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Google Nexus 5 vs LG G2

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Interface and Functionality


Internally, the hardware inside of them are nearly identical, but their software experiences are on opposite ends of the spectrum. To sum it up, the Nexus 5’s pure Android 4.4 KitKat experience delivers a more defined approach that entices us with its straightforward, hassle-free experience, which means we’re not inundated by any redundancies with its functional offerings. Oppositely, the LG G2’s customized Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean experience feels more cramped with its offerings, as it throws several functions that, depending on the individual, might prove to be either distracting or enhancing.

Aesthetically, the Nexus 5’s KitKat experience does away with the campy visuals put out by the G2’s customized experience, relying instead of having a cleaner interface that’s easier to manage and navigate. And that’s basically the reason why we prefer it more, as the G2’s interface looks a bit too cartoonish.
At the core, the two experiences deliver the same foundational properties . However, as we can clearly see between them, the G2’s experience is armed with several features – to the point that the same end function can be accomplished in several ways. For example, the multi-tasking aspect of the platform is handled in the same normal manner we’re accustomed to using, but the G2 goes beyond by offering its QSldie and Slide Aside features. Appreciated no doubt depending on the user, but again, we have to stress the point that it’s not something that would be ingrained deeply into our minds as something we’d use day in, day out.

UI of the Google Nexus 5 - Google Nexus 5 vs LG G2
UI of the Google Nexus 5 - Google Nexus 5 vs LG G2
UI of the Google Nexus 5 - Google Nexus 5 vs LG G2
UI of the Google Nexus 5 - Google Nexus 5 vs LG G2

UI of the Google Nexus 5


Interface of the LG G2 - Google Nexus 5 vs LG G2
Interface of the LG G2 - Google Nexus 5 vs LG G2
Interface of the LG G2 - Google Nexus 5 vs LG G2
Interface of the LG G2 - Google Nexus 5 vs LG G2

Interface of the LG G2


When the smoke settles and then disappears, we can’t help but appreciate the simplified approach of the Nexus 5’s Android 4.4 KitKat experience. It’s just so darn easy and straightforward, to the point that the complexities of Android past are all but gone. On the flip side, the G2’s experience, much like its visual presentation, is cluttered to the point that some features might seem redundant to the broad range of consumers out there – though nonetheless, having more is always a good thing.

Besides the visual differences, the core set of organizer apps on both handsets function identically. Moreover, they both offer the invaluable functionality that accompanies the Google Now experience – albeit, we like the newer implementation of it with the Nexus 5. Specifically, in addition to the usual way of accessing it, we can instantly jump into it from the homescreen by swiping all the way to the left most homescreen. Better yet, we can launch Google Voice search by speaking the phrase “okay Google” at any time while on the homescreen – giving us control in opening up apps, scheduling an appointment, calling someone, and much more.

Organizer apps of the Google Nexus 5 - Google Nexus 5 vs LG G2
Organizer apps of the Google Nexus 5 - Google Nexus 5 vs LG G2
Organizer apps of the Google Nexus 5 - Google Nexus 5 vs LG G2
Organizer apps of the Google Nexus 5 - Google Nexus 5 vs LG G2

Organizer apps of the Google Nexus 5


Organizer apps of the LG G2 - Google Nexus 5 vs LG G2
Organizer apps of the LG G2 - Google Nexus 5 vs LG G2
Organizer apps of the LG G2 - Google Nexus 5 vs LG G2
Organizer apps of the LG G2 - Google Nexus 5 vs LG G2

Organizer apps of the LG G2


Due to the ample sized screens on both, we find them superb for typing up messages with their respective on-screen keyboards. Again, we can see the evidence in how their platform experiences define their keyboard layouts, as it’s a simplified one with the Nexus 5 – versus the G2’s keyboard, which is filled with several numbers and punctuations that are all accessible from the main layout. Still, we appreciate their responsiveness!

Keyboard of the Google Nexus 5 - Google Nexus 5 vs LG G2
Keyboard of the Google Nexus 5 - Google Nexus 5 vs LG G2
Keyboard of the Google Nexus 5 - Google Nexus 5 vs LG G2
Keyboard of the Google Nexus 5 - Google Nexus 5 vs LG G2

Keyboard of the Google Nexus 5


Keyboard of the LG G2 - Google Nexus 5 vs LG G2
Keyboard of the LG G2 - Google Nexus 5 vs LG G2
Keyboard of the LG G2 - Google Nexus 5 vs LG G2

Keyboard of the LG G2



Processor and Memory


It’s rather interesting to know what these two are made of under the hood, especially when the pricing between them are great. In giving them precedence over some other flagships, they’re armed with the latest and greatest hardware – a quad-core 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC coupled with 2GB of LPDDR3 RAM and the Adreno 330 GPU. Honestly, these two roar with a ton of snappiness and responsiveness with their performances. So even as we take a peek at their benchmark test results, it’s obvious that they match one another very closely. In all fairness, there’s nothing that these two can’t do – both simple and complex tasks. Best of all, they don’t exhibit a whole lot of lag or slowdown.

The Nexus 5 is available in both 16GB and 32GB capacities, two options that are the standard fanfare. As for the LG G2, it’s only offered in the US with 32GB of internal storage. Of course, with their closed designs, there’s no way of expanding their capacities.

Performance benchmarks

Quadrant
Higher is better
Google Nexus 5 8455
LG G2 20654
AnTuTu
Higher is better
Google Nexus 5 26340
LG G2 35376
GFXBench Egypt HD 2.5 onscreen (fps)
Higher is better
Google Nexus 5 52
LG G2 50
Vellamo Metal
Higher is better
Google Nexus 5 1166
LG G2 1229
Vellamo HTML 5
Higher is better
Google Nexus 5 1524
LG G2 2951
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Internet and Connectivity


Combining the powerful performances of the two with the availability of 4G LTE connectivity, they’re equipped at handling all of our needs with the web browsing experience. Naturally, pages load super quick thanks to LTE, but we see the same awesome movements with other aspects of the experience – like page rendering and navigational controls. Furthermore, their sharp displays also help to complement the entire experience.

Browser of the Google Nexus 5 - Google Nexus 5 vs LG G2
Browser of the Google Nexus 5 - Google Nexus 5 vs LG G2
Browser of the Google Nexus 5 - Google Nexus 5 vs LG G2
Browser of the Google Nexus 5 - Google Nexus 5 vs LG G2

Browser of the Google Nexus 5


Browser of the LG G2 - Google Nexus 5 vs LG G2
Browser of the LG G2 - Google Nexus 5 vs LG G2
Browser of the LG G2 - Google Nexus 5 vs LG G2

Browser of the LG G2


As we all know, there are several versions of both smartphones, outfitted to work with the various GSM and CDMA networks littered throughout the world. They also share the same set of connectivity features as well, such as aGPS, Bluetooth 4.0, dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, and NFC. However, the Nexus 5 extends its worth by offering this new Tap & Pay feature, wireless printing, and wireless charging.

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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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