Difference between Nexus 4 and Nexus 5

Key difference: The phones Nexus 4 and Nexus 5, both are Google products. They both are Android phones with same features, however the difference between the two phones is that Nexus 5 is an upgraded version of Nexus 4.

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. Thus, with the ever increasing demand and need for better technologically advanced smartphones, mobile companies have started upgrading and bringing out newer versions of old phones. Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 are such examples; this article differentiates between the two.

The Nexus 4 is Google's fourth Nexus-branded Android smartphone. It was produced in collaboration with LG Electronics. The phone 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 featured a new camera technology, called the Photo Sphere. This allows one to take 360 deg Panorama shots.

The Nexus 5, the successor to the Nexus 4, is a smartphone co-developed by Google and LG Electronics that runs on the Android operating system. The device is the fifth smartphone in the Google Nexus series and was codenamed ‘Hammerhead’. The phone’s hardware consist a 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 800 system-on-chip (SoC), and a 4.96-inch 1080p display. It has an 180p IPS display, a polycarbonate shell and an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with optical image stabilization (OIS).

The Nexus 5 is the first device to feature the new 4.4 ‘KitKat’ version of Android. It supports LTE (4G) networks where available, and comes with 16 GB or 32 GB of internal memory. It is lighter in weight and has 8 hrs more on its battery life as compared to Nexus 4. Other notable features are the two new composite sensors: a step detector and a step counter. These new sensors allow applications to easily track steps when the user is walking, running, or climbing stairs.

Comparison between Nexus 4 and Nexus 5:

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

 

Nexus 4

Nexus 5

Launch Date

November 2012

October 2013

Company

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

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

Size

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

137.84 x 69.17 x 8.59 mm (5.43 x 2.72 x 0.34 inches)

Display

True HD IPS Plus capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

True HD IPS Plus capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

Screen

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

1080 x 1920 pixels, 5 inches (~445 ppi pixel density)

Protection

Corning Gorilla Glass 2

Corning Gorilla Glass 3

Weight

139g (4.90 oz)

130 g (4.59 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 700 / 800 / 850 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 / 2600

GUI

Pure Android

Pure Android

CPU speed

Quad-core 1.5 GHz

Quad-core 2.3 GHz

GPU

Adreno 320

450 MHz Adreno 300

OS

Android OS, v4.2 (Jelly Bean), upgradable to v4.2.3 (Jelly Bean)

Android OS, v4.4 (KitKat)

Chipset

Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon

Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 series

RAM

2 GB

2 GB

SIM Size

microSIM

microSIM

Internal Memory

8/16 GB storage

16/32 GB storage

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

WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth, NFC (Android Beam), LTE, HSDPA+ (4G), HSUPA, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS

Data

WiFi, NFC, GPRS, EDGE, USB

WiFi, NFC, GPRS, EDGE, USB

Speed

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

DC-HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE, Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL

WLAN

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

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

Bluetooth

v4.0 with A2DP

v4.0 with A2DP

USB

microUSB (SlimPort) v2.0

microUSB (SlimPort) v2.0, USB Host, USB On-the-go

Primary Camera

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

8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, optical image stabilization, LED flash

Secondary Camera

1.3 MP

1.3 MP

Video

[email protected]

[email protected]

Camera Features

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

Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, photo sphere, HDR, dual recording

Sound Enhancement

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/Dvix/ Full HD player

Battery Capacity

2100 mAh battery, endurance 32 hrs.

Li-Polymer, 2100 mAh battery, endurance 40 hrs.

Available Colors

Black

Black and White

Messaging

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

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

Browser

HTML5

HTML5

Radio

No

No

GPS

A-GPS support and GLONASS

A-GPS support and GLONASS

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

DayDream, NFC Support, Voice Search, Games, Magazines, Movies, Micro SIM, Wireless Display and Miracast, HDMI (Slip Port), Calendar, Video Editing, Calculator, Clock, Currents, Movie Studio, Power Control, Setting Shortcut, Analog Clock, Alarm, Timer, World Clock, Stopwatch, Multi-tasking, Pre-set Equalizer, MMS Enabled, Audio and Video Codec, SMS on Call Reject, Predictive Word Input, Data Usages Monitor, Cell Broadcast, Face Unlock, Back Up and Reset, Talk Back, OTA, Bi-Directional Text, Expandable Notifications, MTP Storage Calculator, Chrome, Downloads, Gallery, Movie Studio, People

Image Courtesy: androidbeat.com, crave.cnet.co.uk

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