iPhone 5s vs Nexus 5 Comparison: Specs, Price, Features - iPhoneHeat

iPhone 5s vs Nexus 5 Comparison: Specs, Price, Features

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.

iphone 5s vs nexus 5

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:

iPhone 5S

Google Nexus 5


Form Factor Slab Slab
Dimensions 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm 137.9 x 69.2 x 8.6 mm
Weight 112g 130g
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
Display Colors 16M 16M
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
Touch focus
Face detection
Panorama, HDR
LED flashAutofocus
Touch focus
Face detection
Photo sphere


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)
Bluetooth 4.0 4
Connector Lightening Connector microUSB, SlimPort
NFC No Yes


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
Applications Appstore PlayStore


Fingerprint Sensor Yes No

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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