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Google Nexus 4 vs Apple iPhone 5
Introduction:

In the smartphone universe, Google’s Nexus device is widely argued as the premier handset for the entire platform – especially more when it’s running the vanilla Android experience. And normally, it’s usually quite often that it’s pitted against the very best from Apple’s camp, which as we all know, should be none other than the latest model of the iPhone. Soaking that all in, we’re seeking to find out exactly how the Google Nexus 4 and Apple iPhone 5 stack up against one another. Going into this crucial holiday period, there’s no arguing that the two are highly sought commodities at the moment, but as with all comparisons, we’ll put our two cents after we compare how they perform in all categories.


Design:

Even from a cursory glance, we still can’t help be attracted to the iPhone 5’s iconic design and its premium construction. Not only is it lighter and thinner than its rival, but it’s also easier to hold in the hand because of its more form fitting size. And with its premium choice of materials, like its brushed aluminum casing and chamfered beveled trim, it adds a solid sense of sturdiness to its overall construction. Well, there are still some attractive elements with the Nexus 4, like its glass surfaces and the neat optical illusion design of its rear, but as a whole, its appearance from the front seems all too conventional. In addition, it’s super slippery and prone to such unwanted distractions like smudges and fingerprints.

The Google Nexus 4 (left) and the Apple iPhone 5 (right) - Google Nexus 4 vs Apple iPhone 5
The Google Nexus 4 (left) and the Apple iPhone 5 (right) - Google Nexus 4 vs Apple iPhone 5

The Google Nexus 4 (left) and the Apple iPhone 5 (right)


Although the physical buttons around the trim of both handsets are springy in response, our fingers are better able to distinguish the iPhone 5’s set – mainly because they’re raised more. As for some of the common items the two share around their edges, they include the 3.5mm headset jack, standard mic, and noise-cancellation microphone.

The Google Nexus 4 (left) and the Apple iPhone 5 (right) - Google Nexus 4 vs Apple iPhone 5
OS buttons - The Google Nexus 4 (left) and the Apple iPhone 5 (right) - Google Nexus 4 vs Apple iPhone 5
Front cameras - The Google Nexus 4 (left) and the Apple iPhone 5 (right) - Google Nexus 4 vs Apple iPhone 5
 

OS buttons

Front cameras

The Google Nexus 4 (left) and the Apple iPhone 5 (right)


Obviously, it’s nice to find the Nexus 4 opting to employ a microUSB port for charging/data connectivity – whereas the iPhone 5 relies on Apple’s new proprietary Lightning docking port. Sure, it’s just a pain trying to get video-out functionality with Nexus 4, as its SlimPort socket requires an optional adapter, but it’s nice that a wired connection is available for it. Conversely, there’s no wired option available for the iPhone 5 yet, and instead, the only way is to go the wireless route via AirPlay.

Right edges - The sides of the Google Nexus 4 (bottom) and the Apple iPhone 5 (top) - Google Nexus 4 vs Apple iPhone 5
The sides of the Google Nexus 4 (bottom) and the Apple iPhone 5 (top) - Google Nexus 4 vs Apple iPhone 5
Left - The sides of the Google Nexus 4 (bottom) and the Apple iPhone 5 (top) - Google Nexus 4 vs Apple iPhone 5
The sides of the Google Nexus 4 (bottom) and the Apple iPhone 5 (top) - Google Nexus 4 vs Apple iPhone 5

Right edges

 

Left

 

The sides of the Google Nexus 4 (bottom) and the Apple iPhone 5 (top)


Snapping self-portraits is an easy task with both smartphones, as the Nexus 4 sports a higher 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, versus the 1.2-megapixel one on the iPhone 5 – with both having the ability to shoot video in 720p. In the rear, however, they’re both featuring 8-megapixel auto-focus cameras with LED flashes – while being able to shoot video in good ol’ 1080p. However, it’s worth mentioning that Apple’s beauty is packing an f2.4 lens and backside illuminated sensor.

