iPhone 5s vs Nexus 5: Dilemma ? Here’s the Simple Comparison

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There are so many great smartphones on the market today that it can be a challenge to pick the one that is best for you. 

You will hear the Apple people touting how great the newest edition of the iPhone is, and you will also hear Android lovers comparing the huge assortment of phones available on that run the OS.  How can you possibly choose with so many choices?  Today we are going to compare two popular smartphones, the Apple iPhone5s and the Nexus 5.

Side by side hardware comparison

You cannot help but immediately notice the size difference between the iPhone and the Nexus 5.  This is not surprising considering that top-line Android phones have been consistently bigger for several years.  You can physically stack the iPhone on top of the Nexus and see that there is ¼ inch difference between the two phones on all sides.  Both phones are very lightweight and comfortable in the hand.  The iPhone’s brushed aluminum frame screams quality while the variety of colors available makes it fun and customizable.  The looks of the Nexus are not nearly as elegant.  You might even say the black rubberized finish is dull, but for those who want a larger screen than the iPhone’s, the Nexus packs a lot of bang.

Both of the iPhone 5s and the Nexus 5 offer a retina display, but the Nexus scores a point over the iPhone in that department.  The iPhone’s retina display has a pixel density of 326 pixels per inch (PPI) vs. the Nexus’s 445 PPI.  Both retina displays are well made and offer a lovely picture with good color and contract, but the Nexus takes the cake in the head-on competition.

The iPhone is a winner in battery life, though.  And we all know how important it is to have a reliable battery.  The larger screen and beefy processor on the Nexus drain the battery quicker.  In controlled tests, the iPhone lasted an average of 25% longer than the Nexus.

The down and dirty on software

We all are aware that there are vast differences and many similarities between the Apple and Android marketplaces.  It is a very subjective topic; therefore, we will compare basic out of the box software between the two devices.  The Nexus 5 comes out of the factory with the newest edition of Android, 4.4 Kitkat.  It also is one of the first devices in line to receive the newest updates when they are released by Google.  One of the best parts of the software on the Nexus is that unlike other popular Android-running smartphones (Samsung Galaxy and HTC One for example), the Nexus runs one of the purest Android forms.  There is no proprietary software stacked onto of the Android OS that can bog down the phones performance, and the absence of UI means that you can experience the beauty of the Android platform without the unneeded glitz.

Alternately, the iPhone 5s has the latest release of Apple’s iOS.   The phone is full of some of Apple’s most popular programs: iMessage, FaceTime, iCloud, Siri, iWork, and iTunes Radio.  It is these programs that keep Apple customers coming back time after time to purchase new iPhones.  All of Apple’s software is proprietary and will only work with the Apple system.  You can get “knock-offs” of these programs for Android, but they aren’t the same.

Which should you choose?

I am of the belief that both of these phones are quality products.  I am personally an Android fan, so the Nexus 5 is on my short-list for my next upgrade.  For those who are fans of Apple, there is no reason not to consider the iPhone 5s.  Both of these devices are well designed, and it comes down to personal preference as to which you should choose.


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