Samsung Galaxy S4 Vs the Nexus 4

If you listened to our lovely podcast this week you’ll have heard us discussing the various merits of the Samsung Galaxy S4, in particular, VS other (cheaper) handsets like the Google Nexus 4.

I really like my Nexus 4. I like stock Android, it’s whizzy fast and does everything I need well. That said, I’ve always been a fan of Samsung’s display technology, their screens are just beautiful, and the extra whizz bang features on the Galaxy S4 appeal to me.


Then they’re the price… the Galaxy S4 is very expensive. £579 sim free. That’s MORE expensive than an iPhone 5. Ouch. So why would I swap? Well, here’s a list…

  • Better camera
  • Better display
  • Better battery life (I get battery anxiety big time with my Nexus 4)
  • Expandable storage
  • Removable battery
  • (Slightly) larger screen
  • It controls my TV!
  • Some (not all) of the Samsung specific stuff looks cool.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Vs the Nexus 4

Also Samsung’s accessories range look great. I particularly like the case with a hole cut out so you can see the time, and other useful information without even opening it. Our friends at MobileFun have a whopping great page of accessories  and that’s for a phone that isn’t even out yet!

The S4 is almost guaranteed to sell by the bucket load. That in itself means there will be great support for the handset by accessory makers of all types.

Then there’s Google I/O, which may well bring a lovely shiny new version of Android. I fully expect Samsung to update the S4 as soon as possible, but the Nexus 4 should get it almost immedaitely. I have no idea what it will bring, but it might be great! Oh, decisions, decisions…

What about you, dear readers. Are you jumping to the S4 straight from your handset? If so, why? Please do leave a comment, or contact me on Twitter. I genuinely want to know :)

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  • mark adams

    I’d be more excited if the S4 was the next nexus…. Then i’d have the best of both worlds, samsung make awesome phones, that is for sure.

  • bob

    wow, twice the price of the nexus. is it twice as good though?

  • Martin

    I’m not surprised at the price, one thing though, this will come down in price, the iPhone won’t.
    Will I get one? Nope, can’t afford it for one thing, secondly it is too big. I had a wander round the various phone shops the other day and the latest top-o-the range phones are just too big for me.
    Specs wise the S4 pretty much trounces the Nexus 4 in every area, does that make it worth twice as much? Yup, I think it does. Do you NEED the S4? I doubt it ;)
    Would I like an S4? yes I think I would, size and cost issues aside I think it is an amazing phone.

  • Steve

    Battery anxiety with a Nexus 4? Never had that personally, battery always lasts the day with plenty to spare. Not what you’d call a really heavy user though.

    For the price, the N4 is hard to beat. I think I can live without Sammy’s bloatware sat on top of Android for the thick end of 600 quid.