LG has just launched the Velvet model, a redesigned smartphone that changes the hardware of previous years. It is more elegant and stylish and gives off a luxurious aesthetic that we have come to miss in the G and V series. But if you are looking for a new smartphone, the first question you can ask yourself is: iOS or Android? Apple offers a compelling device with its iPhone 11 that is able to satisfy its current user base while attracting others to switch from Android. To help you decide which is better, in the comparison LG Velvet vs. iPhone 11 we face the design, performance, camera and features of both phones.
||Apple iPhone 11|
|Size||167.2 x 74.1 x 7.9 mm||150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3 mm|
|Weight||180 grams||194 grams|
|Screen Size||6.8 inch P-OLED||6.1 inch Liquid Retina LCD|
|Resolution||2,460 x 1,080 pixels (395 pixels per inch)||1,792 x 828 pixels (326 pixels per inch)|
|Operating system||Android 10 (LG UX 9)||iOS 13|
|Storage||128GB||64GB, 128GB, 256GB|
|Tap-to-pay service||Google Pay||Apple pay|
|Processor||Snapdragon 765G||Apple A13 Bionic|
|Camera||Rear: 48-megapixel triple lens,
Lead: 8MP ultrawide, 5MP depth, 16MP front
|Rear: Dual 12-megapixel and 12MP wide-angle
Lead: 12MP TrueDepth
|Video||4K at 30 frames per second, 1080p at 60 fps||4K at up 60 frames per second, 1080p at 240 fps|
|Bluetooth version||Bluetooth 5.1||Bluetooth 5.0|
|Ports||USB Type-C, Jack 3.5||Lightning|
|Fingerprint sensor||Yes on the screen||No, but it has FaceID|
25W fast charge
Fast Qi wireless charging
fast charge (18W charger sold separately)
Qi wireless charging
|App store||Google Play Store||Apple App Store|
|Network support||Asia and Europe. For coming to the USA||T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint|
|Colors||Aurora White, Aurora Green, Aurora Gray, Illusion Sunset, Red, Pink||Purple, White, Yellow, Green, Black, Red|
|Prices||$ 735 +||$ 699 +|
Design, display and durability
The makeover LG has given its latest flagship, the LG Velvet, is very positive. The curved glass structure LG calls “3D Arc Design” gives it a premium look and allows the phone to rest gently in your hand. It’s a slim 7.9mm-thick device and weighs only 180 grams, and both features are great achievements for such a big phone. At the front, the Velvet has remarkable bezels, with a drop-shaped notch in the center to house the front camera. It’s not the most attractive design, especially when compared to perforated, pop-up, and under-screen cameras, but it works. A 6.8-inch screen sounds like a lot, but the 20.5: 9 aspect ratio makes the LG Velvet much easier to use even with one hand.
Apple played it safe with the iPhone 11 by recycling the design of the iPhone XR. It is outdated but we consider the device to be “the iPhone for everyone”, and here is why: it has the famous Apple notched screen that carries Face ID, a glass and aluminum frame, and an added ultra-wide-angle lens to satisfy those who want a flexible camera. While the 6.1-inch 828p screen (basically 720p) is no big deal, it’s certainly good enough. In fact, the lower-resolution panel offers slight improvements in battery life, something we’ll get into later.
Comparing the two devices side by side, the LG Velvet offers a more futuristic design that you would be proud to show. Both phones have IP68 water and dust resistance, wireless charging capabilities and a host of color options. But if we had to bring one to the ballroom, it would be the LG Velvet.
Winner: LG Velvet
Performance, battery life and charge
Performance is difficult to compare, especially when the LG Velvet and iPhone 11 work with different operating systems. The former has 6GB of RAM and is backed by a Snapdragon 765G chipset. You won’t get the same power and efficiency as with a Snapdragon 865, but the Velvet is capable of handling daily tasks with ease. It helps that the phone brings the latest version of Android 10, as the built-in gestures and animations make the Velvet experience super smooth. While the iPhone 11 is not a “Pro” model, the A13 Bionic chipset inside it is efficient and powerful enough to easily handle any application or game. Launching apps is fast and information loads before you scroll up and down, making the experience smooth and smooth.
