iPhone 5S vs Nexus 5 head-to-head review

For the past few years Google has worked to steal customers from Apple by radically undercutting the price of its devices. The Nexus 5 is the latest step in this strategy, with Google intentionally selling it for close to half the price of the Apple iPhone 5S, which starts at £549.

However, with Apple having added a host of enterprise-friendly security and productivity features, including a new Touch ID fingerprint scanner, many experts have questioned whether price alone will be enough to entice corporate customers away from the ever-popular iPhone.

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Design and build

Visually the iPhone 5S doesn't stray too far from the iPhone 5's design. The iPhone 5S even measures and weighs the same, at 124x59x7.6mm and 112g. This is no bad thing, though, as despite being a year old, the iPhone 5 and 5S still look great. The phones both feature a metallic chassis and Gorilla Glass front that looks and feels top end.

The larger 138x69x8.6mm, 130g Nexus 5 feels a little bit cheaper, featuring a slightly rubberised plastic chassis. That said, of the two, the Nexus 5 is more comfortable to hold. This is because, unlike the hard-edged iPhone 5S, the Nexus 5 has rounded sides that make it feel far more ergonomic in hand.broken Nexus 5
Sadly, despite being comfortable, the Nexus 5 isn't as solidly built as the iPhone 5S. While it is more scratch resistant, the Nexus 5's screen is prone to shattering. A two-foot drop onto a carpeted floor was more than the Nexus 5 could handle and its screen shattered to pieces. With further research we found our experience is a common one and numerous early buyers have reported similar issues.

Winner: The iPhone 5S

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When Apple first debuted its Retina display technology it was undeniably the best available. For this reason it's unsurprising that Apple has chosen to load the 5S with the same 4in 1136x640, 326ppi Retina display originally seen on the iPhone 5.
iPhone 5S vs Nexus 5 front
This isn't terrible as despite being a year old the iPhone 5S Retina display still looks great and outperforms most other smartphone screens. But one year on there are a small number of smartphones boasting better screens. Featuring a 4.95in Full HD in-plane switching (IPS) 1920x1080, 445 ppi display, the Nexus 5 is one of these smartphones.

The Nexus 5's screen is in general slightly better than the iPhone 5S's: icons appeared slightly crisper and colours popped out a little more. The added screen space also made typing and editing documents on the Nexus 5 far easier than it was on the iPhone 5S. So long as you don't drop it, the Nexus 5's screen is better than the one on the iPhone 5S.

Winner: The Nexus 5

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Software and security

Both the iPhone 5S and Nexus 5 run on the latest versions of their parent companies' software. The iPhone 5S runs using iOS 7 and the Nexus 5 features Android 4.4 KitKat. In terms of productivity, picking between the two is pretty difficult as both have a host of enterprise-friendly services.

On the Nexus, you have key services such as Google Drive, Now, Calendar and Gmail preinstalled. This means that companies using Google services will be able to get more out of the Nexus 5, being able to store documents in the Drive cloud storage service and then edit them on their phone while on the move.

Now is also a great productivity service for business users. It works by analysing information stored on the user's Google account and then cross referencing it with other key bits of data, such as location, to offer push updates about the status of local transport networks or upcoming calendar events. After a few weeks using Now we found it was fairly good at pushing valid content and information to us that we would otherwise have missed and can definitely see its enterprise appeal.
iPhone 5S vs Nexus 5 dynamic
By comparison the iPhone 5S comes bundled with a host of iOS productivity apps, such as Pages for documents, Numbers for spreadsheets and Keynote for presentations. While you do have to manually download the app, the fact they're free is great because, with iOS 7's iCloud sync options, Pages similarly lets iPhone users continue to work on and edit presentations or documents using their smartphone.

In the past this meant we'd usually call the software round a draw. However, with iOS 7 Apple has loaded the software with a massive 41 security updates. The upgrades relate to a number of key services and code, including iOS 7's certificate trust policy, data protection systems and Safari web browser.

The OS also features a Find My iPhone service that lets you locate and remote-wipe a lost or stolen iPhone and custom Touch ID fingerprint scanner. The scanner works by scanning the sub-epidermal skin layers of a user's finger to verify their identity before unlocking and is designed to protect data stored on lost or stolen iPhones. The combination of security features and upgrades make the iPhone 5S one of the safest choices for businesses.

Winner: The iPhone 5S

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