Announced at last month’s Mobile World Congress 2016, Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and LG’s G5 both go on sale later this month. Both pack some truly impressive new features. And, for many potential buyers, the biggest question about both is, “How do they stack up against the iPhone 6s?”
We’ve been wondering the same thing ourselves. So we’ve compared the most important features of each phone to see if one stands out from the pack. And don’t forget to stay tuned for our full reviews of the S7 and G5 in the coming weeks.
Size and weight
Samsung Galaxy S7: Just as it did with the Galaxy S6, Samsung is offering its latest handset in two distinct form factors: the standard Galaxy S7 and the larger Galaxy S7 Edge. The S7 sports a 5.1-inch display, while the Edge has a larger 5.5-inch curved screen that bends around the phone’s left and right sides.
The S7 measures 5.6 x 2.7 x 0.31 inches and weighs 5.4 ounces. The taller Galaxy S7 Edge, on the other hand, measures 5.9 x 2.9 x 0.30 inches and weighs 5.5 ounces.
LG G5: At 5.3 inches, the LG G5’s display is larger than the Galaxy S7’s but smaller than the S7 Edge’s. Surprisingly, though, the G5 is nearly identical to the larger S7 Edge in terms of overall dimensions and is just an ounce heavier.
Apple iPhone 6s: Apple’s 4.7-inch iPhone 6s is the smallest handset of the three. Measuring 5.4 x 2.6 x 0.28 inches and weighing 5.0 ounces, the 6s is positively svelte by comparison. The 5.5-inch iPhone 6s Plus, on the other hand, is a relative behemoth. Measuring 6.2 x 3.1 x 0.29 inches and weighing 6.8 ounces, the iPhone 6s Plus is the largest of these phones.
The takeaway: The iPhone 6s is a hair thinner and shorter. But proportionally the Galaxy S7 packs more display into its frame than the others.
Samsung Galaxy S7: Both the S7 and S7 Edge are built around metal alloy frames with contoured glass-coated rear panels that make the phones nice and comfortable to hold. And compared to its previous generation, Samsung has also reduced the size of the camera bulges on the back of its handsets.
But the biggest improvement to the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge is their new waterproof bodies. You can dunk these phones in up to five feet of water for 30 minutes and they’ll keep on ticking without an issue.
LG G5: Like the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, LG’s G5 comes wrapped in a metal body. On the G5’s back panel, you’ll find its unique dual-lens camera: one is wide-angle, the other is for normal shots. Below the cameras, you’ll find the G5’s fingerprint sensor, whereas both Samsung and Apple put their fingerprint sensors on their phones’ Home buttons.