LG Optimus G vs Apple iPhone 5

Boom! Just like that folks, LG managed to bring to market a compelling flagship device that has proven itself in being capable of tangling with its highly esteemed rivals. Featuring that oh-so lovable tandem consisting of a quad-core processor and 4G LTE connectivity, the LG Optimus G seems poised to try to make the still relatively new iPhone 5 shudder in its tracks. Therefore, without any further wait, we’re pitting these two respectable members of the premier club against one another.


Thankfully, these two smartphones exhibit all of the qualities of what it means to be a premium device, which is evidenced by their sturdy constructions and choice of utilizing high-quality materials. However, if we’d have to pick, the iPhone 5’s design is still the more attractive one between the two. For starters, Apple’s pride and joy is not only thinner and lighter, but it’s undoubtedly easier to grasp with a single hand as well. Additionally, the iPhone 5 maintains a very clean appearance at all times, which is attributed to its brushed aluminum casing – whereas with the LG Optimus G, its glass surfaces are more prone to smudges and fingerprints. Regardless, the Optimus G has some nice touches as well, like its Crystal Reflection rear pattern that supplements its overall welcoming design.

Not surprisingly, there are no accidental presses with the iPhone 5’s dedicated home button, but then again, we can still argue for the same with the Optimus G and its trio of capacitive buttons, since they’re spaced far from one another.

Touring the sides of each device, we like the distinct feel and responsiveness of each handset’s power button and volume controls, but the iPhone 5’s set are a bit more pronounced. Meanwhile, some of the other commonalities that they share include their 3.5mm headset jacks, microphones, and noise-cancellation mics. Of course, the iPhone 5 resorts to employing Apple’s proprietary Lightning docking port for its data/charging connection – while the Optimus G uses the more favorable microUSB port.

On the front, the Optimus G and iPhone 5 are sporting front-facing camera sizes of 1.3-megapixel and 1.2-megapixel respectively. Indeed, it’s not much of a difference there, but in the rear, there’s a big one as the Optimus G is packing an above average 13-mgeapixel camera (8-megapixel one for AT&T), which seems beefier than the 8-megapixel iSight camera on the iPhone 5. Well, both also feature LED flashes and 1080p video recording.

LG Optimus G

LG Optimus G


5.19 x 2.71 x 0.33 inches

131.9 x 68.9 x 8.45 mm


5.11 oz (145 g)

Apple iPhone 5

Apple iPhone 5


4.87 x 2.31 x 0.3 inches

123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm


3.95 oz (112 g)

LG Optimus G

LG Optimus G


5.19 x 2.71 x 0.33 inches

131.9 x 68.9 x 8.45 mm


5.11 oz (145 g)

Apple iPhone 5

Apple iPhone 5


4.87 x 2.31 x 0.3 inches

123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm


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


Hands-down folks, these are two of the best displays on the market right now, as they totally win in departments such as detail, color reproduction, and outdoor visibility. On one hand, the LG Optimus G is sporting the significantly larger 4.7-inch WXGA (768 x 1280) HD IPS Plus display, which dwarfs the iPhone 5’s modest 4-inch 640 x 1136 Retina Display, but when it comes down to it, they’re both equally detailed in making out the finest of things. Sure, the iPhone 5 might have the slight edge with its pixel density of 326 ppi, but heck, there’s no downplaying the lovely 320 ppi that LG’s beauty is sporting. And unlike AMOLED screens, they produce very accurate looking colors. Beyond that, they’re both more than visible in outdoor conditions, thanks to their superb viewing angles, but we do notice the iPhone 5’s display being the brighter one.

LG Optimus G 360-degrees View:

Apple iPhone 5 360-degrees View:



1. MrJerry

Posts: 403; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

kinda boring comparing with iphone5

6. MeoCao unregistered

iPhone 5 kinda always gets a draw from PA as it's smaller so it comes down to "personal preference". I think smaller screen (less pixel count) and lack of personalization means iPhone 5 is worse

10. kingpet13

Posts: 139; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Wait for it to be compared with Note 2 than Phonearena logic will say: Note 2=IPhone Optimus G=IPhone5 Optimus g/note2>note2/optimus G. Than you will realize, both phones cannot be equal to iPhone 5 if one is better than the other. That is like saying that all four sports teams in a semifinal are equal, but one is obviously going to win.

17. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

are they being paid?

