It's about more than operating systems.

When it comes to comparing the LG G5 against the big competitors out there, we can't forget to pit it up against the iPhone 6s Plus. We'll be seeing if LG's latest big phone has the chops to go up and against Apple's best. We'll be taking a look at design, software, and the camera, so that you can see which phone is really worth the money.

1. Hardware


From size, to aesthetic, the design on the iPhone 6s Plus and on the LG G5 is very different. You can see it in the size difference, button placement, and even in the way that the phone feels in your hand.

Category iPhone 6s Plus LG G5
Processor Apple A9 Snapdragon 820
Main display 5.5 inch IPS LCD 5.3-inch QHD
Storage 16/64/128GB 32GB + microSD
Rear camera 12MP 16MP main, 8MP wide-angle
Front camera 5MP 8MP
Battery 3,000mAh 2,800mAh (removable)
Operating system iOS 9 Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
Size 158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3mm 149.4 x 73.9 x 7.7mm
Weight 143 grams 159 grams

The iPhone 6s Plus is the larger of these two phones, in height and width. It stands 158.2mm tall, and 77.9mm wide.. The LG G5 is smaller, without being absolutely dwarfed by the iPhone 6s Plus. The G5 is 149.4mm tall and 73.9mm across. The G5 is a little bit thicker though at 7.7mm versus the 6S Plus's 7.3mm.

The iPhone 6s Plus has volume buttons on the left along with a power button on the right. Under the display is the fingerprint scanner, which also works as a button. In comparison, the LG G5 has a volume rocker seated on the left side of the phone, and the combination fingerprint scanner and power button on the back of the phone. There is a drastically different feel when holding the phones as well.

The G5 has a good solid fit in your hand, and doesn't feel slippery. It honestly doesn't even really feel like the metal it's made of. It's small enough that it's easy to use with a single hand. The iPhone 6s Plus feels exactly like the metal it's made of, when you pick it up. It feels solid in your hand, although it is a bit wide which can make using it one handed somewhat difficult.

2. Software

Display comparison

Obviously the biggest difference in software is that the LG G5 runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow, while the iPhone 6s Plus is running iOS 9.0. These completely different operating systems, so they work inherently differently. Despite the difference in operating systems, there is a lot of similarity between the two. Especially since the LG G5 has ditched the app drawer in their software this year.

The big difference that you'll notice when you turn on the LG G5 is the sheer amount of carrier added bloatware. No matter what carrier you choose, there are over a dozen apps from AT&T alone. Both phones are quick, and snappy letting you move along without many issues. If you're used to Android phones, trying to use an iPhone can be slightly frustrating. That's really just because things aren't quite where you expect them to be.

3. Camera

Of course since we're comparing the LG G5 and the iPhone 6s Plus, we've got to talk about the cameras. LG has long made sure that their cameras are on point, even when other aspects of their phones fall short. Apple is another company that makes sure to put extra attention into their cameras. The LG G5 is armed with a 16MP rear camera and an 8MP wide-angle rear camera, along with an 8MP front camera. The iPhone 6s Plus has a 12MP rear camera, and an 8MP front camera.

In terms of functionality, these are both excellent cameras. They work well under different lighting conditions, and deliver fantastic photos. However, the LG G5 has a slight leg up in terms of bells and whistles. While the iPhone 6s Plus gives you easy access to features like slo-mo and time lapse for your videos, there aren't many features for your photos. The G5 however gives you access to tons of photo features, including a full manual mode when you're shooting. The wide-angle lens they've included in the G5 is nothing to scoff about either.

iPhone 6s Plus left/LG G5 right

4. Bottom Line

Phones on a rock

The big question you need to ask yourself, when it comes to these phones, is what matters the most to you because they have different strengths. If you're purely driven by specs, then the LG G5 is probably the way to go. It's got more capable internal hardware, the higher grade cameras, and it's a bit of a better fit in your hand than the iPhone 6s Plus. However, the 6s Plus looks and feels nicer in your hand, has the stronger battery, and the larger screen size that many people prefer.

It honestly comes down to what matters the most to you, when looking at picking up a new phone. Where the iPhone may prove to be the more capable phone in getting you through a day, the G5 offers some impressive features to make using the phone a lot of fun.