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LG G2 vs. LG Nexus 5 – Mobile Madness

by Roy Choi | March 20, 2014March 20, 2014 2:00 pm PST

TechnoBuffalo - Mobile Madness 2014 - Brackets - Set 3

The BlackBerry Z30 took the win in our most recent Mobile Madness head-to-head match-up. While the Moto X was the TechnoBuffalo staff choice for 2013 phone of the year, BlackBerry fans voted, shared, posted and tweeted to push the Z30 ahead. If anything, this match-up definitely shows that BlackBerry fans are devoutly loyal and will do whatever they can to promote the brand.

Today’s match-up has two LG devices meeting head to head, both really fine devices and ones we believe to be on the “best of” list. Sure, LG G2 has the strangest power, volume rocker placement on any smartphone, but it negates the oddity with a really creative software fix, just knock and it will respond. I wished the Knock feature could be added to many more devices, not just LG ones. It also sports top of the line specs that would make any Android fan giddy, including one of the best and brightest displays we’ve ever seen.

Though if you’re looking a “clean” Android experience, there is no better option than the Nexus 5. This LG device too sports amazing specs, including wireless charging, and a nice soft touch outer shell, you can’t really go wrong with this device. Then again you can make the same argument for the G2.

Which device do you see winning this round? The LG G2 or the LG Nexus 5? You decide.

Editor’s Note: The voting for this round will be extended to a full 48 hours (instead of 24 hours).

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LG G2

LG G2

The LG G2 is undoubtedly the South Korean company’s flagship smartphone. In an already crowded market you have to develop and make a device that stands out above the crowd. On paper the G2 ranks among the best, with a gorgeous 5.2-inch, 1920 x 1080 display, 2.26 GHz Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor and a 3,000mAh battery. Does the device stand out amongst your iPhones, HTC Ones, Galaxy devices?

LG devices of the past fell flat of premier status, and weren’t considered amongst top of the line devices. The G2, finally, bucks that trend and is a device that not only competes, but possibly beats the competition.

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LG G2

  • 5.2-inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display (424 ppi)
  • Android 4.2.2 (at launch)
  • 2.26GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
  • 2GB
  • 16GB, 32GB

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LG Nexus 5


Nexus 5 Review Video

The Nexus line of phones is easily the best option for a pure Android (sans skins or bloatware) experience. Not to say all customized user interfaces are bad, in fact I enjoy Motorola’s experience on the Moto X (then again Motorola Mobility is owned by our friends at Google) and most skins like Samsung’s TouchWiz and HTC’s Sense add more features to a device’s camera. However, with Nexus, Android device updates are pushed out as soon as they are available to the public and you have the comfort of knowing your device should receive the next version of Android without worrying whether your manufacturer and/or carrier will push a variant to your phone.

The Nexus 5 is Google’s latest flagship Android phone and certainly has specs to be worthy of being labeled a flagship device. Seeing as it is manufactured by LG, just as the Nexus 4 was, so it is easy to make comparison to LG’s other devices. A tidal wave of leaks and rumors appeared long before the Nexus 5 was actually released, and many followers began culling the G2 as a benchmark for a forthcoming Nexus device.

It has a 4.9-inch, 1920 x 1080-pixel (445ppi) Full HD IPS display featuring Gorilla Glass 3, a 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 800, 2GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel rear camera anda 1.3 MP front camera. That’s all in addition to Android 4.4 KitKat. On paper and in real life usage, this phone is a beast. We did not experience any lag, crashing apps, or any other issues whatsoever. The Nexus 5 is a perfect balance of solid hardware and an optimized operating system.

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LG Nexus 5

  • 4.95-inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display (445 ppi)
  • Android 4.4 (at launch)
  • 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
  • 2GB
  • 16GB, 32GB

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Cast Your Vote

Thanks for voting, come back tomorrow as we continue on our Mobile Madness tournament.

Voting will close Saturday, March 22 at 2:00 p.m. PST.


Roy Choi

Roy Choi is a Southern California native. He has been infatuated with technology reviews ever since he bought his first crummy laptop in the summer...

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