There was a time when Google and LG were partners in crime.
LG was responsible for both the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 5, arguably two of the best smartphones by Google. While everyone expected their partnership to continue, Google opted for Motorola to produce the Nexus 6. Now, Google’s new device must compete on the market with the LG G3. Even though the G3 is an older device, it is still one of the best. Let’s break them down.
Design and Display
You cannot go wrong with either device. They are both beautiful phablets, with great design and fit nicely in the hand. The Nexus 6 does come with a metal frame, while the metallic back of the G3 adds a touch of style. In terms of size, the Nexus 6 is bigger and wider, while the G3 is the thicker device. Google’s handset sports a gorgeous 5.9 inch AMOLED display, with the resolution set at 1440 x 2560 pixels, translating to 493ppi. The G3 was the first phablet to use the 1440 x 2560 pixels resolution and due to the smaller screen size set at 5.5 inches, it delivers better density of 534ppi. However, LG uses IPS LCD technology, which cannot compete in terms of quality with the AMOLED display of the Nexus 6. We mentioned that the LG G3 is the thicker device, measuring 146 x 75 x 8.9, opposed to 159 x 83 x 10.1. The Nexus 6 is also the heavier smartphone, which might be a problem for some people, as it weighs 184 grams. The G3 is rather light, with weight set at 149 grams.
Hardware and Operating System
The G3 is powered by the Snapdragon 801 quad core processor, with clocking speed capped at 2.5 GHz. The device comes in 2 variants, a 16 GB handset with 2 GB RAM and a 32 GB handset with 3 GB RAM. While those specs are impressive, the Nexus 6 manages to top them. Being the newer phone, Google’s handset features the latest Snapdragon 805 quad core processor, clocked at 2.7 GHz and delivers 3 GB RAM. The Nexus 6 is available in 32 GB and 64 GB variants, but there is no slot for a microSD card. However, the idea is that Google allows their users to store data in the cloud. The G3, on the other hand, supports external memory up to 128 GB.
And the OS might be the deal breaker for the impatient customers. The Nexus 6 comes with the Android 5.0 Lollipop right of the box, with tons of new features and improvements. While the G3 is expected to get the upgrade as well, at the moment, it runs on the Android 4.4 KitKat.
There is not much difference in the specs regarding the camera. Both devices come with a 13-MP sensor on the back, a 2-MP sensor on the front, dual LED flash and optical image stabilization. However, the G3 does feature the Laser auto focus technology.
The G3 comes with a smaller battery, a 3000 mAh one compared to the 3220 mAh battery of the Nexus 6. Combined with Motorola’s battery saving features and the latest Android OS, the Nexus 6 delivers much more battery life.
The G3 is the cheaper handset, with price set at $599. The Nexus 6, costs $649 for a 32 GB variant and $699 for a 64 GB variant.
The G3 is one of the most popular phablets on the market today. However, compared to the Nexus 6, it does feel old. With Google’s device, you are getting better processor power, more battery life, and more display size. The only advantage the G3 has is the camera, and the lower price. However, in the premium class, a few bucks do not make a huge difference.