LG G4 vs Google Nexus 6

LG G4 vs Google Nexus 6
LG G4 vs Google Nexus 6
LG G4 vs Google Nexus 6
LG G4 vs Google Nexus 6
LG G4 vs Google Nexus 6
Introduction


Phablets, they’re the perennial behemoths in the space. Just when we all thought they couldn’t get any bigger, companies continue to push the envelope, trimming wherever they can find, to bring us even larger sized smartphones that we can try to fit in our pockets. Not everyone fancies these gargantuan beasts, especially when they’re sometimes just obnoxiously big, but on the other end of the spectrum, they certainly have their unique qualities and claims.

One of them in particular, the Google Nexus 6, surely doesn’t try to hide the fact that it’s a gigantic phone in the space. However, despite its Goliath size, it’s a monumental phone that’s rich with drool worthy specs and the power of vanilla Android to win over hardened enthusiast of the platform. Meanwhile, the LG G4, being the newcomer and all, intends to establish itself as a formidable rival with all of the improvements that accompany any successive phone – though, it’ll need to prove to people that it has more value over the Nexus 6, to reign supreme in this comparison.

Design

It’s the tough construction and gigantic size of the Nexus 6, versus the sophisticated look of the G4. The decision is yours!

First and foremost, there’s the matter regarding their sizes, which is arguably the most apparent thing about their designs over everything else. Certainly, the Nexus 6 is a handful of a phone to handle – primarily due to its wider and taller stature, making it really tough to use single-handedly. In comparison, the LG has been trimmed in areas where appropriate, to give it less of an overbearing feel in the hand. Technically, though, it’s the Nexus 6 that offers the better screen-to-body ratio of 74.03%, versus the 72.46% mark of the G4.

Aesthetically, it’s a tough call definitively saying what phone flaunts the superior design. In terms of construction, there’s more of that sturdy feel with the Nexus 6, thanks in part to its solid metal trim bezel and sturdier polycarbonate casing – plus, it’s a closed design. Indeed, LG adds a new level of sophistication to the G4’s design thanks to the new leather backing option, but it doesn’t have that overall solid feel we get from handling the Nexus 6. Ultimately, though, it purely comes down to personal preference.

For something occupying a whole lot of real-estate, the only unique thing crammed into the Nexus 6 is its dual front-firing speakers. Beyond that, there’s little to get excited about. Although it’s not particularly the most feature-rich smartphone we’ve encountered, the LG G4 bears a fair amount of goodies that include an IR blaster, removable battery, and microSD card slot.


LG G4

LG G4

Dimensions

5.86 x 3 x 0.39 inches

148.9 x 76.1 x 9.8 mm

Weight

5.47 oz (155 g)

Google Nexus 6

Google Nexus 6

Dimensions

6.27 x 3.27 x 0.4 inches

159.26 x 82.98 x 10.06 mm

Weight

6.49 oz (184 g)

LG G4

LG G4

Dimensions

5.86 x 3 x 0.39 inches

148.9 x 76.1 x 9.8 mm

Weight

5.47 oz (155 g)

Google Nexus 6

Google Nexus 6

Dimensions

6.27 x 3.27 x 0.4 inches

159.26 x 82.98 x 10.06 mm

Weight

6.49 oz (184 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page



Display

Quad-HD resolution is in effect here, but it’s the G4’s display that ultimately flaunts the more favorable characteristics.

Big versus bigger, that’s the essence of these two displays. For the LG G4, it continues the company’s tradition of being forward-moving with its new 5.5-inch 1440 x 2560 IPS Quantum Display. As for the Google Nexus 6, it’s certainly a head turner as well thanks to the 6-inch 1440 x 2560 AMOLED display it’s been graced with on its façade.

In terms of brightness, the G4 proves to be the better choice, as it achieves a higher maximum brightness of 454 nits, compared to the Nexus 6's overly modest 270 nits. When it comes to color accuracy, however, things aren't so simply. As far as RGB balance goes, the Nexus 6 tends to outdo its counterpart, thanks to a color temperature of 6550 K – pretty much bordering on the reference 6500 K point, whereas the G4 suffers from considerably bluish tones with its 8000 K temperature. However, color tones tend to be overly saturated and intensified with the Nexus 6's AMOLED screen, leading to unpleasant effects such as unrealistically reddish skin. The LG G4 isn't so shy to boost its colors either, but overall, things do look more down-to-Earth on its IPS panel.

