PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of S4 vs Nexus 5

Performance

Processing power and speed

Galaxy S4
8.6
Nexus 5
8.9
Geekbench and Sunspider 0.9.1

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

Galaxy S4
8.9
Nexus 5
10.0
GLBenchmark 2.5

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Galaxy S4
7.2
Nexus 5
6.9
Battery capacity

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Galaxy S4
8.7
Nexus 5
8.4
Reviews from phonearena.com, techradar.com, gsmarena.com, pocket-lint.com and 3 more

PhoneRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

Galaxy S4
8.3
Nexus 5
8.6

Winner
Google Nexus 5 

PhoneRocket recommends the Google Nexus 5  based on its performance and graphics.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of Galaxy S4 vs Nexus 5

geekbench Processor and memory performance

Galaxy S4
1,856
Nexus 5
2,453

SunSpider 0.9.1 Web browser and javascript performance

Galaxy S4
804 ms
Nexus 5
827 ms

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

Galaxy S4
41.3 fps
Nexus 5
57 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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Screen uses OLED technology Yes vs No About half of smartphones are OLED; OLED screens are typically higher contrast and use less power
Store more stuff 64 GB vs 32 GB 2x more storage capacity; free yourself from memory cards
Higher resolution front camera 13 MP vs 8 MP Around 65% higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people
More battery capacity 2,600 mA·h vs 2,300 mA·h Around 15% more battery capacity
Thinner 7.9 mm vs 8.6 mm Around 10% thinner
Front view of Google Nexus 5

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Google Nexus 5

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Faster graphics 57 fps vs 41.3 fps Around 40% better GLBenchmark 2.5 score
Better overall performance 2,453 vs 1,856 More than 30% better geekbench score
Faster processor 2.26 GHz vs 1.9 GHz Around 20% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster

Reviews Word on the street

Galaxy S4  vs Nexus 5 

9.0
8.0
Call quality is superb, data speeds over LTE 4G are excellent and the display has those better than life colors that many love.
Galaxy S4

9.3
8.1
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

9.0
9.0
Gaming on the Samsung Galaxy S4 is handled by the Adreno 320 GPU, which can still work its magic when it comes to giving smooth, real to life gaming on the go.
Galaxy S4

Overall

8.7 Out of 10
8.4 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Galaxy S4  vs
Nexus 5 
Type AMOLED IPS LCD
Size 5" 5"
Resolution 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080
Touchscreen Capacitive Capacitive
Multitouch Yes Yes
PPI 440 ppi 445 ppi

sensors

Has an assisted GPS Yes Yes

music

Supports FM radio No No

software

Operating system Android 5.0 Android 6.0
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 5 
Weight 130 g 130 g
Thickness 7.9 mm 8.6 mm
Size 69.8 x 136.6 x 7.9 mm 69.2 x 137.8 x 8.6 mm

hardware

Clock speed 1.9 GHz 2.26 GHz
Number of cores Quad core Quad core
RAM 2 GB 2 GB
Internal storage 64 GB 32 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 4G
Networks
HSUPA (7.2 Mb/s)
CDMA (0.01 Mb/s)
EDGE (0.38 Mb/s)
LTE (20 Mb/s)
UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
GPRS (0.01 Mb/s)
GSM (0.01 Mb/s)

battery

Capacity 2,600 mA·h 2,300 mA·h
Samsung Galaxy S4
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Google Nexus 5
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