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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

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

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 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

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 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


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.


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 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

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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