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LG G3 vs Google Nexus 5

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Interface and functionality

Prefer as much control over your Android? The G3's for you. Want a simplistic, out-of-the-box user experience and quick software updates? Pick the N5.

Looking at the Android 4.4 KitKat-based interfaces of the G3 and the Nexus 5, the two could hardly be any further apart in terms of their goals, achievements, and underlying philosophy.

The G3's software, for example, is all about offering as feature-rich a user experience as humanly possible. To that end, LG has added a gigantic layer of extra functionality on top of the stock Android core, which allows for a wide degree of customizations. So you have extras like Dual window, which allows you to run two apps simultaneously, editable lockscreen app shortcuts, double-tap-to-wake functionality, and a whole lot more.

LG G3 interface - LG G3 vs Google Nexus 5
LG G3 interface - LG G3 vs Google Nexus 5
LG G3 interface - LG G3 vs Google Nexus 5
LG G3 interface - LG G3 vs Google Nexus 5

LG G3 interface


In a stark contrast, the vanilla Android software powering the Nexus 5 has an altogether different approach. For starters, it's an incredibly simplified version in comparison. The fact, however, is that this is the way Google sees Android, and showcasing that type of Android is the very reason the Nexus line exists in the first place. Put simply, customizations are scarce, and the idea behind the software is that it's good to go out of the box, with zero input from your side.

Interface of the Google Nexus 5 - LG G3 vs Google Nexus 5
Interface of the Google Nexus 5 - LG G3 vs Google Nexus 5
Interface of the Google Nexus 5 - LG G3 vs Google Nexus 5
Interface of the Google Nexus 5 - LG G3 vs Google Nexus 5

Interface of the Google Nexus 5


Of course, while the stock Android on the N5 offers no extra features, it's not without advantages, either. For one, it's much snappier in its response times, and lag is virtually non-existent. The same can't at all be said about the G3's skin. Moreover, being a Nexus-line device, the N5 is among the first in the world eligible for software updates to the latest Android version. This, more than anything else, is one of the defining points of the Nexus 5.

Processor and memory

Despite its more potent chipset, the G3 is unable to secure as fluid a user experience as the Nexus 5.

The LG G3 sports a superior, quad-core Snapdragon 801 chip by Qualcomm when compared with the now older, Snapdragon 800 silicon of the Nexus 5. And while the differences between the two are there (i.e. much faster image processor), it would be misleading to claim that the SD801 offers a very significant boost to performance. Indeed, both phones handle the heaviest pieces of app code ever devised with ease, and that includes sophisticated, graphics-intensive 3D gaming titles.

When it comes to the native Android user experience, however, we've gotta give it to the Nexus 5 – its interface is rendered in a consistently quick manner, and without a hitch. The same can't be said about the G3, which encounters minor to moderate stutters in the settings menu, the app drawer, and elsewhere.

In terms of memory, the LG G3 comes in two versions – one with 16GB of internal storage and 2GB of RAM, and another, with 32GB of storage and 3 gigs of RAM. The Nexus 5, on the other hand, simply comes in 16GB and 32GB versions, and the RAM is kept constant, at 2GB. That said, the G3 does enjoy support for microSD cards, while the N5 does not.

Performance benchmarks

Quadrant
Higher is better
LG G3 23551
Google Nexus 5 8455
AnTuTu
Higher is better
LG G3 30634
Google Nexus 5 26340
Vellamo Metal
Higher is better
LG G3 1322
Google Nexus 5 1166
Vellamo HTML 5
Higher is better
LG G3 1626
Google Nexus 5 1524
Sunspider
Lower is better
LG G3 947.2
Google Nexus 5 723.9
GFXBench Manhattan on-screen
Higher is better
LG G3 7.5
Google Nexus 5 9.4
Basemark OS II
Higher is better
LG G3 951
Google Nexus 5 891.3
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Internet and connectivity

Quick page rendering, and snappy navigation with both. But we like the 5.5-incher of the G3 better for the job.

Habits are hard to break, and that means we usually stick with Google's Chrome browser, even when manufacturers include their own, in-house solutions. That said, we should note that LG's own browser is very much acceptable in terms of performance, and even offers some extras, like Capture all, which allows you to take a screenshot of an entire web page, and not just the part you see. Beyond that, however, the built-in browser differentiates itself with little else.

LG's own browser on the LG G3 - LG G3 vs Google Nexus 5
LG's own browser on the LG G3 - LG G3 vs Google Nexus 5
LG's own browser on the LG G3 - LG G3 vs Google Nexus 5
LG's own browser on the LG G3 - LG G3 vs Google Nexus 5

LG's own browser on the LG G3


Going back to Chrome, that's what you'll find on both the G3 and Nexus 5. As can be expected from this type of hardware, both devices render pages very quickly indeed, and navigation (panning, scrolling) is easy and lag-free. With that in mind, we have to give the edge to the G3, as its larger, 5.5-inch display makes for a comfier browsing experience on a touchscreen.

Chrome is present on both the G3 and Nexus 5 - LG G3 vs Google Nexus 5
Chrome is present on both the G3 and Nexus 5 - LG G3 vs Google Nexus 5
Chrome is present on both the G3 and Nexus 5 - LG G3 vs Google Nexus 5
Chrome is present on both the G3 and Nexus 5 - LG G3 vs Google Nexus 5

Chrome is present on both the G3 and Nexus 5


As for connectivity options, the two are chock-full. They both have support for Category 4 LTE, of course, but also offer Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS, NFC, and support for TV-out technologies (SlimPort in this case). Unlike the Nexus 5, however, the G3 5 features a handy, embedded infrared blaster which can control home electronics. That's a bit unfortunate for the Nexus 5, as we've come to really enjoy the type of use case scenarios it unlocks.

