LG G5 vs Apple iPhone 6s Plus

Introduction


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
Design

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.



LG G5

LG G5

Dimensions

5.88 x 2.91 x 0.29 inches

149.4 x 73.9 x 7.3 mm

Weight

5.61 oz (159 g)

Apple iPhone 6s Plus

Apple iPhone 6s Plus

Dimensions

6.23 x 3.07 x 0.29 inches

158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm

Weight

6.77 oz (192 g)

LG G5

LG G5

Dimensions

5.88 x 2.91 x 0.29 inches

149.4 x 73.9 x 7.3 mm

Weight

5.61 oz (159 g)

Apple iPhone 6s Plus

Apple iPhone 6s Plus

Dimensions

6.23 x 3.07 x 0.29 inches

158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm

Weight

6.77 oz (192 g)

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


Display

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.


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20 Comments

1. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 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.

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.. !

19. SemiFinal

Posts: 117; Member since: Jul 26, 2014

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

2. legiloca

Posts: 1673; Member since: Nov 11, 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.)

13. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

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

3. artificialintelligence

Posts: 166; Member since: Dec 05, 2015

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

6. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1058; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

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

14. Leo_MC

Posts: 5879; Member since: Dec 02, 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.

4. mawi2013

Posts: 67; Member since: Oct 18, 2014

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

9. phillip.phillip

Posts: 50; Member since: Dec 09, 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.

5. sissy246

Posts: 6826; Member since: Mar 04, 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.

15. Leo_MC

Posts: 5879; Member since: Dec 02, 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.

16. plck74

Posts: 65; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

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

7. shield

Posts: 768; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

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

8. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

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

11. jellmoo

Posts: 2522; Member since: Oct 31, 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.

12. ColinW

Posts: 411; Member since: Jun 04, 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.

17. aquadust

Posts: 29; Member since: Sep 13, 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.

18. aquadust

Posts: 29; Member since: Sep 13, 2012

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

20. AnnieChow

Posts: 60; Member since: Jun 28, 2016

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

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