TechnoBuffalo - Mobile Madness 2014 - Brackets - Set 2

Yesterday's match-up between the LG G2 and the iPhone 5c ended up with the the G2 absolutely crushing the 5c. The vote came down 76 percent in favor of the G2 vs. the iPhone 5c. In most cases, we've discovered its hard for medium to budget devices to beat flagship devices and it appears that is what happened in this case.

Up today we have a match-up of two flagship devices, the Nexus 5 vs. iPhone 5s. The Nexus 5 beat its LG sibling, the LG G Flex to advance to this round, while the the 5S beat the Nokia Lumia 1020. The Nexus 5, of course, runs a pure, non-skinned version of Android. It also comes with wireless charging and the promise of timely software updates. The iPhone 5s sports a powerful A7 processer, a great camera and Touch ID.

Which device do you see winning this round? The LG Nexus 5 or the iPhone 5s? You decide.

LG Nexus 5

Nexus 5 Review Video

The Nexus line of phones is easily the best option for a pure Android (sans skins or bloatware) experience. Not to say all customized user interfaces are bad, in fact I enjoy Motorola's experience on the Moto X (then again Motorola Mobility is owned by our friends at Google) and most skins like Samsung's TouchWiz and HTC's Sense add more features to a device's camera. However, with Nexus, Android device updates are pushed out as soon as they are available to the public and you have the comfort of knowing your device should receive the next version of Android without worrying whether your manufacturer and/or carrier will push a variant to your phone.

The Nexus 5 is Google's latest flagship Android phone and certainly has specs to be worthy of being labeled a flagship device. Seeing as it is manufactured by LG, just as the Nexus 4 was, so it is easy to make comparison to LG's other devices. A tidal wave of leaks and rumors appeared long before the Nexus 5 was actually released, and many followers began culling the G2 as a benchmark for a forthcoming Nexus device.

It has a 4.9-inch, 1920 x 1080-pixel (445ppi) Full HD IPS display featuring Gorilla Glass 3, a 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 800, 2GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel rear camera anda 1.3 MP front camera. That's all in addition to Android 4.4 KitKat. On paper and in real life usage, this phone is a beast. We did not experience any lag, crashing apps, or any other issues whatsoever. The Nexus 5 is a perfect balance of solid hardware and an optimized operating system.

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LG Nexus 5

  • 4.95-inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display (445 ppi)
  • Android 4.4 (at launch)
  • 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
  • 2GB
  • 16GB, 32GB

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Apple iPhone 5s

iPhone 5s Video Review

The company took the stage in September and announced the iPhone 5s alongside the iPhone 5c, the first time ever that it revealed two devices at the same time, and in this review we're going to focus on the more powerful iPhone 5s.

It's available on a gamut of carriers starting at $199 and, while the body looks nearly identical to the iPhone 5, there are a lot of hardware changes that need to be discussed, including the Touch ID fingerprint reader, a new camera module, brand new software and more.

Is the iPhone 5s simply a small update to Apple's smartphone line, or a device worth an upgrade even for iPhone 5 users? We'll cover that and much more, so let's dive in.

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iPhone 5S product

iPhone 5s

  • 4-inch, 1136 x 640 pixel display (326 ppi)
  • iOS 7 (at launch)
  • A7 64 bit processor
  • 16GB, 32GB, 64GB

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