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LG G3 vs Google Nexus 5


LG G3 vs Google Nexus 5
LG G3 vs Google Nexus 5
Call quality

The LG G3 steals the show here

While the Nexus 5 certainly proves above average when it comes to call quality, it's certainly no benchmark. We can't say the same about the G3, however, as both its earpiece and microphone are quite decent.

Indeed, the LG G3 offers very satisfying volume levels, both in and out, and voices' clarity is also top notch. Distortion, even the highest levels of volume, are hard to make out, and we voices sound lively and true-to-life.

As for the Nexus 5, its tiny, circular earpiece leaves something to be desired in terms of loudness, and produces flat voices. The other side has it better – the microphone is comparatively louder, and voice quality is decent.

Battery life

You get a better battery life with the LG G3.

Despite its super pixel-dense, 5.5'' Quad HD display, the LG G3 didn't exactly tank its battery life test, but the results aren't as great as with rival flagships.. The G3's removable 3000 mAh cell was able to persevere for 6 hours and 14 minutes in our custom battery life test that attempts to replicate the average person's usage habits.

Still, the comparatively tiny, 2300 mAh embedded unit of the Nexus 5 proves inferior. Google's favorite lasted just 4 hours and 50 minutes, allowing the G3 to snatch a win in this section.

Battery life

We measure battery life by running a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage. All devices that go through the test have their displays set at 200-nit brightness.

Higher is better
6h 14 min (Average)
Google Nexus 5
4h 50 min (Poor)
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So what are you to make out of this comparison?

Well, actually, things aren't as clear cut as you might have thought, specifically on account of the Nexus 5's enticing price point. Sure, looking at the full picture, the LG G3 proves to be the better overall device, despite its drawbacks. For example, It offers a boatload of extra features that the Nexus 5 does not, a better camera, and a more reliable battery. Also, not to be ignored is its impressive 5.5-inch, Quad HD display, which makes it perfect for media consumption. That's a sizable list of pros over the Nexus 5. But it's not as simple as that.

Sure enough, the Nexus 5 is not without its relative strengths either. It's got a more simplistic interface powered by stock Android, and is among the very first in the industry to receive the latest software updates. What's more, despite its relatively inferior hardware, navigation is far more fluid, and hiccups are pretty much non-existent in comparison with the G3. Most importantly of all, however, the Nexus 5 is a whole lot of phone for a whole lot less – it costs about half what the G3 does. And that, more than anything else, is why it should be among the first on your list if you're hunting for a bargain.


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posted on 19 Jun 2014, 09:30

1. Jinto (Posts: 436; 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: 136; 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: 3698; 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: 40; 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: 3689; 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: 546; Member since: 06 May 2013)

why the icons on the n5 looks so pixelated

posted on 19 Jun 2014, 11:28

8. PootisMan (Posts: 260; 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: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)

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

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 01:50

16. Chris.P (Posts: 567; 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 17 Mar 2015, 12:04

27. lilrob05 (Posts: 1; Member since: 17 Mar 2015)

It's a icon pack homie. I use it still. Pretty dope

posted on 19 Jun 2014, 11:39

9. ryan5609 (Posts: 107; 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: 1237; 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: 16; 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: 567; 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: 11; Member since: 06 May 2014)

What wallpaper does the Nexus5 have here?

posted on 19 Jun 2014, 15:33

13. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)

Its one of the stock nexus 5 kitkat wallpapers.
Here's the wallpaper itself

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 09:12

19. SanderBelaen (Posts: 11; Member since: 06 May 2014)

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

posted on 19 Jun 2014, 16:25 2

14. fzacek (Posts: 2486; 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: 91; 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: 829; 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 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: 436; 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: 2486; 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?

posted on 05 Dec 2014, 22:06

26. RockChalkDylan (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Dec 2014)

The nexus 5's design is just gorgeous and really gets to me, but the specs of the lg g3 beat it out. Google needs to refresh the nexus 5 becausr that would be a phone i would totally get.

posted on 27 May 2016, 16:48

28. susieannag (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 May 2016)

Hi there peeps,

I was wondering if anyone could give me a bit of advice, ive been looking into updating my phone HTC wildfire, as it's seen better days. I've been reading site after site at what to go for, first I was looking into motorola moto g family, then I came across lg g3, and then the nexus 5, im not a big user of a mobile, atm, it's just a phone that I use to call and receive texts, im looking to buy o the second hand market, and I have decent camera, and if it goes up to android 6.0 that how I came up with nexus5. Because it's powered by Android. I want a camera better than 5 mp front. And also like to start putting my music on. But I do like having a fb radio o my phone but the nexus doesn't have 1. Also I was thinking of getting a dual sim because I was wanting to go on to payg giff gaff because of the deals they do, ie data etc, not that I'm a big heavy user on the phone I'm lucky to use about 60 mins a month no joke billie no mates, ive an illness so I need to phone hospital Dr's etc and of course my mum Bro and my legs stevie, I top up £10 a month which I be grudge for 500 mins and only an hr tops of use, but if a didn't top up a month, if your using your normal credit ur money goes down so so quick so better to top up a month, But they are all on O2 so still have to keep my o2 number for them to phone me as they are all pay as you go users. I'm not wanting to spend a fortune, any one with any suggestions would be much appreciated as I'm fed up reading different sites on reviews of different phones, been at it for days and days, then it doned on my to just ask the people who would know best YOU'S TECH GEEKS.... LOL I appreciateit in advance for you taking time out to reply to me.

Many thanks folks.......

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