The G3 offers a more versatile interface, with a steeper learning curve, compared to the simplified iOS 7 on the iPhone 5s.

With the G3, LG has toned down its customized Optimus UI experience, layered on top of Android 4.4.2 KitKat, when compared to the previous versions. It is flatter and simpler visually now, with a pretty uniform look, and color-coded sections, but its responsiveness seems sluggish at times. The G3 offers unique features like Knock Code, the QSlide floating apps, and the Dual Windows mode, which comes very handy on the big-screen handset, as it splits it in two, letting you run two apps at the same time. Needless to say, the big screen is a liability when you try to use the keyboard or the dialer with one hand, compared to the compact iPhone 5s. LG has provided a way to remedy this somewhat by shrinking the keyboard to the side of the screen, so you can reach any letter with your thumb only.

The iPhone runs iOS 7.1, which exhibits flat, colorful icons, and handy drop-down notification bar, which is inhabited by your most pertinent new info. We also get a pull-up Command Center, rich in connectivity toggles, and a screen brightness slider. Apple's approach doesn't bet on a widget system, and doesn't offer any split-screen multitasking, or floating apps. Apple provides its Siri voice-controlled assistant, which is countered with Google Voice on the G3, and the two offer similar functionality for those who are bent on using their vocal cords to manage their handset. The iPhone 5s has the excellent Passbook application, which aggregates your digital coupons, airline and train tickets, movie passes and rewards and gift cards, while Google's Android has yet to reply to iOS on this feature.

Processor and memory

The G3 feels a tad sluggish at times, maxing out its Snapdragon 801 CPU, while Apple's 64-bit A7 rockets through the iOS interface.

The G3 sports a 2.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, coupled with Adreno 330 GPU, and has a 2 GB/16 GB and 3 GB/32 GB variations. Apple strikes back with a 64-bit A7 processing chip in its handset, and 1 GB of RAM. Both processors are so fast, that there is barely any app out there, including heavy 3D games, that would make them break a sweat, but the Optimus UI, as found on the G3, feels testy at times. The 5s has 16 GB of internal memory from the box, with additional storage options available for extra money, and it doesn't carry a memory card slot, unlike the G3.

Sunspider Lower is better
LG G3 947.2
Apple iPhone 5s 415.7



1. chunky1x

Posts: 270; Member since: Mar 28, 2010

This is an unfair fight. Iphone 6 vs LG G3 would be a better fight. Everybody knows that iPhone 5s is a meh.

2. Jinto

Posts: 436; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

Anyways, G3 beats the iPhone by a mile

11. chunky1x

Posts: 270; Member since: Mar 28, 2010

Not exactly. Software wise iPhone 5s still beats G3 and all Android phones in fluidity, OS integration and apps. In terms of hardware however, the iPhone is stuck behind by a year and G3 takes nearly all aspects with very few weak points. At the end, it up to the consumer neither you and I can and will dictate them what they want. Personally, I want to see next gen iPhone 6 fight this or the G4(hopefully with 64 bit Android).

20. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

You should credit pricing too. Right now In a store, the iPhone 5S is roughly about $300 more expensive than the G3 (64GB vs 32GB).

21. chunky1x

Posts: 270; Member since: Mar 28, 2010

I agree. G3 give you a ton more with far less cash than 5s.

33. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

Let alone the iPhone 6. It will release $1300 to drop to $900 later.

28. amiaq

Posts: 509; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

Wow! those rows of "i cons" look brilliant! Give me more!

35. saffant

Posts: 274; Member since: Jul 04, 2011

Dunno about software integration and apps. Hard to beat my Note 3 with its productivity suite including the features like multiview and s-pen features galore. iPhone really loses out tho in the screen real estate area. They really can't compete in this day and age with that mediocre a screen size. If you truly want a multimedia and productivity device that helps manage your life, a 4" screen is not gonna cut it. Bring on the 6. Here's to hoping things will be different.

36. adwienc

Posts: 136; Member since: Mar 26, 2014

It depends, if I would choose I'd definitely go with iPhone. I'm not fan of Apple, but LG has gone too far with size of G3, I prefer one hand usage over, non sense 2K resolution. If I would want to have such big screen I'd buy iPad Mini or other tablet, as for phone G3 is way too big. Also I prefer not-so-much bloated software and integration within apps on iOS is superb so I would definitely choose this one. Z2 compact come to me!

