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Nexus 5 vs iPhone 5C specs comparison

We see how Google's latest smartphone specs match those of the iPhone 5C
Thu Oct 31 2013, 18:27

RUMOURS HAVE BEEN FLYING for weeks as to what Google's response will be to the latest iPhones. The Nexus 5 is finally here with a £299 price. So how does it stack up against its iPhone 5C rival?

iPhone 5C: 4in 640x1136 361ppi Retina display
Nexus 5: 5in 1920x1080 445ppi display

The Nexus 5 is bigger, with full HD on an IPS screen, a higher pixels per inch (ppi) ratio and Corning Gorilla Glass. Some people prefer Apple's Retina display, others Super AMOLED, but statistically speaking, it's a walkover.

Google Nexus 5 with Android 4.4

iPhone 5C: Dual-core 1.3GHz Apple A6 processor
Nexus 5: Quad-core 2.26GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor

Four cores instead of two, twice the clock speed, enough said. The Nexus 5 also has an Adreno 330 GPU clocked at 450MHz. However, we would expect this from what is supposed to be Google's flagship, whereas the iPhone 5C is Apple's 'budget' model.

Memory and Storage
iPhone 5C: 1GB RAM, 16GB and 32GB internal storage models
Nexus 5: 2GB RAM, 16GB and 32GB internal storage models

Twice the memory, and honours even on internal storage. There remains a glass ceiling on internal storage, and the Nexus 5 doesn't appear to be the one to crack through it. That 2GB of memory will come in very handy though in keeping Android Kitkat running smoothly.

iPhone 5C: 8MP rear-facing camera with autofocus and LED flash, 1.9MP Facetime HD camera
Nexus 5: 8MP rear facing camera with optical image stabilisation, 1.3MP front-facing camera

It's honours even for the two here. Slightly higher specifications on the front facing camera for the iPhone 5C, but that's rarely a showstopper for the average shopper.

Apple iPhone 5C with iOS 7 Copyright Apple

iPhone 5C: UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 13, 17, 19, 20, 25)
Nexus 5: GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, CDMA: Band Class: 0/1/10, WCDMA: Bands: 1/2/4/5/6/8/19, LTE: Bands: 1/2/4/5/17/19/25/26/41

Pretty much the whole gamut of mobile connectivity. Nothing to see here, move along.

Operating system
iPhone 5C: iOS 7 mobile operating system
Nexus 5: Android 4.4 Kitkat mobile operating system

Both are new here, and while other devices will be receiving the Android 4.4 Kitkat update, just as previous iPhones have had iOS7, it will be all about how they perform on these devices. The Nexus 5 will also be the first device to run Kitkat, making it an attractive proposition for Android fans, while iOS 7 has attracted as much criticism as praise.

iPhone 5C: 124x59x8.97mm, 132g
Nexus 5: 138x69x8.6mm, 130g

Despite that extra inch of screen, the Nexus 5 is lighter than the iPhone 5C.

iPhone 5C: 10 hours of talk time on 3G, 250 hours on standby.
Nexus 5: 17 hours of talk time quoted by Carphone Warehouse, 300 hours on standby

Of course, battery life is a very subjective thing, depending on what you use the device for and how much you keep switched on, but Google makes some bold claims.

On paper, the Nexus walks away the winner, statistically speaking. And of course there will always be the argument that Apple concentrates on worrying less about what they have and more about how they use it. For our money, the contest is going to come down to how well Android 4.4 Kitkat and iOS 7 perform on their respective devices. µ


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