Top Reasons To Buy The LG G2 Over The Nexus 5

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By now, there’s a good chance that you’re painfully aware that the Nexus 5 is on the way. The specs, design, color options, and even a good chunk of carriers it will be available on have already been leaked out and we’re still waiting on the official announcement. You also likely know that like the Nexus 4, the Nexus 5 will share a majority of its hardware with LG’s latest flagship handset, the G2. The LG G2 is a sleek, sexy, and powerful device and we’re going to give you some of the top reasons to grab it over the Nexus 5.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a  proper head to head battle if we didn’t mention why you should grab the Nexus 5 over the LG G2, so we’re going to do that too. Read on!

Top Reasons To Buy The G2 Over The Nexus 5

Larger Display

The LG G2 ships with a beautiful 5.2 inch 1080p HD IPS+ display, where the Nexus 5 will be rocking a 5 inch display. The difference between the two screen sizes may seem a bit negligible, but why not get a little extra screen if you can? While the Nexus 5′s smaller display will offer up a higher pixel density, the G2′s 5.2 inch display is stunning to watch movies on and we have our doubts that you’d be complaining about pixel density with it.

Camera Experience

We already know that the Nexus 5 will ship with an 8 megapixel camera instead of the G2′s 13 megapixel camera, but we’re not going to take points off for that. The photo quality has more to do with the sensor than the megapixel count. With that out of the way, the G2′s camera software offers a TON of options that make the experience very easy to use, but you can also dig deeper if you want to tweak settings. The camera experience on the Nexus 5 will definitely be able to get you where you need to go, but we don’t see Google offering up the large assortment of features you’ll find on the G2 out of the box.

Software

I’m not talking homescreen user interface when I say software. I’m talking genuinely unique features that ship with the LG G2 that you just won’t find on the Nexus 5. The camera experience above also falls into this. While the experience on the G2 isn’t stock Android, there are many tweaks and features that we likely won’t see inside the core OS for a long time. Take your pick.

Many people want a Nexus phone because it’s a Nexus phone and that it will get updates faster than any other Android handset, but there are still many Android handsets out there that do certain things better than stock Android does.

This reminds me  of the Google Play Edition HTC One and Galaxy S 4. Many have wanted to have the stock Android experience on these devices (myself included), and after reviewing the HTC One GPE, I was a bit disappointed. Having one of the best handsets running stock Android was great until I wanted to make a Zoe, or wanted to use the IR Blaster to change the channel using the great app HTC made for it. You think you’ll get eye-scrolling on the Galaxy S 4 Google Play Edition? Exactly. The Google Play editions of the HTC One and Galaxy S 4 have completely unused or underutilized hardware inside of them. It would be easier to just throw on a custom home replacement application to get the look and feel of the stock Android homescreen and keep all of the features from the handset.

All that said, the Nexus 5 isn’t a Google Play Edition handset. It’s a Nexus. But if the terribly intriguing rumor that Android 4.4 Kit Kat will introduce a “Google Experience” launcher comes to fruition, will it matter what phone you’re using?

IR Blaster

As you might have noticed, there’s absolutely no mention of the Nexus 5 having an IR blaster. While not the most sought after feature in a smartphone, the LG G2, HTC One, and Samsung Galaxy S 4 all ship with IR blasters, allowing you to control your television and cable box. The G2 goes a bit further, allowing you to control just about any appliance that uses an IR remote. All of the three aforementioned devices ship with their own custom applications to make the experience even better.

Top Reasons To Buy The Nexus 5 Over The LG G2

Updates Updates Updates

This probably the best reason to grab a Nexus device over any other Android phone on the market. The Nexus 5 will ship with Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box, and the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 will be tapped to receive the update just days after the announcement (hopefully). It’ll take some time before any other handset gets the official Android 4.4 KitKat update and that alone may be enough to stick with Nexus devices.

Software

While other Android handsets may indeed have features that stock Android lacks, Nexus devices will be first to take advantage of the new features found on the latest OS update. This much we know, but if you want to do a little tweaking to your Nexus device, you can expect to see a wealth of options from the custom ROM community. A majority of smartphone owners won’t apply custom ROMs to their phones, but if you’re geek enough to want a Nexus, we’d imagine the chances of installing a custom ROM are greater. This isn’t to say that the G2 doesn’t have custom ROMs available. Quite the opposite, but with the Nexus 5, you’ll eventually find many more options available to you.

