Google Nexus 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S4
The Galaxy S4 sports very good call quality, relaying our voice loud and clear to the other end through the dual noise-canceling mic setup. Voices in its earpiece could sound stronger and fuller, though.
Overall, call quality on both handsets is average from their earpieces, while their microphones perform above average for the receiving end.
The 2300 mAh battery of Google's phone and the 2600 mAh unit on the S4 provide very similar endurance scores in our standardized testing – 4h 50m vs 4h 59m, respectively – and the phones are even rated for the same 17 hours of talk time in 3G mode by their manufacturers.
Since we have similar music playback and browsing sessions endurance scores, about the only thing different is video playback, where the OLED display shines with more than ten hours on a charge possible from the Galaxy S4.
We measure battery life by running a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage. All devices that go through the test have their displays set at 200-nit brightness.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 is an excellent phone. Compared to the Nexus, it also offers a microSD slot, longer video playback, a tad more detailed photos, and IR blaster for universal remote control. However, you can add two Benjamins to the $350 price of the Nexus 5 if you want it off-contract.
Apart from those the Nexus 5 offers very similar experience to the Galaxy S4 in all areas, and outshines it in several, such as low-light photos and steadier videos. Also, it will be a while before the Galaxy S4 gets the latest Android 4.4 KitKat features officially.
If you are buying the Nexus 5 from the Play Store, that is, since carrier pricing differences with subsidies aren't as stark as the full retail price gap between the two handsets, amounting to about 50 USD or Euros. On Sprint, for instance, the Nexus 5 can be had for $150 if you aren't transferring your number from another carrier, while the S4 costs $200. Full retail price is listed by Sprint as $450 for the Nexus, and $600 for the S4. Moving over to Europe, France's Bouyuges Telecom, for instance, sells the Nexus 5 for EUR 130, while the S4 will run you EUR 180 on the same contract.
One thing is for certain – if you want stock Android and the fastest updates to the latest iteration of Google's mobile OS, the Nexus 5 won't make you break the piggy bank for this to happen, provided that you can grab it off the Play Store, and you'll still flaunt flagship specs to boot.
Google Nexus 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S4 - Call Quality, Battery and Conclusion