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Google Nexus 4 vs Apple iPhone 5

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Appeasing shutterbugs all around, both premier smartphones take lovely photos with their respective 8-megapixel cameras. And to tell you the truth, it’s almost difficult to gather which of the two is better, as they deliver sharp looking details and natural color reproductions with shots taken outdoors under plentiful lighting. Though, we do notice a subtle amount of saturation with the iPhone 5’s photos that add some vibrancy to its shots. However, it’s a victory for Apple’s pride and joy in low lighting conditions, seeing its shots are brighter and able to draw out more of the visuals within the view.

Camera interface of the Google Nexus 4 - Google Nexus 4 vs Apple iPhone 5
Camera interface of the Google Nexus 4 - Google Nexus 4 vs Apple iPhone 5
Camera interface of the Google Nexus 4 - Google Nexus 4 vs Apple iPhone 5
Camera interface of the Google Nexus 4 - Google Nexus 4 vs Apple iPhone 5

Camera interface of the Google Nexus 4


The camera interface of the Apple iPhone 5 - Google Nexus 4 vs Apple iPhone 5
The camera interface of the Apple iPhone 5 - Google Nexus 4 vs Apple iPhone 5
The camera interface of the Apple iPhone 5 - Google Nexus 4 vs Apple iPhone 5

The camera interface of the Apple iPhone 5


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Apple iPhone 5

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Frankly, it’s a close race with their still shot performance, but it’s an outright unanimous win for the iPhone 5 when it comes to 1080p video recording quality. Above all, we’re distracted by the Nexus 4’s soft and dull looking details, plus, the noticeable artifacting elements that diminish its overall looks. Conversely, the iPhone 5 proves its worth with its visually stronger performance.

Camera speed

Taking a pic (sec)Lower is better Taking an HDR pic (sec)Lower is better CamSpeed score Higher is better CamSpeed score with flash Higher is better
Google Nexus 4 2.8
4.3
434
395
Apple iPhone 5 2.7
3.7
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On one hand, we’re not that blown away by the conventional looks of their music players, but they do have their unique standout aspects. To be specific, we continue to be pleased by the iPhone 5’s coverflow mode, and the 3D carousel view of the Nexus 4. Listening to the tones put out by their internal speakers, we’re not able to gravitate towards one more, as the two produce pleasant tones with minimal distortion.

The Google Play Music app - Google Nexus 4 vs Apple iPhone 5
The Google Play Music app - Google Nexus 4 vs Apple iPhone 5
The Google Play Music app - Google Nexus 4 vs Apple iPhone 5
The Google Play Music app - Google Nexus 4 vs Apple iPhone 5

The Google Play Music app


The iPod music player of the Apple iPhone 5 - Google Nexus 4 vs Apple iPhone 5
The iPod music player of the Apple iPhone 5 - Google Nexus 4 vs Apple iPhone 5
The iPod music player of the Apple iPhone 5 - Google Nexus 4 vs Apple iPhone 5
The iPod music player of the Apple iPhone 5 - Google Nexus 4 vs Apple iPhone 5

The iPod music player of the Apple iPhone 5


No doubt, they’re both more than capable of playing high definition videos, but considering that bigger is usually better for watching, we find the Nexus 4 to be more suitable for the occasion. Moreover, there’s barely any conversion required by us to transfer 1080p videos onto the Nexus 4.

Google Nexus 4 - Watching videos - Google Nexus 4 vs Apple iPhone 5
Watching videos - Google Nexus 4 vs Apple iPhone 5
Apple iPhone 5 - Watching videos - Google Nexus 4 vs Apple iPhone 5
Watching videos - Google Nexus 4 vs Apple iPhone 5

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Audio output

Headphones output power (Volts)
Higher is better
Google Nexus 4 0.28
Apple iPhone 5 0.54
Loudspeaker loudness (dB)
Higher is better
Google Nexus 4 80
Apple iPhone 5 71
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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: 4002; 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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