Occasionally a question will pop up on the – what’s it called again? – Active Discussions that I’ll decide to massage into a full-blown feature. I’m sure you can see where I’m going with this.
This week, it was hero2zero asking: Google Nexus 5 or LG G2? Is the Google Nexus 5 the same as the LG G2 just without the rear buttons and slightly smaller? Let’s take a closer look.
Storage, shape and LTE compatibility aside, the Google Nexus 4 and LG Optimus G were remarkably similar, both weighing in with 4.7in displays, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processors and 2GB of RAM.
Conversely, the Google Nexus 5 and LG G2 are significantly different. Behold:
Google Nexus 5: 4.95in 1080p
LG G2: 5.2in 1080p
Both devices have IPS+ LCD displays, though obviously being slightly smaller than the LG G2, the Google Nexus 5 has a higher PPI rating (455 vs. 424). Having said that, you’d need magnifying glasses for eyes to spot the difference.
Google Nexus 5: 8MP rear camera, 1.3MP front
LG G2: 13MP rear camera, 2MP front
It’s not always about the megapixel count, but it’s probably fair to say the LG G2 is your best bet for camera action if you’re torn between the two.
The Google Nexus 5’s camera was originally criticised for being slow, with a lazy, unreliable auto-focus, but an update in December 2013 addressed those issues and more.
Processor and RAM
Google Nexus 5: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.26GHz, 2GB of RAM, Adreno 330 GPU
LG G2: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.26GHz, 2GB of RAM, Adreno 330 GPU
Yep, the Google Nexus 5 and LG G2 are identical under the hood, with the top-of-the-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, and a capable 2GB of RAM ensuring smooth multitasking.
Google Nexus 5: 2,300mAh
LG G2: 3,000mAh
Neither the Google Nexus 5 nor the LG G2 opt for a removable battery, though it’s debatable (literally debatable) if that’s a problem.
As implied by the numbers above, the LG G2 easily pips the Google Nexus 5 in terms of battery life. Indeed, the Google Nexus 5’s battery life regularly pops up in the negative column of reviews.
Google Nexus 5: KitKat Android 4.4, “stock” Android
LG G2: Jelly Bean Android 4.2, Practical UX
The Google Nexus 5 of course comes with plain old stock Android, which means it’s right at the front of the queue for Android software updates. However, Uncle Jan will tell you that that’s not always necessarily a good thing.
The LG G2, meanwhile, opts to slather a generous helping of its Practical UX on top, including – perhaps most notably – KnockON, which allows the user to sleep/wake the phone with a double tap of the display.
Other LG G2 software features include Guest Mode (a restricted account) and Qslide (pop a handful of your favourite apps in an adjustable window) – to name just two. Of course, you’ll be waiting a while for the latest version of Android. Worth it? You decide.
Google Nexus 5: wireless charging
LG G2: rear buttons
One feature the Google Nexus 5 has over the LG G2 is wireless charging, though if you’re anything like us, you’ll hardly consider that a dealmaker.
As for the LG G2, it shoves the volume keys on the back of the phone, the idea being that they sit where your fingers rest naturally.
As the price gap closes, we’re tending towards the LG G2, primarily for the bigger battery, but also with the rear camera in mind.
The Google Nexus 5 is priced £299 (16GB) at Google Play, while the LG G2 recently popped up on Amazon for £330ish. Worth the extra £30? Yeah, we reckon so.
Some might cite those quicker software updates as a reason to go for the Google Nexus 5, but looking at the list of KitKat Android 4.4 features, we think your average Joe could quite happily live without them for a few months.