Difference between Nexus 4 and iPhone 5

Key Difference: The Nexus 4 is considered a bargain by many people as Google is offering the phone for a low price and packed with new and innovative features. It also includes a 1.5GHz Quad-core processor. The iPhone 5 offers a bigger screen, faster processor, thinner and lighter design, new nanoSIM card and a smaller, reversible connector.

Technology is a very dynamic sector and is constantly changing. This also affects the demand of the users that often want something bigger, better each time they decide to buy something. Smartphones have become a way of life for many people, allowing them to do anything and everything on the go. This includes typing up a document, chatting with friends, video conferencing, writing up reports, checking e-mails, etc. Apple and Google have been constantly in competition with each other to try and cater to the growing demand of better and more technologically advanced smartphones.

The Apple iPhone 5 is the successor to the company’s Apple smartphone flagship. It is one of the most popular products that have been constantly boosting the company’s sales. Though, Apple originally was assumed to have the most technologically innovative products, many other companies have stepped in to give it good competition. Google is fairly new in the smartphone market, though it is the manufacturer of the one of the most used OS, the Android. Nexus 4 is the fourth Nexus-branded Android phone.

A number of these companies’ smartphones and tablets run on Android. Android is an open source software, which means that the code is freely available for modification and distribution by device manufacturers, wireless carriers and enthusiast developers. Among the number of various companies, Google has also launched its own line of smartphones based on Android, called the Google Nexus. Each device in the Nexus line is produced via collaboration between Google and a leading original equipment manufacturer (OEM) partner.

The Nexus devices in general have an advantage over other devices in that the Android in the Nexus devices is pure, i.e. the Android does not have any manufacturer or wireless carrier modifications to it, such as a custom graphical user interface. The Android also has an unlockable bootloader to allow further development and end-user modification, all of which is usually blocked on other Android smartphones.

The Nexus 4 is Google's fourth Nexus-branded Android smartphone. It was produced in collaboration with LG Electronics. The phone features a 1.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2 GB of RAM, 8 or 16 GB of internal storage, front facing 1.3 megapixel camera and an 8 megapixel rear camera and a micro-SIM card tray. The phone runs on the Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) operating system, which was launched with the phone. The phone also features a new camera technology, called the Photo Sphere. This allows one to take 360 deg Panorama shots.

The iPhone 5 is the latest innovative product of the Apple Company. They have made the new phone slicker, thinner and lighter with even more packed features. Apple claims that the iPhone 5 is 18% thinner, 20% lighter, and has 12% less overall volume compared to the iPhone 4S. iPhone 5, bigger than its predecessors, supports a 4-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD screen with 640 x 1136 pixels and 16 million colors. The phone also offers safety features such as corning gorilla class as well as oleophobic coating that keep fingerprints off the front screen. iPhone 5 comes with the latest Apple iOS 6 that is upgradeable to 6.1. It includes a 1.2 GHz dual core Apple A6 processor, PowerVR SGX543MP3 and 1GB RAM. The phone is available with non-expandable 16, 32 or 64 GB internal storage capacity.

The problem with the new OS is that many features that work only with the iOS 6 do not work in certain territories and Apple has a rolling program that it said will take time to implement across more regions. The phone can also act as a hotspot and can share internet connection over WiFi, Bluetooth, or USB. Similar to the older versions, iPhone 5 is equipped with Siri that allows the user to operate the iPhone via vocal commands. However, Siri has been improved to and supports additional features such as being able to make restaurant reservations, launch apps, make twitter updates, search the internet for queries, etc. iOS 6 features several new and/or updated apps, which includes Apple Maps and Passbook. Apple Maps has also faced hostility as it does not execute properly and has also been known to give wrong directions. The Passbook app is able to retrieve documents such as boarding passes, admission tickets, coupons and loyalty cards. The phone also offers a new charging port, which is much smaller and more compact compared to the old chargers. They will also require a converter if you want to use them with the old charger, docks and other accessories. The phone has also shifted the headphone jack to the bottom of the phone.

