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LG G5 vs Apple iPhone 6s Plus


LG G5 vs Apple iPhone 6s Plus


With the G5, LG introduced a thorough overhaul of its high-end line, eschewing plastic construction for a metal coating, and enhanced the novelty factor with a funky modular design that lets you add various attachments to the phone with ease. Add to these an intriguing dual camera unit, and the G5 is unlike anything we've seen from the company so far in its mainstream efforts. This is why we are pitting it against Apple's large-screen effort, the iPhone 6s Plus with its 3D Touch display.

LG G5 vs Apple iPhone 6s Plus
LG G5 vs Apple iPhone 6s Plus
LG G5 vs Apple iPhone 6s Plus
LG G5 vs Apple iPhone 6s Plus

The G5 modular design intrigue is jaded by the construction gaps in comparison with the solid unibody iPhone

The rounded corners of the LG G5 and iPhone 6s Plus emit a similar ergonomic vibe sitting side by side. That being said, the instantly recognizable iPhone 6s Plus is the larger of the two, so the G5 sits better in the palm and is easier to handle. Well, relatively, as both phones have pretty pathetic screen-to-body ratios, due to the large top and bottom bezels.

The iPhone's all-metal design is interrupted only by the antenna strips on the back, while LG uses a modular concept for the G5 design with a detachable bottom, making it feel flimsier when handled. The detachable half has its virtues, though, like the ability to swap out the battery that comes out with it, or add various media-centric and other accessories that LG calls Friends.

Both the G5 and iPhone 6s Plus have 360-degree fingerprint readers embedded in their physical home buttons, but Apple is using its signature round key at the front, while LG is housing said button on the back, which might present a challenge when you want to unlock the phone without picking it up first. These lock keys, as well as the volume buttons on the sides of the phones are easily clickable, with good tactile feedback, too.

5.88 x 2.91 x 0.29 inches
149.4 x 73.9 x 7.3 mm
5.61 oz (159 g)


Apple iPhone 6s Plus
6.23 x 3.07 x 0.29 inches
158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm
6.77 oz (192 g)

Apple iPhone 6s Plus

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


Lacking in color credibility against the iPhone, the G5's display makes up for it in stellar outdoor visibility

The 5.3” LCD display at the G5's front has a higher pixel count – 1440 x 2560 vs 1080 x 1920 pixels - than the 5.5” iPhone, though for most practical purposes the screen density difference is quite negligible from a normal viewing distance. LG has provided a witty always-on feature that powers up a small section of the screen to display date, hour and pertinent notifications at all times if you are so inclined, though it would take a toll on the battery.

The iPhone 6s Plus has one clever trick up its display sleeve, too, namely its 3D Touch functionality, which allows the screen to detect various levels of physical pressure. This is used to enable new ways of interaction with the user interface – to peek into messages, to preview live photos, or access menus and modes within apps straight from the home screen by simply applying a little push on the screen. If our own polls are any indication, it's not something iPhone users are reaching for every day, but it may come handy at times.

LG almost compensates for the G5's colder-than-ideal color temperature with an extremely high peak brightness. We measured 816 nits, which is one of the highest numbers we've clocked so far on any phone. The iPhone also has very high brightness and low screen reflectance, yet the slight advantage outside under direct sunlight goes to the G5.

Display measurements and quality

Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better Contrast Higher is better Color temperature (Kelvins) Gamma Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better Delta E grayscale Lower is better
LG G5 816
Apple iPhone 6s Plus 593
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posted on 12 Apr 2016, 10:46 5

1. techperson211 (Posts: 1280; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)

I'd go with apple's minimalistic design language. Lg's design is not that good, though in terms of functionality Lg can if not overtake the iphone.

posted on 12 Apr 2016, 13:09 2

10. MSi_GS70 (unregistered)

iParena STOP STILL doing boring iphone crap vs all time you are so boring with it !! do vs with other phones.. !

posted on 13 Apr 2016, 09:53

19. SemiFinal (Posts: 117; Member since: 26 Jul 2014)

Why so mad? Your comment looks like you angrily beat your face on the keyboard haha

posted on 12 Apr 2016, 10:55

2. legiloca (Posts: 1461; Member since: 11 Nov 2014)

I suggest PA that on every VS articles you produce, there should be this little poll to let people weigh in on the competitors at hand, or polls on each category (namely Software, Camera, Hardware, Audio, Battery etc.)

