I’ve been using the LG V10 for about a week now. It’s a fantastic phone. It’s very practical and intuitive. It’s always the simple things that make a phone worth owning, such as after taking a picture, a Facebook icon drops down the screen to allow you to quickly share the photo. Drag it down and you have the option to share to Instagram, Twitter, and more.
The ability to create a practical and intuitive experience is also what has kept Apple so strong over the years. After all, the only way you can lock down a device in the way that Apple does and succeed is if it’s so good that the user doesn’t want to break out of that locked down experience.
Today, we’re going to compare the LG V10 and Apple’s iPhone 6S Plus. We’ll compare the cameras, the benchmarks, the displays, and we might even compare the second screen on the LG V10 with 3D Touch on the iPhone 6S Plus.
LG V10 vs iPhone 6S Plus: Specs
|LG V10||iPhone 6S Plus|
|CPU||Hexa Core Snapdragon 808, 1.82 GHz Dual Core ARM Cortex-A57, 1.44 GHz Quad Core ARM Cortex-A53||1.84 GHz Dual Core A9|
|GPU||Adreno 418||PowerVR GT7600 (six-core graphics)|
|Display||5.7″, 1440p, 515 ppi, IPS LCD||5.5″, 1080p, 401 ppi, IPS LCD|
|Body||159.6×79.3×8.6 mm, 192 g||158.2×77.9×7.3 mm, 192 g|
|Camera||16 MP, 5312×2988, 5 MP Front||12 MP, 4032×3024, 5 MP Front|
|Video||4K – 30 fps, 1080p – 60 fps, Front 1080p – 30 fps||4K – 30 fps, 1080p – 60 fps, Front 720p – 30 fps|
|RAM||4 GB||2 GB|
|Storage||64 GB, Expandable to 128 GB||16/64/128 GB|
|Battery||3000 mAh||2750 mAh|
LG V10 vs iPhone 6S Plus: Display
LG added a second display with the V10. Well, it’s not a completely separate display. It’s actually part of the main display; however, unlike most LCDs, the entire panel isn’t backlit. In other words, when the phone is asleep and the second screen is on, it doesn’t look like the entire screen is on.
Both of the displays look great. They both gave amazing color accuracy. The big difference between the displays is that the iPhone 6S Plus is 5.5″ 1080p and the LG V10 is 5.7″ 1440p.
Obviously, it’s impossible to actually tell the difference between the two resolutions. If you’re one of the few that frequently uses a virtual reality headset such as a Google Cardboard, you will see a benefit to 1440p; however, if you’re someone who likes to play high resolution games, that 1440p display will ruin your experience.
LG V10 vs iPhone 6S Plus: Fingerprint Reader
Fingerprint readers are becoming more and more popular on phones. Seriously, who the hell types a PIN anymore? Fingerprint readers are this year’s high resolution front cameras.
Apple’s TouchID 2.0 is super fast. There’s no disputing that. In fact, it’s the first fingerprint reader out there that you just tap instead of hold. The disadvantage to that is that the user will miss his notifications. He needs to remember to press the power button on the side of the device if he wishes to interact with the lock screen at all.
The LG V10 has a fingerprint reader on the back of the phone, a place that we’re seeing more and more fingerprint readers on Android devices. It works well. One thing I’d point out is that I only found it necessary to program one finger. Normally, I program both thumbs and both index fingers, but for the LG V10, it was only necessary to program my right index finger, because that’s the only finger that reaches around the back of the phone.
LG V10 vs iPhone 6S Plus: Second Screen vs 3D Touch
The second display on the LG V10 and 3D Touch on the iPhone 6S Plus serve similar purposes. No, that purpose isn’t to make the bezel larger, although it does. These are both massive phones. That purpose is to give the user additional options aside from what’s on the display.
LG says that research shows that people unlock their phones on average 150 times a day, mostly just to check the time. With the V10’s second screen, the user will always see the time.
When the phone is unlocked, the V10’s second screen will show a selection of shortcuts, it can control music, and it can show calendar notifications, along with some other customizable settings.
3D Touch was quickly compared with right clicking when the iPhone 6S Plus was released. I’ve found this to be untrue. Right clicking will often provide options that are unachievable through other means. 3D Touch provides shortcuts to options that can be achieved through other means.
The most obvious use of 3D Touch is to force touch on an icon and a context menu pops up. I’ve had the iPhone 6S Plus for almost two months and have never used it for this. I have, however, used 3D Touch quite often for two purposes.
One thing I’ve used 3D Touch for is moving the cursor on the display. 3D Touching the keyboard allows the user to easily move the cursor.
