Introduction


The Apple iPhone 5 is the best selling smartphone on the planet, but Android phones of all breeds and kinds have encircled it from all sides, and its latest competitor comes from LG. Can the new and bold LG G2 offer a better experience than the iPhone 5?

LG G2 vs Apple iPhone 5
LG G2 vs Apple iPhone 5
LG G2 vs Apple iPhone 5
It’s a battle of differences - the LG G2 brings a large screen against the comparatively small 4-inch iPhone, then it’s a polycarbonate body against solid aluminium, and finally Android versus iOS. Moreover, we are about to witness one of the most heated camera battles in smartphones. Finally, you’d be able to make an informated decision, and say which one is better - the LG G2 or the iPhone 5?


Design


The Apple iPhone 5 is often considered to be the gold standard in design - sleek aluminum body, elegant chamfered edges, compact and durable. The LG G2 on the other hand comes with a polycarbonate body that is practical and elegant, but lacks that very solid build quality and screaks just a bit. If we had to sum it up, the iPhone 5 feels monolithic, more trustworthy. On the flipside, the G2 is a large device, but it feels surprisingly compact and lays extremely well in the hand. Still, the smaller size of the iPhone 5 makes it perfect for single handed use, and with the G2 using the device with one hand is a bit of a stretch.

Both devices are very ergonomic and easy to use. The iPhone 5 is compact enough so all its buttons are within easy reach, but the G2 does not lag behind. LG has put all its physical buttons on its back and that makes a lot of sense and is easy to get used to. The iPhone itself has this springy lock button and clicky stylish rounded volume keys that are both comfortable and look good. The G2 buttons are positioned well, but if we had to pick the nits we’d say are a bit wobbly.



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 5

Apple iPhone 5

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 5

Apple iPhone 5

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)

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




LG G2 vs Apple iPhone 5
Display


The sheer difference in display size is staggering. LG managed to include a gigantic 5.2-inch display in a device that does not feel phablet sized, while the iPhone only hads a 4-inch screen. We already looked at how this plays out in terms of ergonomics and single-handed use, but what about the actual screen quality?

We can safely say these are two of the best displays we’ve seen in smartphones. Both have very sharp displays, but the G2 has the slight edge. Pixel density on LG's flagship is higher at 420ppi against some 326ppi on the iPhone, but again the difference in sharpness is slight. The two screens also have lively, vibrant colors. Still, the iPhone 5 is extremely well calibrated with pleasing true warm tonalities, while the G2 has slightly colder tones, especially noticeable with the whites. The two displays are very bright, but the iPhone 5 has the edge and it is also the device we find more comfortable for outdoor use, legible even under direct sunlight. The G2 in comparison puts a bit more strain on the eyes. The actual brightness of the screens is 535 nits on the iPhone 5 and 438 nits on the G2. Viewing angles are great on both devices as they retain their vivid saturated colors at even more extreme angles.



LG G2 360-Degrees View



Apple iPhone 5 360-Degrees View



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45 Comments

1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

The G2 triumphs the iPhone 5 in every aspect except design and color reproduction.

6. SleepingOz unregistered

Except may be ergonomics.. I just can't get over these stupid back buttons.

7. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"I just can't get over these stupid back buttons." I also.

19. eli577

Posts: 142; Member since: Jun 29, 2010

Don't hate the back buttons until you have tried it.

31. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

The back looks kinda ugly but the front looks like Nexus4 and S4 N2 ™

20. bigstrudel

Posts: 574; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

Design isn't a minor knock. In an actual phone shop the devices that don't look good and aren't designed well don't get bought. And that's the bottom line.

21. bigstrudel

Posts: 574; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

Design isn't a minor knock. In an actual phone shop the devices that don't look good and aren't designed well don't get bought. And that's the bottom line.

38. PootisMan

Posts: 266; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

Yeah, and I am pretty sure that the adreno 330 GPU actually beats by a good amount the sgx543mp3 GPU in the iPhone 5.

39. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

And quality apps and resale value, and OS updates and customer support and camera quality and reliability. But gorsh look how big it is - it must be better!

2. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

I really want to love the G2 but the buttons on the back aren't doing it for me. They are in the perfect spot, just wish they were flush with the back plate instead of having a bump on the back of the phone. G2 is a beast with some great features, looks like LG is taking it to another level with what they've been working on.

12. rjbp64

Posts: 28; Member since: Dec 15, 2011

I had my doubts too, but ever since I bought the phone yesterday they are in the Perfect location and my , Verizon version, of the G2 has no "back hump" because of those buttons. I'm sure LG thought of that before they brought out the phone and I know Verizon wouldn't have let them do that to their version of the G2. That's also why the Verizon version has metal bottoms and not those plastic looking buttons as seen on the GSM models.

22. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

Thanks for the update, that's good news.

3. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Simple answer LG G2 wins even iPhone 5s have a small chance of winning so how can iPhone 5??? iPhone 5s has decent specs and great gpu but its form is kinda disappointing. Yes i meant the 4inch display. Watching movie ,playing games,,browsing is kinda hard on 4inch display its not much enjoyable. i think iOS is not kinda flexible i mean a bump in screen size or increase in resolution is kinda difficult , unlike android which scales according to size(not perfect though). waiting for an unbiased comparison between iPhone 5s and G2

23. bigstrudel

Posts: 574; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

Why would apple design a large screened phone? They already have the iPads for media consumption. They would much rather you buy one of them than have a go to medium size device. Think business.

25. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

IPad is a tablet, not a phone and it is not easy to carry a tablet like a phone. many people want large sized iPhone it shouldn't be too big nor too small a 4.3 or 4.5 would be awesome.

26. bigstrudel

Posts: 574; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

It would be awesome and great for consumers. But not for Apple's profits. Selling 2 devices to a customer is much more profitable than releasing a larger iPhone that will cannibalize both the iPad mini and current iPhone.

36. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

Your Correct about Apple profits taking a hit but the fact remains that people want a larger phone. I would not be interested in a iPad if Apple released a 6 inch phone but you cannot completely ignore what customers want; your loyal fans will jump to the competition. Not only did you let Samsung surpass you you let LG make a comeback. The LG G2 is a pretty nice phone and can already be had for $140 with a Verizon coupon .

43. kozza3

Posts: 777; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

do you work for Apple or perhaps own APPL stock? if the answer is no then this is a failed argument by you because as a customer why would you care in the slightest about Apple's profit margin?

4. maherk

Posts: 6702; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Durable? Lmao we all know that it ain't true. The iPhone 5 is well know as being a scratch/dent/scuff magnet!!

5. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Drop test says otherwise.

24. bigstrudel

Posts: 574; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

But it still powers on and works. Might look terrible but it "survives" catastrophic falls well. Of course I might just finish my iPhone off on purpose if it gets dropped and dented. I got Apple Care+ so I get a brand new unopened device for $50. That's customer service.

44. samsunggalaxyman2000

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 20, 2013

big strudel, why are you here? your an apple fanboy, so go look at slow ass apple products

45. samsunggalaxyman2000

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 20, 2013

i think i like the LG G2, i was going to get a samsung galaxy s4 for my birthday, but ill get this

8. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

It's kind of a silly comparison IMO. Yes, it's worth noting that the quality of the G2's camera sensor and screen are better, not just bigger. But I can't imagine someone waffling between the compact iPhone 5 and the comparatively huge G2. You're talking about nearly 70% more screen. Either you want a big phone, or you don't.

9. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

LG smashed the iphone, end of. Infact HTC one, S4, NOTE3, G2 all smash the iphone.

10. miket247

Posts: 81; Member since: Apr 16, 2013

Don't be mean. Lots of kids and chicks with tiny hands love tiny screens! But as humans get older, there eyes change and the vision gets worse. So instead of putting the binoculars on to see that tiny screen, get a phone with a real screen with some real estate to view whatever you want to see. Other than the body, LG just crushes the 5 like a bug! Its not just a 1 year difference in phones, the 5 design has been around since the 4 came out, with minimal improvements. The 5Cheap without the alloy body, is not a comparison. I don't think the 5Same has improved enough to be able to compete against the New Gold Standard G2!

11. Paradox

Posts: 124; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

"The Adreno 330 graphics unit on the G2 is one of the finest graphics chips on Android, but it still can’t quite match the performance pumped out of the iPhone 5’s PowerVR SGX543MP3" I'm sorry, but is this a joke or something? :s

14. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

how do you even know this?

15. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I hope they're taking screen resolution into account on those graphics tests. A 640p screen is going to fly compared to a 1080p, all other things equal.

17. rjbp64

Posts: 28; Member since: Dec 15, 2011

I really doubt that as well but maybe this "64 bit" processor really has something up its sleeve. I have the G2 on Verizon and this is a monster. I'm not just saying that because I love this phone but I have experience with the HTC One, S4, Note 2, iPhone 5, DNA, 928, 8x, moto X, Galaxy Nexus, and the New Nexus 7 since I have owned and do own those devices. With that being said, this G2 is on a new level in terms of every aspect of comparisons sake but we still have yet to see a comparison of the new a7 verses the snapdragon 800.

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