Xiaomi Mi4 got launched in India on 28th Jan 2015 and it takes on the ageing Google Nexus 5 and controversial Oneplus One in the Rs. 20,000 price range. The Oneplus one has been in news more for Micromax and Cyanogen legal tussles rather than for setting any sales records. Despite all the issues surrounding OnePlus One it is still one of the best smartphone that you can buy in the price range of Rs. 22,000.
On the other hand Mi4 is the latest offering in India by the tyrant Xiaomi who has shaken the Indian mobile companies with predatory pricing and extreme value for money smartphones in last year.
Why I am comparing the new horses to more than 1 year old hot selling Nexus 5 (16 GB), reason is simple Google Nexus 6 is priced way above to compete in this segment and Nexus 5 despite being old, still offers great value for money for the buyers (in 2015) with reduced price tag of Rs. 25,000. Anyway we are not going to have any new Google Nexus 5 inch smartphone shortly.
Before we see the PROS and Cons of Each Device lets See how they look and Feel:
Google Nexus 5
Xiaomi Mi4 Vs Oneplus One Vs Nexus 5 Comparison
Lets see how they stack up against each other in terms of Specs:
Specs Comparison Xiaomi Mi4 Vs Oneplus One Vs Nexus 5
|Specs Comparison Xiaomi Mi4 Vs Oneplus One Vs Nexus 5|
|Component||Google Nexus 5||OnePlus One||Xiaomi Mi4|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 clocked at 2.3 Ghz Quadcore Krait 400.||Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801, Quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400.||Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801, Quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400.|
|GPU||Android 330||Adreno 330||Adreno 330|
|Display Size||4.95 inches||5.5 inches||5.0 inches|
|Resolution||FHD 1920*1080.||FHD 1920*1080.||FHD 1920*1080.|
|Colors||16 million||16 Million||16 Million|
|Display Technology||IPS LCD Display||IPS LCD Display||IPS LCD Display|
|Current Operating System||Android Lollipop.||Android Kitkat.||Android Kitkat.|
|OS upgrade-able||Already Updated||Likely to Get||Likely to Get|
|3G/4G LTE Capability||3G & 4G||3G & 4G||3G|
|Rear camera||Yes, 8 Megapixel, Auto Focus Camera.||Yes, 13 Megapixel, Auto Focus Camera.||Yes, 13 Megapixel, Auto Focus Camera.|
|Front camera||Yes, 1.3 Megapixel||Yes, 5 MP Front Camera||Yes, 8 MP Front Camera|
|Auto focus, HDR||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Internal Memory||16 GB||64 GB||16GB|
|RAM||2 GB RAM.||3 GB RAM.||3 GB RAM.|
|Battery Capacity||2300 mAH.||3100 mAH.||3080 mAH.|
|Dual Sim||Single Sim||Single Sim||Single Sim|
|Weight||130 grams||162 grams||149 grams|
|Dimensions||137.9 x 69.2 x 8.6 mm.||152.9 x 75.9 x 8.9 mm.||139.2 x 68.5 x 8.9 mm.|
|Price||Rs. 25,000||Rs. 21999||Rs. 19,999|
Now lets dive into what are the pros and cons these bad boys have to offer.
Google Nexus 5 :
Pros – Excellent design, rear cover is matte finish, quite easy to hold, very light in weight only 130 grams. Only 8.6 mm thickness, excellent usability with one hand. The 5.0 inch screen is just ideal to use and read with 443 ppi screen. The RAM and Processor are not comparable to the the other two smartphones but no lag or slowness experienced in the Google Nexus 5. Camera is great with 8MP resolution not much to differentiate Vs a Xiaomi Mi4 or Oneplus One. The picture quality is incredible, it is irrelevant to compare only the mega pixels for the smartphones. Android Lollipop makes it a charmer and will make you differentiate from others with excellent user experience. Google Nexus 5 is most likely to get the next major Android update whenever it will roll out. It also has the 4G LTE connectivity if you are all charged upto get your hands on a high speed data network. Great stock android experience, can’t get better than a Nexus.
Cons – The price is slightly higher if you can purchase around 23,000 it will be a great buy, there are many discount offers on credit cards and festivals which can be used in case you are not in a hurry. Processor and Ram slightly slow compared to competition. The front camera is also basic with only 1.3 MP camera. It is good for video calls, though forget about selfies. The big one yes the battery is just okay nothing great, require a recharge by late evening if you use it moderately or more.
Pros – Good design, rear cover has matt finish and looks premium in hand. Excellent inbuilt storage of 64 GB, you can store whatever you wish without worrying about the storage. Good Camera and Screen resolution. It also has the 4G LTE support and runs on Qualcomm 2.5 Ghz Snapdragon 801 with Adreno 330 which offers excellent gaming experience on its 5.5 inch mammoth screen. The 3 GB RAM helps you do multitasking without breaking sweat. Battery life is excellent with 3100 mAH capacity. It runs on Android Kitkat and is priced exceptionally well for the build quality that OnePlus One offers. Now Oneplus One will be available on every Tuesday without invite, you can purchase it from Amazon directly in India.
Cons – Everything in the world has cons even the Oneplus One. It is heavy(162 grams) and large, when I first used it felt that the smartphone is actually a phablet and feels difficult to grip in my normal sized hand. With Cyaonogen team kissing goodbye to Oneplus One it is left high and dry for great software integration and lack plethora of customization which Oneplus One boasted as it’s unique selling proposition. Android Lollipop has yet not rolled out but OnePlus One team has said they are working on it and will get update in a month or two. Overall these are minor things the device is superb if you want the 5.5 inch smartphone there is no better choice in the market at this price range.
Pros – Good design did I mentioned I mistook it as a large Apple iphone when I held the first Mi4 in my hand. The rear cover has shiny back cover finish but still looks appealing. It has good rear Camera 13 MP and front camera is a bonus with 8 MP resolution for all the selfie needs. It also runs on Qualcomm 2.5 Ghz Snapdragon 801 with Adreno 330 which offers excellent gaming experience on its FHD 5.0 inch screen. The 3 GB RAM and Android Kitkat with Miui mod makes it fluid device and provides excellent user experience. Unless you are fan of stock android like me. Mi4 is very fast and looks every bit premium with the metal edge frame and bottom speaker which makes it look like an Apple iPhone. Pricing by Xiaomi has been aggressive and Mi4 at 19,999 is a great value for money smartphone. Compared to the Mi3 it has way superior build quality and finish.
Cons – Xiaomi packed every thing in it and forgot to add the much needed additional 16 GB storage to the smartphone or they could have sold the 64 GB version to simply out class the Oneplus One on pricing. The smartphone also lacks the 4G connectivity in the version launched in India. Barring these two major points the smartphone is really good if you don’t mind the lack of additional storage and want a 5 inch ideal smartphone with reasonable price.
Concluding thoughts – All the three smartphones stand out compared to several other smartphones available in the market in same price range. You just can’t go wrong if you pick any of these. To sum it up in one line “Nexus 5 – Stock Android Lollipop Experience premium built 5.0 inch smartphone” , “OnePlus One – 5.5 inch large sized , good storage, Processing Power Device” , ” Mi4 Slightly Cheaper – Great Specs , Front Camera, lacks storage and 4G”.
Depending upon what screen size you want you can choose between Mi4 and Oneplus One. For Nexus 5 and Mi4 choice, you want better selfies and processing power and cheaper option Mi4 is the right choice, for stock android junkies Nexus is incredible.