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LG Optimus G vs Apple iPhone 5

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Interface and Functionality:

Yet again, it’s that classic argument between Android and iOS – so it basically comes down to personal preference. To tell you the truth, they both have their strengths, but if it’s simplicity that you’re after, you’ll find the iPhone 5’s iOS experience to be fitting for your taste. Conversely, if you’re more of a power user and prefer personalization, then the custom Android ICS experience of the Optimus G will suit you perfectly. Naturally, Apple continues to refine its iOS platform in making it more balanced with its offerings, but we have to tip our hat to LG as well for really giving its custom Android experience a huge overhaul. From its Dual Play/Dual Screen feature to QSlide, the additional functions are appreciated. When it comes down to it, the two work in their own unique way!

Interface of the LG Optimus G - LG Optimus G vs Apple iPhone 5
Interface of the LG Optimus G - LG Optimus G vs Apple iPhone 5
Interface of the LG Optimus G - LG Optimus G vs Apple iPhone 5
Interface of the LG Optimus G - LG Optimus G vs Apple iPhone 5

Interface of the Apple iPhone 5 - LG Optimus G vs Apple iPhone 5
Interface of the Apple iPhone 5 - LG Optimus G vs Apple iPhone 5
Interface of the Apple iPhone 5 - LG Optimus G vs Apple iPhone 5
Interface of the Apple iPhone 5 - LG Optimus G vs Apple iPhone 5

Underneath it all, their core set of organizer apps don’t dramatically deviate from the usual functions we’re exposed to, however, we do appreciate the added functionality found with LG’s QuickMemo app. Certainly, it comes in handy during some inopportune situations. Fundamentally speaking, the email experience with both handsets are nearly identical, but the Gmail app on the LG Optimus G really sets itself apart from what the iPhone 5 has to offer natively – but then again, you can download the official Gmail app for iPhone.

Core organizer apps of the LG Optimus G - LG Optimus G vs Apple iPhone 5
Core organizer apps of the LG Optimus G - LG Optimus G vs Apple iPhone 5
Core organizer apps of the LG Optimus G - LG Optimus G vs Apple iPhone 5
Core organizer apps of the LG Optimus G - LG Optimus G vs Apple iPhone 5

Some of the core organizer apps of the Apple iPhone 5 - LG Optimus G vs Apple iPhone 5
Some of the core organizer apps of the Apple iPhone 5 - LG Optimus G vs Apple iPhone 5
Some of the core organizer apps of the Apple iPhone 5 - LG Optimus G vs Apple iPhone 5
Some of the core organizer apps of the Apple iPhone 5 - LG Optimus G vs Apple iPhone 5

Even though the LG Optimus G has the more spacious layout with its on-screen keyboards, we don’t find it any better in typing stuff up over the iPhone 5. Specifically, the extremely responsive nature of both smartphones enable us to move at a fast rate with little issues.

On-screen keyboard of the LG Optimus G - LG Optimus G vs Apple iPhone 5
On-screen keyboard of the LG Optimus G - LG Optimus G vs Apple iPhone 5
On-screen keyboard of the LG Optimus G - LG Optimus G vs Apple iPhone 5
On-screen keyboard of the LG Optimus G - LG Optimus G vs Apple iPhone 5

The on-screen keyboards of the Apple iPhone 5 - LG Optimus G vs Apple iPhone 5
The on-screen keyboards of the Apple iPhone 5 - LG Optimus G vs Apple iPhone 5


Processor and Memory:

If we were to look at nothing but the specs sheets, the LG Optimus G will garner more enthusiastic nods thanks to its quad-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor with 2GB of RAM. On paper, it seems to out-muscle the iPhone 5’s dual-core 1.3GHz Apple A6 processor with 1GB of RAM, but in reality, they both perform on the same level with one another. Sure, we’ll point out the graphically intensive look and feel of LG’s custom Android UI over the static look of iOS, but regardless of that, they’re super responsive with all identical tasks.

As we know, the iPhone 5 is available in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB capacities. Oppositely, you’ll get a total 32GB of storage with Sprint’s version of the Optimus G – while AT&T’s variant is broken down to 16GB of internal and a 16GB microSD card.


Internet and Connectivity:

Donning 4G LTE connectivity and exquisitely detailed displays, they’re both delivering the goods when it comes to the web browsing experience. From the fast data speeds you can expect to experience with LTE, to the buttery smooth navigational controls they have to offer, everything simply comes together to produce an excellent web browsing experience – with barely any hint of slowdown or lag with their performance!

Web surfing with the LG Optimus G - LG Optimus G vs Apple iPhone 5
Web surfing with the LG Optimus G - LG Optimus G vs Apple iPhone 5
Web surfing with the LG Optimus G - LG Optimus G vs Apple iPhone 5
Web surfing with the LG Optimus G - LG Optimus G vs Apple iPhone 5

Browsing the net with the Apple iPhone 5 - LG Optimus G vs Apple iPhone 5
Browsing the net with the Apple iPhone 5 - LG Optimus G vs Apple iPhone 5
Browsing the net with the Apple iPhone 5 - LG Optimus G vs Apple iPhone 5
Browsing the net with the Apple iPhone 5 - LG Optimus G vs Apple iPhone 5

Again, depending on which carrier you side with, these two handsets are available in CDMA and GSM flavors – with LTE connections on board of course. As for the other connectivity goodies they have to offer, they feature aGPS, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, and mobile hotspot connectivity. However, it’s only the LG Optimus G that’s packing NFC.

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