In this article, we’re comparing the largest Nexus smartphone with LG’s latest G4 flagship in terms of design, display, performance, cameras and batteries. Both of the devices have their pros and cons, but since perfection doesn’t exist, you’ll have to settle for what they offer.
The Nexus 6 looks like an extra large Moto X 2014, as it was built by Motorola for Google. It features the standard curved plastic back with metal frames, but it has the word “nexus” written on the vertical, under the famous dimple with the M logo engraved inside. The phone is very big, as we said, measuring 159.3x83x10.1mm and has a weight of 184grams. The LG G4, on the other hand, weights 155grams and its physical dimensions are 148.9×76.1×9.8mm. LG changed only its rear cover (on the LG G3 looked like brushed metal), which is available in plastic with 3D diamond pattern (which looks cheap), and genuine leather (six colors). The body has a floating arc shape and the bezels are very thin, while the Nexus 6 has asymmetrical bezels. Also, the LG G4 has the volume and power buttons moved to the back, being located right below the camera.
The Nexus 6 has an XXL screen measuring 6inches and it’s an AMOLED with QHD resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels at 493ppi. The LG G4 has the same screen from the previous model, which is an IPS LCD (Quantum IPS) sized at 5.5inches, with an identical resolution, but which can support 538ppi.
The LG G4 has a more impressive rear camera which supports 16MP and has a larger aperture, plus features such as optical image stabilization, laser autofocus, 1/2.6” sensor size etc., beating the 13MP main camera from the Nexus 6. This phone takes great photos, but they’re not as impressive as the ones taken with the LG G4. As for the front cameras, the one on the Nexus 6 is disappointing at 2MP, while with LG G4’s 8MP shooter you can take excellent selfies.
Although both devices are housing 3GB of RAM, the LG G4 has been released more recently, and it has a more powerful processor, which is a 64bit hexa core Snapdragon 808 which couples with Adreno 418 graphics. The Nexus 6 has an older 32bit Snapdragon 805 quad core processor clocked at 2.7GHz, which is paired with newer Adreno 420 graphics.
The LG G4 has an internal memory of 32GB, which can be increased up to 128GB, while the Nexus 6 limits you to 32 or 64GB of storage, because it doesn’t provide a microSD card slot.
Both devices are running on Android Lollipop 5.1, but the Nexus 6 has the “pure” version, which isn’t skinned by the manufacturer’s user interface.
The Nexus 6 has a bigger battery of 3220mAh which can be charged from zero to 50% within 40 minutes. The LG G4 has a removable battery of 3000mAh.