Another thing you won’t find on a Nexus device? Bloatware. While it’s true that you can disable a majority of these applications in the settings so that they won’t appear in your application drawer on a non-Nexus handset, it’s something you won’t have to go through with the Nexus 5.

Wireless Charging

This one is simple and to the point. The Nexus 5 will ship with wireless charging support out of the box like the Nexus 4, where wireless charging is an exclusive feature to the Verizon Wireless LG G2, which is a bit lame if you ask us. Wireless charging is still a novelty feature but it’s an option you want to have and you definitely won’t be running into carrier exclusive features with a Nexus device.

Pricing

When comparing the prices of the LG G2 and Nexus 5, it may be a game over for the G2. Off contract, the LG G2 runs from $549.00 to $600 across the four major US carriers, where the Nexus 5 is expected to debut at $349 with no carrier agreement. This mean you can essentially purchase two Nexus 5 handsets by spending $100 more than one off-contract G2.

The one catch? We’re expecting the $349 Nexus 5 to have only 16GB internal storage, where all US versions of the LG G2 ship with 32GB. Just something to think about.

Overall, both the LG G2 and Nexus 5 have a lot going for them. All you really need to know is that LG has made two of the best smartphones this year and you’ll likely enjoy the experience on either device. It all comes down to personal preference.

So what do you think? If you’re already sold on the Nexus 5, what would it take for you to consider the LG G2 as your next smartphone?

  • nd

    Good article. Im sure many people are deciding between these two phones including myself

  • Superbaldman

    Why are people skipping over the fact that the Nexus 5 will not only have the 8MP camera with OIS, it is a mems camera that has more capabilities than traditional phone cameras?

    • nerds

      because it doesn’t have a mems camera. OIS, yes. But no mems.

  • jscofi

    please mention the fact that only one of those devices is on verizon

    • Mike Duman

      Good point! Google seems to have ignored one of the major carriers in the US.

      • Mehdi Jaffery

        True but can you blame google on not trusting verizon after the last nexus phone they got

      • Andrew

        Not Surprised, because Verizon (aside from network coverage) sucks.

  • rahlquist

    If the nexus 5 lowly 8Mp is better at taking pictures than my Galaxy S4 it will win and I will replace this pile. $700 phone and it takes worse pictures than my 3 year old Captivate. More MP does not always make a device better.

    • cameraguy

      Of course more MP doesn’t equal a better picture, it comes down to the actual CCD camera sensor. Some 40 MP camera sensor will fail to impress a 15 MP DSLR.

  • Nick V

    I am looking forward to the Nexus 5. I have the 4, and will be getting the 5. After years of MFG UIs, I prefer Stock Android over all the different UIs that are bloated, and mostly just novel features. I love the Samsung multi-window features, but look away video pause, and waving your hand over the phone to answer… Not feeling it.

    There is absolutely nothing wrong with these features, and I think it is awesome that people have this choice. I never understood the Samsung and HTC GPE phones because all those features on these flagships that would be left unused.

    The OIS in the camera is enough for me. If I want to take pictures in the dark, I will use my Canon 5D MkIII and my 50/1.4. The price is right, and I look forward to the 32GB version and LTE.

  • sjpn

    One more thing – the G2 has a bigger battery. 3000mAh. I’m not about the Nexus 5. I really love the battery capacity and also that it charges so quickly.

    • Craig Southwick

      The battery is what has slowed me from grabbing a Nexus 5. What annoys me the most about my current phone (Droid Charge) is the battery life. Second is being stuck with Gingerbread. Third is the camera. Seeing what’s bothering me now I think the G2 might be the way to go for long term usability.
      If you are looking strictly at bang for the buck the Nexus 5 is head and shoulders above everything else out there. The G2 isn’t that much more and for the battery and camera it is probably worth it.

    • Que Pacifica

      Yes, the 2300mAh battery in the Nexus 5 is a big difference as compared to G2′s 3000mAh and this should have been mentioned in this article. I’m thinking of returning the Nexus 5. And yes the N5 is cheaper. I will probably look for a used G2.

  • EllGuapo

    Since I’ll be upgrading on-contract I think I’ll go with the G2 and get more phone for the money. Battery is a concern as it is sealed, and G2 has a much larger one. The Nexus 5 is looking so much sexier though, I still get people asking me about my 2yr old Galaxy Nexus.

  • xuniltoor

    Lg G2 is the best phone I have ever used. First phone I have no desire to root.

