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LG G5 vs. LG V10 — Which LG phone is the best?

It's time for a quick comparison between the LG G5 and the LG V10. Two LG smartphones that are fairly different in terms of what features matter most, and armed with great cameras. We're gonna take a look at them head to head, and see if this year's G5 can beat out last year's V10.

Design

While both of these are LG phones, they are dramatically different in terms of design. From the onset the sheer difference in size between the G5 and the V10 is apparent.

CategoryLG V10LG G5
ProcessorSnapdragon 808Snapdragon 820
Main display5.7-inch QHD5.3-inch QHD
Secondary display2.1-inchNone
Storage64GB + microSD32GB + microSD
RAM4GB4GB
Rear camera16MP16MP main, 8MP wide-angle
Front camera5MP Dual Lens8MP
Battery3,000mAh (removable)2,800mAh (removable)
Operating systemAndroid 5.1.1 LollipopAndroid 6.0.1 Marshmallow
Size159.6 x 79.3 x 8.6mm149.4 x 73.9 x 7.7mm
Weight192 grams159 grams

The LG G5 is the smaller of the two phones by a pretty significant margin in every dimension. It's 149.4mm tall and 73.9mm across. The V10 is huge comparatively at 159.6mm tall and 79.3mm wide. Likewise the G5 is 7.7mm thick, versus the 8.6mm the V10 is rocking. The V10 is quite a bit heftier as well, weighing in 33 grams heavier than it's opponent.

When it comes to the feel in your hand the G5 has a comfortable feel, that isn't slippery in your hand. The V10 doesn't have nearly as comfortable a fit in your hand, simply because it's so large. Thankfully the textured back of the V10 makes it easier to keep the phone from slipping out of your grip at in inopportune time.

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Bottom of the G5 and V10

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Left side of the G5 and V10

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Right side of the G5 and V10

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top of the G5 and V10

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Display comparison

Software

When it comes to software, you'll notice a pretty sizable difference between the G5 and the V10. That's because while the G5 is running Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box, V10 launched with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop and is just now starting to see updates. There is a big similarity though, both of them are saddled with a significant amount of carrier added bloatware.

That isn't their only similarity either. Both the G5 and the V10 have a fingerprint sensor in the back of the phone.It's placed well, and intuitive to find. There's been a fairly big disparity between the two, though. The V10 seems to work slightly better in this regard — particularly with the Marshmallow update. But I've had issues with the G5 — it still doesn't recognize the fingerprint about half of the time.

Looking at the G5 you can see the changes that LG has made in the software as well. Most prominently is the lack of an app drawer, which people seem to either be pretty okay with, or hate with a passion. They've also added the LG friends manager, which allows you to easily communicate with your LG accessories.

Camera

LG is known for the fantastic camera's on their smartphones, which of course means that we need to do a camera comparison. The V10 rocks a dual lens 5MP front facing camera, and a 16MP rear camera. Meanwhile the G5 has a 8MP front camera, with a 16MP rear camera and an 8MP wide-angle rear camera. Each of them has their own strengths, and produces great results.

LG G5 left / LG V10 right

In shade in seems like the colors from the V10 seem to wash out just a little bit, but it does produce great pictures in good light. The big difference in photos here is whether you're a bigger fan of the wide angle lens available on the G5, or the second front facing camera that the V10 has access to. Both of these cameras give you great results, and have access to a full manual mode. The G5 does have the better overall camera set in pure terms of specs though.

Audio

Our last big comparison between these two LG smartphones is the audio quality. That's because the V10 gives you access to hi-fi audio when you are listening on your headphones. To some people that might not really be a big deal, but if you spend a lot of time listening to music on headphones this can make a serious difference.

The problem being that the experience with hi-fi really depends on a dozen different factors. The type of headphones or earbuds, what you're listening to, the quality of the music when it was recorded ... the list keeps going. While even casual music lovers may be able to discern the clearer sound that the V10 produces over headphones, they're might not notice it at all. The G5 doesn't have access to hi-fi audio, but still gives you a good sound that isn't tinny or muffled.

Which should I buy?

