Even though it was launched almost half a year ago, the Nexus 4 is still one of the most desired Android-powered smartphones on the market. On the other hand the Samsung Galaxy S4 is expected to become the best-selling Android smartphone in 2013. Therefore, we though it’s time to see the result of the Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Nexus 4 battle. Which one will win the fight? I will try to answer this question in the article below.
The Nexus 4 is the first device of the Nexus tribe co-developed by Google and LG. The first Nexus smartphone, dubbed Nexus One, was co-developed by the Mountain View-based company and HTC. Samsung took up the stack for the next two Nexus smartphones, developing the Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus. Now Google has teamed-up with LG and this is how the Nexus 4 saw the light of day.
As you probably know (or not) the Nexus 4 is developed on the hardware platform of the Optimus G, but Google and LG changed its design, while the search engine giant installed the latest version of its operating system on it.
Samsung Galaxy S4 is the latest flagship smartphone developed by the South Korea-based phone maker, being the successor of the popular Galaxy S3. Everyone expects the Galaxy S4 to continue the Galaxy S family legacy and become the best-selling Android smartphone of 2013. Moreover, the Asians announced that they are expecting to sell 100 million S4 units by the end 2013.
There will be nine rounds in the Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Nexus 4 battle, each round bringing 1 point for the winner. We will put the the two devices head to had and judge their performance when it comes to Display, Processor, Memory, Connectivity, Dimensions, Design, Operating System, Camera, and Price.
Let’s begin the Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Nexus 4 battle!
Well, each time you choose your smartphone you should take a close look at its display and choose wisely. After all, the display is the component you are looking at each time you grab your smartphone.
Since the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Nexus 4 belong to different generations, you will find a lot of differences when it comes to display and not only.
The Nexus 4 brings a 4.7-inch True HD IPS Plus display, with a resolution of 1,280 x 768 pixels and protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 2 technology. By 2012 standards the display of the Nexus 4 is the real deal.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 boasts a 5-inch display with full HD resolution and Super AMOLED panel. Nothing too cocky if you look at other flagships launched in 2013, but way above what the Nexus 4 has to offer. The Galaxy S4 also comes with Gorilla Glass 3 protection.
Of course, the Super AMOLED displays have their fans but also their haters. While the Super AMOLED panels come with unrivaled viewing angles, brightness and contrast, the color reproduction is not what you’d call accurate on a Super AMOLED display. Moreover, the Super AMOLED displays perform lamentably under direct sunlight.
It’s obvious that the Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Nexus 4 display round goes to the flagship smartphone South Korea-based company, the Galaxy S4 winning the first round of our fight.
The processor is also an important component of a smartphone, because, let’s face it, the processor make the things go round.
The Nexus 4 is powered by a Qualcomm chipset, the Snapdragon S4 Pro unit with four Krait 200 cores at 1.5 GHz and Adreno 320 GPU, the processor that until this year was the most powerful ever fitted inside a smartphone.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 comes with an Exynos 5 Octa processor, with four Cortex A15 cores at 1.6 GHz used to deliver the best of power when required to, and four Cortex A7 cores at 1.2 GHz meant to reduce battery consumption. In fact it seems that Samsung actually managed to make the Exynos 5 Octa SoC more battery friendly, as the South Koreans have announced its 70% more efficient than the Exynos 5 Dual chipset. The Exynos 5 Octa comes wit a tri-core PowerVR SGX 544MP3 GPU.
There’s also a Qualcomm-powered variant of the Samsung Galaxy S4. It comes with quad-core 1.9 GHz Krait 300 CPU and Adreno 320 graphics processing. This variant will be retailed in US, Canada, Australia, and several other regions, because the Exynos 5 Octa chipset wasn’t compatible with the LTE networks in the aforementioned countries.
Either way, the Samsung Galaxy S4 outperforms the Nexus 4 in the processor battle, as both the Exynos 5 Octa and the Snapdragon 600 solutions are more powerful than the Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset of the Google dev phone.
Google the devs are filling up the Play Store with loads of media content and 3D games that can be sized up to 2 GB. Well, for that you will need a lot of storage, and since the cloud storage solutions are out of question because they have the ability to seriously damage data plans, we will have to stick to what the smartphone can bring to us.
The Nexus 4 has 2 GB of RAM and 8 GB or 16 GB of internal storage. Well, while 8 GB are simply not enough, I guess that the 16 GB variant would please most of the users. The microSD cards are not supported.
On the other hand the Samsung Galaxy S4 comes with 16, 32, 64 GB of internal storage, but it also allows the user to expand it using microSD cards of up to 64 GB. That’s up to 128 GB of storage.
Unless 16 GB means more than 128 GB, then the Samsung Galaxy S4 is the winner of this round. Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Nexus 4: 3 – 0.
The 4G LTE is one of the biggest selling points of the modern smartphones, and Samsung is aware of it, sacrificing its proprietary Exynos 5 Octa SoC for a Qualcomm solution because of the LTE limitations of the first.
Even though the Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset of the Nexus 4 comes with an integrated LTE chip, the device doesn’t have 4G LTE support. On Android 4.1 Jelly Bean the users have been capable to find a way to fool the system and get LTE support on their Nexus 4, but with the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update, Google has “fixed” this issue, leaving the Nexus 4 owners outside the LTE party.
The Nexus 4 comes with HSPA+, NFC, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, microUSB 2.0, and 3.5 mm audio jack.
In terms of connectivity, the Samsung Galaxy S4 brings everything you would expect from a modern smartphone and some more. You will get 4G LTE, HSPA+, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot, NFC chip, Infrared port, Bluetooth 4.0, microUSB 2.0, and 3.5 mm audio jack.
