LG Optimus G vs Apple iPhone 5
Yet again, it’s that classic argument between Android and iOS – so it basically comes down to personal preference. To tell you the truth, they both have their strengths, but if it’s simplicity that you’re after, you’ll find the iPhone 5’s iOS experience to be fitting for your taste. Conversely, if you’re more of a power user and prefer personalization, then the custom Android ICS experience of the Optimus G will suit you perfectly. Naturally, Apple continues to refine its iOS platform in making it more balanced with its offerings, but we have to tip our hat to LG as well for really giving its custom Android experience a huge overhaul. From its Dual Play/Dual Screen feature to QSlide, the additional functions are appreciated. When it comes down to it, the two work in their own unique way!
Underneath it all, their core set of organizer apps don’t dramatically deviate from the usual functions we’re exposed to, however, we do appreciate the added functionality found with LG’s QuickMemo app. Certainly, it comes in handy during some inopportune situations. Fundamentally speaking, the email experience with both handsets are nearly identical, but the Gmail app on the LG Optimus G really sets itself apart from what the iPhone 5 has to offer natively – but then again, you can download the official Gmail app for iPhone.
Even though the LG Optimus G has the more spacious layout with its on-screen keyboards, we don’t find it any better in typing stuff up over the iPhone 5. Specifically, the extremely responsive nature of both smartphones enable us to move at a fast rate with little issues.
Processor and Memory:
If we were to look at nothing but the specs sheets, the LG Optimus G will garner more enthusiastic nods thanks to its quad-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor with 2GB of RAM. On paper, it seems to out-muscle the iPhone 5’s dual-core 1.3GHz Apple A6 processor with 1GB of RAM, but in reality, they both perform on the same level with one another. Sure, we’ll point out the graphically intensive look and feel of LG’s custom Android UI over the static look of iOS, but regardless of that, they’re super responsive with all identical tasks.
As we know, the iPhone 5 is available in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB capacities. Oppositely, you’ll get a total 32GB of storage with Sprint’s version of the Optimus G – while AT&T’s variant is broken down to 16GB of internal and a 16GB microSD card.
Internet and Connectivity:
Donning 4G LTE connectivity and exquisitely detailed displays, they’re both delivering the goods when it comes to the web browsing experience. From the fast data speeds you can expect to experience with LTE, to the buttery smooth navigational controls they have to offer, everything simply comes together to produce an excellent web browsing experience – with barely any hint of slowdown or lag with their performance!
Again, depending on which carrier you side with, these two handsets are available in CDMA and GSM flavors – with LTE connections on board of course. As for the other connectivity goodies they have to offer, they feature aGPS, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, and mobile hotspot connectivity. However, it’s only the LG Optimus G that’s packing NFC.
6. MeoCao (unregistered)
iPhone 5 kinda always gets a draw from PA as it's smaller so it comes down to "personal preference".
I think smaller screen (less pixel count) and lack of personalization means iPhone 5 is worse
10. kingpet13 (Posts: 139; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)
Wait for it to be compared with Note 2 than Phonearena logic will say:
Optimus g/note2>note2/optimus G.
Than you will realize, both phones cannot be equal to iPhone 5 if one is better than the other. That is like saying that all four sports teams in a semifinal are equal, but one is obviously going to win.
13. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1055; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)
LG optimus G. Won that by a land slide...
IPhone is just a iPhone .. purplish photos.. same OS... same design.. only stretched... yea thinner lighter. ? Also smaller..duh!!!
Compare this beast, too something more, on its level :-)
14. Retro-touch (Posts: 233; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)
Sadly the iPhone 5 photos/video are better and with iOS (not really an OS) its blazing fast. I'd still go for the LG if given an option between the two, but I'd go for the AT&T version, it has better photo quality despite having an 8MP if you compare the images
20. dragonscourgex (Posts: 307; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)
I would have to disagree with you and the author. After reviewing the videos a few times, the color in the video on the iphone are washed out and dull and the audio playback is very low. Compare to the bright colors from the LG phone. In the night time video I would have to give it to the Iphone, unless they were not set up the same. You could hardly make out the objects on the LG were the Apple you still was able to see most of the objects on the screen. If that a hardware issue or a user issue I don't know. For photo's both phone samples seem to be neck to neck. I found some picture better on the iphone were others seem better on the LG. So, to try to call out the Iphone as the clear winner in this section is just unsound.
31. androidG (Posts: 3; Member since: 20 Oct 2012)
try to watch the video sample of these two phones.
ITS VERY CLEAR OPTIMUS G. HAS BETTER VIDEO RECORDER.
try to look those picture samples OPTIMUS G. IS MORE NORMAL & ACCURATE COLOR.
i think this PhoneArena is trying to make some bad issues on Optimus G. regarding those photos & video records especial @ night .
ITS NOT FAIR.
they just put LG on that poor light condition.
LG IS ACTUALLY THE TRUE WINNER.
32. androidG (Posts: 3; Member since: 20 Oct 2012)
Optimus G. has better Display.
Optimus G. has better design.
Optimus G. is more smoother and responsive screen.
Optimus G. is more powerful.
Optimus G. more look natural colors.
Optimus G. is more faster.
Optimus G. a little bit better camera especially outdoor.
LG Optimus G. IS THE WINNER.
2. android_hitman (Posts: 570; Member since: 07 Jul 2010)
from the photo samples .. you can see crystal clear that Optimus G is better in low light ...
