Introduction


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.


Design


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!



Apple iPhone 5s

Apple iPhone 5s

Dimensions

4.87 x 2.31 x 0.3 inches

123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm

Weight

3.95 oz (112 g)

LG G2

LG G2

Dimensions

5.45 x 2.79 x 0.35 inches

138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9 mm

Weight

5.04 oz (143 g)

Apple iPhone 5s

Apple iPhone 5s

Dimensions

4.87 x 2.31 x 0.3 inches

123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm

Weight

3.95 oz (112 g)

LG G2

LG G2

Dimensions

5.45 x 2.79 x 0.35 inches

138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9 mm

Weight

5.04 oz (143 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page




Display


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.



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LG G2 360-Degrees View



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37 Comments

1. wicpromd

Posts: 266; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

iPhone 5S for sure....

2. asingha94

Posts: 295; Member since: Apr 08, 2012

only you sure!

4. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

nope, me too

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 31100; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Both are very nice, but I chose the 5S for me and my family. The 5S was their choice as well. G2 is a beast though.

3. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

G2 wins

5. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

So far Samsung S4, Note 3, HTC One and LG G2 have beaten the iphone 5s

6. LiquidGalaxy

Posts: 332; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

WTF are you talking about you complete c...........oh your joking? Sorry...misread it i guess...

8. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

yeah, right

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 31100; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

How, specs? We know they out spec it on paper, but so far benchmarks have generally favored the 5S. It all comes down to personal preference dude. You mentioned all those phones beating the 5S, which one do you have? You'd need all 5 to make an accurate comparison, like PA has. Until you possess them all, you're talking like a fanboy. 5S is a beast, like the other 4, and selling like hotcakes smothered in butter and syrup. Mmmmmmmmm butter "in my Homer Simpson voice"

7. number29

Posts: 185; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

If only we could install iOS 7 on the G2. No matter how much I try to get on with Android, it's just a poor substitue to iOS.

21. blingblingthing

Posts: 969; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

You sound like a fool.

9. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

LG G2 anyday.

10. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

If you´re looking only for camera ... go to Lumia 808 or 1020, but if for a a real phone ... S4, LG G2, Note 3 or any Android higher than 4.1. iphone is nothing, just that old one.

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 31100; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Someone who doesn't like android could also say that. They could simply say android is nothing, just that old one lol. You're speaking as someone who doesn't like iOS, so your statement is moot. Just that old one.

15. iDroidWin

Posts: 117; Member since: Dec 07, 2012

Thank you John V for the review, Sir. A fair review in my opinion. I don't disagree with anything said in it. Brilliant and unbiased with no hint of opinion. Will definitely help customers make the right choice. Benefits and shortcomings of both phones highlighted for what they are. On the other hand, comments are still based redundant.

16. bnick25

Posts: 38; Member since: May 05, 2013

If your android person you can't go wrong with lg g2 if you don't mind non removable battery and no sd slot and ok body. the rest is awesome but for iphone they are falling short every other year when they s series come out.im not a iphone person but if somebody is on there phone alot you would not want a iphone that screen is to small

17. chunky1x

Posts: 270; Member since: Mar 28, 2010

Finally! An unbiased review from Phone Arena. The last time they done this type of review was almost five years ago.

18. mrvid

Posts: 77; Member since: Oct 02, 2008

Had an iPhone 5s, sucked compared to my LG G2!

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 31100; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Lol dude stop lying. You probably have a G2, and you're just trying to diss the iPhone. If the iPhone 5S sucks, then you're obviously not an iOS fan, and would never have even bought one in the first place. C'mon man lol reallyyyyyyyyy? +1 for the creativity though lol

24. Mittal

Posts: 494; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

haha ... i have seen a lot of posts claiming they had the the S4, Note 3, HTC One, iPhone (seemingly all together) blah blah and they think this/that is better. lol we are talking some serious money here!

25. darkkjedii

Posts: 31100; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Exactly, and those phones didn't even come out that close to be exchanging them. It gets funny man lol. +1

26. mrvid

Posts: 77; Member since: Oct 02, 2008

Dude! My company phone is an iPhone 5s, my own personal phone is an LG G2. The reason I don't like Apple is because they hold you hostage to their way and their way only! And they're a year behind in their technology! They didn't even have LTE dude!!

27. darkkjedii

Posts: 31100; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It took you far too long to come up with this rebuttal. I say you're lying, and just wanted to diss the iPhone. Only you know the truth lol.......wink.

35. chumunga

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 25, 2014

Took him that long....? What are you a 5 year old with a slightly better vocabulary? And what does being IOS fan mean? He gave a succinct personal opinion that wasn't based on being a fanboy like some people. But rather his user experience. This is calling being objective and not a fanboy/subjective.

20. ElScorcho

Posts: 21; Member since: Jul 17, 2013

5S pros : compactness G2 pros : all the rest Seriously PA, when phones are that different, either don't compare them or at least designate clearly a winner, obviously G2 in that case... Idea for an intelligent comparision please : iPhone 5 Vs iPhone 5C I'm curious to know how you could justify Apple's position on those device : same hardware, 1-year-old specs (which were already not high-end at the time), plastic case instead of premium materials but still high price... Please show us how honnest you can be on a really interesting matchup.

22. 9thWonderful

Posts: 232; Member since: Jan 24, 2013

i wouldn't say obviously...i'd take a 4S over a G2. great specs, i get it but some don't get excited about that one aspect of a phone. plus LG is a carbon copy of whatever Samsung does so you might as well just go w/the brand that LG was trying to be like in the first place. there is no need for a 5 vs 5c comparison as the 5c is virtually the same as the 5...just a newer replacement.

28. ElScorcho

Posts: 21; Member since: Jul 17, 2013

this is the point : it'd be interesting to see what PA would say about it! 5 = 5c, but 1 year later, w/ pastic case, and at relative higher price than what it should be!! When you state this you cannot rate more then 7.5! reg. any iPhone Vs G2, if you chose the iPhone it means that you priorize compactness over all (what I can understand) and/or that you love apple's UI. If you don't care about size and brand, then I repeat : G2 without a doubt.

23. londoner

Posts: 36; Member since: Sep 12, 2013

thanks for the info... i definetely will go for G2

29. 211275

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 18, 2013

iPhone 5s all day! I just returned the G2 after 5 days and went back to the 5s. The 5s has better battery life over wifi and LTE, camera, build quality, radios, brighter screen with better viewing outdoors and its thinner and lighter. Oh and look at those benchmarks. The A7 is a beast, it simply crushes the Snapdragon 800 with two less cores nonetheless!

30. arenaboy007

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 08, 2013

I guess you skipped this part. "battery life is superior with the LG G2. To be exact, a full charge provides us with two days of normal usage – whereas it’s the normal single day of usage with the iPhone 5s." Throw in LTE and wifi and iPhone 5S will die quicker than any android flagship phone(except for Nexus 5). Benchmarks don't really mean much for most end users. Unless you are buying the phone just to benchmark it all day, there's no difference when it comes to real life usage. Sorry but this is no longer android cupcake, android has already caught up to apple. ;)

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