After months of Nexus 5 rumors Google has finally introduced it officially and now that all its technical specifications are crystal clear, we should put it head-to-head against the best smartphones currently on the market.
Because the Samsung Galaxy S4 is definitely the most popular Android smartphone yet, I though that it fighting against the highly-anticipated Nexus 5 would be very interesting to watch. I would also mention that we didn’t get our hands on the Nexus 5 yet, thus this comparison is focused entirely on the technical specifications provided by Google.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 was introduced more than half a year ago and, along with the Galaxy Note 3 is the company’s flagship for 2013. Not long ago the Samsung representatives announced that over 40 million Galaxy S4 units were sold so far, thus there’s no point questioning the terminal’s popularity.
On the other hand the Nexus 5 only saw the light of day a day ago and its main strength is the price point, as for only $ 349 you will get an unlocked high-end Android smartphone, which sounds like a great deal to me. But is it powerful enough to beat the Galaxy S4?
If you followed our previous Versus articles, you can most likely understand that the Nexus 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S4 combat shall be break up in ten rounds the place the smartphones’ efficiency with regards to Dimensions, Show, Reminiscence, Connectivity, Processor, Digital camera, Battery Existence, Value, Running Device, and Design might be in comparison.
Every spherical is price one level and, clearly, the smartphone that manages to attain probably the most factors can be declared the winner of the combat.
The four.7 – 5.2 inch monitors have just about become the usual on the excessive-finish Android smartphone market, however the telephone dimensions develop proportionally with the show measurement.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 is sized 136.6 x sixty nine.eight x 7.9 mm and has a weight of a hundred thirty grams.
The Nexus 5 is ready the identical measurement as its predecessor, measuring 137.9 x sixty nine.2 x eight.6 mm. The freshly-launched handset has a weight of simplest a hundred thirty grams.
Even supposing the 2 smartphones concerned within the combat have the identical weight, the Nexus 5 is 1.three mm taller and zero.7 mm thicker than the Galaxy S4, so this spherical goes to the Korean flagship.
As of late 2012 and early 2013 the Android OMEs have began to equip their excessive-finish smartphones with full HD shows and the Nexus 5 and Samsung Galaxy S4 make no exception.
Samsung Galaxy S4 boasts a few 5-inch full HD Tremendous AMOLED show with 1080 x 1920 decision (441 ppi) and Gorilla Glass three safety. However the Nexus 5 brings a four.ninety five-inch full HD Proper HD IPS Plus reveal with 1080 x 1920 decision, 445 ppi, and Gorilla Glass three safety.
Each panels convey unrivalled brightness and distinction, however even supposing the Tremendous AMOLED unit is a little more battery pleasant than the Nexus 5′s IPS reveal, the panel used for the GS4 has negative efficiency below direct solar gentle, whereas the colour replica will not be what you’d name correct.
Nexus 5 wins this spherical as a result of it has a better high quality monitor.
As of July 2013 there are over 1 million apps to be had for obtain in Google Play Retailer, so it’s possible you’ll need to have sufficient storage for your smartphone to get probably the most out of it. To not point out about your tune, movies, pictures, or books.
Sooner than speaking about storage, I will have to point out that each units include 2 GB RAM, so the multitasking expertise shall be lovely an identical, so they’re equally matched right here.
However, the Nexus 5 is simplest on hand with both sixteen or 32 GB of storage, without a way to raise the storage via the usage of microSD playing cards. Along with having microSD playing cards toughen (as much as sixty four GB), the Samsung Galaxy S4 additionally comes with sixteen/32/sixty four GB storage, being cable to max 128 GB of storage.
I assume it’s clear for everyone that the Galaxy S4 has to win the Reminiscence spherical.
Whereas remaining 12 months’s Nexus four didn’t include LTE enhance, its successor is now able to connecting to the quickest cellular networks of the arena. Let’s take a look at Samsung Galaxy S4′s and Nexus 5′s connectivity options.
