Samsung Galaxy S5 vs. Nexus 5: Which Is the Better Android?

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By Precious Silva | February 28, 2014 4:12 PM EST

Samsung has taken the wraps off its Galaxy S5 during the Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona, Spain. As the Korean tech giant stands in the spotlight, the market has grown stiffer for smartphone manufacturers. Also, the average user may found it too overwhelming to choose the right handset.

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A new Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone is displayed at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona

The following sections provide a rundown of specs for Samsung Galaxy S5 and Nexus 5. Which Android is better? 

Design And Dimensions 

Samsung Galaxy S5 offers a more rectangular framework compared to Samsung's previous Galaxy S models. The back panel comes with a dimpled design allowing better grip. It also has a matte finish available in different colors: copper gold, charcoal black and electric blue. Galaxy S5 measures 142 mm x  72.5 mm x 8.1 mm and weighs 145 grams. 

Nexus 5 is available in two colors: black and white. The handset features a more tablet-style back panel sporting a matte finish complete with Nexus branding. Nexus 5 measures 137.84 mm x 69.17 mm x 8.59 mm and weighs 130 grams. 

Display, Processor And Storage 

Samsung Galaxy S5 comes with 1920 x 1080 full HD Super AMOLED touchscreen while Nexus 5 offers 4.95-inch 1920 x 1080 display (445 ppi) with Corning Gorilla Glass 3. Galaxy S5 runs on 2.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Krait while Nexus 5 runs on 2.26 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800. Google's handset debuted with the Android 4.4 KitKat upgradable to newer KitKat versions. Samsung's flagship phone came with the newer Android 4.4.2 KitKat. 

Storage options for the two devices include:

  • Galaxy S5: 16 GB / 32 GB with a microSD slot up to 128 GB, 2 GB RAM
  • Nexus 5: 16 GB / 32 GB, 2 GB RAM

Battery details are as follows:

  • Galaxy S5: 2800 mAh battery with a standby time of up to 390 hours and talk time of up to 21 hours
  • Nexus 5: 2300 mAh, talk time up to 17 hours, standby time up to 300 hours, Internet use time up to 8.5 hours on Wi-Fi, up to 7 hours on LTE, wireless charging built-in

Connectivity options:

  • Galaxy S5: WiFi: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac HT80, MIMO(2 x 2), Bluetooth 4.0 BLE / ANT+, USB 3.0, NFC, IR Remote, LTE Cat.4 (150/50 Mbps)
  • Nexus 5: Built-in speaker, 3.5 mm stereo audio connector, Dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4G/5G) 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, NFC (Android Beam), Bluetooth 4.0, 2G/3G/4G LTE, microUSB, SlimPort enabled, dual microphones, ceramic power and volume buttons

iPhone 5s no longer stands out with its touch ID system because Galaxy S5 already has this. Both features can be used for mobile payments. Samsung has partnered with Paypal for additional payment options. For people who want a premium feel then iPhone 5s is an ideal choice with its glass and metal finish. Samsung stays to its plastic finish. Health buffs can also appreciate S5 with its heart monitor.

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(Photo: Reuters / Albert Gea)
A new Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone is displayed at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona
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