Category: Samsung


Nexus 5 vs Samsung S4

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OK, so here are my favorite devices, face 2 face.

I won’t go into deep details, just simple spec comparment, which might be helpful for those thinking about buying a new device from Android “heaven”…

So… Let’s get started.

The Google Nexus 5 has 138x69x8.6mm and Samsung  S4  137x70x7.9mm. It’s a matter of mm’s, so I think it won’t be the most important point. Both phones will put 130g of weight in your pocket.

Screen

Google Nexus 5 has  4.95″ screen with full HD 1920×1080 IPS 445ppi display, on contrary to Samsung S4 with its 5″ full HD 1920×1080 Super AMOLED 441ppi display.

CPU
Google Nexus 5 comes with the latest Quad-core 2.26GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, while
Samsung  S4 comes with “older” Quad-core 1.9GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor. (there’s also 8core version for some markets).

So, on paper the Google Nexus 5 beats the Samsung Galaxy S4 in processing power, and probably will offer an even smoother experience.

Battery
A bit of disappointment here, as the Google Nexus 5 comes with 2,300mAh battery, while the Samsung S4 is fitted with 2,600mAh unit, which is swapable, unlike built-in on Nexus 5.

As for claims (on paper for now), even with smaller battery, the Google Nexus 5 matches the Samsung Galaxy S4 in battery life. For real results we will have to wait for some tests to be done…

Software
As typival with all new Nexus devices, the Google Nexus 5 comes with the freshly released Android 4.4 Kitkat operating system, while Samsung S4 is “on the road” with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating system, with 4.3 rolling out now for most markets and versions (GT-I9500 &GT-I-9505).

Google Nexus 5 comes with completely vanilla user interface, in contrary to Samsung’s own Touchwiz user interface.

Cameras
For the photo “maniacs” it might be a bit of disappointment, that Google Nexus 5 has “only” 8MP rear camera, mated with 1.3MP front camera, while Samsung S4 comes with 13MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, however, the Nexus 5 has optical image stabilisation, which might help make sharper images.

Storage
The latest Google Nexus 5 comes in two versions, 16GB or 32GB of ROM coupled with 2GB of RAM. On the other side, the S4 comes wit three versions; 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of ROM,but has microSD card slot, which can cooperate with microSD cards up to 64GB. It has 2GB of RAM as well.

So, it looks like tough quest (at least for me), as both devices have their own advantages…

 

UPDATE : Samsung has released Galaxy S4 GT-I9506 with the new Quad-core 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with LTE-A support.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 mini

Well… Had enough of “big boys” like S4, Sony Xperia Z and was looking for smaller device without loosing the high end experience.

After long “hunting” a narrowed my options to two devices : HTC One mini and Samsung Galaxy S4 mini. The winner is the latter, as it has more advantages. Both are trimmed down version of their bigger brothers, but in different ways.

Enough words, let’s get some facts about my favorite.

Dimensions124.6 x 61.3 x 8.94mm (4.91 x 2.41 x 0.35 inches)

Weight3.77 oz. (107g)

Screen size4.3 inches Screen resolution960 x 540 (256 ppi) Screen typeSuper AMOLED

Battery1,900mAh Li-Polymer (removable)

Internal storage 8GB  External storage MicroSD / MicroSDXC

Rear camera 8MP Front-facing cam 1.9MP Video capture1080p, 30 fps (back) 720p (front)

NFC Yes Radios Depends on market Bluetooth v4.0

SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 (MSM8930AB) CPU 1.7GHz dual-core GPU Adreno 305

RAM 1.5GB EntertainmentMHL, DLNA, IR sensor WiFi Dual-band, 802.11a/b/g/n, WiFi Direct

Wireless Charging No Operating system Android 4.2.2, TouchWiz UI

There are 3 version of this phone, all destined for different markets. The GT- I9195, which is the LTE version, followed with  dual-SIM GT-I9192 and 3G-only variant GT-I9190.

LTE version sports bands 3, 7 and 20 (800 / 1800 / 2600), which are primarily used in Europe and other countries around the world. It’s also the only version to get quad-band HSPA+ (850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100) with speeds up to 42 Mbps. GSM / EDGE (850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900).

The two remaining versions get HSDPA with speeds up to 21 Mbps.

The screen comes with S-AMOLED version, but with qHD (960 x 540) resolution, meaning pixel density of 256 pixels per inch.

This is a bit of disappointment as the HTC One mini managed to get S-LCD3 display with HD (720p) resolution, with same screen size – 4.3″.

Now, what’s missing compare to S4?

well, quite a lot – Air View, Air Gestures, most Smart features (such as Smart Scroll, Smart Pause and Smart Rotation) and several camera modes.

S4 Mini comes packed with an 8MP rear camera as well as a 1.9MP front-facing unit. You can manage white balance, ISO, exposure, HDR . Camera is set for highest resolution at 4:3, however a 16:9 option is available using 6MP option.

The UI will be familiar to anyone who’s played with a GS4 or other recent Samsung devices.

On the bright side, Group Play, S Translator, S Health, S Travel, S Voice, Smart Stay, S Memo, WatchOn, Samsung Link and the Samsung Hub are all there, so after all is not that bad…

The Galaxy S4 Mini uses 28nm Krait 300 chipset used in the biggest Galaxy called MEGA and comes with Adreno 305 GPU and 1.5GB RAM.

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