The Google Nexus 4 Vs Nexus 5

Google (with its partners) has been making some of the best Android phones in the market for a couple of years now and it is quite a shame that they have yet to reach the Android-flagship-phone status (the position is currently, unofficially held by Samsung phones). Google Nexus phones have always been stylish, powerful and provide the authentic, stock Android experience, which is often not found on other phones. Nevertheless, it is quite a joy to see that Google have not been resting on its laurels with the Nexus phones. The new Google Nexus 5 proves to be more formidable than ever. Here is a quick comparison between the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 5 phones.


Responding to the market’s demand for more spacious displays, the Nexus 5 now comes with a larger, 4.95-inch display. Its predecessor came with a slightly smaller 4.7-inch display. Screen size can be pretty tricky because you don’t want it to be too big that it falls into the oversized-phone category (such as the Samsung Galaxy Note, which is a entirely different market altogether). To be a mainstream phone, it is important to retain a medium-ish size that can easily fit into your pant’s pockets. Despite having a bigger screen size, the Nexus 5 is thinner and lighter than the Nexus 4. The Nexus 4 measures in at 5.27 x 2.70 x 0.36 inches in dimensions whilst the Nexus 5 measures 5.43 x 2.72 x 0.34 inches. Significant changes have also been made to the phone’s aesthetics. On the front, there is a noticeable reduction in the thickness of the screen bezel resulting in a ‘more-screen’ appearance. On the back, Google ditched the glossy casing for a matte finish.

Specs and Power

As you what you would expect for a newer phone model, the Nexus 5 comes with various upgrades in its specs. For starters, the phone is powered by a blazing Snapdragon 800 processor, versus a APQ8064 Snapdragon processor on its predecessor, making it arguably one of the fastest phones in the market at the time of writing. Other upgrades worth mentioning include the screen’s pixel density, that has been increased to 445 ppi (versus 318 ppi) on the older model) and more importantly, 4G LTE connectivity. Both phones still come with 16GB or 32GB for storage and 2GB of RAM.


The highlight of the Nexus 5 would have to be the new Android 4.4 Kit Kat operating system. Other than packing in it a whole host new features, this new version actually uses less memory and resources compared to its predecessor (which ran on Anroid 4.2 Jelly Bean). This allows the new version to be downloaded and used on older Android smartphones. This is part of Google’s Project Svelte that aims in reducing its fragmentation problem. The new Android Kit Kat can run on as little as 512MB or RAM. Being less resource hungry and coupled with the Nexus 5’s powerful specs translates to a longer battery life and buttery smooth performance. The battery on the phone is rated to last up to 17 hours of talk time.

Although both the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 5 sport 8MP cameras, that is where the similarity ends when it comes to camera performance. Tech experts across the internet were very impressed with the significant improvements made to the Nexus 5’s camera’s ability to capture videos and still images. The photos taken on the Nexus 5 were sharper, brighter and had lower noise levels compared to the older model. The video 1080p video recording mode on the Nexus 5 also now comes with built-in image stabilization.

The older Nexus 4 might have been cheaper than the Nexus 5 but it is crucial to note that the Nexus 4 was built like a mid-range phone and hence, should be priced like one. The new Nexus 5 comes with specs, features, design and performance that matches other high-end phones in the market but yet, has a modest price tag of just $350 for an unlocked model, which is an amazing price point for a smartphone of this caliber. You are essentially, getting a high-end phone at a mid-ranged price. With this regards, you are getting better (more like amazing) value for your money with the new Nexus 5.

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