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‘HTC 10 vs LG G5: Which one should you buy’?

April is usually the best time of the year for Android lovers. By this time, most premium Android phone makers reveal their latest wares and put them up for picking. This year is no different, with Android lovers getting to choose from Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, LG G5, HTC 10, Huawei P9 and P9 Plus and Mate 8 flagship phones. However, with smartphone technologies almost at par in all premium handsets, it is also a tough time for buyers to decide which amongst them suits their needs the most. We take a look at the just-launched HTC 10 and LG G5, their features, design aesthetics and durability, which will let you decide which suits your style better, so you know if you should be waiting for either of these devices.

Display

'HTC 10 Vs LG G5: Which One Should You Buy'?

With the exception of Sony’s Xperia Z5 Premium which features a 4K display, all premium Android smartphones are now featuring Quad HD displays that offer resolutions of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels. In this regard, LG G5 and HTC 10 are no different. While display resolutions are the same in both phones, LG G5 possesses a slightly larger 5.3-inch display compared to a 5.2-inch one in HTC 10. HTC 10, however, makes up for the smaller size by fielding a slightly greater pixel density of 564ppi compared to 554ppi in the G5. Let us warn you here that such slight gaps in pixel density or size may not be noticed by the naked eye and the overall performance of both will be quite even on real world usage.

As an added bonus, G5 comes with a second Always-On display which shows date and time, battery percentage and call and text notifications while consuming just 0.8% of the phone’s battery life every hour. HTC has also introduced a new Super LCD 5 glass panel to add to the QHD display. The Super LCD 5 panel consumes lesser power and offers a faster refresh rate and better viewing angles compared to a standard LCD display panel. It also appears as bright as a Super AMOLED display by removing air gaps between the display element and the outer glass.

Design

'HTC 10 Vs LG G5: Which One Should You Buy'?

While designing the G5, LG chose to piece together a modular phone in which you could add accessories like a new battery or a camera module, while not interfering with the slim design or size of the handset. Crafted from a light-weight metal alloy, LG G5 feels light on the palm but may give you a feeling that the design material may not be premium or durable enough for a top-range handset. Weighing at a mere 122g, the G5 features a plastic body under the metal foil but at the front, the alloy blends seamlessly with a strong 3D Arc Glass which gently curves at the top and shields the display.

The metal body bulges slightly at the back to make room for dual cameras and a Dual LED flash. It also holds a fingerprint sensor, volume buttons, a 3.5mm headphone jack at the top and a USB-C charging port at the bottom. HTC 10 features a premium metal and glass body with chamfered edges at the back, creating a dual-textured finish. Unlike the light metal alloy in the G5, the build material in HTC 10 can withstand extreme temperature tests and also passes gruelling drop, scratch and corrosion tests. However, the robust design also makes HTC 10 40g heavier than the G5, which I wouldn’t mind if the alternative is carrying a phone which is more prone to damage.

At the front, the metal blends with a Gorilla Glass 4 screen which curves slightly at the edges and is among the strongest smartphone screens available anywhere in the world.

Processor and RAM

'HTC 10 Vs LG G5: Which One Should You Buy'? Both LG G5 and HTC 10 come with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 processors along with Adreno 530 GPUs, offering low power usage, better graphics, 2.2 gigs of power, download and upload speeds of 600Mbps and 150Mbps and supporting the latest LTE Category 12 technology. Both phones also feature 4GB DDR4 RAMs which work with the processors to offer the best-in-class HD gaming performance, multi-tasking abilities and easy switching between apps.

Battery

'HTC 10 Vs LG G5: Which One Should You Buy'?

No matter how good premium phones are, their entire worth hinge on how long their batteries can keep them running. On this front, both G5 and HTC 10 bring in powerful batteries and battery saving technologies that let you enjoy longer usage with every round of charging. LG G5 comes with a removable 2,800mAh battery which can be interchanged with a battery module which you can purchase separately. Apart from the battery, a separate camera module, which is also available separately, brings in its own 1100mAh battery to let you snap away for many more hours than a smartphone battery will normally let you.

