LG G2 vs Apple iPhone 5: first look

LG G2 vs Apple iPhone 5: first look
It goes to show how much things can change in one year, which is plainly obvious as we're comparing a flagship device from a year ago, against one that just made its debut today. The iPhone 5 has been tearing the scene up since it debuted last fall, and since then, it has proven itself time after time as being a notorious foe to dethrone. Although there are some obvious advantages for being the newcomer, especially when tech is constantly moving forward at a rapid rate, we're here to check out how these two showstoppers quickly compare against one another.

Let's talk design here first, since that's what strikes most people at first glance. We can't help but state the obvious with this first look, since LG's new flagship doesn't depart from the design aesthetics of LG's portfolio. Unless you have terrible vision, there's a noticeable discrepancy between the sizes of these two – with the iPhone sporting the smaller frame between the two. Still, we can't forget to applaud LG for its efforts in really making a smartphone so comfortable to hold with a monster sized display on there. However, the premium element is still attached to the iPhone 5 with this quick look, even more profoundly when it's still a plastic body for the LG G2.

At this point, the iPhone 5's 640 x 1136 Retina Display is starting to look dated – especially with these new crop of devices. In contrast, the LG G2's 5.2-inch 1080p True HD IPS display handsomely overshadows it rival, but the most impressive part is when we look at its bezels. Nearly edge-to-edge, the LG G2's display maximizes the amount of real estate it has to deal with. Additionally, we can visibly notice that there's more detail and sharpness thanks to its higher pixel density count – albeit, we do notice that the iPhone 5's display is a smidgen brighter. Besides that, considering that they're both employing IPS-LCD panels, they feature very neutral colors and wide viewing angles.

Excitement is still buzzing up for the iPhone 5's impending software update, but for what it is now, iOS is without question being outclassed by the competition – especially from Android devices. As we can see, LG has brought forth some new enhancements to its latest experience on the LG G2, such as Guest Mode, Answer Me, text Link, Slide Aside, and much more. In fact, the G2's experience just sprinkles on some new ways to do all the usual things we do on our smartphones. For all the extensive features that the LG G2 brings to the table, the iPhone 5's iOS experience continues to be simplified and uncomplicated – qualities that people appreciate highly.

Needless to say, we can go into detail dissecting each and every department between these two flagships, but the obvious is right in front of us. Mainly because it's the newer between the two, the LG G2 trumps the iPhone in many aspects regarding the hardware, however, that's not what it takes in the end to actually claim victory. People yearn for smartphones that work in helping them with their everyday lives. So far, the iPhone 5 has proven that to the masses, so it'll be intriguing to see if the LG G2 can follow in the same footsteps – or even surpass it!

Related phones

  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2260 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 3000 mAh(21.3h 3G talk time)
iPhone 5
  • Display 4.0" 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A6, Dual-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 1440 mAh(8h 3G talk time)



1. blingblingthing

Posts: 982; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Can't wait to see Apple's new iPhone ads to let people know the iPhone has a better residual value. Couldn't think of anything else.

5. RoyalPayne

Posts: 458; Member since: Aug 07, 2013

This suggestion just for people like you, next time try- "FIRST".

11. blingblingthing

Posts: 982; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

* crickets ............

2. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

What is the relevance of comparing a brand new smartphone to an almost 1 year old smartphone? Why not compare to the GS IV? Or, the L1020? Or, the Moto X? If you want to compare to the iPhone, PA can surely wait 1 1/2 months for the iP5S. Maybe PA should do a comparo to the GS III? Or, the Droid DNA? How about the Note III? Sheesh.

3. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Ooops. Typo - meant to type Note II. But the edit counter ran out of sand. PA, you should allow more time to edit a post. What is lost?

4. RoyalPayne

Posts: 458; Member since: Aug 07, 2013

Oh boy! You sure do have a problem with PA! :p No offence, but you sound like my nagging girlfriend X_X

10. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

If you're talking hardware comparison, the iP5 is fair game. It doesn't sound like we'll see much change to Apple's flagship this year outside of an improved processor and camera.

6. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012


7. RoyalPayne

Posts: 458; Member since: Aug 07, 2013

......? :-!

9. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Latest specs dude.

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 31656; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

G2 gets the nod here specs wise easily. I wanna play around with one in the store though

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