Should You Upgrade To Nexus 5 from Nexus 4?

Nexus 5 Front

Nexus 5 Front via Google

Is Nexus 5 Different Enough from Nexus 4?

If you’re upgrading from a Nexus 4 you are probably wondering whether you should, since Google has finally released the Nexus 5 complete with the newest Android 4.4 Kit-Kat mobile operating system.

That’s a question everyone is asking – from the most experienced tech junkies to those who are looking to buy a device for someone else – everyone wants to know whether the Nexus 5 is a big of a step up to make the upgrade worth it.


Nexus 5 vs. Nexus 4 Display, Resolution, and Camera

Nexus 5 sports a 4.95-inch 1920-pixel by 1080-pixel display that packs a hefty 445 pixels per inch into it. That beats the Nexus 4’s smaller 4.7-inch 1280-pixel by 768-pixel display that has 320 pixels per inch by a mile. This is true even though the physical size difference is only two tenths of an inch, since Nexus 5 squeezes double the pixels into its resolution.

The huge difference in colors and crispness of text in the Nexus 5 make it a clear winner when side by side with the Nexus 4’s seemingly muted, washed out colors.

Nexus 5 sports an 8-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization in the rear and a 1.3-megapixel camera In the front, which is no different from that of the Nexus 4. The difference in the cameras lies with the optical image stabilization that the Nexus doesn’t have.

Nexus 5 vs. Nexus 4 CPU, OS, Battery, Other

Nexus 4

Nexus 4 via Google Play

The Nexus 5 was fitted with Qualcomm’s popular Snapdragon 800 CPU that is rated at 2.26 GHz, while the Nexus 4 sports the Snapdragon 800’s little cousin, the S4 Pro. Huge power difference that was necessary for the nexus 5 so it could sport the brand new Android Kit-Kat mobile OS. While Nexus 4 is getting an upgrade to Kit-Kat, it is getting an entirely different version that’s been slimmed down for the Nexus 4’s not 64-bit CPU.

As for talk and standby times, Nexus 5 sports a 2,300-mAh battery offering up to 17 hours of talk time, up to 300 hours of standby time, and up to 8.5 hours online if you’re running on 3G. If you’re running LTE, then you’ll get fewer hours, but not by much.

LTE, Price & Overall Win

The one thing that Nexus 5 has over Nexus 4 without question is that Nexus 4 isn’t capable of LTE, so by default, Nexus 5 wins this category, period.

Nexus 5 is a great choice for an upgrade from the Nexus 4, but if you’re still on the fence, then the Nexus 4 could hold out for a while since it’s getting its own Kit-Kat version, albeit a little cousin, but Kit-Kat nonetheless.

On the other hand, essentially, if you are looking for a new phone and don’t yet own any Nexus, then you want the Nexus 5 – it wins hands down looking at the tech specs, power, performance, and price. If you can get your hands on a Nexus 5 from Google Play, it is definitely worth the price for admission and has the benefit of being the most inexpensive unlocked smartphone on the market.

Will you buy or upgrade to the Nexus 5? Have you already? Why or why not? Let us know in the comments!

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