Interface and Functionality

LG has tweaked its updated Android Jelly Bean experience on the G2 enough to make its offering more diverse than last year, and with that, it still continues to offer more depth than what iOS 7 on the iPhone 5s brings to the table. Don’t get us wrong, we really appreciate the meticulous design changes with iOS 7, as it employs some nifty new visuals and features to freshen things up quite a bit, but when it comes to raw functionality, the G2 beats down the iPhone 5s in that department. Visually, the two offer some pleasant elements that complement the experience – though, we get more customization and personalization with the G2.

Notifications are handled in the same manner, as they have their dedicated hubs for accessing them in one place, so we have no qualms with either implementations. However, the G2 boasts some additional functionality with its notifications panel – like being able to archive emails and share screen shots.

On the surface, the multi-tasking experience is similar with these two, as we’re able to quickly switch between opened apps. Showing off its greater level of depth, the G2 provides us with an enhanced way of multi-tasking, which is brought to us in the form of its QSlide apps and Slide Aside feature.

Looking into their set of organizer apps, it’s the Android smartphone in the G2 that consistently delivers the variety with its portfolio. Naturally, we’re treated to the usual sorts with the iOS 7 experience, which sees its set of apps updated with some pleasing visuals, but for the most part, it doesn’t have the extensive functionality found with the G2’s organizer apps.

Due to its larger sized screen, the G2’s on-screen keyboard benefits by offering us with a more spacious layout than its rival. Sure, the iPhone 5s’ keyboard is smaller in footprint, but considering that it’s responsive, simple, and has an awesome auto-correct feature, it proves to be extremely useful. Then again, we also like how the G2’s keyboard provides us with quick access to numbers and punctuations directly from the main layout.

Indeed, the new Android Jelly Bean experience on the G2 has a ton of features over what iOS 7 has to offer, but some people might not want to be bothered by them. Rather, they might prefer having a simplified experience, which is exactly what the iPhone 5s caters to with its experience.

Processor and Memory

No doubt, these are beasts in the mobile landscape, especially after taking a look at what they’re packing under their hoods. Specifically, the iPhone 5s carries along a one-of-a-kind dual-core 1.3GHz Apple A7 processor that’s based on 64-bit architecture. It’s fast, like really fast – with very few instances of lag or slowdown with its overall performance. However, it’s not being pushed to its limits, yet. That’s because most apps and games have yet to be optimized to take advantage of it. Equally as compelling is the powerful quad-core 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB of RAM and the Adreno 330 GPU stuffed inside of the G2. Arguably, it’s the snappiest Android smartphone out right now, which shows in its relentless performance. Heck, these two smartphones rival one another similarly in this department!

When it comes to storage, we’re left to meddle with their internal capacities, seeing there’s no expandable storage with either. Both are available in 16GB and 32GB versions, but it’s only the iPhone 5s that’s offered in 64GB.

Sunspider Lower is better
Apple iPhone 5s 415.7
LG G2 932.8
Basemark X on-screen Higher is better
Apple iPhone 5s 27.685
LG G2 14.662
GFXBench Fill Rate off-screen Higher is better
Apple iPhone 5s 3317.1
LG G2 1240.9
GFXBench T-Rex HD off-screen Higher is better
Apple iPhone 5s 23
LG G2 20
GFXBench T-Rex HD on-screen Higher is better
Apple iPhone 5s 35
LG G2 21
Mozilla Kraken Lower is better
Apple iPhone 5s 5931.8
LG G2 7812

Internet and Connectivity

By now, we’ve come to expect nothing than near perfection when it comes to the web browsing experience. Luckily for these two, they get the job done – almost flawless in fact! Donning 4G LTE connectivity for speedy page loads, instant rendering, and fluid navigational controls, these two titans really exemplify what it means to excel in this category. Nevertheless, the larger and higher resolution display of the G2 makes it more ideal.

When you’re made to sell in all corners of the world, it’s only natural for us to find both of these devices in CDMA and GSM flavors. In addition, they’re packing all of the most up-to-date connectivity features as well – like aGPS, Bluetooth 4.0, and dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi. However, the G2 manages to tack along NFC and an IR blaster to its arsenal. Although it’s lacking NFC, the iPhone 5s has something similar in the form of its AirDrop feature.

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