iPhone 5 vs. LG Nexus 4: A Fight Too Close to Call

The Android versus iOS battle seems too tough to resolve no matter what time of the year. I mean, no matter what each camp releases, it all boils down to what the user needs. While some users prefer having smartphones with powerful hardware specs for bragging rights, other users prefer having a smartphone with an OS environment they like or have gotten used to. When smartphone battles are too close to call, the best solution is to look at the fine details and see which one suits your fancy. Let’s put the iPhone 5 and the LG Nexus 4 to the test.

Processing Power

When it comes to hardware, it’s safe to say that the iPhone 5 is the best smartphone Apple has ever produced. But compared to other smartphones in the market like the LG Nexus 4, it is still the underdog. The iPhone 5’s CPU, for example, at 1.3GHz, is just a little behind the Nexus 4’s 1.5GHz chip. Its dual core processor with 1024 MB RAM also seems like a child beside the Nexus 4’s quad core with 2048 MB of RAM. And while the iPhone 5 proved to be snappier than the iPhone 4S, the LG Nexus 4’s specs still look better on paper.

Storage and Form

While a lot of Android phones like the Nexus 4 are edgier in terms of processing power, the iPhone 5 takes the cake when it comes to form. One of the great things about the iPhone (and I’m sure a lot of you would agree) is that it’s designed to fit snuggly in your hand. The iPhone is also lighter and thinner than the Nexus 4 at 3.95 ounces and 0.30 inches against LG’s 4.9 ounces and 0.36 inches. And while the Nexus 4’s form is just average, the iPhone 5’s small frame makes a huge difference for the normal mobile phone user. Another advantage the iPhone 5 has over the Nexus 4 is that, while both lack memory card slots, Apple’s smartphone has a bigger internal memory at 64 GB than LG’s 8 GB.

Screen and Camera

When it comes to screen and camera specs, it’s hard to decide which phone really stands out. The iPhone 5’s improved 4 inch Retina Display stands even with the Nexus 4’s 4.7 inch LCD screen. In terms of pixel density, Apple’s 325 ppi is just a little ahead of LG’s 317 ppi. Both smartphones have an 8 MP rear camera and record videos with full HD 1080p format at 30 fps. The meager difference is that the LG Nexus 4 has a 1.3 MP front camera while the iPhone 5 has a 1.2 MP front camera.

Battery Life

Despite the fact that it’s not a very ergonomic design, it pays to create a bigger smartphone because it can support a bigger battery. With the iPhone 5, Apple only managed to squeeze in 8 hours of talk time through its 1440 mAh battery. The LG Nexus 4, however, has 12 hours of talk time with a 2100 mAh battery. That’s quite a long time for heavy users!

The Catch

If you go back and take a look at the numbers, you’ll notice that these two phones aren’t that different. Both smartphones also have the same sensors, networks and connectivity. Apple fanatics probably love the fact that the iPhone 5 is thinner, smaller and lighter than the Nexus 4 and has a large memory capacity. Meanwhile, Android lovers appreciate the fact that the Nexus 4 has bigger screen, and has a better processor and battery. Actually, it all depends on what you need and what you like in a smartphone!