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Google Nexus 5 vs LG G2

Google Nexus 5 vs LG G2
Google Nexus 5 vs LG G2
Google Nexus 5 vs LG G2
Google Nexus 5 vs LG G2
Google Nexus 5 vs LG G2
Introduction


And so begins the reign of the latest Nexus smartphone, the aptly named Google Nexus 5, which like its predecessor, has that killer one-two punch with its affordable cost and impressive set of hardware. As we all know, though, the Nexus 5 reads very similar to another LG-made smartphone – the LG G2. Comparing the two together, it’s obvious that they share many commonalities, but they’re also very different.

Whereas the Nexus 5 goes the outright, no-contract route, the LG G2 stays firm by being a premium smartphone that’s featured as a contract option on the lineups of many domestic wireless carriers. Some would argue that this is an unusual tactic, seeing that these two LG-made smartphones are going to butt head against one another, vying to catch the hearts and minds of hungry consumers – possibly cannibalizing on its others’ sales. However, at the end of the day, they require the same in-depth comparison like everything else we’ve done, to determine exactly how they stack up against one another.

Design


From a far distance, you’d be hard pressed to even realize any differences between their designs. Heck, we even have a tough time, mainly because they closely match each other with their size, weight, and choice of materials. That all changes the moment they’re both held in our hands, as it’s quite evident that the Nexus 5 has a more modest design – whereas the G2, has a fancier finish that’s meant to have a more polarizing effect. Indeed, the two are constructed from polycarbonate plastic, but the soft touch matte finish of the Nexus 5 helps to give it a cleaner look. In contrast, the glossy finish of the LG G2 makes it feel a bit slippery in the hand, and at the same time, it’s more prone to finger print and smudges.

When it comes to the in-the-hand feel, it’s the LG G2 that has a more comfortable and natural feel. Yes, the soft touch finish of the Nexus 5 again helps to give it a grippy feel, but its hard lines don’t feel as good when compared to the subtle curve around the LG G2’s rear casing. In addition, those curves around the G2’s back help to perfectly contour the shape of our hand – and that’s despite being the slightly wider smartphone.

Overall, the LG G2’s design is undoubtedly more eye-catchy, which is further strengthened by the peculiar pattern design of its casing. Depending on the angle, it can develop this shimmering effect to catch our attention.


Google Nexus 5
5.43 x 2.72 x 0.34 inches
137.84 x 69.17 x 8.59 mm
4.59 oz (130 g)

Google Nexus 5

LG G2
5.45 x 2.79 x 0.35 inches
138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9 mm
5.04 oz (143 g)

LG G2


To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.


Google Nexus 5 vs LG G2
Google Nexus 5 vs LG G2
Display


In making them oh-so lovable, these two Android smartphones are blessed with some snazzy looking displays. To be more specific, it’s a 5-inch 1080x1920 (1080p) IPS LCD display on the Nexus 5 – while the G2 sports a slightly larger 5.2-inch 1080p IPS LCD display. Furthermore, their displays are notable for the skinny bezels surrounding the sides, which help them to maintain their somewhat compact size. Like their designs, it would seem as though they exhibit the same qualities, but upon closer inspection, we do have a clear victor in this particular category.

On paper, the Nexus 5’s display technically delivers the higher details, thanks to its pixel density count of 445 ppi, which is a smidgen better than the G2’s tally of 423 ppi. Unless you have bionic eyes or something, you won’t actually see the slight superiority of the Nexus 5. Therefore, whether it’s from a normal distance away, or close up when it’s a few inches away from our eyes, these two deliver the same crisp visuals that keep our eyes glued to them.Well, it’s wonderful to know that they offer great outdoor visibility, thanks in part to their strong brightness output and contrast with their panels. In addition, it also helps when their color reproductions are very realistic too. However, the Nexus 5’s display is plagued by this washed out look at wide viewing angles – where it produces a milky tone with the color black. Although it’s there too with the G2, it’s actually more subdued, so it’s able to maintain its clarity better. At the end of the day, the two are undoubtedly sharp looking, but we still find ourselves being attracted slightly more to the G2’s display.