3. StreetNerd (Posts: 684; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)
LG, Lost Game, why is LG still in the smartphone business? crappy phones
27. StreetNerd (Posts: 684; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)
HAHAHAHA those downvotes :')
seriously LG dat good? friggin trolls
28. -box- (Posts: 3470; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
It might be due to your seeming lack of grammatical skills. Or the fact that LG makes good products, just aren't great with software updates (but on par with other Android OEMs).
LG also makes some components for apple devices, so if you're an apple cultist, you might want to rethink your position.
29. StreetNerd (Posts: 684; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)
who cares bout apple components (fuk apple)
LG phones are bad and ugly
4. BreakingNews (Posts: 5; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
Wow. Another draw. Who saw that coming? Can't you guys pick a side for once?
5. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2952; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
Not an Apple fan, but the display of iP5 seems to be much better!!!
7. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
Interesting how John gave the S3 an upper hand vs i5, and this clearly more advanced product got a draw.. what gives?
11. papss (Posts: 2179; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)
I see nothing on the ip5 that is better other that 6 ppi but the lager display would be preferable. Plus IOS is so old looking i couldnt do it. LG is the best phone out right now
15. Retro-touch (Posts: 233; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)
Did you look at the photos and video? Every other department the LG wins but Camera sucks
12. sbr999 (Posts: 79; Member since: 05 Jun 2012)
You gotta give credit where it's due guys. There's nothing the iPhone5 can do better over the LG.
16. bloodline (Posts: 676; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
I noticed one thing on PA, when the iphone loses in a comparison they give no winner. When it does win they say the iphone is a better device.
Clearly LG won here
19. BadAssAbe (Posts: 433; Member since: 22 Apr 2011)
iPhonearena also forgets to mention in the "beautifull" iPhone5 all that extra bezel at the top and bottom compare to any high end Android Phone. Not to mention a price comparison
21. thachlel (Posts: 58; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)
If IPhone 4s has lte I would get 1 for my son to play with, iphone 5 has good specs but he would confuse it with other tv remote controls
22. osanilevich (Posts: 195; Member since: 29 Sep 2009)
If this was a comparative review I'd understand but the title clearly says Optimus G VS IPhone5 which means there must be a winner (I'd pick the optomus any day)
23. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 612; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
Lol, sorry but I don't like iPhone at all but there is no way in hell you can think that the LG whatever it's called beat the iPhone 5. NFC, not something that you really need yet. iPhone camera while doing weird things with too much light is still better than the LG phone and it has good call quality. Optimus G has what going for it aside from a Quad Core processor and does little with it, pairs it with a small battery to boot. LG just seem to waste their efforts, great screen tiny battery, poor camera and poor voice on phone calls mean bad smartphone anyway you slice it.
PA you guys are weird, this phone is trash compared to the Note II. High powered processor does not a phone make. It still has to do phone things like make calls and allow you to be heard clearly.
24. BadAssAbe (Posts: 433; Member since: 22 Apr 2011)
iPhones 5 Wins - Camera, Video recorder, Voice, PPI, Loud Speaker
LG Optimus G Wins - NFC, DLNA, WiFi Direct, Battery (More mAh per in), Screen (720p, 4.7in), Media Player, MHL, Speed, Bezel, Notification Light, USB, microSD, OS and Build Material (Gorilla Glass 2 Front & Back)
Apple iPhone5 32GB $750
LG Optimus G 32GB $550
25. Jillxz (Posts: 109; Member since: 04 Jun 2012)
OptmusG has it all in my book and my book is all that counts with me.
30. avasponge (Posts: 30; Member since: 03 May 2012)
They do it by the rating they give the phone in the review.
IPhone 5= 9
LG Optimus G= 9
Galaxy S3= 9.3
33. Shino (Posts: 159; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)
You gotta be completely NUTS to give your money for a cheap plastic thing like this LG or a Samsung or any kind of such device. Especially when the price is similar. To buy this its price must be at least two times lower than the iPhone's and it will still be not sure.
35. bvalde09 (Posts: 171; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
Why when any phone gets compare to the Iphone 5 they always get a Draw? Im not apple boy nor apple hater. But lets faced I and I think everybody know that LG won on this one fair and square. Iphone 5 Great phone but the greatest of all? Dont think so XD
37. FranksGT (Posts: 167; Member since: 29 Aug 2012)
For starters the fingerprints and smudges was never a issue with THe Iphone 4s when it had glass.
(iPhone 5’s set are a bit more pronounced.) really how so? Biased review already. Now coming to Proccessor wise they both perform the same?
Are you high? Your taking a Proccessor that was built specifically for that SIMPLE Ios, and comparing it to one that
has a more complex OS and a custom UI over it. In real terms the LG is much better game player. DOnt even get me started on the camera.
Let me guess you took 100 picutres with the iphone to get the best one without purple tint and took the first one with the LG.
39. BadAssAbe (Posts: 433; Member since: 22 Apr 2011)
iJohn V is a big apple fanboy which would be okay if apple didn't price the iphones like they were made of gold.
No need to take a hundred shots with the iphone5 to get best picture because they already know how to set it up form the other iphones, no changes.
40. gslide06 (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 Oct 2012)
Optimus G boasts NFC, WI-FI Direct, a Micro SD card (AT&T), MHL, DLNA. IPhone may have a slightly better camera and audio but it is extremely limited in terms of connectivity. I like the idea QSlide being able to take screenshots of anything and doodle on them. Plus the display on the Optimus really does look better and who doesn't like customization. If you want a fashion statement get an IPhone, if you want a better cell get the Optimus.