LG G3 vs Apple iPhone 5s
The G3 offers laser autofocus and many shooting modes, yet its picture quality is on par with the iPhone 5s, though LG takes the video round with 4K footage and OIS.
LG G3 comes with a 13-megapixel camera with 1/3.06” sensor, 1.1-micron pixels, and f/2.4 aperture, optical image stabilization and a two-tone flash. In comparison, Apple has placed an 8 MP sensor of the same 1/3.06” size, allowing for larger, 1.5-micron pixels in the iPhone 5s, plus a two-tone LED flash in its turn. The 5s has a tad wider f/2.2 aperture, and a five-element lens with 31 mm focal length.
The G3 shooter also sports a unique infrared laser emitter on the back, which helps speed up focusing to 0.276s. This means that shooting is very fast, as the G3 takes no more than a second to snap one shot and be ready for the next shutter press. The iPhone 5s' autofocus times have been measured to be between 0.5 – 1 second, depending on the light situation, which is slower than the G3, but also feels very fast.
The G3 camera app offers an abundance of color effects and shooting modes, like auto HDR and the Magic Focus camera option that will capture at different focus settings, leading to a blurred-out background for more artsy photos. Apple's simple, easy to use camera app interface consists only of a few main options, such as Panorama and now-automatic HDR capture, but their execution is fast and flawless. Moreover, you can always achieve most of the modes present on the G3 with 3rd party iOS apps, including the out-of-focus effect.
The iPhone 5s has consistently delivered great results in our camera comparisons, so how does it fare against the new G3? For starters, both phones deliver great images, but color reproduction could have been more accurate – both the G3 and the 5s have warm color overcast in the pictures. The 13 MP camera of the LG G3 manages to capture a very good level of detail, resolving more than the 8 MP shooter of the iPhone 5s.
Indoors, the G3 camera often chooses too slow of a shutter speed – this allows it to take photos without firing the flash, but may result in a tad blurry image due to hand shake. Other than that, indoor shots taken with the G3 are very good. The amount of noise is kept in check, the photos are detailed, plus the LED flash is very strong, and distributes the light evenly throughout the scene, without ruining the color balance. What we noticed, however, is that under the artificial lighting in our studio, the G3 tends to produce photos with warm tint to them. The indoor photos from the iPhone 5s are detailed, but a bit warmer than they should be, too, and noise sometimes creeps up when the two-tone LED flash decides to stay put. The iPhone's flash also illuminates the scene evenly, though it's a tad weaker than the potent lights on the back of the G3.
1. LG G3 Sample Video
2. Apple iPhone 5s Sample Video
3. LG G3 Night Sample Video
4. Apple iPhone 5s Night Sample Video
5. LG G3 Indoor Sample Video
6. Apple iPhone 5s Indoor Sample Video
The much larger display and wider codec support of the G3 make for a richer multimedia experience.
The iPhone 5s gallery, as well as the one on the G3, offer grid thumbnail view of your photos and videos. LG lets you pinch-to-resize the thumbs in the gallery, but the editing options aren't built-in, unlike the photo editing on the iPhone 5s. Instead, upon pressing the edit button, LG offers you to take the action either to Google Photos, or the preloaded Photo Punch application, which has a tailored editing interface.
The music players sport categorization options by artists, albums or playlists, but the sound and equalizer effects on the G3 are built into the player's interface, while on the 5s you have to go to the general settings app to change them. The LG G3 has an amplified 1W speaker on the back, which still doesn't sound as strong and full as the loudspeaker that Apple equipped on the iPhone 5s.
Video playback on the large display of the LG G3 is a very enjoyable experience, especially considering that the stock player runs everything you throw at it, at up to the whopping 2K resolutions, while on the iPhone 5s you have to convert many popular formats before they can be played back. LG's video player is also feature-rich, letting you add subtitles, captions, or detaching it, and playing the video in a small window, while doing something else with the phone.
Headphones output power (Volts)
Higher is better
Apple iPhone 5s 1
LG G3 0.57
Loudspeaker loudness (dB)
Higher is better
Apple iPhone 5s 74
LG G3 81
1. chunky1x (Posts: 263; Member since: 28 Mar 2010)
This is an unfair fight. Iphone 6 vs LG G3 would be a better fight. Everybody knows that iPhone 5s is a meh.
