Nexus 5 Android 4.4 KitKat vs. iPhone 5S with iOS 7.1

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The idea of testing how fast a handset is will involve much more than a boot test and while we have just that with Nexus 5 on Android 4.4 KitKat vs. iPhone 5S running the final iOS 7.1, we couldn’t help but feel this video lacks some much needed review information.

You can see a video below this article that found its way to YouTube at the middle of last week, and the 3 minute video asks which is faster between the iPhone 5S iOS 7.1 vs. Google Nexus 5 with Android 4.4 KitKat? The issue with the videos title is the fact it doesn’t really answer that question, well not in detailed way other than showing what smartphone boots up fastest.

You might have already seen this video and understand it to be perfect for those that turn their phones on and off a lot, although who really does that? What users want is to see how fast the browser is on iPhone 5S iOS 7.1 vs. the Android 4.4 KitKat web browser and of course a general speed comparison of the user interface.

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The need for detailed tests – considering iOS 7.1 only just released to public last week, it is clear a lot more tests need to be performed on the final version and certainly comparisons are needed between iPhone 5S with iOS 7.1 vs. Nexus 5, Galaxy S5, iPhone 5C, and even the Galaxy Note 3. These will land on YouTube in the coming days, but we managed to track down a few videos giving what insight is available right now.

We don’t have the more desirable comparisons right now, although you will find a few videos below looking at iPhone 5S iOS 7.1 vs. 4/4S/5 for benchmark speed. You will also see a browser comparison for Samsung Galaxy S4 / Mini running Android 4.4 KitKat vs. iPhone 5S running iOS 7.1.

What iPhone 5S comparison do you want to see now that iOS 7.1 has released with many improvements and how do you think it compares to Android 4.4 KitKat, or the Nexus 5 and Galaxy S5?

We also look forward to seeing detailed reviews of Samsung Galaxy S5 vs. iPhone 5S with iOS 7.1, which will start to land once Samsung’s new flagship phone reaches its release date around the world. It is worth noting that pre-orders for Galaxy S5 start in the UK at the end of this month, so the last video on this page gives you a quick look at the Samsung Galaxy S5 vs. iPhone 5S as well.

Also See: iOS 9 built-in apps to include Beats Music

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  • 7th_son

    The vast majority of users really don’t give a damn about a few milli-seconds between the speed of one phone or another…why not compare I-Phones of the same price and screen size to a Nexus 5…Oh!… there are none…Buy the phone you like, can afford or are comfortable with…the I-Phone used to have a big tech advantage 2 years ago…but now choice is just personal taste, not a race to the next web page…

    • tiger

      Actually, the difference b/w iphone 5s and nexus 5 camera is quite significant (in 5S favor). Given that Android will be 64-bit by the end of this year or early next year, the performance lag will be noticeable b/w the two. Android 64-bit will be optimized to ARMv8 architecture. Nexus 5 Qualcomm S800 is ARMv7. It will be a step behind the software that is not optimized to it. Apple 5S, on the other hand….

      • pmds25

        On the other hand, you ignored my comment in the V3 article discussing the 5s vs the N5… Maybe it’s because I win…

        I really get the feeling Apple employs you to go around sites comparing the 5s to anything else and posting comments positive towards the 5s…..

        • tiger

          What V3 article? Post your comment here. I will gladly make you look like a fool here…again!

          But, first, try and comprehend ARMv7 vs. ARMv8.

        • Jack D

          What advantage do you currently see from your 64 bit OS in general usage, ahh nothing.

        • tiger

          See above. 64-bit is just a side show. ARMv8.

          READ up on it bc you sound ignorant.

        • tiger

          64-bit is just a side show. The REAL benefit that many folks, including CNET & other bloggers, forget is modern ARMv8 architecture.

          So, it maybe that Android is not ready for 64-bit, but ARMv8 architecture is far superior to the >20 year old ARMv7. By jumping to ARMv8, you get much faster and more efficient processing in EVERYTHING…THAT alone is enough incentive!!!

