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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

OSAndroid (6.0, 5.1, 5.0, 4.4.4, 4.4.2, 4.4)Android (5.0, 4.4.2, 4.2.2)Android (5.0, 4.4.2, 4.3, 4.2.2)
Dimensions5.43 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)
Weight4.59 oz (130 g)
the average is 5.4 oz (153 g)
5.04 oz (143 g)
the average is 5.4 oz (153 g)
4.59 oz (130 g)
the average is 5.4 oz (153 g)
Materials  Main body: Plastic
Physical size5.0 inches5.2 inches5.0 inches
Resolution1080 x 1920 pixels1080 x 1920 pixels1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel density

Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.

445 ppi423 ppi441 ppi

Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.

Screen-to-body ratio

Screen-to-body ratio - Shows what part of the frontal area of a phone its screen occupies.

70.89 %76.28 %71.91 %
Colors16 777 21616 777 21616 777 216
Peak brightness 450 cd/m2 (nit) 
Camera8 megapixels13 megapixels13 megapixels
Aperture size

Aperture size - The aperture of a camera is the opening through which light travels before it reaches the camera sensor. The smaller the number is, the bigger this opening is, allowing for more light to pass.

Focal length (35mm equivalent)30.4 mm29 mm31 mm
Camera sensor size

Camera sensor size - A bigger camera sensor is able to capture more light, and thus produce better photos.

Pixel size

Pixel size - The size of an individual pixel on a camera's sensor. The bigger, the better.

 1.12 μm1.14 μm
Hardware FeaturesOptical image stabilization, Autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)Sapphire crystal lens cover, Optical image stabilization, Autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)Autofocus, CMOS image sensor, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)
Software FeaturesFace detection, Digital zoom, Self-timer, Touch to focus, Geo taggingTouch to focus, Face detection, Voice activation, Self-timer, Digital zoom, Geo taggingDigital image stabilization, Touch to focus, Face detection, Smile detection, Digital zoom, Geo tagging, Self-timer, Voice activation
Camcorder1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (60 fps)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)
FeaturesOptical image stabilization, Video lightOptical image stabilizationDigital image stabilization
Front-facing camera1.3 megapixels2.1 megapixels2 megapixels
Video capture1280x720 (720p HD)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)
System chip

System chip - Most modern handsets use an advanced chip that includes many of the device’s hardware modules like the processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and sometimes even the wireless radio. This field shows what particular system chip (or System-on-a-Chip) is used in the phone.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 8974

Processor - The processor is the main computing component of a phone and is a major factor when it comes to the overall speed of the device. Some more powerful smartphones use dual-core and quad-core processors designed to deliver greater performance.

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

Graphics processor - The graphics processor is important for the smooth operation of the system and especially in games and other applications that may involve complex graphics and animations.

Adreno 330Adreno 330Adreno 320
System memory

System memory - System memory, or RAM memory is the type of memory that the device uses to temporarily store data from the OS or currently-running apps. The more RAM available to the device, the better the performance will be when multiple or heavier programs are running.

2 GB RAM (Dual-channel, 800 MHz) / LPDDR32 GB RAM (Dual-channel, 800 MHz) / LPDDR32 GB RAM (Dual-channel) / LPDDR3
Built-in storage

Built-in storage - Bigger storage capacity allows you to keep more content saved onto your device, such as more applications, photos or video. Games and video content typically take up the biggest amount of storage space.

32 GB32 GB64 GB
Storage expansion

Storage expansion - Some handsets allow you to expand their storage capacity by using a memory expansion card – most often microSD. Expansion memory is mostly suitable for media storage, such as photo, video or music content.

  microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC

Capacity - The bigger, the better! However, battery capacity is not the only factor that has an effect on battery life. Those include the chipset in use, the software running on the device, as well as the consumer's unique usage pattern.

2300 mAh3000 mAh2600 mAh
Wireless chargingBuilt-in Optional
Talk time17.00 hours
the average is 19 h (1140 min)
34.30 hours
the average is 19 h (1140 min)
Stand-by time12.5 days (300 hours)
the average is 19 days (465 h)
34.2 days (821 hours)
the average is 19 days (465 h)
Talk time (3G) 21.30 hours
the average is 17 h (1043 min)
17.00 hours
the average is 17 h (1043 min)
Stand-by time (3G) 34.4 days (826 hours)
the average is 24 days (581 h)
15.4 days (370 hours)
the average is 24 days (581 h)
Stand-by time (4G)  13.3 days (320 hours)
the average is 21 days (511 h)
Music playback60.00 hours 62.00 hours
Video playback  11.00 hours
Screen mirroringDLNA, Wireless screen share, SlimPort, TV-outDLNA, Wireless screen share, MirrorLink, SlimPortDLNA, Wireless screen share, MHL

CDMA - Code Division Multiple Access. A technique of multiplexing, also called spread spectrum, in which analog signals are converted into digital form for transmission. For each communication channel, the signals are encoded in a sequence known to the transmitter and the receiver for that channel. The foremost application is digital cellular phone technology from QUALCOMM that operates in the 800MHz band and 1.9GHz PCS band. CDMA phones are noted for their excellent call quality and long battery life.

800, 1900 MHz  
GSM850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
UMTS800, 850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz
LTE (FDD)Bands 20, 5, 8, 3, 1, 7Bands 1, 3, 7, 8, 20Bands 18, 5, 8, 3, 1, 7
DataLTE Cat 4 (150/50 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTSLTE Cat 4 (150/50 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSDPA+ (4G) 21.1 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/sLTE Cat 3 (100/50 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS
Shopping information
MSRP price$ 399  

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posted on 31 Oct 2013, 13:27 10

1. mr.techdude (Posts: 571; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)

Nexus 5 is looking cool, its like nexus is the nissian gtr r35 vs Samsung as Ferrari, nissian gives u same performance but priced hell of a lot lower.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 13:47 4

6. Tommy1960i (Posts: 119; Member since: 11 Oct 2013)

A nice phone
And a good price
To Nexus Hello
To iPhone goodbye

No more problems
Now things are clear
We are out of trouble
The Nexus is here!

