Interface and functionality

With iOS 8, the emphasis is on simplicity, while the LG-themed Android on the G3 comes with numerous extra features

iOS and Android are pretty different at their core – pretty much everybody knows that. Especially when you're talking about skinned Android, as is the case with the G3. While LG aims to deliver an extremely feature-rich experience for G3 users, this isn't at all alike to Apple, which has a far lighter approach, devoid of anything but the essentials – the rest is usually delegated to the wealth of apps available through the iTunes store.

The above distinction has pretty massive consequences when it comes to the look of the two UIs – the iPhone 6 Plus has a simple layout, and is easier overall to follow and get early on. Depending on your needs, however, that's obviously not necessarily a desirable effect, as this does come at the expense of control over the way the interface looks and the overall function of your device. Let's drill down into both of them separately.

Starting with the 6 Plus, the new Apple phablet is touting the newest version of the platform, iOS 8, out of the box. iOS 8 actually corrodes the idea that Apple likes to keep its operating system completely closed-off, and introduces some major changes, including the ability to choose a different, third-party software keyboard, and even grants developers access to the Touch ID fingerprint sensor for use with their apps. iOS 8 also is the first iteration in the history of the OS to allow for widgets – even though these are limited to the notification bar only.


As for the Android 4.4 KitKat-touting LG G3, we're looking at several neat features, including a double tap to wake/sleep functionality and a Dual Window mode that allows you to run two apps simultaneously side-by-side. The G3 doesn't sport a fingerprint sensor, but it does come with KnockCode, which only allows the user to unlock the screen by performing a pre-set pattern of taps. Also handy, and on the topic of privacy, come the Content Lock and Kill Switch features – the former allows you to hide sensitive data, while the latter lets you remotely lock and wipe your device in the event of theft.


Processor and memory

The 6 Plus is a notably better performer, specifically when talking about the smoothness of operating and navigating the interface

Like in previous years, Apple is once again using its latest generation of the iPhone to showcase a new processor of its own design. Based on ARMv8 architecture, the new 64-bit A8 chip has two cores running at 1.4GHz and makes use of a very potent PowerVR GX6650 GPU that supposedly delivers up to 50% better performance when compared with the GPU found in the iPhone 5s. Looking at the LG G3, we've got a known entity – a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974-AC chipset, the highest edition of the SD801, with four Krait 400 cores, clocked at 2.5GHz, and a speedy Adreno 330 GPU.

Judging from the above, one would assume that the LG G3 has a massive and very clear edge in terms of processing power, especially since it comes with 3GB of LPDDR3 RAM (versus 1GB for the iPhone 6 Plus), but the reality is not that simple.

Indeed, the 6 Plus is actually a notably better performer, specifically when talking about the smoothness of operating and navigating the interface – in comparison the G3 is a bit laggy and slow. The reasons for that are likely two: one, the LG G3's custom layout is just heavier, and two – the phone has to push a significantly higher number of pixels with everything it does. That's correct, the Quad HD resolution on the G3 puts considerable load on the Snapdragon 801 chip, and this also extends to graphically-intensive apps and games, which, on average, are rendered at a lower frame rate.

As for built-in storage, you've got several options with the iPhone 6 P lus – 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB. That last option is a first with a major manufacturer, and should suffice even for the most obsessed of multimedia junkies looking to make out the most of the 5.5-inch screen. In comparison, the LG G3 is available with 32GB of internal memory, though you can expand that through a microSD card for up to 128GB more. That's a cheaper option, but it's also inferior in terms of reliability and read/write speeds.

Sunspider Lower is better
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 365.2
LG G3 947.2
GFXBench T-Rex HD on-screen Higher is better
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 40.9
LG G3 20.7
GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 on-screen Higher is better
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 18.4
LG G3 7.5
Basemark OS II Higher is better
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 1382
LG G3 951

Internet and connectivity


Built-into iOS 8 and the iPhone 6 Plus, you'll find the Safari browser – a lightweight, snappy performer that is, however, devoid of pretty much any extras. According to synthetic benchmarks, it's also quicker to render pages than what you have available on the G3. Speaking of LG's flagship, we've got Google's Chrome and LG's own browser available, so you have some choice. The former is speedy, but not very intriguing in terms of the feature set it brings to the table. LG's own browser, while slightly better-equipped to meet that demand is, nevertheless, still not very feature-filled, though it does offer perks like full-page screenshots.



