Comparison – LG Nexus 5 vs LG Nexus 4
Google partnered LG again to produce the Nexus 5. “Again” because the previous internet search engine giant’s flagship smartphone, Nexus 4, was also made by the Korean electronics giant. And what a device it was, offering so much in a super affordable price. It was the best budget Android smartphone last year hands down, making the Nexus 5 one of the most anticipated device this year. Needless to say, Google and LG have a lot of high expectations to meet.
And now it is finally here.
Is the Nexus 5 a significant upgrade from the Nexus 4? Is this the successor all Nexus fans have been hoping for?
The Nexus 5 is the first Nexus smartphone to nearly reach the 5-inch display mark, measuring 4.95-inch, a slight increase from the Nexus 4’s 4.7-inch. The same, however, cannot be said of the resolution. While both smartphones feature True HD IPS display, the one on the Nexus 5 has been given a major bump with a 1080 x 1920 resolution pixels with 445 ppi, on par with the latest smartphones in the market right now, compared to the Nexus 4’s 768 x 1280 pixels with 318 ppi display. It also has a higher level of protection by employing the latest Corning Gorilla Glass 3.
Design & Build
The Nexus 4 is a very good-looking phone no doubt, but toughness take a backseat in favor of aesthetics here because the Nexus 4 is a VERY fragile device, thanks to its all-glass design. Drop or knock it against something hard and you’ll be looking at a shattered piece of glass to break your heart into a million pieces in no time.
The Nexus 5 looks to bring that element of toughness back into the driving seat again, replacing the glass back of its predecessor with a matte rubber finish. It not only protects against drops and knocks but also provide a better all-round grip, lessening the chances of it slipping out of the hand. The rest is plastic.
Besides that, even though it is an overall bigger device, it is thinner and surprisingly lighter, tipping the scale at 130g, 9g lighter than the Nexus 4.
Another major change is in the earpiece. What used to be a standard grille sitting on top of the device is now replaced with a circular one. Otherwise, all the button placements remain the same, though the ones on the Nexus 5 are made of ceramic.
Last but not least, the Nexus branding at the back of the device is now emblazoned vertically instead of horizontally. The logo is bigger too.
The Nexus 5 is fitted with top-of-the-line hardware that rival today’s hottest smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and HTC One. Packing the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 and quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400 with Adreno 330 under its hood, it is a significant hardware leap from the Nexus 4 with its Quad-core 1.5 GHz Krait with Adreno 320.
Internal storage memory has also been upgraded too. The Nexus 5 is available in 16GB and 32GB, phasing out it’s the Nexus 4’s choices of 8GB and 16GB. Unfortunately, it takes its predecessor’s non-expandable memory with it.
Being a bigger device means it is fitted with a bigger battery and so is the case here. The Nexus 5 is powered by a 2,300 mAh battery, compared with the 2,100 mAh battery found inside the Nexus 4.
It is a Nexus device after all, which means that you will get an Android experience in its purest form, as Google has envisioned it, without all the manufacturer skin and bloatwares. The Nexus 5 is the first Android smartphone in the world to run on the software giant’s latest mobile operating system, Android 4.4 KitKat. On the other hand, though the latest OS the Nexus 4 can run right now is Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, a KitKat update will be made available for it soon.
For all the affordable goodness of Nexus smartphones, they are well-known to have less-than-impressive camera. Google sets to change this with the Nexus 5 by inserting an Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS) into its 8MP rear camera to control for shakings and vibrations when capturing images or videos. The front-facing camera remains untouched at 1.3MP.
Price & Availability
The Nexus 5 officially replaces the Nexus 4, which ceases productions and is no longer available for purchase in the Google Play Store (in countries which have it) but it is still widely available for purchase here in Malaysia, with stocks still aplenty in shops and retailers. It should now be available in the region of RM 1,000 – RM 1,300 for both the 8GB and 16GB models.
The Nexus 5 is yours for USD349 (RM 1,099) for the 16GB model and USD399 (RM 1,260) for the 32GB model, though you can be sure it will retail for higher than that when it officially made its way to our shore. Its availability is currently limited to purchase made from the Google Play Store in these 10 countries – US, UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Australia, Japan and Korea, with India joining the list very soon. A mid-November date is penciled in for its availability to countries in Europe, Central/South Americas, Asia and the Middle East.
Available in black and white (only applicable on the back of the device)
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