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Google Nexus 5 vs LG G2

0. phoneArena 11 Nov 2013, 06:01 posted on

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...

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posted on 11 Nov 2013, 06:14 8

1. dil2abu (Posts: 169; 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: 432; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


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

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 06:14 4

2. _Bone_ (Posts: 2107; 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: 409; 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: 2107; 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: 409; 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: 240; 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: 13; 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: 37; 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 (Posts: 5216; 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: 240; 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: 432; 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: 639; 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: 621; 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: 1989; 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: 621; 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 (Posts: 2664; 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 (Posts: 2664; 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: 874; 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: 1989; 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: 691; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


g2 runnning stock 4.4 = winner

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 06:38

7. NexusPhan (Posts: 409; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


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

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 00:23 3

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: 1989; 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: 5; 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: 289; 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: 639; 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: 28; 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!

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 06:48 4

9. marbovo (Posts: 621; Member since: 16 May 2013)


PA, Please, stop talking about price since they are different around the globe!!!!!

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 06:53 4

11. in_core (Posts: 80; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)


exactly. in my country the Nexus 5 is just available in one store so far, and both the G2 and Nexus5 cost exactly the same for the 16gb version

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 07:06 2

12. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5471; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Agree, Im my country LG Nexus 5 is only 16 USD cheaper than LG G2 (both 16 GB).

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 18:15

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


In Malaysia,the Nexus 5 cost about RM1000+..this is just converting the money value...
And not yet release in Malaysia..

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 07:13

13. HTCOE (Posts: 435; Member since: 20 Nov 2011)


I'll take the Nexus 5 please. I just wish it had a better camera

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 07:37

16. _Bone_ (Posts: 2107; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


It's an interesting battle. The Exmor RS is very good in daylight on the G2, the IMX179 on the Nexus 5 comes close but it's often too warm in color reproduction, dynamic range is slightly inferior too.

Indoors and in low light however it's the other way around, the N5 is much more capable, pulling ISO150 @1/15 when the G2 goes for ISO300 @1/15, the IMX179 producing much more detailed shots. It is more inconsistent in color balance though.

Quite the difference between the two Sony sensors. It appears the G2 is near where the sensor and lens can be pushed where the N5 could still see major improvements in SW, but it's sensor looks the more capable all around. There's already a mod that increases speed and quality @XDA, but the official update is coming too

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2516061&page=80

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 07:38

17. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2457; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Battery and camera are li'l drawbacks as compared to G2, otherwise Nexus 5 is best.

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 08:05 2

22. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1676; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


G2 clear winner imo...

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 12:03

26. Taters (Posts: 2664; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


The cold coloured screens look so much better IMO. All screens should run cool instead of going for the natural yellowish whites that are supposed to be the right calibration. Looks disgusting next to a cooler looking screen like in this video.

Oh well, like the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s I am sure you will get used to it. Just don't compare them side by side.

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 14:15

29. Bioload25 (Posts: 193; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


I didnt understand why did the google nexys 5 score a lot worse than the G2 in Quandrant and Antutu benchs,because they have the same hardware,and there's a difference of above 12000 points on Quadrant and 9000 points on Antutu...that doesnt make sense

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 14:22 1

30. _PHug_ (Posts: 380; Member since: 11 Oct 2011)


The G2 is better.
The Nexus 5 is cheaper because it's the lesser product.
I chose to get the G2 instead of settling for the Nexus 5

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 17:58 2

32. papss (unregistered)


I agree.... i prefer the UI on LG too.. i hate generic stock in so many ways.

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 00:29 1

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


I agree. I am one of the few who think stock android is boring. I love some of the customization that LG provides. More than any other android phone I seen.

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 08:00

40. E.S.1 (Posts: 289; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)


Agreed. This is my first LG phone and I am not sure if I would ever go back to Samsung.

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 18:24

33. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 928; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


BOTH are nice phones i prefer LG G2 IN CAMERA and multimedia..

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 22:09 1

35. E.S.1 (Posts: 289; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)


I just got a G2 and I couldn't be happier. The battery last 2 days with Mod to Heavy use.

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 00:25

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


It's not double the cost. The 32GB nexus 5 was 450 with tax and shipping.... My LG G2 32 GB was 520 out the door at AT&T 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, 03:34

39. tiara6918 (Posts: 1353; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


I'd go for the g2, besides their prices in other countries don't have a huge difference so why settle for less?

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 11:06

41. Chris_Bakke (Posts: 199; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)


This is the third comparison I've read about the N5 that you have failed to mention the WiFi compatability of ac. Please add this to your VS. please.

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 18:18

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


Nexus 5 vs.Sony Xperia Z1..
Thats a very good comparison i'd tell u

posted on 13 Nov 2013, 16:21

46. iBananaScoop (Posts: 13; Member since: 28 May 2012)


Went for the G2 (should arrive tomorrow) mainly because I wanted a contract and the deals are more or less identical here in the UK. If you want to pay the full cost of the phone up front, when it comes down to price, then the N5 is obviously the winner. But on contract it's a new game and it all comes down to little differences. The better camera and battery is honestly the only thing that has swayed me so far since there really aren't many real life comparisons between the two phones which shows one is completely better than the other.

posted on 15 Nov 2013, 02:55 1

47. coolwave (Posts: 1; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


In my opiniion, both phones are on different league. Nexus 5 powered by google and G2 by LG. ( Manufacturer is same ). Lets not argue on price as both have different brand values.

