Spec showdown: Nexus 5 vs. Galaxy S4 vs. iPhone 5s vs. Nexus 4

How does the new Nexus 5 stack up against its closest rivals from Samsung and Apple?

All the leaks, speculation and rumours are finally over: the Nexus 5 is here.

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The LG-made handset offers the first taste of Android KitKat, the 4.4 version of Google's operating system. It's also a "vanilla" experience — just the pure OS with none of the manufacturer-created user interface add-ons.

If you're buying from the Google Play store, the pricing is AU$399 for 16GB and AU$449 for 32GB, although the handsets won't be shipping for another three to four weeks.

We've done a spec rundown comparing the Nexus 5 to the Galaxy S4 and iPhone 5s, as well as its predecessor, the Nexus 4.

Nexus 5 vs. S4 vs. iPhone 5s vs. Nexus 4
Nexus 5Samsung Galaxy S4Apple iPhone 5sNexus 4
Dimensions137.84x69.17x8.59mm; 130g136.6x69.8x7.9mm; 130g123.8x58.6x7.6mm; 112g133.9x68.7x9.1mm; 139g
Display5-inch Full HD IPS; 1920x1080 pixels; 445ppi5-inch Full HD Super AMOLED; 1920x1080 pixels; 441ppi4-inch Retina display; 1136x640 pixels; 326ppi4.7-inch Full HD IPS; 1280x768 pixels; 318ppi
OSAndroid 4.4Android 4.2*iOS 7Android 4.2*
Wi-Fi802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz and 5GHz)802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz and 5GHz)802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4GHz and 5GHz)802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz and 5GHz)
IR blasterNoYesNoNo
Wireless chargingYesNoNoYes
Rear camera and recording8 megapixel13 megapixel; 1080p Full HD video8 megapixel with 1.5 pixels; 1080p Full HD video8 megapixel; 1080p Full HD video
Front-facing camera1.3 megapixel2 megapixel; 1080p Full HD video1.2 megapixel camera; 720p HD video1.3 megapixel
Processor2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 8001.9GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 Proprietary A7 (64 bit) with M7 motion processor1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4
Capacity16GB and 32GB16GB, 32GB and 64GB16GB, 32GB and 64GB8GB and 16GB
Expandable memoryNoYes, up to 64GBNoNo
Battery life2300mAh embedded; usage time up to 17 hours; standby time up to 12 days2600mAh removable; usage time up to 17 hours; standby time up to 12 daysEmbedded; usage time online up to 10 hours on 4G LTE; standby time up to 10 days2100mAh embedded; usage time up to 15 hours; standby time up to 16 days
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