Apple iPhone 5S vs Google Nexus 5: Price And Performance Review

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has recently launched the new iPhone 5S, which has managed to rake in big bucks for the company. Given the fact that iPhones offer security that is suited to the enterprise, along with multiple features that are productivity-centred, the device has been an instant hit with the masses, just like the previous iPhones that have been launched by Apple.

However, in an attempt to steal the thunder from the iPhone 5S, Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) has decided to launch its latest Smartphone Google Nexus 5 at about half the price of the iPhone 5S. Just like most of the other top-notch Smartphones from numerous vendors, the Nexus 5 tries to minimize its price in an attempt to win over more customers than Apple.

Today, we bring you a details comparison of Apple iPhone 5S vs Google Nexus 5 on the grounds of price,performance and video review of the two most awaited smartphones of 2013.

Apple iPhone 5S vs Google Nexus 5

Apple iPhone 5S vs Google Nexus 5: Price Comparison

Though many will rule out comparison results of Apple iPhone 5S vs Google Nexus 5, justifying different these smartphones for different classes, many users put price sentiments at the top while buying a smartphone. The Google Nexus 5 has been price tagged with $425 for the 16 GB variant while the same storage in iPhone 5S comes at the cost of $649. The Google Nexus 5 price in India for 16 Gb variant is Rs. 28,999 while the starting price of the iPhone 5S is INR 53,500. The 64 GB model of the device is priced at Rs. 71,500. This shows that the Nexus 5 has a huge advantage in terms of the price, as it can be purchased even by those who don’t have the means to buy the extravagantly priced iPhone 5S.

If you’re still wondering as to which of these two devices is the best choice for you, here’s an in-depth comparitive analysis of Apple iPhone 5S vs Google Nexus 5 that’ll help you zero in on the perfect option.

Build And Design

Body Built Comparison of Apple iPhone 5S vs Google Nexus 5

The iPhone 5S has the same dimensions as that of its predecessor, the iPhone 5S. It measures 124x59x7.6 mm and weighs 112 grams, which is also the same as the weight of the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5S has a stylish and sturdy metallic frame, along with a Gorilla Glass front, which make the device feel and look like a top-notch Smartphone.

The dimensions of the Nexus 5 are 138x69x8.6 mm, which makes it larger than the iPhone 5S. The device is also slightly heavier than its rival, weighing 130 grams. However, the Nexus 5 fails to give its customers a classy finish, like that of the iPhone 5S. It has a rubber frame instead of a metal one.

Even in terms of sturdiness, the Nexus 5 pales in comparison to the iPhone 5S. The screen of the Nexus 5 shatters rather easily, even if it falls from a height of two feet. This is a major drawback of the otherwise impressive device.


Nexus 5 vs iPhone 5S Display

The iPhone 5S has a 4-inch screen with a 1136×640 resolution, and a 326 ppi Retina display. This Retina display technology is the same as used by the company in an earlier iPhone model, namely the iPhone 5.

However, the Nexus 5 features a 4.95-inch Full HD in-plane switching (IPS) 1920×1080, 445 ppi screen, which is much easier to work on than the iPhone 5S. The Nexus 5 scores in terms of its screen size and screen resolution, because it provides crisper and brighter colors than that of its rival.

All in all, the Nexus 5 has a better screen than the iPhone 5S, because of the fact that it is bigger, which makes it easier to use. However, given the fact that its screen shatters rather easily, it needs to be handled with utmost caution.


In terms of software, both these devices are neck-to-neck in competition, as they come bundled with the latest versions of software that their parent companies have to offer. The iPhone 5S comes with the latest version of Apple’s operating system, namely the iOS 7, while the Nexus 5 has the latest version of Android, which is version 4.4 KitKat. Both these operating systems are well formed system softwares in their own right.

However, you can choose your device based on the features that you intend using on it. For instance, the Nexus 5 has pre-installed services such as the Google Drive, Now, Calendar, and Gmail. This makes the Nexus 5 a handy device for those who make use of Google’s cloud services, wherein you can even edit your documents on the go, via your Smartphone. Keeping in mind, the price of the Google Nexus 5 in India, the company has made sure that they load the phone with many helpful features.

The iPhone 5S, on the other hand, comes with several iOS productivity apps, which are of great benefit to their users. Pages for documents, Keynote for presentations, and Numbers for spreadsheets can be used on this device. Even though these apps must be manually downloaded and installed on your device, the fact that they are free is a huge advantage.


iphone 5s camera

Both the iPhone 5S and the Nexus 5 boast of 8-megapixel rear cameras. Even though they might seem exactly the same, the camera of the iPhone 5S with its f2.2 aperture, is far superior to that of the Nexus 5. The iPhone 5S camera comes with a dual-LED flash, which is extremely beneficial when you need to take pictures under unfavourable lighting.

In comparison, the Nexus 5 captures average photos and has uninteresting shot modes. The tap-to-focus feature, which is a highlight of the Nexus 5, fails to impress, because of the fact that it does not work every single time that it is used.

Battery And Storage

The Nexus 5 is powered by a 2300 mAh battery, while the battery of the iPhone 5S hasn’t been specified. However, both the devices last for a day and a half on a single charge.

In terms of storage, the iPhone 5S offers its users far more options than the Nexus 5. The iPhone 5S comes in 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB versions, while the Nexus 5 only comes in 16 GB and 32 GB variants.

Which One Should You Choose?

Although your choice essentially depends on the requirements that you have in mind, as well as the features that you intend to use regularly on your device, the iPhone 5S is definitely a far better option than the Nexus 5.

In terms of camera specs, screen-glass quality, design, and storage, the iPhone 5S wins hands down. The top-notch features that Apple offers its customers in this new device are very Apple-like – breathtaking, making it a superior device. Even though the Google Nexus 5’s price in India is far lower than that of the iPhone 5S, the latter is a good buy for those who can afford it. Having said all that, the selection is highly influenced by buyer’s deep pocket and his personal brand value.

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For consumers addicted to video content, here is a video of a comparative hands-on review of both the Smartphones side by side.

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