Google Nexus 4 vs Apple iPhone 5 – Design, Featues, Specs, Accessories

No brainers on the iPhone 5’s build quality. It is solid and yet light weight too. Best, it is slim and the phone features Apple’s signature lightning dock. There are aluminum inserts at the back panel, and this makes the phone both light as a feather and solid as a rock. In the Nexus 4 you will find a supreme smartphone done up exceptionally well. The screen is shrouded by a silver bezel, and flipping the phone over reveals a matrix of tiny dots each reflecting light at a different angle. You will either love the Google Nexus 4 or hate it. We were skeptical at first that all that gloss will render the Nexus 4 a slippery one at best, but we found out that there are dedicated rubber inserts that are present at the front & back of the phone, and of course, there is no hard case present.

The Nexus 4 easily tops the charts as the best built android smartphone.

Nexus 4 vs iPhone 5: The screen

The IPS screen measuring 4.7 inches on the Nexus 4 is beautifully stunning and even in broad daylight, the 1280 by 720 pixel screen does the job of displaying the colors well.
With a 16 to 9 display aspect ratio, the screen on the iPhone 5 is great for watching videos and this screen size is the first on an iPhone. Despite the longer design, the phone fits in naturally in your hands. No stretching of the thumb required.

Nexus 4 vs iPhone 5: The performance

Claims from Apple say that the new A6 processor on the iPhone 5 will be 2 times as faster than that on the iPhone 4S. Our benchmarking tests verified that. In Geekbench, the 5 returned a score of 1630 whereas the iPhone 4S only managed 63. This makes the new phone 2.6 times faster. On the gaming test, the Egypt HD test returned a score of 38fps, as opposed to the previous phone’s 19fps. Again, 2 times faster.

Web browsing also verifies the above claims, and the SunSpider test, that measures the javascript rendering time, came out with a figure of about 930ms for the iPhone 5, in contrast to the 4S’ 1830ms.

Generally speaking, the iPhone 5 is devastatingly quick in loading up apps & loading the web up for you. This is good news.
You can expect similar performance from the Nexus 4, as inside the hood lies the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, which is a quad-core chip that clocks at 1.5GHz with 2GB of RAM. At 2009 points, it set a phone record in Geekbench, and the GLBench results put it at 38fps, at par with the iPhone 5’s performance.

Nexus 4 vs iPhone 5: The storage

You have 16, 32 and 64 GB options on the iPhone 5 and as usual, you cannot upgrade to more. Connectivity wise, you can expect a host of options like dual-band Wi-Fi & Bluetooth 4. And as previously mentioned this is the first iPhone to offer full 4G support, which means better speeds.

The only let down with the phone is the storage, and you will be offered with only 8GB or 16GB of storage space. Not quite a lot by today’s standards.

Nexus 4 vs iPhone 5: The cameras

On the Nexus 4 you have the 8mp main camera and the 0.3 mp facing camera, both of which offer decent results. Also, you have a variety of modes like the PhotoSphere for 360 degrees panoramas as well as HDR functionality.

There have been no changes to the camera hardware on the iPhone 5 and it still retains the 8mp main camera with 1080p HD recording. The quality of the photographs has however, improved, and this may be attributed to the crystal clear sapphire lens.
There are now three microphones, including one next to the rear camera, so sound quality has definitely improved over the outgoing model.

The front camera can also capture HD videos now, and with a fast 4G or even a 3G connection, you can have live calls as well.

Nexus 4 vs iPhone 5: The software

With the new iOS 6, there have been plenty of improvements that you can expect from the new iPhone 5, and they will be apparent when receiving calls, emails are more streamlined along with reminders apps, and facebook integration has been improved.
Instead of Google Maps, you have Apple’s own version of Maps and they have an excellent interface while also displaying the map in 3D. It still however, lacks the finesse of Google maps, and of course, there have been some distressful issues with the accuracy, which should be taken care of hopefully.

Nexus 4 vs iPhone 5:  The verdict

Of course, you cannot discount the finesse and the prowess of Apple’s latest product, but the Nexus 4 is not far behind either. In fact, you can pick up either phone and still come out a happier person.

Nexus 4 vs iPhone 5 Video

Video source and article: PC Advisor


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