LG G3 vs. iPhone 5S: The latest, greatest Android side-by-side with Apple’s gold standard

lg g3 vs iphone 5s and

Well, it’s official. LG finally unveiled the much-rumored LG G3 smartphone at a press event in London and New York City. A successor to the lauded LG G2, the G3 touts more than a few surprises. It’s a welcome update, one additionally equipped with intuitive camera functionality and a quicker processor that render the device a heavyweight among current offerings from the likes of Apple, Samsung, and HTC. That said, how does the device compare when stacked up against Apple’s most formidable smartphone, the iPhone 5S? We may not know pricing until the device hits the South Korean market, but in the meantime, check out the quick direct spec comparison below for a side-by-side breakdown of the two competing offerings and their respective hallmarks.

Furthermore, check out our LG G3 and Samsung Galaxy Note 3 comparison, our LG G3 and LG G2 comparison, and our LG G3, Galaxy S5, and HTC One M8 comparison for a closer look at how the G3 sits among the competition.


iPhone 5S



LG G3 Icon
Size 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 (mm) 146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9 (mm)
Weight 112g 149g
Screen 4.0-inch LCD 5.5-inch Quad HD IPS
Resolution 1136×640 pixels 2560 x 1440 pixels
OS iOS 7.1 Android 4.4.2 KitKat
Storage 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB 16GB or 32GB
SD Card Slot No Yes, microSD slot (up to 128GB)
Processor 64-bit A7 chip Quad-core Snapdragon 801
Connectivity Wi-Fi, 4G LTE, HSPA+ Wi-Fi, 4G, LTE, HSPA+, NFC
Camera Front 1.2MP, Rear 8MP Front 2.1M, Rear 13MP
Motion Processor M7 chip None
Fingerprint Sensor Yes No
Bluetooth Yes, version 4.0 Yes, Bluetooth Smart Ready (AptX)
Battery 1570mAh  3000mAh, removable
Charger Lightning connector Micro USB, wireless
Marketplace Apple App Store Google Play Store
Ave. Price $200+ TBA
Availability AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, T-Mob AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile
DT Review 4.5 out of 5 4.5 out of 5

Display & Power

Simply put, the LG G3 is faster and more powerful than the 5S in multiple ways. The quad-core, 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor represents a modest update from processor adorning the G2, with proven track record for speed. Moreover, it’s available with either 2GB or 3GB of RAM, easily trumping the iPhone 5S’. However, the smartphones are by no means created equal, despite similar capabilities in connectivity and design. The two devices run separate operating systems — Android KitKat and iOS 7, receptively. The iPhone may be weaker, but its apps are custom-designed to work with it. The iPhone also offers an advanced motion processor and external fingerprint scanner. The G3 on the other hand, makes up for the lack of the aforementioned components with NFC capabilities, expandable storage options, and a battery coupled with nearly twice the longevity. 


One of the first critiques to come to mind when talking the G3 is its behemoth size. LG’s offering is substantially larger than Apple’s, weighing more than 45 grams more than the iPhone and offering a 5.5-inch display capable of showcasing a spectacular pixel resolution of 2560 x 1440. It’s impressive, particularly when combined with the device’s curved exterior and surprisingly attractive polycarbonate design, and offers more realistic color depiction than most modern smartphones. The iPhone 5S likely still sits more comfortably in most hands than the G3, and though the latter device is available in a slew of colors, Apple’s flagship device is currently limited to three choices (black, white, and gold). Neither phone is devoid of exterior buttons, but the G3 conveniently places a sole sleep-wake button on the back of the device instead of lining the side and top exterior akin to Apple. 


Like the display, the G3 exceeds the iPhone 5S’ camera in every way imaginable. Both the 13-megapixel front-facing and 2.1-megapixel rear camera on the G3 are nearly double that of the iPhone 5S, and Laser Auto Focus and Optical Image Stabilization offer quicker focusing and enhanced stability in low-light conditions. Laser Auto Focus measures the distance between the camera and the subject you’re photographing, and OIS works to eliminate blurry photos if situations where you’re forced to move unexpectedly.

Furthermore, the G3 offers a dual-LED flash, 4K video recording, a wide aperture on the front-facing camera, and innate compatibility with gesture controls. Apple’s built-in cameras, though capable, have never been Apple’s strong suit — and they certainly don’t allow you to capture a selfie by simply clenching your fist in front of the camera. Still, we can also expect Apple to implement higher-quality cameras and more advance features alongside the rumored iPhone 6.


