This Day On The Street
Continue to site right-arrow
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here
Cramer's Action Alerts PLUS - See his portfolio and get alerts BEFORE every trade. Learn more NOW!

Review: LG G2 Is Android's New Top Dog

1. Unmolested Android Nexus software. No crapware from LG or the carriers that sell it.

2. The fastest updates. The Nexus 5 will launch with Android 4.4 KitKat, and it will get updates to 4.5, 5.0, etc. -- long before the LG G2 gets them, if it gets them at all.

3. A lower price, most likely. The 16-gig version of the Nexus 4 sold for $349 until it was discounted to clear out the inventories in August. That is approximately $250 less than an unlocked LG G2.

4. No SIM-lock, no contract. Use the Nexus 5 on the cheapest plans, switch SIM cards as often as you like, and travel around the world using low local rates as much as you can.

Conclusion: Sometimes you shouldn't want the best

The LG G2 is "top dog" in terms of Android smartphone hardware today, although the competition -- from Samsung, Sony and others -- will surely catch up fast. However, I still can't recommend it.

Why not recommend it?

In the end, the incremental hardware improvements for smartphones are now indeed very incremental -- read "small." Whereas the LG G2 is a better hardware experience than my other favorite Android smartphones -- the Nexus 4 and the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition -- the difference pales in comparison to the software differences.

The thing that will make your Android purchase happy or not over the long period of time is the ability to have crapware-free software and to be getting the latest updates as soon as possible, for as long into the future as possible. As a result, it's almost impossible to recommend an Android device that's not a Nexus.

Another way of saying this is what I always think about when people ask me what Android smartphone to buy. I tell them they should get the one that Google's (GOOG) own employees use. Today, that means the Nexus 4, or the Google Play Editions of the Samsung Galaxy S4 or the HTC One.

More importantly, in a few weeks that means the Nexus 5. If you can hold out another few weeks, you should not consider any other high-end Android than the Nexus 5. The good news for LG here is that it's based on this excellent LG G2 flagship smartphone.

At the time of publication the author was long GOOG, AAPL and QCOM.

This article was written by an independent contributor, separate from TheStreet's regular news coverage.

3 of 3

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Action Alerts PLUS

Portfolio Manager Jim Cramer and Director of Research Jack Mohr reveal their investment tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
Quant Ratings

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
Stocks Under $10

David Peltier uncovers low dollar stocks with serious upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
14-Days Free
Try it NOW
Only $9.95
Try it NOW
14-Days Free
Try it NOW

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Dividend Stock Advisor

David Peltier identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Trifecta Stocks

Every recommendation goes through 3 layers of intense scrutiny—quantitative, fundamental and technical analysis—to maximize profit potential and minimize risk.

Product Features:
  • Model Portfolio
  • Intra Day Trade alerts
  • Access to Quant Ratings
Options Profits

Our options trading pros provide over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • Actionable options commentary and news
  • Real-time trading community
Try it NOW
Try it NOW
Try it NOW
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!
GOOG $542.45 -1.00%
AAPL $124.25 -0.14%
FB $81.66 -0.68%
TSLA $187.51 -0.67%
YHOO $44.13 -0.69%


DOW 17,698.18 -77.94 -0.44%
S&P 500 2,059.69 -8.20 -0.40%
NASDAQ 4,880.2280 -20.6570 -0.42%

Partners Compare Online Brokers

Free Reports

Free Newsletters from TheStreet

My Subscriptions:

After the Bell

Before the Bell

Booyah! Newsletter

Midday Bell

TheStreet Top 10 Stories

Winners & Losers

Register for Newsletters
Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs