Both of these two smartphones look great. But we have to warn you that Google’s latest handset tends to fall from your fingers faster, whereas you won’t have the same problem with the iPhone 5. Out of the two, the lightest and thinnest is the iPhone 5: it weighs 112 g compared to Nexus’ 139 g and measures 7.6 mm while the Google handset is 9.1 mm.
The 4″ IPS touchscreen featured on Apple’s newest smartphone has a brightness level of 500cd/m2, which is synonym for a great user experience doubled by rich colors. Contrast ratio and viewing angles are very good. On the other hand, the LG Nexus 4 also comes with a superb IPS 4.7″ display marked by the same color richness and excellent viewing angles.
Nexus 4 E960 comes by default with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean which can be updated to different custom ROMs. iPhone is limited to its iOS operating system.
In terms of GB, the battle is lost by the Nexus 4: this phone ships with a total of 16GB. Compared to that, the storage capacity of the iPhone 5 is 64GB. But both handsets sport a fixed expansion slot..
As for the type of processor used on these smartphones, Apple chose a 1.3GHz Apple A6 chip. By comparison, the Nexus 4 boasts a 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 CPU. But each of these processors delivers a very good performance.
Connectivity for the Nexus 4 phone means one SlimPort HDMI adaptor; with its aid, the handset can be attached to an external screen. The Apple handset comes with a special type of dock called Lightning. The Google phone has instead a usual microUSB connector; the latter helps it transfer data and charge the battery. Wireless charging is no issue for this model. Internet connectivity is supported by Bluetooth 4.0, 4G LTE and and dual-band wireless for the iPhone 5 and NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 and the same dual band WiFi for the Nexus 4.
Battery & OS & Other
If you use the Nexus 4 and the iPhone 5 moderately, their batteries will last several days. But if you use them a lot, then the battery will die at a faster pace. Word of warning: the batteries on both models can’t be taken out. Google’s Nexus 4 has 2GB of RAM and the iPhone 5 comes with 1GB of RAM.
For access to apps, music and its store, Google has its very own Play Movies & TV, Music and so on. In the case of the iPhone 5 you get iCloud and iTunes.
The two phones have the newest operating system versions already installed and working. And, as soon as a new OS variant is ready, both smartphones will install it. In order to take great pics, the iPhone 5 has an 8-megapixel cam. The Nexus 4 has the same kind of snapper. Each of these smartphones can record 1080p videos at a rate of 30fps.
If you want to get apps from Google Play, expect security problems. The App Store is safer from this point of view.
When price comes into the picture, the cheaper of these two smartphones is the one made by Google: you’ll find it at $384.67 (the version that offers 8GB) and $449.05 for the 16GB model. If you dispose of a large sum of money, the iPhone 5 can be yours in the following price variants: $851.42 for the 16GB version, $964.08 for the model that packs 32GB and $1125.03 for the version sporting 64GB.