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Apple iPhone 4s vs Google Nexus 4 vs Apple iPhone 5

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Apple iPhone 4s Remove phone

Posted: 04 Oct 2011
Market Status: Released US carrier availability: Available - Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, Virgin Mobile, Boost Mobile
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Google Nexus 4 Remove phone

Posted: 29 Oct 2012
Market Status: Released US carrier availability: Available - T-Mobile
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Apple iPhone 5 Remove phone

Posted: 12 Sep 2012
Market Status: Released US carrier availability: Available - Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile
Design
Device typeSmart phoneSmart phoneSmart phone
OSiOS (8.x, 7.x, 6.1, 6, 5.1, 5)Android (5.0, 4.4.4, 4.4.3, 4.4.2, 4.4, 4.3, 4.2.2, 4.2.1, 4.2)iOS (7.x, 6.1, 6)
Dimensions4.54 x 2.31 x 0.37 inches (115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3 mm)5.27 x 2.70 x 0.36 inches (133.9 x 68.7 x 9.1 mm)4.87 x 2.31 x 0.30 inches (123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm)
Weight4.94 oz (140 g)
the average is 4.8 oz (137 g)
4.90 oz (139 g)
the average is 4.8 oz (137 g)
3.95 oz (112 g)
the average is 4.8 oz (137 g)
Body materialGlassGlassAluminium
Display
Physical size3.5 inches4.7 inches4.0 inches
Resolution640 x 960 pixels768 x 1280 pixels640 x 1136 pixels
Pixel density

Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.

326 ppi318 ppi326 ppi
Technology

Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.

IPS LCDIPS LCDIPS LCD
Screen-to-body ratio55.27 %68.49 %60.82 %
Colors16 777 21616 777 21616 777 216
TouchscreenMulti-touchMulti-touchMulti-touch
FeaturesLight sensor, Proximity sensor, Oleophobic coatingLight sensor, Proximity sensor, Scratch-resistant glass (Corning Gorilla Glass 2)Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Oleophobic coating
Camera
Camera8 megapixels8 megapixels8 megapixels
FlashLEDLEDLED
Aperture size

Aperture size - The aperture of a camera is the opening through which light travels before it reaches the camera sensor. The smaller the number is, the bigger this opening is, allowing for more light to pass.

F2.4 F2.4
Focal length (35mm equivalent)35.00 mm  
Camera sensor size1/3.2"1/4"1/3.2"
FeaturesBack-illuminated sensor (BSI), Autofocus, Touch to focus, Digital image stabilization, Face detection, Geo taggingCMOS image sensor, Autofocus, Face detection, Smile detection, Exposure compensation, ISO control, White balance presets, Burst mode, Digital zoom, Geo tagging, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Panorama, Scenes, Effects, Voice activationBack-illuminated sensor (BSI), Autofocus, Touch to focus, Digital image stabilization, Face detection, Geo tagging, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Panorama
Camcorder1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)
FeaturesDigital image stabilizationVideo callingDigital image stabilization, Video calling
Front-facing camera0.3 megapixels VGA1.3 megapixels1.2 megapixels
Hardware
System chip

System chip - Most modern handsets use an advanced chip that includes many of the device’s hardware modules like the processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and sometimes even the wireless radio. This field shows what particular system chip (or System-on-a-Chip) is used in the phone.

Apple A5Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064Apple A6
Processor

Processor - The processor is the main computing component of a phone and is a major factor when it comes to the overall speed of the device. Some more powerful smartphones use dual-core and quad-core processors designed to deliver greater performance.

Dual core, 800 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9Quad core, 1500 MHz, KraitDual core, 1300 MHz, Apple Swift
Graphics processorPowerVR SGX 543MP2Adreno 320PowerVR SGX543MP3
System memory

System memory - System memory, or RAM memory is the type of memory that the device uses to temporarily store data from the OS or currently-running apps. The more RAM available to the device, the better the performance will be when multiple or heavier programs are running.

