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Nexus 5 vs iPhone 5S specs comparison

We compare Google's Android 4.4 Kitkat smartphone with Apple's flagship iPhone
Fri Nov 01 2013, 12:30

FOR YEARS Google has aimed to beat Apple by releasing affordable smartphones with top-end specifications. The Nexus 5 is the latest step in this strategy, with the premier Android handset featuring a number of top-end specifications previously unheard of in its modest sub-£300 price range.

However, with the Apple iPhone 5S already having captured the hearts and minds of many buyers, many will question if value alone is enough for the Nexus 5 to beat Apple in the top-end market.

Measurements and weight
Apple iPhone 5S: 124x59x7.6mm, 112g
Google Nexus 5: 138x69x8.6mm, 130g

The Apple iPhone 5S has a design that's close to identical to that of the iPhone 5. This means it is significantly lighter and smaller than the Nexus 5. However, weighing 130g and being just 1mm thicker than the iPhone 5S, the Nexus 5 is hardly a back breaker.

Google Nexus 5 with Android 4.4

Apple iPhone 5S: 4in 1136x640 326ppi Retina display
Google Nexus 5: 5in, full HD 1920x1080 445ppi display

When Apple first released its Retina display technology it was the best on the market. However, in recent years it has begun to show its age, with many Android phones boasting 400ppi displays offering superior colour balance and brightness levels.

For this reason, while the iPhone 5S 326ppi Retina display is still very good, it probably won't be able to match the Nexus 5 445ppi screen.

Apple iPhone 5S: A7 chipset
Google Nexus 5: Quad-core 2.26GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800

Apple made a big deal out of the iPhone 5S A7 processor and having tested the device we can understand why. However, powered by Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 800 chip, the Nexus 5 might well be able to match, if not beat, the performance of the iPhone 5S.

Apple iPhone 5S: 10 hours 3G talk time, eight hours 3G internet usage
Google Nexus 5: 17 hours' talk time quoted by Carphone Warehouse, 2300mAh

The Nexus 5 has a bigger battery than the iPhone 5S and the added bonus of wireless charging. Considering how useful we found the Nokia Lumia 920's wireless charging feature we're pretty excited about the Nexus 5.

Apple iPhone 5S in space grey gold and silver

Apple iPhone 5S: iOS 7
Google Nexus 5: Android 4.4 Kitkat

Picking which of Apple's and Google's mobile operating systems is better is close to impossible. This is because the answer is largely determined by which PC operating system you are in. Mac OS users will find iOS better due to its iCloud and iTunes integration, while Chrome OS and Windows users will find Android better because of its open, cross-platform nature. Furthermore, those already embedded in the Android or iOS ecosystem will no doubt prefer to stick with the platform they have no doubt spent money on apps for.

Apple iPhone 5S: 8MP rear-facing camera with f2.2 aperture 1.2MP front-facing camera
Google Nexus 5: 8MP rear facing with optical image stabilisation, 1.3MP front facing

On paper the iPhone 5S and Nexus 5 are fairly similarly matched camera-wise. For this reason the answer to which phone has the better camera is hard to know without a fair amount of real world testing.

Storage and price
Apple iPhone 5S: 16/32/64GB, no microSD slot, 2GB RAM. Pricing starts from £549.
Google Nexus 5: 16GB or 32GB, 2GB RAM. Pricing starts from £299.

Summing up, on paper the Nexus 5 offers buyers great value for money, offering users top-end specifications while costing just £299. However, with the iPhone 5S having similarly impressive specifications and better synchronisation features for Mac OS X, we're not convinced that it will win over many Apple fans. µ


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