PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of Galaxy S4 mini vs Nexus 4

Performance

Processing power and speed

Geekbench and BrowserMark

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

AnTuTu 3D, GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Battery capacity

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Reviews from phonearena.com, gsmarena.com, techradar.com, pocket-lint.com and fudzilla.com

PhoneRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

Winner
Google Nexus 4 

PhoneRocket recommends the Google Nexus 4  based on its performance, battery life and reviews.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of Galaxy S4 mini vs Nexus 4

geekbench Processor and memory performance

Nexus 4
1,583

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

Differences What are the advantages of each

Side view of Samsung Galaxy S4 mini

Reasons to consider the
Samsung Galaxy S4 mini

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Screen uses OLED technology Yes vs No About half of smartphones are OLED; OLED screens are typically higher contrast and use less power
Is 4G Yes vs No Somewhat common; Supports the fastest, most reliable networks
Supports FM radio Yes vs No Somewhat common; Listen to music and news from local radio stations
Lighter 107 g vs 139 g Around 25% lighter
Faster processor 1.7 GHz vs 1.5 GHz Around 15% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Better theoretical download speed 100 Mb/s vs 84 Mb/s Around 20% better theoretical download speed; enjoy lightning fast downloads on modern networks
Back view of Google Nexus 4

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Much faster web browser 1,794 vs 557 Around 3.2x better BrowserMark score
Better overall performance 1,583 vs 1,041 More than 50% better geekbench score
More cores Quad core vs Dual core Twice as many cores; each additional core lets your phone do more without visible UI slowdowns and jerkiness
Sharper screen 317 ppi vs 256 ppi Around 25% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Bigger screen 4.7" vs 4.3" Around 10% bigger screen
Higher resolution 1280 x 768 vs 960 x 540 Around 90% higher resolution

Reviews Word on the street

Galaxy S4 mini  vs Nexus 4 

8.5
9.0
For a device privileged to uphold the Nexus branding, we were expecting more from the quality of its 8-megapixel auto-focus camera.
Nexus 4

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Galaxy S4 mini  vs
Nexus 4 
Type AMOLED Super IPS LCD2
Size 4.3" 4.7"
Resolution 960 x 540 1280 x 768
Touchscreen Capacitive Capacitive
Multitouch Yes Yes
PPI 256 ppi 317 ppi

sensors

Has an assisted GPS Yes Yes

music

Supports FM radio Yes No

software

Operating system Android 4.2.2 Android 5.1
Multitasking Yes Yes
App store Android Market Android Market
Adobe flash support No No
App store size 850,000 apps 850,000 apps

connectivity

Acts as a wi-fi hotspot Yes Yes
Supports NFC Yes Yes
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v4.0

form factor

Galaxy S4 mini  vs
Nexus 4 
Weight 107 g 139 g
Thickness 8.9 mm 9.1 mm
Size 61.3 x 124.6 x 8.9 mm 68.7 x 133.9 x 9.1 mm

hardware

Clock speed 1.7 GHz 1.5 GHz
Number of cores Dual core Quad core
RAM 1.5 GB 2 GB
Internal storage 8 GB 16 GB

photo & video

Camera 8 MP 8 MP
Resolution 8 MP 8 MP
Flash Yes Yes
Secondary camera 1.9 MP 1.3 MP
Video resolution 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps

cellular

Generation 4G 3.5G
Networks
LTE Cat3/4 Uplink (50 Mb/s)
LTE Cat3 (100 Mb/s)
HSUPA (5.76 Mb/s)
EDGE (0.38 Mb/s)
Unknown (100 Mb/s)
HSPA+ (84 Mb/s)
LTE Cat 3 (100/)
HSDPA+ (42.2 Mb/s)
UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
GPRS (0.01 Mb/s)
GSM (0.01 Mb/s)

battery

Capacity 1,900 mA·h 2,100 mA·h
Samsung Galaxy S4 mini
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Comments

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Thanks, you're right the LTE edition does have NFC - just added this.
S4 Mini also has NFC
S4 mini can be used as a wifi spot to share wifi up to 10 devices, vodafone link here http://deviceguides.vodafone.ie/web/samsung-galaxy-s4-mini/customise/wi-fi/set-up-and-use-your-phone-as-a-wi-fi-hotspot/
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