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LG V10 vs Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus comparison: The innovators

As the smartphone market has matured, phones seem to have become increasingly uniform, with fewer and fewer visible differences between them. But both LG's new plus-size effort, the LG V10, and Samsung's over-sized flagship, the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, have interesting features that really make them stand out. But which is better?

LG V10 vs Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus comparison: Design

The LG V10 and Galaxy S6 Edge are both fairly distinctive devices, but for quite different reasons. One look at the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus tells you how much importance Samsung placed upon design in this instance. The sleek, dual edge, curved display screams 'premium', as do the materials, from the 5.7-inch Gorilla Glass display to the thin aluminum frame.

recursos especiais edge plusSamsung clearly spent time on the design of the Galaxy S6 edge+.  / © ANDROIDPIT

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Although the screen is large, the phone doesn't actually feel all that massive thanks to the clever ways Samsung has dotted the buttons around the phone's body. The glass on the back of the phone looks great, but is total a fingerprint magnet, and, as is the case with many newer models, and the sleek, thin design does make the S6 Edge Plus feel a little fragile. You'll probably want to invest in a decent cover if this is the phone you plump for.

It's fair to say that the LG V10 is probably not as immediately eye-catching as the S6 Edge+. But while its polycarbonate body and the stainless steel guard on its sides may make it look less sleek, they also toughen it up. The LG V10 feels robust, has plenty of grip and has a much better chance of surviving a fall than its competitor.

All that being said, LG hasn't totally sacrificed design in its new model and, although it may look a little cheaper than the S6 Edge Plus, the V10 is not an unattractive phone.

LG V10 vs Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus comparison: Display

For many of those looking to buy either of these phones, the display will arguably be the biggest draw. At first glance, it might not be entirely obvious why that's the case with the LG V10, but a closer look reveals a small second screen at the top of the main 5.7-inch QHD ( 2,560 x 1,440 pixel) display.

The secondary display provides personalized information and apps that you may want to access without activating your main screen.

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The second display at the top of the phone is an important feature of the LG V10. / © ANDROIDPIT

In terms of size and pixels, the edge+ display is exactly the same as the V10, although its pixel density is very slightly greater; the Samsung offers 518 ppi compared with the LG's 515 ppi.

It's the eponymous edges that make the real difference here. There's been some debate as to how effective they are but most would agree that the way the screen curves around on both sides makes for a much more immersive viewing experience. Color representation is excellent on both phones.

LG V10 vs Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus comparison: Software

Neither of these phones is running Android Marshmallow just yet, although if the rumors are to be believed the Samsung model should get it some time this month. But they both still have plenty to offer in software terms.

The Galaxy S6 Edge Plus runs Android 5.1.1 Lollipop with Samsung's refined TouchWiz user interface on top. It has a little less pre-installed bloatware than previous incarnations of the phone, and some of it is actually fairly useful (Skype, Word, Excel). There's also S Voice, S Health and the Galaxy Apps Store, along with WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Instagram and the usual Google apps. While it's annoying that these are non-removable, they are now, at least, easier to hide.

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Both phones should have Marshmallow soon. / © ANDROIDPIT

One of the S6 Edge Plus' skills is utilizing multi-window mode. The large screen means you can easily watch a movie while sending an email or play a game while checking social media. The edges bring their own advantages, such as colored-coded notifications for certain callers.

The V10 also comes with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop and LG has promised an update to Marshmallow by the end of 2015. Again, there's a reduction in bloatware here that's arguably even greater than Samsung's – Quick Remote Backup, LG Health and QuickMemo are just about the only pre-installed features.

LG V10 vs Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus comparison: Performance

Bigger phones need more power and both these phones score highly in this respect. The V10 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.

It's the first LG model to use 4 GB of RAM and it shows. The V10 is able to perform almost every task without delay or problems, although it probably doesn't quite live up to some of the other phones at the top end of the market, including, you've guessed it, the S6 Edge Plus.

