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Google Nexus 4 vs Apple iPhone 5

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Interface and Functionality:

At this point, it’s a safe argument to say that the iOS 6 experience of the iPhone 5 is by far the more simplistic and straightforward experience – especially considering there isn’t as much complexity found with it. For a modern mobile platform, it gets the job done for most people, as it provides useful features like Siri, a unified notifications panel, and quickly being able to move between opened apps. However, it’s simply lacking the deeper level of personalization and the productivity aspect seen with Google’s Android 4.2 Jelly Bean experience on the Nexus 4. As a whole, we’ll vouch that the Android experience is attuned to the needs of power users, as it lays claim to a wide array of useful features that are more intricate.

Android 4.2 Jelly Bean on the Google Nexus 4 - Google Nexus 4 vs Apple iPhone 5
Android 4.2 Jelly Bean on the Google Nexus 4 - Google Nexus 4 vs Apple iPhone 5
Android 4.2 Jelly Bean on the Google Nexus 4 - Google Nexus 4 vs Apple iPhone 5
Android 4.2 Jelly Bean on the Google Nexus 4 - Google Nexus 4 vs Apple iPhone 5

Android 4.2 Jelly Bean on the Google Nexus 4


iOS 6 on the Apple iPhone 5 - Google Nexus 4 vs Apple iPhone 5
iOS 6 on the Apple iPhone 5 - Google Nexus 4 vs Apple iPhone 5
iOS 6 on the Apple iPhone 5 - Google Nexus 4 vs Apple iPhone 5
iOS 6 on the Apple iPhone 5 - Google Nexus 4 vs Apple iPhone 5

iOS 6 on the Apple iPhone 5


Checking out the various core organizer apps of both devices, we can’t complain about their offerings – especially when their respective personal digital services (Siri and Google Now) are there to keep us connected at all times. Emailing is a task easily accomplished between the two, however, we’re again digging the extensiveness and desktop-like feel that the Gmail experience of the Nexus 4 has to offer.

Core organizer apps on the Google Nexus 4 - Google Nexus 4 vs Apple iPhone 5
Core organizer apps on the Google Nexus 4 - Google Nexus 4 vs Apple iPhone 5
Core organizer apps on the Google Nexus 4 - Google Nexus 4 vs Apple iPhone 5
Core organizer apps on the Google Nexus 4 - Google Nexus 4 vs Apple iPhone 5

Core organizer apps on the Google Nexus 4


Some of the core organizer apps on the Apple iPhone 5 - Google Nexus 4 vs Apple iPhone 5
Some of the core organizer apps on the Apple iPhone 5 - Google Nexus 4 vs Apple iPhone 5
Some of the core organizer apps on the Apple iPhone 5 - Google Nexus 4 vs Apple iPhone 5
Some of the core organizer apps on the Apple iPhone 5 - Google Nexus 4 vs Apple iPhone 5

Some of the core organizer apps on the Apple iPhone 5


Due to it having the larger display, it’s not that surprising we’re greeted with a more spacious on-screen keyboard layout on the Nexus 4. Regardless of that, the two are responsive and accurate with their actions to keep our fingers pressing away with few mistakes – though, we love the great auto-correct feature of the iPhone 5 and the alternative Swype-like gestures of the Nexus 4.

The on-screen keyboard of the Google Nexus 4 - Google Nexus 4 vs Apple iPhone 5
The on-screen keyboard of the Google Nexus 4 - Google Nexus 4 vs Apple iPhone 5
The on-screen keyboard of the Google Nexus 4 - Google Nexus 4 vs Apple iPhone 5
The on-screen keyboard of the Google Nexus 4 - Google Nexus 4 vs Apple iPhone 5

The on-screen keyboard of the Google Nexus 4


The on-screen keyboard of the Apple iPhone 5 - Google Nexus 4 vs Apple iPhone 5
The on-screen keyboard of the Apple iPhone 5 - Google Nexus 4 vs Apple iPhone 5

The on-screen keyboard of the Apple iPhone 5



Processor and Memory:

More than expected, as these two are premier devices in the landscape and all, they exhibit wonderful responses with all of their operations. Indeed, the Nexus 4 might get the nods from people for its quad-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor with 2GB of RAM, which proves effective enough to deliver a peppy overall performance. However, you still can’t count out the iPhone 5’s dual-core Apple A6 chip with 1GB of RAM, seeing that it too brings a smooth performance. Needless to say, it’s rather difficult to pinpoint which of the two is better – even more when they don’t exhibit a lot of lag or slowdown with their actions.

Although it isn’t a shocker in this day and age, there’s no expandable storage with either the device – as the iPhone 5 is available in 16GB, 32GB, and 64 GB capacities, with the Nexus 4 offering 8GB and 16GB flavors.


Internet and Connectivity:

Removing the cellular speed connection element out of the mix, the web browsing performance of the two are merely the same. Specifically, they offer speedy page loads, proper page rendering, and that lovable amount of fluidity with navigational controls. Despite their similarities, the Chrome browser of the Nexus 4 equips useful gestures to switch between tabs, and a more modest sharing functionality.

