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LG V10 vs iPhone 6s Plus comparison: New kid on the big block

The new LG V10, released just in time for Christmas, has some serious competition in the super sized arena. This year has seen a huge range of oversized phones released – including the Galaxy S6 Edge+, Moto X Pure and the Nexus 6P. But the new model also has to compete with Apple's iPhone 6s Plus, which has been out for some time now. Which is best?

LG V10 vs iPhone 6s Plus comparison: Design

Design is an area in which Apple has serious pedigree, the iPhone 6s Plus looks exactly as you'd expect – a bigger version of the iPhone 6. It is, again as you'd expect, a little heavier than its smaller cousin – 172g – but retains that sleekness and attenton to detail the brand is famous for. A rose gold colored option was also introduced for the Plus model.

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The iPhone 6 Plus (right) is as well-designed as all Apple products./ © Apple

The LG V10 doesn't fare too badly here either. Although it's not as obviously attractive as its competitor, it is at least distinct, unlike, say, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5. Measuring 160mm x 79mm x 8.6mm and weighing 192g, it looks strong and robust, thanks to the stainless steel outer rim. The rest of the phone is made of polycarbonate. 

LG V10 vs iPhone 6s Plus comparison: Display

Here's where the LG V10 gets a bit freaky. It has two displays. Yep, that's right, the new model has a secondary display that runs along the top to provide the information you need when the main display is off. You can personalise which apps go in the display too – it's a little bit like the ideas employed in the Galaxy S6 Edge and Blackberry Priv.

In more prosaic display news, the LG has a 5.7-inch, QHD main screen with a resolution of 2,560 x 14,40 pixels and a pixel density of 515 ppi. It lives up to the manufacturer's reputation for producing excellent displays.

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The LG V10 has a second, smaller display at the top./ © ANDROIDPIT

Apple is sticking to one screen for now and it's a pretty good one. Retaining the Retina HD display its smaller sibling, the iPhone 6s Plus screen is 5.5 inches with a 1,920 x 1,080 pixel resolution at 401 ppi. That's pretty decent in the grand scheme of things, but this section can probably be chalked up to LG – assuming you're a fan of the double screen of course. 

LG V10 vs iPhone 6s Plus comparison: Software 

The LG V10 comes with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, although LG has already promised an update to Marshmallow by the end of 2015. There's a reduction in bloatware on the new model too, great news for all users, with just Quick Remote Backup, LG Health, QuickMemo pre-installed.

The iPhone 6s Plus was the first to run iOS 9, which is pretty similar to its predecessor but has a different font and multi-tasking. There have been several improvements to Siri, Notes and Maps.

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Marshmallow should be on the V10 soon. / © Google

While both offer pretty good user experiences, Android does retain the significant advantage of being an open source and fully customizable platform.

LG V10 vs iPhone 6s Plus comparison: Performance

Both devices should score pretty highly here, as their price tags demand. The LG has a Snapdragon 808 with a clock speed of 1.82 GHz. Its GPU is the Adreno 418. All this comes with an impressive 4 GB of RAM (a first from LG).

Meanwhile, the iPhone 6s has a 64-bit A9 processor powered by 2 GB of RAM. That's double the RAM of previous iPhones but half that of the V10. Nevertheless, Apple has a deserved reputation for optimizing its system, so the difference may not be as vast as the numbers suggest. 

LG V10 vs iPhone 6s Plus comparison: Camera

The iPhone's 12 MP camera is one of the best on the market and works exceptionally well in trying circumstances such as poor light because of its Image Stabilization software. Videoing is also far better than it needs to be for filming your cat in slow mo which, lets face it, is what most of us use it for.

There is 4K video which can be activated in the settings and takes up around 300 MB per minute, about three times the space required for 1,080p video.

The LG V10 has two front cameras. / © LG

The LG camera is, as you might expect from the manufacturer, pretty sensational. The primary sensor is the same as the G4, with an aperture of f/1.8. This means you can alter the ISO, shutter speed, white balance, manual focus and pretty much anything you choose as well as saving files in RAW format if you're a bit special with the snaps.

But it's at the front where the LG really surprises, doubling up once again. Yep, that's right, there are two cameras in the front. "Why?" I hear you ask. Selfies is why. The two sensors provide 5 MP selfies with different focal widths – one for group selfies and one for personal selfies. The first has a focal width of 120 degrees and the second, 80 degrees. The video camera also allows 4K recording at up to 60 fps, or 24 fps.

LG V10 vs iPhone 6s Plus comparison: Battery

After one of the LG V10's strongest points, here's one of its weakest. A moderate user might be able to make the 3,000 mAh battery last through the day but any more than that and you'll need to break out the portable charger. But, in better news, the battery is removable.

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The LG V10 has a removable battery. / © ANDROIDPIT

The iPhone 6S Plus has a smaller battery – 2,750 mAh – and similar problems. Again, don't expect it to last the day under heavy use, although it should be mentioned that the 6 is much better than the 5 in this regard. Who'd have thought bigger more powerful phones need bigger batteries?

LG V10 vs iPhone 6s Plus comparison: Price

You can pick up a 64 GB iPhone 6s Plus for about US$930 on Amazon right now – although 16 GB doesn't go very far these days.

The LG V10 has a pretty significant advantage here. While it's still expensive, as you'd expect for a premium phone, you can pick one up for as little as US$250 on a contract or US$700 from Best Buy. That price may come down further over the coming months.

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iPhones aren't known for being cheap and the 6s Plus is no exception. / © ANDROIDPIT
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LG V10 vs iPhone 6s Plus comparison: Verdict

Many people are calling the V10 the best LG phone for years and it's hard to disagree too much. It's certainly bold, the double camera and display are major departures, and it's packed with features, including a scanner, a stunning display and an outstanding camera. Perhaps more importantly though, it also has what users have been crying out for – a microSD slot and a removable battery.

