at 2.1 GHz along with a 4 GB RAM. Featuring no microSD support, the Galaxy Note comes in two versions one with 32 GB of internal storage and the other with 64 GB.
The LG V10's complemented with a hexa-core Snapdragon 808 processor clocked at a 1.82 GHz, 4 GB of RAM and an Adreno 418 GPU. It is packed with an internal storage of 64 GB and for storage expansion, it comes with microSD card support. Though its lacking in speed compared to Samsung, it makes up for it in storage.
Galaxy Note 5 has a 16 MP main camera and front camera with 5 MP. The main camera has an exceptional sensor, offers a range of manual controls though the colors can seem a bit artificial.
LG V10 features a 16 MP main camera along with a 5 MP front shooter. Designed with two lenses, the 5 MP camera allows you to switch between focal widths. This means a smaller focal width can be set to take a single selfie with the wider focal option ideal for group selfies. The main camera also has its own special tricks, like 4K video recording at 60 fps and a load of useful options such wind noise cancellation.
The Note 5 is pre-loaded with Android 5.1.1 out of the box with an Android Marshmallow update expected in the coming weeks. Like other Samsung devices, it comes with its own TouchWiz UI with stock Android apps and thankfully, a lot less bloatware.
LG V10 runs on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop and an Android Marshmallow update is yet to be officially confirmed. It also features less pre-installed apps meaning more free storage.
Galaxy Note 5 has a non-removable battery with a 3,000 mAh capacity which is smaller than the 3,220 mAh battery on the Note 4. LG's battery is the same, meaning both devices are adequate even for heavy usage on a typical day.
Samsung's smooth processor is sufficient for battery power extension, the downside is that the LG battery can be replaced with another when it runs out of power.
In terms of pricing the Samsung costs around US$500 plus, which is worth it for its awesome features whereas the LG is cheaper costing around US$480.
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