Google Nexus 4 vs. Apple iPhone 5:Head-to-head Which is Better?

nexus 4 vs iphone 5

Since the release of Nexus 4, there is a widespread debate in the public domain and in many tech blogs that which Smartphone is superior between Google Nexus 4 and Apple Iphone 5. The debate has gone further with some tech analysts claiming that Google’s Nexus 4 is the ultimate Apple Iphone 5 killer. However, in order  to find out whether Google Nexus 4 trounces the much acclaimed Apple Iphone 5,it is important to look at both device’s features by taking into account things like; Dimensions, Display, Design, , Memory, Connectivity, Processor, Camera, Operating System, and Price.
For starters, Apple Iphone 5 launched in September 2012 and sold over 5 million units in the first two weeks surpassing its predecessor Iphone 4S in Sales. On the other hand Google released Nexus 4 in November 2012 and sold a couple of million copies in the first few weeks. From such stats it is apparent that both smartphones were received well in the market.

There is nothing to deny that Apple and Google are the market leaders when it comes to smartphones. While Apple uses iOS as the operating system for its devices, Google uses android powered operating system instead. The battle between Apple Iphone 5 and Google Nexus can only be decided by looking and comparing the features of the respective devices.
Here is a summary of features for both Apple Iphone 5 and Google’s Nexus 4.


Google Nexus 4 vs. Apple iPhone 5

Apple Iphone 5 features

Uses Apple iOS 6 operating system
It has a screen size of 4 inches, a display resolution of 1136×640 and uses LED backlit IPS as display technology. Even that’s not all, it has a pixel density of 326 ppi,
has a front camera with 1.2 megapixels (mp) and has a rear camera with 8 megapixels. Other camera features includes; single LED flash, autofocus, face detection, HDR, panorama, tap to focus etc. The iphone 5 also contains Powerful video recording capacity of 1080 HD at 30fps
Has an Internal memory capacity of 16GB-64GB, a RAM of 1GB and a processor capacity of 1.06 GHZ duo core
The phone thickness measures 7.6 mm and weighs 112g
The phone connectivity features include; HSDPA 850/900/2100, LTE 800MHz and 4.0A2DP Bluetooth capacity.
Battery life of up to 8 hours

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Google Nexus 4 features

Uses Google Android 4.2 operating system

It has a display resolution of 1280×768, has a pixel density of 318 ppi, and uses true HD IPS+( display technology)
Has a front camera with 1.3 megapixels and rear camera with 8 megapixels. Other camera features include; Single Led flash, autofocus, face detection, tap to focus, HDR and photo sphere panorama. The phone video recording capacity stands at 1080p HD at 30fps.
Has an internal memory of 8GB-16GB, has a RAM of about 2GB and a Qualcomm snapdragon S4 1.5GHZ quad core processor.
The phone thickness measures 9.1mm and weighs 139g
The phone connectivity features include; HSDPA 850/900/2100 speeds on a 3G networks, 802.11/b/g/n WI-FI and 4.0 A2DP Bluetooth.
Has a battery life of up to 15 hours

Having looked at both Smartphones features, it’s important to compare the phone’s overall features in terms of factors such as; Dimensions, Display, Design, Memory, Connectivity, Processor, Camera, Operating System, and Price- So as to determine which Smartphone is superior to the other. Here are several observations to help you make a pick.

Google Nexus 4 vs. Apple iPhone 5: Design
In terms of design, making a pick between the two smartphones can be a little bit tricky. While Apple phone 5 hasn’t altered its design much, the model is a little bit taller and slimmer as compared to its predecessors. iphone’s measurements have been increased to 4 inches in order to provide superior quality when browsing, gaming or playing video.

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On the other hand Google Nexus 4 comes with a button less front panel which has been received well by many. The Nexus 4 weighs 139 g, slightly more than Apple iPhone 5. The phone also comes with gorilla glass coating, a feature missing in previous models. Additionally, nexus comes with screen size of 4.7 inches for superior viewing.
The overall design of both devices is spectacular but Apple manages to edge Nexus 4 slightly, though stiff competition is expected in the next upgrade.

Google Nexus 4 vs. Apple iPhone 5: Display

When it comes to display, both phones perform exceptionally well. Google Nexus 4 comes with 4.7 true HD IPS display, has a screen resolution of 1280×768 and its battery lasts up to 15 hours. While the Nexus 4 uses a different resolution technology compared to Apple iPhone 5- both devices provides higher resolution. However, Nexus 4 edges Apple iPhone 5 when it comes to display largely as a result of a much bigger screen size and resolution.

Google Nexus 4 vs. Apple iPhone 5: Software (operating system)
Choosing the best operating system between the two devices is very difficult. Both Apple iOS and Android 4.2 jelly bean have their own set of fans. Both operating systems continue to evolve due to a myriad of changes. Apple iOS has been lauded for its stability and reliability but Google Android has done a lot to catch up with Apple iOS6 in terms of features and add- ons. Android 4.2 OS slightly edges Apple because of many customizable features.

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From above features it is obvious that both devices posses powerful photo taking capabilities. Both cameras posses a rear camera with 8 megapixels, auto focus or face detection etc. The only difference is that Nexus 4 comes with 360 panorama photo sphere. Both devices have powerful cameras that produce high quality photos and videos.

Google Nexus 4 comes with impressive memory and processor capability. The device boosts up with 1.5 GHZ quad core processor and a RAM of 2GB, while Apple iPhone 5 comes with 1.05 GHZ duo core and 1GB RAM in memory. Both devices are powerful by any Smartphones standards; however Nexus manages to slightly edge Apple iPhone 5 in terms of processing speed. However Apple iPhone 5 trounces Google nexus when it comes to connectivity capability factoring the LTE feature for 4G networks.

Price is one of the most important factors that many people consider before purchasing any Smartphone. Google nexus retails at $300-350 while Apple iPhone 5 retails at $649-$849. Obviously Apple normally targets high- end customers, a strategy they have used for many years with much success. For Google nexus, their pricing strategy targets everyone with the aim of breaking Apple’s dominance in the Smartphone market.

All consumers are advised to make their choice after considering both devices features intricately.


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