Google have officially shown us the LG Nexus 4 and this means that some consumers don’t know whether to go for this month’s hottest phone, the iPhone 5 or wait for the LG Nexus 4.
LG Nexus 4 vs iPhone 5
As it has the Nexus brand there has been a lot of interest in the LG Nexus 4. The device comes with the latest Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and the specs look great, at least on paper. In terms of hardware, it could beat the iPhone 5 out.
One of the main things people look for in a new handset is a powerful processor. The LG Nexus 4 comes with just that in the shape of the quad core S4 Pro Snapdragon at 1.5GHz This is coupled to 2GB RAM. The iPhone 5 comes with the dual-core A6 processor and 1GB RAM.
When comparing the two handsets one of the biggest things to compare is the display. So can the LG Nexus 4 beat the Retina display that makes the iPhone so popular? LG have used an HD IPS+ LCD display of 4.7 inches on the device and it has 320ppi and is 1280 x 768. Apple has used a 4 inch Retina display of 326ppi and 1136 x 640. Unlike the Samsung Galaxy S3 which has been criticized for poor viewing outdoors (AMOLED), this doesn’t apply to the IPS Nexus. It also has a clear size advantage.
The LG Nexus 4 also comes out tops with the battery at 2100mAh, compared to the iPhone 5 with its 1440mAh battery. The Nexus also has two things that the iPhone 5 does not and these are wireless charging and NFC. The iPhone 5 however does beat the Nexus 5 with LTE and this will make a huge difference to many when comparing the two handsets.
If the LG Nexus 4 had LTE support then it would blow the iPhone 5 out of the water. However LG and Google chose price over LTE and if you can manage without LTE then the Nexus 4 is superb value for an unlocked device with the specs.
LTE aside, we must say that the LG Nexus 4 is more of an iPhone 5 killer than the Samsung Galaxy S3 was. The reason being that unlike the Samsung Galaxy S3 which was criticized for its cheap plastic looks, the LG Nexus 4 has a great build comprising of crystal glass and a rear that glitters at the right angle. It also has an IPS display just like the iPhone 5, meaning higher brightness levels which helps in direct sunlight conditions. To top it all off, it is a Nexus phone so you can be guaranteed of the latest software updates just like the iPhone 5.
All this coupled with a huge price advantage that simply can’t be ignored ($299 for a base LG Nexus 4 versus upwards of $500 for an iPhone 5).