Google has unleashed its flagship Nexus 5 smartphone and it’s already having a noticeable impact onto the scene. Google Nexus 5 also offers top of the line specs at affordable price without any contract. With Nexus 5, Google is all set to compete with Apple’s latest iPhone 5S and if you’ve no platform allegiance, choosing between the two can be tough. In this article, we’ve put together an iPhone 5S vs Nexus 5 specs, price and features comparison, that will hopefully help you decide what smartphone is meant for you.
Both the iPhone 5S and Nexus 5 runs different but most powerful mobile operating systems out here. Some consider Google’s Android to be superior and powerful mobile OS, though it’s never been quite as optimized as iOS that runs on iPhone 5S and has a better ecosystem than Android. On hardware side, iPhone 5S is loaded with far superior camera, Touch ID sensor, gorgeous aluminum design, while Google Nexus 5 comes in soft-touch rear shell, top off the line specs and gorgeous 5-inch full HD display.
iPhone 5S vs Nexus 5: Camera
Camera is one of those features that even a beginner is picky about. iPhone 5s offers the best photo and video shooting experience when it comes to the camera. The burst mode in iPhone 5S shoots 10 photos per second, with Slo-Mo you can record a slow motion video at 120fps. The dual LED flash offers better photography experience even in low-lights.
That doesn’t mean Nexus 5 camera offers poor experience. Nexus 5 is also capable of delivering some great photos and videos. Folks over at 9to5Google conducted a Nexus 5 vs iPhone 5S photo quality poll by comparing photos taken with Nexus 5 and iPhone 5s under same lighting conditions and results show that the winner (without a surprise) is the iPhone 5s. but the Nexus 5, considering the price point, performed very well. Here’s the link to the poll from 9to5Google.
iPhone 5S vs Nexus 5: Price
Price of a device is an ultimate deciding factor. The different in the price of a contract-free iPhone 5S and Nexus 5 is substantial. An off-contract iPhone 5S starts at $649, while the Nexus 5 starts at just $349. However, iPhone 5S is also available on-contract for $199, but Nexus 5 can only be bought off-contract right now. If you prefer a contract device, iPhone 5S is the winner as far as the upfront cost goes. But Nexus 5 is cheaper when buying outright.
iPhone 5s vs Nexus 5: Specs
Here’s our detailed iPhone 5S vs Nexus 5 hardware specs comparison:
Google Nexus 5
|Dimensions||123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm||137.9 x 69.2 x 8.6 mm|
|Colors||Black/Slate, White/Silver, Gold||Black, White|
|Screen Size (Diagonal)||4 inches||4.95 inches|
|Resolution||1136 x 640 pixels||1920 x 1080 pixels|
|Pixel density||326 pixels per inch (ppi)||445 pixels per inch (ppi)|
|Technology||Retina Display||Full HD IPS LCD|
|Touchscreen||Capacitive, Multi-touchCorning Gorilla Glass, oleophobic coating||Capacitive, Multi-touchComing Gorilla Glass 3|
|System chip||Apple A7||Snapdragon 800|
|Processor||Dual-core, 1.3 GHz||Quad-core, 2.3 GHz|
|Graphic Processor||PowerVR G6430||330|
|Storage (Built-in)||16GB / 32GB / 64GB||16GB / 32GB|
|Ram||1 GB||2 GB|
|Primary||8 MPVideo: 1080p@30 fps, 720p@120 fps: Slo-mo (Slowmotion)||8 MPVideo: 1080p@30 fps|
|Front-Facing Camera||1.2 MP720p@30fps||1.3 MP720p@30fps|
|Features||Dual LED flashAutofocus|
|Wi-Fi||Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n)dual channel (2.4GHz and 5GHz) and MIMO||Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n)dual channel (2.4GHz and 5GHz) and MIMO|
|GPS||Assisted GPS (Cellular model)||Assisted GPS (Cellular model)|
|Connector||Lightening Connector||microUSB, SlimPort|
|Talk Time||Up to 10 hours||Up to 17 hours|
|Stand by||Up to 250 hours||Up to 300 hours|
|OS||iOS 7 or newer||Android, 4.4 (KitKat) or newer|
Other than the hardware, platform and the app ecosystem surrounding that OS also matters. Many call Android a very powerful OS and Nexus 5 runs the latest and greatest one. On the other hand, iOS is very polished, optimized and has the best app ecosystem any mobile OS can offer. And remember, a phone is only as good as the apps that comes with it.
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