LG G4 vs Google Nexus 6
Interface and Functionality
LG UX 4.0 faces stock Android Lollipop
Ah, stock Android versus LG’s interpretation? Enthusiasts will no doubt vouch for the Nexus 6’s stock Android 5.0 Lollipop experience for its straightforward, no-hassles approach, rich software features, and modern styling thanks to Material Design. Still, it has to be noted that while going with the Nexus 6 has many perks, like being greeted to the latest and greatest Android updates faster than most handsets, it doesn’t have the army of features attached to the LG UX 4.0 experience of the G4.
And that’s the biggest differentiators between them, seeing that some people will appreciate the extra features in tow with the G4’s experience. In particular, it’s pretty good at real multi-tasking with the aid of its various QSlide apps and Dual-Window feature. On top of that, LG sprinkles in some additional benefits in the form of its Smart Notice tidbits, as well as a useful theming option that changes up the look of interface, that help to deepen its experience over what we’re normally treated to with stock Android.
Nevertheless, some folks will forgo all of those added features for the simplicity that accompanies stock Android. There’s a toss-up, obviously, so the deciding factor is simply personal preference. Power users will gravitate to the extensive and encompassing features of the LG UX 4.0 experience, while the stock Android 5.0 Lollipop experience of the Nexus 6 screams performance and straightforwardness.
Processor and Memory
Both handle most basic tasks with no fluff
Separated by almost 6 months with their releases, there’s undoubtedly a degree of separation regarding their processing hardware. The older Nexus 6 is outfitted with a last-gen quad-core 2.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 SoC coupled with 3GB of RAM and the Adreno 420 GPU. Due to it being newer, the LG G4, on the other hand, is greeted with a 64-bit based hexa-core 1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 chip with 3GB of RAM and the Adreno 418 GPU. Needless to say, one can presume that the G4 has the upper hand, but does it really?
Based on our benchmark runs, the two handsets possess nearly the same processing punch – whether they’re basic or intensive processes, the outcome can sway to either device. Benchmarks aside, when we use the two day-to-day, we find the Nexus 6 exhibiting the smoother and snappier responses. Then again, LG’s custom skin definitely adds some touches that require more processing power.
Lucky for all of us, they’re offered with the minimum storage capacities of 32GB, which we feel to be adequate for today’s flagships. However, the G4 benefits from memory expansion via its microSD card slot.
Internet and Connectivity
Botching the web surfing experience is a rarity nowadays, but for these high-end flagships, they’re differentiated by their buttery smooth operations and impressively sharp displays. There’s plenty of that present here with these two, as we have no complaints whatsoever in what they have to offer. In fact, complex pages load properly, pinch zooming is tight, and all elements rendered effortlessly – with only their screen sizes being the differentiator. For some, the larger screen of the Nexus 6 is more ideal, but the LG G4 is also quite spacious as well.
Both the LG G4 and Google Nexus 6 are dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, GPS, 3G, and LTE-connected, which means they cover all the necessary networking bases. Also, both have microUSB 2.0 connectors for data and charging. Still, the G4 goes the extra step by offering an IR blaster to make it double as a universal remote as well.