          The reason Samsung (and Qualcomm) is making ignorant statements is that they are so far behind Apple in developing a chip with ARMv8 architecture. These folks have been seating on their behinds using an ancient (read: over 20 years old design!) architecture and just ramming up GHz and core counts for PURE MARKETING purposes. If you think 64-bit is gimmicky, then you need to look at what Samsung and Qualcomm are doing! These folks have been playing their ignorant customers like a pro!

          ARMv8 is modern and has clear benefits. Samsung and Qualcomm are just so far behind that they have to make ridiculous public statements to cover their laziness! THINK…they are over ONE year behind Apple in developing ARMv8 processor!!!! In tech world, that is beyond comprehension! These well-known chip designers & makers somehow fell so far behind a “novice” chip designer (Apple).

          I encourage everyone to READ up on ARMv8 vs. ARMv7. Your Android chips are ancient history. Blame Samsung and Qualcomm for tricking you by flash GHz and core counts in front of your face!

        • pmds

          I fully comprehend everything you say. What you don’t seem to get, since you’re an iSheep, is that the difference it gives me now is no different so I don’t care. The resale value is no lower in terms of money lost – it’s less actual monetary loss. You can get next year’s model when that comes out IN ADDITION to the current Nexus 5 and will be better off. The camera is just the same as all others to me. There’s simply no difference.

          Before you claim it is all these worst of 2014, why don’t you have a look at this: it does everything the iPhone does, and more, for half the price. No brainer.

          You cannot argue with that. There is simply no comparison for its price.

          Sorry to disappoint you, Apple and iSheep.

        • tiger

          No difference to you bc you’re either blind or extremely bias. DPREVIEW, an authoritative camera source, rated N5 among the WORST. 2nd worst in FACT.
          And i can sell my 5S next year for little lost and get a 6. Easy peasy.
          The thing is…if Android comes out with 64-bit, then your N5 is next to worthless, except to the ignorant Android fans. Unfortunately for YOU, most folks who buy Nexus DO know some tech stuff and will clearly see your N5 as worthless.
          It is half the price bc LG cut corners to keep price low. FACT. Cheap design materials. Poor camera. Poor audio both thru speakers AND thru headphones!
          Sure, it has S800…but then again, S800 is dime a dozen these days!
          Big screen…with colors being off and brightness being borderline for outside viewing. Oh yeah, it is also shatter prone!
          Disappoint? Nah, you are the one that can’t grasp the changing world of Android.

        • pmds25

          I live in Blighty (UK) and on eBay UK the 5s 16GB, in any kind of good condition and working, is selling from £300, a loss of £249 (42%) over Apple’s selling price off-contract of £549. The Nexus 5 16GB is selling from £230 vs £240 from Carphone Warehouse (like Best Buy in the USA, I gather) brand new – a loss of just £10 (4%). Proportionally, and in real monetary terms, that’s less. It’s the same with the old Nexus 4, which I used to have and sold for £200, a year after it came out, a loss of just £79 (28%). So I’m far better off because of the £309 cheaper price, £239 higher, in proportional and real terms, resale value, and because I don’t need to pay for any apps, I simply download them off a sharing website. Imagine the £££/$$$ you could save by switching away from the mighty lord Apple! I could buy a whole another iPhone 5s (or two Nexus 5′s or some tablet(s)) for that money, NOT even including savings from apps! Even next year, it’ll be worth a lot more (in terms of money lost vs the 5s) than the 5s.

          The audio quality is great, I find. I literally cannot hear any difference between the iPhone 5s speaker and the Nexus 5 speaker. And the headphone quality is as good as the quality of my headphones and the quality of the file will allow (i.e. awesome).