The Nexus 4 is considered a bargain by many people as Google is offering the phone for a low price and packed with new and innovative features. The Photo Sphere is a new technology by Google, which allows users to take 360 deg Panorama shots without making them seem stretched horizontally. The iPhone 5 offers a bigger screen, faster processor, thinner and lighter design, new nanoSIM card and a smaller, reversible connector.

The information for the detailed table about the two phones has been taken from the Apple website, Google Nexus website and GSMArena.com.


Nexus 4

iPhone 5

Launch Date

November 2012

September 2012


Google; designed in collaboration with and manufactured by LG Electronics.

Apple Corporation


133.9 x 68.7 x 9.1 mm (5.27 x 2.70 x 0.36 in)

123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm


True HD IPS Plus capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

4.0 inches LED-backlit IPS LCD


768 x 1280 pixels, 4.7 inches (~318 ppi pixel density)

 640 x 1136 pixels, 16M colors


Corning Gorilla Glass 2

Corning Gorilla Glass, oleophobic coating


139g (4.90 oz)

112 g

2G Network

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - GSM A1428

CDMA 800 / 1900 / 2100 - CDMA A1429

3G Network

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 - GSM A1428

CDMA2000 1xEV-DO - CDMA A1429

4G Network


LTE 700 MHz Class 17 / 1700 / 2100 - GSM A1428 or LTE 850 / 1800 / 2100 - GSM A1429

LTE 700 / 850 / 1800 / 1900 / 2100 - CDMA A1429


Pure Android


CPU speed

Quad-core 1.5 GHz Krait

1.2 GHz dual core Apple A6


Adreno 320

PowerVR SGX543MP3


Android OS, v4.2 (Jelly Bean), upgradable to v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)

iOS 6, upgradable to iOS 6.1


Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon

Apple A6



1 GB

SIM Size



Internal Memory

8/16 GB storage

16/32/64 GB

Expandable Memory




Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer

Accelerometer, three-axis gyro, proximity, compass, ambient light sensor.


WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth, NFC (Android Beam), Unlocked GSM/UMTS/HSPA+, GSM/EDGE/GPRS, 3G, HSPA+ 42, Wireless charging, SlimPort (TM)

Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi hotspot, micro-USB v2.0.



GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth and USB.


DC-HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps

DC-HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps, LTE, 100 Mbps; EV-DO Rev. A, up to 3.1 Mbps


Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi hotspot


Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP

Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP


microUSB (SlimPort) v2.0

micro-USB 2.0.

Primary Camera

8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, check quality

8 MP, 3264x2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, check quality

Secondary Camera

1.3 MP

1.2 MP, 720p@30fps, face detection, FaceTime over Wi-Fi or Cellular



1080p@30fps, LED video light, video stabilization, geo-tagging, check quality

Camera Features

Touch focus, geo-tagging, face detection, photo sphere

Simultaneous HD video and image recording, touch focus, geo-tagging, face detection, panorama, HDR

Sound Enhancement

SNS integration

Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic


Audio supported formats

MP3/WAV/eAAC+/AC3 player

Audio formats supported: AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC, HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV

Video supported formats

MP4/H.264/H.263 player

Video formats supported: H.264 video up to 1080p, 30 frames per second, High Profile level 4.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format

Battery Capacity

2100 mAh battery

Non-removable Li-Po 1440 mAh battery

Available Colors


Black & Slate and White & Silver.


SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS

iMessage, SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email



HTML (Safari)





A-GPS support and GLONASS

A-GPS support and GLONASS


Java MIDP emulator


Additional Features

Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean), Accelerometer, GPS, Gyroscope, Barometer, Microphone, Ambient light, Compass, Organizer, Image/video editor, Document editor, Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa, Voice memo/dial/commands, Predictive text input

Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic, Siri natural language commands and dictation, iCloud cloud service,  Twitter and Facebook integration, TV-out, Maps, iBooks PDF reader, Audio/video player/editor,  Organizer, Document viewer,  Image viewer/editor, Voice memo/dial/command, Predictive text input.

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