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Nexus 4 Vs iPhone 5C

About less than a year ago we published a comparison of Nexus 4 and Apple’s iPhone 5. Nexus 4 had a big price advantage over iPhone 5.

When Apple launched iPhone 5C, it was expected to be affordable enough to compete with other smartphones, especially Nexus 4 or the forthcoming Nexus 5 from Google / LG. Let us take a look at some of the key parameters and differences between Nexus 4 and iPhone 5C.


Nexus 4 comes in two variations – 8 GB and 16 GB priced at $199 and $249 respectively. The 8 GB version is out of stock so there is no point in comparing 8GB version with the iPhone 4C. Now the so called iPhone 5C is priced at $549 and it is a 16 GB version. Consider it this way – at the price of one iPhone 5C, you can get two Nexus 4, 16 GB variant and still be left with $49 to spare. The Nexus 4 always come unlocked and you can choose any carrier you want with no contract. Do not get confused with the advertised price of $99 for iPhone 5C on Apple’s site. The $99 iPhone 5C comes with, typically a 2 year contract and the contract itself is priced at least $10 more than the no contract monthly price ( the carriers have to recover their investment). In the end you do pay up much higher with iPhone 5C.

Screen Sizes

The Nexus 4 has screen size of 4.7 inch compared to the iPhone’s size of 4 inch. The size is measured diagonally. While it may look like a difference of only 0.7 inch, in reality, the area is proportional to the square of the linear size and you get (4.7 x 4.7 – 4.0 x 4.0)x 100 / (4.0 x 4.0) = 38% higher viewing area with Nexus 4. While this does not make an iota of difference in making a phone call, things get difference when you do typing, reply on your facebook pages, tweet or chats. The bigger screen of Nexus 4 makes it very convenient to type the message. The bigger screen also helps view and appreciate photos and videos better.

User Interface

While Nexus 4 scores in Price and Screen size, Android is no match for the simplicity and elegance of Apple’s iOS. The late Steve Jobs, took special care to keep the things as simple as possible and as elegant as possible – the result is an extremely user friendlily interface, to the extent that, you will hesitate to use Android if you come from Apple background. But Android is not bad if you are not still used to the habits of iOS.

Screen Resolution

Nexus 4 Comes with a Screen Resolution of 1280 x 768 pixel giving you a ppi of 320 ppi. The iPhone 5C has screen resolution of 1136×640 resolution at 326 ppi. The larger ppi of iPhone comes at a price of lower screen size. In nutshell you get higher resolution with Nexus for with bigger size at comparable ppi. But Apple’s screen may look better, because of a better User Interface and better artistic designs of backgrounds and colors.


Both the phones come with 8 MP camera with comparable qualities. We have not yet tested the iPhone 5C’s camera, but we have found Nexus 4 Camera to be good enough for casual photography, including night shots using its flash ( provided the separation between camera and subject is small).

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