          It’s built really well (you wouldn’t know, you don’t have one anyway) and in fact sometimes/often would survive certain conditions in better shape, e.g. even lightly scratching the Touch ID sensor (I’ve seen it proven on YouTube, search it) can stop that from working. And the 5s’ back is really scratch-prone, whereas the Nexus 5′s back is more resistant because it’s soft touch plastic, and any scratches won’t show up so quickly/easily.

          I’m not going to say any more about the camera other than that it works excellently for me and that’s what I want it to do. Trying to take dark pictures on any phone camera makes little sense and so I don’t try to do that, and rarely do, but the pictures I took seem fairly good for a smartphone camera. I don’t care what you, Apple, DPReview or anyone else says or thinks. It’s just fine for me.

          The colours on the 5s regularly disappoint me for how overdone they are. I love the Nexus 5′s screen, so sharp, so clear, so bright, so contrasting etc. In the case I wasn’t happy I could always apply a filter on top using an app!

          I use it outside all the time and that seems fine to me. I never struggle to see it.

          The 5s and iPhone in general always seemed more shatterprone to me, especially with its scratch-prone metal back. All smartphones nowadays use similar screen protection technology and so it’s highly unlikely that in the exact same circumstances that the damage sustained WOULD NOT be similar.

          Yeah, you’re the one who can’t grasp iOS’es changing world: the one where its market share is steadily decreasing as the Android world consumes its sales, after previous iSheep realise the trap Apple has led them into, mindlessly buying iRipoff iSh1t.

          My problem with the 5s is that it’s overpriced once for how good Apple wants you to think it is. Therefore, it shouldn’t cost twice the amount of the Nexus 5, because it’s worse! If it were cheaper, it might be worth it, but Apple’s iRipoff corporate strategy wouldn’t allow this.

        • pmds25

          Yes, why don’t you go on talking about blind and deaf – as if you weren’t the textbook example!

          I would give examples, but that would be beside the point – it’s my opinion and I don’t feel the need to justify it. It’s a free country (world), and I’m not forcing my opinion on you, in which case I would justify it. My opinions are based on the many websites and comparisons/reviews I read, YouTube videos I watch and my own personal experiences combined with that of iSheep friends.

          I don’t care about US carriers’ buyback schemes – in the UK there is no similarly well-paying scheme and so eBay is the best comparison I can make, and probably even in your case (certainly in mine), the best option.

          You really amuse me in saying how blind you think I am – just saying that makes you that, yourself. I’m not blind (that’s you) because if the iPhone actually offered a decent package for its price I would take it. But since the cheaper product is better, I’ll take that (the Nexus 5), thanks.

          The glaring defect with the 5s is its sky-high price and lack of lots of functions that the Nexus 5 easily offers. Again, the glaring defects and facts that don’t make any difference to the user experience, and which I don’t care about therefore.

          Yes, I want to compare build quality, and the drugs I’m on are the ones that let me explain how the Nexus 5′s is better. In a completely fair tarmac/asphalt drop test of the back, I am positive that the Nexus 5 would come out better, with its easier-to-hold, grippy soft plastic back. You would be less likely to drop it because of its far more ergonomic (for two handed use) size. Holding any phone in one hand, especially the accident-prone iPhone is an invitation to scratch it, and so in two-handed, sensible use, it would easily win. Besides, any scratches that it would attain (which in turn are less likely due to the more sturdy and less scratchable back) would be far less visible on both the white and black versions, than on the metallic, scratch-inviting iPhone. So you’re less likely to drop the more scratch-enduring phone, where any scratches are less likely to show up easily.

          The iPhone is horribly slippy, cold, and many people I know find it a bad size for either one-handed use (where it’s highly drop-prone and too much of a stretch) or two-handed use (where it’s too small to be able to hold properly and use comfortably and accurately). I’ve tried it out in the phone shop and just don’t like its size, the worst of two worlds (small or big). The Nexus 5, by comparison, is clearly defined as a big device that is ideal for safe, two-handed use, yet I still find easy (and relatively safe) to use one-handedly, because it fills the palm properly, unlike the narrow iPhone.

