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Nexus 4: Low-cost, high-end

Nexus 4: Low-cost, high-end

Despite its low price, the features of the Google smartphone are similar to high-end phones from Samsung and HTC. And it outsmarts the iPhone 5 in nearly every category.

All you hear about is the Samsung Galaxy S4 nowadays. If it’s not that, it’s Apple’s buyback offer or that the HTC One or Sony Xperia Z are really the smartphones to have. Very few people talk about, let alone own, the Google Nexus. This is strange because it can do just about everything higher-priced smartphones can and at a discount of about Rs15,000 (check out the prices in the picture above). Here’s a comparison of their features. We compared:

Rank Smartphone variant Display specifications
1 Samsung Galaxy S4 5-inch screen with 1920x1080p resolution
1 Sony Xperia Z 5-inch screen with 1920x1080p resolution
2 HTC One 4.7-inch screen with 1920x1080p resolution
3 Google Nexus 4 4.7-inch screen with 1280x768p resolution
4 Apple iPhone 5 4-inch screen with 1136x640p resolution

Display The Google Nexus does not have full HD resolution like the three in the table before it, but has a better display than the iPhone 5.

Rank Smartphone variant Operating system
1 Samsung Galaxy S4 Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) with TouchWiz UI
2 Google Nexus 4 Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)
3 Apple iPhone 5 iOS 6
4 HTC One Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) with HTC Sense 5 UI
5 Sony Xperia Z Customised version of Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)

Operating System Being newer, its operating system is the latest Android 4.2 Jellybean platform.

Rank Smartphone variant Processor & RAM
1 Samsung Galaxy S4 1.9GHz quad-core & 2GB RAM
2 HTC One 1.7GHz quad-core & 2GB RAM
3 Google Nexus 4 1.5GHz quad-core & 2GB RAM
4 Sony Xperia Z 1.5GHz quad-core & 2GB RAM
5 Apple iPhone 5 1.2GHz dual-core & 1GB RAM

Processor & Ram The processing and speed capabilities of the Nexus are lesser than the Galaxy S4’s, but it certainly does better than the iPhone.

Rank Smartphone variant Storage specifications
1 Samsung Galaxy S4 16, 32 and 64GB onboard storage, 64GB microSD support
2 Apple iPhone 5 16, 32 and 64GB variants, no microSD port
3 HTC One 32 and 64GB in-built storage, no microSD port
4 Sony Xperia Z 16GB internal storage, 32GB microSD support
5 Google Nexus 4 16GB, no microSD port

Storage This is the only area where the Nexus is outsmarted. With a 16GB internal memory and no external microSD card support, it ranks the lowest.

Rank Smartphone variant Connectivity specifications
1 Samsung Galaxy S4 2G, 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, microUSB 2.0 and Infrared
2 HTC One 2G, 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, microUSB 2.0 and Infrared
3 Google Nexus 4 2G, 3G, Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, microUSB 2.0
3 Sony Xperia Z 2G, 3G, Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, microUSB 2.0
3 Apple iPhone 5 2G, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, microUSB 2.0

Connectivity The only smartphone to think ahead and include 4g compatibility in this category are the HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy S4. Google Nexus has all the other required connectivity portals.

Rank Smartphone variant Camera specifications
1 Sony Xperia Z 13MP rear camera with LED flash; 2.1MP front camera
2 Samsung Galaxy S4 13MP rear camera with LED flash; 2MP front camera
3 Google Nexus 4 8MP rear camera with LED flash, 1.3MP front camera
4 Apple iPhone 5 8MP rear camera with LED flash, 1.2MP unit in front
5 HTC One 4MP rear camera with LED flash; 2.1MP front camera

Camera The Google Nexus has an 8-MP rear camera with flash and a 1.3-MP front camera, making it slightly better than the iPhone’s camera options. However, it’s a long way away from the best-in-range Galaxy S4 or Xperia Z.

Rank Smartphone variant Battery specifications
1 Samsung Galaxy S4 2,600mAh
2 Sony Xperia Z 2,330mAh
3 HTC One 2,300mAh
4 Google Nexus 4 2,100mAh
5 Apple iPhone 5 1,440mAh

Battery The Nexus’ battery has a good performance capacity. Despite being in fourth place here, it isn’t actually far from the three ahead of it.

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