Phones Review

LG Nexus 4 vs iPhone 5, choosing perfection

Under: Apple iPhone, LG, Phone Debates
Date: October 30th, 2012

We love pitting two top smartphones up against each other, now seeing as we have not had the newly announced LG Nexus 4 in our hands we can only but compare this phone with the Apple iPhone 5 by specs and features etc. We say that these two handsets are a prime example of what should be put together in terms of a comparison, so lets get on with the LG Nexus 4 vs iPhone 5 and choosing perfection.

There are many reasons why we all choose the perfect phone that suits us, some go for the operating system, maybe some prefer the design, but whatever the reason we will let you know about both devices and only then can you decide what will be your perfect smartphone companion. So are you ready? Get a cup of tea, coffee or whatever your favoured drink is and read on. Please remember that we are not talking about LTE here what so ever, just the normal iPhone 5 and the LG Nexus 4.

Processor and Power
This is very interesting because it depends on what you like the most really, the LG Nexus 4 has a Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon S4 Pro processor with 1.5GHz Quad-Core Krait CPU as well as a Adreno 320 GPU, you will also get in the Nexus 4 2GB RAM. The iPhone features a A6 chipset with 1.2GHz dual-core CPU and of course the PowerVR SGX543MP2 GPU, but the iPhone only has 1GB RAM. Nexus 4 wins this one with 2GB RAM

Storage
The Nexus 4 comes in 8 or 16GB, the iPhone 5 comes in 16, 32 and 64GB versions. Both smartphones do not have a card slot for extra memory, so it is the iPhone 5 that wins in the storage sector.

Display Screen
When it comes to the screen this is a really hard one really, the Nexus 4 comes with 4.7-inch True HD IPS Plus display with 1280 x 768 pixel resolution (320 ppi – it is in fact 318 to be precise) and it also has Gorilla Glass 2 to protect it. The iPhone 5 has a 4-inch LED-backlit IPS TFT display featuring 326ppi pixel density with 640 x 1136 pixels and also has Gorilla Glass. Now dependent on what size screen you want we would have to call this one a draw.

Size, Weight and Design
When it comes to design both are not what you call out of this world, the LG Nexus 4 is not that much different in looks to say a Samsung Galaxy S3 at a quick glance, and the iPhone 5 is just a little taller and lighter than the iPhone 4S, so nothing really impresses us here. When it comes to the size and weight the Nexus 4 is 133.9 x 68.7 x 9.1mm and weighs 139 grams, the iPhone 5 on the other hand is 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6mm and only weighs 112 grams.

Even though the Nexus 4 is bigger and heavier it still looks great, it is still keeping a slim look about it. Personally I will also call this a draw because it is down to personal preferences on screen size.

Camera
The Nexus 4 has an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 1.3MP at the front; it also has the cool Photo Sphere, geo-tagging, LED flash, face detection, touch focus and full 360-degree panoramic photos. This camera will also take great shots in low-level lighting. The iPhone 5 also has an 8-megapixel on the rear and a 1.2MP on the front, as well as 1080P HD video, geo-tagging, HDR, panorama, LED flash, autofocus and face detection. There is not much difference really here, so yet again this is another draw.

Software
As we all know the iPhone 5 is running iOS 6 and the Nexus 4 will come running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system, it comes as said above with Photo Sphere, Gesture Typing, Google Now, Google Maps and stunning and new notification system, oh and we like to mention wireless charging, yes we know that is not software but it is an added bonus for the Nexus 4.

The iPhone 5 now has Apple Maps instead of Google Maps, and got to admit Apple Maps is still a long way from perfection. Hey Apple how about getting the spelling right for towns here in the UK? The iPhone 5 also has FaceTime over cellular data, Do Not Disturb feature but then we know Android Jelly Bean has Reject Call with a Message, so both the same thing really. The App Store does have a lot more applications than Google Store, but then Google Play has got over 700,000 apps now. Now seeing as we have played with both we will have to go with Nexus 4 on this one when it comes to software because Apple is still trying to get it right with the maps, Siri etc.

The Google Nexus 4 in our minds is most definitely a comparable smartphone to the iPhone, but when it comes to choosing perfection that is up to the individual. Personally the Nexus 4 sticks out the most here with its specs, but we know for sure the iPhone 5 has done well in sales, but then Apple has a massive following.

Have you made up your mind yet if you prefer the iPhone 5 or the Nexus 4?

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  • col

    I want the smaller screen size because Steve Jobs told me it’s better

    • chill

      Savu da naye steve jobs sonna soru thingirathu kuda vitturviya da paradesi

      • Mansiz

        Ha ha ha… Seriya soneenga boss :)

      • http://www.facebook.com/prakashbalaji.r Prakash Balaji

        He he asingapatan! Tamil vaalga ;-)

  • Lee the T

    Nexus for me, please! I’ll also have the 10″ as well, pretty please.

  • Ca3l

    You’re leaving out the most important part – the price point! In this, the Nexus 4 is a HUGE WINNER if you’re buying without a contract.

  • Jobs

    apple offers perfect products deal with it!