Display measurements and quality

Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better Contrast Higher is better Color temperature (Kelvins) Gamma Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better Delta E grayscale Lower is better
Google Nexus 5 485
(Good)
10
(Average)
1:996
(Average)
6786
(Excellent)
2.05
2.88
(Good)
3.11
(Good)
LG G2 438
(Good)
8
(Good)
1:1338
(Excellent)
8109
(Poor)
2.25
4.27
(Average)
6.22
(Average)
View all


Google Nexus 5 360-Degrees View



LG G2 360-Degrees View



66 Comments
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posted on 11 Nov 2013, 06:14 8

1. dil2abu (Posts: 305; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


Nexus 5 FTW..
No cons from me for the price it's been sold..

posted on 13 Dec 2013, 10:49 2

59. LGisgood (Posts: 833; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


G2 is better............

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 06:14 5

2. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Both great phones, unfortunately the Nexus 5 suffers from the small battery syndrome.

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 06:35 3

4. NexusPhan (Posts: 625; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


I have no problems making it though two days per charge so far on my N5. 4-5 hours of screen on per charge is typical. 7 is not out of the question tho. I think the battery has been phenomenal. Exceeded all of my expectations.

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-9xFzBEzB8wE/Un8lg2afb3I/AAAAAAAAm9A/xFpfgzV91DU/w491-h872-no/13+-+3

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 07:15 1

14. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Differs to usage pattern obviously, but the average at XDA is 4hrs SoT when the G2 pulls 6, and the former is not enough for the heavy user to get through the day with Now!, full sync and 4G connection.

Whether most still gets through the day somehow doesn't change the fact that when others upped their battery game - much needed on LTE - Google somehow stayed 2012 on that area. The SD800 SoC is far more expensive than some extra battery, so price point isn't really the issue here. Google just doesn't want Nexus devices to be more than a developer gadget.

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 09:56

24. NexusPhan (Posts: 625; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


By that logic, the Moto X and HTC One are nothing more than a developer gadget because they have smaller battery capacities than the N5. The N5 battery size is more that good enough as it stands. The fact that it's half the price of the other guys is just an added bonus.

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 11:47 1

25. MobileCaseReview (Posts: 242; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


I have both phones and use it for work with heavy usage. Unfortunately the N5's biggest draw back is definitely the battery life. It literally will last half of what the G2 performs so far per my experience. With LTE and Google Now and so much search functionality being integrated into almost every part of the OS (it's constantly running even in the phone dialer), it definitely needs the extra juice to back it up. If you're a moderate user (and yes, the definition is always debatable), it shouldn't be a problem to get through 11-14 hours worth of use daily. Great phone none the less.

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 07:50

21. harvardale (Posts: 46; Member since: 22 Jul 2011)


Battery life is what is putting me on the fence with these two devices having come from a Gnex.

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 09:48

23. pixel8or (Posts: 66; Member since: 10 Jun 2010)


Yep, that for me, and the fact that I don't have a choice being a VZ customer. :(

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 06:21 2

3. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Which phone has beasty specs with a cheap price in just $349? It's only the Nexus 5.

Nexus 5 FTW!

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 14:50

31. MobileCaseReview (Posts: 242; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Well, I 450 for the 32 gig including shipping and taxes and 500 for the G2 including shipping in taxes. 50 dollars isn't much savings at this point lol.

posted on 13 Dec 2013, 10:50

60. LGisgood (Posts: 833; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


G2 is better

LONG LASTING BATTERY LIFE
13mp with O.I.S.
BIGGER SCREEN...

REAR KEYS is much comfortable .......

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 06:36

5. Jason2k13 (Posts: 1217; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


both uses snap800, why are the bechmark for nexus 5 soo low?

and i just realised LG uses many things similar to samsung, especially the Ui and the keyboard.

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 06:50 3

10. marbovo (Posts: 658; Member since: 16 May 2013)


Probably LG is boosting the device on benchmark programs( Like almost every OEMs)

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 07:32 1

15. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Yup benchmarks are faked. Nexus 5 is near perfect in terms of not lagging and it beats the G2 in gaming performance.

Has anyone at XDA figured out how to disable the benchmark faking without custom roms so we can get real scores?

Or maybe Kitkat "killed "some benchmark scores like custom roms do to offer a better users experience.

