Nexus 4 vs Nexus 5


Nexus, a child from ‘LG’ and ‘Google’ marriage has been fruitful for both the companies. LG with its hardware and Google with its software have reproduced an exceptional prodigy. With their family growing every year, it is worth to check what they have in store for their customers.

Nexus – 4 (nickname – Mako)

Released on November 2012, it was the first device that used Android’s 4.2 Jelly Bean. Its specifications are as follows:

  • 4.7″ Corning Gorilla Glass 2 Touchscreen with 1280 x 768 pixel resolution.
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset.
  • 1.5 GHz quad – core Krait processor.
  • 8 MP main camera and 1.3 MP front camera.

Some of the cons for this device are:

  • Camera experience is not that great and could have been improved.
  • Memory is not expandable.
  • Drop in performance while playing games.

Nexus – 4 has been discontinued from November 1, 2013 and its successor Nexus – 5 has been introduced.


Nexus – 5 (nickname – Hammerhead)

Released on November 2013, it is also the first device that used Android’s 4.4 KitKat. Its specifications are as follows:

  • 4.96″ Corning Gorilla Glass 3 IPS LCD Touchscreen with 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution.
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC.
  • 2.3 GHz Krait 400 quad – core processor.
  • 8 MP rear camera with optical image stabilization and 1.3 MP front camera.
  • 2,300 mAh lithium polymer battery.
  • LTE Connectivity and Bluetooth 4.0.

Highlights of Nexus – 5 are as follows:

  • Better camera than its predecessor Nexus – 4 but the auto focus is a problem and many pictures comes out blurry.
  • Again no Micro SD card or replaceable battery.
  • The build quality is also questionable but for the price it is being offered, it is manageable.
  • The battery is also problematic and doesn’t last more than a day.

Having seen the overall appeal of the phone, Nexus – 5 at a price of around Rs. 30,000 is a killer deal and certainly a very strong contender when compares to other high end smartphones.

Our Verdict: Nexus – 5 is a value for money smartphone.


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