When it comes to cameras, these bad boys are outfitted with some impressive gear! Specifically, it’s an 8-megapixel iSight camera on the iPhone 5s that features an f2.2 aperture lens, amber & white LED flashes, and 1080p video recording. Crunching the numbers even more, the G2 is packing along a beefier sized 13-megapixel auto-focus camera that’s notable for its built-in optical image stabilization, 9-point multi-focus, anti-fingerprint coated sapphire glass, and 1080p video recording at 60 FPS.

Not a surprise to tell you the truth, seeing that the iPhone 5s continues to glorify simplicity over diversity, but the G2 is armed with an arsenal of shooting modes and manual controls to appease hardcore shutterbugs. Sure, the iPhone 5s brings forth some new things with its updated iOS 7 experience, but it continues to pale in comparison.

Before diving into the qualities of their respective cameras, we have to break this department into two specific categories – outdoor and low lighting performances. With the former, the G2’s 13-megapixel camera shows its sliver of superiority as it produces more detail in its shots than what the 8-megapixel iSight camera of the iPhone 5s conjures up. However, dynamic range is handled better by the iPhone 5s, as it compensates enough with its exposure to give the shot a good balanced tone.

Under low lighting situations, though, the roles are reversed, seeing that it’s the iPhone 5s that’s proving to us that it’s better than the G2. In fact, details take quite a dip with the G2, to the point that its tone is considerably softened – thus, making fine details non-existent. On top of that, it’s more prone to some blurring as well. As for its rival, the iPhone 5s manages to maintain its crisper looks, which makes it the ideal device for nighttime shots.

Likewise, the same results with their still image qualities persist with their 1080p video recording qualities. When there’s plenty of lighting, the two shoot some amazing looking videos – more so with the G2 because of its unique 60 FPS capture rate. Using the two for low lighting videos, it’s the iPhone 5s that’s catching our attention more, as it’s able to deliver some pleasant details combined with a smooth 29 FPS capture rate. Unfortunately, the G2’s shooting rate drops to a molasses slow 14 FPS.

Taking a pic Lower is better Taking an HDR pic (sec) Lower is better CamSpeed score Higher is better CamSpeed score with flash Higher is better
Apple iPhone 5s 3
LG G2 4


We’re not totally enamored by their music players, since they’re rather conventional looking, but we do like how LG’s music player allows us to view lyrics within the player – and access to pertinent YouTube videos that’s related to the song being played. Surprisingly, it’s the iPhone 5s’ speaker that’s the more powerful between the two. In comparison, the LG G2’s speaker sounds super weak.

Even though the two are more than equipped to play back high definition videos with no issues at all, we prefer the G2 for the occasion because it offers a wide support of codecs out of the box, has a larger & higher resolution display, and it features a very useful multi-tasking aspect that enables us to layer videos on top of anything we’re doing.

Headphones output power (Volts) Higher is better
Apple iPhone 5s 1
LG G2 0.29
Loudspeaker loudness (dB) Higher is better
Apple iPhone 5s 74
LG G2 66



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: 31616; 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: 31616; 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: 980; 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: 31616; 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 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: 31616; 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: 31616; 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: 31616; 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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