Difference between Nexus 4 and Galaxy Nexus

Key difference: The Nexus 4 is Google's fourth Nexus-branded Android smartphone. It was produced in collaboration with LG Electronics. The phone runs on the Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) operating system, which was launched with the phone. The Samsung Galaxy Nexus was the third generation Nexus-branded Android smartphone following the previous the Nexus One and Nexus S. The phone originally ran on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) which was launched with the phone.

With the constant upgrade in technology these days, new models of smartphones as well as upgraded models of smartphones with new features are being constantly launched in the market. Smartphones have become a way of life for many people, allowing them to do anything and everything on the go. This includes typing up a document, chatting with friends, video conferencing, writing up reports, checking e-mails, etc.

One of the most popular operating systems for smartphones and tablets is Android. Android is a Linux-based operating system owned and operated by the Open Handset Alliance, a consortium of 84 leading firms, which includes mobile handset makers, application developers, some mobile carriers and chip makers. The consortium is lead in part by Google, as well as HTC, Sony, Dell, Intel, Motorola, Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics, T-Mobile, Sprint Nextel, Nvidia, and Wind River Systems.

A number of these companies’ smartphones and tablets run on Android. Android is an open source software, which means that the code is freely available for modification and distribution by device manufacturers, wireless carriers and enthusiast developers. Among the number of various companies, Google has also launched its own line of smartphones based on Android, called the Google Nexus. Each device in the Nexus line is produced via collaboration between Google and a leading original equipment manufacturer (OEM) partner.

The Nexus devices in general have an advantage over other devices in that the Android in the Nexus devices is pure. I.e. the Android does not have any manufacturer or wireless carrier modifications to it, such as a custom graphical user interface. The Android also has an unlockable bootloader to allow further development and end-user modification, all of which is usually blocked on other Android smartphones.

The LG Nexus 4 and Samsung Galaxy Nexus are two smartphones by the same company. They are both produced by Google, but in collaboration with different companies. The Samsung Galaxy Nexus was produced in collaboration with Samsung, and it pre-dates the Nexus 4. The Nexus 4 is Google's fourth Nexus-branded Android smartphone and is produced in collaboration with LG Electronics.

Nexus 4 features a 1.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2 GB of RAM, 8 or 16 GB of internal storage, front facing 1.3 megapixel camera and an 8 megapixel rear camera and a micro-SIM card tray. The phone runs on the Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) operating system, which was launched with the phone. The phone also features a new camera technology, called the Photo Sphere. This allows one to take 360 deg Panorama shots.

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus was the third generation Nexus-branded Android smartphone following the previous the Nexus One and Nexus S. It features a high-definition (1280 Ă— 720) Super AMOLED display, a 5 MP primary camera, a 1.3 MP secondary front facing camera, 1.2 GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9,1 GB RAM, and is available with a storage capacity of 16 GB and 32 GB. The phone originally ran on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), which was launched with the phone. Further Android updates are available for the phones.

The information for the detailed table about the two phones has been taken from the Google Nexus website and GSMArena.com.

 

Nexus 4

Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Launch Date

November 13, 2012

November 17, 2011

Company

Google; designed in collaboration with and manufactured by LG Electronics.

Google; designed in collaboration with and manufactured by Samsung.

Size

133.9 x 68.7 x 9.1 mm (5.27 x 2.70 x 0.36 in)

135.5 x 67.9 x 8.9 mm (5.33 x 2.67 x 0.35 in)

Display

True HD IPS Plus capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

Screen

768 x 1280 pixels, 4.7 inches (~318 ppi pixel density)

720 x 1280 pixels, 4.65 inches (~316 ppi pixel density)

Protection

Corning Gorilla Glass 2

Oleophobic coating

Weight

139g (4.90 oz)

135 g (4.76 oz)

2G Network

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

3G Network

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100

4G Network

No

LTE 2300 / 2400 (some markets only)

GUI

Pure Android

Pure Android

CPU speed

Quad-core 1.5 GHz Krait

Dual-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A9

GPU

Adreno 320

PowerVR SGX540

OS

Android OS, v4.2 (Jelly Bean), upgradable to v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)

Android OS v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), upgradable to v4.2 (Jelly Bean)

Chipset

Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon

TI OMAP 4460

RAM

2 GB RAM

1 GB RAM

SIM Size

Micro-SIM

Mini-SIM

Internal Memory

8/16 GB storage

16/32 GB (depending on versions)

Expandable Memory

None

None

Sensors

Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer

Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer

Connectivity

  • WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Bluetooth
  • NFC (Android Beam)
  • Unlocked GSM/UMTS/HSPA+
  • GSM/EDGE/GPRS
  • 3G
  • HSPA+ 42
  • Wireless charging
  • SlimPort
  • 3.5 mm TRRS
  • GPS
  • DLNA
  • Micro USB 2.0 with USB On-The-Go
  • MHL
  • Bluetooth (3.0 enabled, 4.0 compatible hardware)
  • NFC
  • Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n (2.4/5 GHz)

Data

WiFi, NFC, GPRS, EDGE, USB

WiFi, NFC, GPRS, EDGE, USB

Speed

DC-HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps

HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps

WLAN

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot

Bluetooth

Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP

Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP

USB

microUSB (SlimPort) v2.0

microUSB v2.0 (MHL)

Primary Camera

8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash

5 MP, 2592x1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash

Secondary Camera

1.3 MP

1.3 MP, [email protected]

Video

[email protected]

[email protected]

Camera Features

Touch focus, geo-tagging, face detection, photo sphere

Touch focus, geo-tagging, face detection

Sound Enhancement

SNS integration

Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

Audio supported formats

MP3/WAV/eAAC+/AC3 player

MP3/WAV/eAAC+/AC3 player

Video supported formats

MP4/H.264/H.263 player

MP4/H.264/H.263 player

Battery Capacity

Non-removable Li-Po 2100 mAh battery

Li-Ion 1750 mAh battery

Available Colors

Black

Black, White

Messaging

SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS

SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS

Browser

HTML5

HTML, Adobe Flash

Radio

No

No

GPS

A-GPS support and GLONASS

A-GPS support

Java

Java MIDP emulator

Java MIDP emulator

Additional Features

  • Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • Accelerometer
  • GPS
  • Gyroscope
  • Barometer
  • Microphone
  • Ambient light
  • Compass
  • Organizer
  • Image/video editor
  • Document editor
  • Google Search,
  • Maps, Gmail,
    YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa
  • Voice memo/dial/commands
  • Predictive text input
  • TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
  • Organizer
  • Image/video editor
  • Document viewer
  • Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa
  • Voice memo/dial/commands
  • Predictive text input

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