Call quality

The iPhone sports great call quality on both sides of the line, with the G3 being a worthy runner-up.

The LG G3 has two noise-canceling mics, which relayed our voice without hiss and digitization to the other end, plus the sound remained strong and voice timbres recognizable. On our side, the earpiece showed adequate strength, and the voices sounded true to form.

Apple's iPhone 5s offers three mics for noise-cancellation, and the voices relayed on the other side are strong, clear, and free of high-pitched distortions or ambient noise. Its earpiece is also very clean and powerful.

Battery life

LG G3 showed average battery life, though still higher endurance than the iPhone 5s.

LG placed a 3000 mAh battery in the G3, with the so-called “Adaptive” set of technologies for the screen framerate and the processor clocks. Officially, it pegs the G3 as capable of up to 23 days of standby in 3G mode, and 25 when connected to an LTE network. The talk times given is 21 hours in 3G mode, which is a very good result. In our own battery endurance test, the G3 mustered longer endurance than the iPhone 5s - 6 hours and 14 minutes, which is a decent achievement.

Apple cites 10 hours of talk time for the iPhone 5s in 3G mode, and in our battery test the handset lasts a bit over 5 hours of screen-on time with its embedded 1570 mAh unit, meaning that you are likely to have it charged daily with normal usage.

We measure battery life by running a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage. All devices that go through the test have their displays set at 200-nit brightness.

hours Higher is better
6h 14 min (Average)
Apple iPhone 5s
5h 2 min (Poor)


The LG G3 and the iPhone 5s not only seem worlds apart when it comes to ergonomics and one-handed usage, but we found them to be quite different in terms of features, too. The steel-and-glass design of the iPhone 5s is more premium, and is way more comfortable to use with one hand than the wide and G3. LG, however, offers a more flexible design with replaceable battery and expandable storage. Not only that, but the big 5.5” display flaunts record pixel density, and is preferable for browsing and media before the 4” panel of the iPhone 5s. Step outdoors, however, and the iPhone's screen remains visible, while the G3 panel looks dim and harder to read.

When it comes to performance, the 64-bit A7 is optimized very well for powering the smooth iOS interface, while the G3 stutters at times, but offers way more features out of the box, including split-screen multitasking. We found the camera quality to be rather on par. Where LG's handset definitely has the upper hand, though, is in the video department, as it is capable of 4K footage, and the scene holds extremely steady, thanks to the OIS tech.



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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