LG G2 vs Apple iPhone 5
The Apple iPhone 5 is the best selling smartphone on the planet, but Android phones of all breeds and kinds have encircled it from all sides, and its latest competitor comes from LG. Can the new and bold LG G2 offer a better experience than the iPhone 5?
The Apple iPhone 5 is often considered to be the gold standard in design - sleek aluminum body, elegant chamfered edges, compact and durable. The LG G2 on the other hand comes with a polycarbonate body that is practical and elegant, but lacks that very solid build quality and screaks just a bit. If we had to sum it up, the iPhone 5 feels monolithic, more trustworthy. On the flipside, the G2 is a large device, but it feels surprisingly compact and lays extremely well in the hand. Still, the smaller size of the iPhone 5 makes it perfect for single handed use, and with the G2 using the device with one hand is a bit of a stretch.
Both devices are very ergonomic and easy to use. The iPhone 5 is compact enough so all its buttons are within easy reach, but the G2 does not lag behind. LG has put all its physical buttons on its back and that makes a lot of sense and is easy to get used to. The iPhone itself has this springy lock button and clicky stylish rounded volume keys that are both comfortable and look good. The G2 buttons are positioned well, but if we had to pick the nits we’d say are a bit wobbly.
The LG G2 (left, bottom) and the Apple iPhone 5 (right, top) Fullscreen
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The LG G2 (left, bottom) and the Apple iPhone 5 (right, top)
The sheer difference in display size is staggering. LG managed to include a gigantic 5.2-inch display in a device that does not feel phablet sized, while the iPhone only hads a 4-inch screen. We already looked at how this plays out in terms of ergonomics and single-handed use, but what about the actual screen quality?
We can safely say these are two of the best displays we’ve seen in smartphones. Both have very sharp displays, but the G2 has the slight edge. Pixel density on LG's flagship is higher at 420ppi against some 326ppi on the iPhone, but again the difference in sharpness is slight. The two screens also have lively, vibrant colors. Still, the iPhone 5 is extremely well calibrated with pleasing true warm tonalities, while the G2 has slightly colder tones, especially noticeable with the whites. The two displays are very bright, but the iPhone 5 has the edge and it is also the device we find more comfortable for outdoor use, legible even under direct sunlight. The G2 in comparison puts a bit more strain on the eyes. The actual brightness of the screens is 535 nits on the iPhone 5 and 438 nits on the G2. Viewing angles are great on both devices as they retain their vivid saturated colors at even more extreme angles.
Display measurements and quality
|Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better||Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better||Contrast Higher is better||Color temperature (Kelvins)||Gamma||Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better||Delta E grayscale Lower is better|
|Apple iPhone 5||535
The numbers below represent the amount of deviation in the respective property, observed when a display is viewed from a 45-degree angle as opposed to direct viewing.
|Maximum brightness Lower is better||Minimum brightness Lower is better||Contrast Lower is better||Color temperature Lower is better||Gamma Lower is better||Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better||Delta E grayscale Lower is better|
|Apple iPhone 5||No data
The CIE 1931 xy color gamut chart represents the set (area) of colors that a display can reproduce, with the sRGB colorspace serving as reference. The chart also provides a visual representation of a display's color accuracy.
The Color accuracy chart gives an idea of how close a display's measured colors are to their referential (target) values.
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1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 4219; Member since: 14 May 2012)
The G2 triumphs the iPhone 5 in every aspect except design and color reproduction.
6. SleepingOz (Posts: 2015; Member since: 22 Oct 2011)
Except may be ergonomics.. I just can't get over these stupid back buttons.
7. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4487; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
"I just can't get over these stupid back buttons."
19. eli577 (Posts: 61; Member since: 29 Jun 2010)
Don't hate the back buttons until you have tried it.
31. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
The back looks kinda ugly but the front looks like Nexus4 and S4 N2
20. bigstrudel (Posts: 399; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)
Design isn't a minor knock.
In an actual phone shop the devices that don't look good and aren't designed well don't get bought. And that's the bottom line.
21. bigstrudel (Posts: 399; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)
Design isn't a minor knock.
In an actual phone shop the devices that don't look good and aren't designed well don't get bought. And that's the bottom line.
38. PootisMan (Posts: 128; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)
Yeah, and I am pretty sure that the adreno 330 GPU actually beats by a good amount the sgx543mp3 GPU in the iPhone 5.
39. c.hack (Posts: 483; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)
And quality apps and resale value, and OS updates and customer support and camera quality and reliability. But gorsh look how big it is - it must be better!
2. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)
I really want to love the G2 but the buttons on the back aren't doing it for me. They are in the perfect spot, just wish they were flush with the back plate instead of having a bump on the back of the phone. G2 is a beast with some great features, looks like LG is taking it to another level with what they've been working on.
