Android Phone Comparisons: Google Nexus 5 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3

| November 7, 2013 | 5 Replies

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Although .7-inches larger than the Nexus 5, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is still a possible rival purchase – many users deciding whether they want the larger phone or the 5-inch variety. Besides, like we have previously stated, these comparisons are strictly – well mostly – based purely on a comparison of the two devices, although, this particular comparison is one of those that fall into that “well mostly” category. Other than the excellent processor, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Quad-Core running at 2.3GHz, these two phones have very different specifications, most “notably” (pun intended) the screen size, with the Galaxy Note 3 measuring in at 5.7-inches and the Nexus 5 at 4.96, or 5-inches.  The Nexus 5 is just at the beginning of what the technical world has dubbed, the phablet, while the Galaxy Note 3, defines, in the purest sense, the phablet category.



Google Nexus 5

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Released less than a week ago, the Nexus 5 is the latest in a line of Google’s pure Android devices; the way Google wants the user to experience their Android operating system, with the latest being released – Android 4.4 KitKat.  Although not designed to be the pinnacle of the current day’s technology, the Nexus 5 is nevertheless, quite a competitor with todays’ current smartphones.  The processor and speed are certainly current technology, the screen is Full HD with 445 ppi, 2GB RAM, 16/32GB internal storage (although no microSD slot), has all the necessary ports and connectivity (except Verizon), and, most importantly, Android 4.4KitKat – which has all of Google’s latest technology. From all accounts, the Nexus 5 is fast and smooth, with no “skin” like TouchWiz, slowing it down.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3


Samsung’s latest flagship, the Galaxy Note 3 was just released the first of October, and has had excellent reviews. It is the device that defined the phablet category and this latest rendition is the best Note device that Samsung has produced. Even though is is hampered by an outdated TouchWiz, the 3GBs of RAM really help it perform smoothly and quickly – when I say “outdated,” I am referring to the fact that the build of it is still largely based on older versions of Android and really needs a complete overhaul in order to run faster and smoother. Speaking of software, the Galaxy Note 3 was the first device to come with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean out-of-the box, and Samsung has done a great job of incorporating software that takes full advantage of it stylus, or S-Pen, making the device a true phone/tablet combination. The large, Full HD Display, is excellent for watching videos or movies, gaming, drawing, working with photos, or simply reading. The camera specs also get the nod here, although Samsung has still not supply an Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) system on the Galaxy Note 3, as was done on the Nexus 5.

…And the Winner is… a Draw

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I had to call this match up, a draw – like I said in the first paragraph, this is a review that falls into the “well mostly” category.  Going strictly by specifications and features, you would have to give the nod to the Galaxy Note 3 – but when you are comparing it to the Nexus 5, you have to take into account the pureness of Android 4.4 KitKat and the audience that purchases these two devices…totally different. While the Galaxy Note 3 is far from a mainstream phone, 4o million people have purchased one of the Note series devices. The Nexus line sells in far lower amounts, but its fan-base is every bit (or even more) adamant about their love of the device. So even though the Galaxy Note 3 has better specs in a few areas, these two devices are both top selections in their field for their respective audiences.

Let us know in the comments or on Google+ what you think about these two great devices and which one, if either, you will be getting.

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About Cory McNutt ()

I am Pittsburgh born and raised except for a 21-year detour through the VA/DC area. I have loved technology and gadgets my entire life, especially mobile devices. I have loved all things Android since I purchased my Motorola Bionic on the day it was release. I now sport a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 that you would have to pry out of my cold, dead hands! I love the excitement each day of what new Android devices will be released, and then I get write about those devices…does life get any better?
  • Nicholas Polk

    I have the Note 3 and the Nexus 5. Both great devices. However, should the Note 3 get 4.4 with Moto X style voice command…the Note 3 would be the clear winner.

  • scoface

    I also have both devices. I find the build quality and accessories if the Samsung to be superior than that of the Nexus 5 (especially the charger). Also, a shame headphones were not included with the Nexus 5.

    I agree with Nicholas; software goes to Nexus, but overall hardware goes to Samsung, hands down.

  • ooooooo

    What a shitty verdict. Samsung sold 40million units of note line, and you are saying that people don’t love or even like them in all aspect – hardware and software alike? I am no Samsung lover, but the number speaks for itself. Note lines are priced so high yet millions are buying them. Unlike Nexus, while they are dirt cheap with good specs already, they are struggling to even keep up with LG or Sony. The truth, without Samsung, android cannot compete with iOS. Majority of the people who bought Samsung does not even care about Android as their OS.

    • bhushanamgsn

      You are 100% correct. Due to OS some functions may add. But the functions or features adding by samsung are much userfriendly and most required.

  • annoyingposter7

    lol the note 3 is double the price of the nexus 5, this review is worthless