Galaxy Nexus vs. Nexus 4 (Video)


If you’re a Galaxy Nexus owner and are wondering whether you should upgrade to the new Nexus 4 (if you can ever get your order in, that is), you’re going to want to watch this video. We compare the Nexus 4 and Galaxy Nexus in every way that matters: hardware, display quality, boot-up time, app loading speed, web browser performance, and more.

Here are some conclusive observations:

  • The Nexus 4 is faster than the Galaxy Nexus in launching apps by about one second in every case
  • Web browsing performance is about equal, probably because the Nexus 4 uses Chrome, which still isn’t as fast as the stock Android browser
  • The display quality of the Nexus 4 is better than the Galaxy Nexus, but touch responsiveness is worse because of the use of in-cell display technology
  • The hardware of the Nexus 4 is more unique and handsome than the Galaxy Nexus, but the Galaxy Nexus seems to have a better in-hand feel thanks to better weighting and grippy textures
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Brandon Miniman
Brandon is a graduate from the Villanova School of Business, located near Philadelphia, PA. He's been a technology writer since 2002, and, in 2005, became Editor-in-Chief of Pocketnow, a then Windows Mobile-focused website. He has since helped to transition Pocketnow into a top-tier smartphone and tablet publication. He's so obsessed with technology that he once entered a candle store and asked if they had a "new electronics" scent. They didn't.