Our Opinion

The LG G5 is a slightly better phone, but the Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro is slightly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? It’s a close call, but if your budget allows for it, then LG G5 might be a slightly better choice.

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Excellence Score
36.1
33.7
Value for Money Score
66.7
67.7
Price ₹ 17,999 onwards ₹ 15,994 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jun, 2016 Jul, 2017
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Upgradeable to 7.1 NougatLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version Android 7.0 NougatExpected update to 8.0 Oreo
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.3 inches 5.5 inches
Screen Resolution 1440x2560 pixels (~ 554 pixels per inch) 1080x1920 pixels (~ 401 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 4
Display Features IPS, Always-on display Super AMOLED, 2.5D Curved Glass
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.1 GHz 1.6 GHz
Processor Type Quad Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820 Exynos 7870
GPU Adreno 530 Mali-T830
RAM 4 GB 3 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
USB Yes Yes
Camera 16.0 MP 13.0 MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features Dual Camera (16 MP + 8 MP), Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face/Smile Detection, Panorama, HDR, Laser Auto-Focus, Optical Image Stabilization, 135 degree Wide Angle Lens. F/1.8 Aperture, Simple Mode, Auto Mode, Manual Mode, Grid Lines, Timer, Cheese Shot, 8X Digital Zoom, Quick Snap ((While Video recording)) F/1.7 Aperture
Secondary Camera 8.0 MP 13.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features Full HD Video Recording, F/2.0 Aperture, Gesture Shot Flash, F/1.9 Aperture
Internal Memory 32 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 2 TB up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM
Thickness 7.3 mm 7.9 mm
Weight 159 gm 181 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 2800 mAh 3600 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Yes, Quick Charge 3.0
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Fast battery charging: 83% in 30 min (Quick Charge 3.0); Wireless Charging (Qi-enabled); Daylight Mode; Pop-out Picture; Film Effect; Smart Bulleten (All Favourite Application in one place with notifications); Knock Code; Dual Window; Knock On; QREMOTE; Android Beam; Call Reject; Connection Vibration (Vibrate when the other party answer the call); Backup & Restore; Favorite Contacts; Landscape View (View home screen in landscape view); Talk Back (Provide spoken feedback to help blind and low vision users); QSlide (Simultaneously see two screens at once to maximize on-screen multitasking with QSlide function); Live Zoom (Video by zooming in or out); Quick Memo; DLNA; NFC; WiFi Direct; WiFi Dual Band; USB Type-C; Infrared Port; Miracast; Noise Filtration; Google Drive (100 GB); LG Friends Manager (Manage all friends with one app) WiFi Direct; USB On-The-Go; Noise Filtration; Samsung Pay
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Very good build and handling
  • Unique modular design, with a "magic slot" which lets you plug a handful of external add-ons: such as a semi-pro camera grip with shutter buttons and a bigger battery, or an external sound amplifier by B&O (there will be more 3rd party add-ons available in future)
  • Excellent display with excellent contrast and sunlight legibility
  • Android UI with Optimus UX is a powerful combo, and LG has done well to keep the bloatware in check, but left enough in terms of customization options and proprietary services to enhance your Android experience
  • The Snapdragon 820 chipset offers stellar, top-of-the-line performance, and runs cool
  • Good audio quality
  • Excellent call quality via earpiece and speaker
  • Fantastic set of rear and front cameras
  • The photos from the rear (primary) camera have plenty of resolved detail, high dynamic range, excellent colors and contrast
  • The wide-angle camera allows instant panoramic shots and opens up the door for some nice creative usage
  • The 4K videos are great with plenty of detail
  • The OIS, and the digital stabilization, are good too
  • Battery life is decent (lasts a day) and the option to always have a spare ready to take over, from the magic slot, is most welcome
  • Fast charging support via USB-C
  • Fingerprint sensor is fast and accurate
  • Attractive, sturdy, unibody design - easily one of the better looking devices in this price bracket - build quality and materials are flagship-grade
  • Fairly ergonomic too
  • Very good sAMOLED display, arguably the best in this price bracket - high resolution, good viewing angles, good colour reproduction - videos look excellent - and sunlight legibility is great too (on par with more expensive phones, and better than Samsung's own Galaxy J7 Max in this price bracket)
  • Samsung's UI over Android is light, and works well - with some nice add-ons like social camera, and Samsung Pay
  • Decent performance in day-to-day use
  • Good rear camera - pretty similar to the one on the very good J7 Max - making it one of the best cameras in this price bracket - and a good shooter even for low light situations
  • Very good audio output from both headphones, and loudspeaker
  • Separate slots for Dual SIMs and SD card (instead of a hybrid slot)
  • Very good battery life - among the best in this price bracket - will comfortably last the day even with heavy use
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • The design lacks originality or character, which is a bit of a downer, given that this is a flagship phone
  • No water proofing
  • No wireless charging support
  • Performance could certainly have been better, and while its good enough in daily use, it's not quite what you would call snappy, and it doesn't match up to its top competitors - so, if your only use case is casual social networkings, emails, videos - then the phone will do fine, else there will be better options in this price bracket
  • While the rear camera is pretty good, it does sometimes take too long to focus, and sometimes underexposes pictures, and that takes away from the dependability a little bit
  • Front camera is good too, but it is focused a bit too close, which can lead to blurry shots when the phone is held a bit far
  • No support for fast charging
  • If design, battery life and brand name are the main criteria then the Galaxy J7 Pro is a good choice, but it has some tough competition from the likes of OnePlus 3T (more powerful + more dependable camera), and Moto G5S Plus on the lower end (almost as good in all criteria, at a lower price)
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