          I far prefer the nice soft-touch feel of the Nexus 5. It just feels nice, compared to the hard metal iPhone. Believe me, I’ve tried both, side-by-side. It may be plastic (a ‘cheap’ material) but Apple has already demonstrated (not that well!) how plastic can still allow for a nice feel, in the 5c – although again they used hard, shiny plastic vs the soft, matte plastic of the Nexus 5.

          Yep, I know about sapphire crystal. It may be great, but virtually nothing is up to the job of protecting against the dangers of the pocket (KEYS (I know people whose Touch ID doesn’t work after leaving their iPhone in the same pocket as their house keys), coins, etc.). The guy did use knives, but he only lightly scratched it before it no longer worked – similar to the kind of attack it may face in the typical pocket, which hasn’t been specially iPhone 5s-proofed by removing sharp items.

          Virtually no-one has made anything of the sapphire lens on the back – and I’ve never heard of anyone complaining about their smartphone having a nonfunctional camera due to scratching. So I don’t desire that, I don’t need to waste world resources for a marketing ploy, a gimmick.

          People say it’s bad because they don’t think about that it’s a smartphone camera, which, by definition, is a bad idea. In the case of a ‘bad’ picture the automatic Auto Awesome/Auto Enhance tools can correct that, and in reasonable conditions (i.e. not pitch dark) I’ve never failed to get a good picture, and I take a lot: for my job, for personal use etc. I just can’t see the logic in their findings – I can’t see the rave! I have literally put the two side by side in a phone shop, and noticed no difference at all (except the lack of the awesome HDR+ in the iPhone, which, by the way, is NOT blown out, even in the test you said earlier on in the comments section).

          I know you won’t like this, but the iPhone just is so stuck that you can’t do half of the tweaks you can do on the Nexus 5, or even any half-decent Android (4.1+, mostly). Yes, if you hated the colour reproduction in the Nexus 5 so much that you wanted to change it, you could just go and install any filter app to apply a customisable filter on top of ALL content. But since it’s the iPhone that has badly-adjusted colours whenever I seem to see a photo, that’s not the case.

          I love the colour/saturation/reproduction etc. of my IPS display. Even if it were inaccurate (which it’s not), and dim (which it’s not) and “uncontrasty” (which it’s not) as you make it out to be, it’s just beautiful. I have no complaint and neither does anyone else who doesn’t live off the Apple-biased rubbish lots of ‘technical’ sites offer. In real life, it’s just great.

          Ok, maybe I’ll just skip your “the mighty God Apple is the only way” rant and concentrate on one thing: big corporations making big profits is not nice for consumers. It drives up prices. The iPhone costs Apple just as much to make as the Nexus 5 does to Google/LG. Yet they sell it at a huge profit. That’s why Apple appears to be so much more successful, because they’re fobbing off loads of iSheep with iRipoffs worth half their price tag. They make phones worth half the price and sell them for double, well of course they’ll be making more profit. And Apple’s iFailing iRubbish iAds saying iNothing about their iRipoff iSh1t iDevices is what entices the iSheep in.

          Samsung does not imitate Apple. They simply implement ideas later, that they were already working on before Apple claimed to innovate and invent.

          Let’s not get off the track here. Your rant is illogical, a load of iRubbish that Apple fed you, and, above all, not even true! Apple are advertising monsters, they contact all these people, who don’t consider the alternatives that are often better and cheaper, and so fall into the iTrap of not being able to switch. In good time, when many organisations are replacing their ageing devices, they will consider the choices and alternatives at hand, and choose wisely, free from Apple’s iPestering.

