iPhone 5S Faces Stiff Competition From Nexus 5

iPhone 5s, Nexus 5, competition

Apple’s iPhone 5s, just released in September, already has some stiff competition in the form of Google’s Nexus 5. The no frills smartphone lacks some of the new features of the iPhone 5s, like the fingerprint scan; but the Nexus 5 comes with a no contract price, which may appeal to those on a tighter budget. So, in a side by side comparison, which smartphone is truly the better choice? Making that determination may not be so easy.

One of the key factors with a touchscreen phone is that phone’s durability. Nothing is worse than trying to operate that touchscreen while navigating though everything from a hairline fracture to the Grand Canyon of screen crevices, which, aside from being annoying, can interfere with the operation of the phone itself. The iPhone 5s has a screen made of gorilla glass, which, while scratching a tad easier than the Nexus 5, does not crack and shatter nearly as easy as the Nexus 5 screen does. In some studies, all it took for the Nexus 5 screen to fracture was a 2 foot drop to a carpeted floor.

On the flip side of that, though, is comfort. The iPhone still maintains its hard, metallic casing with the sharp edges, and the phone is considerably smaller than any of the android phones. The Nexus 5, in contrast, is larger, easier to hold, and with its rounded edges, much more comfortable to grip than the iPhone 5s. This little bit of difference between the phones may make all the difference for someone who suffers from diseases like arthritis, which may stiffen the competition between the iPhone 5s and the Nexus 5.

Another point of contention between the two is the display. Apple stuck to its tried and true method for retina display, loading its latest and greatest iPhone with the same 1136 x 640, 326 PPI display. This still provides good screen clarity, but left room for improvement. The Nexus 5, with its 5-inch Full HD in-plane switching (IPS) 1920×1080, 445 PPI display, took advantage of that. The display is clearer and the icons are crisper. However, the iPhone 5s camera did tend to outperform that of the Nexus 5. This can be a deciding factor for anyone who uses his or her phone to take a lot of pictures.

Security is another feature where the iPhone 5s radically outshines the Nexus 5; while both phones feature the software programs of their parent companies, Apple included a security service not found on the Nexus 5.  For business executives or those who use their smartphones to edit documents, check banking or any other type of security sensitive activity, this could prove to be a deal-breaker for Nexus 5. The service is called “find my iPhone” and it allows for a remote wiping of data if the phone is lost or stolen. This, plus the fingerprint scanner, makes the iPhone one of the safest on the market.

In terms of performance, however, there seems to be little difference between the two, and the same goes for battery life, which lasted about 7 hours with nonstop use.

This means that, once again, choosing between the iPhone 5s and the Nexus 5 comes down to preference and price. In terms of technology, iPhone 5s has the advantage, especially in terms of data storage; but this advantage can be costly for the average consumer, especially when a non-contract iPhone can top $600 or more. This is where the iPhone 5s faces its stiffest competition from the Nexus 5, which carries an unlocked, no contract price of $349. That makes this phone a perfect choice for the budget conscious or the teenager whose primary goal is to hit 30,000 texts in a 30 day period. However, technology is constantly moving faster and faster and the accessories, data speeds and processors that are top of the line for these phones now may give way to something bigger, better and faster in the not to distant future; the technological door is wide open.

By Heather Pilkinton


India TV
The News Tribune

20 Responses to iPhone 5S Faces Stiff Competition From Nexus 5

  1. sean December 2, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    Both are great, but I had to switch from Nexus 5 to iphone because Google broke MS exchange email in 4.4. Beware Nexus until they get it fixed.

  2. Heather Pilkinton December 2, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    I will say in terms of durability, I did like my iPhone better.

  3. Heather Pilkinton December 2, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    The comments I was reading came from individual accounts, not on a technical review. I haven’t had those problems with my Galaxy, though.

  4. John M December 2, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    Reply to Heather Pilkinton: Are you speaking from technical knowledge or from what someone in the media has stated? You said the Nexus 5 has problem with bootloader? I would like to know what problems were encountered as since Android 4.3.1 UEFI read only boot system was written into the OS working on a pre boot partition. And it actually has a more secure TCG layer than any MAC or iphone OS as it deletes the IMEI and renders the phone unusable if tampered with in anyway.

  5. Heather Pilkinton December 2, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    I did manage to crack the screen on my DROID the first week I had it. I dropped it on my kitchen floor, and now have cracks across the front, and I have a case on mine. My droid, personally, has not held up as well as my iPhone did, but in terms of usability, I like the droid better.

    Like I said, ultimately, it does come down to preference. I am enjoying learning from the techies, though. The comments have given me some great insight.

  6. John M December 2, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    A two foot drop to a carpeted floor cracked the screen on the nexus 5? Wow, what is your carpet made from? Come on! I have dropped mine from head high onto a concrete floor with no breakage, and all over you tube there have been various tests dropping this mobile from many heights.
    Are people still really trying to defend Apple by saying macs and iphones dont get malware? wow we havent moved on at all then. IE10 is now the safest browser on the web where as Safari is the worst and most prone to malware attacks, Same goes for iphone. Can you download a good quality anti malware/virus app to iphone? Dont think so, but ill stay a little safer with my Nexus 5 knowing I got Kaspersky protecting me thanks.

  7. Heather Pilkinton December 2, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    I have the Samsung Galaxy IV, so I do know the Android security features of the phone; before that, I had an iPhone. Both devices have security, but the Nexus 5 does not have the fingerprint scan. There have also been some issues with the Nexus 5 and the bootloader, The comparisons and the reviews are cited in the sources at the end of the article.

  8. MAX December 2, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    The Author Needs To RESEARCH

  9. sid December 2, 2013 at 10:50 am

    To say that Google doesn’t allow you to remote wipe. Hidden in the settings is something called the Android Device Manager. Check out its capabilities and you will be surprised.

  10. Heather Pilkinton December 2, 2013 at 10:28 am

    The security device touted is the fingerprint scanner, which is supposed to be the latest security feature; however, that feature is not far behind on the Nexus, or any of the smartphones. The article was based on opinions of expert reviews in terms of data sensitive material. I’ve had both, and have my own personal preference, so I’m not knocking droids by any means; but the scanner is the security feature that the reviewed articles gave the edge to in terms of the iPhone 5s was the scanner.

    • Raffy Carabello December 23, 2013 at 8:07 pm

      Nope. This is how your statement reads, Heather:

      “Security is another feature where the iPhone 5s radically outshines the Nexus 5 … Apple included a security service not found on the Nexus 5. … The service is called “find my iPhone” … This, plus the fingerprint scanner, makes the iPhone one of the safest on the market.”

      The security feature touted is NOT the fingerprint scanner — that was only stated here as an addition to what the article is touting: “the service called find my iPhone”, to which (as other commenters have already pointed out) Android has long had an equivalent. It’s called Android Device Manager and it allows for remote wiping of data if the phone is lost or stolen (and more).

      If this misleading information was not what the article meant, an edit would be the acceptable solution.

  11. Bjarne December 2, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Btw. Adding a fingerprint scanner is not necessarily a security improvement, in the same way as adding an extra door to your house, which is actually just giving the burglar one more way in.

  12. Bjarne December 2, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Faulty article, Android and also the n5 can be found and wiped with the androd device manager service! And with androids possibility to encrypt the whole phone and relatively high security standard, it do in many ways out shine iPhone when it comes to security.

  13. Patrick December 1, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    Android has android device manager that tells where your phone is and wipes the data. Its been on android since 4.2


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