So when it comes down to it, which phone is the better one? Overall it seems like the G5 wins out over the V10. With a better camera, more convenient size, and better overall specs. However, if you're a real audiophile, or you don't mind the larger phablet size, the V10 might be in your best interest. As always it comes down to preference, and deciding which features are the ones you want to focus on.

Jen is a staff writer who spends her time researching the products you didn't know you needed. She's also a fantasy novelist and has a serious Civ VI addiction. You can follow her on Twitter.

81 Comments
  • To me, I think the V10 is still LG's best phone to date. That's just my opinion.
  • Agreed! Posted via the Android Central App
  • I love the V10 the dual ffc are great although I don't use the ffc as much as the wider angle. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I agree with you. I've had both phones and the V10 is sturdier and gives far better sound quality. I just wish it had launched with the 810. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Didn't the 810 have over-heating issues?... second half of 2015?
  • They made an updated version that supposedly fixed the overheating issues but the brand name was tarnished at that point already. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Hell no! The 808/810 is the real butt of the problems of this phone, especially for it's abysmal battery life. It was a real step back from the 800/801 series in that regard. Granted the new 820 wasn't available at the time of the V10's launch so LG had very little choice here. They should refresh this phone with the 820 and all would be just fine, I'm guessing they will be doing that later this year, if they continue with the V series.
  • With MM the battery lasts about 15% longer for me. I never had any other real issues with this phone. I have bigger hands... So a pallet for me is preferred. I love this phone. Gonna keep this one for awhile.
  • Definitely agree, I'm a (happy) G3 owner and the G5 is a disappointment on so many levels. On the other hand, a V11 or V10+ that kept all the stuff I want (volume keys on the back, android n, plastic body, wireless charging) is something I'd be very interested in. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I'm pretty much with the group on this one. The V10 is the best phone LG is offering. I think the hype over the G5 is founded in the lack of plug-ins available in this country. LG has noone but themselves for the failure of the G5.
  • TBH, in theory, the whole "Friends" thing is actually pretty cool. The problem is the way it is executed in the G5. Especially the lack of the DAC (something that actually interests quite a number of people) in key markets like North America and even LG's home market of South Korea as of this time. As a complete package, I still think the V10 nails it. IMO, it looks better than the G5, and I think it delivers on that "premium" feel with steel sides and a grippy, durable back. Also, that 32-bit DAC is included as part of the phone's hardware, not as an optional add-on. Sure, the G5 has better raw hardware, but really, the V10 is still the more complete package to my eyes. If LG keeps the same V10 formula for its successor while giving it updated hardware while fixing the issues with the OG V10 (there were some issues, but are very minor), then it might be quite a winner.
  • Agreed.
  • "LG is known for the fantastic camera's on their smartphones..." Typo alert. Posted via the Android Central App from my S7 edge
  • Lol, what are you smoking? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Nothing. I don't want to be a d*ck about typos, but if she's trying to be a "professional" blogger/writer, she should try to at least spell things correctly. Phil and others are really excellent writers and created a good standard of quality.
  • It's just one of many typos in this article.
  • If LG updates the v10, to whatever they may call it, for next year, I'm sure they'll put in a updated SoC(maybe the 820). On these android websites, I've only heard good things about the v10. LG, would make a big mistake on cancelling this one.
  • V10 all the way.
    Bigger, better audio, second screen, and back buttons.
  • Compare price tags and you have winner :). Posted via the Android Central App
  • That's weird. Most reviews have said the G5 has the more accurate finger print sensor. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I have the G5, my fingerprint sensor hasn't messed up once. Never had a sensor before this, but I'm liking this one.
  • I have the G5 as well and my finger print scanner has been on point. I have had no screen bleed issues either. Posted via LG G5 the Android Central App