          One last thing, yeah: your iRipoff iDevice is an iOverpriced iLoad of iBuggy iSh1t made by iSlave iLabourers in iChina iFactories, designed (with iBugs and iSecurity iRisks (iNot iFixed iUntil iMany iMonths iLater) iIncorporated iInto the iClosedUp iNotPossibleToDoManyThings iOS) in iApple’s iHeadquarters. My Nexus is a load of useful features at a great price, made in Taiwan/Japan/Korea by free people, stably designed, with possibilty to do most things in mind, in Google’s HQ.

          The funniest thing is that you, novice iSheep, have made a fool of yourself, as I’ve just shown you.

          iHave iAn iGood iDay, iSheep iNumber iAn iMillion

        • tiger

          You’re ignorant.

          Your opinions are just that…opinions with no weight. Bring FACTS to the table. Otherwise, your posts here are worthless…and they are.

          The buyback programs give you a SOLID picture of resale value without any variables. These are NOT my numbers…your N5 is worth $68 on buyback. $68. FACT.

          I find your “opinion” on sapphire funny. Do you even know what it is???? I doubt it from what you wrote. In fact, i am pretty sure that you have no idea what you’re talking about!

          READ UP on Sapphire…read up on what scratches it. OMG, you’re ignorant and proud of it!

          As for your point about Auto Awesome post-processing, you’re kidding, right?! Please tell me that you’re kidding! Talk to any photographer about that and he will laugh in your face! N5 ain’t a full size sensor camera where you can get details in post-processing! Hahaha, too funny. Again, you are making a fool of yourself without much help from me!

          Is your job taking pictures for the blind??

          N5 sunlight contrast ratio is 2.2. iPhone 5S is 4.0, nearly DOUBLE that of N5 outside!!!! Dude, can you wrap your tiny brain around that??

          Corporate world and Fortune 500 businesses use Apple FOR THEMSELVES, not to sell it. Do you even understand that? If anything, based on your backward logic, corporate world employees and CEOs would use cheap phones to maximize their own profits, right? This is not the case, is it? I know that your brain is too small to comprehend, but at least use what you have to think this through.

          Right now, you’re embarrassing yourself…again!

          How long did it take for you to come up with that last paragraph? That was funny…in a special olympics kind of way.

          I feel kinda bad responding to you because i feel that you’re somewhat of a special education person.

        • pmds25

          You crack me up … lol

          I’ll reply to you once I stop laughing at how you’ve just made a fool of yourself, showing us just how much of an iSheep you are, for the umpteenth time….. :-)

        • tiger

          Is that all? Let me guess…you will go silent from now on?

          Bring FACTS. Show me some facts to back up what you say. Fair?

        • pmds25

          I’ll bring what I like to the conversation….

          Still laughing at iYour iFail…

        • tiger

          Yeah, you can bring more ignorance and stupidity to this discussion.
          Special Ed is calling you back…you’re their star student!

        • pmds25

          And Apple iSchool is calling you in for iRetraining after iFailing in a comments section… You just don’t seem to get how I really don’t value buyback, since it offers lower prices on almost all devices than eBay.

          And wait, perhaps SuperSpecial iEd is calling you for general stupidity, you’re their dumbest student!!!

          Lol, you’re such an iFail iSheep #lol

        • tiger

          $68!!!!! You just got OWNED!

          At this rate, by next year and 64-bit Android, you have to GIVE money for someone to take your phone!!!

          $68! 83% depreciation in 4 months!

        • iSheep

          iBaa iBaa iBaa iBaa iBaa ….. iSheep – lol

        • tiger

          iBaa > $68. But wait, there’s more…some versions peg it at $57!!!!

        • pmds25

          The one thing I’ll say for now is that THERE IS NO BUYBACK IN THE UK SO I DON’T GIVE A SH1T ABOUT IT!

          If I can get more money (even in the USA) by selling it on eBay, that’s all that matters to me, really. You can rant on about how it’s independant etc etc. But if I can sell it for £10 less than I can buy it that just goes to show how strong the resale value is.

          I’ll embarrass you more, later on… I’m busy right now…

          Get ready to be whipped….

