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Apple iPhone 5S vs Galaxy S4 vs LG G2: good things come in all packages

Apple iPhone 5S vs Galaxy S4 vs LG G2: good things come in all packages
If we isolate for screen size, the newly announced Apple iPhone 5S has all the makings of a futureproof flagship device, especially in the chipset part, even against current Android kings of the shelves like the Galaxy S4 and the LG G2.

The iPhone 5S is very thin, despite the premium glass/aluminum build, and keeps it very light, too, even though it has a new fingerprint sensor built right into the sapphire crystal home key. The Galaxy S4 and LG G2 also keeps things on the lighthearted side, and they have much larger display panels, too, so kudos for everyone's engineering chops in this department. Those display panels of the Koreans are Full HD with pixel densities north of 400ppi, though Apple's 326ppi panel still means you can't tell the individual pixels with normal vision.

The crazy part is Apple's new A7 chipset, which is the first 64-bit one in a smartphone, and a harbringer of things to come, though there aren't much apps that take advantage of it. We can't wait for some cross-platform benchmarks, but we have the feeling everyone's silicon might get smoked by the new A7, especially in the graphics department, so no complaints about the SoCs either. 

Moreover, Apple's chipset has gotten paired with multiband cellular radio that promises compatibility with the most LTE bands of all handsets out there - we counted a version with 11 bands, whereas the previous king in that aspect, the Xperia Z Ultra, is octaband. This makes the iPhone 5S the first truly global LTE handset.

The other big difference is seemingly the camera resolution, which stays 8 MP in the iPhone 5S, whereas the S4 and G2 sport 13 MP sensors. A camera is as good as the pictures it takes, of course, and resolution is not even in the top 5 of criteria here, so we'll pass judgment when we do a thorough camera comparison between the three. The Galaxy S4 and LG G2 have proven to be the most capable Android snappers so far, before the Xperia Z1 hits retail, so the iPhone 5S will have a steep hill to climb, but its True Tone LED flash might be of help in the low-light comparison.

Check out the short version of the specs cagematch below, or visit our Apple iPhone 5S vs Samsung Galaxy S4 vs LG G2 comparison tool for the full rundown.

Apple iPhone 5S vs Galaxy S4 vs LG G2: good things come in all packages

DESIGN


DeviceApple iPhone 5SSamsung Galaxy S4LG G2
OSiOS (7)Android (4.2.2)Android (4.2.2)
Dimensions4.87 x 2.31 x 0.30 inches (123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm)5.38 x 2.75 x 0.31 inches (136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm)5.45 x 2.79 x 0.35 inches (138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9 mm)
Weight3.95 oz (112 g)
the average is 4.4 oz (127 g)
4.59 oz (130 g)
the average is 4.4 oz (127 g)
5.04 oz (143 g)
the average is 4.4 oz (127 g)
Body materialAluminiumPolycarbonatePolycarbonate 
Design featuresFingerprint sensor  Back buttons
DISPLAY


Physical size4.0 inches5.0 inches5.2 inches
Resolution640 x 1136 pixels1080 x 1920 pixels1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel density
326 ppi441 ppi423 ppi
Technology
IPS LCDSuper AMOLEDIPS LCD
Peak brightness500 cd/m2 (nit) 350 cd/m2 (nit)450 cd/m2 (nit)
BATTERY


Talk time (3G)10.00 hours
the average is 10 h (582 min)
17.00 hours
the average is 10 h (582 min)
 
Stand-by time (3G)10.4 days (250 hours)
the average is 24 days (564 h)
15.4 days (370 hours)
the average is 24 days (564 h)
 
Stand-by time (4G) 13.3 days (320 hours)
the average is 13 days (300 h)
 
Music playback40.00 hours  
Video playback10.00 hours  
Capacity 2600 mAh3000 mAh
HARDWARE


System chip
Apple A7 with 64-bit architectureQualcomm Snapdragon 600 APQ8064TQualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974
Processor
 Quad core, 1900 MHz, Krait 300Quad core, 2260 MHz, Krait 400
Graphics processorYesAdreno 320Adreno 330
System memory

