LG G3 vs Google Nexus 5: Full spec comparison

LG has just released its flagship LG G3 smartphone, in a worldwide launch event that looks to be one of the biggest of the year. So how does the LG G3 stack up against its competitors in the high-end smartphone market? And how does it compare to Google's low-priced powerhouse, the Nexus 5?

Let's break down the specs and take a look.

Size, weight and display

In terms of size and weight, the LG G3 is larger and heavier than the Nexus 5. With the Nexus weighing in at 130g next to the G3's 149g, it makes LG's new phone look pretty hefty. The length and width are larger on the LG, too, with the Nexus 5 packing 137.8 x 69.2mm compared to the LG G3's 146.3 x 74.6mm.

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However, LG is packing a huge phablet-style 5.5in screen onto its device. That means the bezels on the LG G3 are pretty damn tiny, and users with smaller hands might just find it difficult to control using just their thumbs.

The display on the LG G3 is also startlingly clear. Usually a larger screen means less pixel density, but the 2,560 x 1,440 pixels resolution on the G3 is going to bring an astonishing 534PPI - dwarfing the 445PPI of the Nexus 5. This could be the real game-changer between the two.

The Nexus 5 does manage to slightly pip the LG G3 on thickness, though - the svelte Google smartphone is only 8.6mm thick, compared to LG's 8.9mm. But they're both pretty thin as phones come, so you're not really going to notice much.

Processor, battery and storage

In terms of processing power, Google's Nexus 5 gives you a lot of bang for your buck, but it's still coming in a generation behind LG's G3. The Snapdragon 800 on the Nexus 5 is no match for the 801 under the hood of the G3. The G3's 2.46GHz processor just about beats the Nexus 5's 2.3GHz version.

LG has packed its new G3 phone with a whopping 3,000mAh battery compared to Google's 2,300mAh, but remember that the enormous screen is going to be quite a power-hungry beast, so it may not make a whole load of difference in the end.

Camera

The cameras on the LG also come in a generation ahead. While the 8-megapixel camera on the Nexus 5 is very respectable considering its pricetag, it's simply no match for the 13-megapixel snapper stuffed into the LG G3. Throw in a front-facing selfie camera that nearly doubles the 1.3 megapixels on the Nexus 5, and you've got a clear winner.

As if that wasn't enough, the LG G3 is packing some impressive camera software too. Features like OIS+, laser autofocus and dual-LED flash, as well as a new 'Touch & Shoot' camera UI put it well ahead of what you might expect from 13 megapixels, so for photography enthusiasts who want to use their phone as a camera and have the cash to burn, the choice is clear.

Verdict

The Nexus 5 is essentially a budget smartphone. At £299 (and cheaper from Amazon), it shouldn't really be competing with the likes of the LG G3. The fact that it is, is testament to a fine piece of phone-making and a great buy for those on a shoestring budget. However, the LG G3 is simply a generation ahead in terms of processors and camera equipment.

In our view, the Nexus 5 will never stop being great value, but if you want the truly high-end, the LG G3 could be a more fitting choice.

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LG G3

Nexus 5

Display

Screen size

5.5in 4.95in

Resolution

2,560 x 1,440 pixels 1,920 x 1,080 pixels

Pixel density

534PPI 445PPI

Type

LCD IPS LCD

Processor and battery

Family

Snapdragon 801 Snapdragon 800

CPU

Krait 400 Krait 400

Cores

Quad-core Quad-core

Clock speed

2.46GHz 2.3GHz

Battery

3,000mAh 2,300mAh

Claimed 3G talk time

TBC Up to 17h

Storage and memory

RAM

2GB / 3GB 2GB

Internal storage

16GB / 32GB 16GB /32GB

microSD

Yes No

Camera

Rear

13-megapixel 8-megapixel

Video

2160@30fps / 1080@60fps 1080p @ 30fps

Front

2.1-megapixel 1.3-megapixel
Wireless

Standard

4G LTE 4G LTE

Wi-Fi

802.11 a / b / g / n / ac 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac

NFC

Yes Yes

Bluetooth

v4.0 v4.0

Integrated wireless charging

Yes Yes

Dimensions

Size

146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9mm 137.8 x 69.2 x 8.6mm

Weight

149g 130g

Operating System

Android 4.4 KitKat Android 4.4 KitKat

Price (SIM-free)

TBC £299 (16GB) / £339 (32GB)

Availability

TBC 8 November 2013