Moving onto connectivity, the highlight of the iPhone 6 Plus is its wide support for FDD LTE bands – there are 15 of those, which is a whole lot more than what the G3 offers, and that's good news for iPhone users if they plan on using LTE abroad. Both phones have their maximum theoretical download speeds capped at 150Mbps, or Category 4 LTE, and will both also settle on a 4G HSDPA+ network if their provider's LTE coverage falls short.

The two devices also have GPS with Glonass support, Bluetooth 4.0, and Wi-Fi 802.11 ac. NFC is also available with both, though the iPhone 6 Plus will likely have a better use for the chip once the Apple Pay service for mobile payments launches in October. One omission on Apple side's is an IR blaster, available with the LG G3, for use with home electronics.

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30 Comments

1. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Kudos to lg for making a compact phone even with such a screen size unlike the iphone6+ with its huge bezels

2. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

True that, however, LG's software is full bugs. Moreover, you only get four months of good performance, before all hell breaks...

6. jeff327

Posts: 87; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

Please tell me what bugs you are speaking of? I am assuming you own this phone and have experienced this yourself? I do own the phone and I have no bugs. The phone runs just fine. I also previously had the LG G2 and had more than 4 months good performance. Somehow my LG G2 was still running great for a year when I traded it in for the LG G3. But I have to ask you experienced this because you have owned either phone? The fact is Apple makes a great phone. There is know denying it but my LG G3 trumps it in just about every way. In my opinion it is the best phone on the market. And that opinion comes from real life experience. Not from something you made up or read somewhere.

22. grayson34

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 13, 2013

I own the g3 and it does indeed have bugs. The g3 had the potential to be the best smartphone available. But there are bugs with the headphone jack and whatever algorithm LG uses to identify whether you're plugging in headphones or an aux cable. Personally, I think adding something like that was completely unnecessary. If you accidentally move the cable it'll swith songs, pause music or make static pops and after some research I found out that it's a widespread issue. Also, since you can't easily turn "knock on" there's no way to combat the issue of the screen turning itself off if it gets slightly dirty. Pulling up the recent apps is troublesome, it's about 50/50, when you press the button it'll either pull up recent apps like it's supposed to or it will show nothing and you have to press it 3 more times. Another disappointment is the battery, no a 2k screen isn't necessary because by the time 2k content is as widespread as 1080p, the g3 will be outdated. So this makes for an unnecessary battery killer. The battery life is in no was as good as some of those reviews, before the phone was released, made it seem. I feel like I have to be "careful" using my phone if I want it to last all day. God forbid I play a game for more than 5 minutes. I usually unplug around 9and just listen to Spotify on the way to class and check social media throughout the day and on most days I come home around 3 and I'm close to 30 or 40 percent. Currently,it's 10 pm and I'm at 4 percent after unplugging at 930 am and that's with what I call light usage. I'm kind of disappointed with this phone which is upsetting because I was so excited to get it.

24. jeff327

Posts: 87; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

If you really own the LG G3 you got a lemon as I have none of these issues. Knock on works perfect for me all the time. Never had an issue with recent apps and battery life is good but not great. But I can swap a new battery out anytime I want so this is not an issue what so ever. I have heard about the head phone jack bug but cannot say I have had this issue at all. You should have returned this phone well before posting on here. You do not have the typical LG G3. You have a lemon.

25. grayson34

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 13, 2013

What kind of battery life are you getting? And per your advice I went ahead and had a replacement G3 sent out to me today. I'm hoping this is going to be a better experience.I'm hearing people talk about day an day and a half battery life with their G3's with heavier usage than me so maybe I did just get a bad one.

14. pslee

Posts: 40; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

unless you have g3, you cant make such comments. i do have g3 and it has absolutely not bugs.

20. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Are you talking about an LG from 2011 or something? You obviously don't have a clue as to what you're talking about. If you owned this wonderful device, as I do, you would be wiping the turds from the corners of your mouth.

29. nottolate

Posts: 52; Member since: Jun 01, 2014

Totally bogus claims. I'm even currently running G3 ROM on my G2 (yes, you can do that), and there is still not a single bug to be found. Everything operates flawlessly. Love the G3 look on the G2 too. My "old" G2 still has tons of features that Apple apparently has not even thought of with the release of their new phones. G2 is so good I can't justify buying G3 as much as I'd like to. Nexus 6 is gonna be to big so waiting on G4.

