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How the Nexus 5 Compares to Its Toughest Smartphone Competition

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Finally, the long-awaited Nexus 5 has arrived in the form of 5 inches of pure, unfiltered Android just the way Google always intended. That all sounds nice, but as Google's flagship response to other big dogs like the iPhone 5S and Lumia 1020, does the refreshed Nexus have the specs to keep up with the competition (at least one paper)? We put together the comparison charts below to find out.


In terms of guts, the LG-manufactured Nexus 5 is more than able to hold its own against the rest. With a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 chip under the hood, this thing has the potential to be a major speed demon. Plus, just like the iPhone 5S has its M7 coprocessor, the quad-core Snapdragon chip also comes paired with a little helper. The Nexus 5's "bonus core" takes care of the little things while the rest of your phone is fast asleep.


This extra chip should also help with battery life, which the Nexus 5 is already doing pretty well on. The only phone to have it beat when it comes to battery size is Samsung's Galaxy S IV. Of course, pure numbers aren't always the best determiner when it comes to how long your phone will last. We'll have to wait and see how big of a drain KitKat is before any real judgements can be made.

The Nexus 5 also shares the title of biggest screen with the S IV, both of which come in at a strong 5 inches. That extra room does mean more weight, though, and the newest Nexus is by no means a featherweight, especially compared to the feather of a phone that is the iPhone 5S. Compared to everyone else, though, it stands sturdily in the middle.


Of course, these are all just specs. It's easy to throw numbers around, but hardware is nothing if the OS doesn't take proper advantage of it. But considering this is Google's pure Android baby, this is looking to be one mighty contender.