Google Nexus 5 vs iPhone 5S Complete Showdown – Price, Hardware and Features Comparison

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These are two devices that maintain themselves in high positions, being capable of outstanding feats. This comparison is here to show which device can do more of what, for how much. Various areas of interest will be analyzed, and a conclusion shall be drawn at the end.


Apple usually throws the same design their last phone had, onto their new one. The iPhone 5S is no different, as it has nothing revolutionary or game changing about its appearance. It has a solid, expensive build, finished off with aluminum, while having moderate sizes. Not very big, the device easily slips into your pocket, and while the small size might be a problem for some, it is actually what others are looking for in a smartphone. The not so fresh design of the 5S  makes you aware of the general appearance of the device before you even lay eyes on it for the first time, because you know what to expect from an Apple phone. The solid build does not make it heavy by any means, as it remains quite light and easy in the hand.

The Nexus 5 however counters the 5S at every step in terms of design. First off, it doesn’t offer the same solid build quality that the Apple device does. Its plastic back panel and overall build quality actually make it seem kind of cheap. Also unlike the iPhone 5S, the Nexus 5 does not settle for the appearance of its predecessor, opting for several changes in the way it looks, such as the huge camera on the back . It is a light phone, and for some that might be a plus.


The iPhone 5S is equipped with the Retina Display technology, in the form of a 4 inch display, capable of  a 1136 x 640 resolution and 326 ppi desnity. This display is good and bad at the same time, as it’s not that bad on its own, but if you consider the huge price tag this device comes with, you would have though they would do a little better.

The LG Nexus 5on the other hand, has something to show for its money, offering a 4.95 inch display that operates at a 1920 x 1080 resolution and 445 ppi density. Its combination of crisp and sharp make the Nexus 5 display no equal for the  iPhone 5S, which just doesn’t have the muscle to stand against this amazing display.

Hardware and Battery

This is where things start to heat up. First up, the iPhone 5S. The 5S has a decent internal build, although, once again, not what you would expect, considering its price. A 1.3 GHz A7 unit and 1 GB of RAM can be found inside the 5S, alongside the 1570 mAh battery which provides average battery life. No microSD card whatsoever, only the possibility of choosing between the 16, 32 and 64 GB versions when you buy the phone.

The Nexus 5 takes the above spec list as a joke, while it showcases and boasts with its 2.3 GHz quad core Snapdragon 800 processor, 2 GB of RAM, and a bigger (but still, non-removable, just like the one in the iPhone 5S) battery of 2300 mAh. On the internal storage section, the Nexus 5 doesn’t exactly shine either, with 16 and 32 GB options for internal storage, and no microSD card option.

OS , Camera and Price

The iPhone 5S steps into the camera arena with an 8 MP rear camera, and a 1.2 MP front shooter. The rear camera isn’t bad at all, as it records video at high quality. Getting the iPhone means you’ll be getting iOS as your operating system, in this case, iOS 7. You will be able to upgrade your iOS device to any upcoming version without problems. The price is a bit of a problem, as it was with pretty much all iPhone versions before the 5S.

The Google Nexus 5 packs an 8MP rear camera, just like the 5S, and a slightly better front camera, of 1.3 MP, compared to the iPhone 5S’s 1.2 MP camera. The latest available version of Android is available, as it is, after all, a Google device. Support for Android 4.2.2 is currently available. The price of the Nexus 5 is one of its biggest  advantages, as it is almost half what you would pay for the iPhone. Some might even say it’s a bargain.

Drawing the line

The Nexus 5 is the clear winner in this comparison, as the iPhone 5S does not stand a chance against the Google beast in any of the above categories. The Nexus 5 is bigger and better and lasts longer than the iPhone due to its bigger battery. Support for the latest Android and a reasonable price tag make the Nexus 5 take spotlight, and lets the iPhone somewhere in the background, forgotten.


On, the iPhone 5S is around $600 and the Nexus 5 is about $350



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