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Google Nexus 5 vs Google Nexus 4

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Camera


A low point of the Nexus 4, Google and LG have obviously put significant work into the Nexus 5’s shooter. We did not see a sensor bump from 8MP, but everything else is vastly improved starting with optical image stabilization. To keep it brief, the Nexus 5 outperforms its predecessor in every aspect of camera performance and the results speak for themselves. Colors are brighter, detail is crisper, noise is lower and focus is sharp.

Camera UI of the Google Nexus 5 - Google Nexus 5 vs Google Nexus 4
Camera UI of the Google Nexus 5 - Google Nexus 5 vs Google Nexus 4
Camera UI of the Google Nexus 5 - Google Nexus 5 vs Google Nexus 4
Camera UI of the Google Nexus 5 - Google Nexus 5 vs Google Nexus 4
Camera UI of the Google Nexus 5 - Google Nexus 5 vs Google Nexus 4
Camera UI of the Google Nexus 5 - Google Nexus 5 vs Google Nexus 4
Camera UI of the Google Nexus 5 - Google Nexus 5 vs Google Nexus 4
Camera UI of the Google Nexus 5 - Google Nexus 5 vs Google Nexus 4

Camera UI of the Google Nexus 5


Camera interface of the Google Nexus 4 - Google Nexus 5 vs Google Nexus 4
Camera interface of the Google Nexus 4 - Google Nexus 5 vs Google Nexus 4
Camera interface of the Google Nexus 4 - Google Nexus 5 vs Google Nexus 4
Camera interface of the Google Nexus 4 - Google Nexus 5 vs Google Nexus 4
Camera interface of the Google Nexus 4 - Google Nexus 5 vs Google Nexus 4
Camera interface of the Google Nexus 4 - Google Nexus 5 vs Google Nexus 4
Camera interface of the Google Nexus 4 - Google Nexus 5 vs Google Nexus 4
Camera interface of the Google Nexus 4 - Google Nexus 5 vs Google Nexus 4

Camera interface of the Google Nexus 4





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Camera speed

Taking a pic (sec)Lower is better Taking an HDR pic (sec)Lower is better CamSpeed score Higher is better CamSpeed score with flash Higher is better
Google Nexus 4 2.8
4.3
434
395
Google Nexus 5 3.5
4
406
347
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While both devices record video at 1080p, the results were more of the same. The Nexus 5’s optical image stabilization really stood out by making the video much less jerky than the Nexus 4. Colors and details were again better, and mic pickup was better almost to a fault. Sounds were slightly robotic on the Nexus 4 and more natural on the Nexus 5, but the latter device picked up too much background and wind noise. Hopefully this is something that can be addressed in a software update.


Multimedia


As both devices run stock Android the multimedia experience is similar but there are some differences. KitKat has a new feature that detects if a device has a dedicated audio processor (the Nexus 5 does) and uses that instead of the standard application processor which drastically improves battery life. Google claims that the Nexus 5 can deliver 60 hours of music playback. The Nexus 5’s larger and better display will deliver a better video experience than the Nexus 4. The interface for audio, video and the like are basically identical between the two Nexus devices, and while there may not be support for all codecs out of the box there are plenty of apps available in the Play Store that can play what you want.

The Google Play Music app is present on the two phones - Google Nexus 5 vs Google Nexus 4
The Google Play Music app is present on the two phones - Google Nexus 5 vs Google Nexus 4
The Google Play Music app is present on the two phones - Google Nexus 5 vs Google Nexus 4
The Google Play Music app is present on the two phones - Google Nexus 5 vs Google Nexus 4

The Google Play Music app is present on the two phones



Audio output

Headphones output power (Volts)
Higher is better
Google Nexus 5 0.36
Google Nexus 4 0.28
Loudspeaker loudness (dB)
Higher is better
Google Nexus 5 71
Google Nexus 4 80
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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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