Nexus 5 vs iPhone 5S: Which one’s a better buy this Diwali?

By November 1st, 2013 AT 2:33 PM

With countless smartphones flooding the market and many more coming up, it is wise to compare a few before making the purchase. It’s Diwali time and two most awaited smartphones have been launched in India, the Nexus 5 and iPhone 5S. Let us have a comparative look at the Google LG Nexus 5 and Apple iPhone 5S:

iPhone 5S review

Built: The dimensions of Google Nexus 5 are 138 x 69 x 8.6 mm and it weighs approximately 130 grams. On the other hand, the dimensions of iPhone 5S are 124 x 59 x 7.6 mm and it weighs about 112 grams. Its a trade off between compatibility and big screen experience. So I’ll leave for you to decide about it.

Display: Google Nexus 5 comes with Full HD IPS touch display of 5 inches which offers a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Where as, iPhone 5S carries a 4 inch touch display with 1136 x 640 pixels resolution. I would personally favour the Nexus 5 but that does not mean that the iPhone 5S is a second either.

Processor: The Nexus 5 has been powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Krait quad core processor that has been clocked at 2.26 Giga Hertz while the iPhone 5S comes with Apple A7 chipset. On paper the Nexus 5 looks better but test results have shown that the Apple offering is no minion either. Lets call it a tie in this regard.

Operating System: Nexus 5 works on Android 4.4 KitKat platform and the iPhone 5S runs on iOS 7. The good old Android vs iOS war starts again with this and this is something that varies with personal choice.

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google_nexus_5Camera: Both the smartphones has been loaded with a primary camera of 8 mega pixels. Nexus 5 also sports a front facing shooter of 1.3 mega pixels while iPhone 5S comes with a 1.2 mega pixel front facing camera. But the iPhone 5S is a better performer in the imaging department so this point goes to the Apple offering.

Memory: The Nexus 5 offers a RAM of 2GB whereas the iPhone 5S offers a 1GB LPDDR3 RAM. The internal storage capacity of Nexus 5 is 16/ 32 GB. Where as, the iPhone 5S comes with internal memory of 16/ 32/ 64 GB. That’s a tie one more time.

Battery: The battery embedded in Nexus 5 is powerful enough to offer 17 hours of talk time while iPhone 5S’ battery ensures 10 hours of talk time on 3G. So the Google offering wins in this regard.

Price: The price of Google Nexus 5 starts from Rs 28,999 while that of iPhone starts from Rs 53,500 and this is where the Nexus 5 pretty much nails it.

Our Take: After considering all the aspects, my verdict is in favor of Google Nexus 5 because, though both the devices are equally good in terms of features, but Nexus 5 is more value for money.

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@R!TTER and ritij For you or for some other tech geek like me the iphone5S may not be worth it but its value for money for corporate people ,rich brats etc.for some getting attention because of a smartphone is a value point,for some having a app library which is the best qualitatively and quantitatively is a value point,for some having a os which is lag free secure and stable is a value point,for some getting os updates till three years is a value point(even nexus phones get updates only till 18 months),for some having a fingerprint scanner on their phone… Read more »


I agree with most of what you said except a few points like the buyer values a brand name of “Apple” first & foremost then comes such things which you described besides the added feature don’t cost more than 5K, at best. I wouldn’t wanna contradict you but there are a few anomalies which need to be corrected e.g. the OS updates for 3yrs are really worthless cause history has shown us & there is anecdotal evidence that older phones, say like a 4s running iOS7, don’t support all new OS features & almost always are slowed down by’em cause… Read more »


@RITTER Eeven i completely agree with the two or three points which you have mentioned but still dont the rest make sense in my previous comment.I agree that old phones would lag on the new version of ios but still with future updates the lag would reduce if not disappear.the enhancement in cpu processing power would matter in ios especially if you consider the fact that ios is optimised to make the most of the 6 or 7 months when most power demanding apps on app store would have been optimised to make full use of a7 the users… Read more »


I understand what you’re saying & believe you me that I’m not trying to dissuade potential buyers from getting the 5s, its just that the piece of hardware is horrendously priced & the sum of parts makes it a terrible VFM option, I will however add that you don’t really get what Apple did by giving this device just a meager 1GB RAM & that is to force them to upgrade next year. Also your point about the current/future lag problems isn’t what I was hinting at, its just that newer versions of iOS are heavier on system resources &… Read more »


@ROHIT i have read many tech forums like mac rumors etc and for now it seems that most users are satisfied with 1GB of ram on their device i agree that it may act as a barrier in future but for now its working fine(please correct me if u think i am wrong i would be happy).as far as VFM is concerned i agree that when done the simple calculation of subtracting the selling price from production price apples margins are quite high but still their overall profit isnt that high so there is money going in places like r&d… Read more »

Ganesh Srinivasan
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Times of India is reporting that iPhone 5s stocks with all major retail chains have sold out fully – by Friday night at most cities and by Saturday afternoon across all cities


Well the fact is that telcos don’t stock insane amounts of such high end uber expensive phones & also there aren’t very many large retailers that stock iPhone either. So whatever you’re reading or whatever it is TOI reporting is basically faux pas or in other words its a clever ploy employed by the Apple marketing machine to report such stuff so as to show the demand of their products is outpacing supply, which it is not because their supply chain is immaculate & they order Foxconn to build millions each month, in order to pique interest in their “luxury”… Read more »


Right, but its the Times of India that said that!

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