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.

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.

hours Higher is better
6h 14 min (Poor)
Google Nexus 5
4h 50 min (Poor)


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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