12. rjbp64 (Posts: 28; Member since: 15 Dec 2011)
I had my doubts too, but ever since I bought the phone yesterday they are in the Perfect location and my , Verizon version, of the G2 has no "back hump" because of those buttons. I'm sure LG thought of that before they brought out the phone and I know Verizon wouldn't have let them do that to their version of the G2. That's also why the Verizon version has metal bottoms and not those plastic looking buttons as seen on the GSM models.
3. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 532; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)
Simple answer LG G2 wins
even iPhone 5s have a small chance of winning so how can iPhone 5???
iPhone 5s has decent specs and great gpu but its form is kinda disappointing. Yes i meant the 4inch display. Watching movie ,playing games,,browsing is kinda hard on 4inch display its not much enjoyable.
i think iOS is not kinda flexible i mean a bump in screen size or increase in resolution is kinda difficult , unlike android which scales according to size(not perfect though).
waiting for an unbiased comparison between iPhone 5s and G2
23. bigstrudel (Posts: 399; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)
Why would apple design a large screened phone?
They already have the iPads for media consumption. They would much rather you buy one of them than have a go to medium size device.
25. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 532; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)
IPad is a tablet, not a phone and it is not easy to carry a tablet like a phone.
many people want large sized iPhone
it shouldn't be too big nor too small
a 4.3 or 4.5 would be awesome.
26. bigstrudel (Posts: 399; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)
It would be awesome and great for consumers. But not for Apple's profits.
Selling 2 devices to a customer is much more profitable than releasing a larger iPhone that will cannibalize both the iPad mini and current iPhone.
36. fanboy1974 (Posts: 826; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)
Your Correct about Apple profits taking a hit but the fact remains that people want a larger phone. I would not be interested in a iPad if Apple released a 6 inch phone but you cannot completely ignore what customers want; your loyal fans will jump to the competition. Not only did you let Samsung surpass you you let LG make a comeback. The LG G2 is a pretty nice phone and can already be had for $140 with a Verizon coupon .
43. kozza3 (Posts: 525; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)
do you work for Apple or perhaps own APPL stock?
if the answer is no then this is a failed argument by you because as a customer why would you care in the slightest about Apple's profit margin?
4. maherk (Posts: 67; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
Durable? Lmao we all know that it ain't true. The iPhone 5 is well know as being a scratch/dent/scuff magnet!!
24. bigstrudel (Posts: 399; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)
But it still powers on and works. Might look terrible but it "survives" catastrophic falls well.
Of course I might just finish my iPhone off on purpose if it gets dropped and dented. I got Apple Care+ so I get a brand new unopened device for $50. That's customer service.
44. samsunggalaxyman2000 (Posts: 2; Member since: 20 Sep 2013)
big strudel, why are you here? your an apple fanboy, so go look at slow ass apple products
45. samsunggalaxyman2000 (Posts: 2; Member since: 20 Sep 2013)
i think i like the LG G2, i was going to get a samsung galaxy s4 for my birthday, but ill get this
8. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
It's kind of a silly comparison IMO. Yes, it's worth noting that the quality of the G2's camera sensor and screen are better, not just bigger. But I can't imagine someone waffling between the compact iPhone 5 and the comparatively huge G2. You're talking about nearly 70% more screen. Either you want a big phone, or you don't.
9. bloodline (Posts: 676; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
LG smashed the iphone, end of. Infact HTC one, S4, NOTE3, G2 all smash the iphone.
10. miket247 (Posts: 81; Member since: 16 Apr 2013)
Don't be mean. Lots of kids and chicks with tiny hands love tiny screens! But as humans get older, there eyes change and the vision gets worse. So instead of putting the binoculars on to see that tiny screen, get a phone with a real screen with some real estate to view whatever you want to see. Other than the body, LG just crushes the 5 like a bug! Its not just a 1 year difference in phones, the 5 design has been around since the 4 came out, with minimal improvements. The 5Cheap without the alloy body, is not a comparison. I don't think the 5Same has improved enough to be able to compete against the New Gold Standard G2!
11. Paradox (Posts: 122; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)
"The Adreno 330 graphics unit on the G2 is one of the finest graphics chips on Android, but it still can’t quite match the performance pumped out of the iPhone 5’s PowerVR SGX543MP3" I'm sorry, but is this a joke or something? :s
15. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
I hope they're taking screen resolution into account on those graphics tests. A 640p screen is going to fly compared to a 1080p, all other things equal.
17. rjbp64 (Posts: 28; Member since: 15 Dec 2011)
I really doubt that as well but maybe this "64 bit" processor really has something up its sleeve. I have the G2 on Verizon and this is a monster. I'm not just saying that because I love this phone but I have experience with the HTC One, S4, Note 2, iPhone 5, DNA, 928, 8x, moto X, Galaxy Nexus, and the New Nexus 7 since I have owned and do own those devices. With that being said, this G2 is on a new level in terms of every aspect of comparisons sake but we still have yet to see a comparison of the new a7 verses the snapdragon 800.
18. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
I'm sure the A7 is a beast, but until the apps are optimized for it, we're not likely to see benefits of 64-bit phones yet. There was a great article on the A7 over at CNet. The basic theory is that it's for the iPad and future Macs, not the iPhone. They want to unify apps across all Apple devices, and since Macs are 64-bit, the iPhone and iPad need to be, too.
