Nexus 5 vs. iPhone 5s vs. iPhone 5c: Tech Specs Compared

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Google launched its much awaited its latest flagship smartphone, the Nexus 5 last week.

The Nexus 5 comes with a 5-inch full HD 1920 x 1080 pixels display with a pixel density of 445 ppi, an 8MP rear-facing camera with Optical Image Stabilisation, and Android 4.4 KitKat, the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system.

So how does it stack up against the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c? Here’s a detailed comparison table where we have compared the tech specs of the LG Nexus 5, iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c.

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So going purely by the tech specs and reviews, iPhone 5s includes features such as the Touch ID that is not available in the Nexus 5 or iPhone 5c, comes with a much better camera and is available in 64GB storage option. On the other hand, the Nexus 5 comes with a bigger 4.95-inch screen with significantly higher pixel density of 445 ppi, double the RAM, NFC, support for 802.11 ac, and more importantly is available for almost half the cost of the iPhone 5s.

If budget is a constraint then there is no debate about which smartphone you should buy. The same is true if you’re looking for a smartphone with a bigger screen. When it comes to Android vs iOS, it boils down to user preference. The tech specs don’t usually give you the complete story, so it may be a good idea to visit a local store and get a first hand experience.

Let me know what you think in the comments.

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  • Anonymous

    The 5S its battery, is that correct? 1507mAh seems a bit odd to me.

    • Gautam

      Fixed, it should have been 1570 mAh, iPhone 5c’s battery is ~1507 mAh.

  • tskwierc

    I still cant believe that the Nexus 5 is not available on Verizon’s network.

  • Muhammad Shafeeq

    NExuss Looks Better Than Iphone 5s .. StrangE .. :/

  • Alan

    Thanks for the unbiased and detailed comparison. I am sick of Apple websites, and their biased reviews and half-baked comparisons.

  • 8lias

    Nexus has True Tone flash for video? Damn, I am getting one.

  • Pacomacman

    The Nexus is pretty much a mid range phone with half decent specs for an Android phone. The thing to are in mind is the 5s with it’s lesser clocked CPU, fewer CPU cores and 1Gb RAM walks all over any Android phone in terms of performance. Google need to take a serious look at what they’re doing wrong. This is coming from a Note 3 user!

    • Richard Fleites

      It’s $349. Thats the market they are going for. What is it they need to take a look at. If you don’t like it, you don’t buy it and buy a higher tier phone like the one you already have.

    • David Barajas

      LOL, If the iPhone 5s walked all over the Note 3 it wouldn’t be missing so many features and options that the Note 3 has. It doesn’t walk all over it at all. I’m impressed it works as well as it does being that it has to push millions of extra pixels with that bigger screen. Let alone in 1080P when my 5s isn’t even 720p, let alone 1080P. Not complaining about it, just saying don’t make it seem that the iPhone is the superior device. It’s no better and it’s no worse. And that’s also coming from a Note 3/5s owner.

      • Thoughts

        He did say “walks all over any Android phone”, he didn’t say phablet

    • bcsc

      You don’t need cores ram and clock speed when you have half the UI that Android has. Load up your home screen with anything other than an icon and get back to me on you you need a cpu.

  • Megan Nicoles

    Nexus 5 awesome specs with awesome price

  • bcsc

    The bottom line is the best line. In the end the iPhone cost $350 more for equal or lesser specs.

  • AndyMcJ

    What you have to realize is that Google do not make these phones for profit whereas Apple do, so when you buy an iphone for $600 this equates to the $350 Nexus 5 if you take profit in to account.. As Google makes the revenue up by the online advertising income that all these Google based phones bring in.

    So we should not look at the Nexus 5 as being a lower grade phone just because the price tag is lower.. or that the Apple iPhone is better because of the higher price tag either.

  • tom

    ok……!!! Read all ur comments….!!! ALL IS WELL..!!! answer me…..”WHICH IS A MUCH DURABLE PHONE? NEXUS or i-PHONE….?? which offers more life..??” and please don’t reply…..”Based on user handling” since i’m in a dilemma whether to buy a 5C or NEXUS5…!!!! cos i’ve not used both ANDROID 9or0 IOS

    • Василий Жиков

      So what did you buy and what can you say about your choise?
      I’ve got an exactly the same dilemma right now