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 07:43

18. marbovo (Posts: 658; Member since: 16 May 2013)


Sorry, I didn´t get what you say about killed some benchmark

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 12:13 1

27. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Why do you need real scores? If it runs the S800 and has 2gb of ram it's exactly the same in hardware performance. Nothing to benchmark.

And if it runs iOS 7 and had a less than 720p display either one would smoke the iPhone 5s.

It's not hard people, twins are still like 98% the same 30 years later despite leading completely different lives and that is with genes that can change.

This is hardware and it doesn't evolve like genes sometimes do.

Therefore the Nexus 5, Z1, G2, etc will all perform the same if you push them to the same limits and if they have the same rom. The Note 3 will be slightly ahead because of the 3gb of ram.

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 12:18

28. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Why do you need real scores? If it runs the S800 and has 2gb of ram it's exactly the same in hardware performance. Nothing to benchmark.

And if it runs iOS 7 and had a less than 720p display either one would smoke the iPhone 5s.

It's not hard people, twins are still like 98% the same 30 years later despite leading completely different lives and that is with genes that can change.

This is hardware and it doesn't evolve like genes sometimes do.

Therefore the Nexus 5, Z1, G2, etc will all perform the same if you push them to the same limits. The Note 3 will be slightly ahead because of the 3gb of ram.

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 07:43 2

19. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1533; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


Apart from the boosting, there a known issue with all the Nexus line: when they come out some they do with the latest Android version, and at that time the benchmark tools are not ready for it when people review them getting lower scores than they should. Some months later the benchmark apps get updated and the scores go up in the Nexus too.
It happened with pretty much every Nexus, but it was extremly noticeable with Jelly Bean (that changed a lot of internals for optimization) and the original Nexus 7
Bottom line> don't put a lot of trust on the benchmarks for the Nexus. If you know the SoC performed well on other phone, that's how it will do there.

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 07:49 1

20. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Nobody on the phone sites will do nexus 5 real world performance vs a G2 like game FPS and encoding. I would guarantee you the Nexus 5 is equal/better in everything.

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 06:36

6. bloodline (Posts: 706; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


g2 runnning stock 4.4 = winner

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 06:38

7. NexusPhan (Posts: 625; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


I would sure hope it wins at double the cost....

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 00:23 4

36. zecks420 (Posts: 6; Member since: 12 Nov 2013)


It's not double the cost. The 32GB nexus 5 was 450 with tax... My LG G2 32 GB was 520. No contract. So 70 bucks is not that big of a difference. I would rather have the battery and Infrared port and better camera for the extra 70 bucks. Plus I actually think stock android is too plain. I like some of the customizations that the G2 lets you do with android. Plus the video is much better at 60fps. I also think the screen looks better on the G2. All of that is worth the only 70.00 to 100.00 dollars more. The LG G2 is much cheaper than most other 32GB phones at only 500-520 outright.

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 15:55 1

42. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Its $400 for a 32gb nexus 5. Enjoy your G2 it is unlikely you will ever see android kitkat.

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 18:05

53. Turbocomppro (Posts: 8; Member since: 19 Nov 2013)


And what can kit kit do that 4.2.2 can't? The G2 is already butter smooth. My G2 hasn't crashed or freeze since day 1 (4 weeks ago). I really don't see the need. Can u even name 1 feature 4.4 have that I can't get in 4.2.2?

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 08:50

54. E.S.1 (Posts: 306; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)


I agree. I have my G2 for about 10 days and I can already say that I will probably not go back to Samsung anytime soon. I love this phone.

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 15:19 1

55. GrebGoneBad (Posts: 4; Member since: 07 Nov 2013)


'Can u even name 1 feature 4.4 have that I can't get in 4.2.2?'

Yes. The KitKat Easter egg when tapping on the version number. =)

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 06:39

8. Jason2k13 (Posts: 1217; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


still no signs of LG updating it to 4.3 or 4.4

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 18:47 2

34. BRYLYNT (Posts: 82; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


Actually kit kat has been confirmed for g2. 4.3 will be skipped and the g2 will get 4.4.

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 18:08

43. TechCrazyedBoy (Posts: 129; Member since: 12 Nov 2013)


Yay!Thats good!

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