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LG G2 vs Apple iPhone 5
Call Quality


There were no issues with call quality as both the LG G2 and the iPhone 5 produce loud and clear tones through their earpiece. On the G2, we recommend toning down volume around three levels for great clarity as the earpiece is very loud and at maximum loudness voices start to crackle. On the other side of the line, our callers reported hearing us loud and clear, in our natural tones on both devices.

Both devices feature noise cancellation technique that would filter side noises nicely, and the LG G2 even has all three microphones for that.


Battery


One thing we definitely adore in the G2 is its large 3000mAh battery. Not just that, LG has optimized a lot of the experience to fit a low-power envelope - the display uses GRAM for more frugal refresh without affecting quality, and Snapdragon with the improved 28nm HPM manufacturing process is again easier on the battery. All of this combines for record breaking longevity on the G2. The handset will easily last users two days on average.

That comes against a modest 1440mAh battery on the iPhone 5. Then again, truth comes in comparison and the iPhone is also very well optimized. Still, the G2 has a definite edge.

Both batteries are not user replaceable.

Battery life

We measure battery life by running a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage.

Time
Higher is better
LG G2
6h 48 min (Good)
Apple iPhone 5
4h 22 min (Poor)
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LG G2 vs Apple iPhone 5
Conclusion


The Apple iPhone 5 - as any other iPhone - ages gracefully. Its aluminum evergreen monolithic design still feels more solid than that of the brand new LG G2, its display is great and its camera still looks very comparable to the one on LG’s new flagship.

However one year is a lot of time in the tech world. The G2 brings better hardware by definition, but it’s also extremely frugal and has a record-breaking long-lasting 3000mAh battery. On its own, the G2 has a large 5.2-inch screen that is a beauty to behold, great ergonomics for its size, a mostly pleasant Android skin, and a stunning camera.

Credit where credit is due, but if you don’t absolutely require the compactness of the iPhone 5, the LG’s new G2 is the better phone overall.


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posted on 13 Sep 2013, 09:48 8

1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8614; 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: 5482; 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: 81; 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: 203; 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: 514; 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: 847; 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: 847; 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: 1242; 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

43. kozza3 (Posts: 574; 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: 1029; 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: 8614; 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: 2981; 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: 693; 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: 123; 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: 337; Member since: 03 May 2012)


how do you even know this?

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 11:46 1

15. roldefol (Posts: 2981; 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.

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 11:56

18. roldefol (Posts: 2981; 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.

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 14:21

27. bigstrudel (Posts: 518; 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.

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 20:49

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™

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 23:57

33. Taters (Posts: 3259; 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.

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 11:43

13. bubbadoes (Posts: 337; 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!

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 11:47

16. roldefol (Posts: 2981; 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.

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 16:10

28. szaboagoston (Posts: 41; Member since: 28 Nov 2012)


That was a great comparison. I like your videos.

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 16:51

29. twens (Posts: 668; 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.

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 19:32

30. KonaStang4.6 (Posts: 114; 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
4.VLC Player
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
7.Opnion
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.

posted on 14 Sep 2013, 01:26

35. Phonecall01 (Posts: 137; 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.

posted on 17 Sep 2013, 15:40

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.

posted on 14 Sep 2013, 01:21

34. twens (Posts: 668; 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

posted on 14 Sep 2013, 09:15

37. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1242; 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.

posted on 15 Sep 2013, 11:00

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!

posted on 15 Sep 2013, 19:22

41. LG_is_the_best (unregistered)


LG ftw :)

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