BY | December 25, 2012

If you are in search of last minute Christmas gift ideas, Apple iPhone 5 vs Google Nexus 4 comparison will help you decide it yourself

Christmas is finally here and most of us seem to be in search of the best gifts for our near and dear ones. Most of us want to play it safe, and right now gifts that are mostly given on such occasions are neither roses nor best perfumes. Right now the trend has changed and instead of old days people prefer to give smart-phones and tablets instead of roses and perfumes.

Here we bring to you two smart-phones that are being sold in larger number than even roses in the market. Google’s recently launched Nexus 4 is being sold like hotcake and it is most often out of stock than available while Apple’s latest iteration is still a rage among Apple fans who are buying it in ever larger number. Both are the best in their class and have everything that consumers want. Till sometimes ago there were people who were claiming that Nexus 4 is no match for iPhone 5 as it doesn’t have LTE. But later it became clear that it came with LTE, but in some places it was incompatible. And to be true, LTE and 4G are still not very common in many places across the world including USA.

Google’s Nexus smart-phones have improved considerably. The first Nexus device was the HTC Nexus One which ran on Android 2.1 Eclair and then was upgraded to Android 2.2 Froyo. It was followed with Nexus S that came with Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Then came Samsung Galaxy Nexus with Ice Cream Sandwichand now Google LG Nexus has come out with best Android OS of all Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, by the way both the smart-phones despite running on different OS push boundaries, but apparently in different ways.

Right now going by statistics Google’s Nexus 4 is among the hottest selling devices in the market right now. When it was launched a few weeks ago, it was taken as a run of the mill sort of smart-phone that didn’t have much to offer. But since then it has gone on to become one of the best selling smart-phones available in the market and people have simply fallen in love with it. When it was initially launched, many people, particularly Apple’s iPhone lovers said that it was a run of the mill type handset without even very basic ‘LTE’ functionality. I am not sure if anyone even asked them a question as to how many decades ago, their favorite brand had LTE on its handsets. They said it was a very basic functionality for them that their favorite brand installed on its latest iteration merely over two months ago.

Regarding the availability of LTE on this handset a report in Anandtech has this to say, “In the case of the Nexus 4, the hardware includes the latest and greatest cellular hardware from Qualcomm with MDM9215M, its third generation 28nm Category 3 LTE multimode baseband, and a WTR1605L transceiver. I tore down the Nexus 4 to ascertain whether PAs were present that could work with LTE, and saw indeed that at least bands 4, 2, and 1 did have Avago power amplifiers (A5704, A5702, and ACPM–7251) which noted support for LTE. The remaining piece of the puzzle was software stack, both in Android and inside the version of the AMSS (Advanced Mobile Subscriber Software) running onboard MDM9215M”.

By the way LTE’s presence has broken the gap –if there was any –between Nexus 4 and iPhone 5. Since the appearance of LTE on Samsung Galaxy Nexus 4, more people are putting it ahead of Apple’s iPhone 5. To be true, both the smart-phones are selling items this Christmas and other holiday shopping season, but for users unfamiliar with either platform, which one makes the better gift? Being a fresh handset, there are some advantages that this phone enjoys. The Nexus 4 has some obvious advantages over the new iPhone since it is a slightly newer device based off of a looser platform. Aside from the fact that LG made a great phone, the Nexus 4 packs a bigger display with a resolution of 1280 x 768 pixels. The iPhone 5 has a resolution of 1136 x 640 pixels. However, the screen is larger on the Nexus 7 at 4.7 inches, while the display on the iPhone is 4-inches.

Both the smart-phones come with great body. The Nexus 4 has a slim profile with the screen close to the edges of the phone and that makes the 4.7-inch Gorilla Glass 2 protected display gel with the rest of the body. The corners are rounded and when you turn over the phone, there’s the LG logo at the bottom and the Nexus etched on the top of the back. The textured look of the back cover adds to the design element of the phone.

Coming from different manufacturers and running on different OS, both handsets are designed differently. The Apple iPhone 5 is unparalleled when it comes to design and we won’t elaborate either. What towers the iPhone 5 is the display size and capacity of the Nexus 4 – the resolution is 1280×768 with 318 ppi while the iPhone 5 has retina display with the resolution at 1136×640 with 326 pixels per inch. Technically, the Nexus 4 beats the iPhone 5 display, but real world statistics are too narrow to spot a difference. The LG Nexus 4 beats the Apple iPhone 5 hands-down with its 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor coupled with 2GB of RAM and Adreno 320 graphics chip. On the other hand, the iPhone 5 has a tweaked 1.2GHz dual-core A6 processor with 1GB RAM and a triple-core graphics unit. The Nexus 4 has a 2100mAh battery that may last about 9 hours.

When talking of memory options the Nexus 4 comes in just two versions – 8GB and 16GB, both of which are quite less for storage options and that too without any microSD slot. The iPhone comes in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB versions. But here’s the good part about the Nexus 4 – the price is going to be on the easier side. As for the optics, both the phones feature 8MP rear-facing cameras with equally good capabilities, but the iPhone scores higher with the iSight camera that has better low-light capabilities. When it comes to operating systems, Nexus 4 runs the latest Android 4.2 Jelly Bean which has vastly improved upon the previous versions. The high-tech feature extends to latest apps, better navigation, and a Google-powered voice search feature which answers back to you. The Apple iPhone 5 has the iOS 6 which boasts an improved all-powerful Siri and an unending supply of apps from its store.


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