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Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Google Nexus 5


Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Google Nexus 5
Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Google Nexus 5
Call Quality

First, we start with the call quality on the Galaxy S5. On our end of the line, voices are transmitted loud enough, but the sound itself is a bit muffled and lacks in quality. Our callers, on the other hand, reported hearing our voice loudly, but there was a slight hiss to the sound and high-frequencies appear too loud. Summing it up, call quality on the S5 hovers around average.

The Nexus 5 yields comparable results, with its own different advantages and disadvantages. The issue with Google's handsets that volume in the earpiece is lacking, and you have to press the phone tightly against your ear to hear better, especially in loud environments. Moreover, voices have a bit of flat tone – that's not something that would stop you from understanding what caller say, but still it's noticeable. On the other end of the line call quality is better and our callers reported hearing our voice in its natural, distinctive tone.


The Samsung Galaxy S5 sports a 2800mAh battery, while the juicer on the Nexus 5 has a 2300mAh capacity. Battery is often said to be a weak spot for the Nexus 5, as the device barely makes it through a work day, and ranks towards the bottom of our battery rankings. The Galaxy S5, in contrasts, fares much better as it will easily withstand a full day of intense use, and under scarcer usage, you might even have to recharge it once every two days.

The battery on the S5 is also user-removable - all it takes is to peel off the back cover to access the battery department. That’s one feature the Nexus 5 does not have as it’s battery is sealed.

On the flip side of things, Google’s Nexus 5 features wireless charging out of the box (via the Qi standard) - a convenience that the Galaxy S5 does not support.

Battery life

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.

Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S5
7h 38 min (Good)
Google Nexus 5
4h 50 min (Poor)
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The Galaxy S5 modernizes and improves Samsung's vision for what Android should look like with a nice and modern reiteration of the TouchWiz user interface. Interestingly, in its vision, Samsung approaches Google's idea of what stock Android should look like. While still hugely different, the Nexus 5 and Galaxy S5 seem to be sharing more in terms of interface than before.

The Galaxy S5 has some other advantages in the form of its protected from the elements body and more powerful silicon. Its biggest improvement, though, seems to have happened in the camera department where Samsung has done a good job with its ISOCELL sensor. All of these are meaningful advantages over the Nexus 5.

At the same time, touted features like the fingerprint reader and heart-rate monitor are a bit fiddly. Most importantly, though, the Galaxy S5 just cannot match the extreme price-to-value ratio of the Nexus 5. At just half the price of the S5, one is tempted to forgive a lot of the flaws in Google's smartphone.

Summing all up, we'd say that – regardless of price – the Galaxy S5 is a phone that is better by a slight but consistent margin, in nearly all its aspects. The huge price difference, though, is a tough argument to overcome with gradual improvements, and we still expect budget-conscious buyers to swing towards the Nexus 5.


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posted on 07 Apr 2014, 23:30

1. techloverNYC (Posts: 601; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)

If only the Samsung camera have ISO, it would have been the perfect camera. I don't why phone companys always leave out things they know it would improve their product.

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 23:48 3

2. iushnt (Posts: 2257; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)

at first s5 felt like an dissapointed but now it is becoming the King.

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 00:26 1

3. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

Nexus 5 is still 'the little phone that could'....

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 00:39 1

4. camera531 (Posts: 346; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)

The Nexus 5 screen is washed out compared to the HTC M8 (and definitely an AMOLED screen). It's still decent and acceptable if you're not comparing it to a top screen side-by-side. My problem with the N5 screen is the backlight "wash". Looking straight on is great. Tilt the phone straight back and the viewing angle is great. However, start looking at it from side angles and the backlight suddenly washes everything out with a grayish tint over the screen. The reason this is a major problem (for me) is because that's generally the angle you're looking at when it's laying flat on a table. Unlike the HTC M8 and (presumably) the S5, the N5's screen is horrible at off angles, replicated when looking at it flat on a coffee table, for example. It just screams "low end", and with a 1080 IPS screen, it should be the exact opposite. It's supposedly based on the LG G2, which has a class leading LCD (with outstanding viewing angles). Very unfortunate.

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 08:14

5. wildcat80 (Posts: 6; Member since: 02 Aug 2012)

This the fourth review/comparison if the S5 without a chart showing the S5's battery life. PA, what gives? Where is this vital info?

posted on 09 Apr 2014, 00:34

6. irbaaz (Posts: 169; Member since: 27 Mar 2014)

I would prefer 2 nexus 5 rather than 1 s5......

posted on 16 May 2014, 06:34

7. sanopa (Posts: 2; Member since: 16 May 2014)

I just sold my Nexus 5 and bought an S5 and I have to say I really miss the Nexus. Yes the S5 has more features however when it comes to battery life and performance it doesn't feel fair to compare them even-though I tried two launchers to get away from touchwiz and used task killers. Very disappointed in the S5.

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 07:07

8. andriodfanboy1 (Posts: 56; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)

nexus 5 vs samsung galaxy s5 which one i should buy i used s4 and sold to buy z1 but u know z1 isnt for me i am plaining to change and i am confused in these two ?any sug

posted on 25 Nov 2014, 11:12

9. DreadfulArc94 (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 Nov 2014)

When the Nexus 5 updated to Lollipop 5.0 is runs alot smoother and it is a lot faster now, i highly suggest getting the Nexus 5 is cheaper and a better pick

posted on 24 Nov 2015, 12:04

10. Oggy385 (Posts: 1; Member since: 24 Nov 2015)

Year 2016, Nexus 5, 6.0 marshmallow, still running smooth.....that's why.

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