Nexus 5 compared to other flagships

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The Nexus 5 has arrived, and this isn’t just another flagship. As the Nexus handset of the year, this is the phone that best reflects Google’s vision for Android, both where it is now, and where it’s going form here. And as you’ve no doubt seen from our heavy coverage of rumors and leaks leading up to today’s launch, that means the Nexus 5 is finding itself simply getting a boatload of attention.

There’s a lot to like about the Nexus 5, and while a solid chunk of that is thanks to the latest Android 4.4 code the phone will arrive running, we can’t just ignore the underlying hardware platform driving it all. Last year’s Nexus 4 was a great phone, but didn’t really push many limits when it came to hardware; the Nexus 5, on the other hand, is more than ready to go toe-to-toe with the competition. But precisely how does it stack up?

We wanted to make it real easy for you to see just where the Nexus 5’s hardware falls within the current assortment of devices out here. Let’s start things off with a comparison to some other flagship Android models:

Nexus 5LG G2HTC OneSony Xperia Z1Samsung Galaxy S 4
(US version)
Samsung Galaxy Note 3
(US version)
Motorola Moto X
System on a chipSnapdragon 800
4x core
@ 2.3GHz
Snapdragon 800
4x core
@ 2.26GHz
Snapdragon 600
4x core
@ 1.7GHz
Snapdragon 800
4x core
@ 2.2GHz
Snapdragon 600
4x core
@ 1.9GHz
Snapdragon 800
4x core
@ 2.3GHz
Snapdragon S4 Pro
2x core
@ 1.7GHz
Display4.95-inch
1080p IPS LCD
(445ppi)
5.2-inch
1080p IPS LCD
(423ppi)
4.7-inch
1080p Super LCD 3
(468ppi)
5-inch
1080p LCD
(440ppi)
5-inch
1080p OLED
(440ppi)
5.68-inch
1080p OLED
(388ppi)
4.7-inch
720p OLED
(316ppi)
RAM2GB2GB2GB2GB2GB3GB2GB
Internal Storage16GB, 32GB16GB, 32GB32GB, 64GB16GB16GB, 32GB, 64GB32GB, 64GB16GB, 32GB
Cameras8MP w/OIS rear, 1.3MP front13MP w/OIS rear, 2.1MP front4MP UltraPixel rear, 2.1MP front20.7MP rear, 2MP front13MP rear, 2MP front13MP rear, 2MP front10MP ClearPixel rear, 2MP front
Battery2300mAh3000mAh2300mAh3050mAh2600mAh3200mAh2200mAh
Thickness8.59mm8.9mm9.3-4mm8.4mm7.9mm8.3mm5.7-10.4mm
Mass130g143g143g167g130g168g130g

For as very different as all these phones feel, a lot of them sure do share some very similar components. But then again, we’d sort of expect Android devices from the same tier, released within several months of each other, to be hitting a lot of the same spec notes. Will expanding our view to cover other mobile operating systems help mix things up a bit? Let’s check out how the Nexus 5 looks in the light of some iOS, BlackBerry 10, and Windows Phone 8 models:

Nexus 5Apple iPhone 5SApple iPhone 5CNokia Lumia 1020Nokia Lumia 1520BlackBerry Z30
System on a chipSnapdragon 800
4x core
@ 2.3GHz
Apple A7
2x core 64-bit
@ 1.7GHz
Apple A6
2x core
@ 1.3GHz
Snapdragon S4
2x core
@ 1.5GHz
Snapdragon 800
4x core
@ 2.2GHz
Snapdragon S4 Pro
2x core
@ 1.7GHz
Display4.95-inch
1080p IPS LCD
(445ppi)
4-inch
1136 x 640 IPS LCD
(326ppi)
4-inch
1136 x 640 IPS LCD
(326ppi)
4.5-inch
WXGA OLED
(334 ppi)
6-inch
1080p IPS LCD
(368ppi)
5-inch
720p OLED
(295 ppi)
RAM2GB1GB1GB2GB2GB2GB
Internal Storage16GB, 32GB16GB, 32GB, 64GB16GB, 32GB32GB, 64GB16GB16GB
Cameras8MP w/OIS rear,
1.3MP front
8MP rear, 1.2MP front8MP rear, 1.2MP front41MP PureView w/OIS rear, 1.3MP front20MP PureView rear, 1.2MP front8MP rear,
2MP front
Battery2300mAh1560mAh1500mAh2000mAh3400mAh2880mAh
Thickness8.59mm7.6mm8.97mm10.4mm8.7mm9.4mm
Mass130g112g132g158g206g170g

That’s a pretty darn impressive showing for the Nexus 5, and this isn’t even factoring-in one other key spec: price. When we think about just what the Nexus 5 costs compared to the rest of these guys, and what it is you get for that money, the Nexus 5 sure seems like a tough value to beat.

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Stephen Schenck
Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!