Tired of being left in the shadows, LG came out of hiding very recently to unleash its most prized device in recent memory – the powerhouse of a smartphone in the LG G2. It’s a device that’s not to be messed with, seeing that it’s stuffed with some amazing hardware under the hood to give other flagship devices a good run for their money. As usual, Apple’s latest prodigy in the iPhone 5s is looking to establish itself as the premier smartphone to beat in the landscape. It might look exactly like its predecessor, but it packs all the necessary incremental upgrades to give even the mighty LG G2 some heated competition.
Okay, so the iPhone 5s recycles its design, which means that there’s nothing really new with it, but despite that, it still proves to be the more attractive device between the two. Why’s that? It’s because it’s compact in size, solidly constructed, and employs premium materials – quality elements that help strengthen its stature of being a high end phone. On the flip side, the LG G2 is pretty amazing in its own right, especially how it decides to mix it up with the placement of its power and volume buttons. However, at the end of the day, it’s still a polycarbonate constructed smartphone that lacks the elegance and sturdiness of the iPhone 5s’ design.
And then there’s the matter of size! Comparatively, they’re pretty compact when you think of their respective screen sizes – albeit, the LG G2 is undoubtedly longer, wider, and thicker. Despite that, we appreciate how the curved edges of the LG G2 are more comforting than the sharp bezel around the iPhone 5s.
Quickly looking around their bodies, it’s evident that they share many common things, like their 3.5mm headset jacks and speaker grills, but they do feature their own unique things. For starters, there’s a biometric Touch ID finger print sensor incorporated into the home button of the iPhone 5s, which offers us a unique and hassle-free way of unlocking the phone. Meanwhile, the LG G2 packs an always useful IR blaster to double it as a universal remote – perfect for those occasions when the remote control goes missing!
Size alone is staggering between these two flagships! One is small, the other is ginormous. Arguably the two best looking displays out there, there’s a lot to like about the two displays, but at the end of the day, we’re still more fascinated by the display on the LG G2. So what do we have here? Well, it’s a 4-inch 640 x 1136 Retina Display on the iPhone 5s, which is pleasant and all, but lacks the intimidating figure of the G2’s 5.2-inch 1080 x 1920 advanced IPS LCD display. Frankly, it’s the higher resolution of the G2’s display that makes it so much more prized over the iPhone 5s, but as we’ve detailed several times in other comparable reviews, the detail superiority of the 1080p resolution screen of the G2 is only apparent when we look at the two very closely. Viewing them from a normal distance, our eyes wouldn’t be able to tell the difference.
Putting them side-by-side, we do notice that the iPhone 5s’ screen is a smidgen brighter, which makes it more visible outdoors when the sun is present. It’s not bad with the G2’s display, honestly, seeing that we’re still able to make it out. When it comes to colors, we get more accuracy with the iPhone 5s – whereas the G2’s display emits colors that are cooler in tone. Worthy of being mentioned too, is the almost non-existent bezels around the sides of the G2’s display, which helps to minimize its overall size.
Display measurements and quality
Apple iPhone 5s 360-Degrees View
LG G2 360-Degrees View