2048 MB RAM (Dual-channel) / LPDDR32048 MB RAM (Dual-channel, 800 MHz) / LPDDR3
Built-in storage 16 GB
16 GB32 GB
Storage expansion microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC up to 64 GB 
CAMERA


Camera8 megapixels13 megapixels13 megapixels
FlashDual LEDLEDLED
Aperture sizeF2.2F2.2 F2.2
Camera sensor size 1/3.06" 
Camcorder1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps), 1280x720 (720p HD) (120 fps)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (60 fps)
FeaturesDigital image stabilization, Picture-taking during video recordingDigital image stabilizationOptical image stabilization
Front-facing camera1.2 megapixels2 megapixels2.1 megapixels
Video capture1280x720 (720p HD)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)

TECHNOLOGY


CDMA
  800, 1900 MHz
GSM850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
UMTS850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz
LTE700 MHz Class 13, 700 MHz Class 17, 800 MHz, 850 MHz, 900 MHz, 1700/2100 MHz, 1800 MHz, 1900 MHz, 2100 MHz800 MHz, 850 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz, 2600 MHz850 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz, 2600 MHz
DataLTE, HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRSLTE Cat3 Downlink 100 Mbit/s, LTE Cat3/4 Uplink 50 Mbit/s, HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRSLTE-A, LTE Cat3 Downlink 100 Mbit/s, LTE Cat3/4 Uplink 50 Mbit/s, HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS, EV-DO Rev.A
Micro SIM  YesYes
nano-SIMYes  
CONNECTIVITY


Bluetooth4.04.04.0
Wi-Fi802.11 a, b, g, n, n 5GHz802.11 a, b, g, n, n 5GHz, ac802.11 a, b, g, n, n 5GHz, ac
USBYesUSB 2.0USB 2.0
ConnectorProprietarymicroUSBmicroUSB
Vsit our Apple iPhone 5S vs Samsung Galaxy S4 vs LG G2 comparison tool for the full rundown.

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posted on 10 Sep 2013, 15:32 11

1. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1619; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


Sorry IMO it goes:
LG G2>Samsung Galaxy s4>iPhone 5s

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 22:36 3

24. GTR722 (Posts: 222; Member since: 20 Oct 2012)


And Z1>all

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 15:54

32. Arslan25 (Posts: 23; Member since: 07 Sep 2013)


lol sony phone have a black blind user inference :/

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 10:29

30. leocal79 (Posts: 2; Member since: 11 Sep 2013)


Why don't they have the info on the battery for the G2 it has already been tested and released and blows the doors off the other 2. It is around 30 hours.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 15:32 5

2. GeekMovement (Posts: 1499; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


Seems like the battery life still sucks for the iPhone5S.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 15:35 14

3. syedej123 (banned) (Posts: 71; Member since: 08 Jan 2013)


hahaha..
comparing iphone to beautiful monster like LG G2 ???

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 15:36 11

4. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7340; Member since: 14 May 2012)


G2 > S4 > iPhone 5S.

G2 is superior in every single aspect basically.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 15:38 4

5. syedej123 (banned) (Posts: 71; Member since: 08 Jan 2013)


LG G2 will be like galaxy S2..slowly slowly their popularity increases ..

if somehow G2 does not sale well ..it is PURE Unluck ..

World Class IPS LCD Display on the Zero Bezel Screen ..uff..

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 15:39 5

6. amilcarmz86 (Posts: 95; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)


little iphone,inferior compared to big guys here... shame on the apple.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 15:47 5

7. jduran541977 (Posts: 10; Member since: 14 Apr 2011)


Still no nfc for the icrap what a disappointment still the same phone might as well wait for icrap 6

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 15:50

8. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3874; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


I would honestly buy an iPhone 5S before a GS4. I don't know why, but the GS4 is just completely worthless to me. It's not Samsung in general, it's the GS4 specifically; I loved my GS2 and GS3, and I like the new members of the Note series, but the GS4 is strangely unattractive and uninteresting to me.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 15:53 4

9. Jason2k13 (Posts: 627; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


i dont know why the GS3 would be better than the GS4 in terms of looks, features and specs, but i guess thats your opinion.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 15:58 1

10. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3874; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


I never said the GS3 was "better", I just liked it better than the GS4, regardless of the features or specs. It just had a better overall feeling about it. Kind of hard to explain.