        • tiger

          $68!!! BTW, these carriers turn around and sell these buyback phones to eBay re-sellers (big names). So, yeah, this is what carriers AND big-name eBayers think your phone is worth!!!
          $68 freaking dollars! Whopping 83% depreciation in 4 months on the market!!!!!!!
          ENOUGH SAID.
          BRING FACTS. Your opinions have been proven to be a joke.

        • pmds25

          You are a joke, enough iBaad about, iSheep. Go to iSchool, learn some manners and common sense at SuperSpecial iEd and then come back.

        • pmds25

          “You’re ignorant.” Why don’t you give yourself a lesson in your own weakness, Mr. I’m Extremely Ignorant And An iSheep.

          “Your opinions are just that…opinions with no weight. Bring FACTS to the table. Otherwise, your posts here are worthless…and they are.” My opinions are the kind that you can’t put a stat behind – it’s a matter of preference. (E.g. on paper the metal back of the 5s is no better than the soft-touch plastic of the Nexus 5. But in real life people have their own preferences.) In my opinion the iPhone just lacks features (I’ve already told you them previously, see my V3 article comments, I’m not going to repeat myself) – but that’s not an opinion because there simply is no option for these things in the settings.

          “The buyback programs give you a SOLID picture of resale value without any variables. These are NOT my numbers…your N5 is worth $68 on buyback. $68. FACT.” Why don’t you go READ MY PREVIOUS COMMENTS AND REALISE I DON’T CARE ABOUT THE BUYBACK BECAUSE IT’S NON-EXISTENT IN THE UK!? If I sell my Nexus 5 I’ll go to eBay because it has a strong resale value there. The only variable there is the number on sale, which appears to be not too many, since the depreciation is low, and that’s also an indicator of how pleased owners are with the Nexus 5 – they’d have ditched it by now if they didn’t like it.

          “I find your “opinion” on sapphire funny. Do you even know what it is???? I doubt it from what you wrote. In fact, i am pretty sure that you have no idea what you’re talking about!” Yep, I’ve researched it. Unlike you, obviously.

          “READ UP on Sapphire…read up on what scratches it. OMG, you’re ignorant and proud of it!” And you’re stupid, but can’t be proud of it because you’re too stupid to be proud.

          “As for your point about Auto Awesome post-processing, you’re kidding, right?! Please tell me that you’re kidding! Talk to any photographer about that and he will laugh in your face! N5 ain’t a full size sensor camera where you can get details in post-processing! Hahaha, too funny. Again, you are making a fool of yourself without much help from me!” Yep, I smell a fool (you) trying to troll himself. Auto Awesome is by no means a professional post-processing software, but it does improve pictures to make them better than the iPhone’s. It’s something the iPhone lacks, yet again. No smartphone has a proper full sized sensor, but Auto Awesome makes the most of the size available in a smartphone.

          “Is your job taking pictures for the blind??” Yes, for you, the blindest person in the world. Wow, I didn’t even know you could qualify for a World Record, considering your stupidity!

          “N5 sunlight contrast ratio is 2.2. iPhone 5S is 4.0, nearly DOUBLE that of N5 outside!!!! Dude, can you wrap your tiny brain around that??” Yes, and can you wrap your non-existent brain around the fact that I don’t care and that this stat doesn’t seem to reflect the great q results I consistently get when I use it?

          “Corporate world and Fortune 500 businesses use Apple FOR THEMSELVES, not to sell it. Do you even understand that? If anything, based on your backward logic, corporate world employees and CEOs would use cheap phones to maximize their own profits, right? This is not the case, is it? I know that your brain is too small to comprehend, but at least use what you have to think this through.” Will you get on the subject of phones, please? I said that but corporations making big profits isn’t good for phone consumers, like you and me, because prices go up. What’s so difficult to understand about that?! Wait, you just came out of the Special iEducation unit, you don’t have an iBrain yet.

