Nexus 4 vs. iPhone 5 (Video)

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The iPhone 5 and Nexus 4 are both best in-class devices. They represent the top of the line for their respective operating systems, and for good reason: both are fast, have terrific displays, and offer reasonably good battery life. So which is better? In this video we compare both devices in a variety of ways: boot up speed, app launch speed, web browsing performance, camera performance, pricing and availability, and more.

In terms of specifications, both have an impressive spec sheet. The iPhone 5 is powered by Apple’s dual-core A6 CPU which has a tri-core GPU, supported by 1GB of RAM. The Nexus 4 has Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core CPU, supported by 2GB of RAM. The display on both devices are in the 320 pixel-per-inch range, which means that text and graphics look super sharp on both. With a higher resolution of 1280×768 on the Nexus 4, you can see more content than on the iPhone 5’s 1136×640 resolution display. Both have an 8MP camera on the rear, and a front-facing camera for video chat. The iPhone 5 is available in 16, 32, and 64GB configurations, while the Nexus 4 is available with 8 or 16GB.


Here are some conclusions we can confidently make:

  • The iPhone 5 take better photos
  • Video looks better on the Nexus 4 thanks to the “real” HD screen
  • The iPhone 5 has better web browser performance
  • The Nexus 4 boots up faster
  • Both displays are razor-sharp, with the Nexus 4 having a warmer color temperature
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About The Author
Brandon Miniman
Brandon is a graduate from the Villanova School of Business, located near Philadelphia, PA. He's been a technology writer since 2002, and, in 2005, became Editor-in-Chief of Pocketnow, a then Windows Mobile-focused website. He has since helped to transition Pocketnow into a top-tier smartphone and tablet publication. He's so obsessed with technology that he once entered a candle store and asked if they had a "new electronics" scent. They didn't.