Nexus 5 vs iPhone 5s: Head-to-head


Google has finally unveiled its latest smartphone, the Nexus 5, which is once again a product of its collaboration with LG Electronics.

Google’s top rival in the mobile market is undoubtedly Apple, what with Android and iOS being by far and away the most popular mobile platforms. With the Nexus 5 running the latest version of Android, known as Kitkat, SiliconANGLE thought it’d be fitting to see how Google’s newest device stands up against the shiny, gold-plated iPhone 5s.

Nexus 5 vs iPhone 5s



Nexus 5: Available in black and white, it has a tablet-style back panel that features a matte finish and a prominent Nexus branding.

iPhone 5s: Available in Space Gray, Silver and Gold, it offers a two-toned look with its glass and metal finish.


Nexus 5: Height 137.84 x Width 69.17 x Depth 8.59 mm, Weight 130g

iPhone 5s: 123.8 mm x 58.6 mm x 7.6 mm, 112g


Nexus 5: 4.95” 1920×1080 display (445 ppi), Full HD IPS, Corning Gorilla Glass 3

iPhone 5s: 4” widescreen Retina and multi-touch display, 1136×640-pixel resolution at 326 ppi, fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating on front


Nexus 5: 2.26GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800

iPhone 5s: A7 chip with 64-bit architecture, M7 motion coprocessor

Operating system:

Nexus 5: Android 4.4 KitKat

iPhone 5s: iOS 7


Nexus 5: 16/32GB, 2GB RAM

iPhone 5s: 16/32/64GB


Nexus 5: 2300 mAh, Talk time up to 17 hours, Standby time up to 300 hours, Internet use time up to 8.5 hours on Wi-Fi, up to 7 hours on LTE, Wireless Charging built-in

iPhone 5s: Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery, charging via USB to computer system or power adapter, Talk time up to 10 hours on 3G, Standby time up to 250 hours. Internet use up to 8 hours on 3G, up to 10 hours on LTE, up to 10 hours on Wi-Fi, Video playback up to 10 hours, Audio playback up to 40 hours


Nexus 5: 1.3MP front facing, 8MP rear facing with Optical Image Stabilization, HDR+, Photo Sphere, auto backup which automatically saves and enhances every photo and video, Auto Awesome which automatically creates animations, photo booth shots and panoramas and libraries

iPhone 5s: FaceTime camera – 1.2MP photos (1280 by 960), 720p HD video recording, Backside illumination sensor; iSight camera – 8 megapixels with 1.5µ pixels, ƒ/2.2 aperture, Sapphire crystal lens cover, True Tone flash, Backside illumination sensor, Five-element lens, Hybrid IR filter, Autofocus, Tap to focus, Face detection, Panorama, Auto image stabilization, Burst mode, Photo geotagging

Wireless, Connectivity and External buttons:

Nexus 5: Built-in speaker, 3.5mm stereo audio connector, Dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4G/5G) 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, NFC (Android Beam), Bluetooth 4.0, 2G/3G/4G LTE, microUSB, SlimPort enabled, Dual microphones, Ceramic power and volume buttons

iPhone 5s: 2G/3G/4G LTE, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi (802.11n 2.4GHz and 5GHz), Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology, 3.5 mm jack, volume buttons, sleep/power button, ring/silent switch, built-in speakers, Lightning connector, Home/Touch ID sensor


Nexus 5: GPS, Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Compass. Proximity, Ambient Light, Pressure, Hall Effect sensor which measures the magnetic field strength used for proximity and presence detection likely used for smart covers.

iPhone 5s: Three-axis gyro, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, Fingerprint identity sensor

Pricing and Availability:

Nexus 5: $349 for the 16GB, $399 for the 32GB, Already available in Google Play stores in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Japan and Korea, and coming soon to India, and will be available from retailers Sprint, T-Mobile, Amazon, Best Buy and RadioShack this coming holiday season.

iPhone 5S: Pricing starts at $199 for a 16GB version with a two-year carrier contract, already available online, in Apple Stores, and partner retailers.

The Verdict


If you want a stylish phone, the iPhone 5s’ glass and metal casing best fits the bill, plus it’s slimmer, smaller and lighter than the Nexus 5.  But if you don’t mind a little more surface area and a matte-finish phone that comes in either black or white, then the Nexus 5 should suffice.

But of course, looks aren’t the only thing we look for in our devices. One advantage of the Nexus 5 is that it has a bigger display, offering a crisper and clearer image because of its higher resolution.

Both devices offer ways to store and manage your files and make them available on different devices.  So with either device, you can be productive on the go.

As for the camera, resolutions of front and back cameras for both devices are almost the same, but the features are different.  So if you like a 360º photo of your world, you’ll have to choose the Nexus 5.

Also, voice control is now easier to access with Android 4.4 KitKat, all you have to say is “Okay Google” to have the device at your beck and call.

But if you want a fingerprint sensor as a security feature, you’ll have to opt for the iPhone 5s.

In conclusion, both devices have their pros and cons, so it’s up to you to choose which features standout the most, to decide which device suits your lifestyle.