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Google Nexus 5 vs Google Nexus 4

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Interface


We will be brief here, because all Nexus devices run stock versions of Android. While the Nexus 4 currently is still running Android 4.3, we expect an upgrade to the latest version really any week now.

Interface of the Google Nexus 5 - Google Nexus 5 vs Google Nexus 4
Interface of the Google Nexus 5 - Google Nexus 5 vs Google Nexus 4
Interface of the Google Nexus 5 - Google Nexus 5 vs Google Nexus 4
Interface of the Google Nexus 5 - Google Nexus 5 vs Google Nexus 4

Interface of the Google Nexus 5


Interface of the Google Nexus 4 - Google Nexus 5 vs Google Nexus 4
Interface of the Google Nexus 4 - Google Nexus 5 vs Google Nexus 4
Interface of the Google Nexus 4 - Google Nexus 5 vs Google Nexus 4
Interface of the Google Nexus 4 - Google Nexus 5 vs Google Nexus 4

Interface of the Google Nexus 4


The always listening feature of the Moto X has been implemented to an extent in the Nexus 5. Unfortunately it is only “awake” while you are in the launcher, but simply say “OK Google” and the phone is listening for your command. The feature works excellent, but we’d have preferred it to be implemented as in the Moto X, making it truly hands-free for initiating navigation, starting your music or dictating a text message while driving. This trick will not make its way to the Nexus 4, as the required hardware is embedded into the Snapdragon 800 but not the S4 Pro, so even after the Nexus 4’s KitKat upgrade the Nexus 5 will have this slight advantage thanks to its hardware.

Processor and Memory


Just like the Nexus 4, the Nexus 5 features the best processor the market has to offer at launch. Last year that was Qualcomm’s quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro clocked at 1.5GHz, this year it is the quad-core Snapdragon 800 running at 2.3GHz. Both phones feature 2GB of RAM, but the Nexus 5 utilizes faster DDR3 versus last year’s Nexus 4 using DDR2. The graphics chip has been updated from the Adreno 320 to the 330, and base memory begins at 16GB, with an option for 32GB with the Nexus 5. Last year your options were 8 or 16GB, and neither device has expandable memory.

All of these hardware upgrades make the Nexus 5 one of the fastest phones we’ve ever used, and one of the best mobile gaming devices on the market. The Nexus 4 is still quick, and will likely get quicker due to the software optimizations made in Android 4.4, but the Nexus 5 outperforms it in every benchmark test we run as well as in real world usage and we don’t expect that to change. That said, we aren’t noticing any lag in day to day use with the Nexus 4 so you’ll still have a good experience with the older Nexus if you choose to eschew an upgrade.

Performance benchmarks

Quadrant
Higher is better
Google Nexus 5 8455
Google Nexus 4 4757
AnTuTu
Higher is better
Google Nexus 5 26340
Google Nexus 4 16749
GFXBench Egypt HD 2.5 onscreen (fps)
Higher is better
Google Nexus 5 52
Google Nexus 4 44
Vellamo Metal
Higher is better
Google Nexus 5 1166
Google Nexus 4 600
Vellamo HTML 5
Higher is better
Google Nexus 5 1524
Google Nexus 4 1375
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Internet and Connectivity


The big story here is two-fold. First, out of the box the Nexus 5 supports LTE. The Nexus 4 didn’t officially support LTE at all, although with a little hackery you could get it up and running on band 4, used by T-Mobile USA. Secondly, the North American Nexus 5 supports both GSM and CDMA networks, while the other Nexus 5 variant covers most of the rest of the world.

The North American version of the Nexus 5 (D820) supports LTE on bands 1, 2,4,5, 17, 19, 25, 26 and 41, GSM 850, 900, 1800 and 1900MHz, WCDMA bands 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8 and 19 and CDMA band class 0, 1 and 10. For US users, that means the Nexus 5 will work on AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile’s 2, 3 and 4G networks, and should be compatible with any of their prepaid subsidiaries. It will also support Sprint’s new Spark Network. Noticeably absent is Verizon support, but 3 carriers and LTE is better than 2 and none.

The D821 variant has no CDMA support, and supports LTE bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8 and 20 and WCDMA bands 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 and 8 which gives it almost universal coverage in Europe and the rest of the world, save for Asia and it’s hodgepodge of wireless technologies. There may various other carriers that can’t support either the D820 or D821, but in general if you’re not in Asia there is a Nexus 5 for you.

Web performance is not surprisingly similar between the two devices. While you’re going to get faster page loads on the Nexus 5 while on cellular date (assuming you have LTE coverage), rendering in the stock Chrome browser is nearly identical.

Web page rendering in the stock Chrome browser is nearly identical on both devices - Google Nexus 5 vs Google Nexus 4
Web page rendering in the stock Chrome browser is nearly identical on both devices - Google Nexus 5 vs Google Nexus 4
Web page rendering in the stock Chrome browser is nearly identical on both devices - Google Nexus 5 vs Google Nexus 4
Web page rendering in the stock Chrome browser is nearly identical on both devices - Google Nexus 5 vs Google Nexus 4

Web page rendering in the stock Chrome browser is nearly identical on both devices


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posted on 13 Nov 2013, 02:51 5

1. hmd74 (Posts: 304; Member since: 31 Jan 2013)


Display details for Nexus 4...No data :|
That is called a compare :|

posted on 13 Nov 2013, 02:58

2. fistigons (Posts: 262; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)


Hopefully Google pushes an update for the camera and speakers. That would be awesome.

posted on 13 Nov 2013, 03:30

3. wando77 (Posts: 282; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)


Shame they didn't stick a 3000mah battery in this. Would have got one if they had

posted on 13 Nov 2013, 03:47 1

4. _Bone_ (Posts: 2124; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Solid upgrade but a pity for battery capacity, an extra 700mAh would've costed Google like $1.50.

posted on 13 Nov 2013, 03:53

5. sss_ddk (Posts: 61; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)


Why does the N5 take so long to take a pic? HDR settings?

posted on 13 Nov 2013, 08:55

6. AfterShock (Posts: 2798; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Just biding my time until I have mine.

LG done Nexus good, again IMO.

posted on 13 Nov 2013, 09:05 4

7. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2159; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


"Though the Nexus 5 only adds 200mAh to the Nexus 4’s 2100mAh battery, results are so far much better."

Then they proceed to show a graph where the Nexus 5 lasts 3 minutes longer than the Nexus 4. Sounds legit.

posted on 13 Nov 2013, 13:03

8. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 1000; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


nexus 5 true colors nexus 4 kind of bluish but all nice pics..

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