PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of Nexus 4 vs iPhone 5


Processing power and speed

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Passmark, Geekbench, BrowserMark and Sunspider 0.9.1


3D and 2D graphics

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iPhone 5
GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

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GLBenchmark 2.5 Battery, Standby time and Battery capacity


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PhoneRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

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Google Nexus 4 

PhoneRocket recommends the Google Nexus 4  based on its graphics, battery life and reviews.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of Nexus 4 vs iPhone 5

geekbench Processor and memory performance

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passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

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SunSpider 0.9.1 Web browser and javascript performance

Nexus 4
1,971 ms
iPhone 5
915 ms

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

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iPhone 5

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

Nexus 4
15.4 fps
iPhone 5
6.7 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 battery Battery life for 3D graphics apps

Nexus 4
208 min
iPhone 5
126 min

Differences What are the advantages of each

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Reasons to consider the
Google Nexus 4

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Faster graphics 15.4 fps vs 6.7 fps More than 2.2x better GLBenchmark 2.7 score
Supports NFC Yes vs No Somewhat common; Enables payment by phone and other wireless communications
Much better theoretical download speed 84 Mb/s vs 20 Mb/s Around 4.2x better theoretical download speed; enjoy lightning fast downloads on modern networks
More cores Quad core vs Dual core Twice as many cores; each additional core lets your phone do more without visible UI slowdowns and jerkiness
Bigger screen 4.7" vs 4" Around 20% bigger screen
Supports multitasking Yes vs No Somewhat common; Run multiple apps at once
More battery capacity 2,100 mA·h vs 1,440 mA·h More than 45% more battery capacity
Longer standby time 23,328 min vs 13,536 min More than 70% longer standby time
Bigger app store 850,000 apps vs 825,000 apps Around 5% more apps; find an app for virtually any task
More RAM 2 GB vs 1 GB 2x more RAM; browse media-heavy webpages without slowing down
Faster processor 1.5 GHz vs 1.3 GHz More than 15% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Slightly higher resolution 1280 x 768 vs 1136 x 640 More than 35% higher resolution
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Significantly faster javascript execution 915 ms vs 1,971 ms 2.2x better SunSpider 0.9.1 score
More processing power 3,467 vs 2,556 More than 35% better passmark score
Is 4G Yes vs No Somewhat common; Supports the fastest, most reliable networks
Store significantly more stuff 64 GB vs 16 GB 4x more storage capacity; free yourself from memory cards
Lighter 112 g vs 139 g Around 20% lighter
Thinner 7.6 mm vs 9.1 mm More than 15% thinner

Reviews Word on the street

Nexus 4  vs iPhone 5 

While the 3.5" display on prior iPhones seemed downright old fashioned in terms of screen real estate, the 4", 1136 x 640 display feels like there's room to spread out and read web pages without chronic zooming.
iPhone 5

For a device privileged to uphold the Nexus branding, we were expecting more from the quality of its 8-megapixel auto-focus camera.
Nexus 4


8.7 Out of 10
8.6 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Nexus 4  vs
iPhone 5 
Type Super IPS LCD2 Super IPS LCD2
Size 4.7" 4"
Resolution 1280 x 768 1136 x 640
Touchscreen Capacitive Capacitive
Multitouch Yes Yes
PPI 317 ppi 325 ppi


Has an assisted GPS Yes Yes


Supports FM radio No No


Operating system Android 5.1 iOS 10
Multitasking Yes No
App store Android Market Apple App Store
Adobe flash support No No
App store size 850,000 apps 825,000 apps


Acts as a wi-fi hotspot Yes Yes
Supports NFC Yes No
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v4.0

form factor

Nexus 4  vs
iPhone 5 
Weight 139 g 112 g
Thickness 9.1 mm 7.6 mm
Size 68.7 x 133.9 x 9.1 mm 58.6 x 123.8 x 7.6 mm


Clock speed 1.5 GHz 1.3 GHz
Number of cores Quad core Dual core
Internal storage 16 GB 64 GB

photo & video

Camera 8 MP 8 MP
Resolution 8 MP 8 MP
Flash Yes Yes
Secondary camera 1.3 MP 1.2 MP
Video resolution 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps


Generation 3.5G 4G
HSUPA (7.2 Mb/s)
CDMA (0.01 Mb/s)
LTE (20 Mb/s)
HSPA+ (84 Mb/s)
UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
GSM (0.01 Mb/s)


Standby time 23,328 min 13,536 min
Capacity 2,100 mA·h 1,440 mA·h
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And on top of all these reason, the Nexus 4 is designed to work well with no-contract carriers. I can get Solavei unlimited talk, text & web for $49/mo and get paid for my referrals!.
Talking about price sometimes a phone comes with differrent size of internal sd memory, maybe you can also include the size of that memory on the phone dropdown coz they have different price. And if i may make another suggestion maybe you can add the info about user replaceable battery or lack of it and external micro sd. Very good site btw definitly a great go to place when we all cannot decide which phone to get. Thanks
Good idea Adrian, thanks for the suggestion :)
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