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Samsung Galaxy Note 5 vs. LG V10 – Which Flagship Offers A Better User Experience?

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LG has released first smartphone with a secondary screen integrated into the main screen and it shows quick shortcuts and notifications, but it also contains a manual mode for video. The Note 5 doesn’t have a dual curved screen, but the bezels are ultra thin, almost nonexistent. Each phone uses a proprietary user interface, LG UX and TouchWiz, and below, we’ll tell you a bit about them.

LG V10

There’s a little ticker on top of the display (the secondary one) which announces you when you receive notifications. By default, the secondary screen shows the date, time and battery status, but you have some notification waiting for you, then you’ll see the icon of the respective application.

In order to wake you device, you can double tap on the black screen. The phone will be unblocked thanks to the Knock Code function, so you will no longer use a pattern.

The navigation keys from the bottom of the screen can be customized, so you can rearrange and edit them. The regular keys are Recent apps, Home and Back, but you can add more buttons, split the screen so you can use the Dual Window mode, or you can launch the proprietary QSlide or Capture+ applications.

You can launch the QSlide mini applications from the V10’s notifications bar and they will float above other open applications, in small windows. These mini applications include email, calendar, calculator, file manager, messaging etc. QRemote will use the IR blaster and with it, you will be able to control home electronics (TV or air conditioner).

The V10 has a dual front camera and a selfie flash mode, but not a LED flash, so if you want to take selfies in darker environments, this mode will show a small viewfinder, while the rest of the screen will be filled with bright, skin-tone light.

The V10 has three microphones and using the video manual mode, you will be able to balance the capture pattern.

Galaxy Note 5

The Samsung phablet has more video modes than the V10 and an upgraded Pro mode, so the videos captured with the Note 5 will be more interesting.

Both the V10 and Note 5 have an interface with vivid colors, but Samsung’s TouchWiz UI has multiple profiles, which change the color levels. For example, the Basic mode will adjust the colors to an accurate level, offering a more eye-pleasing experience.

The Note 5 has also Smart Manager, an all-in-one hub where you will manage the battery, storage, optimize RAM etc. Besides the malware protection, the there is also an App optimization feature, which will hibernate unused applications that drain your battery.

In order to quicklaunch the camera app, you can double-tap on the home button and it works even if the device is “awake”, and it’s also quicker than with LG’s camera shortcut.

If you don’t like the quality of the sound (audio reproduction), the Note 5 has an equalizer in Settings, while the V10 has a standard speaker which can’t be fine-tuned out of the box.