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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.

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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How to Hard reset Samsung Galaxy.

In case you’re in trouble (too many unlock pattern locked your phone, or somebody “locked” your phone) you can do hard reset, which will put phone in to factory status and also WIPE EVERYTHING from the phone !!!

  1. Turn of your mobile phone and reinsert the battery.
  2. Continuously hold the Volume Down button.
  3. Press and release the power button.
  4. You will see options like Fastbook, Recovery, Simlock and clear storage. Release the Volume Down button.
  5. Select the Clear Storage by pressing download the Volume Down button.
  6. Press and release the power button.
  7. Now confirm your decision: Volume Up for Yes and Volume Down for No.

*#*#4636#*#* for battery and other general setttings like GSM/CDMA
*#*#8255#*#* for Gtalk service monitor
*#*#7780#*#* for factory data reset
*#*#34971539#*#* for information about phone camera (be very careful hitting options here)
*#*#7594#*#* change the “Power” button action in your phone.
*#*#197328640#*#* service mode
*#197238640# service mode
*#0*# testing mode
*#1234# display phones current firmware
*#*#1472365#*#* gps test
*#0011# network mode/cell info/power info
*#*#0*#*#* screen test menu
*#7465625# engineering mode
*#3214789650# gps service menu for JP3 fw
*#9900# Sysdump screen.. some sort of way to dump ram and other logs to sd card
*2767*3855# FACTORY DATA WIPE AND internal SD RESET as soon as you enter # use only if you want wipe your phone
*#*#273283*255*663282*#*#* Opens a File copy screen where you can backup your media files

New Froyo Codes !!!

*#1234# (View SW Version PDA, CSC, MODEM)
*#12580*369# (SW & HW Info)
*#197328640# (Service Mode)
*#0228# (ADC Reading)
*#32489# (Ciphering Info)
*#232337# (Bluetooth Address)
*#232331# (Bluetooth Test Mode)
*#232338# (WLAN MAC Address)
*#232339# (WLAN Test Mode)
*#0842# (Vibra Motor Test Mode)
*#0782# (Real Time Clock Test)
*#0673# (Audio Test Mode)
*#0*# (General Test Mode)
*#2263# (RF Band Selection)
*#9090# (Diagnostic ConfiguratioN)
*#7284# (USB I2C Mode Control)
*#872564# (USB Logging Control)
*#4238378# (GCF Configuration)
*#0283# (Audio Loopback Control)
*#1575# (GPS Control Menu)
*#3214789650# (LBS Test Mode)
*#745# (RIL Dump Menu)
*#746# (Debug Dump Menu)
*#9900# (System Dump Mode)
*#44336# (Sofware Version Info)
*#7780# (Factory Reset)
*2767*3855# (Full Factory Reset)
*#0289# (Melody Test Mode)
*#2663# (TSP / TSK firmware update)
*#03# (NAND Flash S/N)
*#0589# (Light Sensor Test Mode)
*#0588# (Proximity Sensor Test Mode)
*#273283*255*3282*# (Data Create Menu)
*#273283*255*663282*# (Data Create SD Card)
*#3282*727336*# (Data Usage Status)
*#7594# (Remap Shutdown to End Call TSK)
*#34971539# (Camera Firmware Update)
*#526# (WLAN Engineering Mode)
*#528# (WLAN Engineering Mode)
*#7412365# (Camera Firmware Menu)
*#80# (Unknown)
*#07# (Test History)
*#3214789# (GCF Mode Status)
*#272886# (Auto Answer Selection)
*#8736364# (OTA Update Menu)
*#301279# (HSDPA/HSUPA Control Menu)
*#7353# (Quick Test Menu)
*2767*4387264636# (Sellout SMS / PCODE view)
*#7465625# (View Phone Lock Status)
*7465625*638*# (Configure Network Lock MCC/MNC)
#7465625*638*# (Insert Network Lock Keycode)
*7465625*782*# (Configure Network Lock NSP)
#7465625*782*# (Insert Partitial Network Lock Keycode)
*7465625*77*# (Insert Network Lock Keycode SP)
#7465625*77*# (Insert Operator Lock Keycode)
*7465625*27*# (Insert Network Lock Keycode NSP/CP)
#7465625*27*# (Insert Content Provider Keycode)

*#272*imei#* Product code , works on Froyo

 

big thanks to izmenar from XDA Developers