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 03:04

26. imran86 (Posts: 30; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)


You are a lier

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 06:39

27. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3874; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Oh yes, because my opinion is entirely false.

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 02:56

25. JMartin22 (Posts: 712; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


The S4 was more of a bump up in improvement than the 5S happens to be, when you compare the differences against each respective predecessor

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 06:41

28. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3874; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


It is no doubt, but I still just don't like the GS4 based on my hands on time with it. It just didn't give me the same "wow" feeling when I got my GS3, you know?

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 09:51

29. BocaRaton (Posts: 1; Member since: 11 Sep 2013)


"WOW"? Are you one of those hardheads that choose to be arrogant? I actually owned all versions of the Galaxy S3 and while the S3 at launch did not seem to have more features than that of S2, The screen, battery life, and option for GPE. Go ahead, buy your IPone(Misspelled on purpose). Tell me major things that you can do on IPhone 5 that you can’t on iPhone 3G? Wake up and smell the roses dude, if you want a phone that will make you say wow, get an iphone and use Apple maps to get you there. :)

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 15:06

31. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3874; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Arrogant? Me saying I liked the GS3 better at launch than the GS4 and I would have an iPhone over the GS4 is being arrogant? How did you manage to think of that?

Also, just because I would rather have an iPhone 5S over the GS4 doesn't mean I'm going to get an iPhone. There are other phones in the world, like my Droid Mini which I currently wouldn't trade for anything; iPhone 5S, Galaxy S4, Note 3, HTC One, LG G2, etc.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 16:01 7

11. Dr.Tom (Posts: 46; Member since: 11 May 2013)


The iphone is good for kids and chicks (no offense to the women), but when are they going to make a phone for men, you know, with bigger hands/fingers. The iphone 5 is like a toy in most men\'s hands. Small screen on a bigger phone. The Moto X is about the same size as the iphone yet it has a 4.7 inch screen. Apple is really starting to fall behind and even there FANBOYS at PA are starting to look/sound real DUMB!

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 19:03

23. flynfree (Posts: 374; Member since: 09 Jun 2013)


You forgot the bodybuilder, they love iPhone, pink and purple colour too .

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 16:06 1

12. syedej123 (banned) (Posts: 71; Member since: 08 Jan 2013)


really today I clearly understand how much the phonearena biased towards iphone.
guys in phonearena dont ever believe their camera comparison ..I lost trust in them as I saw a article from Ray telling about camera.
Gsmarena is all about professional ..
phonearena I feel sad for you..

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 16:31

13. Bootutu (Posts: 184; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


\"We can\'t wait for some cross-platform benchmarks, but we have the feeling everyone\'s silicon might get smoked by the new A7, especially in the graphics department\"

Are you serious?, care to explain what it has to smoke Adreno 330 or Mali T628, in terms of CPU absolutely no chance....64 bit is useless in a system with less than 4GB of RAM.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 16:39 3

14. KashAli (Posts: 105; Member since: 01 Apr 2013)


Clearly Galaxy S4 most important thing battery life and large display. No chance apple can win again. Regret buying iPhone 4S (battery lasts 3 hours) apple too greedy seeking money. Not putting enough features in phone.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 16:51

15. Immolate (Posts: 270; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)


If we isolate for brain size, I'm as smart as Albert Einstein! Who knew?

And seriously. A 64-bit CPU? Who ever had the sheer moral courage and intellectual temerity to even consider that? Except for Motorola, Samsung, LG, HTC, and some Korean guy with a kiosk in Seoul who all thought about it and said, "um... no."

I'm embarrassed for Apple. Still.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 16:54 1

16. blackcatsvalentine (Posts: 3; Member since: 29 Aug 2012)


why do i get the feeling that PA is always rooting for apple?

