LG G2 vs Apple iPhone 5
Firing up the camera is quick on both, but the iPhone is just lightning fast and opens faster. The stock cameras are different. Apple features a very simple camera interface with almost no manually adjustable settings - just press the button and shoot. LG on the other hand also has a very clean interface, but underneath its simplicity are a bunch of shooting modes that newbies would find useful. The G2 however also features more professional options that you can adjust - white balance, ISO, timer and filters are all adjustable via large and easy to find buttons.
The actual images are great on both handset. We find shots of the LG G2 to be slightly, but consistently better. Images taken on LG’s new flagship a bit sharper than normal, but extremely detailed, while the iPhone 5 has well detailed shots with more digital noise. The image stills on the LG G2 have very eye-pleasing colors, and the iPhone 5 is good but not all that consistent and sometimes cannot hit the right color temperature.
Indoors, where light gets low, we came up very impressed by the G2. It captures very sharp and clean images with well preserved color in conditions where the iPhone 5 captures way too much noise and overblows colors.
Both devices record 1080p video, but the G2 supports 60 frames per second recordings. The actual benefit of this is smoother, less skippy video quality. A nice little trick you can do with the recording is to scale it down to 24fps for a neat slow motion effect at 1080p.
Now, in reality, the G2 video footage quality varies a lot depending on the light. Out in the open and during the day, quality is great and footage mostly smooth, but in low light it all gets very blurry. The iPhone 5 captures similarly good videos in the sun, but low-light recordings are filled with digital noise. We ought to mention that the G2’s optical image stabilization smoothens videos a lot, and is one big advantage.
Front facing cameras are on both devices and their function is mostly to help with video conferencing. The G2 features a 2-megapixel front shooter and the iPhone 5 has a 1.2-megapixel camera.
You can really enjoy videos and images on the brilliant display on the LG G2 and the iPhone 5, but the larger 5.2” display is definitely easier on the eyes if you watch a lot of YouTube videos or other clips. The G2 and iPhone 5 easily played back all common formats we threw at it at even 1080p full HD without a hitch.
You can also kick back and listen to fairly loud and clear music as both devices feature fairly good speakers. The speakers are similarly and conveniently located on the bottom part of both devices, so they don’t get muffled when the phone lays on its back. LG has its own music player that breaks down your collection by songs, albums, artists, genres, playlists and folders, and navigation is easy as you can just swipe between tabs. The iPhone has the dedicated iTunes store for easy music discovery and purchase, and the music app that we all well know.
Headphones output power (Volts)
Higher is better
Loudspeaker loudness (dB)
Higher is better
LG G2 vs Apple iPhone 5 - Camera and Multimedia