512 MB RAM2048 MB RAM1016 MB RAM
Built-in storage64 GB16 GB64 GB
Battery
Talk time14.00 hours
the average is 11 h (675 min)
15.30 hours
the average is 11 h (675 min)
 
Stand-by time8.3 days (200 hours)
the average is 20 days (477 h)
16.2 days (390 hours)
the average is 20 days (477 h)
9.4 days (225 hours)
the average is 20 days (477 h)
Talk time (3G)8.00 hours
the average is 15 h (897 min)
 8.00 hours
the average is 15 h (897 min)
Capacity 2100 mAh1440 mAh
Not user replaceableYesYesYes
Wireless charging Built-in 
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Multimedia
Music player   
Filter byAlbum, Artist, Genre, PlaylistsAlbum, Artist, PlaylistsAlbum, Artist, Genre, Playlists
FeaturesAlbum art cover, Background playbackAlbum art cover, Background playback, Preset equalizerAlbum art cover, Background playback
SpeakersEarpiece, LoudspeakerEarpiece, LoudspeakerEarpiece, Loudspeaker
YouTube playerYesYesYes
Internet browsing
Built-in online services supportYouTube (upload)YouTube (upload), Picasa/Google+YouTube (upload)
Technology
CDMA

CDMA - Code Division Multiple Access. A technique of multiplexing, also called spread spectrum, in which analog signals are converted into digital form for transmission. For each communication channel, the signals are encoded in a sequence known to the transmitter and the receiver for that channel. The foremost application is digital cellular phone technology from QUALCOMM that operates in the 800MHz band and 1.9GHz PCS band. CDMA phones are noted for their excellent call quality and long battery life.

800, 1900 MHz 800, 1700/2100, 1900 MHz
GSM850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
UMTS850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz
FDD LTE  700 (band 13), 850 (band 5), 1800 (band 3), 1900 (band 2), 2100 (band 1) MHz
DataHSDPA 14.4 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, EV-DO Rev.AHSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRSLTE Cat 3 (100/50 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS, EV-DO Rev.A, EV-DO Rev.B
Micro SIMYesYes 
nano-SIM  Yes
Positioning

Positioning - This field shows the positioning systems supported by the device. There are three main types: GPS, A-GPS and GLONASS. GPS - This is one of the most widespread global positioning technologies, developed and maintained by the U.S. government. It uses satellites in order to detect your location. Works best in clear weather. A-GPS - A-GPS stands for Assisted GPS and is the industry standard for positioning and navigation. “Assisted” means that it can use local wireless networks, in addition to satellites, for quicker and more precise localization. GLONASS - GLONASS is a global positioning system, developed by the Russian Federation. It’s very similar to GPS, but isn’t so popular in cell phones.

A-GPS, GlonassA-GPS, GlonassA-GPS, Glonass, Cell ID, Wi-Fi positioning
NavigationYesTurn-by-turn navigationTurn-by-turn navigation
Connectivity
Bluetooth4.04.04.0
Wi-Fi802.11 b, g, n802.11 b, g, n, n 5GHz802.11 a, b, g, n, n 5GHz
Mobile hotspotYesYesYes
USBUSB 2.0USB 2.0Yes
ConnectorProprietarymicroUSBProprietary
FeaturesUSB chargingMass storage device, USB chargingUSB charging
HDMI via microUSB 
OtherTV-Out, Computer sync, OTA syncTV-Out, NFC, DLNA, Miracast, SlimPort, Tethering, Computer sync, OTA syncTV-Out, Tethering, Computer sync, OTA sync
Other features
NotificationsMusic ringtones (MP3), Polyphonic ringtones, Vibration, Flight mode, Silent mode, SpeakerphoneMusic ringtones (MP3), Polyphonic ringtones, Vibration, Flight mode, Silent mode, SpeakerphoneMusic ringtones (MP3), Polyphonic ringtones, Vibration, Flight mode, Silent mode, Speakerphone
Additional microphone(s)for Noise cancellation for Noise cancellation, Video recording
SensorsAccelerometer, Gyroscope, CompassAccelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass, BarometerAccelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass
Hearing aid compatibility M3M4, T4
OtherVoice dialing, Voice commands, Voice recordingVoice dialing, Voice commands, Voice recordingVoice dialing, Voice commands, Voice recording
Availability
Officially announced04 Oct 201129 Oct 201212 Sep 2012
Shopping information
AccessoriesApple Earphones with Remote and Mic, Dock Connector to USB Cable, USB Power Adapter, DocumentationUSB sync/charge cable, AC Adapter and cable, SIM ejection tool, Safety and Warranty information, Quick start guideApple EarPods with Remote and Mic, Lightning to USB Cable, USB Power Adapter, Documentation

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