Google Nexus 5 Vs iPhone 5S: Which is Better?

Many experts would agree that the Google Nexus 5 and the iPhone 5S are currently two of the best smartphones in the market. There is just something epic in making this comparison probably due to the fact that Google and Apple are also both, two of some of the most iconic brands in modern history. Enjoy this head-on showdown.




Although smartphones have made light years of advancement in recent years in terms of specs, features and performances, design remains to be the single most crucial factor when it comes to purchase decisions amongst smartphone buyers. As superficial as it is, most consumers are just vaguely interested in performance and specs issues. The deciding factor is often ‘which phone looks better in my hands’.

The new Google Nexus 5 sports a 4.95-inch screen making it the largest Nexus phone ever. The iPhone 5S on the other hands, maintains its 4-inch screen dimensions. iPhones aside, if you look at the rest of the smartphone universe, there seems to be an inclination towards larger than average smartphones. The Samsung Galaxy Note series have been selling really well, creating a whole new niche of oversized smartphones. Flagship phones such as the Samsung Galaxy 4 and the HTC One have long embraced larger than average screen sizes. All this lead to indicate towards the fact that the mainstream market does prefer larger screen sizes. Is the iPhone 5S loosing out by maintaining its measly 4-inch screen? Well I certainly think so.

Smartphones have changed the way we use our phones. Thanks to its increasing power, smartphones are now often used for surfing the net, access social media, watching movies and taking photos. A larger screen size enhances the experience of the functions above. Besides the larger screen size, the Google Nexus 5’s screen also has a higher pixel density of 445ppi as opposed to the 326ppi on Apple’s iPhone 5S. The larger screen size on the Nexus phone did not translate to a bulkier machine. In fact it is actually lighter and thinner than its predecessor.

Specs and Power

The iPhone 5S is powered by the Apple A7 1.3Ghz dual-core processor together with a quad-core PowerVR G6430 graphics processor and 1GB of RAM. The Nexus 5 on the other had comes with a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 2.3Ghz processor and 2GB of RAM. The Google phone’s specs is more powerful than Apple’s but to be fair, the iPhone 5S is just an intermediary model. Perhaps it would be more fair to compare it with the iPhone 6, whenever it is set to be released.




Both the iPhone 5S and the Nexus 5 come with an 8MP camera that have been receiving great reviews all over the internet. The Nexus has improved Google Now (a voice activated search / personal assistant feature) integration where it can be instantly activated by saying the words ‘Okay Google’. It also comes with the latest Android 4.4 Kit Kat operating system that is not only faster, but is also more energy efficient and uses 16% less memory than its predecessor.

The iPhone 5S comes with the latest iOS 7 and a brand new fingerprint recognition feature that was hitting news headlines all over the web. If you take a closer look at the home button, you could see that a new metallic ring has been incorporated around it. The ring is actually a fingerprint scanner where it can be used to unlock your phone. I must admit that the fingerprint scanning feature is very cool, probably cool enough to push many, on this new feature alone, to get the 5S.


Regardless of what you think about the comparisons above, there is one big and final factor that may be the single deciding factor in this showdown. Although the Google Nexus 5 is the larger, more powerful smartphone it is much cheaper than the iPhone 5 (comparing unlocked versions). This, combined with all the factors above, makes the Google Nexus 5 the obvious winner. Unless you are an avid fan of Apple products or already have a complete Apple ecosystem to use with the iPhone 5S, there is very little reason to favor it over it over the Nexus 5.

The new Google phone is completely redesigned with a new look, new screen, new specs and new OS. The iPhone 5S well, is just a slightly improved version of the iPhone 5. With that said, although the 5S is after all Apple’s current flagship phone and was just launched recently, I would like to restate again that this might be an unfair comparison to start of with. Like the all the previous S iPhones, they were intermediary models and did not sport many groundbreaking features. The more exciting comparison would be between the Google Nexus 5 and the iPhone 6 (if any). From the looks of it, Apple have got lots of catching up to do.

For a full review of the Google Nexus 5, click here.

For a quick review of the iPhone 5S, click here.

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