Google Nexus 5 vs Gionee Elife E7: Which one’s a better buy?

With so many smartphones available in the market, it is wise to compare a few best handsets in order to deduce the correct device for yourself.

Gionee has just launched the Elife E7 in India for Rs 26,999 and the device will be going up against the Nexus 5 which is on sale for Rs 28,999. Both of them have a similar spec sheet with the former having a bigger screen and a slight price advantage. On the other hand, the Nexus 5 brings the trust of Google which every company finds hard to match.


Here is a comparative look at the Gionee Elife E7 and Google LG Nexus 5 smartphones:

Built: The dimensions of the Elife E7 are 150.60 x 75.00 x 9.50 mm and it weighs about 150 grams. On the other hand, the dimensions of Nexus 5 are 137.84 x 69.17 x 8.59 mm and it weighs nearly 130 grams. The Nexus 5 appears to have a better build quality but the E7 by no means feels the cheaper out of the two. It just comes a close second.


Display: Elife E7 sports a capacitive 5.5 inch touch display while the Nexus 5 features a capacitive 4.95 inch touch display. Both the devices offer a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. The Nexus 5 due to a smaller screen features a higher pixel density of 441ppi whereas the Elife E7 due to a bigger screen features a pixel density of 401ppi but by no means you can find a difference in real world performance.

Processor: Both the devices have been powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad core processor. While the Elife E7’s processor if of 2.2 GHz, Nexus comes with a processor clocked at 2.26 GHz. Expect a similar level of performance from both of them.

Operating System: Elife E7 functions on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean platform while Nexus 5 functions on Android 4.4 version and this where the buck stops. The Nexus 5 is guaranteed at least 2 more Android updates whereas it will require a Herculean effort on the part of Gionee to update it to Android 4.4, let alone anything beyond that.

Camera: Elife E7 features a 16 mega pixels rear camera with LED flash and 8 mega pixel front facing camera. On the other hand, Nexus 5 carries a rear camera of 8 mega pixels with LED flash and a 1.3 mega pixels front facing shooter. This one goes to the Gionee offering.

Memory: Both the smartphones offer 2GB RAM and 16GB internal memory with no expandability option. However, both of them also feature a 32GB version with the E7 offering a RAM of 3GB with the 32GB variant.

Connectivity Features: Both the device offer connectivity features, such as Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi direct, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC, micro USB and 4G.

Other Features: Both the handsets feature a 3.5 mm audio jack, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor and an accelerometer. Elife E7 also offers FM Radio while Nexus 5 also carries Compass and Gyroscope.

Battery: Elife E7 works on a non removable battery of 2500 mAh where as the Nexus 5 runs on a non removable battery of 2300 mAh.

Our Take: It is quite tough to determine either one as a complete winner. Though Gionee presents a better camera and a bigger screen, the Nexus 5 comes ahead of it in every other aspect. And when the price difference between the two is not much, the Nexus 5 emerges out as a clear winner.

This Article Was Written By: Ritij Khurana

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Ritij is a technology and automobile blogger by profession. He is a total tech junkie and likes to lay his hands on the latest gadgets as soon as possible. He is a fan of stock Android and is a Microsoft loyalist. He owns a Nexus 4 and a Lumia 920

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  • Gautam April 10, 2014 2:30 pm, 2:30 PM

    Quick Question, will Gionee support upgrade to 4.4?

  • Sagar Desai March 8, 2014 9:29 am, 9:29 AM

    Hello Ritij,

    Nice comparison. I really like Gionee Elife E7 on paper and even in some video reviews. But still I doubt to spend 25k bucks Chinese brand. Is it really worth? What you think?

  • Raghav Namburi December 31, 2013 2:08 am, 2:08 AM

    @Rama.Dude I myself writing this from nexus 4.please go to the check my review under nexus 7 32gb section as a certified buyer . My friend used some gionee phone very much disappointed about that. I also purchased another nexus 7 tab 16 gb version. Finally it’s your call to go for anything.. If you are happy then go ahead and buy gionee handsets and recommend them.

  • Akhil Mohan December 30, 2013 8:01 pm, 8:01 PM

    I may be wrong but I am feeling that TT is overpromoting Gionee.

    • Tarun December 30, 2013 8:04 pm, 8:04 PM

      No buddy nothing like that .. !!

    • Sagar Desai March 8, 2014 9:32 am, 9:32 AM

      How it is possible that every reviewer promoting it? Even you may check out buyers reviews on Indian sites like Flipkart Snapdeal etc.

