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Nexus 5 vs HTC One and Galaxy S4 Google Edition

After a lot of teasing, Google has finally unveiled the LG-made Google Nexus 5. It carries super-charged specs and the latest Android 4.4 KitKat OS, but does it come out as the most powerful Google phone to date. Let’s find out by pitting it against the Google Edition of the HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy S4.


Let’s take a look at the specs first:

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In terms of display size, the Galaxy S4 wins by having a full 5-inch display. The Nexus 5 comes second at 4.95-inches followed by the HTC One at 4.7-inches.

When it comes to resolution all three devices sport Full HD (1080 x 1920) screens. At this point, the HTC One packs the densest at 469ppi, followed by the Nexus 5 at 445ppi and Galaxy S4 at 441ppi.

Display type also varies among these devices. The Nexus 5 has True HD IPS Plus, the One has Super LCD3, while the S4 has Super AMOLED. All of them are protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass, however, the One sports an older Gorilla Glass 2 while the rest have Gorilla Glass 3.


The Nexus 5 sports Qualcomm’s latest and most powerful CPU to date, the Snapdragon 800 coupled with an Adreno 330 GPU. The S4 and One both sport Snapdragon 600 CPUs and Adreno 320 GPU, however, the S4 has a slightly higher clock speed at 1.9Ghz compared to the One’s 1.7Ghz.


If we’re going to play the “megapixel” wars, the S4 takes the lead in terms of pixel count with its 13 megapixel shooter. This is followed by the 8 megapixel camera on the Nexus 5 and the 4 megapixel on the One.

In terms of camera performance, we’re yet to find out how Nexus 5 fares. It’s also worth mentioning that the Nexus 5 and the One both have Optical Image Stabilization for less blurry shots.

As for the front-facing camera, the One takes the lead with the 2.1 megapixel camera, followed by the S4 with 2 megapixel, and the Nexus 5 with 1.3 megapixel.

Internal storage

The Nexus 5 offers 16GB of internal storage at its minimum and 32GB at its maximum. The HTC One on the other hand only offers a 32GB variant while the S4 maxes out at 16GB.

In terms of expandable storage, the S4 takes the cake by offering microSD card support for up to 64GB while the rest went without expansion options.


The S4 wins in this department by offering a 2,600mAh battery which is 300mAh more than the Nexus 5 and HTC One can offer.

Thinness, weight and build

The S4 wins again by having the thinnest body at 7.9mm, followed by the Nexus 5 at 8.6mm and the One at 9.3mm.

As for its weight and build, the Nexus 5 and S4 tie at 130g thanks to its plastic body. The HTC One may be the bulkiest of the bunch at 143g but you get a more premium aluminum build in recompense.


The S4 is the most expensive at $649, followed by the One at $599. The Nexus 5 is obviously the most affordable starting at $349 for the 16GB and $499 for the 32GB.


Being a Nexus device, the 5 already has Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box. The Google Edition HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 will be getting it soon as well. So which pure-blooded Google smartphone is the best? In terms of value for money and much updated specs, definitely the Nexus 5.

However, for those with personal preferences that go beyond what the Nexus 5 can offer, then it’s either the HTC One or the Samsung Galaxy S4.

This article was written by Louie Diangson, Managing Editor of YugaTech. You can follow him at @John_Louie.

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69 Responses

  1. OPM HITS says:

    I’ll go for Nexus 5 :)

  2. OPM HITS says:

    But if there would be someone who will give me any of the following super phones above :D I will surely accept it especially this coming Christmas lol

  3. Eric says:

    I think there’s a mistake in this table. The Galaxy S4 uses a Snapdragon 600, the same as the HTC One but overclocked. You were probably thinking of the new Galaxy Note 3, which has the Snapdragon 800.

  4. Abed says:

    I thought the Nexus 5 is the first smartphone to have an OIS in camera. Aw :(

    • Ben Astorga says:

      I think its actually the Lumia 920, followed by the HTC One, Lumia 925, One Mini..
      Its actually quite a list now. Mostly Nokia, HTC, and LG handsets.

    • thecyberinsider says:

      i think LG G2 is the first smartphone that have OIS camera..back to topic i think Nexus 5 is much better.

