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LG G2 camera UI - LG G2 vs Apple iPhone 5
LG G2 camera UI - LG G2 vs Apple iPhone 5

LG G2 camera UI

Camera is where the battle between the LG G2 and the iPhone 5 really gets heated. The iPhone 5 has been the gold standard for smartphone cameras in the past year or so, but new competitors are starting to emerge and the G2 is a very strong one. The 8-megapixel camera on the iPhone 5 has to match a 13-megapixel shooter on the G2, and the G2 has the big advantage of optical image stabilization (OIS).

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 camera interface of the Apple iPhone 5 - LG G2 vs Apple iPhone 5
The camera interface of the Apple iPhone 5 - LG G2 vs Apple iPhone 5
The camera interface of the Apple iPhone 5 - LG G2 vs Apple iPhone 5

The camera interface of the Apple iPhone 5


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.

Camera speed

Taking a pic (sec)Lower is better Taking an HDR pic (sec)Lower is better CamSpeed score Higher is better CamSpeed score with flash Higher is better
LG G2 4
6.5
395
377
Apple iPhone 5 2.7
3.7
544
286
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Multimedia


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.

Music player of the LG G2 - LG G2 vs Apple iPhone 5
Music player of the LG G2 - LG G2 vs Apple iPhone 5
Music player of the LG G2 - LG G2 vs Apple iPhone 5
Music player of the LG G2 - LG G2 vs Apple iPhone 5

Music player of the LG G2


The music player on the Apple iPhone 5 - LG G2 vs Apple iPhone 5
The music player on the Apple iPhone 5 - LG G2 vs Apple iPhone 5
The music player on the Apple iPhone 5 - LG G2 vs Apple iPhone 5
The music player on the Apple iPhone 5 - LG G2 vs Apple iPhone 5

The music player on the Apple iPhone 5


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.

Audio output

Headphones output power (Volts)
Higher is better
LG G2 0.29
Apple iPhone 5 0.54
Loudspeaker loudness (dB)
Higher is better
LG G2 66
Apple iPhone 5 71
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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: 518; 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: 518; 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: 254; 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: 1484; 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: 518; 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: 1484; 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: 518; 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: 702; 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: 4164; 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: 518; 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: 4359; 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: 4359; 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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