Backs - The Google Nexus 4 (left) and the Apple iPhone 5 (right) - Google Nexus 4 vs Apple iPhone 5
Rear cameras - The Google Nexus 4 (left) and the Apple iPhone 5 (right) - Google Nexus 4 vs Apple iPhone 5

Backs

Rear cameras

The Google Nexus 4 (left) and the Apple iPhone 5 (right)



Display:

Considering these high-end smartphones we’re dealing with, it’s only natural to see them being accompanied with stunning displays. On the Nexus 4, it’s donning a larger 4.7-inch True HD IPS Plus display with WXGA 768 x 1280 resolution, which produces a high pixel density of 318 ppi. In contrast, the iPhone 5 packs a smaller 4-inch Retina Display, which is mighty large for an iPhone of course, but equally so, its 640 x 1136 resolution manages to inch out a higher pixel density of 326 ppi. Certainly, it’s the iPhone 5 getting the mark on paper for delivering the better numbers, but in practical usage, there isn’t a drastic difference between the sharpness of both – as our eyes take a liking to their detailed looks from a normal viewing distance.

Meanwhile, they share some other similar qualities, as their IPS LCD based displays deliver warmer color tones that light up our eyes with their vibrancy, strong brightness output, and superb outdoor visibility. However, we notice that viewing angles are better on the iPhone 5 at extreme angles – since there’s some noticeable distortion on the Nexus 4. Hardly a recognizable thing at the beginning, we notice that the Nexus 4 ‘s touch sensitivity isn’t as good as its rival, seeing that it requires firmer presses for it to register.

Viewing angles - Color productionThe Google Nexus 4 (left) and the Apple iPhone 5 (right) - Google Nexus 4 vs Apple iPhone 5
Viewing angles - Color productionThe Google Nexus 4 (left) and the Apple iPhone 5 (right) - Google Nexus 4 vs Apple iPhone 5
Viewing angles - Color productionThe Google Nexus 4 (left) and the Apple iPhone 5 (right) - Google Nexus 4 vs Apple iPhone 5

Viewing angles

Color productionThe Google Nexus 4 (left) and the Apple iPhone 5 (right) - Google Nexus 4 vs Apple iPhone 5
Color productionThe Google Nexus 4 (left) and the Apple iPhone 5 (right) - Google Nexus 4 vs Apple iPhone 5
Color productionThe Google Nexus 4 (left) and the Apple iPhone 5 (right) - Google Nexus 4 vs Apple iPhone 5

Color production
The Google Nexus 4 (left) and the Apple iPhone 5 (right)





Google Nexus 4 360-degrees View:



Apple iPhone 5 360-degrees View:



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posted on 29 Nov 2012, 06:25 17

1. AmitMajumder (Posts: 178; Member since: 21 May 2012)


Nexus 4 won? How is that possible? :P

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 06:31 34

4. Kuherrn (Posts: 16; Member since: 09 Nov 2012)


Why are you suprised??? A better, all-rounded phone definitely wins... and that phone is the Nexus 4.

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 06:38 30

7. MeoCao (unregistered)


I'm very impressed with iP5 camera, they managed to make one of the top camera and still kept the phone very thin.

Other than the camera, it's Nexus 4 all the way.

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 06:38 15

8. AmitMajumder (Posts: 178; Member since: 21 May 2012)


I mean, PA never lets anything other than iPhone win.

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 06:44 2

10. wendygarett (unregistered)


I remember you guys keep say iphone sucks because has no 4g lte... And now it's PAYBACK TIME!!! >:D

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 06:51 3

12. Thomas5.3 (Posts: 37; Member since: 30 Oct 2011)


Maybe because you can buy 3 nexus 4's for one iphone 5

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 06:51 10

13. wendygarett (unregistered)


I'm very impress that you don't mention about the purple tint on the iPhone 5 camera... Thank you :)

+1

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 06:53 15

14. Kuherrn (Posts: 16; Member since: 09 Nov 2012)


And that's why we have phones like the Note 2, Droid DNA, S3, One X+ and Optimus G. It's something called choice, something that Apple is reluctant to give to consumers, and something that you will not be able to payback...