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posted on 19 Jun 2014, 09:30

1. Jinto (Posts: 402; Member since: 15 Jan 2014)


This is gonna get ugly
but i prefer g3

posted on 19 Jun 2014, 09:45 6

2. adwienc (Posts: 134; Member since: 26 Mar 2014)


N5 all the way, G3 is too big, but it's battery is tempting

posted on 19 Jun 2014, 09:47 1

3. AfterShock (Posts: 2900; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Update Nexus dalvik/art libraries, Google doesn't do that, but OEM do.

posted on 19 Jun 2014, 10:28 5

4. Xperia_droid (Posts: 25; Member since: 07 Nov 2013)


i still prefer Nexus 5

Comfortable to operate
still very good camera.
one of the most beautiful display out there.
nexus branding .

posted on 19 Jun 2014, 10:37

5. jinwons (Posts: 95; Member since: 24 Nov 2010)


I think PA should tell how they tested G3 battery life. Many other reviewers are saying it's worse than S5, M8 under heavy usage though not bad. Especially when GPU is put under stress, G3 will take hit on battery and brightness due to massive resolution.

posted on 19 Jun 2014, 10:57 3

6. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3597; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Beauty is in the eye of beholder Crispy, I love Nexus 5's design more.

posted on 19 Jun 2014, 11:17

7. kkmkk (Posts: 95; Member since: 06 May 2013)


why the icons on the n5 looks so pixelated

posted on 19 Jun 2014, 11:28

8. PootisMan (Posts: 204; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)


Well for starters they zoomed in on both displays to compare the difference in pixel density. The Nexus 5 had a 1080p display compared to the G3 which has a QHD display.

posted on 19 Jun 2014, 16:28 1

15. fzacek (Posts: 2104; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


It's a custom launcher / icon pack...

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 01:50

16. Chris.P (Posts: 299; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)


Blame Victor H. True story.

You can write something nasty under his latest storyhttp://www.phonearena.com/news/LG-G-Watch-leaks-out-in-another-live-image_id57314

:)

posted on 19 Jun 2014, 11:39

9. ryan5609 (Posts: 99; Member since: 01 Nov 2011)


In terms of smoothness, I would put the Nexus 5 running ART against any phone in the world. Android has never been as clean and polished as it is with the Nexus 5. That is why I am not switching my phone to anything other than something running stock Android, or a very lightly modified version like the Moto X.

posted on 19 Jun 2014, 12:51 1

10. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1052; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


Nexus 5 wins. Just offers a better experience with future proof specs. The G3 is nice but overkill.

posted on 19 Jun 2014, 13:24

11. Phoenity (Posts: 13; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)


Would the conclusion change much if the G3 being compared was running a GPE or stock rom (ART) with an app installed to have a better calibrated screen? I know getting used to the size difference and the screen in daylight wouldn't really change, but i can't help but think with better, tweaked software, the G3 is the clear winner (size/comfort aside).

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 01:53

17. Chris.P (Posts: 299; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)


Well, it really depends on what you're looking at. I mean, sure, a GPE/stock ROM would definitely help performance, but you'll be missing out on quite some extras, which you'll either have to mod back in separately, or skip on altogether.

As for the screen, I probably wouldn't bother. It really depends on your point of view of course -- if you can't tolerate even small color inaccuracies, it's your prerogative.

posted on 19 Jun 2014, 15:04

12. SanderBelaen (Posts: 9; Member since: 06 May 2014)


What wallpaper does the Nexus5 have here?

posted on 19 Jun 2014, 15:33

13. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3597; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Its one of the stock nexus 5 kitkat wallpapers.
http://www.phonearena.com/news/Android-4.4-KitKat-official-wallpapers-available-for-download-here_id48968
Here's the wallpaper itself
http://i-cdn.phonearena.com/images/articles/99668-image/Android-4.4-KitKat-official-wallpapers-available-for-download-here.jpg

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 09:12

19. SanderBelaen (Posts: 9; Member since: 06 May 2014)


Oh, I didn't knew..
Thanks man!

posted on 19 Jun 2014, 16:25 2

14. fzacek (Posts: 2104; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


What? The G3's cheapo plastic back feels more high end than the Nexus 5's matte plastic? I beg to differ. Matte plastic is better than any other plastic on a phone...

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 03:57

18. E34V8 (Posts: 59; Member since: 16 Dec 2011)


Nice VS, PA. But I think you need to measure the HDR+ pic time one Nexus 5 again. With last camera update, it's become quite faster.

posted on 22 Jun 2014, 22:28

20. baldilocks (Posts: 541; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)


Yeah, the Quadrant scores don't really mean anything. Like one comment stated, if you update the dalvik binaries, you will score well over 21,000 on Quadrant.

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 17:15

21. Sol.ts (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Jun 2014)


Can anyone tell me where i can find that nexus 5 arcade style theme?G3 is king but overheating/throtling problems are annoying especially during summer.My nexus 4 has the same problen and using 3g is unbearable....

posted on 27 Jun 2014, 07:56

22. RAVEN23 (Posts: 4; Member since: 26 Mar 2014)


plz can someone help me in choosing nexus 5 vs HTC 816 which is better

posted on 27 Jun 2014, 15:59

23. Jinto (Posts: 402; Member since: 15 Jan 2014)


Nexus 5 bro, You can install Android L on it now (and google has it as top priority for future updates)

posted on 30 Jun 2014, 02:50

24. fzacek (Posts: 2104; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


100% Nexus 5 IMO! Clean stock Android. 1080p display. Better one-handed use. Better build quality. Better processor and more RAM. The list goes on...

posted on 05 Jul 2014, 08:20

25. paschos76 (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Jul 2014)


Can someone please tell me what is the theme/launcher on Nexus 5?

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