What are the differences between Google Nexus 5 and Nexus 4?


For many months the Google Nexus 5 has been nothing but rumours and after keeping Android fans waiting for so long, Google officially released the Nexus 5 today.  So you don’t have to, we have come up with this article to let you know what the differences are between the predecessor, the Nexus 4 and the new Nexus 5.

Display and size

Google’s Nexus 5 screen comes in at 5-inches and its bigger than Nexus 4’s 4.7′ display for sure; one of my complaints on the Nexus 4 when it was reviewed was the screen quality, Google has included a full 1920 x 1080 HD display coupled with 445ppi (pixel density) and that is a much needed upgrade to the Nexus 4’s resolution of 1280 x 768 pixels and 320ppi meaning the Nexus 5 will have sharper display, reading texts and watching movies will be a pleasure.

The Nexus 4 measures 133.9 x 68.7 x 9.1mm and weighs 139g, while the Nexus 5 which comes in at 137.84 x 69.17 x 8.59 mm and weighs 130g; the differences are not massively wide apart and users will probably not notice any difference until they see the figures. The new Nexus 5 also have matte black finish on the back unlike Nexus 4’s glass back.


Camera capability has become a must discuss feature on any smart phone, users are taking more pictures, sharing them more than ever thanks to social media platform like Instagram; both the Nexus 5 and Nexus 4 comes with 8MP cameras and 1.3 MP front facing camera, the only difference is that the Nexus 5 comes with OIS (optical image stabilisation), Photo Sphere, HDR+ and Auto Awesome which allows you to add filters and create clips in conjunction with Google +

Processor and Battery

The Nexus 5 comes with a quad-core 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor and to put that into perspective, it is the same one found in the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 which is known to be powerful and is a faster upgrade to Nexus 4’s 1.5GHz processor; the powerful processor is then coupled with 2GB of RAM.  Google gives you the option to get the Nexus 5 with 16GB or 32GB of storage unlike Nexus 4’s 8GB and 16GB options with no microSD card expansion.

Google’s Nexus 5 comes with 2300mAh battery, which is just slightly bigger than Nexus 4’s 2100mAh battery, Google states that it should deliver 17 hours’ talk time and 300 hours standby time.  When compared with the likes of the Galaxy Note 3 or even the S4, the battery is still a concern, however Google still manages to include a built in wireless charging capability.

New OS: Android 4.4 KitKat

One of the main reason why anyone buys a Nexus device besides pricing is the Operating System, Nexus devices are the only ones that delivers a pure android experience, meaning you get a device with no bloat ware, so no network applications that you can’t remove.  The Nexus 4 was released out of the box with Android Jelly Bean and with the recent release of Androids new KitKat, the Nexus 5 is the first device to carry it. It also means you are first in line to receive any future updates.

The new software brings with it a host of features including more attention to the camera, native printing from Android and options to control your call plan straight from the operating system. Another article will be released to let you know what’s new on 4.4 KitKat.

Pricing and availability

The Nexus 5 starts at £295 in the UK for the 16GB model, the Nexus 4 16GB model that was the highest back then, came in at  £199.


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