Nexus 5 Vs Nexus 4

Nexus 5 vs Nexus 4

So, after months of leaks and accidental spoilers, the Nexus 5 is finally official. So what’s so good about Google’s latest device? And what are the differences from its predecessor, the Nexus 4?

Here we find out…

Design

After the initial problems that we had with availability of the Nexus 4 last year, we were initially surprised to see that Google had reignited its partnership with LG to produce the Nexus 5, which is why the Nexus 4 and 5 is so comparable.

Nexus 5 Nexus 4

At first glance the Nexus 4 and 5 aren’t all that dissimilar. Both devices still have that recognisable shape, though the Nexus 5 is both slimmer and lighter than its predecessor. Measuring in at 137.9 x 69.2 x 8.6 mm, the device only weighs 130g, compared to the Nexus 4, which weighs 139g, despite the Nexus 5 being longer in length and width.

 That brings us nicely onto screen size. The Nexus 5 features a 4.95-inch (for ease we’ll call it 5”) screen compared to the Nexus 4’s 4.7-inch display. Although this might not be the biggest change, any user will be able to notice the difference between the Nexus 5’s incredible 445 pixel per inch (ppi) display, compared to the former Nexus’ 318 ppi, which makes images much more crisp.

Another feature that Google has done away with on the Nexus 5 is the sparkly holographic effect that we had on the Nexus 4. Admittedly, this is a feature that I will miss, though I know a lot of people will be celebrating the change! In its place, the Nexus 5 has a smooth, soft touch rear casing, which looks just as sturdy as you would expect from an LG and Google collaboration.

As a Nexus 4 user myself, I'm really pleased that Google has decided to relocate the phone's speakers to the base of the device, meaning that i can put the phone down and still hear crisp, un-muffled audio.

Set-up

Android Kit Kat

The one major difference between the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 5 is that the latter is pre-loaded with Google’s latest operating system update, Android Kit Kat. For a long time, we expected to see the next generation of Android under the name of Key Lime Pie, but Kit Kat’s true identity was revealed to a stunned sea of tech fans back in September.

Android Kit Kat makes the most of Google Now, and has slimmed down the ‘memory footprint’ of all its apps, allowing the operating system to be used on older devices with much smaller internal memories.

To find out more about Kit Kat, take a look at our ‘What is Android Kit Kat’ article.

If you’re already a proud Nexus 4 or Nexus 7 owner, though, don’t despair; Google has promised that Android Kit Kat is on its way!

Camera

I was personally blown away by the camera on the Nexus 4 back in December, so I am expecting big things of the Nexus 5, too.

Nexus 5 camera Nexus 4 camera

Although the new Nexus smartphone only offers an 8MP rear-facing camera (we have somehow grown accustomed to having a 13MP lens thanks to the likes of Samsung), it is packed in with features to make it even better than the Nexus 4.

Google has improved the capability of the Nexus 5 to work in low light situations, and has also improved the HDR mode, offering what it calls HDR+, which automatically uses rapid burst technology to capture multiple photos to give users the perfect shot every time.

Another cool feature which Google has enhanced on the Nexus 5 is Photo Sphere. Photo Sphere allows you to take panoramic-style photos which you can then rotate back and forwards, up and down, in order to get a pure 360° effect from your photos.

Price

One of the best features about all Nexus devices is their price. Compared with the Nexus 4, the Nexus 5 does come in slightly dearer, though at £299 (16GB) and £349 (32GB), you really can’t complain!

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