At a press conference Thursday, Google introduced its latest flagship smartphone, the Nexus 5. It's running Android 4.4 KitKat, the newest version of the OS, which was released alongside the new device.
With its pure vanilla operating system, untouched by carriers or LG (the phone's manufacturer), it's sure to please devoted Android fans. The phone is also packing a few impressive specs that help it compete against today's top smartphones, including a high-resolution screen and powerful processor.
We compare the Nexus 5 with the Samsung Galaxy S4, the iPhone 5S, and the phone's predecessor, the Nexus 4. It's worth noting that the Nexus 4 is no longer for sale from Google, but you can purchase it from T-Mobile. Let us know which phone is your top pick in the comments.
|Nexus 5||Samsung Galaxy S4||Apple iPhone 5S||Nexus 4|
|Dimensions||5.4x2.7x0.34 inches; 4.6 oz.||5.4x2.7x0.31 inches; 4.6 oz.||4.87x2.31x0.30 inches; 4 oz.||5.2x2.7x0.36 inches; 4.9 oz.|
|Display||5-inch full HD IPS; 1,920x1,080 pixels; 445ppi||5-inch full HD Super AMOLED; 1,920x1,080 pixels; 441ppi||4-inch Retina Display; 1,136x640 pixels; 326ppi||4.7-inch full HD IPS; 1,280x768 pixels; 318ppi|
|Operating system||Android 4.4||Android 4.2*||iOS 7||Android 4.2*|
|Wi-Fi||802.11 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)|
|Rear camera and recording||8-megapixel||13-megapixel; 1080p full HD video||8-megapixel with 1.5 pixels; 1080p full HD video||8-megapixel; 1080p full HD video|
|Front-facing camera||1.3-megapixel||2-megapixel; 1080p full HD video||1.2-megapixel camera; 720p HD video||1.3-megapixel|
|Processor||2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800||1.9GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 (US version)||Proprietary A7 (64-bit) with M7 motion processor||1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4|
|Capacity||16GB and 32GB||16GB, 32GB, and 64GB||16GB, 32GB, and 64GB||8GB and 16GB|
|Expandable memory||No||Expandable up to 64GB||No||No|
|Battery life||2,300mAh embedded; Usage time up to 17 hours; standby time up to 12 days||2,600mAh removable: Usage time up to 17 hours; standby time up to 12 days||Embedded: Usage time online up to 10 hours on 4G LTE; standby time up to 10 days||2,100mAh embedded: Usage time up to 15 hours; standby time up to 16 days|
|Carriers||T-Mobile, Sprint, and unlocked||AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, C Spire, Cricket, U.S. Cellular||AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, and unlocked||T-Mobile|
|Available colors||Black and white||Black, white, red, purple (Sprint only), and brown (Verizon only)||Space gray, white, and gold||Black and white|
*Upgradable to Android 4.3.