26. Ohrules

Posts: 327; Member since: Jun 11, 2012


13. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2364; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

LG optimus G. Won that by a land slide... IPhone is just a iPhone .. purplish photos.. same OS... same design.. only stretched... yea thinner lighter. ? Also smaller..duh!!! Compare this beast, too something more, on its level :-)

14. Retro-touch unregistered

Sadly the iPhone 5 photos/video are better and with iOS (not really an OS) its blazing fast. I'd still go for the LG if given an option between the two, but I'd go for the AT&T version, it has better photo quality despite having an 8MP if you compare the images

20. dragonscourgex

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

I would have to disagree with you and the author. After reviewing the videos a few times, the color in the video on the iphone are washed out and dull and the audio playback is very low. Compare to the bright colors from the LG phone. In the night time video I would have to give it to the Iphone, unless they were not set up the same. You could hardly make out the objects on the LG were the Apple you still was able to see most of the objects on the screen. If that a hardware issue or a user issue I don't know. For photo's both phone samples seem to be neck to neck. I found some picture better on the iphone were others seem better on the LG. So, to try to call out the Iphone as the clear winner in this section is just unsound.

31. androidG

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 20, 2012

guys, try to watch the video sample of these two phones. ITS VERY CLEAR OPTIMUS G. HAS BETTER VIDEO RECORDER. try to look those picture samples OPTIMUS G. IS MORE NORMAL & ACCURATE COLOR. i think this PhoneArena is trying to make some bad issues on Optimus G. regarding those photos & video records especial @ night . ITS NOT FAIR. they just put LG on that poor light condition. LG IS ACTUALLY THE TRUE WINNER.

32. androidG

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 20, 2012

Optimus G. has better Display. Optimus G. has better design. Optimus G. is more smoother and responsive screen. Optimus G. is more powerful. Optimus G. more look natural colors. Optimus G. is more faster. Optimus G. a little bit better camera especially outdoor. LG Optimus G. IS THE WINNER.

2. android_hitman unregistered

from the photo samples .. you can see crystal clear that Optimus G is better in low light ...

3. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

LG, Lost Game, why is LG still in the smartphone business? crappy phones

8. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

why r u still living ????

18. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

u mad bra? im right and u know it

27. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

HAHAHAHA those downvotes :') seriously LG dat good? friggin trolls

28. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

It might be due to your seeming lack of grammatical skills. Or the fact that LG makes good products, just aren't great with software updates (but on par with other Android OEMs). LG also makes some components for apple devices, so if you're an apple cultist, you might want to rethink your position.

29. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

nope who cares bout apple components (fuk apple) LG phones are bad and ugly

4. BreakingNews

Posts: 5; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

Wow. Another draw. Who saw that coming? Can't you guys pick a side for once?

5. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Not an Apple fan, but the display of iP5 seems to be much better!!!

7. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Interesting how John gave the S3 an upper hand vs i5, and this clearly more advanced product got a draw.. what gives?

34. enGet

Posts: 33; Member since: Oct 19, 2012


9. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

undoubtly optimus g pwn the icrap 5 ;)

11. papss unregistered

I see nothing on the ip5 that is better other that 6 ppi but the lager display would be preferable. Plus IOS is so old looking i couldnt do it. LG is the best phone out right now

15. Retro-touch unregistered

Did you look at the photos and video? Every other department the LG wins but Camera sucks

12. sbr999

Posts: 79; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

You gotta give credit where it's due guys. There's nothing the iPhone5 can do better over the LG.

16. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

I noticed one thing on PA, when the iphone loses in a comparison they give no winner. When it does win they say the iphone is a better device. Clearly LG won here

19. BadAssAbe

Posts: 508; Member since: Apr 22, 2011

iPhonearena also forgets to mention in the "beautifull" iPhone5 all that extra bezel at the top and bottom compare to any high end Android Phone. Not to mention a price comparison

21. thachlel

Posts: 75; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

If IPhone 4s has lte I would get 1 for my son to play with, iphone 5 has good specs but he would confuse it with other tv remote controls

22. osanilevich

Posts: 287; Member since: Sep 29, 2009

If this was a comparative review I'd understand but the title clearly says Optimus G VS IPhone5 which means there must be a winner (I'd pick the optomus any day)

23. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Lol, sorry but I don't like iPhone at all but there is no way in hell you can think that the LG whatever it's called beat the iPhone 5. NFC, not something that you really need yet. iPhone camera while doing weird things with too much light is still better than the LG phone and it has good call quality. Optimus G has what going for it aside from a Quad Core processor and does little with it, pairs it with a small battery to boot. LG just seem to waste their efforts, great screen tiny battery, poor camera and poor voice on phone calls mean bad smartphone anyway you slice it. PA you guys are weird, this phone is trash compared to the Note II. High powered processor does not a phone make. It still has to do phone things like make calls and allow you to be heard clearly.

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