11. chunky1x (Posts: 263; Member since: 28 Mar 2010)
Not exactly. Software wise iPhone 5s still beats G3 and all Android phones in fluidity, OS integration and apps. In terms of hardware however, the iPhone is stuck behind by a year and G3 takes nearly all aspects with very few weak points. At the end, it up to the consumer neither you and I can and will dictate them what they want. Personally, I want to see next gen iPhone 6 fight this or the G4(hopefully with 64 bit Android).
20. refillable (Posts: 696; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)
You should credit pricing too. Right now In a store, the iPhone 5S is roughly about $300 more expensive than the G3 (64GB vs 32GB).
21. chunky1x (Posts: 263; Member since: 28 Mar 2010)
I agree. G3 give you a ton more with far less cash than 5s.
33. refillable (Posts: 696; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)
Let alone the iPhone 6. It will release $1300 to drop to $900 later.
28. amiaq (Posts: 503; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)
Wow! those rows of "i cons" look brilliant! Give me more!
35. saffant (Posts: 234; Member since: 04 Jul 2011)
Dunno about software integration and apps. Hard to beat my Note 3 with its productivity suite including the features like multiview and s-pen features galore.
iPhone really loses out tho in the screen real estate area. They really can't compete in this day and age with that mediocre a screen size. If you truly want a multimedia and productivity device that helps manage your life, a 4" screen is not gonna cut it.
Bring on the 6. Here's to hoping things will be different.
36. adwienc (Posts: 135; Member since: 26 Mar 2014)
It depends, if I would choose I'd definitely go with iPhone. I'm not fan of Apple, but LG has gone too far with size of G3, I prefer one hand usage over, non sense 2K resolution. If I would want to have such big screen I'd buy iPad Mini or other tablet, as for phone G3 is way too big.
Also I prefer not-so-much bloated software and integration within apps on iOS is superb so I would definitely choose this one.
Z2 compact come to me!
12. chunky1x (Posts: 263; Member since: 28 Mar 2010)
Maybe or maybe not. Few years back, LG makes god awful phones but now it go tow to tow with Samsung and Apple. I will never buy the iPhone but I like to see how this phone stir the competition. Same goes to all Windows phones.
14. chunky1x (Posts: 263; Member since: 28 Mar 2010)
I mean't toe not tow.
PS: I hope that Phone extent their editing time to 10 mins. 240 second is just not enough for me.
18. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)
"The plastic G3 feels less premium to hold, and is much harder to use with one hand than the iPhone 5s - those get traded for the large 5.5” display......"
If i had a dime for everytime you guys ranted about plastic and how, to YOU, it allegedly feels 'less premium to hold' my GOD I'd be much richer.
And, what's this fetish you guys have with how you feel something, it's just not right; it's almost akin to saying, "well, I prefer the hard silicone flexible toy with batteries over the plastic fixed one, it just feels better against my tender skin and I simply LOVE the sensation I get when I turn it on, Margaret!" And, what's up with these small hands; hope it's not a proportional thing for you guys.
Personally, I think, the bigger the better; even if one has to use two hands.
23. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 1320; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)
If you were much richer, you could buy a premium feeling device ;)
30. Diezparda (Posts: 242; Member since: 23 Oct 2013)
you could doesn't mean you should, it's matter of preference and in the end most people will put some plastic case over their aluminum phone.
26. Supraman21 (Posts: 89; Member since: 09 Jun 2010)
Metal feels more premium than plastic. Get over it. Its fact.
31. wildfiregt (Posts: 108; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)
it is more comfortable to hold a plastic device than metal or aluminum
It's the real fact
I'm talking about holding the device not looking
And yet, because it is named plastic, they call it less premium
seriously that logic must stop
32. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)
What logic??? Unless you're referring to iLogic, hmmmmmm, that's it!
34. Supraman21 (Posts: 89; Member since: 09 Jun 2010)
No. I want to get a phone with a better camera and battery life but I just cant give up my HTC One because I know every other plastic device is gonna feel cheap. Metal feels so much more premium than plastic. It just doesnt compare. Fact. Look at every review out there.
