Nexus 5 vs. iPhone 5S for speediness

By Daniel Chubb - Nov 9, 2013

The Nexus 5 vs. iPhone 5S would make a fair test considering both smartphones only just launched, so the specs should be on a level playing field for these high-end phones. For some people speed is everything and they have come to hate waiting, and this is why we want to feature a speed test video that reviews the speediness of the Android and iOS devices.

In this Apple iPhone 5S vs. Google Nexus 5 speed test video you will see both smartphones compared side-by-side and with some minor details about the specs.

The video creator explains that both the Nexus 5 and iPhone 5S are very close in terms of speed, so they changed things a little by putting both handsets through a “virtual obstacle course”. You then get to watch to see what phone completes that course in the fastest possible time.

On YouTube you can see the almost 4 minute video has over 1,300 likes compared to just over 150 dislikes, so it seems the majority of 27,000 viewers have enjoyed this speed test so far. You can see the video hands-on below this article.

How important is smartphone speed to you? Who is your winner from Nexus 5 vs. iPhone 5S?

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  • robby

    400$ for 32 g and 715$ for 16g i hope the iphone is a bit better for christ sake!!!!!

    • jameskatt

      The iPhone is better. It is part of a complete ecosystem which includes Macs, AppleTV. If you can’t afford an iPhone, you simply don’t have a good enough job.

      • RichDunn

        The Apple “ecosystem” is absolutely shocking! For a company that pride themselves on being good with media trying to get their technology to communicate with each other is a royal pain! Give me some Android goodness and a Windows laptop anyday! Ps your comment about jobs is incorrect people who want an iPhone will always find a way.

        • Patrick

          The the problem is the fact that androids are not compatible with each other, and pretty much all computers whereas all apple products are compatible with each other and all pcs

    • Idon’t Know

      Google sells the Nexus 5 at a loss. The 16gb iPhone is $649. Which is in line with all the top Android phones.

  • Jurassic

    Other than the slightly slower cold boot-up (which is not done often when using a cell phone) the iPhone was noticeably faster. The iPhone 5S ended 17 seconds before the Nexus. If you negate the boot-up, the iPhone 5S was more than 20 seconds faster!

    Where the speed really showed up was in the speed and smoothness of the 3D animation on the iPhone 5S, while it was jerky and missed frames on the Nexus (ironically running Google Earth ;-))

    The topper is that all of the apps that were run on the iPhone 5S were 32-bit. CNET recently reported that 64-bit apps run 25% faster than the same apps in 32-bit version on the iPhone 5S.

    Since all of the apps that come with the iPhone 5S (including the iWork and the iLife apps) are 64-bit, and since many developers are converting their 32-bit apps to 64-bit for the iPhone 5S and the new 64-bit iPads (for example Infinity Blade 3), running 64-bit apps on the iPhone 5S would show a large speed increase over what we see in the video.

  • puggsly

    That was a really great test. You might do some “multi-tasking” in the future to see how well the iPhone and Android platforms do with moving things back into memory, but all and all. That was a good way to show one aspect of phone speed.

  • הדר

    The headline should of been iphone 5s vs the half priced nexus 5 speed test.

    • Idon’t Know

      Which is sold at or below cost and you get what you pay for.

  • Mav6

    Well it’s a good thing Google is already addressing this with ART (Android Runtime) which is suppose to replace Dalvik very soon and address exactly the issues of faster app opening, better battery life and an all round smoother performance from Android. Matter fact ART is already in Android 4.4 KitKat but you must manually switch over from Dalvik to ART and from what everybody is saying who has it’s a overall better and faster experience and it’s still in beta so good things to come.

  • Richard Yarrell

    Exactly Nexus 5 doesn’t matter in reality. Note 3 vs Iphone 5s would be a better test. I definitely like this test format.

  • Ashley Waugh

    Good comparison, however I’ve always considered the nexus line of devices to be “mid range” devices. I would be interested in seeing the results of this test between an Iphone 5S and a Samsung Galaxy note 3 (also released very close together)