Payback all you want, but I have the comfort of knowing MOST of the people know which phone is better :)

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 06:57 3

16. Lawliet (Posts: 160; Member since: 02 Jul 2012)


They said you can activate Nexus 4 LTE somewhere iirc

Doesn't matter anyway, there's no LTE where I'm living

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 07:00

17. wendygarett (unregistered)


Yeah your right, how can I laugh when android is so light year ahead from ios... I'm sayin this so that I hope you guy stop critics Apple for the sick of critics lol

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 07:11 1

21. MeoCao (unregistered)


LOL, I wanted to talk about that, but unfortunately N4 has it too. :((

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 08:08 3

32. remixfa (Posts: 14578; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


the Nexus4 has LTE. Its just not activated.

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 07:19 4

23. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


"Nexus 4 won? How is that possible?"

Misleading maneuver to create a false impression. In other words, try to make all think that there is no more bias. But just wait few weeks and bias will come back. ;)

My opinion about author and article.

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 07:22 2

26. SleepingOz (unregistered)


When you buy a smartphone at $700+, LTE is the minimum you'd expect.
The nexus 4, which is a better smartphone according to this review btw, is another story. I have no complaints whatsoever since it's priced at $300.

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 07:24 2

27. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Seriously?

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 07:30

28. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Seriously!

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 07:32 4

29. bloodline (Posts: 706; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


Sorry but the whole article read like an iphone promotion. Claiming the iphone is easier to use with its notifications...wtf Android notifications are the best in the business.

Also what every reviewer fails to mention is that through androids deep customisation it actually becomes even easier to use than the iphone because you personalise it to meet your needs.

Design is always preference and subjective, why have a phone that is easier to chip ? why make a phone out of glass? IMO samsung builds are better because they are more durable, they may feel plastic but people need a phone for a couple of years - durable is key.

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 08:24 4

35. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


...what?

$300X3=900 =/= 650

You can get 2 Nexus4s and have $50 left over...

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 08:26 1

37. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


...don't both phones have glass portions on their backs?

I concur about design being subjective; personally I find the iphones boring, toy-like, and uninspired, as well as uninviting and unpleasant to hold.

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 08:34

38. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4178; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Then it comes to the point that N4 killed the iP5!!
Nexus 4 FTW!!

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 09:30 2

48. nwright94 (unregistered)


Pretty much any digital camera has the chance of getting a purple flare, I even get it sometimes on my dslr.

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 08:54 2

41. FranksGT (Posts: 167; Member since: 29 Aug 2012)


To bad a Iphone 5 holds it value and will always hold its value better then any of those phones!!!!!

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 09:00

43. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


I wonder how long before Apple gets a clue and updates the iOS UI?

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 09:16 2

44. gustavoace (Posts: 186; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)


I'm very impressed with the "premium quality of iphone 5", as they posted yesterday a 2 months old iphone totally scratched..

Premium quality has my Nexus S, with 2 years old and only a few scratchs.

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 09:25

46. mas11 (Posts: 1034; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


Well there was the Galaxy S3. It actually beat the iPhone here

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 09:27

47. gustavoace (Posts: 186; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)


They will release a 4g version soon.. Its always like that.. dont worry, you'll be able to get your nexus on 4g =D

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 09:31 2

49. nwright94 (unregistered)


And has no amplifier and only runs on one band that only tmobiles lte in the US will have.

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 09:32 2

50. gustavoace (Posts: 186; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)


Just to make clear... Siri and Google Now is NOT equivalent. Siri is like Google Search, and Google Now has no competitor yet

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 11:15 4

52. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1345; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


Problem is iPhone 5 16gig is $650 while the Nexus 4 16gig is $350. That's a $300 difference right off the bat if your paying straight up. Your going to lose more money on iPhone 5 after 2 years. The only way iPhone 5 makes sense is if you lock into a 2 year contract at the subsidized price of $200.

Got to go. My Note 2 just showed up.

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 13:16 2

54. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


I get two thumbs down for accurate mathematics?

Wow.

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