    • Andrew

      You must not be on Verizion…

      • Elie Martinez

        don’t need to root it, android now allows you to hide all the vzw crapware.

      • Trueislander

        How’s your experience on the Verizon G2 been?

    • Adam Smith

      sweet – i’m getting my G2 in 2 days and I thought of rooting it asap – i liked the viui 5, but i’ll try the lg bloatware first before rooting it.

  • Mike Duman

    I can tell you one reason, my carrier has the bootloader locked on the G2, which makes rooting, and running custom kernels / ROMs much more difficult.

    • player911

      Actually it isn’t. In fact it might be easier on the G2. You push superuser.apk over to the phone using ADB to root (super easy). Then you just download the custom recovery image and flash it using Flashify from the Play Store. The process is actually quite a bit simplier then a Nexus even. It doesn’t require erasing everything on your device either.

      My bootloader is locked but it has TWRP and is Rooted on stock rom. I haven’t flashed a custom rom yet, but I’ve flashed a few mods, bootanimations, and backups.

      • Angsty Android

        Have a locked bootloader is horrible! I will never touch another phone without being able to unlock the bootloader; being rooted and running a custom recovery won’t get you as far without an unlocked bootloader.

  • Ugslick

    I’m still undecided between the N5 and G2. Ultimately, it might just come down to price. (Though I’m sure the G2 will get progressively cheaper as time goes on)

    • Paul

      I’d encourage you to spend as much time with one as possible before deciding. I had one for a week (VZW) and couldn’t get used to buttons on the back.

      • Ugslick

        Well I would opt for the one with the regular buttons, not Verizon’s version (I live in Canada anyways :P). so I’m pretty sure the buttons would be fine.

        • Batman

          I have the LG G2 and even though it cost me by quiet a bit more than the N5 does, I love every moment of it. It is so super smooth and the battery life is perfect for daily use. The only downsides that a phone has don’t really matter as it is one hell of a phone. It is just so smooth and great. I got a case on it and the phone is still slim.

          • Ugslick

            I’m looking into buying a T-mobile version unlocked online :) (Trying to get one cheaper, I still have a balance on my old phone (it’ll disappear by next october), which I don’t want to pay prematurely). I’m sure I’ll love every second of it as well. If I end up buying it I’ll definitely get a case and screen protector as well.

          • Batman

            What do you have as a phone now? If you have an older phone you probably then will be fine with the N5 because the battery life will be better than any of the older phones and the price is cheaper. The camera is not that big of a difference as well. So may be the N5 would be a better choice for you, but for right now the LG G2 is the king in my opinion and it will be getting the 4.4 update later, just not as soon as the N5 obviously and unfortunately.

          • Ugslick

            Yeah. I have the LG g2x. Upgrade has been a long time coming. I could have ordered the N5 the day it came out and got it shipped Nov 8 :’( Starting to maybe regret it.

  • sandy

    I dont want bigger phones.. i was quite happy with the galaxy s2 size. but now you can’t find a phone under 5″ whose specs can compare with the bigger ones, except iphone. and I like being on Android too much to shift.

    • Lindsay

      Nexus 5 is slated to be SMALLER than the Nexus 4, but with better surface usage to accommodate the bigger screen, so…

    • player911

      The G2 isn’t that big. Even though it touts a 5.2″ screen, it is no bigger then my Galaxy Nexus with a 4.5″ screen. I think it is the same size a an S4, maybe smaller. The screen is edge to edge. They really crammed it in there.

    • Phil Williamson

      I’m hanging on to my trusty, but obsolete, Evo 3d because of that very reason. It has a bad digitizer (which I can repair) but I like the size. It’s rooted and I can teether to my Nexus 7. I don’t want a 5″ inch phone. If I wanted a huge phone, I’d buy a tablet that supported 4g and use bluetooth.

    • Connor

      Z1 Compact. Flagship specs, smaller screen.

  • Andrew Persaud

    Nexus 5 will win this battle. Stock android is always more optimized, smoother, and battery saving compared to all the bloat shipped on these other phones. That in itself is a huge advantage. If you have never used pure Google aosp you will not know the difference between true manufacture bloat and pure android.

    • Adam

      Have you seen any G2 reviews? Battery Life is top notch. It has a much bigger battery than the N5 too (3000 vs 2300 mAH)… so I just don’t see the Nexus 5 winning any battery life tests vs the G2. Camera on the G2 is better too, both hardware and software.