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The S6 Edge Plus offers great performance. / © ANDROIDPIT

The Samsung model is powered by the 64-bit, octa-core Exynos 7420 CPU and has 4 GB of LPDDR4 RAM. It's one of the best processors out there and allows users to access data quicker and multi-task much faster than before.

It will occasionally heat up during some tasks, but it cools down very quickly and never force closes apps or crashes. The Mali-T760 graphics unit is also well made, as is the fingerprint sensor.

LG V10 vs Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus comparison: Camera

LG has long enjoyed a deserved reputation for making great cameras and the one in the V10 is no exception. The primary sensor is the same as in the LG G4, with an aperture of f/1.8. This means you can alter the ISO, shutter speed, white balance, manual focus and plenty more besides.

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The S6 Edge camera is among the best on the market./ © ANDROIDPIT

However, it's at the front where the big revolution happens. There isn't one camera but two, continuing the doubling up pattern established by the double screen. But this isn't just a gimmick. Well, not unless you think selfies are a gimmick.

The two sensors provide shots with different focal widths – one for group selfies and one for the 'classic' solo selfie. 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. It works well in all sorts of environments.

The S6 Edge Plus camera is the same as the one seen in the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. It's a 16 MP Sony IMX240 sensor with an f/1.9 aperture. The front-facing camera is also the same – a 5 MP f/1.9 aperture shooter. There's also optical image stabilization, 4K video capability  RAW support, slow-motion, fast-motion, selective focus, HDR, YouTube live broadcasting and plenty more.

There isn't too much to choose between the two here, unless you can't get enough of selfies.

LG V10 vs Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus comparison: Battery 

From one of the V10's strongest suits to one of its weakest. Its 3,000 mAh battery is probably not quite enough for a phone of this size and power and, although it should make it through a day of moderate use on one charge, a little bit more power would've gone a long way. The one trump card it does have is that the battery is removable.

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The LG V10 battery could be better, but at least it's removable. / © ANDROIDPIT

Although the battery in the S6 Edge Plus is the same size as the V10's, it seems to last longer, and you should be able to get through the day on one charge even when using your phone a lot. Dropping the screen brightness will also give you a big boost on the Samsung, and its power saving modes really work when they need to. It also charges quickly – it should get to 50 percent in about 35 minutes and 100 percent in an hour and 20 minutes.

In AnTuTu battery benchmark tests, the V10 achieved 6,366 points, just short of the Galaxy S6 Edge+, which reached 6,659.

LG V10 vs Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus comparison: Price

The LG V10 will generally set you back somewhere between US$600 and US$700 off-contract. Currently, there is only a 64 GB model available, which comes with 4 GB of RAM, a microSD slot and removable battery. You can choose between white, space black, beige, ocean blue and opal blue.

On release in August, the S6 Edge Plus cost about US$779 for the 32 GB version and US$859 for the 64 GB version off-contract. The price has come down in the last few month in some places, with Amazon offering a 64 GB model for US$699.

LG V10 vs Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus comparison: Verdict

These are both big phones attempting to carve out a big niche in the market. Samsung is banking on the appeal of the eponymous edges, and LG is banking on the attraction of the V10's double screen and double front camera. Both manufacturers have packed their flagships with top-end specs.

There's little to choose between them in most areas, including the camera, the processor and the price, but the Samsung boasts a slightly better battery and the LG software is a little more streamlined.

The biggest differences are in the design and the display. If you're trying to choose between these devices, the questions you need to ask yourself revolve around whether you prefer sturdy design over aesthetics, and whether you think a double screen and double front camera trump the display and software advantages of the Samsung edges. 