          “Right now, you’re embarrassing yourself…again!” Nice joke, Mr. I’m Embarrassing Myself By Commenting Stupidly.

          “How long did it take for you to come up with that last paragraph? That was funny…in a special olympics kind of way.” In the kind of way that it only took me as long to write as it took me to type it and the way that it’s the true story of your sad life.

          “I feel kinda bad responding to you because i feel that you’re somewhat of a special education person.” Awww, a self-confession! iGo iBack iTo iSchool, iTramp iSheep.

          iBest iRegards,

          The non-iSheep, non-Apple-funded pmds25

        • Eyean

          If Fandroid followers had an advantage on hardware specs, you would be pointing it out. Buy what you like, both OS’s have their pros and con’s.

        • pmds25

          I know. The fact that you think that both are equal should mean that people like you, who think they are equal in some measure, should buy the cheaper alternative realistically. Now which one might that be?????

        • tiger

          We all knew what happened to you last time! You ran out of logical thinking and facts. I hope that you can do better this time.

      • pmds25

        You know, I don’t give a fricking toss about the millisecond difference or software optimisation. The Nexus 5 beats or matches the iPhone 5s in every department (I prefer the Nexus 5′s camera, for the record) and the fact that it’s got more features and costs HALF the amount means that I can get next year’s model when that comes out and still be better off monetarily – so I’ll have all the latest tech then, rather than being stuck with the iPhone 5s for two years — with the same amount of money. It’s a no brainer. There is no reason anyone should (or would, if they informed themselves properly) choose the iPhone 5s over the Nexus 5 if they can get hold of the latter, unless they are a compete and utter iSheep going iBaa all day long. Like you.

        • tiger

          And we all know your side of the story! You prefer one of the worst camera of 2013? Yeah, that makes perfect sense!

          Get next year’s model? What’s your resale? Oh no, you lose on resale. 2 yrs from now, your N5 is worthless, esp with Android 64. My 5S will be sought after.

          I can sell my 5S next year and get a lot back. No difference in the end.

          Go see Sprint or ATT buyback value.

          N5…horrible camera, horrible DAC (throw those headphones out!), crack just by looking at it wrong!

        • Jack D

          The nexus 5 camera is excellent, especially since the kit Kat upgrade.

        • tiger

          Take your N5…go inside your office/house. Point it at the wall with a window. Use HDR+. Take a picture with the window within the frame. Unless the outside sky is very dark, your window in the picture will be blown out! No details of the outside nor of the window can be seen.

          Trust me, i have done the above test with an N5.

        • Jack D

          Phones are subsidized in the US, the reality is the iPhone 5s costs more than twice as much as a Nexus 5 without subsidies. The nexus 5 has a 5″ true HD IPS screen, NFC, wireless charging, good battery life, extremely fast CPU and GPU and excellent camera for half the price. The iPhone screen is as big as a credit card, massive fail and iTunes slash my wrists and that Barbie Doll OS look.

        • tiger

          iPhone 5s 16GB is $650. Nexus 5 16GB is 350.

          Good luck in your eyes telling the difference beyond 320 ppi from normal viewing distance!

          NFC? Outdated. See iBeacon.

          Barbie Doll OS? Ask your corporate world which OS they use.

        • tiger

          Actually, i am wrong…N5 had the second WORST camera of 2013…Motorola X had the distinction of being the worst!

          Basically, Google two flagships of 2013 had the worst camera of 2013! Now, THAT is an achievement that no one wants!

      • Liz L

        Android run time will provide the next performance boost when it is implemented by deadly under the next version of Android. I have never seen significant increases in performance from adopting 64 bit, it is about future proofing and apple have gone early. By your reckoning all apple customers who were not on the latest version of handset should have suffered a massive performance hit. Rendering there phones useless.

        • tiger

          Actually, there are already features on 5S that is left out of 5C and earlier phones. Burst mode. Auto HDR. Why? Because these require the A7 processing power.

