Google Nexus 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S5: Battle of The Smartphones

If you keep up with news surrounding the consumer electronics industry, you’re probably well aware of Samsung’s latest flagship smartphone to hit the market: the Galaxy S5. The South Korean company recently unveiled the Galaxy S5 at the Unpacked 5 event in Barcelona, Spain, giving smartphone enthusiasts a sneak peak at what to expect from this next-gen smartphone. But with the Google Nexus 5 continuing to excel in both hardware and software, many people are wondering whether the Galaxy S5 is worth buying.


There’s very little difference in terms of size between the Galaxy S5 and Nexus 5. From afar, both devices look nearly identical. Upon closer inspection, however, you’ll notice the Galaxy S5 is slightly larger with a 5.11-inch screen, whereas the Nexus 5’s screen is 4.95 inches. The marginal difference really doesn’t yield any improvements in terms of function, so it’s tie in this category.


The Google Nexus 5 weighs 130 grams, whereas the Samsung Galaxy S5 weighs 145 grams. A 15 gram difference may not seem like much, but there’s a noticeable difference when you’re holding the device in your hand.


Both the Nexus 5 and Galaxy S5 feature a full-HD display with 1080×1920 pixel resolution. If you frequently watch movies, videos, play games or perform similar functions on your smartphone, you can’t go wrong with either of these. The high-resolution HD display is stunningly beautiful on both devices.

Operating System

This is an area where the Nexus 5 really shines above the Galaxy S5. The Galaxy S5 runs on Android 4.4.2 with Samsung’s own built-in user interface . The Nexus 5, however, runs on the latest version of Android, 4.4.2 (with a new update on the horizon).


The Galaxy S5 boasts a slightly faster processor with its Snapdragon 801, whereas the Nexus 5 uses a Snapdragon 800. Both of these processors operate using four cores to achieve superior speeds and performance.


Both devices have 2GB of RAM.


Now let’s talk about one of the main selling points of any smartphone: the price. The Google Nexus 5 is available for just $349 without a contract, which is simply unbeatable compared to other leading smartphones on the market. The Samsung Galaxy S5 is expected to sell for an estimated $660 without a contract. That’s nearly twice as much!


Google Nexus 5: photo by Sinchen.

Would you trade your Nexus 5 in for a Galaxy S5? Let us know which device you prefer in the comments section below!

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