Ghosts of Nexus past: Nexus 5 vs Nexus 4 vs Galaxy Nexus vs Nexus S vs Nexus One (video)

by: Chris SmithNovember 7, 2013

A video comparison between all the Nexus smartphones made to date shows how far Nexus performance has come, but also reveals the improvements and optimizations in Android from Nexus One to Nexus 5.

It’s not exactly fair to compare later 2013 flagships to much older Nexus devices – the Nexus One was launched in early 2010 for example – but the video above (via PhoneBuff) shows how fast the Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 KitKat are compared to their predecessors.

The three-minute is basically a speed comparison between the Nexus 5, Nexus 4, Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S and Nexus One in various instances, from boot up time, to gaming and Internet browsing.

Obviously, the Nexus 5 is faster than the Nexus 4 in every test, and significantly faster than the older Nexus handsets.

In case you still own one of the first Nexus models, the message is clear, it’s time to upgrade. Otherwise, you’ll be wasting 25 seconds every time you play Temple Run 2 on your old Nexus device compared to running the same game on the Nexus 5, as PhoneBuff puts it.

Are you buying a Nexus 5?

  • Nexii

    I’ll stick with my Nexus 4, thank you.

  • Kurosaki Marki


  • N4

    Nice comparison, but I’m good with Nexus 4.

    Would be very interesting to see, how Nexus 4 will perform with Android 4.4 vs Nexus 5 Android 4.4, because of older Android version this comparison isn’t fair. (can’t wait to test newest version with ART on)

  • Carlos

    1. Fail – Different Android versions, different performance…
    2. Fail – AOSP Browser vs. Chrome

    • AkhilSood

      And you think, if they were the same, the result would be different? Its just an great lookout on how far we have come.

      • Ivan Myring

        No but the performance gap may be less

        • Android Developer

          true. i would love for a comparison of kitkat on all of them. kitkat is supposed to work even on low end devices, so it might be possible to do it.

          • Alan Shearer

            Kit kat i supposed to work on low end devices, but no gaurantees about 2 or more year old harware. That is what people seem to forget about kitkat, Old hardware may or may not work with it depending on more than just ram. But recent low end phones should have no problems since they still have newer more effecient chipsets that eat the older hardware for breakfast and shit it out like water.

          • Android Developer

            I’ve already seen what linux can do, even on old machines. there’s no reason Android won’t be able to run just as well on low end devices.

            Also , I wonder what would the manufacturers say now about upgrading their low end devices to kitkat, since their old excuse was that they are not good enough to handle the new updates.

    • toboev

      The test was supposed to show up the differences in the total package. What is wrong with that, it reflects the change in user experience through the various models. How does pointing out the self-evident truth that they run different versions of Android/browser equate to a fail? I think you marked the wrong exam.

    • bobEveryman

      1. They are just running whatever the currently available stock version of Android is for each device.

      2. Ok, I suppose they could try to run Chrome on the older hardware, but isn’t the AOSP browser supposed to be faster anyways?

    • sluflyer06

      Not a fail, it represents what I assume would be the expected experience on each device as up to date as they can be right now in this moment, you don’t need everything to be the same as that is not realistic. THe point is not to compare the hardware its to compare the speed of use.

      You would be dead right if the point was to scientifically compare the speed of each CPU or GPU but that’s not at all what they’re going for.

  • José Martins Neto

    Conclusion is the obvious thing: The latest phone, Nexus 5, is the fastest! Duh!

  • Cole Raney

    I’m surprised at how big of a difference there is between the nexus one and the nexus S.

  • Wezi427

    I would but the Nexus 5, but I’m with Verizon. The answer is no.

    • wezi427

      I meant to say buy

  • David

    Now I know how much better my 5 will be than my Galaxy Nexus

  • Hugo Oskarsson

    Worth upgrading from Gnex?

  • Oli72

    thx u for that.awesome nexus owner.

  • Barret

    Why would you want to play Temple Run on a stock Nexus One? With its tiny internal storage, what other app could you possibly fit on there?

  • and

    Gonna stick with my nexus 4, might get the next nexus though, had my n4 for months and it still runs like new