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The Google Nexus 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S4 are both important Smartphones of the year. While Samsung is the biggest phone maker on earth, Google is the owner of Android OS, but which phone is better in comparison? Let us find out here.

Google’s handset, Nexus 5 features flagship specs such as a 5 inch 1080 pixel display and a quad-core processor with Snapdragon 800 chipset. Its camera specs are amazing and it competitively prices at $350, though it brads the latest Android Kitkat 4.4 operating system. Whereas the Galaxy S4 counters its rivals with a 1080 pixel display, replaceable battery and an expandable memory. Both the devices have been made pretty solid to offer anti cracking and solid feeling when felt at hand and Galaxy S4 seems to have a visual balance with proportional space around its display. The Nexus 5 has incorporated soft touch matter with sharp design and is nice to handle as well.

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Google Nexus 5

Comparison between Nexus 5 vs galaxy s4

Design

The Nexus 5 has been made the same way as Nexus 4, though the look of the device has been toned down a few notches with the recent launch. The device has a plain matt plastic rear and does not host a glass backed one and its design does not differ much from Galaxy S4. The latter uses a glossy plastic finish with metal effect and is made available with a number of colors such as black, red, blue, brown and white, which may not be afforded by its competitors. As of now the nexus 5 is featured in only black color.

Nexus 5 is spotted with a non-removable rear panel, and users would have no access to the battery compartment, whereas Galaxy S4 has tech friendly parts and enables users to replace battery and change the MicroSD card easily with a removable panel at the rear.

When we compare their dimensions, the Nexus 5 is a little narrower than the Galaxy S4 and is pretty easy to handle owing to its comfortable dimensions. Both phones weigh 130 grams and Galaxy S4 is slightly thinner than the Nexus 5.

Display

Users are indeed spoilt for choice when they had to choose between gadgets based on their picture quality. The Samsung Galaxy S4 has a 5 inch AMOLED screen that is of complete high definition and is with an on screen resolution of 1920×1080 pixels. The device has a resolution density of 440 pixels and offers excellent picture quality with vibrant colors and ambient color contrast. On the other hand, Nexus 5 has a slightly smaller display of 4.95 inches and has a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels again with a pixel density of 445 ppi. It uses true high definition combines with IPS and LCD technology that LG keeps using in its flagship models.

Samsung Galaxy S4

Processor Performance

Two models of Samsung Galaxy S4 with different processor variants are currently available. The original model is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor and the more recent version of the gadget has a snapdragon 800 processor. It is a quad core processor with a processing capability of 2.4 GHz and a speed of 2 GB RAM. The device is also enabled with an Adreno graphic processing unit, 330. Nexus 5 is compatible with its competitor and uses the same quad core 800 Snapdragon chipset, clocked at 2.3 GHz. This processor would be the best fit for both of these high performing Smartphones and would cater to the complete needs of the Smartphone. The chipset also gets these gadgets more responsive and smoother with no loss in performance.

Memory and Storage

Two forms of Galaxy S4 are now available in the market, while the old version of the Smartphone was sold with an internal memory of 32 GB; an upgraded version of the device with 64 GB is available as well. The 32 GB model is currently appreciated by Smartphone users while the 16 GB model could be available with some online sites. Their memory is also expandable with the help of a 64 GB micro SD card slot. Though most of the users of smartphone do not ponder much over this expandable memory, this plays a major role if someone wishes to use their gadget as a portable video player.

Speaking about Nexus 5, the smartphone has an internal memory of 16 GB, though 32GB versions are available as well. It does not support micro SD card.

Connectivity

Both the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Nexus 5 connects with both 3G and 4G networks and they support Wi-Fi, NFC, LTE/HSPA, DLNA, Bluetooth 4.0 features. While nexus 5 does not have native support for IR blasters but Galaxy S4 has an IR remote, which is a dedicated app that transforms as a remote for air conditioners, Television and stereos. Both the devices have a micro USB port for HDMI, though nexus 5 must use slim port one and S4 uses MHL cable adaptor.

It is possible to browse at a comfortable speed with both these handsets, Nexus 5 has Google chrome as its default handset and Samsung uses its own default browser with a little clunky interface.

Software

Samsung Galaxy S4 works on the Android 4.3 version and features the custom Touch Wiz user interface from Samsung. The app has a number of extra features as well, which includes the accessibility and the ability to share screens between two apps at a single time. Its interface has a visual overhaul of Samsung and has modified its drop down notifications of menu with quick toggles. The latest device of the Nexus series, Google Nexus 5 is a debut handset and works with the latest Android software, version 4.4 Kitkat. This new OS has added functionalities such as built in support for printers, optimization tweaks and an updated user interface that looks pretty fresh.

Verdict

Though the Nexus 5 is a recent launch compared with the existence of Samsung Smartphones, it is indeed a more powerful and smarter device with an ambient screen quality, and is available at a much less cost. Though it somewhat defeat Samsung in all the fields, its price is a real bargain for a smartphone of its class.

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