The LG V10 offers a wide variety of features to users and comes with top-end specifications. However, does LG's new flagship device have what it takes to go up against the other popular and powerful smartphones on the market today?
One of the smartphones that LG is looking to compete with is Apple's iPhone 6s Plus, which was launched in September 2015. How do the two smartphones stack up against each other?
Size And Weight
The LG V10 is slightly larger compared to the iPhone 6s Plus, with the LG V10 measuring 6.3 x 3.1 x 0.34 inches compared to 6.23 x 3.07 x 0.29 inches for the iPhone 6s Plus. The LG V10, however, is a bit lighter, weighing only 6.73 ounces compared to 6.77 ounces for the iPhone 6s Plus.
The 5.7-inch display of the LG V10 is larger compared to the 5.5-inch display of the iPhone 6s Plus, with that of the LG V10 also featuring better resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels for 515ppi compared to that of the iPhone 6s Plus with 1,920 x 1,080 pixels for 401ppi.
The displays of the two smartphones, however, also contain one of their most high-profile features. For the LG V10, it is the always-on 2.1-inch secondary display located above the main display that provides information such as time, date and battery status, and also contains shortcuts for the user's favorite apps and alerts for incoming messages and calls even while the user is playing games or watching movies on the main display. For the iPhone 6s Plus, it is the 3D Touch feature, which opens up a whole new category of input options, based on the pressure that the user exerts while pressing on the screen.
Operating System And Interface
The LG V10 ships with a customized Android 5.1.1 Lollipop experience that features a high degree of multi-tasking capabilities and one-handed mode, while the iPhone 6s Plus ships with Apple's latest mobile operating system, the iOS 9.
Processor And Memory
The LG V10 is powered by the same processor found in the LG G4, namely the hexacore Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 with 4 GB of RAM. The iPhone 6s Plus, on the other hand, is powered by Apple's dual-core A9 chipset with 2 GB of RAM.
The LG V10 also has an edge in storage options, as the stock model comes with 64 GB of storage with a microSD card slot for memory expansion. The iPhone 6s Plus only comes in 16 GB, 64 GB or 128 GB capacities with no memory expansion capabilities.
The rear-facing camera of the LG V10 is a 16-megapixel one, with features such as laser autofocus, optical image stabilization, LED flash and 4K video shooting. The front of the smartphone, on the other hand, packs a pair of 5-megapixel cameras that can be used for wide-angle shots.
The iPhone 6s Plus, meanwhile, has a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera with optical image stabilization, 4K video recording and slow motion video shooting at 240 frames per second, while the front-facing camera is a 5-megapixel one.
The LG V10 carries a price tag of at least $600, depending on the carrier or retailer where it is being purchased, while the iPhone 6s Plus costs $749 for the 16 GB model, $849 for the 64 GB model and $949 for the 128 GB model. The cash-out costs of the devices, however, will become much lower if they would be acquired with a contract from a carrier.
On paper, the LG V10 is the winner, with more impressive specifications at a lower price. However, the iPhone 6s Plus should not be discounted, due to its popularity and the fact that it is powered by Apple's iOS.
As with any two devices being compared, the choice to which smartphone to acquire is all up to the customer.