Google Nexus 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S4 review


South Korean handset maker, Samsung Electronics has made its reputation formidable as a front line Android-based phone manufacturer. Its mainstream smartphones are considered as the best available devices in the market.


Though, a foray of smartphones featuring in the market every now and then makes it very difficult to choose a suitable device. To add fuel to the fire, Google has unleashed its Nexus 5 smartphone, which makes the competition more intense in the mobile arena.

The Nexus 5 is loaded with a 5 inches glass panel, an optimized OIS sensor and a quad-core Snapdragon 800 chipset. The smartphone comes with a reasonable price tag $350 and has the most-advanced specs with the inclusion of latest Android 4.4 KitKat OS. In contrast, the Galaxy S4 sports an OLED screen with 1080p resolution, a removable battery and an integrated memory.

The battle for supremacy becomes more severe when we consider its high-end specifications. Here is a comparison of features and specs between these two devices.


The design makes the device more adorable and attractive as manufacturer do focus o a lot on the shape and design of the device. There a major difference between the Nexus 5 and the Galaxy S4 mainframe despite the fact that both handsets weigh 130 grams along with identical length and width parameters. Though, the Galaxy S4 is a fragment slimmer with 7.9mm thickness in contrast to the 8.59mm thickness of the Nexus 5 smartphone.

The Nexus 5 sports a rubbery structure, offers a nice touch feel catering a high-end handset feeling in contrast to the shinning polycarbonate frame of the Galaxy S4. However, the soft touch feel coating of the Nexus 5 comes with apparent smudges and fingerprints.

On the other hand, Samsung gives removable rear shells, user removable battery and integrated memory in almost every product it launches. The S4 has also meet the expectations and lived up to the tradition. The Nexus has some shortcoming in these areas as the device envelopes a fixed battery and doesn’t include microSD card slot for capacity expansion.


As far as the display department is concerned, both the cell phones boost a 5 inches screen glass with a resolution of 1080×1920 pixels. Furthermore, Samsung employs Super AMOLED technology, which addresses oversaturated and cold colors. There may be eccentric glitches some times on the screen panel.
The Nexus 5 is equipped with an IPS LCD touchscreen. The colors are deadly and yellowish with monotonous viewing angles in comparison to the OLED screen.

When used in outdoors, both the screens give identical viewing experience. The Nexus 5 has a brighter display when compared to that of the S4 smartphone.
Processor, Memory and Battery

The hardware peripherals also need to be up to the mark in order to make the device worth of competing its rivals. The Google Nexus 5 is loaded with a 2.4 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor. The Samaung, in comparison, dips a Snapdragon 600 quad core processor in its S4 smartphone. Meanwhile, the app and UI performance of the S4 is at above par when compared to the Nexus S5 smartphone. A 2GB cache memory comes along both the smartphones.

In the memory comparison, the S4 also finds a place higher than the Nexus 5. The handset is equipped with an expandable storage card slot. Both devices incorporate a built-in memory of 16GB or 32GB.
The Samsung phone powers its S4 smartphones with a robust 2600 mAh battery, whereas Nexus 5 have the support of a healthy 2300 mAh battery. However, both smartphones furnish identical survival scores.