iPhone 6 vs Nexus 4: A defense

Apple fans beware: this is going to be a controversial post. In this post, our editor Si Jie makes his stand against this commentary featured on India Business Today.

Business Today (India) : Why Apple iPhone 6 cannot be compared to Google Nexus 4

In case you haven’t seen, this comparison is floating all across Facebook and Twitter.

Netizens have taken to mock the iPhone 6 by comparing it with the Nexus 4.
Netizens have taken to mock the iPhone 6 by comparing it with the Nexus 4.


I understand where Singal, the author of the commentary at Business Today, was coming from. After all, this is a phone made in 2014. Yet, having read the commentary by Singal, the Android in me made me post this.

Call me an Android fan, an Apple eater, whatever that may be.
But the infographic made sense.

Let me make my stand clear: Singal likens the comparison to that of a Mercedes versus a Toyota – “a Toyota Camry would never be a match for the Mercedes SLS AMG”. If so, then it’s fair for me to say that while I’ve been driving a car for two years, you, as an Apple fan, have been walking. The Android community has been enjoying these features for 2 years, and comparing a recent phone to that of a 2-year-old, discontinued phone is a little too much.

Two years.

Nexus 4 has gotten its successor already: the iPhone 7 Nexus 5. If we were talking about fair comparison, then it would have been the Nexus 4 versus the iPhone 5, mind you.

Two years.

Perhaps the strongest argument from Singal’s commentary was the iPhone’s CPU. The Nexus 4 loses, I admit, but hey, why not compare the 4th generation Intel i7 CPUs with the Core 2 Duo (back in the days when Intel had the catchy ringtone)?

For Android as a whole though, processors have gotten huge updates. Quad-core1.5GHz is in the upper-mid range already. Look at the newest Qualcomm Snapdragons. The 8-core Snapdragon 810 runs well over 2GHz. Even the weaker Snapdragon 615 has 8 cores clocked at up to 1.7GHz. Apple still runs on two.

Two years.

Cameras have evolved to 41 megapixels (Nokia Lumia 1020). Fine, that’s not an Android phone. Sony released a 20.1 megapixels one. Even Apple’s best friend, Samsung, puts 13 into their phones. Now let me try to recall when Optical Image Stabilisation was introduced for Android phones.

For the Nexus 4, the camera was one of the components in which people didn’t like. It still at least had 8 megapixels.

Two years.

Wireless charging on the Nexus 4. If we are comparing Apples with apples, where’s the wireless charging even, on the iPhone? Singal claims that no one uses wireless charging, but I can’t use it even if I want to, on the iPhone! In this aspect, the iPhone is still at 2010 standards.

Two years.

Premium has taken a seat back. Have you seen Mi3’s sales? Have you seen Nexus 5’s sales? If everyone has an iPhone, the attraction of it being premium no longer works anymore!
Honestly, price matters now. Because a phone is no longer something novel, the iPhone has lost its stand given its price. It’s no longer the monopoly it once was. Any higher pricing – almost 1500 for the iPhone 6 Plus – and I’ll gladly go for Google Glass.

Two years.

I can’t help but say that the Nexus 4 has almost as high pixel density as the iPhone 6. Retina HD? I think my eyes can do better than that.

Two years.

Apple’s customer support was top-notch. But competitors aren’t losing out. As for the Nexus series, customer support from Google can’t be any better. Drop them a message and you can ship it back directly to the people who made it. You don’t even have to step out of your house! Talk about the hassle of calling and visiting the customer care centres.


Above all, the infographic was meant to mock the new iPhone, not a simple direct comparison. If I wanted just a comparison, I would have done it with the Samsung Galaxy 5S S5 or the LG G3. Taking it at face value, is as good as comparing, well, Apples and Oranges, or Toyota and Mercedes for that matter. In any case, let me buy five nexus 4s, for the price of the iPhone 6.

 It’s been two damn years.

This article is not representative of the stand of Twenty First Tech and only serves to convey the writer’s viewpoint.



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