LG G2 mini vs Apple iPhone 5s: first look


Design


LG brought the newly-announced mini version of the G2 at the MWC expo, to showcase for the world to see. It is a far cry from the G2 flagship, though, despite bearing its name, and we pegged the smaller handset against the even smaller iPhone 5s we carried handy in our pockets, and here's what we found.

Display


LG's new midranger sports a 4.7" display, which is much larger than the 4" panel of the iPhone 5s, yet comes with much worse 234ppi pixel density, as it carries qHD resolution with 540x960 pixels. It's still of the IPS variety, just like on the iPhone, though, ensuring good viewing angles. Apple has proven many times that its phone display panels flaunt almost perfect color representation, and are also extremely bright, which the LG G2 mini has yet to show for itself.

Interface


The G2 mini runs LG's Optimus UI on top of Android 4.4 KitKat, which means we get to have LG's QSlide suite of floating apps, and swipeable connectivity toggles in the status bar. The iPhone runs the latest iOS 7, with its command and notification centers, with widgets notably missing from the scene.

Processor and memory


The G2 mini is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 fumes, and the chipset is clocked at 1.2 GHz, while a Tegra 4i version is also in store, with LTE connectivity. Just like the iPhone 5s, it sports 1 GB of RAM, but Apple has a much faster, A7 processing chip in its handset. The 5s also offers 16 GB of internal memory from the box, while G2 mini makes do with 8 GB, but offers a microSD slot for more.

Camera


Both phones come with 8 MP cameras on the back, that also sport an LED flash, as well as front-facing shooters. Given our numerous camera comparisons, though, we'd wager to guess Apple's unit would produce much better results than the shooter on the G2 mini, although on paper both allow 1080p video footage, captured at fluid 30fps.


Expectations


The LG G2 mini seems to be flying on the wings of the popular G2 flagship, but scales down too much in terms of specs and design, whereas the iPhone 5s is crafted much more premium, possesses a much faster processor, and a more capable camera, so it's an easy pick before the G2 mini, if not for the price.

Related phones

G2 mini
  • Display 4.7" 540 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Quad-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB
  • Battery 2440 mAh
iPhone 5s
  • Display 4.0" 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A7, Dual-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 1570 mAh(10h 3G talk time)

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27 Comments

1. g2a5b0e unregistered

Wow. It's amazing that a 4.7" screen can be fit in a body that is barely bigger than that of an iPhone 5 or 5s. Apple needs to hop into the present quick.

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 30971; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Y is that?

5. g2a5b0e unregistered

I just mean that screens are obviously getting bigger & manufacturers are constantly finding better ways to fit those screens into a tighter space. This is an area where Apple has seen little improvement over the years. If they plan on increasing screen sizes soon, which they probably should, they also need to work on minimizing their bezels.

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 30971; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

100% agreed, I'm curious as to how these 2014 iPhones will look, and the screen sizes they'll settle on.

8. g2a5b0e unregistered

I'm curious as well. I don't see Apple doing an "iPhablet" any time soon. My guess would be 4.5" simply because that was the jump they made last time they increased the screen size. What has me baffled is the resolution they would choose for it. 1280x720? It would keep the ppi at 326, but you'd think they might be looking to increase it a bit at this point. "Super Retina Display" could be a good branding if they decide to increase it significantly. What do you think about all that, Dark?

9. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

They could create a new brand of iphones called 'OVERRATED'....oh, nevermind, they already do that under the guise of the iPhone brand...

11. g2a5b0e unregistered

I'm not an iPhone fan, but I am a lover of all things tech. If you're not interested in intelligent conversation about a topic, please find your way to the door. Besides, I clearly asked Darkk, not you.

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 30971; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Always looking to post stupid/negative, instead of lending credence to an article huh? Green thumb seeking fanboy you are dude.

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 30971; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I could definitely see a jump of .5 like you stated, as that would still allow for great one handed usability. I think the res will go to 1080p to keep up with the jones' though. If indeed they make two larger sizes, one will be 720p, I'd be happy with any screen size increase of .5 or more at this point. I like my 5s, but let's be honest 4. is only adequate at this point. It is time for a larger screen. Getting away from the topic for a sec, I played with the LG Flex for about 40 minutes yesterday, and fell in love dude. Sweet phone I must say.

13. g2a5b0e unregistered

I hear you, man. It would be tough, but at this point a 1920x1080 phone at 4.5" is very possible. Apple already has great screen tech, so that 490ppi would be lovely. I played around with the Flex the other day too. I found it interesting, but if I were going for a curved phone (I'm not), I think I would like the Round better. The curvature on the vertical axis just makes more sense to me. I would love a hands-on with that. However, the main reason I wouldn't get an LG phone is that their software support just blows. That's a deal breaker.

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 30971; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I meant to add that in bro, LG is horrible with updates n stuff. That alone would stop me from buying their devices. That's one of the prime reasons it stick to apple and Samsung man, timely updates, quick bug patches, beautiful powerful devices, and huge Eco systems. Kudos to post 11 also, I get tired of the constant stupidity that corrupts this site, also does AT&T carry the round? I didn't see it. +1

15. g2a5b0e unregistered

Nah. It hasn't made its way to our shores & probably won't. Samsung is using it as a test device right now in South Korea--gauging interest for a device of that type. If it does well, which from what I understand, it has done fairly well, we may see a sequel come our way this year. I'm not sure exactly what demographic it would appeal to though. Besides the curved screen & no S-Pen, it's the exact same as a Note 3.

