LG Nexus 4 vs. iPhone, review talks customization

By Daniel Chubb - Nov 9, 2012

This wouldn’t be the first time we touched on the LG Nexus 4 vs. iPhone 5, which first happened at the end of last month when we looked at the specs for both smartphones, and this revealed the differences between the Apple iPhone 5 and LG Nexus 4 features on paper. You can see a table comparing the specs in this article, although today we wanted to highlight a video that performs an LG Nexus 4 vs. iPhone review from a hands-on perspective.

We’ve owned every iPhone since the first generation and after spending years investing money in iOS apps and other Apple products, it would not be an easy task to switch to Android even if we wanted to. This is without looking at the fact that our MacBooks, Apple TV, iPads, iPod touch, and other Apple gear work really well together making it a bad idea to switch.

LG Nexus 4 vs. iPhone visual review that is bias – it would be an understatement to say that the video below this article is a little one-sided, with a lot of favoritism towards Google Android, but the reviewer raises some important points that we think our readers might want to hear if they haven’t seen this video review already.

The reviewer claims to have used an iPhone for around one month and then realized that Android is better, especially when it comes to the UI, and in this video he aims to convince people with the LG Nexus 4 and an iPhone 4S in-hand, although he mistakenly put iPhone 5 in the title. The visual review touches on how difficult it is to perform certain tasks in iOS 6 and then shows how easy these are on Android Jelly Bean, which aims to show the difference in flexibility.

The bottom-line is customization: this is a very bias video and some of the points made are pretty crazy, like being able to search Google from every screen, which would be more of a pain for us rather than a better solution. It is also true that Android looks cluttered in our opinion, but equally this video author makes some good points about certain tasks that are easier in Android. The most important point made had been customization, and this is one of the reasons iOS 6 users want a jailbreak and some are thinking about moving to Android if it doesn’t come soon.

If you had to choose between the LG Nexus 4 and Apple’s iPhone 5/4S, which would you choose? It is worth noting that the video below is said to be part one, so if you liked it then you might want to bookmark the YouTube users profile page for when they upload part 2. Feel free to share your thoughts about the 13-minute video in the comments below.

UPDATE: We’ve added two more videos above the other video thanks to it being incorrect, so these two new videos deliver a spec comparison and hands-on for iPhone 5 vs. Nexus 4.

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  • I would and am choosing an Android.

    Very disappointed with Siri in the UK, then Maps.app and Apple Maps API, then removing Youtube from iPad which is what we mainly used that for.

    The iPhone/iPad experience has become dated, dull and boring.

    It’s not the pleasure to use it once was, it’s uninspiring and at times disappointing.

    I will be getting a Nexus 4 for better or worse, not an iPhone that I planned to get when I bought the 4 which I use now. Maybe it’s not as good, I don’t know, but it will be interesting starting over and learning new stuff.

  • Cripes! stop using the fisheye lens to do the photos, :-))

  • MRAndroid

    how much u have been paid by APPLE for writing this article

  • Adam Eastmond

    This is a sham. That’s a galaxy nexus, not a nexus 4. This video is like a year old. It’s just been retitled for views

  • Yup old video with new misleading title. I tried an ipad for a few weeks and bought an asus tablet. I got bored of the apple ios really fast. I liked it, but for me android is just faster for me. Want my email? flick to the right there is the widget. Want calander? flick to the right preloaded calendar widget. Get bored with that, put up other widgets. Don’t like the launcher? Get a new one. Want to call work? spin the phone around on the table (tasker) it goes on and on. Just buy what you want and use it.

  • Stance&Fitment

    This video is from some random guy who stole this video from the original youtube user, Armando Ferreira, and relabeled the title.
    The original video is a comparison of a Samsung Galaxy Nexus on Ice Cream Sandwich and the iphone 4S on iOS5.
    Regardless, I find a Pure vanilla android OS is far more advanced then the stale iOS which has been lagging behind for the past several years (i.e., bluetooth file transfer, 4g, larger screen, etc.).
    Am I picking up the Nexus 4? Most definitely! I’m on T-mobile, and I average 10-17 mbps down on their HSPA+, so the lack of 4g LTE isn’t even a concern for me.

  • mrlbattle

    I was and iPhone user since day one. I switched to Android and found that Android is light years ahead of Apple I wish I had made this decision before spending money on Apple products so I find this video on point trust me Android is much better than Apple.

  • MAC

    This isn’t the Nexus 4, this is the 1 year old Galaxy Nexus with software that is 1 year old. he also states that he has used ipads for years and is very familiar with IOS. FACT!!

  • rod22

    Customisation isn’t everything really – I know Android users will hate me for saying anything against their platform, but I surrendered to the hype and picked up the Nexus 7 tab – I find it revolting to be honest. Jelly Bean is full of bugs, most apps keep crashing, its a battery hogger, the build quality is rubbish and also, I don’t really take the customisation very seriously. It’s only a gimmick which doesn’t really add any other use to your device. I actually am looking to trade this in for an iPad mini when they launch an update next year, hopefully with a retina display!

    • GT2005


      • Bervick

        CustomiSation is also a valid spelling. The Z is used in place of S in the US.

    • Justin W

      The iPad mini has a lesser display than the Nexus 7 (no Retina on the iPad mini – nice try though). The nexus 7 has a 1280x720p screen, whereas the Mini has a 1024×768 screen.