5. T.Law

Posts: 423; Member since: May 10, 2014

I doubt the iphone 6 will fare any better.

12. chunky1x

Posts: 270; Member since: Mar 28, 2010

Maybe or maybe not. Few years back, LG makes god awful phones but now it go tow to tow with Samsung and Apple. I will never buy the iPhone but I like to see how this phone stir the competition. Same goes to all Windows phones.

14. chunky1x

Posts: 270; Member since: Mar 28, 2010

I mean't toe not tow. PS: I hope that Phone extent their editing time to 10 mins. 240 second is just not enough for me.

3. Ray.S

Posts: 455; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

No room for competition here...

7. AJagtiani

Posts: 466; Member since: Apr 24, 2014

I understand sir.


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

"The plastic G3 feels less premium to hold, and is much harder to use with one hand than the iPhone 5s - those get traded for the large 5.5” display......" If i had a dime for everytime you guys ranted about plastic and how, to YOU, it allegedly feels 'less premium to hold' my GOD I'd be much richer. And, what's this fetish you guys have with how you feel something, it's just not right; it's almost akin to saying, "well, I prefer the hard silicone flexible toy with batteries over the plastic fixed one, it just feels better against my tender skin and I simply LOVE the sensation I get when I turn it on, Margaret!" And, what's up with these small hands; hope it's not a proportional thing for you guys. Personally, I think, the bigger the better; even if one has to use two hands.

23. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

If you were much richer, you could buy a premium feeling device ;)

30. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

you could doesn't mean you should, it's matter of preference and in the end most people will put some plastic case over their aluminum phone.

26. Supraman21

Posts: 467; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

Metal feels more premium than plastic. Get over it. Its fact.

31. wildfiregt

Posts: 179; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

it is more comfortable to hold a plastic device than metal or aluminum It's the real fact I'm talking about holding the device not looking And yet, because it is named plastic, they call it less premium seriously that logic must stop


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

What logic??? Unless you're referring to iLogic, hmmmmmm, that's it!

34. Supraman21

Posts: 467; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

No. I want to get a phone with a better camera and battery life but I just cant give up my HTC One because I know every other plastic device is gonna feel cheap. Metal feels so much more premium than plastic. It just doesnt compare. Fact. Look at every review out there.

38. Leo_MC

Posts: 7190; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Me too, that's why I - just like any normal human - use a laptop when I need a big screen and an iPhone when I need to send a message.

4. jove39

Posts: 2145; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

You are disrespecting G3 by comparing it to iPhone!

13. vishalaestro

Posts: 81; Member since: Dec 08, 2013

dude the camera results are a crap .the results of lg g3 is not as good as this article had mentioned i searched lot of review sites and found that apple camera is superior to g3 in low light shots whereas in daylight the difference is barely noticeable .and about the processor you guys just understand that architecture matters not clock speed or no of cores a7 architecture is still powerful than 801 since a7 can issue six instructions per second while the snapdragon can issue only two .i would say only in the battery dept lg is slightly ahead and of course the screen size and the os.

16. jove39

Posts: 2145; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

1. You're right and wrong - "architecture matters" that's right "not clock speed or no of cores" is wrong. Cyclone has IPC of 6...but krait400 has IPC of 2-3 (guess from previous reads on anandtech). now factor in clock speeds which are nearly double than cyclone (1.3-1.4), krait400(2.5). then add two additional cores in s801 your claims fall flat! 2. Yes cyclone cores are powerful than krait400 or any other 32/64bit vanilla arm core. "six instructions per second"? You meant per cycle/clock! 3. clearly visible in review G3 has much better battery performance.

6. AJagtiani

Posts: 466; Member since: Apr 24, 2014

Comparing the LG G3 to an iPhone is clearly wrong. One is a Samsung knock off and the other is well, a Samsung knock code. **serious pun intended**

9. ChandlerBing

Posts: 35; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

I get you. I like your sense of sarcasm. Long lost twin of mine?

8. jove39

Posts: 2145; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

@Phonearena You are now measuring audio quality of device too...but just by volts and db...please include dynamic range and stereo crosstalk ratings as well.

10. palmguy

Posts: 978; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Like a small child standing near an adult.

15. bucky

Posts: 3776; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

The lg g3 looks good but I just can't understand how much bigger these phones can get while catering to mass crowds. This things makes even the gs5 and htc one look small.

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