Samsung and LG took center stage at the recently concluded Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, unveiling Galaxy S7 and LG G5 respectively.
There is no doubt that both devices are amazing, but LG stole the show with its modular design. The phones also boast some of the most powerful hardware for mobile handsets. Each has the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset, which is 2016’s smartphone flagship processor, an Adreno 530 GPU and both of them are also backed by a RAM of 4GB. This is amazing stuff when on paper, but it will have to wait until mid-March before we can actually put these phones into real-world tests.
Differences will for sure set in, especially because each company adds some tweaks to the hardware as well as the software provided by Google – Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The two phones are powered by this latest mobile operating system from Google; however, there are tweaks that have been added to the OS by both companies.
No adoptable storage, expandable storage available in both Galaxy S7 and G5
Samsung dropped the use of microSD cards on Galaxy S6, with many experts citing the lagging effect expandable storages cause on devices as the main reason for its omission. To help manufacturers go around this problem, Google came in with a feature known as adoptable storage for Android 6.0 Marshmallow. With this feature, it meant that the problem with SD cards slowing down phones memory was over.
What adoptable storage does is actually adopt the inserted microSD card and makes it behave just like internal storage. However, both companies have released their flagships with this option tweaked.
Usually, when you insert a microSD card into a Marshmallow-powered smartphone for the first time, the phone gives you two choices for the card. You can choose to use it as internal storage or as portable storage. In essence, choosing the former will be setting up the SD card to be your internal storage for storing apps, data and media files. However, choosing this option will mean the card is reformatted before being encrypted to make it behave like internal memory. Once the adoption process is done, the microSD card cannot be used on other devices or even card readers. The actual internal memory of the phone may also be rendered inaccessible. In case of choosing the ‘portable storage’ option, the SD card will keep on functioning as it has been for years.
As far as Samsung Galaxy S7 and LG G5 are concerned, the best option for users is to keep using the SD card as it has been. When you insert an SD card into these phones for the first time, you won’t be presented with the option to use it as internal storage.