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 16:57 1

17. HASHTAG (unregistered)


I like how Phonearena always leaves fields blank for the iPhone.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 17:07 1

18. mickey072 (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Sep 2013)


Very iPhone biased article. How can you say the the Screen Resolution, Pixel Density, Screen size and Camera resolution are in the same league as the S4 and LG G2? Apple didn't release any specifics on the CPU speed and the amount of cores the 5s have, my guess it will be 2 cores. Therefore a 64bit dual core cpu vs a quad core 32bit cpu does not look so convincing after all. Also how much ram does the iPhone have ? My guess still 1gb vs 2 GB on the other two.
Spec wise there is no comparison.

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 15:14

34. bigstrudel (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)


You're speculating when facts are available everywhere.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 17:35 1

19. StanleyG88 (Posts: 52; Member since: 15 Mar 2012)


Love how they say that the 64 bit will be wonderful for \"future\" apps. By the time enough apps get converted to 64 bits to make the processor worthwhile, iFruit will be introducing the iPhone 7S.

Why waste a 64b processor on a phone that will be owned for less than 2 years when it will take more than 2 years for the apps to catch up with the HW?

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 17:40 1

20. StanleyG88 (Posts: 52; Member since: 15 Mar 2012)


I see iFruit has been working with the NSA to include the NSA Fingerprint collection device.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 17:41 1

21. GHOSTGAMERHTC (Posts: 2; Member since: 12 Aug 2013)


iphone 5s looks like a bad joke a very bad one

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 17:42 1

22. donfem (Posts: 515; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Where are the ipologists?

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 15:12

33. bigstrudel (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)


You people are amazingly ignorant about the A7 SoC.

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 18:59

35. NYChaos (Posts: 2; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


I have used both for years, and as much as I love Android's open OS, google ideas in general I will never knock on Apple's products.
There is no phone on the market today that can come close to iphones build quality (and please do not mention HTC One).
When you buy an iphone you don't just buy a big or small screen. Open or "closed" OS, you buy the experience of owning an apple device :)
You can get it replaced at any apple store within seconds of anything goes wrong.
You have an amazing color calibrated screen and very good camera.
Apps are fantastic as well!
I can lose my phone, and restore all data to a new one from icloud within 20 minutes. Which android phone does it without 3rd party software??
iMessage is simply amazing. Not needing to deal with stupid sms limitations from a provider.
Built in FaceTime is fantastic.
Finger print reader that actually works.
Battery that can be charged in an hour anyone???
The list can go on and on and on.
Ios users get consistent software updates unlike android users (unless you own nexus or unlocked phone).
Apple TV can be used for gaming Chrome TV cannot
Accessories are so easy to find.
iTunes Radio is fantastic.
Ios 7 (as much as I hated it at first) is really good. Excellent use of layers and fogged glass effect.
Do I have to keep going?
I love android and will get Nexus 5 as soon as it comes out :)

I will not give up my iphone 5 however. It's a fantastic device as much as I hate apples "walled garden"

Apple is designing their own processors lol come on.

Who in their right mind would buy that monstrosity called samsung s4.

Cheap plastic, crappy led screen, horrible Wiz software from samsung.

Just look at Samsung watches. Thy just produce crap for the sake of makin it, they are horrible!

Apple on the other hand makes products that are good no matter how you look at it :)

posted on 29 Oct 2013, 23:05

36. leocal79 (Posts: 2; Member since: 11 Sep 2013)


Blah blah blah iPhone is still behind the times the battery life sucks and they are ripping off android with ios 7. Samsung has gotten too big and bloated as well. Lg g2 has a sick battery last two days and is snappy as hell. Going on and on about last year's tech because of the phones build quality who cares. Snooze!!!!! Lg G2 is where it's at. Nice looking phone amazing screen and good build quality.

posted on 30 Oct 2013, 09:51

37. NYChaos (Posts: 2; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


I don't care who stole who's ideas. Google stole the idea for an android, etc.

As far as battery life....

Iphone 5s is getting around 10 hours of web browsing or movie watching, and lg g2 is getting around 11.

One phone has 3000 mah battery, and another one 1500.

How is the iphone bad when it comes to battery life? It only misses out on actual talk time.

Iphone = 10 hours talk time
G2 = 23 hours talk time.

But I will end up recharging every night and I don't spend 23 hours on the phone.

Please explain how g2s battery is so much better?

I am not defending the new iphone, I just hate when people race about the battery life with without providing any benchmark results.

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