posted on 12 Apr 2016, 19:45

13. ibend (Posts: 6685; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)

and android fans and apple hater will unite to make apple lost every polls..
and PA writer wont like that to happen, lol

posted on 12 Apr 2016, 11:00 3

3. artificialintelligence (Posts: 160; Member since: 05 Dec 2015)

The comparison between these two phones is like comparing a Hyundai Genesis vs Mercedes

posted on 12 Apr 2016, 11:16 7

6. Back_from_beyond (Posts: 132; Member since: 04 Sep 2015)

And then the Hyundai Genesis is more bang for your buck.

posted on 12 Apr 2016, 23:36

14. Leo_MC (Posts: 2733; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)

May be, but if one is to get a blow job in a car, one wants to lay down on the leathery seats of a Mercedes.

posted on 12 Apr 2016, 11:08 1

4. mawi2013 (Posts: 67; Member since: 18 Oct 2014)

While I think the iphone looks nicer, the LG is much better at just about everything else - camera, screen res, functionality etc

posted on 12 Apr 2016, 12:44 1

9. phillip.phillip (Posts: 50; Member since: 09 Dec 2015)

The camera may be better but editing the photo after is just a nightmare. I've taken some ridiculously good looking shots on e iPhone too btw. It's not about he camera but rather how you use it.

posted on 12 Apr 2016, 11:13

5. sissy246 (Posts: 4062; Member since: 04 Mar 2015)

I am not a iPhone fanboys at all, but for looks I have to give it to the iphone. I am one that thinks the G5 is ugly.
But still a android fan, ios is just to boring for me.

posted on 12 Apr 2016, 23:52 1

15. Leo_MC (Posts: 2733; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)

That's why you're buying a phone, to entertain yourself?!
If you ask me, the fact that the phone is boring is a good thing, because I don't want to be entertained by the phone, I want to get it out, get the job done and get it out of the way of real life entertainment, you know, hang with other people and sht like that.

posted on 13 Apr 2016, 00:31

16. plck74 (Posts: 65; Member since: 12 Dec 2013)

no one want to hang with me. sad part of my live. SMARTPHONE save my soul!!!

posted on 12 Apr 2016, 11:27

7. shield (Posts: 538; Member since: 12 Sep 2015)

LG G5 best, is**t is is**t.

posted on 12 Apr 2016, 11:40

8. jeroome86 (Posts: 2126; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)

Lg dropped the ball on this one. High hopes for V10 successor.

posted on 12 Apr 2016, 14:07

11. jellmoo (Posts: 2040; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)

One of my biggest concerns with any device is build quality control, and this is an area where LG just completely and utterly dropped the ball.

posted on 12 Apr 2016, 19:17

12. ColinW (Posts: 255; Member since: 04 Jun 2014)

"Thus, if you aren't sold on the superiority of its software ecosystem .."

I am not sold on the myth that Apples software ecosystem is better. There are more apps, free apps, choice and breadth of apps in a easy to navigate Playstore. It is also growing faster than the Apple Store proving developers are not concentrating more on the Apple version.

Add to that the fact in general Googles own apps are superior to Apples apart from Tablet specific apps the Android software ecosystem is overall the better of the two.

posted on 13 Apr 2016, 05:07

17. aquadust (Posts: 29; Member since: 13 Sep 2012)

It is just me or Iphone is struggling to focus on closeups? All "macro" photos are misfocused badly (unusable). Also why LowLight photos were not compared in similar conditions? You can clearly see that for iphone lowlight shot flash was used, or any other external source of strong light (you can see hard edges on shadows = strong light source pointing on the object) however not the case for G5. This is very weird, it is not comparable because then Iphone do not have to use too sensitive ISO levels hence so low noise. At least please make the comparison fair ;) I'm not saying that Iphone is worse, but why to cheat so obviously? I know that PA loves iphones more than other phones but users want to see fairplay comparisons so they can decide which is the best for their purposes. Thanks.

posted on 13 Apr 2016, 05:13

18. aquadust (Posts: 29; Member since: 13 Sep 2012)

I mean "flowers macro" photos.. those are all misfocus @ Iphone

posted on 07 Jul 2016, 00:47

20. AnnieChow (Posts: 59; Member since: 28 Jun 2016)

LG G5 is good, and I use iphone as well.

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