The other thing I’ve used 3D Touch for frequently is to switch between apps and to the multitasking screen. 3D swiping from the left edge opens the multitasking screen. Swiping all the way across brings the user to the last app he was in.
LG V10 vs iPhone 6S Plus: Rear Camera
LG really brought their A game with the camera on the V10. It appears to use the same rear sensor as the G4, which I wasn’t a big fan of. The G4 was great with manual controls, but it didn’t handle auto mode too well. Many photos appeared out of focus. I haven’t had that problem with the LG V10.
LG built on top of what they did with the G4. The G4 added manual camera controls. The V10 adds manual video control and snap video, a feature that allows the user to load up a video with three second or longer clips. There’s also multi-view, which allows the user to take a collage of photos or videos, or a combination of the two.
I’d love to say that the G4 will be updated to receive these cool new features but I’m reluctant to say so since the LG G3 and the LG G Flex 2 never received the manual camera features in the LG G4. There’s no reason that they couldn’t do it though.
One thing that I’ve been saying about the LG V10 is that it’s practical. It’s always the simple things that make a phone practical or intuitive. For example, when the user snaps a photo with the LG V10, a drop down menu appears that allows the user to quickly share the photo to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and more.
Of course, Apple is renowned for a practical and intuitive interface. Apple gives minimal options in their Camera app. There are no manual controls. The only controls you get are Live Photos, the flash, HDR, and a timer. You even have to go to Settings to change the resolution of video. You do not get the option to change the resolution or aspect ratio of photos.
Of course, with the LG V10, the full resolution comes at 16:9 and with the iPhone 6S Plus, the full resolution is at 4:3 (since you can’t take a photo at 16:9).
Both phones have optical image stabilization (OIS). The two phones focus differently. Apple uses phase detection autofocus (PDAF) like Samsung does. LG uses laser focus, which can be an advantage because it works better in the dark and in the fog.
|LG V10||iPhone 6S Plus|
I just want to note that the picture I took of the building lit up in green was taken in the middle of a New York City street. The light was turning green and I took the photo with the LG V10 in a bit of a rush. Sorry the photo isn’t perfect but I had to get the hell our of there before I got run over.
LG V10 vs iPhone 6S Plus: Front Camera
The LG V10 has two front cameras, both of which are 5 MP. One has an 80° lens and one has a 120° lens. The 120° lens is supposed to be better for group selfies. Personally, I really don’t think it’s necessary. If they used the 8 MP sensor that’s in the LG G4 and just cropped the photo, it would achieve the same effect.
Apple finally increased their front camera this year to 5 MP; however, it still has a very small field of view and it still only records 720p video.
Both phones light up the screen to deliver a flash on the front camera. In fact, LG has been using this strategy as far back as the LG G3.
|LG V10 80°||LG V10 120°||iPhone 6S Plus|
Most Android phones these days have a slider on the front camera that allows the user to smooth their face. I think it looks like shit. I think the LG V10 starts looking a lot better when you get toward the end when I finally remembered to turn that crap off. Then again, that’s just my opinion and I know a lot of people like the feature.
LG V10 vs iPhone 6S Plus: Benchmarks
Benchmarks rarely provide any type of insight into real world usage, so always take their results with a grain of salt.
The first tests are battery tests, which again, don’t really prove anything. Geekbench 3 has two settings, to toggle a dim screen on or off. The first test will be with the dim screen toggled off, since that’s how we use our phones. The second test is with the dim screen toggled, you guessed it, off.
|LG V10||iPhone 6S Plus|
The one thing that you can really take away from the battery tests is that the brightness of the display affects the LG V10 more than the iPhone 6S Plus.
Next up, Geekbench 3 tests.
Apple really killed it this year. In fact, the only processor that outperforms Apple’s A9 in multi-core is Samsung’s Exynos 7420. Nothing beats it in single core.
Next up, AnTuTu.
It’s not surprising that Apple pulled off a better AnTuTu score, but what’s surprising to me is just how well the Snapdragon 808 in the LG V10 held up. It’s my experience that the Snapdragon 808 gets around 45,000.
Next up is GPU tests from GFXBench. This is where Apple usually shines. Although the test performs 1080p tests as well, graphics will perform better on the iPhone 6S Plus because Apple doesn’t use the uselessly high resolution 1440p display. Really, my one complaint about the LG V10 is that I simply can’t play games on it.
It’s not surprising that the iPhone 6S Plus beats the crap out of the LG V10 in GPU tests. Like I said, I can’t even play games on the V10.