Comparison of Samsung Galaxy S4 with Google Nexus5 phones – speed

nexus5 & galaxys4It’s handy working at Timico because people are always buying new gadgets to have a play with.  Jared from IT has just got himself a Google Nexus5 and we thought it would be a good idea to make some comparisons with my Samsung Galaxy S4.

The first thing I noticed about the Nexus5 was that it has a much nicer feel to it in the hand than the S4. S4 is shiny and slippery. The Nexus5 is more matt and doesn’t feel like it will drop out of your hand too easily which is a good thing when you take a look at the battered nature of my not so old S4.

We did a couple of experiments. This first video shows both Nexus5 and Galaxy S4 being switched on simultaneously. The S4 looks as if it is booting up faster but the Nexus5 comes up with the lock screen several seconds ahead of the Samsung. Not scientific but a good peformance indicator I think. In defence of the S4 it will also have a lot more applications loaded but I’m not sure how much affect that will have on the startup time.

The second vid shows a photo being transferred from the Nexus5 to the Galaxy S4. Android to Android but from different models/manufacturers. It is impressive. The file is 3.5MB.

For those of you who are interested here is a side by side picture taken with each camera:

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And finally a video out take – click here (fwi really is w).

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5 thoughts on “Chromecast – a second review

  1. Phil Veale says:

    You can’t do the setup from a Chromebook, because Chromebooks don’t support Ad-Hoc wifi connections, which are needed as part of the setup phase;!topic/chromebook-central/9j4sd7GMkHk

    You can broadcast stuff from Chrome using that little icon you’ve found, and in fact you can also do whole-screen broadcasts, although if you’re running multiple monitors (as I do) it shares the “entire screen” which is the space across all monitors – this doesn’t really render very well.

    I just found what it can do to be really, really limited, and quite poor quality, when broadcasting from Chrome.

    Netflix is superb, and Youtube works great too but there are ads, and you can’t skip them.

  2. says:

    I have been hoping for a first-hand account of ChromeCast, Tref, and your fit the bill very very nicely. Off to order my own as soon as I finish typing here.

  3. Ian Barton says:

    Can you stream any video files from your phone or Nexus? I mean just files you loaded onto the phone from elsewhere. I was under the impression you could only stream from places such as YouTube. However, your post seems to imply you can stream video taken on the phone.

    If you can stream almost any video file that would make it a great thing to take on holiday. Plug it into the HDMI at the back of the TV and start streaming videos you have pre-loaded onto your Nexus.


    1. Trefor Davies Trefor Davies says:

      No Ian. They don’t stream from your phone or device. The streaming is done from the original source – youtube, web page etc. Handy though as it means you can chill out on the sofa, feet up etc, and control what goes onto the tv from the screen of the phone. It also frees up the phone to do other things such as tweeting.

  4. Ian Barton says:

    OK thanks. At one time they did support streaming user video, but Google took the capability out. However, they are rumoured to be putting it back again. Until it re-appears I guess I can come up with some sort of bode that involves playing videos in Chrome using vlc.


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