Last year’s Nexus 4 was a high-end phone that sold for a budget price. This year’s Nexus 5 kicks it up another notch, offering the best specs a US$350 phone has ever offered. How does it compare to 2013’s most popular Android flagship, the Galaxy S4?
We compare the Nexus 5 with the Samsung Galaxy S4, the iPhone 5S, and the phone’s predecessor, the Nexus 4. It’s worth noting that the Nexus 4 is no longer for sale from Google. Let us know which phone is your top pick in the comments.
|Nexus 5||Samsung Galaxy S4||Apple iPhone 5S||Nexus 4|
|Dimensions||5.4×2.7×0.34 inches; 4.6 oz.||5.4×2.7×0.31 inches; 4.6 oz.||4.87×2.31×0.30 inches; 4 oz.||5.2×2.7×0.36 inches; 4.9 oz.|
|Display||5-inch full HD IPS; 1,920×1,080 pixels; 445ppi||5-inch full HD Super AMOLED; 1,920×1,080 pixels; 441ppi||4-inch Retina Display; 1,136×640 pixels; 326ppi||4.7-inch full HD IPS; 1,280×768 pixels; 318ppi|
|Operating system||Android 4.4||Android 4.2*||iOS 7||Android 4.2*|
|Wi-Fi||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz and 5GHz)||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz and 5GHz)||802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4GHz and 5GHz)||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz and 5GHz)|
|Rear camera and recording||8-megapixel||13-megapixel; 1080p full HD video||8-megapixel with 1.5 pixels; 1080p full HD video||8-megapixel; 1080p full HD video|
|Front-facing camera||1.3-megapixel||2-megapixel; 1080p full HD video||1.2-megapixel camera; 720p HD video||1.3-megapixel|
|Processor||2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800||1.9GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 (US version)||Proprietary A7 (64-bit) with M7 motion processor||1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4|
|Capacity||16GB and 32GB||16GB, 32GB, and 64GB||16GB, 32GB, and 64GB||8GB and 16GB|
|Expandable memory||No||Expandable up to 64GB||No||No|
|Battery life||2,300mAh embedded; Usage time up to 17 hours; standby time up to 12 days||2,600mAh removable: Usage time up to 17 hours; standby time up to 12 days||Embedded: Usage time online up to 10 hours on 4G LTE; standby time up to 10 days||2,100mAh embedded: Usage time up to 15 hours; standby time up to 16 days|
|Available colors||Black and white||Black, white, red, purple (Sprint only), and brown (Verizon only)||Space gray, white, and gold||Black and white|