LG G3 vs Apple iPhone 5s
The G3 offers a more versatile interface, with a steeper learning curve, compared to the simplified iOS 7 on the iPhone 5s.
With the G3, LG has toned down its customized Optimus UI experience, layered on top of Android 4.4.2 KitKat, when compared to the previous versions. It is flatter and simpler visually now, with a pretty uniform look, and color-coded sections, but its responsiveness seems sluggish at times. The G3 offers unique features like Knock Code, the QSlide floating apps, and the Dual Windows mode, which comes very handy on the big-screen handset, as it splits it in two, letting you run two apps at the same time. Needless to say, the big screen is a liability when you try to use the keyboard or the dialer with one hand, compared to the compact iPhone 5s. LG has provided a way to remedy this somewhat by shrinking the keyboard to the side of the screen, so you can reach any letter with your thumb only.
The iPhone runs iOS 7.1, which exhibits flat, colorful icons, and handy drop-down notification bar, which is inhabited by your most pertinent new info. We also get a pull-up Command Center, rich in connectivity toggles, and a screen brightness slider. Apple's approach doesn't bet on a widget system, and doesn't offer any split-screen multitasking, or floating apps. Apple provides its Siri voice-controlled assistant, which is countered with Google Voice on the G3, and the two offer similar functionality for those who are bent on using their vocal cords to manage their handset. The iPhone 5s has the excellent Passbook application, which aggregates your digital coupons, airline and train tickets, movie passes and rewards and gift cards, while Google's Android has yet to reply to iOS on this feature.
Processor and memory
The G3 feels a tad sluggish at times, maxing out its Snapdragon 801 CPU, while Apple's 64-bit A7 rockets through the iOS interface.
The G3 sports a 2.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, coupled with Adreno 330 GPU, and has a 2 GB/16 GB and 3 GB/32 GB variations. Apple strikes back with a 64-bit A7 processing chip in its handset, and 1 GB of RAM. Both processors are so fast, that there is barely any app out there, including heavy 3D games, that would make them break a sweat, but the Optimus UI, as found on the G3, feels testy at times. The 5s has 16 GB of internal memory from the box, with additional storage options available for extra money, and it doesn't carry a memory card slot, unlike the G3.
Lower is better
Internet and connectivity
We can attest for stellar browsing experience on both devices, with fast and smooth scrolling, panning around and zooming in or out. The Reading mode in Safari on the iPhone 5s strips webpages of distracting content like pics and ads, and presents you the article in a clear text format for easier reading. It doesn't support Adobe Flash, which can be sideloaded on the default G3 browser for those situations you might need it. Surfing the web on the larger display of LG's phone, is, naturally, more enjoyable, due to the sheer screen size advantage.
The handsets have multiband LTE and 3G radios, depending on the area they are sold in, as well as a suite of other connectivity options, such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS, and DLNA streaming. The LG G3 adds NFC and wireless charging to the mix, too. LG also offers an infrared port at the top, which is used to command home electronics like TVs, stereos, set-top boxes, and even AC units of various brands. Wired connectivity is done via the convenient side-agnostic Lightning port on the iPhone 5s, and a SlimPort on the G3, for TV-out scenarios with the respective adapter.
LG G3 vs Apple iPhone 5s - Interface and Functionality