Apple iPhone 5 vs LG Optimus G

Vs Tony Crammond 16:05, 19 Sep 2012

How does Apple’s iPhone 5 stack up against the newly minted Optimus G?

LG launched its Optimus G this week in Seoul, and the device bears all the hallmarks of being a success but just how does this device hold up when measured against Apple’s newly announced iPhone 5, which garnered over 2 million pre-orders in 24-hours?


The iPhone 5 draws its strength from Apple’s custom A6 chipset which consists of a 1GHz dual-core chip that has been highly tinkered with to drive the CPU’s performance through the roof, and the device is also able to call upon a GPU which has been equally tweaked – though no tech specs are yet available.

In place you will also find 1GB of dual-channel RAM which is capable some pretty impressive performance and, as per usual, you’ll also find the device available in 16, 32 and 64GB flavours.

The LG Optimus G runs on one of Qualcomm’s astoundingly powerful MDM9615 chipsets, which offers a 1.5GHz quad-core ‘Krait’ CPU and the interminable Adreno 320 GPU, which offers graphical performance unlike anything we’ve previously seen.

LG has also pushed the boat out in terms of RAM, with 2GB packed into the Optimus G – which sees the device rank among the most powerful smartphones in the world.

The Optimus G also features support for micro SD cards up to 32GB in capacity!

Winner – LG Optimus G


The iPhone 5's 4-inch LED-backlit IPS TFT is a great addition. The display operates at a resolution of 640x1136 and offers up a pixel density of 326PPI – maintaining its Retina Display credentials.

The LG Optimus G features a 4.7-inch True HD-IPS+ LCD screen which operates at a resolution of 768 x 1280 and packs a pixel density of 318PPI – and the display is a marvel which is able to offer a full RGB matrix and quite astounding colour reproduction.

The screen is fronted with Corning’s Gorilla Glass too, so you won’t have to worry about the odd scrape, and Apple’s iPhone 5 is similarly well equipped with some of Corning’s special glass and an oleophobic coating.

Winner – LG Optimus G


Apple’s iPhone 5 runs on iOS 6 which is a neatly upgraded version of the company’s erstwhile mobile OS. The newest iteration features Apple’s own Maps app, in place of Google Maps, which adds voice controlled turn-by-turn navigation, VIP mailbox functionality – which allows you to select contacts and have their emails sent through to your lockscreen, and also some cool updates to Siri and, finally, Facebook integration – hooray!

iOS 6 is also able to draw from Apple’s App Store, which has a monstrous selection of apps, games and other media to keep you productive and entertained.

The Optimus G runs on version 4.0.4 of Google’s Android OS – otherwise known as Ice Cream Sandwich – and the OS is a great improvement over previous versions, with newly overhauled core apps, a new UI, new font, improved multitasking, resizable widgets and a bunch more too.

The OS is, in our view, only behind its own brethren in terms of features and performance, and thankfully LG have promised to update the device to 4.1 – Jelly Bean – in the near future.

Being Android you have access to Google’s Play Store with the Optimus G, which should satisfy your jones for apps, games, books – practically anything you can think of – so you’ll never be bored.

Winner – Draw

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