The Korean handset comes with HSDPA, forty two.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.seventy six Mbps; LTE, Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, one hundred Mbps DL, Wi-Fi 802.eleven a/b/g/n/ac, twin-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth four.zero Low Vitality, NFC, IR blaster, and microUSB 2.zero. However the Nexus 5 packs HSDPA, forty two.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.seventy six Mbps; LTE, Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, one hundred Mbps DL, Wi-Fi 802.eleven a/b/g/n/ac, twin-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth four.zero, NFC, and microUSB 2.zero.
Did you notice the adaptation? If no longer I’ll let you know that the one connectivity distinction between the 2 smartphone is the infra pink port put in on the Galaxy S4, which isn’t sufficient to carry any other level for the Korean tool. This spherical ends as tie.
We’ve viewed the smartphone processors making spectacular developments over the last couple of years and not more then a yr from now the Android smartphones will make the leap to sixty four-bit structure.
As you most likely comprehend, there are two Galaxy S4 variations presently available on the market, each and every powered with the aid of a special processing unit: the I9500 comes with Samsung’s proprietary octo-core Exynos 5410 SoC with quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex A15 CPU + low-energy quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex A7 CPU and a PowerVR SGX 544MP3 GPU, whereas the I9505 comes with a Qualcom Snapdragon 600 chipset packing quad-core 1.9 GHz Krait 300 CPU and Adreno 320 GPU.
The Nexus 5 packs some of the quickest processors ever equipped on an Android smartphone, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 with 4 Krait four hundred cores clocked at 2.26 GHz and Adreno 330 GPU.
As a result of Nexus 5′s processor is extra highly effective than any of the 2 chipsets powering the Galaxy S4, the smartphone co-developed by way of Google and LG ratings every other level.
All of us prefer to take photographs with our smartphones and with Google’s contemporary enhancements dropped at Google Plus Photographs it will be in reality good to have a excellent digital camera on the again of your smartphone.
The Nexus 5 brings an eight MP digicam with autofocus, optical picture stabilization, LED flash, geo-tagging, contact center of attention, face detection, and, photograph sphere, additionally helping 1080p@30fps video recording. Even difficult the Nexus 5 has an eight MP sensor similar to its predecessor, the brand new digicam must be an development from N4. Or as a minimum that’s what the primary picture samples express.
Samsung Galaxy S4 has a thirteen MP, 4128 x 3096 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, Twin Shot, Simultaneous HD video and picture recording, geo-tagging, contact focal point, face and smile detection, picture stabilization, HDR, and entire HD video recording.
Even supposing we didn’t examined the 2 digicam ourselves, it’s recognized that Galaxy S4 has one of the crucial easiest cameras within the industry whereas the Nexus units have a historical past of bringing negative digital camera efficiency. I’m lovely certain that N5′s digicam can’t in shape the shutter set up on GS4′s again, this this level goes straight to the Korean telephone.
The battery existence has transform an actual problem for the brand new smartphones, as you could barely to find out to move previous sooner or later of autonomy (phablets no longer integrated).
Samsung Galaxy S4 has a detachable Li-Ion 2,600 mAh battery. Once we examined the smartphone the stated battery was once in a position to get it thru about 24 hours of average utilization.
Nexus 5 comes with a Non-detachable Li-Po 2300 mAh battery that will have to be sufficient to final for a full day. We didn’t get our fingers on the Nexus 5 but, however Google mentioned that it has an autonomy of 300 h (3G) in stand via or 17 hours (3G) discuss time, which is beautiful just like Galaxy S4′s (350 h (3G) stand by using and 17 hours (3G) speak time).
This rounds ends as tie.
The Nexus four confirmed us that an reasonably priced smartphone with excessive-finish specs sells like sizzling truffles and Google has a equivalent manner for the Nexus 5.
The freshly introduced handset is priced $ 349 and $ 399 in Google Play Retailer, for the sixteen and 32 GB fashions, respectively. After all, I’m speaking about unlocked costs.
After a handy guide a rough seem on Amazon and different US shops we’ve seen that the unlocked Samsung Galaxy S4 (sixteen GB version) cots between $ 579.ninety nine and $ 619.ninety nine.
