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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, 06:38 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: 14329; 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: 4097; 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: 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, 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: 183; 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: 183; 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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