Looking at the G4 next to the Nexus 5 shows just how much LG has changed without leaving the basics.

G4 and Nexus 5

Everyone knows that Nexus phones are made with Google as the guiding hand, but you always see the basic design language from the manufacturer acting as partner for that release. You see this with each version in the Nexus line, but especially with the LG Nexus 5 and Motorola Nexus 6. Those who didn't upgrade from the Nexus 5 to the Nexus 6 this year are probably starting to look at the other options out there, and it's starting to look like the G4 is going to be high on the list of devices worth considering.

Here's a quick look at the G4 and Nexus 5 side by side.

The coolest part of seeing these two devices side by side is the way LG's design language has evolved over time. LG has followed the rest of the world in the gradual increase in screen size, but to compensate the device is curved all over the place. The increase in size doesn't make the phone much more difficult to hold with one hand, and while the software is just about as far as you can get from the Nexus experience, we've seen LG do a lot of things right when it comes to staying out of Google's way in the more important parts.

If nothing else, it's nice to see LG all grown up. Who knows, maybe we'll see Google and LG team up again this year for another Nexus, with the G4 as the base template. Crazier things have happened.