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Google Nexus 5 vs LG G2

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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

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

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.






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


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