Nexus 5 vs. Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. iPhone 5S vs. Nexus 4

Now that the Nexus 5 has finally arrived, we see how it compares with today's top smartphones and its predecessor.


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 5Samsung Galaxy S4Apple iPhone 5SNexus 4
Dimensions5.4x2.7x0.34 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.
Display5-inch full HD IPS; 1,920x1,080 pixels; 445ppi5-inch full HD Super AMOLED; 1,920x1,080 pixels; 441ppi4-inch Retina Display; 1,136x640 pixels; 326ppi4.7-inch full HD IPS; 1,280x768 pixels; 318ppi
Operating systemAndroid 4.4Android 4.2*iOS 7Android 4.2*
4G LTEYesYesYesNo
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 (US version)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 memoryNoExpandable up to 64GBNoNo
Battery life2,300mAh embedded; Usage time up to 17 hours; standby time up to 12 days2,600mAh 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 days2,100mAh embedded: Usage time up to 15 hours; standby time up to 16 days
CarriersT-Mobile, Sprint, and unlockedAT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, C Spire, Cricket, U.S. CellularAT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, and unlockedT-Mobile
Available colorsBlack and whiteBlack, white, red, purple (Sprint only), and brown (Verizon only)Space gray, white, and goldBlack and white

*Upgradable to Android 4.3.

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