With the release of the LG G5 in MWC 2016, there are a lot of you who might be searching for what LG has done with its flagship device and how does it hold up against the present iPhone, the 6S. Here is a comparison of the two devices based on the design, displays, specs, camera, battery, and pricing.
Dimensions wise, the LG G5 measures 149.4 x 73.9 x 7.7mm and weighs 159 g. It features a full metal design that emphasizes on modularity. The battery is easily removable and can be replaced within minutes.
Talking of the iPhone 6S, it has the same design that we saw in the iPhone 6. It is just marginally thicker, owing to the addition of the Force Touch feature. It measures 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm (5.44 x 2.64 x 0.28 in) and weighs 143 g (5.04 oz).
Even if the iPhone 6S is thinner and lighter than the G5, we think that having a modular design, which is there on the G5, is better.
The LG G5 sports a 5.3 inches wide IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels (~554 ppi pixel density) and 16M colors.
The iPhone 6S packs a 4.7 inches wide IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, with a resolution of 750 x 1334 pixels (~326 ppi pixel density) and 16M colors.
The display on the LG G5 is the definitive winner here. With greater ppi and resolution, you can definitely bank on better quality and reproduction. However, we will not say that the iPhone 6S’s display is bad in any way.
Underneath the hood, the LG G5 is powered by a Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820 processor, coupled with 4GB of RAM at and 32GB of internal storage and Adreno 530 GPU. Built-in storage is expandable via microSD card up to 200GB.
On the other side of the ring, the iPhone 6S is powered by a Dual-core Apple A9 processor clocked at 1.84 GHz, coupled with 2GB of RAM at and 16/64/128 GB of internal storage andPowerVR GT7600 (six-core graphics) GPU.
Both the devices are on an equal footing here, as they will perform quite smoothly.
Camera wise, the LG G5’s primary shooter, located on the rear, shoots at 16MP and packs 1/2″ sensor size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, panorama, HDR. It also features a 135-degrees wide angle lens. The secondary ‘selfies’ camera, embed on the front, comes with an 8MP sensor.
In terms of the camera, the iPhone 6S’s primary shooter, located on the rear, shoots at 12MP and has an aperture of f/2.2. As for the front camera, the device comes with a 5MP shooter.
The LG G5 is the clear winner here. With the wide angle camera setup and great specs, it wins hands down.
To accommodate the HD 5.3-inch screen, LG has backed the device up with a removable 2,800mAh battery. The device supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 as well.
To support the HD 4.7-inch screen, Apple has backed the device up with a non-removable 1,715mAh battery. The device will be featuring quick charging along with wireless charging while Cupertino claims that the battery can provide up to 14 hours of backup.
As the iOS is seen to require lesser battery than the Android operating system, still together with 1,100 mAh Cam+ accessory and removable battery, this comparison goes in the favor of the G5, again.
The phablet by LG will come with Android 6.0 Marshmallow straight out of the box, skinned under the LG Optimus UX 5.0.
On the other hand, the iPhone comes with iOS 9, which is upgradable to iOS 9.2.
Android and iOS are targeting two completely different markets, so it is for you to judge which OS suits your needs best.
Pricing and availability
The LG G5’s pricing is not known – we estimate that it will start from approximately $550, unlocked. However, it will start shipping sometime in April.
The iPhone 6S was launched in September 2015 and is priced at $649, $749 and $849 for 16, 64 and 128GB variants of the phone respectively.
Both smartphones belong to the premium series of the market, are well endowed and come with a powerful specification sheet. The real battle between the two can also be based on the operating systems that the two support.
However, looking at the overall specifications, our recommendation would be the LG G5.
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