iPhone 5S vs Nexus 5: Clash of the Titans [Specs Comparison]


Until now, Apple's iPhones have been compared only to Samsung's flagship devices, since there are very few others that have comparable hardware and feature sets. However, there's a new contender in the smartphone market and it happens to be a product of Google's collaboration with LG, the Nexus 5. Even though the handset has hardware that's similar to products like the Sony Xperia Z1, the Nexus 5 is packed with the wisdom and brilliance of the company behind Android. Let's compare the two devices to understand which one comes out on top.


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iPhone 5S vs Nexus 5: Clash of the Titans [Specs Comparison]

Build and Form Factor

The Nexus 5 uses a plastic body, however, it happens to be very, very sturdy. But Apple uses a beautiful Aluminum chasis, thereby allowing it to feel truly luxurious and sturdy. And then comes the question of size. Apple has stuck with a 4-inch screen, thereby making it easy to hold. Its also one of the very few highend smartphones that allow for one-handed operation. But the Nexus 5 is a phablet at 5 inches, meaning that its a handful. It offers more screen real estate at the cost of a phone that isn't very ergonomic.

Winner: iPhone 5S. By offering a premium quality metal body the iPhone 5S is easily the better handset when it comes to build quality. But if you want a bigger screen, then its the Nexus 5 should be your pick.


The Nexus 5 uses a 4.95-inch True HD IPS Plus capacitive touchscreen that packs in a Full HD resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels and a pixel density of 445ppi. This is easily the best display on a smartphone till date. What does Apple's iPhone 5S respond with? A 4-inch Retina Display LED-backlit IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen. How good is it? The display has a resolution of 640 x 1136 pixels and a pixel density of 326ppi.


Winner: Google's Nexus 5 wins this round hands down.


The Nexus 5 houses a A Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 quad-core 2.3 GHz chipset, along with a Krait 400 CPU. It is coupled with an Adreno 330 GPU and 2 GB of RAM that powers the Nexus 5. It is worth noting that the Snapdragon 800 is easily the best processor available for a smartphone. However, Apple has something even better.

The iPhone 5S houses a 64-bit Apple A7 chipset that is made up of a dual-core 1.3 GHz Cyclone processor and a PowerVR G6430 GPU. It comes coupled with 1 GB of RAM.

Winner: Apple's iPhone 5S beats any other smartphone out there with absolute ease. If you want a power horse, then its the iPhone 5S.


The Nexus 5 is being offered in two variants, 16 GB and 32 GB. There are no options to expand using external storage.

Apple is offering the iPhone 5S in three storage variants, 16, 32 and 64 GB of storage. As always, there's no room to expand using external storage.

Winner: By offer more appealing storage variants, the iPhone 5S wins this round.

Operating System

In this section, it really comes down to user preference. Both handsets run on the latest iterations of their respective operating systems.

Winner: Tie


Both handsets house 8-megapixel primary camera. Other similarities include features like geo-tagging, touch focus, 1080p video recording at 30fps and face detection.

Google's Nexus 5 stands out with its popular Photosphere feature and HDR+. It comes with a 1.3-megapixel secondary sensor up front.

The iPhone 5S offers slow-mo video and some advanced panaroma features. and carries a 1.2-megapixel front snapper.

Winner: Tie


Google's Nexus 5 will cost just Rs.28,000 in India when it launches. This happens to be much cheaper than Apple's iPhone 5S, which is retailing at around Rs.53,500. Google is offering much more value for your money with its comparatively lower price tag.

Winner: Google Nexus 5

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