4. nohatenofanboy

Posts: 515; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

I dont like g3 bcuz its screen has low contrast ratio and lags sometimes

9. beachedwhale

Posts: 22; Member since: May 30, 2014

But since the lg G3 has on screen home buttons the size of the actual viewing display is smaller for like 5.3 inches. Lg did amazing job making a compact phablet but I prefer ios to android that's just my preference

10. jeff327

Posts: 87; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

The onscreen buttons disappear on any app of your choice. So it is 5.5".

16. roki977

Posts: 5; Member since: Sep 23, 2014

On screen buttons can be removed in every app, browser etc.. everywhere. Not big deal anymore.. Very low basemark score for G3, same like with M8. Both are at least 100 points to low. GFX scores are not valid.

30. nottolate

Posts: 52; Member since: Jun 01, 2014

You can get rid of on screen buttons altogether or make them so small you'd need a magnifying glass to see em if you like. I do that with my Nexus and my G2 so that I get the whole screen. Just use Xposed and then install a pie app to navigate which is faster anyway and you're not limited to 3-5 nav buttons.

3. tury694

Posts: 167; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

The gfx benchmarks are incorrect. The app is reporting a lower resolution resulting in higher scores for the 6 plus. If corrected, the 6 plus still will win but not by such a huge margin. PA needs to be more responsible with their reviews.

5. phantom_six_man

Posts: 82; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

lol,before iPhone 5s is like baby phone to other flagship devices but now they are all oversize phone :D

7. sasch

Posts: 40; Member since: Sep 19, 2012

thats rubbish i had the LG G3 and gave it away after only a week as the battery was overly dissapointing i had to crank up the brighness as i could not see anything, and this obviously draines the sh,.,..out of this battery , love the iphone 6 plus on the other hand as the brighnes is top and i gor way more time out of IP6 then i actually thought , i am not a Iphone fan at all. it is just a good overall phone. honest opinion

8. Boybawang

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 02, 2013

I'm really tempted for the iPhone 6 but i'm a heavy browser. In my experience with 1GB and 2GB of RAM Androids, the difference is that with only 1GB RAM there's constant reloading of Web Pages between tabs while the 2GB phone loads the pages instantly.

21. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Well then you'll love the 3 gigs in the G3.

11. kevkyle

Posts: 104; Member since: Oct 21, 2012

rockin' the G3!.....i couldn't take my eyes of the new UI - and the minimal bezels and textures are a design marvel. leaps above the G2....battery life could be better if i surf the net non stop; but i have the equally impressive galaxy tab S 8.4 for that chore....the G3 just suits my needs perfectly", ) .....note 4 or ascend mate 7 - next for christmas!!!?

12. jeff327

Posts: 87; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

And you can put in a 100% charged spare battery anytime you like. So Battery life is as good as the I phone 6 but I do not have to find a plug when I need a charge. Pull out the spare battery and boom I am at 100%.

13. shinywindow unregistered

2012 vs 2014. so funny. no comparison g3 wipes krapple all over the toilet seat.

15. zibbyzib2000

Posts: 221; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

Wow. I didn't know the G3 had "23 days of talk time on a 3G network"

18. PHYCLOPSH

Posts: 652; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

23 days vs 24 hours (even if in error) is yet another reason the G3 is superior to the bend-prone iPhone 6 plus.

17. roki977

Posts: 5; Member since: Sep 23, 2014

In my country ip 6 16gb costs round 1400$ right now in shop, crazy.. G3 new, unlocked round 700-750 in shop. 6 plus with 64 gb is not even here yet but it would be close to 1800$. So when i look this review from where I live, those two cant even be compared.

19. tomdri

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 24, 2013

What is ion-strengthened glass? and how does it compare to Gorilla Glass 3?

23. Af1rPA

Posts: 712; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

"When it comes to style, few can make a case against Apple's taste." Did Apple pay John V to write nice things about its new iPhone 6? Be honest, it's the Green Lantern movie of mobile phones.

26. sonianetty

Posts: 11; Member since: Sep 21, 2014

LG is not smooth as Apple

27. WaDisMaD

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

I know this is off topic. But my 1st smart phone was the LG Optimus One. And since then I have a soft spot for LG's phones. The Optimus one is still better than some of the new cheap phones out there quality wise.

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