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Google Nexus 5 vs Google Nexus 4


Call Quality

Google Nexus 5 vs Google Nexus 4
Google Nexus 5 vs Google Nexus 4
Callers were impressed with both the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5, but said that the older device was the better of the two. While we came through clearly on both phones, the Nexus 4 had more volume to it and was clearer than the Nexus 5, which had a slight muffle to it according to callers. There was an imperceptible difference in call quality on our end, with both devices delivering warm, natural voice tones but lacking on volume in the loudest environments.

Battery Life

Though the Nexus 5 only adds 200mAh to the Nexus 4’s 2100mAh battery, results are so far much better. The Nexus 5 sleeps very efficiently, draining just over 1% an hour with no use and good network coverage, but processor and/or screen intensive activities will predictably deplete the battery life rapidly. The battery is fixed, meaning that if you run out of juice you’ll have to find a charger. Thankfully, like its predecessor the Nexus 5 supports Qi wireless charging so it is easy enough to top off the device simply by setting it down.


The Nexus phones have always served to showcase the new version of Android they ship with, but starting with the Nexus 4, Google renewed emphasis on the hardware to match the increasingly polished software.

In the end the Nexus 5 delivers an upgrade to the Nexus 4 in just about every area. The screen is improved, the camera is much better, the build is better (while the look is modest) and the user experience is enhanced. The Nexus 5 is a worthy successor, and at a very reasonable starting price it is hard not to justify upgrading your Nexus 4 for Google’s latest Android reference.

Google Nexus 5:
Build number: KRT16M
Android 4.4 KitKat
Google Nexus 4:
Build number: JWR66Y
Android 4.3 Jelly Bean


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