    • http://twitter.com/Samage89 Samuel Reade

      We all know Siri is a final product, Apple maps can take you anywhere you want to go, as long as you don’t want to get where you want. that’s perfection..

    • http://twitter.com/BjornHulman Bjorn Hulman

      What a truly ignorant and unfounded statement. Though I guess now that Apple has now triumphantly downgraded the laws of physics to mere guidelines you mustn’t need to backup your claims in regards to their superior products, after all, no one needs to backup the powers of the almighty god.

      • http://www.mediyeah.com/ Abhi

        Dunno about ignorant and unfounded – I honestly thought it was meant to be sarcastic!

        • Kookas

          Yeah, the clue is in the username. Either sarcastic or a troll.

  • http://twitter.com/huxleypig gary SB

    Of course you could sell your iPhone 5 and buy two Nexus 4′s

    • Babu

      Would that be two Nexi?

      • EducatedToPerform

        Nexuses or Nexus

  • Thebian

    The screen on the Nexus 4 has far far far higher PPI, and is far superior to the “retina” screen the iPhone 5 has. The Nexus 4 is the new retina, Apple needs to step it up a gear!

    • Andanblade

      Actually, the screen on the iPhone 5 is higher, it is really 326 ppi, the author made a typo. :) My favorite of the two is the iPhone 5, but I will be getting the Nexus 4 because of the cost.

      • Thebian

        Nope you’re wrong, the Nexus 4 screen has 348 ppi and the iPhone 5 has only 326 ppi. Nexus phones in my subjective opinion already have better colours and contrast, so this is the icing on the cake for me.

        • http://twitter.com/phonesreview phonesreview

          Hi Thebian, if you visit the Google Play store you will see that they list it at 320 ppi

        • Kookas

          Also, the older Nexus phones ha d brilliant contrast and colours due to an AMOLED display, which also came with a colour hue and issues with burn-in. The new one is LCD which I find a lot. more refined than AMOLED.

      • http://twitter.com/phonesreview phonesreview

        Sorry about our typo, it now says 326

  • Bobby

    Its all based on opinion. What surprises me is that you can buy a Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 for the price of a 16 gb iphone or a nexus 4 and nexus 10 for the 32 gig variant

  • Yousef

    iPhone 5 is actually 326ppi, but once you hit 300 you can’t even tell anymore.
    Either way, 300 bucks for THE top of the line phone! Updates straight from google! Photo Sphere! ITS A NEXUS!

    • http://twitter.com/phonesreview phonesreview

      Sorry about our typo, it now says 326

    • Kookas

      Well, I would say it’s not so much that it’s above 300 as it is that there is only a 6 PPI difference, which is negligible no matter how low the PPI is. You wouldn’t be able to tell a 30 PPI from a 36 either.

  • Jules

    They are mostly draw… But one is 40% less expensive! LOL

    • Kookas

      Also, the Nexus 4… omg, dat ASS. Seriously though, it’s beautiful. It actually makes the iPhone look ugly IMO.

  • jimmy p

    i prefer the nexus although i have had iphones during the years but the nexus does for me because of the price and the automatic charge

  • Maru_The_Cat

    What about LTE? How will the data speeds on the Nexus 4 be on AT&T with only HSPA+ vs. LTE. After using the iPhone 5, I realized how fast LTE really is. I hope the Nexus 4 with HSPA+ will be some what comparable. I plan to sell my iPhone 5 and get the Nexus 4 and an iPad mini :)

    • Evan Lavin

      That sounds good, but seriously. Why the iPad mini? I can see maybe getting it over the Nexus 7 if you are really into the ecosystem or if it cost 70 less.

      • Kookas

        Yeah, the iPad Mini is inferior to the N7 in every way but the rear camera and maybe it has 4G LTE, too. Bit of a rip-off, really.

  • Chwahaah

    Nexus for sure

  • hbazzy

    nexus 4 wins the camera, it has 1.3mp hd cam in the front.

    • Kipas Angin

      Wow that really makes the different.. I’ll buy nexus bcoz of that! Seriously!

  • Ian

    An extremely superficial review, should be right up the alley of the average iPhone buyer then.

  • pat

    Rush Limbaugh uses an IPhone, what does that tell you?

    • rush

      nothing

    • Shadow70

      that he is not very tech smart..

  • http://twitter.com/NandaLinnAung Nanda Linn Aung

    LG Nexus all the way..

  • Wonderer

    Why all Android phones are super ugly?

  • MARK99UK

    Not sure how you can call the screen a draw. Both have a ppi above 300, making the minute ppi difference completely negligible. What makes the nexus massively trump the iphone is that the nexus screen resolution is 720p HD. The iphone resolution is lower than HD. It just isn’t as good for movies, Internet browsing, YouTube etc, with less detail on the screen. Moreover, the smaller screen of the iphone doesn’t proportionately translate into a smaller phone, due to it using poor real estate of the front of the phone with big gaps at the top and bottom.

  • Sepehr

    Giving up my iPhone 4s for Nexus 4 ! Shame on Apple …

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