Web browsing with the Google Nexus 4 - Google Nexus 4 vs Apple iPhone 5
Web browsing with the Google Nexus 4 - Google Nexus 4 vs Apple iPhone 5
Web browsing with the Google Nexus 4 - Google Nexus 4 vs Apple iPhone 5
Web browsing with the Google Nexus 4 - Google Nexus 4 vs Apple iPhone 5

Web browsing with the Google Nexus 4


Browsing the net with the Apple iPhone 5 - Google Nexus 4 vs Apple iPhone 5
Browsing the net with the Apple iPhone 5 - Google Nexus 4 vs Apple iPhone 5
Browsing the net with the Apple iPhone 5 - Google Nexus 4 vs Apple iPhone 5
Browsing the net with the Apple iPhone 5 - Google Nexus 4 vs Apple iPhone 5

Browsing the net with the Apple iPhone 5


With the iPhone 5, it’s available is a wide assortment of cellular connectivity options – both CDMA and GSM, with LTE and HSPA+ thrown into the mix. Oppositely though, the Nexus 4 sticks firmly as being a GSM-only smartphone at the moment, with HSPA+ connection in tow. As for the other similar connectivity features they share, the list includes the following: aGPS, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, and mobile hotspot functionality. However, it’s the Nexus 4 that offers NFC for easy sharing of various content and its ready use for mobile payments.

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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, 06:51 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, 07:11 1

21. MeoCao (unregistered)


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

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, 13:59 2

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


Lens flare is not a function of a digital camera. Even film cameras suffered from lens flare. There is a reason that lens hoods are sold for lenses.

What I am wondering is why the iP5 has lens flare while the 4S does not (at least nowhere near what the iP5 has).

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 14:35

57. nwright94 (unregistered)


Could be the sapphire lens, since sapphire is blue it will turn glare purple easier. My iP4 had lens flare a good bit, I actually don't get much of it on my 5 unless I'm really trying. My atrix even got the flare to a point.

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 14:57 3

58. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


I finally got lens flare. I had to point the damn thing directly at the sun on a cloud free day to get some purple to show up. Anything other than that and its non existent.

here... isnt it a perty day out.. this was thanksgiving day

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-al_fYMzSmf0/UK6Eh2tGLMI/AAAAAAAAWwo/QyksnvjEgMo/s1215/IMG_20121122_141111.jpg

btw, heres that DSLR fire effect I mentioned a few days ago since im in my G+

[img]https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-uyIaJcHs68o/UK8THHhmeRI/AAAAAAAAW0s/3lVhzoObfEY/s1215/IMG_20121122_173549.jpg [/img]

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 16:07 1

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


"I had to point the damn thing directly at the sun on a cloud free day to get some purple to show up."

In such conditions it is normal.

In iPhone 5 case you don't have to search for special conditions to get Purple Halo.

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 16:10

61. nwright94 (unregistered)


I have to search too. It's not as prevalent as other android fanatics would have you believe. I rarely get it, even in super sunny conditions. Non of my photos in my photo gallery has this purple flare. Enough with the blatant trolling, you don't look cool.

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 22:04

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


"Enough with the blatant trolling, you don't look cool."

It is officially admited by Apple that there is such problem like a "Purple Halo" so keep your propositions about trolling away... (Or maybe Apple is also trolling?)

Also Google and look how much you will find complaints about Nexus 4 "Purple Halo" and how much iPhone 5 "Purple Halo" complains...

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 22:10 1

71. nwright94 (unregistered)


Yes, apple did admit the iPhone 5 was prone to the purple halo, I will give you that, but you can't assume all iPhone 5 models have that much of an issue with it just like not all nexus 4s will have the problems. You seem to excuse any issues any android phone has even if the iPhone may run into the same issue. And spare me the whole "apple fans preach about how perfect their products are" because I've heard it over and over and they're just as bad as those who make it a point to bash on Apple.

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 22:35

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


First of all I have never praised Nexus 4 camera's quality! I just say that it is much easier to get "Purple Halo" on iPhone 5 than on Nexus 4.

posted on 01 Dec 2012, 15:12 1

77. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


It was probably just a first shipment problem. Nearly every phone has those. The HTC One S had it with its ceramic coating chipping off, the Galaxy S3 had it with the polycarbonate cracking along the camera and sides, the iPhone 4 had antenna-gate, now the iPhone 5 has the purple halo (among other things).

I'm sure once Apple noticed there was a problem they made a change in the manufacturing process that helped reduce the purple halo effect. It's mostly early adopters that get the problem.

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, 08:34

38. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4003; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


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

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 09:25

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, 09:00

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: 183; 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, 16:49

63. appleDOESNT.com (banned) (Posts: 456; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


PA enough with the iPone 'iconic' design mumbo jumbo. Unless by iconic you mean 3 years old, tired and the same but weirdly taller!

We get it, you like how the taller iP4 from 2010 looks, GOT IT! NOW GET OVER IT, it isn't anything special 3 years later except NOW it doesn't work with all your accessories lol

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 12:00

73. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Apple spends money on feeding the press to call it ICONIC (notsure if it is trademarked by apple coz it starts with "I") ...just ignore it if you donlt like. It's reviewers personal opinion and not necessarily to be used for making a buying decision :)

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, 06:53 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 07:22 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, 08:08 3

32. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


the Nexus4 has LTE. Its just not activated.

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