Should I Upgrade From The Nexus 4 To The Nexus 5?


Should I upgrade from the Nexus 4 to the Nexus 5?

Still trying to squeeze a little more use out of your Google Nexus 4? The Nexus 5 has been around since last October, yet many people are hanging on to their older models. There’s certainly nothing wrong with getting ‘the most bang for your buck,’ but you’ve eventually got to take a leap of faith by upgrading. Here, we’re going to take a closer look at the Nexus 4 vs the Nexus 5, revealing whether or not it’s worth the upgrade.

Screen Size

From afar, the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 appear to be about the same size. Appearances can be deceiving, however, as you’ll notice the Nexus 5 features a larger and more prominent display than its predecessor.

The Nexus 4’s screen is just 4.7 inches in diameter, wheres the Nexus 5 is 5.1 inches. That means the screen on the Nexus 5 is just under half an inch larger, allowing for a more enjoyable user experience.

Processor Power

Another key area where the Nexus 5 shines above its predecessor is processing power. The Nexus 4 was powered by a lackluster 1.5 Ghz Snapdragon S4 pro quad core processor. Google identified this flaw, however, and upgraded the processor chip for the Nexus 5, using a 2.26 Ghz Snapdragon 800 quad core Qualcomm processor instead. The difference between these two processors is like night and day, which should be reason alone for many people to upgrade to the Nexus 5.


There’s no clear winner in this category, as both the Google Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 feature 8-megapixel rear-facing cameras. It’s not the best smartphone camera on the market, but it’s certainly not the worst either. And with Google hinting towards camera improvements for the Nexus 5 in the upcoming Android 4.4.3 KitKat update, users might be in for treat — if the update is ever released.


If you haven’t ditched your Nexus 4 yet, you’re probably well aware of its lack of 4G LTE connectivity. Thankfully, the Nexus 5 supports 4G LTE across all major U.S. cell carriers with the exception of Verizon Wireless. This means you’ll get faster Internet speeds, resulting in smoother online activity and streaming media playback.


The Nexus 4 is no longer available for sale through Google Play; however, you can find it on a number of different websites and even some cell carriers for around $200-$250. The Nexus 5 is available through Google Play for $349 (16 GB model) and $399 (32 GB).

Do you think the Nexus 5 is worth upgrading from the Nexus 4? We’d love to hear your opinion in the comments section below!

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