Samsung Galaxy S4 (Octa-core) vs. Google Nexus 4 – Fight!

by Jerry D on March 17, 2013

Is the Samsung Galaxy S4 a superior phone to the Google Nexus 4? Does the 5.0-inch screen on the Galaxy S4, top the display on the Nexus 4? Is its eight core Exynos 5 Octa 5410 processor clocked higher? Will the Nexus 4’s 8.0 Megapixel camera take superior photos? Carry on reading to learn the answers to these questions…

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Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Google Nexus 4: stat-fight

Here’s how the two phones compare. If you you want more information on any of the technologies that you see mentioned, click on a highlighted term to find out more about it. Or view our FAQs.

Samsung Galaxy S4 VS Google Nexus 4
Display 5.0-inch Super AMOLED 4.7-inch True HD IPS
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
(440.6 PPI)
768 x 1280 pixels
(317.66 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 1.6GHz eight core Exynos 5 Octa 5410 1.5GHz quad core Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon
Software Android 4.2.2 Android 4.2
Storage 16, 32 or 64GB internal, microSD cards up to 64GB 8 or 16GB internal, no expansion slot
Rear
camera
13.0 Megapixels with autofocus, LED flash, touch focus, face/smile detection, image stabilization, HDR, Dual Shot, Panorama and Drama Shot modes, simultaneous video/image recording and 1080p video capture 8.0 Megapixels with autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection and 1080p video recording
Front
camera
Yes, 2.0MP Yes, 1.3MP
4G LTE No
3G 3G/HSDPA 3G/HSDPA
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP/EDR 4.0 with A2DP
Size 69.8 x 136.6 x 7.9mm 68.7 x 133.9 x 9.1mm
Weight 130g 139g
Talktime TBC 15.0 hours
Standby TBC 390 hours
Extras GPS/A-GPS, NFC, DLNA, S-Voice, Smart Stay eye tracking, S Voice Drive, S Health, accelerometer, gyroscope, barometer, temperature & humidity sensor, gesture recognition and a TV-out GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, barometer, DLNA, Wi-Fi Hotspot feature and TV-out

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Google Nexus 4 analysis

You’ve seen the specs for the two phones above. But that doesn’t immediately tell you which one is technically superior. Here’s how this Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Google Nexus 4 fight plays out…

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Google Nexus 4 – Connectivity

As far as wireless tech is concerned, the Galaxy S4 comes with NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP/EDR. It also boasts support for faster 4G networks. Google has jammed its handset with NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP. 4G isn’t supported here.
— The Galaxy S4 wins (1-0)

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Google Nexus 4 – Size/Weight

How do the two combatants measure up? The Galaxy S4 is the wider of the two, measuring 69.8mm to the Nexus 4′s 68.7mm. The Galaxy S4 is the taller handset, measuring 136.6mm to the Nexus 4′s 133.9mm. The Nexus 4 is heavier than its rival, tipping the scales at 139g. The Galaxy S4, meanwhile, weighs 130g. The Galaxy S4 leads going into round #3.
— The Galaxy S4 wins (2-0)

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Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Google Nexus 4 – Camera/Video

Samsung has built a 13.0 Megapixel lens into the Galaxy S4 together with features such as autofocus, LED flash, touch focus, face/smile detection, image stabilization, HDR, Dual Shot, Panorama and Drama Shot modes, simultaneous video/image recording and 1080p video capture. Oh and there’s also a 2.0MP camera on the front for making video calls.

Even with autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection and 1080p video recording, the Nexus 4′s 8.0 MP camera underwhelms in comparison. Another 1.3 Megapixel camera located on the front is ideal for video calls.
— The Galaxy S4 wins (3-0)

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Google Nexus 4 – Display

The design of Samsung’s Galaxy S4 features a 5.0-inch touch-sensitive Super AMOLED screen, with a resolution of 1080 by 1920 pixels. There are 2073600 pixels overall, which translates to an impressive 440.6 pixels per inch.

XXXX pointy arrow The Samsung Galaxy S4 features a 5.0-inch Super AMOLED display with a quoted resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Its Pixels Per Inch (PPI) rating is 440.6.

In comparison, the Nexus 4′s touch-sensitive True HD IPS screen is 4.7 inches wide. In this battle, it loses the pixel battle with a lower screen resolution of 768 x 1280 pixels. With 983040 pixels onscreen, the pixel density is 317.66 pixels per inch.
— The Galaxy S4 wins (4-0)

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Google Nexus 4 – Processor

Now onto the processors… the Nexus 4 is a 1.5GHz quad core Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon processor. The Galaxy S4 has a eight core Exynos 5 Octa 5410 chip, rated at 1.6GHz.
— The Galaxy S4 wins (5-0)

Half-time: Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Google Nexus 4

We’re only halfway through this fight and the Galaxy S4 leads by 5. But this isn’t over. Let’s see what the Nexus 4 has to offer as we start the second half.

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Google Nexus 4 – Software

The Samsung Galaxy S4 uses Android 4.2.2 with a little TouchWiz modification, while the Nexus 4 runs a pure version of Android 4.2. The advantage of a pure Android install? The Nexus 4 should receive Android upgrades faster than any other phone.
— The Nexus 4 wins (5-1)

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Google Nexus 4 – Applications

It’s Google Play vs. Google Play and there’s obviously no winner here. Which means that, at the end of this round, the Galaxy S4 is still out in front by 4. It has a massive lead and has this fight wrapped up.
— The two phones share the points (6-2)

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Google Nexus 4 – Storage

This round revolves around storage. Samsung gives you a choice of 16, 32 or 64GB Galaxy S4 models. The Nexus 4 also comes with multiple storage options, offering either 8 or 16GB capacities. The Galaxy S4 also has a microSD interface, which can extend the overall capacity to 128GB. Google didn’t build an expansion slot into the Nexus 4, so 8 or 16GB is all you get.
— The Galaxy S4 wins (7-2)

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Google Nexus 4 – Battery Life

We can’t score this round until we have full talk and standby time information for both phones.
— Tie. The Galaxy S4 and the Nexus 4 share the points (8-3)

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Google Nexus 4 – Extras

Finally, the Galaxy S4 also includes GPS/A-GPS, NFC, DLNA, S-Voice, Smart Stay eye tracking, S Voice Drive, S Health, accelerometer, gyroscope, barometer, temperature & humidity sensor, gesture recognition and a TV-out. In comparison, the Nexus 4 is packed with GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, barometer, DLNA, Wi-Fi Hotspot feature and a TV-out.
— The Galaxy S4 wins (9-3)

BPF Verdict: The Samsung Galaxy S4 wins! (9-3)

The Samsung Galaxy S4 wins this match-up. It beats the Google Nexus 4, taking 7 of the 10 rounds available, drawing 2 and losing 1. Here’s a summary of where this fight was won and lost:

The best connectivity: Yes
The best size/weight: Yes
The best camera/video: Yes
The best display: Yes
The best processor: Yes
The best software: No
The most applications: Comparable
The most storage: Yes
The best extras: Yes

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