In 2013, the best three Android flagship phones were Nexus 5, G2 and Galaxy S4, so in case you haven’t purchased any of these devices, take a look at their specs and features and decide which one “deserves” to be in your pocket.
Displays and dimensions
If you’re looking for a smartphone which offers a high resolution, then you should know that all three of them support the same screen resolution of 1080x1920pixels, but although it has a smaller display (True HD IPS) – 4.95inches, the Nexus 5 supports a higher pixel density – 445ppi. It is followed by Galaxy S4’s 5inches display (Super AMOLED) with 441ppi and on the third position, we have the G2 with a 5.2inches display (True HD-IPS + LCD) with 424ppi.
The G2 is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 2, while the Nexus 5 and the Galaxy S4 feature Gorilla Glass 3.
In terms of dimensions, the G2 is the tallest device between them, measuring 138.5×70.9×8.9mm and weighting 143grams. The Nexus 5 is slightly smaller, measuring 137.9×69.2×8.6mm and weighting 130grams, just like the S4, but the last phone is smaller and slimmer than both of its opponents, measuring 136.6×69.8×7.9mm.
Hardware and OS
The Nexus 5 and the LG G2 are powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, have an Adreno 330 GPU and 2GB of RAM. Also, they both have a full HD display. The S4 is available in three variants, all featuring full HD displays and hosting 2GB of RAM – one variant has an Exynos octa-core CPU, backed up by a PowerVR SGX 544MP3 GPU, the other variant has a Snapdragon 600 1.9GHz quad-core CPU, and the third variant, which is LTE-A, features a Snapdragon 800 quad-core chip.
The Nexus 5 and the G2 have two variants of unexpandable internal memories: 16 and 32GB. The Galaxy S4’s variants of internal memories are 16/32/64 GB and the first two ones are expandable up to 64GB.
As for the OS, the Nexus 5 came loaded with Android 4.4 (KitKat) OS, which was upgraded to the 4.4.4 (KitKat) version. The G2 runs on the Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) OS, which is upgradable to the 4.4.2 (KitKat) version and has G’s Optimus UI, while the S4 – when it was released ran on Android4.2.2 (Jelly Bean), but the OS was upgraded, first, to the 4.3 version and later the phone ran on the 4.4.2 (KitKat) version with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI.
Both the LG G2 and the S4 have 13MP rear cameras, but G2’s camera handles better low-light conditions and reproduces colors with more ease. Plus, the S4 lacks OIS. The Nexus 5’s primary camera is 8MP and the video recording is limited to 1080p@30fps.
The LG G2 has a generous Li-Po battery of 3000mAh, but it’s non-removable. The Nexus 5’s battery is also non-removable, but it has a lower capacity – 2300mAh. The Galaxy S4’s battery life is decent thanks to its decent capacity – 2600mAh.
All three devices can be purchased from amazon.com at these prices: Nexus 5 16GB variant – 385 dollars, LG G2 16Gb variant – 393 dollars and Galaxy S4 16GB variant – 428 dollars.
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