Nexus 5 vs. iPhone 5S: A comparison

Google and Apple have both recently released their flagship smartphones – the Nexus 5 and the iPhone 5S – to consumers. With both devices offering high-quality features, many have been quick to compare the two and break down the differences. Geek's James Plafke discussed the differences in the display and processing power of the two devices in a recent article.

Nexus offers a larger screen than the iPhone 5S, at nearly five inches, compared to just four inches with the 5S. Where the real difference comes is in the resolution. While the iPhone does have the patented Retina display, it doesn't offer 1080p resolution that the Nexus does. Google's flagship also has 445 pixels per inch to sharpen its display, whereas the 5S only has 326 pixels per inch.

Processing power is another area where the Nexus 5 seems to have a slight edge. It houses a Snapdragon 800, which processes at 2.3 GHz. Apple's new A7 processor runs 64-bit at just 1.3 GHz. Nexus also doubles the size of the iPhone's memory, coming in with 2 GB of RAM to the 5S's 1 GB. 

Other differences between Nexus 5 and iPhone 5S
Outside of the processor and display, the devices also offer other subtle differences that can be crucial when it comes to deciding between the two. NVONews contributor Abdul Vahid V tackled the differences in operating systems, storage and camera functions of the two smartphones.

Both devices came equipped with new operating systems in the Android 4.4 KitKat and iOS 7. Those updates could be the best ever from the companies. Storage is also a talking point between the two devices and is an area where the iPhone 5S has the Nexus trumped. Google offers just 16- and 32-gigabyte iterations of their device, while Apple offers 16-, 32- and 64-gigabyte versions of their phone. 

The Nexus and 5S each have an 8-megapixel camera, and the new iPhone contains improved photo and video features in its application. Both have extraordinary capabilities, meaning that there isn't a whole lot of differences for consumers to choose between.

"In the end, the two phones aren't really different enough to make anyone jump ship, and both are a fine choice," wrote Plafke.

Should a Nexus or iPhone user cracker or scrape their phone, he or she should send it into iResQ, which handles both Nexus repair and iPhone repair services.

Marcelina Hardy

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