Call Quality

Again, the G4 has a stronger command with call quality.

Between them, we’ll go with the G4 when it comes to call quality – mainly because the overall result is nearly excellent in every category. Not only is its earpiece and speakerphone deafening in tone, but voices are for the most part audible, despite its somewhat artificial sound. In contrast, the Nexus 6 has some noticeable static sounds in the background through the earpiece.

Battery

The Nexus 6 just can’t be beaten, it just offers the longer battery life – plus, it features built-in wireless charging.

Just by looking at them, the Nexus 6 is sporting the higher capacity battery – a 3220 mAh one to be exact, while the G4 clocks in with a respectably sized 3000 mAh battery cell. Very close indeed, our battery benchmark test reveals it’s a one-sided affair. Specifically, it reaches a mark of 7 hours and 53 minutes, which easily blows past the G4’s final tally of 6 hours and 6 minutes. In our day-to-day use, we also find the Nexus 6 simply at a higher capacity at the end of a single day of normal use.

Another thing to note, too, is that the Nexus 6 features built-in wireless charging – whereas with the G4, it’s wired for it, but you’ll need to purchase the optional rear casing to actually gain the feature.

Battery life (hours) Higher is better
LG G4 6h 6 min (Poor)
Google Nexus 6 7h 53 min (Average)
Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
LG G4 127
Google Nexus 6 98

Conclusion


Crowning a champion is always a difficult thing to do, requiring us to see how they compare against one another in all areas – while also thinking about the kind of value they bring to the table. Factoring their pricing, the Nexus 6 can be picked up as low as $600 outright, or $200 with a 2-year contract. That puts it in a better position than when it was initially released, making it pretty competitive to the G4’s anticipated on-contract pricing of $200.

Quite frankly, it’s a tossup and mainly hinges on what matters to you the most. Combing through how they perform in all the categories, the LG G4 impresses us with its sophisticated looks, fine-looking IPS Quantum Display, impressive camera, better call quality, and versatile LG UX 4.0 experience. Not one to be outdone because it’s the older model, the Nexus 6 can still outbox its newer rival, as it delivers a commanding presence with its sturdier construction, gigantic screen size, longer battery life, and stock Android experience.

The latter, of course, might be a huge drawing factor for those who yearn for the latest and greatest in terms of Android. Nevertheless, the G4’s experience is still a versatile one that's rich in personalization and multi-tasking. At the end of the day, however, both phones have the guts and performance to prove to everyone that they live up to their claim of being flagship phones.



LG G4

Pros

  • Impressive camera
  • Removable battery & microSD card slot
  • IPS Quantum Display has more favorable qualities
  • Versatile software experience with a deep set of features

Google Nexus 6

Pros

  • Stock Android experience
  • Will receive software updates faster
  • Longer battery life
  • Larger sized screen


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