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 30971; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That explains why I didn't see it lol. Thanx for the info, didn't know that. My arsenal is the 5s, note 3, and mini with retina. What's yours these days?

18. g2a5b0e unregistered

I'm just rocking the Note 3, but I'm very much considering picking up my first tab this year. Thinking about the Note 12.2. The only problem I have with that is that it's so similar to the Note 3, I don't know if that's a good idea. I think I'll wait to see what the new Nexus 10 has in store (if it ever debuts). I have no problem with Samsung's update history, but it would be nice to have a device that always has the newest version. Hopefully, Google will consider a Nexus 12...a guy can dream, right?

20. darkkjedii

Posts: 30971; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I watch and have tons of movies and vids on my mini, that's mostly what I have it for. I never could get used to watching that stuff on a small screen, even though my note 3 screen is huge, I just can't bear to watch movies n stuff on it, and my 5s is even worse for that obviously. I like the tablet optimized apps for the mini, as they differ greatly from the iPhone. What I love about having both, is the constant seamless syncing of notes, pics, calendar, music downloads etc. It's a joy not having to do certain things manually. Good luck with the tab you choose.

17. g2a5b0e unregistered

Also, in reference to comment #11, we've had this discussion before. I don't like iPhones & I don't like Apple, but I'm no hater & I respect everyone's choice. No need to insult someone because of the brand of tech they choose to carry. That's just ignorant. Besides, the haters won't admit it, but Apple constantly pioneers in many different areas of the smartphone industry. It's just a fact. Not following what they do would be cutting yourself off from a world of innovation. They are constantly being copied by many other OEMs in many different facets. There's a good reason for that.

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 30971; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Now that's one heckuva post. Nothing but respect for that. The company and device line that I don't really care for is Motorola, simply does not appeal to me, but under no circumstance will I log on to insult, or start trouble with those who do. To each his own, cuz this silly flame war stuff accomplishes absolutely zero. +1

21. g2a5b0e unregistered

I feel the same way about Motorola. The new Droids & the Moto X look better than anything they've ever done, but their designs are just too industrial & boring to me. I'm also not a fan of Sony. I don't like their UI or their constant hard-edged, rectangular design. The fact is that Apple & Samsung make great looking phones. HTC might make better looking phones than Samsung, but they suffer in too many other aspects for me to consider one right now. I did have the T-Mobile G2 back in the day. Great HTC phone, but they f*cked me out of ICS--I've been a little salty since. Haha.

23. darkkjedii

Posts: 30971; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Lol, I feel u. HTC phones are gorgeous, but their camera leaves a lot to be desired. I honestly think apple and Samsung get the most things right, while not being perfect of course. They simply nail it to me, power speed fluidity looks support battery life accessories, and Eco system.

24. g2a5b0e unregistered

I feel you, Darkk. The ironic thing about my dislike of Motorola is that every feature phone I ever owned back in the day was a Motorola. I thought they were killing it back in those days. They just never transitioned well into the smartphone era in my opinion.

26. darkkjedii

Posts: 30971; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Same here. StarTac, razr, and the OG flip phone (3 of those). Sorry for the late response, had to get my Walking Dead on. Now watching Talking Dead lol. The wife and I are hooked.

27. g2a5b0e unregistered

No problem, bud. You two & everybody else. I'm sure I would be too if still watched TV.

22. Ric.B

Posts: 8; Member since: Jun 17, 2013

In terms of OS updates, I reckon OEMs are getting better at this. For instance, Android 4.4 is currently getting pushed to LG G2 devices so that's a positive for LG. I own a Sony Tablet Z and it's scheduled to get the 4.4 update within the next couple of months. Prior to this, I had a Sony Xperia Arc and it's a terrible phone performance-wise. In terms of eco system, they're all running Google Play services so I get the full Google eco system regardless of Android OEM on top of the OEM specific stuff (sammy or sony). IMHO supporting just two OEMs is bad in the long run as lack of competition will just lead to boring devices for us consumers.

25. g2a5b0e unregistered

I agree with the part about OEMs getting better about software updates. 4.4 adoption seems to be going faster than anything before it. I think the main reason for this is that Android has matured pretty fast. The last few OS versions have very little difference between them. That's not a bad thing. It just means that Android is at a point where it's fine tuning the details rather than worrying about adding huge changes. I'll never forget the transition from 2.3 to 4.0. That was awful. It was such a big difference that so many phones were left behind & others took way too long to update. At least we'll never have to go through that again.

2. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Sony and Motorola are the only ones doing their "Mini" versions right.

4. robcar

Posts: 110; Member since: Jan 18, 2011

But when they mention a mobile mini then it is automatically not a high-end device. This is budget-mini phone and will certainly cost half of the iPhone.

6. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Almost any Android phone makes the iphone look like a mini...even the mini - my wife has a mini SGS 3 - same overall size, bigger screen space - no wonder APPLE is changing...

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