5 Ways the iPhone 5s Beats the Nexus 5

As we approach the holiday, some folks are still debating on what new phone to buy for their loved ones. In one corner you have the ultimate iOS smartphone, the iPhone 5s, and in the other corner you have the Nexus 5, which is the ultimate Android smartphone. It’s a tough decision, especially if you don’t mind either iOS or Android, but each phone has its’ unique features that set it apart, and they’re worth looking over.

We already covered some of the ways that the Nexus 5 is better than the iPhone 5s, but now it’s time to turn the tables and point out some of the benefits that the iPhone 5s has over its Android counterpart. Of course, there’s no right or wrong answer as to which phone is the best, but there are pros and cons that make one device better than the other to different people. Let’s take a look at what the iPhone 5s offers that the Nexus 5 doesn’t.


Smaller Size

This might not seem like a pro at first, considering that the general consensus is that a larger display is always better, but that’s not always the case. The iPhone 5s’s smaller 4-inch display happens to be the perfect size for a lot of phone-wielding folks out there. The smaller screen allows for a more portable device and allows your thumb to cover much more surface area when you’re tapping about navigating around your favorite app.

This is an important factor to consider, especially when a lot of people use their phone one-handed, rather than hold it in one hand and use the other hand for swiping and tapping. And while Android and Windows Phone devices keep getting comically larger and larger by the year, the iPhone has always remained modestly-sized for those who want the right amount of screen real estate.

Faster Performance

Yes, the Nexus 5 might have a faster processor and more RAM, which you’d think would translate to faster performance on paper, but plenty of benchmarks have shown that the iPhone 5s outshines the Nexus 5 when put to the test. The iPhone 5s’ A7 processor beats the Nexus 5’s Snapdragon 800 processor in almost every category, thanks to the close relationship that Apple hardware has with the lightweight nature of iOS.


Of course, while the iPhone 5s beats the Nexus 5 in benchmarks, the real-world performance is negligible if you’re looking for a difference between the two. Both perform admirably and it’s not like the Nexus 5 feels extremely sluggish compared to the iPhone 5s. However, if you rely on benchmarks for your decision making, the iPhone 5s wins it.

Better Camera

The camera on the iPhone 5s is one of the best we’ve seen on a smartphone, and the extra features that you get make the experience even better, including Burst Mode and the Slo-Mo video feature that allows you to shoot at 120 frames per second. The Nexus 5’s camera is less impressive, and while Google updated the software associated with the camera in recent KitKat 4.4 updates, it still doesn’t really come close to what the iPhone 5s offers as far as quality is concerned.

Fingerprint Sensor

You knew this one was coming, but the iPhone 5s’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor is no gimmick. It’s an extremely convenient way to unlock your device without having to enter in your passcode every time. Granted, the Nexus 5 has the ability for a pattern unlock with Android, which takes less time than typing in a passcode, but it doesn’t get any quicker than just resting your finger on the Home button for a second or two.

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Plus, just simply having a Home button is something that a lot of users love having. Samsung’s Galaxy lineup has it, and it makes waking up your device quick and easy. Of course, it’s not the end of the world that the Nexus 5 doesn’t have such a button, and some users would argue that having to press the power button to wake up the device isn’t that bad, but once you start using a Home button, it’s hard to go without one.

Premium Design

The argument over plastic or metal phones has been a heated one, but the general consensus is that smartphones made out of metal feel more solid and look better overall than devices with plastic shells. The iPhone 5s may not hold up well when dropped from chest height, but it looks pretty on the way down, and most of the time, looks play a huge factor in what phone someone buys.