  • Not if you update the V10 to mm. I have had both and the G5's finger print sensor fails very often. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I don't know if you're using a fat finger or what but my g5 works 99 percent of the time where as with the v10 I even had to remove the case it was so irritating. Posted via what ever tickles me at the time.
  • with the marshmallow update, fingerprint detection on the V10 is almost perfect
  • V10 is still LG's flagship in my mind. It's larger, more durable, and has an awesome DAC that you don't have to pay extra for. I'll be weighing the Note 6 against the V10 v2.0 for my next upgrade (from an ancient Note3 running lightweight CM13)
  • V10, I had both and it only took a couple of days before I went back to the V10. Posted via the Android Central App
  • V10 all day long. Posted via the Android Central App
  • V10 user here. Here's my take... V10 Pros:
    - bigger size
    - bigger battery
    - buttons on back over buttons on the side G5 Pros:
    - second camera on back over second camera on front
    - always on screen over second screen
    - newer processor
  • Also the V10 has a studier design and better build quality. And 64 GB Storage, standard.
  • With the V10, you can add a wireless Qi charging back. As for the G5, there are still no usb-c wireless receivers. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Honestly, I think that the always on screen is stupid. I find the second screen actually useful Posted via the Android Central App
  • Unrelated question for v10 users: Is anyone having issues with the built-in Facebook app since upgrading to Marshmallow? I have to restart the app constantly. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Does it force close on you? I've only had random closes on the youtube app. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Some of the links stop responding. Like if I tap a notification the app doesn't respond. I really hate when manufacturers preload apps like Facebook instead of letting users download it. Things like this happens. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Try clearing app cache. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Mine doesn't have a built in facebook app. Posted via the Android Central App
  • V10 is the winner Posted via my Black S7 Edge
  • The V10 feels like a flagship phone, the G5 just feels cheap. Posted via the Android Central App
  • V10 for sure Posted via the Android Central App
  • G5 for me
  • Lol rubbish. Unless you're looking at the processor only the V10 crushes the G5. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Battery life, processor, fingerprint scanner, v10 got laggy as hell for me. G5 all day. Posted via what ever tickles me at the time.
  • V10 have better build, Better camera it seems, but V10 UI experience was bad for me. And I always think it's SD808 as that time I had couple of other phones including Nexus 6p, moto X and maybe iPhone 6s plus. I didn't like phones which had SD808 as I have felt stutter often. IMO LG also don't make great displays and that is why I like LG less and less. I might get LG in 2016 when price is low or they come up with great display like AMOLED. For me G5 is gimmiky same is S7 edge but S7 edge curve makes it look great even edge features felt useless.
  • V10 for the win PS I have 6.0. On my V10 software comparison should have been the same Data_theNew_Greed
  • I think the V10 is a much better, more badass phone. I was thinking of upgrading to the G5, but I think it would be a downgrade. Posted via LG V10
  • No way it's a downgrade. The 820 is a beast. I never got my hands on the V10 with the 808 with 4 gigs of ram (I had the G4 with 3 gigs of ram), but there's absolutely no way it's a downgrade, regarding performance. Posted via my LG G5
  • It's a downgrade off you listen too music. I wish that I had went back to my V10 in time. Posted via the Android Central App
  • V10 on marshmallow is a better choice for me... Manual camera/video, 64G internal, secondary display, larger screen, rubberized back and brushed stainless is better than painted aluminum, 32 bit DAC and high impedance headphone amp come standard. There are no buttons anywhere around the V10 perimeter, so I can frirmly grasp the device anywhere without pressing any buttons. Posted via the Android Central App
  • My v10 was on mm for a good while. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Typo: there's an unwanted apostrophe in cameras in the camera section. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Typo: "They're might not notice it..." lol, I know its Sunday but you need to wake up. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Two phones face down on a rock?! SAVAGE!
  • i hope there is Lg V20 or upgraded version of LG V10
  • I wonder if LG is reading any of this? LG V11 please be coming this fall... Posted via Android Central App
  • Agreed! V11 with buttons on the back and DAC built in, not added by "friends." Maybe two versions of the V11. One 5.7" display and the other 5.2". I prefer the larger phone but the current trend is for smallish.
