How does the Nexus 5 stand up with improvements over its predecessor, the Nexus 4? Lets find out in this tech spec shootout.
A week ago, Google announced its new flagship phone, the Nexus 5. Like every new Nexus device, the phone features a new design as well as improved internal specifications. The Nexus 4 already packs a handful of goodies, so how much better specs is the successor showcasing?
The display of the Nexus 5 has been sized up to 4.95-inches, which is 0.25″ bigger compared to the 4.7-inch Nexus 4.
Both devices feature a true IPS+ display with sharp viewing angles and accurate color reproduction. The 5 though resolves at 1080 x 1920 pixels (~445 ppi pixel density), whereas the Nexus 4 screen has a resolution of 768 x 1280 pixels (~318 ppi pixel density).
The Nexus 5 display is protected by the latest gen Gorilla Glass 3 while the Nexus 4 front panel is covered by Gorilla Glass 2. Both versions of Gorilla Glass prevent the display from getting scratched and promise drop-resistance firmly.
As mentioned in the very beginning of the article, both handsets sport a great spec sheet making them capable of competing with whatever the rest companies bring.
The Nexus 5 has been bumped up with one of the fastest CPUs to the date, Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC, which houses four cores each clocked at 2.3GHz. The chipset also includes the Adreno 330 GPU. In terms of memory and storage, the RAM size has been maintained to 2GB while the internal storage has been doubled; 16 and 32 gigs compared to the 8 and 16 flavors — the Nexus 4 came in.
The 2012 Nexus packs the previous gen Snapdragon chip, the APQ8064 with the same amount of cores and GHz.
Battery-wise, Google implemented a slightly larger 2,300 mAh one, just 300 mAh bigger than the Nexus 4 juice pack.
In connectivity options, both phones include NFC, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and LTE.
We all know that the camera sector is not the strongest suit of the Nexus lineup. The Nexus 4 sensor was a rather substantial upgrade over the Galaxy Nexus 5MPix one, featuring enhanced optics, 8MPix and finally now full HD video.
The Nexus 5 camera spec sheet primarily is identical to the Nexus 4, but it now boasts optical image stabilization (OIS) to reduce fuzziness and the shutter is also quick enough to capture true HDR, or HDR+ as referred to by Google. It can even compensate for motion when trying to capture a moving target.
We haven’t had the chance yet to play around with the device, though based on various reviews we have read, the camera indeed is much better than the Nexus 4, though mediocre when it comes to compare it with other premium phones, such as the iPhone 5S or the Samsung Galaxy S4.
Some said that the Nexus 5 primary sensor performs exceptionally under low-light environment. Images taken from it definitely look great, though it wouldn’t make anyone wonder if the picture was taken with a phone or the DSLR – I get this question all the time when I post pictures that my iPhone 4S shoot.
Overall, as it’s a comparison between the successor and the predecessor of the Nexus line, the camera on the new Nexus certainly is much more brilliant than the one the previous model had.
Since LG took the helm from Samsung, both design and build-quality of the product line has been totally revamped.
After three generations of plastic structure, LG lays out a gorgeous glass back cover protecting a dark shimmering dot matrix pattern. The new Nexus boasts a plastic back cover with a rubber-ish feeling in the hands and matte finish. The Nexus 5 as well as the 4 exhibit plastic bezels crafting around the edges.
In terms of dimensions, the Nexus 5 is both thinner and lighter weighing 9 grams less than the previous-gen model and also is 8.6mm thick.
- Nexus 5: 130 grams (4.59 Oz), 137.9 x 69.2 x 8.6 mm (5.43 x 2.72 x 0.34 in)
- Nexus 4: 139 g (4.90 Oz), 133.9 x 68.7 x 9.1 mm (5.27 x 2.70 x 0.36 in)
Taken at face value, the Nexus 5 is more like an upgrade made for the Galaxy Nexus. Though, since I haven’t used the phone yet I can’t say much. It’s my next daily driver, hence expect a full review, as soon as the handset hits the shelves in Greece.
Here’s a quick spec sheet:
|Nexus 5||Nexus 4|
|Dimensions||5.4×2.7×0.34 inches; 4.6 oz.||5.2×2.7×0.36 inches; 4.9 oz.|
|Display||5-inch full HD IPS; 1,920×1,080 pixels; 445ppi||4.7-inch full HD IPS; 1,280×768 pixels; 318ppi|
|Operating system||Android 4.4||Android 4.2 (Upgradable to Android 4.4)|
|Wi-Fi||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz and 5GHz)||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz and 5GHz)|
|Rear camera and recording||8-megapixel; 1080p full HD video||8-megapixel|
|Processor||2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800||1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4|
|Capacity||16GB and 32GB||8GB and 16GB|
|Battery life||2,300mAh embedded; Usage time up to 17 hours; standby time up to 12 days||2,100mAh embedded: Usage time up to 15 hours; standby time up to 16 days|
|Carriers||T-Mobile, Sprint, and unlocked||T-Mobile|
|Available colors||Black and white||Black and white|