Comparison: Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs Google Nexus 5


Samsung’s next generation Galaxy Note 3 got unveiled at the IFA event held in Berlin on 4th of September, 2013. The Note series has always taken over the phablet market as it was the trendsetter by Samsung which got the high attentions from the users being smaller than a tablet and a little bigger than a smartphone.

The innovation took place through each Galaxy Note from 2011 to 2013 so far. Like the Galaxy Note 1 originally was a phablet having 5.3 inch display, with a dual core processor and the device was a bit heavy, Galaxy Note 2 got a little sleeker and lighter than the note 1 and had a lot of hardware changes, the display just got bigger within the same bezel i.e 5.5 inch and the recently unveiled Galaxy Note 3 has got even better sporting a 5.7 inch full HD display and much lighter and sleeker then both of the previous notes.

Galaxy Note 3

As this is the era of technology and innovations have no break and the competitors are giving each other a tough competition. Where HTC brought its One Max, Sony pulled the curtains off from its Xperia Z1, LG from its G2, Apple from its new iPhone(s) and Samsung from its Note 3, the left and much awaited was only the Nexus 5 by Google.

The most highly anticipated device, Google Nexus 5 is officially out now. A day passed, full of Nexus 5 news, reviews, talks about its features specifications as it got unveiled by Google at a press release event. Nexus 5 is manufactured by the same manufacturer “LG” who also joined hands with Google for its predecessor – the Google Nexus 4. It is expected to give a tough time to all of its competitors being a little cheap and running on all the latest and best hardware / software.

Nexus 5 vs Note 3

We’ll be comparing the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Google Nexus 5 in order to know what’s better and which one is the phone you should go for. To begin with, let’s compare the Galaxy Note 3 and Google Nexus 5 Display


The Nexus 5 weighs at 130g, while the dimensions are 137.9 x 69.2 x 8.6 mm (5.43 x 2.72 x 0.34 in). The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 weighs at 168 g (5.93 oz) and the dimensions are 151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3 mm (5.95 x 3.12 x 0.33 in).

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Build Quality: 

After being criticized over its plastic body, Samsung impressed its fans by introducing a new design and improving the build quality of the phone. The Galaxy Note 3 is still packed up in a plastic body but Samsung has shown the brilliance here. The Note 3 has got a back that looks and feels like stitched Leather, it is much grippy, much better, the device is more square now, unlike the previous curved shape.


The Nexus 5, on the other side, the material used to build the Nexus 5 is soft touch matte finish, and is also much grippier. Nexus 4 had a glass body, while the new Nexus 5 has a plastic body.

Nexus 5 Back


Galaxy Note 3 sports a 5.7” Super AMOLED full HD display with 445 ppi and 1920 x 1080p. The pictures, videos and other graphics look great on the large screen with the Full HD resolution. Samsung has done an awesome job in the display department which makes the device much more better than the previous Galaxy Notes and let’s it take over other phablets as well.


On the other hand, Google Nexus 5 sports a 4.95”  IPS LCD Full HD display with 445 ppi and 1920 x 1080p resolution. The difference is obvious only in terms of size while the resolution is not much different.

Nexus 5

Hardware (Processor, RAM, Camera etc): 

The Google Nexus 5 runs on the latest Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 Quad Core CPU clocked at 2.26 GPU, while the GPU is Adreno 330. It has got a 2 GB RAM, an 8 MP camera with Optical Image Stabilization at the back while a 2.1 MP camera at the front. The device is equipped with 16/32 GB internal storage and there is no microSD support. Supports USB 2.0 and also supports wireless charging.

On the other side, Galaxy Note 3 runs on either Snapdragon 800 Quad Core CPU clocked at 2.3 GHz or Exynos 5 Octa Core CPU clocked at 1.9 GHz. The Snapdragon variant has Adreno 330 GPU while the Exynos has ARM Mali T628 GPU. Both variants have a 3 GB RAM. Samsung has skipped the 16 GB variant, the device now equips 32/64 GB internal storage and also supports a microSD card slot that supports up to 64GB of the memory. Galaxy Note 3 is the world’s first phone to get USB 3.0, that is much faster. There is a 13 MP camera at the back and a 2.1 MP camera on the front. I consider Samsung Galaxy Note 3 a winner in this house, as the device is much better then the Nexus 5 in terms of Hardware.


Google Nexus 5 runs on the latest Android 4.4 KitKat which actually came out installed in the device, As off now, Nexus 5 is the only device in the world that runs on Android 4.4 KitKat. Nexus 5 may get much attention from those who want to get their hands on the Android 4.4 KitKat before other devices get it. There is a new Hangouts application that now supports SMS/MMS and GIF, there is a new UI for so many other applications like Email, the Google Home Launcher has got better as well. It is obvious that each new version of Android is much more better than the previous one and sports a number of new features as well. Google aims at providing the best software to the users and has said that it wants all of its devices to be running on the same Android version in the year 2014.android_kitkat

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 runs on Android 4.3 – the predecessor of KitKat. Android 4.3 Jelly Bean was unveiled by Google back in 2013 and many of the devices haven’t even tasted it yet. Only those of the recently released devices, which came out before Android KitKat, run on the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. There are not much UI changes in the Android 4.3, it is just stable and the performance was enhanced in this update.

It may be noticed here that the Google Nexus is always the device which receives the Android updates for a long term and for sure. While it is a device by Google, Google is always keen to provide the latest Android first of all on its Nexus devices. The other companies like Samsung, HTC take quite long to roll out the updates for their flagships.


Samsung Galaxy Note 3 occupies a massive 3200 mAh battery. Based on my personal experience, the battery life is just way better than any other Android smartphone / phablet. It is good for game freaks, music fans and those who like to watch videos for a long time. The standby time is extra-long.

Nexus 5 has got a 2300 mAh battery under the hood. While the smartphones of its kind like HTC One, Xperia Z and Galaxy S4 support almost the same battery capacity except the extra 300 mAh of Galaxy S4, it may considered normal for a Smartphone’s daily use.


Bringing the rumor mills to end, the Nexus 5 is already available on the Play Store to be sold out for just $399 off the contract. Both the devices Galaxy Note 3 and LG Google Nexus 5 have the LTE and 3G variants for the different markets. Nexus 5 is a cheap smartphone having all the features of a premium smartphone, the device is much reliable, as it’s Google’s very own device, it should not have a lag in terms of software performance. The Galaxy Note 3 is not even less, but is much more expensive than the Nexus 5. Also, the Note 3 runs on Android 4.3 but its massive hardware, its Stylus and other exclusive features like Air Command help it to sit atop of the list.

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Usama is a software engineer by profession and at he uses his expertise to solve everyday consumer tech problems with his main areas of interest being Android, iOS and Windows.


  1. this or nexus 5 i would want a amazing display,blazing fast performance,battery life,loud speakers,compactness(dk if thats a word you noe wat i mean).
    Price and camera quality is not an issue is not an issue.
    other snapdragon 800 phones are welcomed but no htc phones the LgG2
    eg xperia z1

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