  • The LG V10 is still the king of LG phones. It's just bigger, badder and greater in almost every aspect.
  • V10 easily. Hopefully they don't continue with the G5 design cues. Started with the G2, G3, went to a V10. Keep what I like about LG.. Posted from my LG V10 (VS990)
  • V10 rocks. My father loves his. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Excited for the 2016 v10. Please don't screw it up LG. It should be easy on what needs to be refined.
  • Snapdragon 820 over the 808 all day long Even the 820 is old news soon with LG releasing the Flex 3 with the brandnew Snapdragon 823 powerhorse later this year. Posted via Android Central App
  • And add on the new fp scanner under the glass with waterproofing.. The v11 is gonna blow everything out of the water. Posted from my. AT&T LG V10
  • I've had both, and it only took me 4 days to realize that the G5 was sub par to my needs. I returned it for the V10 and couldn't be happier. And now that my V10 has root on 11B it's turned into a virtual beast.
  • Definitely, as the mentioned in the conclusion, the G5 is better than the v10. The G5 has better specs https://versus.com/en/lg-g5-vs-lg-v10 . Though personally, I would prefer the v10 for its bigger display, its secondary display, and much more rugged build. Though the G5 is also unique in its own way with it's "semi-modular' build, I don't think it's a big advantage as of this time since there is not much modules out there.,
  • The v10 wins❤❤❤ Posted via the Android Central App
  • V10 is a far better option in my opinion. The lg g5 looks like a huawei or another chinese made metal phone
  • Sure the V10 launched with Lollipop, but it has Marshmallow on all its carriers. Say it has Marshmallow, not Lollipop. Posted via LG V10
  • Screw the g5. V10 all the way Posted via the Android Central App
  • G5 for me.
    V10 plus points is rear controls and manual video controls but that's it.
    the size of the v10 is a huge minus, i actually prefer the feel of the g5.
    the only thing i'd like to see added to the g5 is better video controls
  • V10
  • Ideal LG phone would be one designed like the G4, with the fingerprint reader on the front under the glass (see new LG article on AC frontpage) with USB C and wireless quick charge. So Basically a LG version of the S7 without all the stupid buttons on the front, and the overrated price tag. If they want to incorporate the detachable bottom for the battery, even better! Oh, and bring back the app drawer in the UX.
  • Bigger battery, bigger on board storage, and it doesn't look silly.... The G5 is a slick, ridiculous design. I have a G4 and a V10 and their phone designs were awesome Posted via the Android Central App
  • I think the G4 is better than both.... Posted via my LG G4
  • I would agree. Only upside, is the G5 battery life is 125% better than the G4s and the wide angle camera. But the G4 is better screen and leather back was awesome!
  • I absolutely love the design and the look of the v10... Beauty. Posted via the Android Central App
  • V10 Rock's Posted via the Android Central App
  • "The V10 doesn't have nearly as comfortable a fit in your hand, simply because it's so large" Am I the only one that rolls their eyes when hearing these kind of comments? I personally love the v10 and will stay worth the v series (if it continues). The many times I dropped this phone and haven't felt like I'm dropping precious China plates. It really takes a beating and keeps ticking. My only gripe is the bluetooth connectivity issues with streaming music, but a deal breaker. Plus at this time, this is the latest phone from lg that has all buttons in the back of the phone...keeps the phone looking super clean. Posted via the Android Central App
  • The phone is perfectly comfortable and no problem to use one handed. I roll my eyes at those size comments too.
  • I love the V10. The only issue for me has been Skype locks up frequently but I can live with that.
  • My expectations about LG V20 :-) BODY - 160 g max., IP68, Corning Gorilla Glass 4
    DISPLAY - Super AMOLED or OLED, 5.5" inches, 1440 x 2560 pixels, Corning Gorilla Glass 4, Always-on
    PLATFORM - Android OS, v7.0 (Nougat), Snapdragon 821 6cores (2-4cores), Adreno 530
    MEMORY - microSD, up to 256 GB, 32-64-128 GB, 4 GB RAM
    CAMERA - Primary - 16 MP f/1.7, 26mm, 4axis-OIS, 2xLED flash, 1/2.6", 4K, 1080p60fps, HDR...
    Secondary - 5 MP f/1.7, 22mm, OIS, HDR, LED flash, 1080p30fps...
    SOUND - 32-bit/192kHz audio
    COMMS - Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, BT v4.2, NFC, radio, USB Type-C 1.0
    FEATURES - Iris scanner, fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2, color spectrum, Fast battery charging, MP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC+/FLAC player, removable Li-Po 4000 mAh
  • This article is unhelpful if it doesn't even compare performance.