Which do you think is the better phone? Will you be buying either? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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  • I've owned the VG10 for 8 days. Unfortunately, I will be sending it back for the S6 edge plus. Why? There is slight lag when rotating the screen, finger print scanner is useless, with all notifications turned off music during play will pause for a second then continue, battery life is terrible and... My biggest complaint of all, when viewing with the screen turned sideways, the screen turns pitch black while wearing sunglasses. That is a huge fail. Nobody every thought of that, huh? What if your trying to take a video on the beach and can't see the screen? Terrible selection of screen by LG!

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      I personally haven't had that experience with the V10 in the 2 weeks I've had it david drake (knock on wood). The fingerprint scanner issue in the V10 is a known issue (it's not just you!) that seems to have something to do with certain cases preventing it from reading. Some people have cases and aren't affected and the fingerprint scanner works fine but a good 90% of people have trouble with it and yea it sucks and LG should have anticipated this but I'm sure the next update will include a fix. All the other issues you mentioned like I said, I've yet to encounter but my expererience with the S6 Edge Plus was God awful. I had the regular Edge before the Edge Plus which was defective. Unresponsive screen, buggy, laggy, randomly freezing, intermittently disconnecting from my home Wi Fi connection. Sent it back for the Plus. Did the same thing. Booted it in safe mode, performed master reset. Checked for buggy apps I may have transferred from my Note 3 to the Edge to the Edge Plus. Nil. T Mobile tech support awesome but ultimately offered replacement phone through buyer's remorse. Samsung 1-800 technical support is a joke! They're horrible! So stupid! You're better off researching solutions on Youtube yourself or they'll direct you to a Samsung Expererience kiosk at your local Best Buy and all they'll do is hook your phone up to a diagnostic tool which is a complete waste of your time and gas. Doesn't detect anything. They'll tell you to do master reset or send phone in to Samsung for repair. They keep it 7-10 business days (and they don't supply temporary loaner phone). Ultimately, all they'll do is send you a refurbished device if under warranty. But hey, this was just my experience. I should also mention I had 3 defective Note 2's and 3 defective Note 3's. All from T Mobile if that means anything. Might have been a bad batch sold to T Mo? Perhaps just my bad luck. But for a $860 phone, it needs to be flawless! Whatever the case, I'm never getting a Samsung phone ever again! Best of luck!

      • Another downer for the vg10 is the up and down volume buttons. Terrible design. I thought I could get used to it but I always accidently turned the screen off of jacked the volume to max. Seriously, turn your screen sideways and view with sunglasses on. Pitch black screen. That alone is a deal breaker. Expandable memory or not... Samsung is the winner.

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        I have to agree. Ergonomically, the design isn't practical. Major adjustment for me coming from Samsung where controls are on sides and home screen of phone which just seems more organic and practical.

      • I've had the V10 practically since it came out my mom bought it for me on November 7 anyways I've had had it time now it has some heating probs due to screen recording software and battery is OK me personally I watch a lot of vids and play very big energy consuming games like real racing asphalt racing rivals etc. And the fingerprint sensor is OK has some probs but I have facial regonition and knock code so basically unpenetrable and I've dropped it a few times (case off) and its only got scuffed and a few dents (consider I dropedd it on asphalt) anyways its been good I really love this phone hi quality and the galaxy is good but this phone in I speed its the speed king also you shouldn't stop buying Samsung phones maybe they tmo got a defective bunch like you said anyways V10 for the win

