Nexus 5 vs Galaxy S4 vs LG G2 – Best 2013 Flagships Comparison
In 2013, many smartphones got favorable reviews, influencing the mobile users to buy the device with the most praise. And it’s hard to pick a winner since in this article we’ll compare three awesome phones with high screen resolutions, powerful processors, good cameras and big batteries.
Displays and sizes
The Galaxy S4 seems to be the shortest and the slimmest device between the three, measuring 136.6×69.8×7.9 mm and has a weight of 130grams, just like the Nexus 5, but which is a bit thicker, measuring 137.9×69.2×8.6 mm and the LG G2 is slightly taller and 13grams heavier than its opponents, having dimensions of 138.5×70.9×8.9 mm, but because it features Corning Gorilla Glass 2, instead of Gorilla Glass 3.
The screen resolution is the same on all three devices: 1080×1920 pixels, but the pixel density depends on the size of the display. Therefore, the Nexus 5 has the smallest screen (True HD IPS+) and has the highest pixel density – 445ppi, and once the size increases, the pixel density decreases, so the Galaxy S4, with its 5inches Super AMOLED screen supports 441ppi, and the LG G2, which is fitted with a 5.2inches True HD-IPS + LCD screen, renders 424ppi.
Hardware and OS
The Nexus 5 and the LG G2 have the same chipset and graphics, being powered by a Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 quad core Krait 400 processor, clocked at 2.26GHz on the LG G2 and having a slightly higher clock speed on the Nexus 5 – 2.3GHz, and they’re using an Adreno 330 GPU. The internal memories are available in two variants of 16 and 32GB, which don’t support expansion, and the RAM capacity is identical at 2GB. The explanation? Both phones were made by LG, and to make the Nexus 5, the company was co-opted by Google. The Galaxy S4 is powered by Samsung’s creation, Exynos 5 Octa 5410 octa core processor, which is formed by a quad core Cortex A15 clocked at 1.6GHz, and a quad core Cortex A7 clocked at 1.2GHz, which couple with a PowerVR SGX544MP3 GPU and 2GB of RAM, but the device comes with two variants of expandable storage: 16 and 32GB, which can be increased up to 64GB with a microSD card, while the third variant is fixed at 64GB. When they were released, the Galaxy S4 and the LG G2 came with Android v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean), but now they run on v4.4.2 (KitKat), while the Nexus 5 came with Android v4.4 (KitKat) and it will be upgraded to v5.0 (Lollipop) ahead of them.
The Nexus 5 has a weaker rear camera of 8MP, being outperformed by its rivals, which have 13MP primary cameras. However, the LG G2 seems to be better at reproducing colors in low-light conditions. Both of the LG phones have optical image stabilization, but the Nexus 5 can record videos at 1080p@30fps, just like the Galaxy S4, while the G2 supports 1080p@60fps video capture. As for the front cameras, the Nexus 5 loses again with its 1.3MP snapper, the Galaxy S4 has a 2MP camera and the LG G2 offers a 2.1MP secondary camera.
The Nexus 5 has a smaller battery of 2300mAh, while the LG G2 comes with a massive battery unit of 3000mAh, both being non-removable, but they have the same lifespan as Galaxy S4’s 2600mAh battery, around 17hours when talking on 3G.
On Amazon, the Nexus 5 16GB costs 415 dollars, the Galaxy S4 16GB is cheaper at 365 dollars and the LG G2 16GB is even cheaper at 330 dollars.