38. Leo_MC (Posts: 636; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)
Me too, that's why I - just like any normal human - use a laptop when I need a big screen and an iPhone when I need to send a message.
19. Heatfan316 (Posts: 464; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)
Samsung's tacky amoled displays! I lost respect for you as an editor. Pathetic!
4. jove39 (Posts: 1361; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
You are disrespecting G3 by comparing it to iPhone!
13. vishalaestro (Posts: 62; Member since: 08 Dec 2013)
dude the camera results are a crap .the results of lg g3 is not as good as this article had mentioned i searched lot of review sites and found that apple camera is superior to g3 in low light shots whereas in daylight the difference is barely noticeable .and about the processor you guys just understand that architecture matters not clock speed or no of cores a7 architecture is still powerful than 801 since a7 can issue six instructions per second while the snapdragon can issue only two .i would say only in the battery dept lg is slightly ahead and of course the screen size and the os.
16. jove39 (Posts: 1361; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
1. You're right and wrong - "architecture matters" that's right "not clock speed or no of cores" is wrong. Cyclone has IPC of 6...but krait400 has IPC of 2-3 (guess from previous reads on anandtech). now factor in clock speeds which are nearly double than cyclone (1.3-1.4), krait400(2.5). then add two additional cores in s801 soc...now your claims fall flat!
2. Yes cyclone cores are powerful than krait400 or any other 32/64bit vanilla arm core. "six instructions per second"? You meant per cycle/clock!
3. clearly visible in review G3 has much better battery performance.
6. AJagtiani (Posts: 466; Member since: 24 Apr 2014)
Comparing the LG G3 to an iPhone is clearly wrong. One is a Samsung knock off and the other is well, a Samsung knock code.
**serious pun intended**
9. ChandlerBing (Posts: 35; Member since: 17 Feb 2014)
I get you. I like your sense of sarcasm. Long lost twin of mine?
8. jove39 (Posts: 1361; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
You are now measuring audio quality of device too...but just by volts and db...please include dynamic range and stereo crosstalk ratings as well.
10. palmguy (Posts: 339; Member since: 22 Mar 2011)
Like a small child standing near an adult.
15. bucky (Posts: 1597; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)
The lg g3 looks good but I just can't understand how much bigger these phones can get while catering to mass crowds. This things makes even the gs5 and htc one look small.
17. twens (Posts: 700; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)
Here is an answer for you, if apple makes a 5.5" phone you would be surprised it might even sell more than the smaller one. People buy iPhones because it's apple, they will buy anything and leave with it once it's from apple.
24. bucky (Posts: 1597; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)
That's a wonderful answer and makes a ton of sense.
22. alaw.14 (Posts: 190; Member since: 10 Sep 2013)
Sunspider is a browser benchmark. I dont think it is a performance benchmark.
27. ThePython (Posts: 450; Member since: 08 May 2013)
...because comparing a nearly year-old phone with one released a few weeks ago is completely fair.
37. The_Fresh_Prince (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Jun 2014)
Even though the G3 destroys the iPhone hardware wise, the iPhone can easily keep up with the G3 because it is optimized so well.
39. niecha (Posts: 1; Member since: 08 Aug 2014)
It's really funny how everyone thinks that their phone is best but in retrospect ur preference is determined by how much money u can afford to spend on a phone so If u have more money u will prefer the iPhone and if you have less well whatever is out there
40. tylerj84 (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Aug 2014)
I feel the people doing the comparison were biased from the beginning. Everything that the G3 had going for it they seemed to belittle it. Just the them saying the resolution of the G3 was over kill even though it's the best on the market. Or how they down played how much storage the g3 had by saying the iPhone has other storage options. But considering the iPhone's other storage options cost extra money, that is a HUGE difference but yet the belittle the storage the g3 has. Or when they talked about the new way the g3 had a New initiative volume and power option on the back, but yet they said the iphone's volume controls were "breezy" to use bc of it's size, like wth?! I had the 5s and just upgraded this week to a g3 and the G3 kicks the 5s' ass. But I will say that with the 5s being a ur old and the g3 being new, it was kind of an unfair comparison. But if they were going to do it anyways, they should have been straight up about it. Not down playing the g3. The iPhone 6 will be a wayyy fairer comparison.