Poll: Has LG really been the best Nexus partner?

Poll: Has LG really been the best Nexus partner?
Earlier today, Google praised LG by calling the company "the best partner for us in engineering the Nexus smartphones". That's probably not the boldest statement ever, since Google and LG have partnered on three Nexus smartphones. Besides LG, only Samsung has partnered with Google more than once on a Nexus phone.

LG has been the partner for the most successful Nexus devices - the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 - as well as the new Nexus 5X. However, the Nexus lineup goes beyond just phones. HTC was the partner for the Nexus One phone, but also the Nexus 9 tablet. Samsung made the Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus phones, but also made the Nexus 10 tablet. Asus was the partner for the Nexus tablets in 2012 and 2013, as well as the Nexus Player Android TV device. And, Motorola has the odd distinction of making both the Nexus 6 and the only device to premier a new version of Android without bearing the Nexus name - the Xoom tablet - because the Xoom premiered the only version of Android to never see AOSP - Honeycomb. The hardest of all to judge is going to be Huawei because the Nexus 6P hasn't made it to customer hands yet, though it does appear to have the most premium build of any Nexus device so far. 

Now, we can't really speak to which company was the best engineering partner. We'll have to trust Google on that one. But, we can put out the question to you: which company do you think has made the best Nexus devices?


Who was the best Nexus partner?

HTC (Nexus One, Nexus 9)
4.84%
Samsung (Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 10)
7.91%
LG (Nexus 4, 5, 5X)
69.66%
Motorola (Nexus 6, *Xoom)
6.92%
Asus (Nexus 7, Nexus 7 (2013), Nexus Player)
3.56%
Huawei (Nexus 6P)
7.11%

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30 Comments

1. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Better than Sammy

6. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

This year sammy would have been good choice for bigger phone. (Exynos 7420 instead of SD810)

10. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Lg and google like brothers now tho.

17. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1273; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

NOT really as Sammy hesitates to give source code for its Exynos line-up... Thats why Google has gone for TI OMAP for GNexus...

23. NFSHesham

Posts: 297; Member since: Feb 04, 2014

Nope .. If it were Samsung it would run by Snapdragon 810 as well

2. TechNeck

Posts: 657; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

Totally LG. But the prices aren't as good as they used to be.

8. cdm283813

Posts: 424; Member since: Jan 10, 2015

If only the OG Nexus 5 was released on Verizon I would agree. But the Nexus 6 made it possible to have a Nexus device on any carrier with one model. It's the main ingredient for the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P. What good is a Nexus device if it has spotty compatibility? It's the primary issue I have with the Windows 10 phones right now. Microsoft just killed Windows 10 phones out the gate.

19. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

It's Google that sets the price, not LG.

3. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

@Mike Hg. If Xoom isn't nexus branded, how is it a "Nexus partner"? Yes I've read the article btw..doesn't explain it

7. TechNeck

Posts: 657; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

It's a nexus partner because it was one of the first tablets to release Android 3.0 Honeycomb

13. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

If that's the case, I'm wondering why the HTC Dream isn't there too.

4. Tziggy14

Posts: 625; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

So far, there's no question the best Nexus phones were made by them. LG doesn't have any heavy disadvantage or secret ambitions that don't diverge too far from what Google wants from them. They're probably the the second most loyal(Moto is first) to Google's Android vision despite themselves having skinned bloatware phones from their G line. Let's see why Google chooses LG the most. HTC from their last Nexus phones have fallen off, Samsung is moving in a completely different direction from what Google wants, and Moto is slowly losing their touch with stock updates since Lenovo got them. LG and Huawei so far are coming up with no real obstacles.

5. imkyle

Posts: 1116; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

LG for phones, but Nexus 10 is a beast.

9. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

It's good to have many option LG Nexus offered flagship performance for those who want reliable smartphone with affordable price-tag. Nexus wasn't perfect for me but if i had one i won't complained much.

11. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

Yeah, LG has been performing rather decently without much of gimmicks, unlike Sammy.

16. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Never expected to hear that from you...*sniff* that was quite something man!

27. TezzaBP

Posts: 274; Member since: May 18, 2015

Holy I never expected this from you man I'm so proud, and for once you're actually RIGHT

12. Orion78

Posts: 212; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

Best lineup, of course it goes to LG. But in my opinion the best single device goes to Motorola. Nexus 6 is a beast.

14. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

What about the Nexus Q? Granted, that was designed by Google itself, but maybe Google is its own best partner! (Nope, it's not.)

15. DRS1977

Posts: 679; Member since: May 27, 2015

I would really like to see a 5.2 inch Galaxy Nexus 2. Basically a stock Marshmellow GS6 with a larger battery and SD card slot.

21. Chris_Bakke

Posts: 247; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

You aren't going to get an SD card slot in a Nexus device, that hasn't happened in quite some time.

18. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

100% sure. HTC partnership was just the foundation. The recent Nexus 9 is no where in sight Samsung partnership was a joke. Nexus 10 was mostly forgotten Asus partnership ? look at the nexus 7 1st gen failure with Nvidia and the 2nd gen with touch issue and Asus never fix it. Motorola Nexus is a beast, but with a high-end price and a very not good camera IMX 214 LG with a very great Price/perfomance Nexus 4/5 win my heart !

20. Fellwalker

Posts: 540; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

LG Glass back was dreadful. And the worst? Google. They badly underestimated demand and crashed the order site. Google refused replaceable battery and SD card support. At least the LG Optimus G E970 had the SD card and was pretty much the same otherwise ;just not released far afield.

22. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Feel bad for Motorola. They put out such good hardware, but the 2 biggest disappointments were both from them. Xoom tablet was the butt of so many "bad tech" jokes. LG, and I do not see how it is even close.

24. lex700

Posts: 9; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Funny how Huawei has been the partner for one sole device, which as of right now has not even made it into consumer hands, and yet somehow they can manage 7.84% of the votes????? Bias appears to be giving way to user experience it would seem.

25. mitchytan92

Posts: 92; Member since: Mar 02, 2015

I only own a Nexus 4 and a 5. Both phones break down before in less than a year. My Nexus 4 is s**t. Throttling when I am just playing Subway Surfers. Power button spoilt in less than 2 months and after a year, screen digitiser spoilt. My Nexus 5 has way lesser problems luckily. My power button is dead in about a year and thats all.

26. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Heavy use?

28. TezzaBP

Posts: 274; Member since: May 18, 2015

Dude I think you've been handling your phones way too hard

30. mitchytan92

Posts: 92; Member since: Mar 02, 2015

Maybe but my previous phones had no problem though

29. tokuzumi

Posts: 1948; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Having used and owned basically every Nexus device, I can say the LG has made great Nexus devices that have performed well through their entire supported lifecycle. The nexus 4 feels solid. While it is prone to cracking when dropped, android updates actually improved the performance of this device. It's unfortunate 6.0 will never officially come to the Nexus 4. The Nexus 5, while a plastic beast, actually performs better in real world usage than my Nexus 6, despite the 6's faster processor, and better GPU. I think the screen resolution is a key factor here. The 6 benchmarks better than the 5, but we all know about benchmarks. I'll pick up a 5X next year, when it goes on sale. The problem with the Samsung Nexus devices was not using Snapdragon chips. There's no reason the Galaxy Nexus should have stopped at android 4.3. If the nexus 4 was supported for almost 3 years, the only reason the GN was dropped was because of the TI-OMAP processor. The Nexus S was already outdated when it came out, so that was a no brainer to stop updates on that after Jelly Bean.

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