Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Is the Nexus 5 a worthy alternative to the likes of the Galaxy S4?

Times have changed. Previously, it was completely fine to use the same mobile phone for several years but now, almost every consumer keeps a fair eye on the smartphone market. The minute a new phone is out, consumers immediately start Googling reviews and watching online electronic retailers to get the best prices on the latest handsets. As a result, the Nexus 5 is now very popular online as it has kicked up the style and features option by ten-fold. The only problem is that the phone is retailing at a budget-breaking  Rs. 29,990. However, compared to the price, is it a strong competitor to the Galaxy 4?

Let us find out.

Both phones are roughly the same size and shape. The only difference is that the Galaxy is about 8% thinner. This is good but both phones are almost the same weight and hence a thinner frame may not actually make any difference. Yes, as the Nexus has the faster Snapdragon 800 quad core 2.3 GHz processor, it is faster than the Samsung but newer models might catch up quick enough.

Some commendable features:
  •  The Android KitKat version is nice and this means that you do get different features on the same phone. For example, just announcing OK Google launches the search engine, a new immersive model launches menus and buttons and the entire game is spread out on the system.
  • The Google Now feature is also very interesting and one of the best features of the phone. It is located on the left-hand side of the home page.
  • Price is also a very interesting feature. For example, the Nexus retails for nearly half the cost of S4 and this may be the main reason why the Nexus may turn out to be more popular in the end.

The bottom line

The Nexus 5 is a great phone and users will swear by it but they will be hard-pressed to ignore the hype and popularity of the Galaxy series. Feature-wise, both phones are wonderful but the Nexus is faster and this is quite expected with the faster and newer interface it has. In the end, we like the Nexus 5 but fans of the Galaxy are not likely to shift over unless you drag them kicking and screaming; it all comes down to personal choice and frankly, the Samsung has been around and has a stronger fan base.  

That being said, if ever there was a mobile that could be a threat to Samsung, it is the Nexus 5. 


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