Google Nexus 5 vs LG G2, Samsung Galaxy S4: specs comparison

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Nesus 5 vs G2, S4
In case you've somehow missed the news, Google just refreshed its Nexus lineup with a new, 5-inch model – its slimmest and fastest to date. The Google Nexus 5, as the smartphone is called, is here to succeed the Nexus 4, bringing upgraded hardware specifications, all the while sticking to "pure" Android 4.4 KitKat, free of carrier bloatware and UI modifications. It can be yours for as little as $350 off contract, which is a pretty good deal no matter how you look at it.

But the Google Nexus 5 is far from the only note-worthy smartphone in Androidland. On one hand, it's looking pretty good in the specs department, sporting a 1080 by 1920 pixel display, a Snapdragon 800 SoC, and an 8MP camera with optical image stabilization. But on the other hand, many of its Android alternatives – alternatives like the LG G2 and the Samsung Galaxy S4 – are at least as capable, if not better, in many key areas. And to give you a clearer representation of how the Nexus 5 stacks up against these, we've listed their hardware specs side by side.

Now, we've said it before and we'll say it again: hardware specifications aren't the only thing that makes a smartphone great. They do, however, allow us to estimate how a smartphone might perform in real life, giving us an idea as to what we should expect from it. With that out of the way, let's see how the Google Nexus 5 compares against the LG G2 and the Samsung Galaxy S4 from a hardware standpoint.

Display

Size

5.0 inches
5.2 inches
5.0 inches

Technology

Super AMOLED
IPS LCD
IPS LCD

Screen-to-body

71.91 %
76.28 %
70.89 %

Peak brightness

 
450 cd/m2 (nit)
 

Features

Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor

Hardware

System chip

Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 8974
Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974
Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974

Processor

Quad-core, 1900 MHz, Krait 300
Quad-core, 2260 MHz, Krait 400
Quad-core, 2260 MHz, Krait 400

GPU

Adreno 320
Adreno 330
Adreno 330

RAM

2GB LPDDR3
2GB LPDDR3
2GB LPDDR3

Internal storage

64GB
32GB
32GB

OS

Android (5.0 Lollipop, 4.4.2, 4.3, 4.2.2)
Android (5.0 Lollipop, 4.4.2, 4.2.2)
Android (6.0 Marshmallow, 5.1 Lollipop, 5.0 Lollipop, 4.4.4, 4.4.2, 4.4)

Battery

Capacity

2600 mAh
3000 mAh
2300 mAh

Talk time

 
34.30 hours
the average is 17 h (996 min)
17.00 hours
the average is 17 h (996 min)

Stand-by time

 
34.2 days (821 hours)
the average is 20 days (472 h)
12.5 days (300 hours)
the average is 20 days (472 h)

Talk time (3G)

17.00 hours
the average is 19 h (1110 min)
21.30 hours
the average is 19 h (1110 min)
 

Stand-by time (3G)

15.4 days (370 hours)
the average is 0 days (0 h)
34.4 days (826 hours)
the average is 0 days (0 h)
 

Stand-by time (4G)

13.3 days (320 hours)
the average is 0 days (0 h)
 
 

Music playback

62.00 hours
 
60.00 hours

Video playback

11.00 hours
 
 

Camera

Rear

Single camera
Single camera
Single camera

Main camera

13 MP (Autofocus, CMOS image sensor, BSI sensor)
13 MP (Sapphire crystal lens cover, OIS, Autofocus, BSI sensor)
8 MP (OIS, Autofocus, BSI sensor)

Specifications

Aperture size: F2.2; Focal length: 31 mm; Sensor size: 1/3.06"; Pixel size: 1.14 μm
Aperture size: F2.4; Focal length: 29 mm; Sensor size: 1/3.06"; Pixel size: 1.12 μm
Aperture size: F2.4; Focal length: 30.4 mm; Sensor size: 1/3.2"

Video recording

1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)

Features

EIS
OIS
OIS, Video light

Front

2 MP
2.1 MP
1.3 MP

Video capture

1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
1280x720 (HD)

Design

Dimensions

5.38 x 2.75 x 0.31 inches (136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm)
5.45 x 2.79 x 0.35 inches (138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9 mm)
5.43 x 2.72 x 0.34 inches (137.84 x 69.17 x 8.59 mm)

Weight

4.59 oz (130.0 g)
the average is 6.5 oz (184 g)
5.04 oz (143.0 g)
the average is 6.5 oz (184 g)
4.59 oz (130.0 g)
the average is 6.5 oz (184 g)

Materials

Back: Plastic
 
 

Features

Notification light
Notification light
 

Buyers information

Price

 
 
$ 399
See the full Samsung Galaxy S4 vs LG G2 vs Google Nexus 5 specs comparison or compare them to other phones using our Specs Comparison tool.


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Nexus 5

PhoneArena Score:

9.5

User Score:

9.4
  • Display 5.0 inches 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera) 1.3 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB,
  • Battery 2300 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow
G2

PhoneArena Score:

9.4

User Score:

9.2
  • OS Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • Display 5.2 inches 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Single camera) 2.1 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB,
  • Battery 3000 mAh
Galaxy S4

PhoneArena Score:

9.3

User Score:

9.2
  • OS Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • Display 5.0 inches 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Single camera) 2 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 2GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh

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