All told, we tend to favor the LG G4’s display with this comparison, although it does need a lot of improvement as well..



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18 Comments

1. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

LG wins in everything except design

9. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

The LG G4 is an excellent phone, but the Nexus 6 in my opinion is a better device because of the quick charge feature, wireless charging & excellent battery life. Everything else the LG takes because it's a newer device. The camera though on the LG G4 is EPIC. Just wonderful. The South Koreans with the Samsung Galaxy Note 4/Edge, Galaxy S6/Edge, & the LG G4 are simply STUNNING in the picture department. The Nexus 6 is a better than decent camera phone though. It takes pretty decent/good pictures, shoot 1000 times better than any other Nexus before it.

16. Furbal unregistered

Waiting for my 3rd nexus 6 to come back. QA on the screen quality of these is terrible. :(

13. waddup121 unregistered

Stock Google Beats in with Battery/Charging, Interface, and imo maybe the screen specs. LG G4? Everything else. >>>

2. mike2959

Posts: 692; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

What a disappointment the Nexus turned out to be compared to other flagships. From battery, to display, just really awful. Don't forget the price.

3. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Yup. A pretty disappointing Nexus 6 after the almost perfect Nexus 5.

4. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

See.. I disagree completely. I thought the nexus 5 was a bad phone and had way too many compromises. The nexus 6 is a beast.

7. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

How so ? Except a stellar battery Nexus 5 was almost perfect, IMO. But each to their own

8. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Camera, build quality and screen were all mediocre at best

10. gaming64 unregistered

It was released in 2013, of course phones were mediocre back then by 2015 standards.

11. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Screen - Nexus 5 goes to 485 nits and Nexus 6 goes to 270 nits. Also, if you read any reviews Nexus 6 produces highly oversaturated colours as it uses yesteryear's display tech unlike Samsung. Camera - I agree Build quality - Both are more or less the same with some touch back finish and all glass in front. And the biggest thing is, if you say 'all mediocre at best' you have to realize you also pay a 'mediocre' price for Nexus 5 unlike Nexus 6 which charges almost same money as a flagship without offering anything significant.

12. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

If I'm comparing screen tech between the note 4 and nexus 6 then yes it underwhelmed as do all screens not by Samsung but compared to the nexus 5 the nexus 6 screen while not as bright is still the better screen. Build quality of the nexus six feels much better than the nexus 5 with a metal rim. It also has a better loud speaker, buttons feel better to the touch and its a more powerful phone. The two really can't be compared as the nexus 6 is better in almost all areas. For the price of the nexus 5 I had a one plus one which was also better than the nexus 5. We are going to have to agree to disagree

14. Noble_One

Posts: 63; Member since: Aug 18, 2012

Agreed pattyface. After owning both phones I'd definitely favor 6 over 5. The brightness isn't as much of an issue as expected because the 5 looked very washed out in sunlight compared to the 6. The Nexus 6 is much more premium so the increased price tag didn't bother me. The camera and battery life are incredibly bad on the nexus 5. I think the overall experience on the 6 is a whole lot better.

5. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Battery life while not great on the nexus 6 is still much better than the g4. Nexus 6 wins

18. MikeDLA

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 28, 2015

What the review fails to mention in the battery section is that the G4 has a user changeable battery. This is a ridiculous omission in a review like this. I have an LG G4 and I have a spare fully charged battery with me all day. I use the phone with full screen brightness and all comms switch on and when the battery is nearly done I swap out the battery in a minute or so. In effect this is a "one minute recharge" of the phone. Nexus 6 is not going to last long enough in real world conditions and then I'll be looking for a charger. I got the external G4 battery charging unit free as part of my purchase. User changeable battery is a huge feature that should have been mentioned in the battery section of this review.

15. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

G4 is better option for me.

17. AshuPednekar

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 18, 2015

Nexus 6 Is clearly the winner.... Also, you can't expect express updates on the G4....

19. MikeDLA

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 28, 2015

G4 has user changeable battery. I swap it out in a minute with my charged spare battery and I'm back in the game. No need to look for a charging station during a long day. It basically means I can recharge my G4 in one minute. This is a huge deal.

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