Google is making its major hardware push this October by rolling out its 2013 flagship smartphone, the LG-assembled Nexus 5, which will make a touchdown a few weeks following the iPhone 5S release date in September.
Calling the mobile phone showdown from the tech titans as battle royale is an understatement. To many, this is the event of the year as the Nexus 5, dressed up in Android 4.4 or KitKat, finally collides with the 5S, which is packed with the gamut of killer features courtesy of iOS 7.
Looking at the tale of tape, the numbers seem to favour Apple's baby as it owns a pedigree trusted by hundreds of millions across the globe. But poking a bit deeper, Google appears to offer a more solid deal with the Nexus 5.
And these advantages, or the benefits of grabbing the stock Android phone over the iOS stalwart, are spelled out below:
The big screen factor
Apple opted to stay 4-inch with the 5S and if initial sales results were to be the judge if the decision was prudent, it seems the company did the right thing. Since it was released and together with the iPhone 5C, the 5S, Apple said, has surpassed the records set by the iPhone 5 when it was issued in late 2012. Up to nine million new iPhones have been snapped up, the tech giant said.
Yet when all the excitements have subsided, many would realise that what they bought was more of what Apple had served previously. The screen size, for one, seems inadequate with the way people use their smartphones, which remains a core communication tool but with emphasis on social media features.
With the Internet heavily integrated in mobile phone use, large screen seems indispensable and this is sadly lacking from the 5S. The Nexus 5, on the other hand, is likely sporting at least a 5-inch viewer with 1080p resolution, that is the base model really turns out as the 5.2-inch LG G2.
Insane camera features
Another iPhone feature that Apple thought wise of carrying over to the 5S is the 8MP rear-cam shooter. But the iPhone maker was quick to add that while it is not playing the megapixel war games, its camera phone is definitely an improvement, and lots of them, from the last build.
That, arguably, is very true but another fact is, the Nexus 5 is likely serving the better camera menu for everyone to relish. The numbers are high, possibly no lower than the 13MP delivered via the LG G2, and the features, as Google has declared earlier this year, are insanely great. That would mean all the cool functions displayed by the 5S shooting app so far are to be matched by the native KitKat camera software.
Solid price per unit
No doubt the iPhone 5S is an A1 phone with upscale engineering and components behind it. But the whole package doesn't come cheap. With subsidy, the 16GB variant retails for $200 but those outside the United States will have to shell out some $600 or more to feel the iOS 7 experience.
Now the Nexus 5 is not that expensive as shown when the Nexus 4 first hit the market at $300. According to Android watchers, the new model is likely to impose a slight price hike given that it is now LTE-enabled. The estimates range from $330 to $350 for the basic 16GB configuration and no higher than $400 in case a 32GB is offered.
The price is definitely a bargain for a device that offers the same power, features and usability found in the iPhone 5S.
While the iPhone 5S rollout is already underway, release date for the Nexus 5 is expected to take place immediately after the rumoured Oct 14 Google event.
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