27. bigstrudel (Posts: 399; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)
Optimizing apps will not be an issue in IOS since its a closed system and Apple holds all the keys. Android will have a much more difficult time with it in the future.
32. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
The very best powerful GPU are by Pvrsgx, best CPU by Exynos. That's why Apple never uses Snapdragon nor Adreno
Exynos Pvrsgx Ftw™
33. Taters (Posts: 1768; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
That is quite hilarious actually. The GS4 exynos uses a higher end version of the power vr in the iPhone 5 and even that loses on some level against the Adreno in the S800. Even the monster battery hungry quad core version of the power vr in the iPad 4 is not that much crazier than the S800 GPU.
Saying the iPhone 5 beats the adreno 330 is so off based and a joke that it isn't funny.
13. bubbadoes (Posts: 298; Member since: 03 May 2012)
Why don't you at least do a comparison with the 5S since it's the newest flagship Apple offers. The 5 is history!
16. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Because it's not available for testing, of course. I fully expect them to do head to heads of the 5S (vs. One, G2, S4, 1020, Moto X) next week. Physical tests like screen and audio quality are still valid with the i5 though.
28. szaboagoston (Posts: 23; Member since: 28 Nov 2012)
That was a great comparison. I like your videos.
29. twens (Posts: 336; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)
lets make something clear here. phonearena keeps comparing IOS to android in a fishy manner.
1. Iphone 5 browser lacks flash.( very good if you watch a lot of porn. downloading files is an issue in safari.)
2. Iphone 5 and all ios devices lack correct bluetooth file transfer even in 2013,how???
3. no file manager
4. video player cant play most codecs out there
5.you cant use iphone as a usb device to copy stuffs
6. ordinary mp3 file cant be used as ring tone
7. no ois,camera on the iphone is just wack compared to lg g2
8.the g2 has bigger screen for better multimedia consumption plus higher ppi
9. the g2 has a bigger and long lasting battery life
10. the g2 has a much louder speaker and a better OS
this is how you do a comparison. Tell us what the g2 has and the iphone 5 don't. dont tell me about what they both have.
30. KonaStang4.6 (Posts: 5; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)
1.Goodreader works well for downloading files, and watching alternative movies *ahem*
2.Goodreader also lets you transfer files
3.iOS was not intended to be an answer to mobile computing
5.in 2013 its not that serious, flash drives are easier to work with.
6.Convert MP3 to AAC using iTunes, make a 20 second sound clip and add to ringtones folder
8.well, that's obvious
9.yeah, larger battery
10. the OS of both phones are subjective. If you like iOS obviously the G2 isn't for you, if you're into Android then the G2 is a better phone.
-Not defending Apple but you have to think, there are apps that do things if you dig through the app store.
35. Phonecall01 (Posts: 88; Member since: 02 Apr 2009)
twens got some good points. You show a lot of "Alternatives" in your reply. But feature vs feature... IPhone is lagging. I guess it doesn't matter much for average consumers. For tech people being able to use your smartphone as a USB drive is a "Huge" deal.
42. scott5626 (Posts: 49; Member since: 01 Sep 2009)
I have the G2 and it most certainly does not have a better speaker than the iPhone.
34. twens (Posts: 336; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)
So a kid who lives somehow with no Internet can't make the most of his or her iPhone without downloading third party apps from the app store. You are just brainwashed by Apple.. It's a pitty
37. fanboy1974 (Posts: 826; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)
Unrelated to the topic but I wanted to see if I could use my wife's iPhone 5 coming from a Note 2 and I personally cannot tolerate the small screen after 20 minutes . I then go back to my Note 2 and it's almost like using a new phone with a sigh of relief.
There's plenty that I like about the iPhone but if I can't get pass the screen then why bother. Apple could add a 16 core 10ghz 128 bit processor, 60 mega pixel camera and 1 terabyte of storage and I still would not buy with a 4 inch display. Maybe it's because I'm use to the large screens on Androids and smaller screens have no affect on me.
40. theforerunner (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)
I just got the LG G2 and it's amazing. I did a ton of research before buying it and it's lived up to the hype. The battery lasts all day while using a ton of apps and surfing the web. My wife has the iPhone 5. The G2 dwarfs the 5 in size. I have to squint now when I look at her phone. Screen resolution is brilliant and the customization is not only fun but very useful. You can customize almost everything about the phone. The phone is big but not too big. The button placement is perfect and actually easy to get used to. The iPhone 5 has Siri which is nice. The G2 has some program that is similar but after comparing the two Siri wins. We asked the same questions and Siri answered faster. I would say this is the only flaw.I have taken a ton of pictures so far and love the editing features. I am confused as to why LG didn't really push this phone. The employees at Verizon knew nothing about it. I had to explain to them what features it had, lol. Honestly I've only had it for 4 days but wow, it's awesome!