The iPhone 6s Plus is better established and perhaps less of a gamble, although the price is enough to dissuade some people. It isn't a huge change from the iPhone 6 but the size of the Plus model may put some people off. That said, its camera, features and particularly design are all first rate.

Whichever of these you choose, you can't go too far wrong but for our money, the extra features, better price and innovation of the LG V10 make it the one to go for.

Which phone do you prefer? Would you buy the LG V10 or the iPhone 6s Plus? Let us know in the comments. 


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  • I don't know what todo argh.
    Should i trade in my 6s for the v10 I hate choices right now k really like the look of the v10 but been with iPhone since the 4s. Thinking about Swicthing to android but kinda of worry does android have the Apple Music app ?

  • I happen to own both phones. Work provides me with Iphone and I carry a V10 as my personal phone. So I spend half my day with each. I honestly cannot understand the hype over iPhones. While it is a competent phone and can in essence do anything that any other phone can do, it falls short of the LG in almost every aspect. The V10 is more durable, faster at everything, has a far better screen (2 of them also), much better interface (notice how iOS 9 is always referred to as simple) that's only good if you don't know how to use a phone, it's cameras are better, multi tasking is far superior, and it has more storage. All that said and personally, the V10 looks much better. Again I don't see the attraction to the metal brick design everyone calls "elegant" .

  • I love that when I let someone check out my v10 the first thing they say is "where are all the buttons?" i have never liked having buttons on the side of my phone and this was a selling point for me. Also have to say that I used to work in the apple call center troubleshooting ios and know the operating system pretty well; definitely prefer android now but actually jumped from Android to Windows phone for a couple years because android 4.x sucked in my opinion. Only reason I came back to Android was 5.1 and the better app store. I do miss my tiles. My sisters and brothers in law are all iPhone people and we compared phones quite a bit over the holidays. We pitted Siri vs ok Google and while Siri could beat box (who cares) every one was impressed when I asked my phone how to play dominion with 6 players and Google spouted off the game setup rules without skipping a beat. My only beef right now is Swype autocorrect is garbage on every keyboard I have tried. Sorry for the rambling

  • Garret 10 months ago Link to comment

    LG V10 seems like a great phone, I believe you will get more for your money with the V10.

  • Wil 10 months ago Link to comment

    Damn we have some Apple fanboy very upset here lol go play with your iPhone and let the android guys talk

  • Got to Love what LG has done with V10

  • I LIKE LG V10 best smart phone from LG

  • Kelly 10 months ago Link to comment

    This article was a joke... sorry but come on. It read as an Apple fanboy posing as an actual balanced comparison. I really should have stopped reading after the first paragraph, but clearly Im a glutton for Apple fanboy punishment.

    Firstly, nothing about the apple phones are that visually appealing. They are just as boring as ALL smart phones now. There is absolutely nothing that makes them more pleasing to the eye than any other phone. And if you claim otherwise, your fanboy is showing.

    Second, I love that you put the megapixel number for the apple camera but failed to mention the back camera on the V10 is a full 4MP better (as in 16MP)... you then referenced Apples "great camera" again lower in the article, all the while completely ignoring that the V10's camera is superior in every way.

    And seriously, I have a 128GB memory card that cost me $40 on amazon that I added to my 32GB V10 (because it already comes standard with more memory than Apple - something else you failed to mention). So why in the world are people happy with the prospect of not having a removable back?? This was the thing that drove me from Samsung and to LG (and always kept me away from Apple), and I hope they keep it up.

    • Wil 10 months ago Link to comment

      Im with you but i have the v10 and is 64gb Standard no 32gb plus LG gave me a 200 gb and extra battery and charger case with promo so now I have 264gb of storage

    • Tage .T 10 months ago Link to comment

      -Lg V10 ofcourse i want a phone that's always make me happy to use.

  • Pomacat 10 months ago Link to comment

    I went with the LG V10 myself good phone no regrets. Iphone not for me Android guy here. All the features is why I choose it when it was released.

  • The V10 is the best phablet ever. It's the most complete device ever made, it has simply everything. Ain't no discussion needed.

  • Shenook 10 months ago Link to comment

    Lol @ Apple fanboy. No offense but the 6 plus is nothing special in the way it looks or feels. Wife has one. Plus the fingerprint reader is better on the plus. As in looks? I think the v10 is great with metal sides while still having a removable battery. I feel the v10 is more bang for the buck by far.

    • An Droid 10 months ago Link to comment

      With a pseudonym like "An Droid", how could you, by any stretch of the imagination assume I am an Apple fanboy? I have owned several Android phones over the years, including a S6 edge at the moment. I was giving my honest opinion, and if it got your nose out of joint, meh......

  • An Droid 10 months ago Link to comment

    LG V10 is as ugly as a bucket of smashed crabs with its plastic materials. Having a SD card and removable battery didn't help the sales of the LG G4 much, so I suspect it won't in this case either. LG is stuck in the past and is paying for their lack of innovation in the sales charts.

    • That's your opinion!
      Not everyone wants a full aluminum sealed up phone that looks like every other smartphone on the market. As a matter of fact, some prefer the LG V10 looks over the IPhone. No need to have a phone so i can fit in to make up for my short comings. So i'll take the V10 over the IPhone any day. Been there and done that, no thank you!

      • An Droid 10 months ago Link to comment

        You need to calm the fuck down! Nobody here is rooting for the iPhone, we are just not all liking the LG. As you rightly stated, I am expressing my opinion. That's what the comments section is for.

    • Vindictive 10 months ago Link to comment

      Hey this site is for ppl who understand technology

  • Vindictive 10 months ago Link to comment

    iPhone s6 doesn't deserve that price

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