10 things to consider before buy one of the 2015 Nexus.
You’re going to buy a new Nexus. Of that much you’re sure. I’m in the same boat. But with two 2015 Nexus phones coming up, which one should you buy? The first Huawei Nexus or the third LG Nexus? Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of each device, based on what we know so far.
The first and most obvious difference is going to be size. The LG Nexus is reportedly a 5.2-inch phone, around the same size as the original Nexus 5. By today’s smartphone standards, that’s pretty small. The Huawei Nexus, on the other hand, is rumored to be a 5.7-inch phone. That’s Galaxy Note 4 territory.
From what we’re hearing, the Huawei Nexus will be a metal-framed phone, much like the Ascend Mate 7. That means cool aluminum and the premium feel only metal can deliver. The LG Nexus looks as though it will have the same kind of rubberized plastic back as the original Nexus 5.
The two Nexuses will run identical versions of stock Android, but you can expect some very different specs. The rumor mill claims the Huawei Nexus will be the more high-end phone, and that the LG Nexus will be a little more mid-range. We’re not sure if that means Huawei will use its own Kirin processor in order to avoid Qualcomm’s, but the specs differences are going to be a big part of the story.
If the Huawei device is larger and has a more high-end spec sheet, you can expect it to cost a fair bit more than the LG Nexus, which multiple sources have told us will be back in line with previous Nexus prices. Considering the high price and large footprint of the Nexus 6 did it no favors, Huawei may have a tough sell on its hands.
How do you feel about a first-try Nexus? Huawei has never built a Nexus before and, we assume, doesn’t have a huge history with Google, especially considering Google services are not allowed in China, where Huawei is big news. LG, on the other hand, has already made two Nexus phones with Google, and that experience must be worth something. If you didn’t like either the Nexus 4 or Nexus 5 though, Huawei will be a breath of fresh air.
This is another area where LG might have the upper hand. LG’s G4 has a great camera, and while we couldn’t expect a camera of that quality on a mid-range LG Nexus, if – and it’s a big if – it had something close to it, we’re not sure Huawei’s Nexus would have much chance of topping it, even if it is the more high-end phone.
The Huawei Nexus will surely have a much better battery than the LG Nexus. LG used to have great batteries (remember the LG G2?) but since the G3 things have gone downhill. If the Huawei Nexus will have a larger battery – it is the bigger phone after all – it should also hopefully be big enough to power the phone for longer. We all know how painful Nexus batteries have been in the past, so this could be a big win for Huawei.
8. Fingerprint scanner
Huawei also has a rock solid fingerprint scanner already on the Mate 7. In our Ascend Mate 7 review we called it the best fingerprint scanner on Android. Things may have changed since the arrival of the Galaxy S6 and OnePlus 2, but Huawei has a better chance of packing the Nexus with a fantastic fingerprint scanner than LG. Who knows though, maybe LG got its Nexus scanner straight from Huawei?
This is a bit of a gray area, but it needs to be mentioned that there is still a little bit of mistrust among some Americans towards Huawei, which is related to a spyware scandal several years ago. While it’s obvious that Google calls the shots on all Nexus projects, a misguided sense of suspicion might be hard to shake off for some tinfoil hat types. LG has a much better reputation in America than Huawei.
10. Display resolution
The display resolution of the two phones could have a major impact on a couple of things, namely price and battery life. If Huawei puts a QHD display on the larger Nexus, which it most likely will, then the larger Nexus will not only cost more to make, it’ll also demand more power than the Full HD display that’s rumored for the LG Nexus.
We won’t know anything for sure until launch day, but these considerations should be food for thought. We’re sure that when it comes time to pull the trigger on either the Nexus 5 (2015) or the Nexus 6 (2015), you’ll make the right choice. Happy Nexus hunting.