Thanks to the interchangeable batteries, a G5, in theory, can offer double the battery life and you will also be able to use the battery module as a power source to charge other smartphones or tablets via USB! G5 also packs Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 technology which will let you charge the phone from 0 to 100% in less than an hour. An LG Low Power Location Estimation (LPLE) Technology also boosts battery life by up to 41.9% by reducing the power consumption of location-based apps.

HTC 10 comes with a larger 3,000 mAh battery supporting up to 27 hours of talk time and which can keep the phone alive for 19 days on standby. Like the G5, it also packs Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 technology and features a Type-C charging port for quicker charging than microUSB charging ports. HTC has also introduced a new PowerBotics system which is very similar to LG’s LPLE technology. This works on the phone’s hardware and software efficiency to enable up to 30% longer battery life.

Cameras

'HTC 10 Vs LG G5: Which One Should You Buy'?

The speed at which smartphone cameras are closing in on DSLRs suggests that the latter may become obsolete sooner than we think. Even though smartphone cameras aren’t there yet, a look at the cameras in LG G5 and HTC 10 will give you enough reasons why you don’t need to invest heavily on standalone ones. While LG experimented with dual-front cameras with the V10, it introduced dual-rear cameras with the G5- one of them a hi-res 16MP one and the other a wide-angle 8MP one. Featuring an Iris scanner and optical image stabilisation, both cameras work together to offer an amazing 135-degree field of view, unsurpassed in the industry.

To add to it, G5 offers Ultra HD, Manual Mode and Auto Shot modes to let you click pictures the way you please. The front camera also packs an 8MP resolution along with a Gesture Shot feature to let you take selfies through gestures. Along with the G5 cameras, you will also get to try out LG Cam Plus, a camera module which attaches itself to the handset and comes with physical keys for shutter, zooming, recording videos and capturing pictures. In contrast, HTC 10 doesn’t come with separate camera modules but its front and back cameras offer the world’s first Dual OIS technology for sharp and steady photos. The 12MP UltraPixel rear cam depends on larger pixels to let in more light and produce bright pictures even in low light.

The camera also comes with a Pro Mode with advanced options for professional lens men. The 5MP front cam in HTC 10 also packs sensors like OIS, BSI and features like Live Make-Up, Voice Selfie, Auto-HDR and Auto-Selfie.

Audio experience

One feature that may set HTC 10 apart from every other phone is the superlative audio experience it offers. The phone will let you record audio 256 times sharper and more detailed than on other phones thanks to its 24-bit Hi-Res audio recording feature. The phone is also Hi-Res audio certified and can convert your 16-bit audio files to 24-bit which brings in 250 times more clarity than the former. There’s also a Personal Audio Profile system using which you will be able to adjust sound frequencies to each ear and listen to music exactly the way the artist created it.

HTC 10’s BoomSound Hi-Fi edition speakers, featuring separated tweeter and woofer design, also add to the brilliant audio experience. Thanks to Snapdragon 820 chip on-board, LG G5 features WCD9335 audio codec and Hi-Fi 24bit/192kHz FLAC playback features, offering, like HTC 10, 24-bit audio quality for a seamless audio experience. However, the story doesn’t end there. Just like a separate camera module, G5 comes with a separate LG Hi-Fi Plus module with B&O Play which can convert your 16-bit audio files to 32-bit, producing music of a quality you haven’t heard on a smartphone before. Sadly, you’ll have to pay extra to grab one.

Verdict

LG G5 and HTC 10 are both brilliant smartphones, offering the best available specifications and features, some of which weren’t present in last year’s phones, and definitely deserve more than a mere glance by prospective buyers. Just like the build quality of G5 doesn’t really match up with that of HTC 10, its modular personality also makes it superior to other premium phones launched recently.

Both phones offer excellent audio, camera and multi-tasking experience and we’re sure that you won’t regret if you go for either of these two phones. However, like we said before, we’ll leave it to you to decide.

Read Also: Best phone 2016: the 10 best smartphones we’ve tested1

(About the author: The above article has been contributed by Jayant Chakravarti)

References

  1. ^ Best phone 2016: the 10 best smartphones we’ve tested (www.in.techradar.com)

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