          There are many many apps in the app store that takes advantage of A7 to provide graphics and smoothness not seen on 5C/5.

          In fact, Skype HD on iOS is only for 5S (and iPad Air/Mini Retina).

        • tiger

          64-bit is just a side show. The REAL benefit that many folks, including CNET & other bloggers, forget is modern ARMv8 architecture.

          So, it maybe that Android is not ready for 64-bit, but ARMv8 architecture is far superior to the >20 year old ARMv7. By jumping to ARMv8, you get much faster and more efficient processing in EVERYTHING…THAT alone is enough incentive!!!

          The reason Samsung (and Qualcomm) is making ignorant statements is that they are so far behind Apple in developing a chip with ARMv8 architecture. These folks have been seating on their behinds using an ancient (read: over 20 years old design!) architecture and just ramming up GHz and core counts for PURE MARKETING purposes. If you think 64-bit is gimmicky, then you need to look at what Samsung and Qualcomm are doing! These folks have been playing their ignorant customers like a pro!

          ARMv8 is modern and has clear benefits. Samsung and Qualcomm are just so far behind that they have to make ridiculous public statements to cover their laziness! THINK…they are over ONE year behind Apple in developing ARMv8 processor!!!! In tech world, that is beyond comprehension! These well-known chip designers & makers somehow fell so far behind a “novice” chip designer (Apple).

          I encourage everyone to READ up on ARMv8 vs. ARMv7. Your Android chips are ancient history. Blame Samsung and Qualcomm for tricking you by flash GHz and core counts in front of your face!

      • Rohit Singh Yadav

        Please go back to your icave….you want to spend money on a phone for the camera lol…when DSLRs come for half its price……I can get an n5 and a brilliant cannon…at the same price as 5s….aalso that disgusting screen size…..

        • tiger

          Remind me…what is the most popular camera in the world among all the photo sharing sites? Canon? Nikon? Nexus? Want to guess?

          I agree with you. 5S camera ain’t that great…great for a phone, but no where near a good P&S. But, we’re talking phone comparisons here.

          That disgusting screen size is also why it is the most popular best selling premium phone in the world…by far. So, i would say that the MAJORITY of folks who buy flagships disagrees with you.

          Tell me a BRILLIANT Canon that you can buy for $200-300?

  • tiger

    Android 64 bit. Most phandroids say that it is easy to do. Not exactly…

    It’s actually the JAVA JVM itself that is 64bit extensible – not the OS [Android] itself. Every stable variant of Android is built upon a 32bit linux kernel. A 64bit Android variant will have to be built upon a completely rearchitected kernel.

    The kernel can do 64bit memory addressing, but that’s it. The runtime environment is 32bit. The ART and Dalvik VM use a 32bit register. When Android is retooled “Kernel to API” to support ARMv8, then and only then will it truly be a true 64bit OS.

    Yes, the kernel would have to be re-built to 64-bit, but that’s not the only difficult part. You would need to get all the device drivers, APIs, libraries, tools, SDKs, etc., to 64-bit and then optimize them to fully exploit the 64-bit ARMv8 architecture for performance.

    In other words, Apple is waaaayyyy ahead of Android in 64-bit/ARMv8. Like the chip design, Apple is AT LEAST ONE YEAR ahead of everyone.

    • wish ur craple was like my N5

      You again……Lol..fighting against everyone with your icrap phone Lol…….you again against everyone trying to convince everyone that your phone is still awesome Lol……you are such a joke dude….really………Lol..you are the only one here that believes everything you think is awsome …..Lol…you are such a girl..do you hear the latest….. Google is buying apple and shutting it down … …Lol…I’m not gonna even waste my time to look at what you have to reply You are such a girl ..Lol.. I’ve b in person you Are as timid as you sound Lol.

      • tiger

        Actually, your PMS rant is kinda weird…it is pretty clear that you sit to urinate.