Technically, G2 beats Nexus 5 mainly in Battery ( 3000mAh vs 2300 mAH ), Screen size ( 5.2" vs 4.95 " ), Sapphire glass used on camera lens ( same glass as used by Rolex ), Camera ( Rear - 13 MP vs 8 MP , Front - 2 MP vs 1.3 MP ), Multi focus camera, FM Radio available in G2. Not talking of other hardware like Chipset and memory. But yes Nexus is missing main softwares provided by LG like Quick Remote, knock on, Hi fi Sound, Audio Zoom, Plug and Pop, answer me, Quick translator, Live zoom, Video editor, gesture, portable outlook, application link, file networking.

For sure difference in operating system.

Rest is personal choice again. But than see other phones also like gionee, sony

posted on 15 Nov 2013, 04:19

48. Reeyawn (Posts: 62; Member since: 21 Apr 2013)


I went with the G2 and I must say that I didnt' regret it. After having the Nexus 4, I realized that I didnt want to get the Nexus 5 due to its small battery capacity and less featured camera. Also, here in my country(Philippines) the price of the Nexus 5 16GB is almost the same as the 32GB G2. Both are great phones but I'd take the G2 anyday.

posted on 15 Nov 2013, 05:48

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


The Nexus 5 is a simply unblieveable phone, never mind the price, and easily comes in the top 10 smartphones of today. When coupled with it's cheap as chips price point, you have a device that is too good to be true, but in this case it actually is true! While the G2 may have the superior camera and slightly better performance, I do not believe for one second that this is justificaiton for the extra cost over the N5.

And FYI, to see just how well the N5 performs, read below:

Taking the 3D Mark benchmark as an example the Nexus 5 scores excellently, coming in at 9th place with the other 8 top ranking devices costing twice as much or more. The top ranking device is the Note 3, scoring (on average) 17804 points. The Nexus 5 currently has an average of 16039. If you work this out into percentages, the Nexus 5 has 91% of the performance of the Note 3, and the note 3 costs £350 more! So that's £350 for a 9% increase! Worth it? Arguably the Note 3 does have a larger screen, more features, better camera, etc, but it is still hard to justify the price difference.

And bear in mind the fact that Google have yet to realease the first update that will fix many of the bugs and issues that N5 users have found so far, which as we know is almost guaranteed to increase these scores slighly.

The LG G2 actually scores lower than the N5, only hitting an average of 15,000 points.

FYI, for the Apple fans out there, the new Ipad Air comes in at 15th place scoring 14826, which is actually 8% LOWER than the Nexus 5. And the Ipad Air is the highest scoring Apple device, even beating the 5S. Now how much do new Ipads cost these days again...?

Think about this, while phones may offer more performance, nowadays it is only gaming or heavyweight app performance that we really need the extra processing power for isnt it? The general OS use is all the same now. =)

posted on 15 Nov 2013, 08:03

50. peterishe (Posts: 1; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


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posted on 18 Nov 2013, 22:18

51. Killertech2099 (Posts: 138; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


I like both but nexus camera and battery lowers it a little but prices are different everywhere. But if it didn't involve pricing g2 wins fair and square but its ui is so ugly lol i hope it gets kitkat or you could always root and get the google edition rom or cynagenmod

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 12:42

52. Ronny666 (Posts: 108; Member since: 08 Jun 2013)


LG Optimus G2 is definitely better package than Nexus 4 although both share almost similar hardware.

If price is the concern, I'd rather take HTC One, Galaxy S4 or Sone Xperia Z. Both pack larger battery and camera.

Afterall, all will get Kitkat 4.4 update eventually but probably not that soon.

posted on 23 Nov 2013, 01:05

56. Badelf (Posts: 1; Member since: 23 Nov 2013)


Basically they are the same in specs with the exception of course the battery and camera. I have both and the g2 from carriers gobbles up the ram because of the bloat ware. Normally about 65 to 75 percent. The nexus runs full tilt 40 percent. They are both lightening fast. If you don't mind the lag on the g2. I love the LG UI but I can't stand all the crap carriers put on the phone that make it slow down. Pure Google is the way to go if you want a snappy fast device with a lot less load on the ram and. Cpu . This is just my opinion... But I have had every new device from all makers in the lag 6 months and feel some what qualified to speak this... Thanks for listening.

posted on 28 Nov 2013, 09:47

57. COZMAN (Posts: 99; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)


G2 is an awesome phone. First phone I have ever had that I will keep. It is very weird trying to use an IPHONE after the G2 or even the MOTO X (another keeper). The IPHONE is prehistoric in every sense of the word and way to small.

I will have a nexus 5 soon. Will be interested to see which i prefer.

The winner stays.

Great website!

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 11:21

58. stunninsteve (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 Dec 2013)


I got the G2 only because my carrier had a black friday deal on them and did not promote the nexus 5 as much. Didnt even have one to show. Coming from the GNex my natural progression woulf have been to the nexus 5. But i love the nattery in the G2, enjoy the phone so far. Missed a stock Google phone though, had to get use of the extras LG put in the phone.

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