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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

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

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

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

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 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


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

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

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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