  • RR

    Top reason why not to care about this post: it makes no sense. The second half of the post contradicts the first half. Please, don’t give up your day job!

    • Ronnie

      They said right up front, they were going to give reasons to buy the G2 over the Nexus AND reasons to buy the Nexus over the G2. They’re giving you the pros and cons for both phones.

  • Craig Jacobs

    Unlocked.

  • Samsungsucks

    Why would Google repeat the Verizon fiasco and lose control over the devices on Verizon?

  • Nathan Bael

    I just don’t like the softbuttons of the G2. Menu button, seriously?!? I was all set to buy one before that. I’m a fan of vanilla android, but not likely to see the N5 on Verizon :(

    • player911

      If you go into settings of the stock software, you would quickly find that you can customize the soft buttons as you want. You can also change the nav bar using several themes. They have a White, Black, and Pink theme. There are like 10 different button layouts which shuffle stuff around. You can have 3, 4, or 5 icons on there.

      The menu button is actually pretty nice. Back, Home, Menu. Hold Home = Android Multitasking. LG also has their own built in Multitasking where you do a 3 finger swipe right to store it, and 3 finger swipe left to pick between 3 “saved” apps. Pretty cool stuff.

      • Nathan Bael

        I’m sure it works for some, but I have no need of a menu button. Also, on the phone I looked at, recent apps wasn’t an option for a button. I don’t care for long pressing home to pull up recent apps. I really wish phone manufacturers would follow android guidelines on OS. LG could easily have added one more layout that was stock vanilla android layout for buttons.

        Anyway, looks like a great phone, just wsh phone manufacturers would make all their android “improvements” optional.

        • player911

          I totally understand and you’re right. There isn’t a stock “recents” button but there are a few mods to change that up on XDA with a simple flash. And of course custom roms like CM and AOSP based all use their respective methods and standards for the nav layout (Back, Home, Recents).

          • Nathan Bael

            Cool, I will have to check that out. I like the other features and even the font on the G2, just need my recent apps button. Too used to it from the GNex.

        • Ugslick

          There are some mods out that have put in the stock android soft buttons, that would definitely be an option with an awesome phone like the G2.

  • player911

    One of the REALLY cool things that not many people know, is that the Verizon G2 not only has Qi Wireless Charging, BUT also is unlocked to work with GSM bands like AT&T and Tmobile. This is truely awesome because we work at lots of places nationally, some for weeks at a time, and some have only 1 carrier. Sometimes it is Tmobile, others AT&T, or Sprint. But at least with the Verizon G2, I can go buy a cheap $30 prepaid sim to use for a few weeks.

  • jubjubrsx

    So you are comparing a phone that is out to a phone that is not even officially released yet..thats pretty dumb you are basing all of your information on rumors.

  • Jeff Michelson

    There’s no decision to be made here if you’re purchasing off contract. It is silly to spend $200+ more dollars for a very similar phone.

    • JoeN

      Unless you’re on Verizon. Then it’s a no-brainer. (N5 won’t be on Verizon)

  • SHARK!

    surprised author didn’t list the bigger battery on g2 as a reason to buy it over nex 5

  • Daniel

    Tell me how the abortion of a UI in the G2 is better than the Nexus 5.

  • Sam Tahvanainen

    Nice job reviewing a phone that hasn’t come out yet against one that has… I mean how unprofessional is that?

    • Batman

      He is not reviewing, he is comparing what is known and giving reasons to pick one over the other. Plus the phone is out now.

  • Eric Wong

    My reason is that pretty much everything mentioned as why to get an N2 is exactly why I don’t want one. The 4.95″ screen will be just about perfect, especially since the Nex5 won’t be any larger than the Nex4.

    The “camera experience” as long as it allows me to select a focal point and turn flash on or off I’m good. I don’t use the filters and other “enhancement” crap. If I ever do want to, I guarantee there are apps out there that will do it better than the LG built in one.

    Software overlays are what keeps the system from being updated in a timely manner. I’d rather have specific downloaded apps for any of the minor tweaks I want rather than a bloated system that gives me a ton of stuff I don’t want.

    IR Blaster.. admittedly kinda cool, but when I want to use my phone as a remote I use it over the network via wifi with my setup so, not really important to me.

