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Google Nexus 5 vs LG G2

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Camera


Simple is seen as a good thing, but when it comes to the camera experience, we take kindly on the vast offerings presented to us by the LG G2. And why is that? Well, that’s because it boasts several shooting modes and manual controls that give both novice and hardcore shutterbugs something to play around with. Indeed, the Nexus 5’s camera app is by comparison barren and devoid of such secondary features, placing emphasis on just snapping the moment. Despite that, we can’t help to be gravitated towards the cool shooting modes with the G2.

The Nexus 5’s camera quality might be underrated, even more knowing that it’s an 8-megapixel camera – versus the beefier 13-megapixel monster of the LG G2. However, both have f2.4 aperture and feature optical image stabilization (OIS) , designed to compensate for your hands movements, thus diminishing shaky videos or blur when lower shutter speeds are used.

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

Camera UI of the Google Nexus 5


LG G2 camera UI - Google Nexus 5 vs LG G2
LG G2 camera UI - Google Nexus 5 vs LG G2
LG G2 camera UI - Google Nexus 5 vs LG G2
LG G2 camera UI - Google Nexus 5 vs LG G2

LG G2 camera UI


We’re surprised by how well the Nexus 5 can hold its own ground. Quite frankly, the two phones snap some pretty good looking photos outdoors when lighting is plentiful, though, the G2’s shots present a little more detail thanks to its larger megapixel count. On the colors front, the Nexus 5 has a bit more vibrancy due to the amount of saturation it’s able to pull out – whereas with the G2, it’s more on the cooler side.

Taking it under low lighting conditions, it’s a mixed bag between these two, where one can deliver the better results – and vice versa. It helps that the focus is considerably faster with the Nexus 5’s camera, since it takes a great deal of time for it to happen with the G2. Despite that, we like the results we see with the G2’s performance, as it delivers the sharper visuals between the two. In addition, its exposure is more balanced throughout the shot, offering good visibility to areas where there’s a vast difference between lighting. Now the Nexus 5 admirably does its best too, but as a whole, it tends to exhibit more noise and softer details.



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Camera speed

Taking a pic (sec)Lower is better Taking an HDR pic (sec)Lower is better CamSpeed score Higher is better CamSpeed score with flash Higher is better
Google Nexus 5 3.5
4
406
347
LG G2 4
6.5
395
377
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Without question, the LG G2 proves its superiority over the Nexus 5 when it comes to recording 1080p high definition videos. For starters, it simply captures details that are sharp and distinctive – plus, it helps when it has that rare 60 FPS capture rate. It’s not bad either with the Nexus 5, seeing that it has a good balance, but its focus is more jittery with its operation, causing it to go in and out quite frequently.



Multimedia


So yeah, they both are preloaded with the Google Play Music app, but it’s the G2 that offers an alternative option in the LG-made music player. To tell you the truth, though, we don’t find its presentation to be any better than the Google Play Music app. Unfortunately, the audio quality of each speaker is rather disappointing – to the point that they can become detractive to the experience. Well, we notice a bit more crackling with the Nexus 5’s speaker.

Music player of the Google Nexus 5 - Google Nexus 5 vs LG G2
Music player of the Google Nexus 5 - Google Nexus 5 vs LG G2
Music player of the Google Nexus 5 - Google Nexus 5 vs LG G2
Music player of the Google Nexus 5 - Google Nexus 5 vs LG G2

Music player of the Google Nexus 5


Music player of the LG G2 - Google Nexus 5 vs LG G2
Music player of the LG G2 - Google Nexus 5 vs LG G2

Music player of the LG G2


Between the two, we slightly favor the G2 when it comes to watching high-definition videos. First, its screen is more vibrant from all angles, allowing us to absorb everything its displays. Secondly, it offers more video codec support over the Nexus 5. And finally, we can utilize the QSlide feature of its experience to minimize the app to offer us better multi-tasking. It’s still not that bad with the Nexus 5, but it just can’t compete against the all-encompassing experience of the G2.

Audio output

Headphones output power (Volts)
Higher is better
Google Nexus 5 0.36
LG G2 0.29
Loudspeaker loudness (dB)
Higher is better
Google Nexus 5 71
LG G2 66
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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: 65; 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: 1216; 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: 305; 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: 1216; 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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