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Android Phone Comparisons: Google’s Nexus 4 vs Google Nexus 5

November 11, 2013 - Written By Cory McNutt

We thought this would be a fun comparison – out with the old, and in with the new – or should you keep that Google Nexus 4…after all, other than the battery and camera, most people loved their Nexus 4, and it will soon be getting Android 4.4 KitKat. After receiving the new update, it should help both of the complaints, so should you save yourself some money and hold on to the Nexus 4 for another year? The display is close in size, and while the Nexus 4 isn’t a Full HD, it does have 318 ppi. The both have 2GB of RAM, neither one has a microSD slot, both have an 8MP camera, although the Nexus 5 does include Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), and the batteries are almost identical.

Specifications

Specs

Google Nexus 4

Nexus 4

The Nexus 4 was released in November 2012 running Android 4.2.2 stock, with no “skin” like other the manufacturers use.  The price was an incredibly low $299 for 8GB Storage and $349 for 16GB.  It had many new features such as Photosphere, quick settings, and more.  The resolution is different from the usual 1280 x 720; the Nexus 4 uses 1280 x 768.  Designed by LG for Google (like the Nexus 5), they used glass for the back of the device with a glittery design (very cool looking, but not too practical).  It is only available on GSM carriers like T-Mobile and AT&T.

Google Nexus 5

Nexus 5 front

The newest version of the Nexus line, the Nexus 5 was just released a week ago – it was a madhouse, of specs being released, predictions made, features discussed, and phone buying galore.  The Nexus 5 is based on the very popular LG G2 and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Quad-Core at 2.3GHz is a screaming processor over the Nexus 4, and the Full HD Display is a tremendous upgrade over the Nexus 4.  The also got rid of the 8GB Internal Storage model, which was long overdue.  The OIS should help the camera, and from what we have seen so far, they look pretty good.

…And the Winner is…Google Nexus 5

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Summary

We have to go with the Nexus 5, although if you decide to keep your Nexus 4 and wait for its update to Android 4.4 KitKat, we will understand, as it is still a great phone.  However, with the upgraded display, processor, and storage increase, the Nexus 5 is certainly worth the upgrade, especially when you consider that the device only increased by $50.  Let us know in the comments or on Google+ what you think of the new Nexus 5 vs the Nexus 4.