When comparing the flagship handsets from Apple and LG, it’s important to remember that they run on different operating systems. Finding the right mobile ecosystem right for you is equally important as finding the device with the right internal hardware. Nonetheless, the G3 outperforms the 5S in nearly every category. The G3’s quick processor and improved camera give it an advantage over the 5s, as does its pixel-packed display and its ability to accept external storage via its equipped MicroSD card slot. The 3G’s high-resolution display may not actually make a noticeable difference in real-world scenarios, but then again, there’s no denying it’s a welcome addition to an already-capable smartphone. Now it’s just a matter of price (which LG has yet to announce).

The LG G3 has been confirmed by AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile. The Android phone went on sale Wednesday, May 28, in South Korea, with an expected global launch in June 2014.

Product Review

The new iPad Mini isn’t a beauty, but it performs like a beast

Apple’s new iPad Mini has beastly performance, fluid iOS 12 software, and good battery life. It also looks like it came straight out of 2015, because the design hasn’t been changed. Here's our review of Apple’s 7.9-inch tablet.

It’s time to check out the best Apple Watch deals for March 2019

The Apple Watch has surged to prominence in recent years. If you're in the market for an iOS wearable, we've sniffed out the best Apple Watch deals available right now for all three models of this great smartwatch.

Keep your driving record squeaky clean with these top-flight radar detectors

Nobody likes getting a speeding ticket, but these gadgets can help. Check out our picks for the best radar detectors on the market, from the likes of Valentine One, Escort, and Beltronics.

Looking to upgrade? These are the best iPhone deals for March 2019

Apple devices can get expensive, but if you just can't live without iOS, don't despair: We've curated an up-to-date list of all of the absolute best iPhone deals available for March 2019.

Check out 22 of the best iPhone 7 cases and covers for your shiny new phone

The iPhone 7 might be attractive, but it’s not rugged. To keep your device in pristine condition, you really need to think about proper protection. That's why we've rounded up some of the best iPhone 7 cases and covers available.

Apple's iOS 12.2 brings support for Apple News Plus and new AirPlay 2 features

After months of betas, the final version of iOS 12 is here to download. The latest OS comes along with tons of new capabilities, from grouped notifications to Siri Shortcuts. Here are all the features you'll find in iOS 12.

Apple News Plus gives you access to more than 300 magazines for $10 per month

At Apple's services event, the company unveiled a new news subscription service called Apple News Plus. The service gives you access to more than 300 magazines and newspapers and costs $10 per month.

Need a new tablet? Here are the best iPad deals for March 2019

In the wide world of tablets, Apple is still the king. If you're on team Apple and just can't live without iOS, we've curated an up-to-date list of all of the best iPad deals currently available for March 2018.

Apple Pay will be available at 70 percent of U.S. retail locations this year

Apple Pay is growing rapidly, so we've built a list of all the vendors, retailers, and companies worldwide that plan to support Apple's burgeoning mobile payment platform or already do.

Want to watch Netflix in bed or browse the web? We have a tablet for everyone

There’s so much choice when shopping for a new tablet that it can be hard to pick the right one. From iPads to Android, these are our picks for the best tablets you can buy right now whatever your budget.

Does the box for AirPods 2 reveal Apple's AirPower wireless charging mat?

At its September event in 2017, Apple unveiled the AirPower, a new wireless charging mat that will allow you to charge multiple devices at one time. It has not yet been released. Here's everything we know about the device so far.

Yes, you can use Android apps on your Chromebook. Here's how

You can now get Android apps on your Chromebook! Google has enabled the Google Play Store app support on its Chrome OS and Chromebook hardware, so to get you started, here's our guide on how to get Android apps on a Chromebook.

Samsung Galaxy Fold pre-orders will start April 26, with shipment on May 3

The Samsung Galaxy Fold has arrived, and it goes on sale soon. Folding out from a 4.6-inch display to a tablet-sized 7.3-inch display, this unique device has six cameras, two batteries, and special software to help you use multiple apps.

Huawei P30 Pro is a gorgeous-looking smartphone packed with camera ingenuity

Huawei has kicked off the new year by launching the new Huawei P30 Pro and P30. With upgraded hardware, new software tricks, and some absolutely stunning cameras, Huawei's new phones are serious contenders.