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iPhone 5s vs. LG G2: quick look

The LG G2 is dominating benchmarks, but is that something Apple's new iPhone 5s can contend with? It's hard to say, but read on to find out!
September 23, 2013
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LG’s latest flagship is the G2, a device that’s dominating benchmarks and winning acclaim for its industry leading 2.65mm thin bezel and latest-gen 5.2 inch 1080 IPS LCD display. iPhone 5S is the latest flagship from Apple and, for the most part, exhibits a near identical aesthetic and form factor to its predecessor, iPhone 5. Boasting the world’s first mobile 64-bit ARM processor, a more impressive camera, the same display as iPhone 5, and fingerprint reading tech, is it enough to satisfy consumers’ need for ever better mobile devices?

You can decide for yourself which one is better in this Apple iPhone 5s vs. LG G2 quick look comparison. Let’s take a look, shall we? Or jump straight to the video.

Design and build quality

The iPhone 5s is clad in aluminum, featuring chamfered edges, and, as usual, build quality is fantastic. The iPhone 5s also has a unique home button that is made of laser-cut sapphire crystal with a stainless steel detection ring circling it.

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Looking at the LG G2, you get a device with one of the thinnest bezels ever seen on a smartphone. In true edge-to edge form, the bezel comes in at 2.65mm thin with the tried and true plastic design. The G2 feels well-built, and, as for unique design features, due to the extremely thin bezels, the volume and power buttons are placed on the back of the phone.

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In terms of display, there’s not much new happening here. You get the same 4-inch display found on the iPhone 5, capable of 640 x 1,136 resolution, rated at 326ppi. That being said, it still looks brilliant, and makes iOS 7 really shine with excellent brightness. Text, images, and video are all great. As for outdoor viewability, iPhone 5s produces an astounding 562 nits of brightness, making it great even on sunny days.

Depending on your screen size preference, some may find the LG G2 more favorable with its 5.2-inch IPS LCD display, with full HD resolution, rated at 424ppi. The display itself is one of the most advanced displays on any device out currently, and produces an exceptional color palette, and produce 450 nits brightness – great for outdoor viewability.

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In the iPhone 5S, we have 8-megapixel optics, featuring f2.2 aperture. It also sports a two-LED flash system, one cool and white, while the other is warm and amber. The camera  has 15% larger active sensor area than the previous generation, some new iOS 7 features for nicer images (auto image stabilization, burst mode that takes 10 frames per second) and 720p video recording at 120fps.

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The LG G2 has 13-megapixel optics strapped on the back, also featuring optical image stabilization technology. Aside from OIS tech, the G2 also has auto-focus, LED flash, tracking zoom, and a plethora of other shooting modes and settings to help you in taking the perfect shot.


The iPhone 5S has a non-removable Li-Po 1,570 mAh battery, with up to 10 hours of life on LTE and Wi-Fi browsing. Of course, it’s actual battery length solely depends on how much you use it.

As for the G2, we have a larger 3,000 mAh battery to compensate for more demanding specs. However, the G2’s battery has a “step design” to take advantage of more space in the device. Battery density has also been increased to improve battery life, too. You can read all about that here.

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Other Specs

The iPhone 5S features a Apple A7 64-bit 1.7GHz dual-core chip, which the company claims will offer 40x CPU performance and 56x faster graphics than the original iPhone. It also features 1GB of RAM, and it comes in 16, 32, and 64GB sizes. Finally, it has a fingerprint scanner, which can be used to unlock the device. You can find the full specs here.

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The LG G2 has a quad-core Snapdragon 800 2.26GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, and it comes in 16 or 32GB sizes. You can find the full specs list here.


Apple’s iPhone 5S comes with iOS 7, which has been pretty much completely redesigned. It also comes with a handful of new features, which can be read about here.

The G2 features LG’s own UI, and has some interesting custom software, such as KnockOn, Answer Me, Plug & Pop and Guest Mode.

Hands-on video

Wrap Up

And there you go! That’s what the iPhone 5S and LG G2 look like against one another on paper. It’s a pretty drastic difference, but again, we’re talking about two very different OS’ here that require very different levels of hardware.

What do you think about these two devices? Let us know in the comments!