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Google Nexus 4 vs Apple iPhone 5

Call Quality:

Google Nexus 4 vs Apple iPhone 5
Generally speaking, there are very few issues with call quality with these beauties, especially when voices are robust, distinctive, and clear on both ends of the line. However, their speakerphones aren’t perfect, as voices have a distorted sound on the iPhone 5 – while the Nexus 4 emits some crackling at the loudest volume setting.


Testing out their battery life, T-Mobile’s HSPA+ connection with the Nexus 4 and Sprint’s EV-DO 3G on the iPhone 5, we don’t find one to be particularly better than the other. In fact, we’re able to push out a solid day of normal usage with their fully charged batteries. However, you can expect dramatically higher battery drain when using the iPhone 5 via LTE.

Battery life

We measure battery life by running a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage. All devices that go through the test have their displays set at 200-nit brightness.

Higher is better
Google Nexus 4
4h 47 min (Poor)
Apple iPhone 5
4h 22 min (Poor)
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All things considered, we’ll hand it to the Nexus 4 for setting the bar for outright pricing. At $300 without a contract for the base 8GB version of the Nexus 4, it very well seems more attractive than the $650 tally of the base 16GB iPhone 5. Yet, when it comes to contract pricing, they’re nearly the same at the usual golden price of $200 with a 2-year agreement. Simply folks, there are many things that we like about both smartphones, as they’re filled with plenty of attractive features – so whichever you decide to go with, you can sleep knowing you’re getting some value in them.

For the Nexus 4, its biggest selling point is the supreme Android 4.2 Jelly Bean experience it’s offering. Not only does it manhandle the iPhone 5 when it comes to personalization and visual allure with its interface, but it has some deep features that adhere to the stiff needs of today’s power users. From its useful widgets in the lock screen to the inviting presence of Google Now, the all-encompassing experience is what makes the Nexus 4 so darn lovable.

Flipping it over to the iPhone 5, we have to say it’s still the more attractive looking between the two – design, that is. In addition to that, it’s the handset to side with if you’re all about photo and video quality. Sure, its iOS 6 experience isn’t as comprehensive as Jelly Bean, but nevertheless, some will undoubtedly appreciate its simplified approach.

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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 :)


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: 14604; 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


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: 4292; 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: 187; 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: 14604; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

the Nexus4 has LTE. Its just not activated.

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