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LG G2 vs Apple iPhone 5

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Introduction


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?

LG G2 vs Apple iPhone 5
LG G2 vs Apple iPhone 5
LG G2 vs Apple iPhone 5
It’s a battle of differences - the LG G2 brings a large screen against the comparatively small 4-inch iPhone, then it’s a polycarbonate body against solid aluminium, and finally Android versus iOS. Moreover, we are about to witness one of the most heated camera battles in smartphones. Finally, you’d be able to make an informated decision, and say which one is better - the LG G2 or the iPhone 5?


Design


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.



LG G2
5.45 x 2.79 x 0.35 inches
138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9 mm
5.04 oz (143 g)

LG G2

Apple iPhone 5
4.87 x 2.31 x 0.3 inches
123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm
3.95 oz (112 g)

Apple iPhone 5


To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.



LG G2 vs Apple iPhone 5
Display


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
LG G2 438
(Good)
8
(Good)
1:1338
(Excellent)
8109
(Poor)
2.25
4.27
(Average)
6.22
(Average)
Apple iPhone 5 535
(Excellent)
5
(Excellent)
1:1168
(Good)
7385
(Good)
2.22
3.54
(Good)
3.75
(Good)
View all


LG G2 360-Degrees View



Apple iPhone 5 360-Degrees View



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posted on 13 Sep 2013, 09:48 8

1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


The G2 triumphs the iPhone 5 in every aspect except design and color reproduction.

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 10:23 2

6. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Except may be ergonomics.. I just can't get over these stupid back buttons.

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 10:27

7. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


"I just can't get over these stupid back buttons."

I also.

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 11:59 6

19. eli577 (Posts: 84; Member since: 29 Jun 2010)


Don't hate the back buttons until you have tried it.

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 20:45

31. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


The back looks kinda ugly but the front looks like Nexus4 and S4 N2

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 12:32

20. bigstrudel (Posts: 523; 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.

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 12:33

21. bigstrudel (Posts: 523; 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.

posted on 14 Sep 2013, 11:38 1

38. PootisMan (Posts: 259; 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.

posted on 15 Sep 2013, 00:20

39. c.hack (Posts: 613; 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!

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 09:51

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.

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 11:41

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.

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 12:33

22. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


Thanks for the update, that's good news.

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 09:53 8

3. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1487; 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

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 12:35

23. bigstrudel (Posts: 523; 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.

Think business.

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 12:47 2

25. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1487; 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.

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 14:18

26. bigstrudel (Posts: 523; 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.

posted on 14 Sep 2013, 08:49

36. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1345; 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 .

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 17:44 1

43. kozza3 (Posts: 714; 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?

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 09:59 5

4. maherk (Posts: 4670; 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!!

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 10:06 1

5. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Drop test says otherwise.

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 12:39

24. bigstrudel (Posts: 523; 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.

posted on 21 Sep 2013, 11:40

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

posted on 21 Sep 2013, 11:42

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

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 10:28 2

8. roldefol (Posts: 4362; 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.

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 10:38 6

9. bloodline (Posts: 706; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


LG smashed the iphone, end of. Infact HTC one, S4, NOTE3, G2 all smash the iphone.

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 11:13 1

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!

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 11:29

11. Paradox (Posts: 124; 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

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 11:43

14. bubbadoes (Posts: 1225; Member since: 03 May 2012)


how do you even know this?

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 11:46 1

15. roldefol (Posts: 4362; 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.

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 11:51 1

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.

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