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Galaxy S5 vs Nexus 5 specs comparison

We pit Samsung's latest flagship against Google's affordable unskinned competitor
Mon Apr 07 2014, 08:40

THE SAMSUNG GALAXY S5 will arrive on UK shelves at the end of the week, and looks to lure users away from rival smartphones such as the Google Nexus 5. 

While the Google Nexus 5 debuted back in October, the device still sports top-end specifications, and has so far managed to win over users' affections due to its vanilla Android 4.4 Kitkat mobile operating system and affordable price, with the handset retailing from £299, making it more than £200 cheaper than the Galaxy S5. 

Here we compare the Samsung Galaxy S5 against the Nexus 5 on paper to see which one is worth your money. 

Design, measurements and weight
Google Nexus 5: 138x69x8.6mm, 130g
Samsung Galaxy S5: 142x73x8.1mm, 145g

The LG-built Google Nexus 5 is the more pocket friendly of the two handsets. While the Samsung Galaxy S5 is skinnier, at 8.1mm compared to 8.6mm, the Nexus 5 will likely slip easier into your pocket at 138mm tall and 69mm wide, compared to 142mm by 73mm. 

Samsung Galaxy S5 with Android 4.4 Kitkat in gold

Both the Nexus 5 and Galaxy S5 are enclosed in plastic cases. The Nexus 5 features a fairly conservative design, sporting a matte plastic rear with Google's Nexus logo emblazoned on it. The handset launched in black and white models, and has since been released in red.

Set to launch in black, white, gold and blue colours, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is definitely the more head-turning of the two devices. It also features a quirky perforated rear casing, a textured panel that Samsung claims makes the device more comfortable to hold.

The Galaxy S5, unlike the Nexus 5, also boasts IP67 certification, meaning that it's resistant against dust and water. There's a built-in fingerprint sensor on the front of the device, another feature that's missing from Google's latest flagship handset.

Google Nexus 5: 5in 1080x1920 IPS display, 440ppi
Samsung Galaxy S5: 5.1in 1080x1920 resolution Super AMOLED display, 427ppi

The Galaxy S5 and Nexus 5 have nearly identical screen quality, and despite Google's handset being the older of the two, it comes out on top on paper.

The Nexus 5 has a 5in 1080x1920 resolution IPS display with a pixel density of 440ppi. The Galaxy S5's slightly larger display has an identical HD 1080p resolution, although at 5.1in its pixel density is slightly lower at 427ppi.

However, the human eye won't notice much if any pixellation on the Galaxy S5 screen, with both devices sporting top-end displays.

Next: Performance, operating system.


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