LG has made a better Nexus than Samsung or HTC

LG has made a better Nexus than Samsung or HTC
LG has made a better Nexus than Samsung or HTC - at least that is what seems to be the predominant mood among PhoneArena readers, judging by the article we posted last week, where we asked for your input. As a matter of fact, we also tend to agree with that statement, for a number of reasons.

What's equally interesting, though, is that the second place has been taken not by a more modern phone like the Galaxy Nexus, but by the first Nexus ever - the Nexus One by HTC. This comes to show that smartphone users appreciate the quality design solutions - devices which not only pack the latest bells and whistles, but also have a premium look and feel to them. That last part is obviously something that Samsung is yet to master, as we can see the very little support its Nexus S has received by our readers. For its next Nexus device, the Galaxy Nexus, Samsung had to streamline the design a bit, partly due to the new Android version the phone had to come with - ICS. This, combined with the fine specs and better overall execution allowed the Galaxy Nexus to position itself much higher than its predecessor.

It's safe to say that LG has hit a very good balance between form and function with the Nexus 4. The phone is more appealing than the Samsung ones before it, and even if it doesn't quite match the character of the Nexus One, it still has its incredible features and price to ultimately tip the scales in its favor.

Well, it all makes sense to us. Users not only want a super-capable phone, but one that actually looks good. We have to say that such kind of combination is a bit of a rarity these days, when manufacturers are constantly trying to beat each other in a weird specs war of sorts, comfortably forgetting that there are other important aspects to a smartphone, just as there is more to a car than its engine. LG has managed to strike a pretty good balance with the Nexus 4, producing a simple but elegant handset with strong internals. The company's efforts are obviously paying off now that we see demand for the Nexus 4 greatly surpassing its supply.

Who made the best Nexus phone for its time: HTC, Samsung or LG?

HTC (Nexus One)
Samsung (Nexus S)
Samsung (Galaxy Nexus)
LG (Nexus 4)



1. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

negative ghost rider the pattern is full. Samsung and HTC would have made a better one if they made one this time around. Seems neither wanted to make the next one due to the requirements of a nexus phone

12. VJo003

Posts: 365; Member since: Mar 11, 2012

Nexus to comparison is neither fair nor logical. In the tech space today each year is like an era... That's the speed with which we are moving. One way to draw comparisons is probably the nexus against its biggest rivals when it was launch. How far ahead was it from the rest of the pack? Was it groundbreaking? This will put things in better perspective.

16. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

You people don't have any idea about this article do you?? 'Who made the best Nexus phone "FOR ITS TIME" '...does that make any sense to you???? Now i'm wondering if the people who gave the votes kept that in mind or voted for the best among them!!!

20. aaronkatrini

Posts: 242; Member since: Jun 06, 2012

Apparently those who voted for Nexus One KEPT in mind the "for its time" fact!

21. b1acktiger

Posts: 223; Member since: May 19, 2012

Most of the ppl did what you exactly. For the fellow PA readers:- Read carefully before you comment

27. Lauticol

Posts: 404; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

I just imagine that beautifull HTC Deluxe DLX being the Nexus Phone and love it!

2. SlimSoulja86

Posts: 660; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

I think its obvious that the new Nexus will always be better than the old Nexus, this to me was just a stupid comperisson. Its like asking people which iPad is better, the iPad 1, iPad 2, the New iPad or the iPad 4. Stupid article, i think. Then again it is just my opinion, hence there is a comment section to express our opinions

14. AliNSiddiqui

Posts: 382; Member since: Sep 19, 2012

No, it wasn't. Otherwise Galaxy Nexus would be second. Galaxy Nexus, for it's time, had pretty terrible audio, camera, display, etc. LG has put a pin into all of these stuff. Display is one of the best, camera is great, audio, while not great, isn't bad either.

19. Jasonhunterx

Posts: 111; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

The poll says for its time think about the innovation that each device made for its time

30. patronanejo

Posts: 6; Member since: May 31, 2012

Before you call a "comperisson" stupid, perhaps you should actually read it. The device garnering the second-largest number of votes is the oldest of the four being compared--the Nexus One, manufactured by HTC in 2009.

3. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Not sure LG would be still up if the Nexus 10 was included.

32. Raymond_htc

Posts: 430; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

It is not logical to compare a 10 inch tablet to a smartphone..... =.=

4. bayhuy

Posts: 320; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

People are voting for which one is best, but forgetting "for its time"...

11. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Not the first time a loaded question is polled here, I think it was the Optimus G vs. SIII where users were asked which one would they choose if not for the massive advertisement, suggesting the S3 is only good because of that. For it's time IMO the HTC is the best Nexus, but I think the Nexus 10 is the most awesome package.

15. aaronkatrini

Posts: 242; Member since: Jun 06, 2012

I agree with you on Htc Nexus One... But any thing made by Samsung is so cheap quality... Good to see Asus and LG making Nexus devices now.

17. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Not exactly true, Sammy fares better in this drop test than LG and even Apple for that matter. The Nexus 10 is very well built and good news for future Sammy products. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4kBn-GRw1M

28. aaronkatrini

Posts: 242; Member since: Jun 06, 2012

I'm not saying Sammys phones are less strong by any mean. (if you drop a glass of plastic and a glass of glass (represents apple) the one made of glass will eventualy break). I was talking about the feel itself. Thank you for your understanding.

33. Raymond_htc

Posts: 430; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

That is because Nexus 4 has the glass backing, just like the iPhone 4/4S. If we remove the Glass backing, put cheapo plastic the one in the Galaxy Nexus, LG Nexus 4 would fare better.

29. patronanejo

Posts: 6; Member since: May 31, 2012

Your idiotic comment follows many of equally astonishing stupidity. All of you are complete morons. Had you bothered to read the results--or even the fucking headline--you would have noticed that he device garnering the second-most votes is the Nexus One, manufactured by HTC in 2009. Yes, that is the oldest one--for those of you who are also unable to perform simple arithmetic.

5. wendygarett unregistered

Oh Ray... The title sound flamebait... What's your intentions Ray... Are you trying to make the fanboy war among the android?

8. wendygarett unregistered

Anyway I vote for nexus 4... Don't get me wrong, nexus 1 has a sturdy looking design... It just that... Look at the back of nexus 4, made up of GLASS!!! I love it :)

6. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

the difference being that Samsung purposefully holds back on nexus devices because they do not want them to be able to keep up with the galaxy/note line. Its not in their best interests. The NexusS and G-Nex were not "top of the line" phones on release. LG has nothing to lose and can only gain by the frenzy for a great Nexus and went all out. And So far they are getting more positive press than they have in the last few years combined. LG "needs" the nexus, samsung doesnt. HTC was in a position like LG's this year as well, but they dont have the hardware capabilities to bring the economies of scale down like LG/Sammy to keep the phone cheaper.

10. redmd

Posts: 1926; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I agree. I could only imagine a galaxy nexus inside the Note 1 sans the hardware button. a nexus phablet. this will polarize everything that should be polarized.

7. christianqwerty

Posts: 467; Member since: May 05, 2011

I thought the lack of LTE was huge, like how can this be the 2013 nexus flagship with NO lte.... I use to think 4G was fast enough, but it's nothing compared to lte

9. Lawliet

Posts: 160; Member since: Jul 02, 2012

It's still 2012 And beside, not all countries have LTE.

13. danny_a2005

Posts: 358; Member since: Oct 06, 2011

The nexus one was the best... This year LG made the phone in order to be cheap.. that's all... With 300 bucks you can't afford an HTC or Samsung...

18. ZexyZahid

Posts: 11; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

I voted for galaxy nexus

22. iDroid8

Posts: 155; Member since: Oct 16, 2012

i think me too, but i doubt if my words were direct enough for PA people to get

23. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Folks, you're comparing past with present and old tech vs new. I bet $100 if Samsung came out with the GNexus 2, it would blast this LG nexus out of the sky.

25. JusMePnut

Posts: 31; Member since: Apr 23, 2012

Indeed. That's why I feel my GNex on sprint is still a great phone to ride with another year.

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