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Nexus 5 versus Nexus 4: Battle of the generations

Kris Carlon
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Google has unveiled the Nexus 5, the next generation of Google's own smartphone line. The Nexus 5 smartphone, which was built by LG, as was its predecessor the Nexus 4, is a significant development in almost all points. What's new in the new Nexus and what looks familiar can be seen in our comparison of the technical specifications of the two devices.

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The Nexus 5 and the Nexus 4 - two generations of genius. / © AndroidPIT

The Nexus 5 features, as the name implies, a 5-inch display at Full HD resolution. There's a big jump in processor with the new Nexus 5 rocking a quad-core Snapdragon 800 at 2.3 GHz and the new Nexus has also gained increased storage from 8 and 16 GB models to 16 and 32 GB models. The prices are relatively standard considering the increase in storage capacity with the 16 and 32 GB Nexus 5 versions costing a neat 299 and 349 USD respectively. The 16 GB models are at the same price point across both generations.

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The Nexus 5 also has a vastly improved 8 MP camera with optical image stabilization, but we'll need to wait until ours arrives to confirm the camera's performance. The Nexus 5 supports LTE and of course runs the newest version of the Android OS, 4.4 KitKat straight out of the box. The Nexus 5 has a minor bump in battery capacity but KitKat will purportedly improve battery performance a lot, making the difference really noticeable. Of course, the Nexus 4 should also enjoy these memory and battery optimizations that the update in Android version will bring. On a last note, the size difference is negligible but the Nexus 5 has a slightly larger footprint than its predecessor. However, the Nexus 5 is actually thinner and lighter than the Nexus 4. An impressive feat from Google and LG.

  NEXUS 5 NEXUS 4
Manufacturer LG LG
Operating System Android 4.4 Android 4.3
Display 4.95-inch, LCD, Full HD (1,920 x1,080 pixels), 445 ppi) 4.7-inch, LCD (1,280 x 768 pixels), 318 ppi)
Processor Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, 2.3 GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, 1.5 GHz
RAM 2 GB 2 GB
Internal Memory 16/32 GB 8/16 GB
Camera 8 MP (rear) with OIS, 1.3 MP (front) 8 MP (rear), 1.3 MP (front)
Battery 2,300 mAh 2,100 mAh
Connectivity LTE, HSPA+, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v4.0 HSPA+, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v4.0
NFC Yes Yes
Wireless Charging Yes Yes
Dimensions / Weight 137.84 x 69.17 x 8.59 mm / 130 g 133.9 x 68.7 x 9.1 mm / 139 g
Price 349 USD (16 GB) / 399 USD (32 GB) 299 USD / 349 USD (no longer available)

So there you have it, the Nexus 5 is a significant improvement over the Nexus 4 and may well stand the test of time equally well, at least until 64-bit processors take over next year. 

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