The most cost effective Galaxy S4 is $ 230 costlier than the Nexus 5 so the Google flagship wins any other spherical.
Even if we’re evaluating two smartphones working Android you’re going to see that there are plenty of variations between them.
Galaxy S4 runs Android four.2.2 Jelly Bean out of the field (it’ll be up to date to Android four.three within the coming weeks) with Samsung’s TouchWiz Nature UX interface on prime of it.
The TouchWiz integrates a number of spectacular options like Air Controls/Gestures, Good Keep, Good Pause, Good Scroll, Air View, Crew Play, S Translator, or S Well being. Even supposing all of them are lovely cool and work beautiful tremendous as smartly, you’ll barely used them. The true innovation of Galaxy S4′s TouchWiz stays within the Digital camera app which brings Eraser, Cinema Photograph, Drama Shot, Sound and Shot, Twin Shot, and Twin Video.
The Nexus 5 runs the most recent Android model out of the field, Android four.four KitKat, which is crucial improve Google did to its cellular running gadget on the grounds that Android four.1 Jelly Bean. In Android four.four KitKat the “Adequate Google” command works when on houses reveal (at all times-on mic), the album/film artwork is stretches on your entire lockscreen when song or movies are performed, the Immersive mode will mean you can learn, watch movies, or play video games in full display (then carry the standing and notification bars with a swipe), whereas the multitasking simply bought even higher.
The Android four.four KitKat brings much more sweets, with a brand new Cellphone app, Hangouts SMS, Cloud Print, or Emoji for Google Keyboard amongst them.
Although the TouchWiz is among the hottest and modern interfaces in the marketplace, nothing can beat the inventory Android expertise. To not point out that the Nexus 5 will at all times be first in line to obtain the most recent Android updates. Any other level for the Nexus flagship.
Ask the Samsung enthusiasts what’s the largest flaw of the corporate’s smartphones and most of them will reply that it’s the design. In reality I don’t even blame them, since the Galaxy S4 is likely one of the least sexy smartphones in the marketplace.
The GS4 borrows one of the most design parts used remaining yr for the Galaxy S3, nevertheless it provides a few top class-wannabe touches right here finish there, just like the aluminium end for the bezel across the smartphone’s physique. There isn’t so much to claim about Galaxy S4, excluding that there are different higher having a look smartphones in the market.
In my view, the Nexus 5 is one among them. Despite the fact that it has virtually the identical design traces as its ultimate two predecessors, the brand new handset is what you’d need to name a chic smartphone. Although it ditches the again glass for plastics, the delicate-contact subject material is similar used for the Nexus 7, which feels nice and deals nice grip.
A few of you can also say that the Galaxy S4 seems higher than the Nexus 5, however “de gustibus non disputandum est.” As a result of that is my name, and for my part the Nexus 5 is best taking a look that the Galaxy S4, this spherical goes to the Android KitKat-powered handset.
If it reads conclusions above this paragraph it signifies that we’ve reached the top of the Google Nexus 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S4 fight. Smartly, this additionally implies that we should begin counting factors and notice which smartphone has gained the struggle.
I’ll commence through pronouncing that there have been two tied rounds as the 2 smartphones have been equally matched when it got here to Connectivity and Battery existence.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 has scored three factors. It has received the Dimensions, Reminiscence, and Digicam rounds as a result of it’s thinner than the Nexus 5, and since it has extra storage and a greater major digicam.
The Nexus 5 has 5 factors after it managed to win the Show, Processor, Worth, Working Device, and Design rounds. The Nexus 5 outmatched the Galaxy S4 within the 5 aforementioned rounds as a result of it has the next-high quality show, quicker CPU, it’s less expensive, runs inventory Android four.four, and makes use of higher supplies for the case.
Summing up, the Nexus 5 wins the combat in opposition to the Samsung Galaxy S4. In fact, that’s simply an opinion, that’s why we’re inviting you to share yours within the feedback part in case you assume in any other case.