Apple has its iPhone, Google has its Nexus, and both are competing to become the new gold standard when it comes to smartphones. So which one is best for you? In today’s blog post, we break down both devices to help you make that decision…
For years, the iPhone has dominant, making up around 43% of smartphone market in America alone. Though in recent years, companies like Samsung, HTC, Microsoft and of course, Google, have joined in on the battle, offering comparable and more affordable options.
And with the holiday shopping season right the corner, and with its recent release, attention now turns to Google and what they hope to accomplish. So without further ado, let’s see what both have to offer:
A successor to last year’s Nexus 4, Google aimed to create a bigger, more powerful option to its predecessor. this time around. The end result is a “phablet” known as the Nexus 5. What can it offer you this time? Here’s a quick rundown:
- A 5.42-inch tall screen, an increase from the 5. 27 from the last
- Runs on Androids 4.4 KitKat operating system, the first device come standard with it
- Features an 8-megapixel OIS camera with a Sony Sensor, offering a smoother and crisper and video.
- 2 GB of RAM
- 2.3 GHz processor
- Snapdragon 800 quad-core chip, as well as Andreno 330 graphics, making it one of the most powerful phones on the market.
- Up to 7 hours of talk time on battery, which will also support wireless charging
- 16 and 32 GB of storage
The phone was released 10/31, with a release date of 11/8 for Sprint users. As for its price tag, that runs to $349 off-contract
Arguably one of the most sought-after phones year-in and year-out, Apple released its iPhone 5 successor – the 5s – in September to much fanfare and high demand, so much so that it out-sold its own 5c model and the competing Samsung Galaxy S4.
But what did they have that made everyone want to wait in line at the Apple Store again? Here’s what’s under the hood:
- A 4.87-inch screen by 2.31 inches
- Runs on the new iOS7
- Apple A7, the first 64-bit processor on a smartphone
- M7 motion processor
- Up to 10 hours of talk time on battery
- 8 megapixel camera
- 16, 32, and 64 GB of storage
- 1.3 GHz dual-core processor
- 1 GB of RAM
- Touch ID, a new fingerprint scanner for security
As for its price, the iPhone 5s starts out at $649 off-contract, but you can get it for $199 with a contract.
For the most part, your choice is reliant on personal preference. In terms of its hardware, the Nexus 5 edges the iPhone 5s by a slight margin, though the difference might not be noticeable to most. In regards to its operating system, this hinges on whichever you like more. The same goes for the camera, as both are 8 megapixel.
Since this blog centers on how to live better cheaper, which one will give you the most bang for your buck? This one is a little tricky. The $349 off-contract price tag can be alluring, but if you want a contract, then $199 is definitely the better deal – the Nexus is not available on a contract yet. You’ll definitely get what you’re paying for, but in the end, it just depends on which device you prefer.
So who will win this battle? Stay tuned…
So what are your thoughts? Which phone do you like? Is there a better option out there? Let us know in the comments section below.
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