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

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

Google Nexus 5 vs LG G2 vs Samsung Galaxy S4

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Display

Size

5.0 inches
5.2 inches
5.0 inches

Technology

IPS LCD
IPS LCD
Super AMOLED

Screen-to-body

70.89 %
76.28 %
71.91 %

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 800 MSM8974
Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974
Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 8974

Processor

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

GPU

Adreno 330
Adreno 330
Adreno 320

RAM

2GB LPDDR3
2GB LPDDR3
2GB LPDDR3

Internal storage

32GB
32GB
64GB

OS

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

Battery

Capacity

2300 mAh
3000 mAh
2600 mAh

Talk time

17.00 hours
the average is 17 h (995 min)
34.30 hours
the average is 17 h (995 min)
 

Stand-by time

12.5 days (300 hours)
the average is 22 days (530 h)
34.2 days (821 hours)
the average is 22 days (530 h)
 

Talk time (3G)

 
21.30 hours
the average is 22 h (1300 min)
17.00 hours
the average is 22 h (1300 min)

Stand-by time (3G)

 
34.4 days (826 hours)
the average is 26 days (617 h)
15.4 days (370 hours)
the average is 26 days (617 h)

Stand-by time (4G)

 
 
13.3 days (320 hours)
the average is 22 days (523 h)

Music playback

60.00 hours
 
62.00 hours

Video playback

 
 
11.00 hours

Camera

Rear

Single camera
Single camera
Single camera

Main camera

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

Specifications

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

Video recording

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

Features

OIS, Video light
OIS
EIS

Front

1.3 MP
2.1 MP
2 MP

Video capture

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

Design

Dimensions

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

Weight

4.59 oz
5.04 oz
4.59 oz

130.0 g
143.0 g
130.0 g

Materials

 
 
Back: Plastic

Features

 
Notification light
Notification light

Buyers information

Price

$ 399
 
 


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Nexus 5
  • 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
  • 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
  • OS Android 5.0 Lollipop
Galaxy S4
  • 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
  • OS Android 5.0 Lollipop

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