As I mentioned above, the LTE is a very important feature, that’s why the Nexus 4 loses this battle, too. +1 Samsung Galaxy S4.
The smartphone makers are constantly trying to make their smartphones as thinnest and lightest as possible. Moreover, the users are making their decisions based on the two aforementioned specifications.
The Nexus 4 measures 133.9 x 68.7 x 9.1 mm and has a weight of 139 grams.
On the other hand the Samsung Galaxy S4 is 2.7 mm taller than the Nexus 4 (Galaxy S4 is 136.6 mm tall), 1.1 mm wider (69.8 mm), but is 1.2 mm thinner (7.9 mm) which is a lot on a market where every 0.1 mm counts when it comes to a smartphone’s profile. The Galaxy S4 is also 9 grams lighter, but the difference is not significant. We shouldn’t forget that the Samsung Galaxy S4 has to accommodate a bigger display.
Because the Samsung Galaxy S4 is definitely the thinner of the two devices, the Dimensions round of the Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Nexus 4 battle goes to the South Korean flagship.
Many of the customers are choosing their smartphones based on the design of the device, thus we decided that one of the rounds of the Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Nexus 4 battle should be about their design.
Samsung has never excelled when it came to design and the materials used for their smartphones, and the Galaxy S4 makes no exception. The new flagship smartphone borrows the design language introduced last year by the Galaxy S3 and continued by the Galaxy Note 2. It has the same platic back lid that gives you to access the battery, microSIM, and microSD card. Even though the Galaxy S4 comes with a bigger display than the one of the S3, the new flagship is just as tall and even less wider than its predecessor, because it brings thinner display bezel.
On the other hand the Nexus 4 is a premium looking smartphone. Google and LG used glass for the back of the Android-powered terminal, which makes the device look classy. In terms of design language, the Nexus 4 is a reminiscent of the Galaxy Nexus, the only differences on the front panel being the redesigned earpiece grille.
It’s obvious that the Nexus 4 is the better-looking smartphone, therefore the design round of the Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Nexus 4 battle goes to the Google + LG smartphone.
Even though both the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Nexus 4 are running on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, there are a some major differences when it comes to UI.
Because it’s a member of the Nexus family, the Nexus 4 is running Vanilla Android 4.2.2, which brings the stock Android user interface. Another advantage of the Nexus 4 is that it will always be among the first wave of device that receive the latest Android updates.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 has the company’s proprietary TouchWiz Nature UX interface on top of Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. Samsung has tried to bring some innovating features on its Galaxy S4, therefore the smartphone comes with Smart Scroll, touch less gestures, and all the motions controls of the Galaxy S3 (Smart Stay, Pop-up-play, Direct Call, etc.).
Even though the Samsung Galaxy S4 is the smartphone that brings more software features, the Nexus 4 will always be up to date with the latest Android firmwares. Moreover, the Nexus 4 is the one of the few devices that delivers the pure Android experience. For these reasons, the smartphone co-developed by Google and LG winds the Operating System round of the Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Nexus 4 battle.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Nexus 4 battle continues with the Camera round. Let’s see which of the two smartphones will win this one.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 boasts a 13 megapixel camera with autofocus, LED flash, Dual Shot, Simultaneous HD video and image recording, geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization, HDR, and support for full HD video recording, with dual-video recording support.
Samsung also added its own features to the camera of the Galaxy S4: Eraser Shot (allows the user to remove unwanted moving objects), Cinema Photo (creates a picture where objects selected by the users are moving, while the other ones are still), Drama Shot (takes picture of moving objects and merges them into one shot), Sound & Shot (adds a couple of seconds of sound to a picture), and many other goodies.
The Nexus 4 comes with an 8 megapixel sensor mounted on the back, with limited camera app features. The Nexus 4 camera also comes with autofocus, LED flash, full HD video recording, simultaneous HD and video recording, Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, and the Photo Sphere function that allows the user to take 360 degree panorama photos.
Well, it’s pretty obvious that the Samsung Galaxy S4 is the smartphone that wins this round, scoring another point in its battle against Nexus 4.
The price was one of the main factors that made the Nexus 4 such a popular smartphone. Somehow, Google managed to sell an amazingly powerful smartphone for only $349 (price in Google Play Store for the unlocked 16 GB version). The Nexus 4 is also available at various carriers with prices ranging between $50 and $100 with two years of contract.
Even though the South Korean company didn’t officially unveiled the price of the Samsung Galaxy S4, we are expecting the unlocked 16 GB variant to hit the market priced between $600 and $700. With a two year agreement the Galaxy S4 will most likely be available at most carriers with a price tag of $199.
With all these being said, the Nexus 4 is definitely the cheaper smartphone, being great value for the money. Another point goes to the Nexus 4.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Nexus 4 specs battle has come to an end, so let’s have a look back and see which smartphone is better.
The Nexus 4 managed to score 3 points. Because it comes with a premium-looking glass body, has an amazingly low price, and because it will always be up to date with the latest Android versions, the Nexus 4 won in front of the Galaxy S4 when it came to Design, Price, and Operating System.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 has won six rounds, scoring 6 points, outmatching the Nexus 4 when it came to Display, Processor, Memory, Connectivity, Dimensions, and Camera, courtesy of its full HD 5-inch display, powerful octo-core Exynos 5 Octa chipset, 4G LTE support, and because it is only 7.9 mm thin and has a feature-packed 13 megapixel camera.
Summing up, the Samsung Galaxy S4 wins the battle against Nexus 4. Is our result the same with yours? Please let us know in the comments section if we misjudged certain rounds.