At a glance: What are the difference between Nexus 4 and Nexus 5?

Nexus 5

Google has finally released the much-awaited Nexus 5 phone along with the newest version of Android operating system, version 4.4 KitKat. Google didn’t fail to win the hearts of many smartphone users with the release of Nexus 4. The ones who didn’t like Nexus 4 very much for its limitations will now love Nexus 5 as Google fixes almost everything that was missing from the previous generation of Nexus phone.

However, is Nexus 5 better enough for Nexus 4 users to update? Should you buy an available Nexus 4 device from your local electronics store or should you wait for the new Nexus phone to pop up? If you were wondering how big of an update Nexus 5 is, wonder no more and read our comparison between Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 below. This should clear out the confusion and help you choose the smartphone that you really want.

A difference table is available at the bottom of this article if you don’t want our detailed text about the difference between the two.


The display size of LG Nexus 4 was 4.7-inch with a resolution of 1280×738 pixel and 320 ppi. The big brother, Nexus 5, on the other hand, has a resolution of 1920×1080 pixel full HD and a whooping 445 pixel per inch packed into a 4.95-inch display. Also, Nexus 4 used Corning Gorilla Glass 2 while Nexus 5’s screen has been upgraded with Corning Gorilla Glass 3.


LG Nexus 4 packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro. And LG Nexus 5 is equipped with a more powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 which is also found on the latest powerhouse LG G2. Both the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 packs a RAM of 2 gigabytes.


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There is almost no difference between the front and rear cameras of Nexus 4 and Nexus 5. Both phones feature an 8 MP rear camera and 1.3 MP front camera. On the difference side, Nexus 5’s 8 MP rear camera has an OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) technology that is expected to take better quality images than the previous Nexus phone. How much of a better photos can be taken by Nexus 5 is yet to be reviewed, though.

Operating System

It is needless to mention that Nexus 5 comes preinstalled with Android 4.4 KitKat, Google’s latest iteration of Android operating system. However, KitKat is said to be available for Nexus 4 soon. But there are some features (waking up the phone by saying “OK Google” and other similar features) that only Nexus 5 can take advantage of. So, to be fair, Nexus 5 is more capable of running Android 4.4 KitKat. If you really want a device that runs all KitKat features right out of the box, Nexus 5 is the obvious choice.


Nexus 4 uses a 2,100 mAh battery which has been bumped up to 2,300 mAh in Nexus 5 productions. Though not too big, still the extra battery capacity will definitely come in handy in the long run!


One of the few reasons people criticized Nexus 4 was the lack of LTE capability. If you live outside the U.S., that doesn’t really matter. But for U.S. residents, the lack of 4G LTE radio is definitely a big bummer. And Google did not make the same mistake twice.

That said, Nexus 4 has a support for 2G and 3G while Nexus 5 supports 4G LTE in addition to these. A big plus point if you live in the United States and want both a Nexus phone and 4G LTE capability.

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Nexus devices’ main selling point has always been two things: Stock Android operating system and unbelievably low price. Stock, or in more precise language, Pure Android is now also available in some Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One phones, so at this point, the low price is the unique selling point of Nexus. And Google doesn’t fail in that category.

At exactly the same price of Nexus 4, you can avail yourself a Nexus phone with bigger screen, higher resolution and more powerful processor and better hardware under the hood. Nexus 4’s 8 GB model sold at $299 while 16 GB model was priced at $349. Nexus 5 does not have an 8 GB model, and the starting price of Nexus 5 16 GB is priced at $349 — same as Nexus 4 — that goes all the way up to $399 for a 32 GB model.

It’s important to note that, if you want to grab your Nexus phone from stores other than Google Play, you will have to pay a little bit more than that. As it appears, Sprint and Best Buy have already revealed the price of Nexus 5 16 GB as about $450. But still this beast is way cheaper compared to the unlocked version of similar smartphones such as LG G2 and Moto X.

At a Glance

You might have noticed that we didn’t discuss any of the things that are similar between Nexus 4 and Nexus 5. Let’s take another detailed look in table to give you a quick glance over what changed and what hasn’t.

Difference in Nexus 4 Nexus 5
Manufacturer LG LG
Storage 8 GB, 16 GB 16 GB, 32 GB
Price $299, $349 $349, $399
Display 4.7-inch, resolution 1280×738, 320 ppi 4.95-inch, resolution 1920×1080, 445 ppi
Screen Corning Gorilla Glass 2 Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
Memory 2 GB 2 GB
Rear Camera 8 MP 8 MP with OIS (Optical Image Stabilization)
Front Camera 1.3 MP 1.3 MP
Battery 2,100 mAh 2,300 mAh
Network 2G, 3G 2G, 3G, 4G LTE
Bluetooth 4.0 4.0
NFS Android Beam Android Beam
USB Connector Micro-USB Micro-USB
Height 5.27-inch(133.9 mm) 5.43-inch(137.84 mm)
Width 2.7-inch (68.7 mm) 2.72-inch(69.17 mm)
Thickness 0.350inch (9.1 mm) 0.34-inch (8.59 mm)
Weight 139g 130g
Color Black, White Black, White
Operating System Android 4.2 Jelly Bean Android 4.4 KitKat

A few sources said that Nexus 5 has already been sold out at Google Play Store in the United States. The same thing happened when the Nexus 4 first came out. It was also another reason Google and LG was much criticized for. If Google learned a lesson, and we believe it did, the phone will soon be available again at Google Play Store. It’s unclear at this moment when Nexus 5 will be available again.

But one thing that can be said right now is whether or not you’re inclined to get yourself a Nexus 5 judging the differences above. Please do leave a comment below and let us know what’s your take on Nexus 5. Will you be getting a Nexus 5 for yourself? If you’re already a Nexus 4 user, are you thinking of upgrading to the new Nexus or just update the operating system when it comes out? Tell us in the comments.

Images used in this feature are from The Verge.

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