Samsung Galaxy S4 Vs Nexus 5

The Samsung Galaxy S4 was named the best-selling smartphone for the year 2013. However, one of its rivals the Nexus 5 is not that expensive and it certainly brings the best Android features. The Nexus 5 was proclaimed the best-selling Android smartphone by it manufacturer LG. Just because the Galaxy S4 was the best- selling smartphone for that year does not make it the best smartphone.

Let’s see how the Samsung Galaxy S4 competes with the Nexus 5!

Display, Design and Dimension.

Both of these phones have differences as sit relates to design but both of them have a plastic body. The Nexus 5 has a simple black matte body compared to the glossy plastic design on the Samsung Galaxy S4. The Galaxy S4 sports a micro SD card slot under the battery cover unlike the Nexus 5. The Nexus 5 has a non-removable back cover that gives it a solid feel unlike the Galaxy S4.

The weights of both phones are quite similar, weighing 130 grams. The Samsung Galaxy S4 is just 7.9mm in thickness making it thinner than the Nexus 5, which has a thickness of 8.6mm Both phones comes with touch screens. The Nexus 5 has a 4.9inches, True HD IPS touch screen, whereas the Galaxy S4 has a 5 inches super AMOLED touch screen. Both displays are protected by Cornilla Gorilla Glass. They both carry a resolution of 1080 by 1920 pixels.

Hardware and Software

Samsung’s Galaxy S4 is powered by Exynos 5 Octa 1.6 GHz quad core cortex-A 15 processor. It operates on Android OS version 4.2.2 (Jelly bean), which is upgradeable to version 4.4.2 (Kit Kat). On the other hand the Nexus is powered with Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 2.3GHz quad core processor. It also operates on Android version Kit Kat. They both have 2048MB RAM space, however, the Nexus 5 has 32GB of built in memory whereas with the Samsung Galaxy S4 has 16GB, 32GB and 64GB of built in storage and supports micro SD cards up to 64GB.


The Nexus 5 is considerable cheaper than the Galaxy S4.The Galaxy S4 comes with a much faster processor, comparable screen, better software and a much favorable design making it a better value of smartphone.


Both phones camera comes with LED flash; however the Nexus 5 has an 8MP camera compared to the 13MP camera on the Samsung Galaxy S4. Both cameras has a back illuminated sensor, auto focus, touch to focus, face detection, white balance presets, digital zoom, geo tagging, high dynamic range mode and panorama scenes just to mention a few.

The Nexus 5 has optical image stabilizer, video light whereas the Samsung Galaxy S4 has digital image stabilizer. For video calling (facetime), the Nexus 5 has a 1.3MP front facing camera compared to the 2MP camera on the Samsung Galaxy S4.


Both of them are Bluetooth and Wi-Fi compatible and supports mobile hotspot. They are both LTE, 3G and 4G compatible. The Nexus 5 support TV Out, NFC, Slim Port, Tethering, Computer sync and OTA sync. While NFC, DLNA, Miracast, MHL, Tethering, Computer sync, OTA sync and infrared are supported by the Galaxy S4.


The Samsung Galaxy S4 and the Nexus 5 both have lithium batteries; however the Nexus 5 battery is non-removable. Nexus 5 has a standby time of 18000 minutes which is a little less than the Galaxy S4 standby time of 22,200 minutes. Web browsing is supported for up to 286 minutes on the Nexus 5, while 418 minutes is supported on the Samsung Galaxy S4.

None of these two spectacular phones supports FM radio but they do have GPS and the popular gravity sensor feature.

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