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    I've ran the mobile device gamut. First phone was a Nokia (still the best in my opinion). Had an IPhone 3gs and was #TeamSamsung for many years beginning with the Note 2, Note 3 and most recently had the S6 Edge Plus briefly for a week before trading it in for the LG V10. So far, I can honestly say that the LG V10 by far is the most reliable phone blended with the design, functionality and customization I look for in a high end android smart phone as opposed to an IPhone. Is it as "pretty" or aesthetically appealing as the Edge Plus? No. But it's more reliable, sturdier, dependable, efficient, no nonsense and does what it's supposed to do and then some. It has the second screen at the top which is the same thing as the Edge's edge screen. I don't know why reviewers and users complain about it or say it's annoying and disable it. Personally, I find it incredibly useful and efficient. It has the dual front facing cams. The enhanced audio. Rear cam manual settings (which I haven't even attempted to begin to conquer!!!). Removable battery (which is very rare and totally awesome and going the way of dinosaurs in smart phones). And may I recommend to you all while you're charging your back up battery, purchasing an external battery charger. They only run between 20 and 100 bucks depending on how much juice you want and how many ports. Ravpower makes an awesome one with dual ports in black or white with various amounts of juice. I have 2 with 14000 mAh with 2 ports (for sale) 40 bucks. The only thing missing that Samsung features native that I would have liked to see in the V10 is more voice features such as the ability to answer and reject calls with my voice. Also, the phone ringing display is ill designed and awkward at the very top of the screen and small. Whereas on the Samsung that I'm accustomed to, it's much larger and at the bottom of the screen which is more logical and organic. But for $260 less without all the bells and whistles, this is a no brainer!

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  • If you bought by Nov 15 u got 200gb sd++. Now it's 64gb ++

    • So, when do you think you will get the freebies. If you already got them, how long was the wait? Thanks.

  • V10 all the way! It blows the doors off my Note 4. The V10 is what the Note 5 should of been. LG hit an out of the park grand slam!

  • Sinelin s 11 months ago Link to comment

    I am since two weeks the happy owner of v10.
    Before to order this phone I tried already Samsung and many years I had also the note series. Samsung is having an amazing display I think better than v10' and also maybe a better battery I can also say that the V 10 is having an outstanding camera with a lot of possibilities of manual settings, it's having a very good sound over headphones by 32 bit hifi .with Akg delivered headphones,surprisingly enriched sound.
    removable battery and the ad card.is other plus factor.
    at the beginning I was reading many reports about the second screen that is only a gimmick.
    it's a nice think mainly when you're reading something and can regulate the music Spotify tunin or normal music player from the second screen. also direct access from favorite apps or recently apps is a nice thing.
    I replaced the lg launcher with nova launcher. crash resistant other important factor. with a stick on the back you can adapt for qi charging. I am still very happy after two weeks with LG v10.
    if you want a nice design phone with amazing display go for Samsung otherwise energy LG V10 will not disappoint your at all. mainly sound and camera.

  • LG v10 the best

  • Mark 11 months ago Link to comment

    When you add a removable battery and Micro SD slot it is a no brainer to me the V10 is the winner. Plus it is a rugged phone from the reviews I have seen. It won't be out here for a couple of more weeks. I do intend on buying when they are available. I was going to wait for the G5, since it is losing the removable battery it is a no sale for me. I will not buy a phone without a removable battery it limits the life of the device to the battery and not all batteries last as long as they should.

  • I haven't been following closely to the Galaxy line up but you didn't mention a lot of things that I feel gave the edge to the V10.

    First, there's been talks about the ESS DAC/AMP that's currently in the V10 which makes this the premium western smartphone for people who enjoy listening to audio.

    Second, manual camera options is pretty amazing in my opinion. Have you seen some of the tutorials regarding manual mode on YouTube? Makes this camera look amazing.

    I was gonna rant about expandable storage but I looked back at your report and realized you put in a brief mention regarding the MicroSD slot at the bottom.

    • I agree with you. Not only full manual mode for pictures but also full manual mode for videos. The dual camera really capture more and the Dac is an audiophiles dream. The phone even let you capture video on 24 frames for a full cinematic view. It even let you choose which microphone to use while recording. Fast charging built in etc, etc. I hate half bake comparisons like this one. Another big thing about the second screen is that it's perfect for multitasking.

  • Pomacat 11 months ago Link to comment

    I went with T-Mobile LG V10 and am really happy with the phone it's been solid. The battery could be better but the fast charging helps. Oh and I have a free 200 gig SD card battery and charger!

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