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 22:34

15. rantao333 (Posts: 322; Member since: 21 May 2013)

say goodbye to overprice Samsung

nexus here i come!

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 13:30 1

2. sadiqahmed (Posts: 71; Member since: 11 Oct 2013)

I've been waiting for the Nexus 5 to release and to decide between Nexus 5 and Lg G2. I think the the neXus looks really good and it my even feel better than the G2 but the battery is a huge disappointment. Gonna get the G2 now.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 13:34 7

3. mr.techdude (Posts: 571; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)

Yes the battery is lower but, its stock android plus there's no crazy features going on like galaxy devices, its 4.4 kiktkat so less ram consumption which all equalls to a good battery life. Fingers crossed :?

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 13:40

4. sadiqahmed (Posts: 71; Member since: 11 Oct 2013)

No no no stop replying to my comments HAVE TO GET THE G2. But the nexus is so freaking awesome, don't know what to do and ya I do agree stock android is well... Stock android. But what do you think? It will last one day?

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 13:46

5. datsyuk (Posts: 180; Member since: 11 Jan 2012)

Just put Cyanogenmod on it with 4.4 on the G2. I'm on Verizon and I'm heavily considering the G2 now. Have been waiting for the Nexus now since last year but totally don't know what to do now with no Nexus (my obvious choice).

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 14:03

8. _PHug_ (Posts: 463; Member since: 11 Oct 2011)

IMO the LG G2 is a better phone all around and I would prefer the G2...


1. Will the G2 ever get an offical 4.4 update?
I know I can change the ROM but then I lose a few of the reasons to get the G2 over the N5 like the IR blaster & wireless storage.

2. Cant hide G2 soft keys with out rooting, rooting sets off a flag that gives LG an excuse to not honor your warranty, not sure it can be unflagged.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 23:15

16. E.S.1 (Posts: 307; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)

Yes, it can be unflagged.

I think G2 will get an update.
And I am going with LG G2 instead mostly because of the battery.

Thank you

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 14:12

9. mr.techdude (Posts: 571; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)

Ofcourse light ui, 2 fb ddr3 ram, s800 has a low power nanometer of 28 I think which is very good, all this in a 2300 may battery should last a day at maximum. Hey I have the HTC ONE same battery size and it lasts me a whole day of usage consisting games here and there, a lot of webbing, checking Gmails, calling and hell of a lot messaging. So why not the nexus 5 will last easily a day of good amount of use

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 13:58

7. sadiqahmed (Posts: 71; Member since: 11 Oct 2013)

4.4 will take some time to come on lg G2 and damn the nexus looks awesome, nothing fancy. Just a clean device. It will also be the first to get all the updates. But that idiotic battery! Any HTC One users out there? Even it has an 2300 mah battery. Does last the whole day?

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 14:35 2

10. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 1039; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)

Happy with my GS4 :)

The Nexus 5 is great but the battery and lack of MicroSD expansion turns me off it. Great phone for devs though.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 14:48

11. hortizano (Posts: 294; Member since: 22 May 2013)

All I consider in a phone is the additional storage.. I have a surreal case of panic that something will happen to the phone, losing all my information.. if I have a SD card at least I have a shot to recover it...
Soooo.. sticking to my S4...

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 14:55

12. procoder (Posts: 10; Member since: 23 Mar 2012)

it should be krait 400 for Nexus 5..

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 18:09

13. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

NEXUS 5 all the way but i don't see the xperia z or z1 in comparison here.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 18:21

14. MobileNico (Posts: 68; Member since: 26 Aug 2012)

On paper the G2 seems phenomenal, and I'm sure it is. However, their UI overlay has been anything but unobtrusive, and I'm thinking that with similar hardware specs and stock Android, the Nexus 5 will likely feel quite a bit faster in day-to-day use. It's that much of a difference. It certainly was when comparing the Nexus 4 to the GS4. With the exception of the camera, last year's Nexus proved that clean, unadulterated Android can compensate for a lack of bleeding edge specs. I think that point will be proven again this year. Numbers don't lie, but they don't tell the whole story.

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 00:25

17. mclifford81 (Posts: 76; Member since: 26 Jan 2010)

So I went from the Galaxy s4 to the verizon version of the LG G2 and haven't looked back. The phone trumps the Galaxy s4 in every aspect. Better photos, speedy browsing throughout the system, call quality is about the same, brighter and more visible screen. I also had the HTC one and the LG G2 has much better battery life than the two phones as well. Plus the LG G2 can be rooted to run cyanogen mod if you really want 4.4 as soon as possible however I am sure there will be an update around the corner since it is LG's flagship.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 05:08

18. Davidparker (Posts: 10; Member since: 04 Nov 2013)

Why Nexus 5 has Krait 330? And Lg g2 have 400? plz someone make me clear !

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 02:16

19. Campdia (Posts: 2; Member since: 30 Oct 2013)

I Have S4 GT-I9500 Running 4.2.2 When I connect it to Kies and searching for firmware update Kies says that you have the latest Firmware For KSA GT-I9500 what should I do for getting 4.3

posted on 23 Dec 2013, 15:04

20. Simpletech (Posts: 1; Member since: 23 Dec 2013)

Hello everyone Im at a stale mate S4,LG,Nexus5 which to get the Phone arenas comparison has worked somewhat but there are still other enquires like the updating, which are easy to Modify/Unmodify to safe guard the warranty

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