  5. Abed says:

    Let’s see the benchmark scores of these phones. :)

  6. Diorarat says:

    Sa pricing technically sa pinas patas lang lahat yan halos same lang. Htc one developer and samsung developer edition nasa mga 26 to 27k. Yung nexus 5 hindi naman lalabas play store Philippines so pricing niya aabot din 26k :))

    • boxingfan25 says:

      actually, kimstore is already selling the Nexus 5 here. The 16GB unit sells for about 21k+ from kimstore. so there.

    • Atheros says:

      selling n rin sa widgetcity.. 21k ung black, 22 ung white. 16GB variant lng..

    • Glen says:

      Super over priced naman. 16gb for 23k? $349 nasa 15k lang dapat. Meaning 8k patong nila?

    • elusive says:

      wait for a few months baba na yung price ng mga yan..but when it comes to quality and specs dun sila naglalaban, and i think nexus 5 is better.

    • Todd says:

      I agree with elusive specs and quality-wise definitely go for the Nexus 5.

  7. ceegii63 says:

    kulang HDR yung Camera ng Nexus 5

  8. HNSCC says:

    I want the Nexus 5! But my SGS3 still works so well. The occasional lags will be fixed by the upcoming Android 4.3 update with TRIM technology, the battery performance can be fixed by purchasing a new battery, and there are zero scratches thanks to Otterbox. Haha.

  9. Jherwynne says:

    dear Santa

  10. meh says:

    compare it to the Sony Z1 and the LG G2

    • cisi says:

      compare to G2 and samsung? well G2 is better than samsung. but nexus 5 is also from LG so okay parin. :)

  11. GoogleUser says:

    The price of the 32GB variant of Nexus 5 is $399 (not $499). :)

  12. fanatic says:

    Nexus 5’s specs says it all snapdragon 800

  13. allenpogi says:

    i think nexus is a better call, because its much cheaper and the 3 almost have the same specs

  14. Glen says:

    “The HTC One on the other hand only offers a 32GB variant while the S4 maxes out at 16GB.”

    Not true. Samsung Galaxy S4 has 16, 32 and 64gb variant.

    Source: Internet

  15. Eli says:

    I think Nexus 5 will be the smartest choice. Amazing specs and LG’s competitive prices!

  16. gil says:

    i like the nexus 5….

  17. carlo says:

    i choose nexus 5 kc lahat ng product ng LG mtitibay… i have HTC phone nkakadala blis malowbat nkakaasar…. starting this year i want LG…

  18. fanatic says:

    il be putting these 3 on my wish list, haha hoping to get Nexus 5! :))

  19. elaHcM says:

    specs wise Nexus won!

  20. Jacinto says:

    lam ko mga gamit ng LG matatagal ang battery life tsaka power saver pa dhl sa mga electronic products nila

  21. joaquin says:

    i’ll go for Nexus 5, 4.4 kitkat and also mas cheapr pa. :)

  22. adventuretech says:

    for a wise decision ill pick Nexus 5.. :)

  23. Treng says:

    Go for Google Nexus 5 para future-proof, practical, and specs-wise :D

  24. kel says:

    i choose nexus 5.. this is the best smartphone….

  25. ed says:

    In terms of specs “PRICE(U.S)”OK” how bout the software part? do you all consider that?
    also the down side of this phone Like the camera(8mp but the shutter speed is terrible – software update might help),battery (mid)

    though the phone is “High End” the software part was sacrifice just to achieve the highspecs of this phone “just saying” :)

  26. silver says:

    i’ll have one nexus 5 please! :))

  27. sarie says:

    Nexus 5! :)

  28. Dene says:

    All three looks really nice. But if I were to choose among them, I’ll go with Nexus 5. I think it’ll be the “fastest”, that snapdragon really is nice.

  29. gian says:

    htc got a issues when it comes to battery and camera, when it comes to price samsung is a lil bit expensive.. well i go for Nexus 5,great quality and not that expensive.

    • Lieb says:

      This is true! I completely agree with you. I did a bit of research on the different brands. A lot of people were complaining on their facebook about HTC’s battery and camera. Samsung’s product seems overpriced; Nexus, however with their nice specs seems reasonable.

  30. jen says:

    nexus for their processor !!

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