  • blobsberg

    Of course it is all about each person’s priorities, but for me the nexus wins because of the pricing alone…

    There is no way to ignore the 30% extra battery juice in the G2, and the camera on it is probably better as well. Being at the mercy of devs putting out roms for the stock android experience isn’t so bad, especially since a lot of nexus 4 users already are in this situation. I just don’t see how the nexus 5 would come on top if price wasn’t a variable here…

  • Charlie Collins

    Happily bought the G2 because of the larger screen, larger battery, and higher pixel Camera.

    • Max Fireman

      Good choice. I love my G2

  • Leonard

    LG G2 is only $99 dollars on Wirefly for basically the same phone as Nexus 5 which will cost you $399 for the 32 gb plus smaller battery.

    • A.J. Graham

      Upfront cost is lower however there is the cost of a contract and monthly subsidy fees before you truly own your phone. N5 is more expensive upfront but you have options of cheaper plans, can switch carriers when you want and can move onto another phone at any point without worry of a contract breach and subsequent penalties.

      There’s a peace of mind value knowing that you can do whatever whenever with your device and service.

  • mikesco

    Another reason to buy the Nexus 5 is it is unlocked and works with 3 US carriers.

  • mg

    I love how everyones giving credit to htc for the IR blaster, when Nokia beat everyone to the punch with the N900, ah nokia how low have you fallen…

  • Clapper66

    Ok

    4.9 inch to 5.2 inch display not a huge difference,

    camera – as i say about every phones camera is you want high quality pictures go buy a real camera
    Software – Have to wait 3 or more mouths for them to be released where as with the nexus you get them as soon as there released and not bloat ware to deal with,
    IR blaster – come on really who actually uses there’s besides to mess with someones TV not a huge deal.

    Battery life/size – 2300 mAh compared to 3000 mAh so 700 mAh is worth $300 more, how about you go online and buy a battery pack usb charger, you could easily get one twice the size of the LG g2s battery for under $50

    Then pricing – Then nexus 5s price for performance ratio blows the LG g2s away

    All in all i would pick the Nexus 5 any day over the LG g2

    • Neil and Bob

      Actually, at least at Verizon, the G2 is selling full retail at $449, only $100 more than the Nexus 5.

    • josh

      its a better screen, better ram and a much larger battery. The IR blaster is super useful, when I dont feel like looking for the remote to turn up the volume I can just use quickIR from the notification bar! It comes with wireless charging and ohhhh the software. Not only does it have knockknock but it has a ton of helpful quick apps that act sort of like multi-window. Not as good as samsungs multiwindow.

      The single issue with this phone is getting the newest software. Without kernel source/unlocked bootloader, all ROMs will have slight bugs.

      All in all, I wish I had a nexus 5 because I love ROMs. But to the average user the LG G2 has more features and is better all around. Most people don’t even know when new android versions are coming and don’t care.

  • Cannonball

    Having had time with both, the G2 suits my needs better. The camera is far better, the battery easily handles a day of moderate to heavy use and the display is noticeably brighter with more vibrant color.

    Lastly, price. On AT&T, the 32GB G2 was $99 on 2 year contract and I paid just $30 after trading in an S2. Even if T-Mo coverage was better, I think I’d still pick the G2.

    The G2 software takes some taming but there were no issues out of the box. After trying my usual 3rd party launcher, I actually went back to the stock launcher which has very snappy performance.

    I still think the Nexus 5 is great, just not for me. When the next Android big bump (5.0) arrives, I’ll probably be wishing I had a Nexus for a few months. In the meantime, I’ll enjoy the G2 hardware advantages.

  • heyo

    to author,
    which phone/s do you use?

  • DarwinwasWrong

    Nexus – UI, KITKAT
    G2 – CAMERA, BATTERY

  • karim

    I have the Nexus 4(not 5) and I like it a lot, but I’m considering moving to LG G2 for 2 main reasons that weren’t solved in Nexus 5.
    1. Battery life: I’m a heavy user and I get so sick of constantly charging my smartphone. I have a colleague at work that despite being a heavy user, he gets 1-1.5 days of battery life.
    2. Group by conversation in email client app: I have connected my smartphone to the exchange email at work. I’m literally flooded with email on daily basis. The fact that the email app on my nexus doesn’t group emails by conversations/threads is so annoying. This is a must for email efficiency.

    Ah one more reason: the price! seems I can get unlocked G2 32GB for same price of Nexus 5 nowadays (Not sure whether LG G3 will be THAT much better)…

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