Nexus 5 vs. iPhone 5S Size & Price Wars

How Does the iPhone 5S Stack up to Nexus 5?

The iPhone 5S is, according to Apple Inc., currently the best selling of the company’s flagship devices – having topped more than nine million in sales – even after Apple released the iPhone 5C.

Then there is Google’s newly released flagship the Nexus 5. This pure Google phone features the Android Kit-Kat 4.4 operating system and became available late Halloween and the day after from LG.

The Nexus sold out faster than any other phone ever has, and within minutes, Google was alerting buyers to the fact that they would have to wait a few weeks for stock from the warehouse. Within an hour, Nexus 5 saw so many sales that deliveries were backed up for three weeks. While the iPhone 5S hasn’t seen that type of fast selling, it has seen volume, so how do the two stack up against one another?

Nexus 5 and iPhone 5S Size and Screen Differences

Nexus 5 vs iPhone 5S

Nexus 5 (L) vs. iPhone 5S (R) Photo Credit:

To start, we’ve got the iPhone, which weighs 3.95 ounces, and the Nexus 5 at 4.59 ounces. The weight difference is likely because there is a one-inch difference between display sizes. The Nexus 5 boasts a 5-inch screen while the iPhone 5S boasts a 4-inch screen. The Nexus 5 resolution is 1920 pixels by 1080 pixels, while the 5C offers only a 1136 pixel by 640 pixel display. That’s a huge difference and since most people find screen real estate to be extremely important, score one for Nexus 5.

As you can see from the photo the Nexus 5 is huge compared to the iPhone 5S – iPhone Smartphone have always been on the small side, just as Apple devices all are. Look at the MacBook and MacBook Pro – both cost more than a car and house payment together while being some of the tiniest devices on the planet.

Again, score one for Nexus 5 – unless of course you prefer to sacrifice the better quality resolution and larger screen of the Nexus 5 for the iPhone 5S comfort from fitting in your hand better.

The Price Wars

Because there was such a demand for a budget conscious device from Apple, Apple expected that iPhone 5C would satisfy that specific itch fans had but, to date Apple has yet to satisfy budget conscious fans, and the $199 5S on contract is outselling the $99 5C two to one, as we mentioned previously. If you want the iPhone 5S unlocked, then you’ll have to fork over more than $600 – a fact that makes the iPhone 4 quite attractive.

However, we think it could be because consumers know they can get better phones for the same price – or slightly more. In fact, the iPhone 4 is currently selling for $99, as is the higher end Droid Bionic, Galaxy S2 and HTC Thunderbolt – all of which are better-equipped and offer more features than the iPhone 5C. Even the HTC EVO is selling for $99 with a brand new carrier called Freedom Pop.

On the other hand, Google has set the price for the Nexus 5 starting at a respectable $349 for the 16 GB model, and you can expect to pay $399 for the 32 GB version, though if you want either of these, you will have to wait a while to get your hands on them with the shipping delays. Otherwise, as far as we can tell, the Nexus 5 is the single cheapest unlocked Smartphone on the market.

Which Smartphone do you prefer? The Nexus 5 or the iPhone 5s – and what do you think about the iPhone 5C pricing? Let us know in the comments below!

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