PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of S4 vs Nexus 4

Performance

Processing power and speed

Galaxy S4
8.8
Nexus 4
7.4
Passmark, Geekbench, AnTuTu, BrowserMark and Sunspider 0.9.1

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

Galaxy S4
8.7
Nexus 4
8.4
GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Galaxy S4
7.2
Nexus 4
6.7
Battery capacity

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Galaxy S4
8.7
Nexus 4
8.7
Reviews from phonearena.com, techradar.com, gsmarena.com, pocket-lint.com and 3 more

No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of Galaxy S4 vs Nexus 4

geekbench Processor and memory performance

Galaxy S4
1,856
Nexus 4
1,583

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

Galaxy S4
3,414
Nexus 4
2,556

SunSpider 0.9.1 Web browser and javascript performance

Galaxy S4
804 ms
Nexus 4
1,971 ms

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

Galaxy S4
2,670
Nexus 4
1,794

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

Galaxy S4
17.2 fps
Nexus 4
15.4 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

Galaxy S4
41.3 fps
Nexus 4
39.1 fps

Differences What are the advantages of each

Back view of Samsung Galaxy S4

Reasons to consider the
Samsung Galaxy S4

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Significantly faster web browser 2,670 vs 1,794 Around 50% better BrowserMark score
Better AnTuTu score 24,894 vs 18,096 Around 40% better AnTuTu score
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
Store significantly more stuff 64 GB vs 16 GB 4x more storage capacity; free yourself from memory cards
Significantly sharper screen 440 ppi vs 317 ppi Around 40% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Higher resolution 1920 x 1080 vs 1280 x 768 More than 2x higher resolution
Higher resolution front camera 13 MP vs 8 MP Around 65% higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people
Faster processor 1.9 GHz vs 1.5 GHz More than 25% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
More battery capacity 2,600 mA·h vs 2,100 mA·h Around 25% more battery capacity
Bigger screen 5" vs 4.7" More than 5% bigger screen
Lighter 130 g vs 139 g More than 5% lighter
Thinner 7.9 mm vs 9.1 mm Around 15% thinner
Back view of Google Nexus 4

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Google Nexus 4

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Much better theoretical download speed 84 Mb/s vs 20 Mb/s Around 4.2x better theoretical download speed; enjoy lightning fast downloads on modern networks

Reviews Word on the street

Galaxy S4  vs Nexus 4 

9.0
8.0
The front 2 megapixel camera worked well for fairly clear and bright video chats.
Galaxy S4

9.3
9.0
Alternatively, the standard email app is available as well to handle other email services, but its functionality and interface is similar to Gmail.
Galaxy S4

Overall

8.7 Out of 10
8.7 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Galaxy S4  vs
Nexus 4 
Type AMOLED Super IPS LCD2
Size 5" 4.7"
Resolution 1920 x 1080 1280 x 768
Touchscreen Capacitive Capacitive
Multitouch Yes Yes
PPI 440 ppi 317 ppi

sensors

Has an assisted GPS Yes Yes

music

Supports FM radio No No

software

Operating system Android 5.0 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  vs
Nexus 4 
Weight 130 g 139 g
Thickness 7.9 mm 9.1 mm
Size 69.8 x 136.6 x 7.9 mm 68.7 x 133.9 x 9.1 mm

hardware

Clock speed 1.9 GHz 1.5 GHz
Number of cores Quad core Quad core
RAM 2 GB 2 GB
Internal storage 64 GB 16 GB

photo & video

Camera 13 MP 8 MP
Resolution 13 MP 8 MP
Flash Yes Yes
Secondary camera 2 MP 1.3 MP
Video resolution 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps

cellular

Generation 4G 3.5G
Networks
HSUPA (7.2 Mb/s)
LTE (20 Mb/s)
HSPA+ (84 Mb/s)
UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
GSM (0.01 Mb/s)

battery

Capacity 2,600 mA·h 2,100 mA·h
Samsung Galaxy S4
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Google Nexus 4
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Comments

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The nexus is nice but I love gs4 lol. Its nice gettin the newest updates w the nexus asap thats a great thing
100% agree Matthis. I was looking at the price of the Nexus 4 earlier today and it's around $350-400 VS $650-700 for 'this year's' phones. And the Nexus 4 is still a great phone. We're looking at getting pricing data up soon to help complement the data we've got right now.
One serious advantage of the Nexus 4 is the price
I would have to say one advantage to using the Nexus 4 over the GS4 (at least the Touchwiz edition) is having stock android.
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