Wednesday, November 07, 2012

iPhone 5 vs. Nexus 4: The Specs

iPhone5 Nexus 4
Price for 16 GB $700 $350
CPU 1.3 GHz dual core 1.5GHz quad-core
Display size 4in 4.7in
Display resolution 1136x640 1280x768
Display PPI 326 320
Front camera 1.2 MP 1.3 MP
Back camera 8 MP 8 MP
Battery 1400 mAh 2100 mAh
Weight 112 g 139 g


Olivier Bruchez said...

IMO, the biggest differences are the price and the weight. On the one hand, the price of the Nexus 4 is really impressive. On the other hand, I use a phone for at least 2 years, so $350 is what? 15$ a month. Not really a big deal.

The battery and the RAM: well, it looks like the Nexus 4 is really winning here, but the only thing that's interesting for the user is how many times he will have to charge his phone and the speed of the applications/interfaces. So we need other numbers, I think.

The differences that are probably not that important in reality:

1. the CPU (see the benchmarks that have been done for the JavaScript performances on the iPhone 5, i.e. a more powerful CPU doesn't mean a better user experience)
2. the resolution (it's different mainly because the display has a different size in inches, so it's a question of taste, i.e. do you like big displays or not?)
3. LTE/HSPA+ (LTE won't be available everywhere for a long time; also, faster speeds means more expensive subscriptions if you really want to benefit from them)

I wouldn't say that the display PPI and front camera resolutions are different. They're the same.

Alessandro Vernet said...

I fully agree. On the battery and RAM. I see the Nexus 4 having a little advantage there as reassuring, as in "even if Android is a bit less efficient than iOS, hopefully the added capacity will iron things out".

I am really wondering about the camera though. Even with the virtually the same megapixels spec, one could be drastically better than the other, and I haven't really found any review comparing the two. I'd like to see a review of the Nexus 4 camera by DPReview, as they did for the iPhone 5.