As for the battery life, the Velvet has a capacity of 4,300 mAh and will leave you with just enough to end your day. It’s not the best there is, but it makes up for it with the 25W fast charger included in the box. The iPhone 11 has a capacity of less than 3,110 mAh, but don’t let the number fool you. When paired with an 828p display, the exceptional response you expect with iOS and the latest A13 Bionic chipset, you have a recipe for multi-day battery life.
Performance will feel similar on both devices, so it’s really about knowing which of the smaller feats you rate the most. If you want faster wired and wireless charging, go for the Velvet. For long battery life, choose iPhone.
LG was one of the first to introduce wide-angle lenses in smartphone photography. For a company that has filled its previous flagships with as many cameras as possible, Velvet’s three-camera set may seem like little. It has a 48-megapixel primary lens, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle, and a 5-megapixel depth sensor. The photos obtained from the camera are not bad, but not so good as to be on par with those of the most important smartphones. Photos may appear faded and too shaky, giving them an unnatural look. Even with the depth sensor, the phone struggles to produce portrait shots that precisely crop the focused subject.
With the addition of an extra lens, the iPhone 11 was expected to be a step up from the already great iPhone XR camera, and it is. The 12-megapixel primary lens is the same as found on Pro models, and comes with fast low-light autofocus speeds and Smart HDR to counter high-contrast lighting, and constantly takes natural-looking photos. Add a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens and you’ll have the versatility iPhone users have been waiting for.
The iPhone 11 is the clear winner in terms of the camera, but with enough lighting and a little practice, both devices are capable of taking photos worth sharing.
Winner: iPhone 11
Software and updates
IPhone 11 is currently running iOS 13.5, but you can expect it to update to iOS 14 when it becomes available. IPhones are famous for constantly getting software updates, even years after launch. But be aware that Apple can be aggressive when it comes to pressuring you to update, and the company’s track record of slowing down older phones is something to keep in mind.
LG does not have such a good reputation when it comes to software updates, but if there is any device that this can change with, that is the Velvet. You can expect at least two years of software updates on the Velvet and security patches. However, Apple’s reliability gives the Cupertino company victory.
Winner: iPhone 11
Traditionally, Android smartphones have more special features than iPhones, so it should come as no surprise that the LG Velvet has a few tricks up its sleeve. With dual-screen functionality, you can connect your device to a dual-screen case (sold separately) and multitask. The extra extra space can also act as a controller when playing. If you ever fill up the internal 128GB storage, you can add a microSD card for expandable memory. Lastly, the Velvet has a 3.5mm headphone jack. What the iPhone 11 offers is Face ID. Apple biometric recognition is arguably the safest and most reliable way of unlocking devices, and it is definitely a success. The integration of the iPhone into the Apple ecosystem is another special feature in itself: the perfect connection between smartphone, audio and computer is unrivaled. It’s also worth mentioning that iMessage, one of the most popular text messaging services, is only available on Apple’s product line.
All that said, the LG Velvet includes more special features as a standalone device. Most consumers will find more uses here than on the iPhone 11.
Winner: LG Velvet
Price and availability
The iPhone 11 starts at $ 699 for the 64GB model and can be upgraded to 256GB for $ 150 more. You can buy it directly from Apple or from an operator store across the country. The LG Velvet is only available in Korea and Europe at the moment, but it plans to launch in the US very soon. It is priced at 650 euros, one $ 735 dollars for the model with 128 GB of storage and 6 GB of RAM.
Overall winner: iPhone 11
The LG Velvet is a great option for those who want a smartphone that looks and feels premium without having to pay more than $ 1,000. As good as the Velvet is, the Apple iPhone 11 takes the win with a set of features that may not be as flashy, but it has gone through years of refinement and is sure to provide a consistent and seamless mobile experience.