  • Rama December 30, 2013 6:59 pm, 6:59 PM

    its the truth anyone can google it if they dont believe me

  • Rama December 30, 2013 4:31 pm, 4:31 PM

    @raghav namburi
    you must read the comment kavint has made in this article about the after sales support of nexus devices and if you want further proof you can got to flipkart and have a glance at the comments section of nexus 7 at flipkart and you could see how many users have recieved faulty devices and do you have any proof that gionees after sales service is bad;if you are a regular reader of tt you can head over to the article smartphone review gionee dream d1 and see that most comments are positive even though mr sudhakar(a commenter on the post gionee dream d1)had few issues but still gionee took pains to solve atleast a few of them if not all…

  • Rama December 30, 2013 2:30 pm, 2:30 PM

    Apparently google is more interested in supporting its moto x than nexus devices
    proof:- moto x gets kitkat update before nexus 4

    • Suvham December 30, 2013 6:00 pm, 6:00 PM

      If what you said is the truth, then we can soon see Google making Android closed source and limited only to Motorola phones. Let’s face it, Google wants to be Apple.

  • Rama December 30, 2013 2:28 pm, 2:28 PM

    The design of nexus 5 is even worse than that of nexus 4;atleast the nexus 4 sported rounded edges and a glass finish at the back the nexus 5 does not even have that.

  • Esmail December 30, 2013 12:36 pm, 12:36 PM

    I find Gionee E7 downright ugly to look at it has a very coarse look, Nexus 5 on the other hand looks sleek and premium, the larger screen and so called better battery life and better back cam wouldn’t make me forsake Google’s support, pure android with guaranteed updates. I’ve been using it for over a month now and it’s just the perfect phone I could have asked for. Though I would have loved it if it had Qualcomm RF360 chip in it to support all LTE bands, but all in all its a masterpiece.

  • Rama December 30, 2013 10:04 am, 10:04 AM

    I hope that after seeing how gionee has produced a phone with specs somewhat better than what nexus 5 has to offer at the same price tag some people would finally realise that google does not subsidise nexus smartphones and infact are even able to earn a profit on it.

  • Rama December 30, 2013 10:01 am, 10:01 AM

    @Raghav Namburi
    For your information the so called chinese handset is actually better in quality than the nexus 5 if you consider things luke camera,design,display(despite the fact that both displays sport the same resolution the e7 has a better one if you consider things like viewing angles,contrast ratio etc.)and battery too.Only reason one should go with nexus 5 is when they love stock android and want to be on the latest version of android but the same can be done with e7 too if your willing to root and install custom roms.all in all the e7 is a better bang for buck and i forgot to mention that e7 4G model which is going to release next year in january has 3GB of ram and also is responsive to wet hands or gloves,now beat that nexus 5

    • Raghav Namburi December 30, 2013 4:00 pm, 4:00 PM

      @ Ram, Ofcourse don’t you think the after sales service and updates doesn’t matter while picking up a handset of premium cost. Always don’t bother about the numbers dude. You can go for a voting and can check the proof.

  • Amit December 30, 2013 8:32 am, 8:32 AM

    My vote goes to Nexus 5. Reason is I love Stock Android.

  • kavint December 30, 2013 7:57 am, 7:57 AM

    i will never recommend google products. it happened that i bought nexus 7 from flipkart for 9,000. after one month i got front glass broken due to fall. they are charging 9,000+ 500( service charge and transport). the spare parts are costlier than u can even imagine.. when i questioned about it, they blush away saying that mrp of tablet is 15,000… though bought it for 9,000????

    • Rahul Hooda December 30, 2013 3:52 pm, 3:52 PM

      Buddy y dont u get a replacement touch screen from ebay or from local vendors for few thousands…..

  • Raghav Namburi December 30, 2013 2:44 am, 2:44 AM

    I don’t see a logic to compare these two phones irrespective of their specifications under their hood. Blink of an eye we could decide which one to go for when something like Google’s baby Nexus 5 in the race with this so called Chinese handset… Of course nothing offensive for the later one.

  • Suvham December 29, 2013 11:35 pm, 11:35 PM

    Nice article by the author. I’m planning to buy a new phone by the end of January. If I had to pick one of these two phones, I would go for Nexus 5 because of software updates coming quicker than any other phones, and LG has a presence in the Indian market which Gionee has yet to accomplish. I’m not saying Gionee E7 is a bad phone. It offers stellar specifications at a very attractive price and even beats the Nexus 5 in terms of megapixel race, though quality of pictures coming out of the camera has yet to be tested and compared to the Nexus 5 in order to reach a conclusive state about which one is better of the two. I wouldn’t have a problem buying the E7 if only Gionee had included a memory slot to further expand the memory and a bigger battery which was removable unit.


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