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Google Nexus S vs Apple iPhone 4

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Yet another bond that these two high-end smartphones share is their commitment to exhibit a sense of speed with their respective platforms. They are no slugs in any way since the iPhone 4 features a 1GHz Apple A4 processor and the Google Nexus S boasting a 1GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird processor. So yeah, you can easily sense their affinity for speed and responsiveness by simply navigating around their interface or by witnessing the smooth kinetic scrolling of long lists. Moreover, applications basically launch as soon as you activate them from the main menu. Once you've experienced their peppy performance, it's pretty clear that it would be difficult to go back to using something that doesn't live up to the speeds established by both handsets.

The interface of the Apple iPhone 4 - Google Nexus S vs Apple iPhone 4
The interface of the Apple iPhone 4 - Google Nexus S vs Apple iPhone 4
The interface of the Apple iPhone 4 - Google Nexus S vs Apple iPhone 4

The interface of the Apple iPhone 4


You can 
personalize the homescreens of the Google Nexus S with various 
shortcuts, widgets, and folders - Google Nexus S vs Apple iPhone 4
You can 
personalize the homescreens of the Google Nexus S with various 
shortcuts, widgets, and folders - Google Nexus S vs Apple iPhone 4
You can 
personalize the homescreens of the Google Nexus S with various 
shortcuts, widgets, and folders - Google Nexus S vs Apple iPhone 4

You can personalize the homescreens of the Google Nexus S with various shortcuts, widgets, and folders


If there's one thing that's still lacking with iOS 4, it has to be the fact that it's fairly skimp in terms of personalization. In reality, the only things you can modify with the iPhone 4 are simply things like the placement of the icons and the wallpaper – and that's it! Oppositely, Android 2.3 Gingerbread on the Nexus S shows off plenty of flare with its magnitude of personalized decorations – such as live wallpapers, widgets, shortcuts, and folders. Not only is Android 2.3 Gingerbread visually more appealing on the surface, but there's just so much creativity that one can do with it over the unchanged appearance of iOS 4.

For those heavily into social networking, the Nexus S proves itself to better integrate various aspects with the platform. Granted that you can get your fix by simply downloading dedicated apps like Facebook or Twitter on the iPhone 4, the Nexus S takes it one step further by integrating the social networking accounts of friends with your address book. So if you happen to click someone on your address book, it'll display their recent status message or tweet on top of the usual set of pertinent information. Moreover, you can place specific social networking widgets onto the homescreen that offer additional functionality like posting your own status message.

By now, everyone is probably aware of the ridiculously great on-screen keyboard of the iPhone 4. Although buttons might not be as big enough for some, it exhibits a responsive rate that makes typing effortless – not to mention the help of its accurate auto-correct and predictive text features. However, the new keyboard layout of Android 2.3 Gingerbread works great too – even faster for some. That's due to the implementation of numbers into the first row of the keyboard which essentially lessens the time required to type numbers. Nonetheless, we find both on-screen keyboards to work very well and enable anyone to speed type without any problems.

The on-screen keyboard of the iPhone 4 - Google Nexus S vs Apple iPhone 4
The on-screen keyboard of the iPhone 4 - Google Nexus S vs Apple iPhone 4

The on-screen keyboard of the iPhone 4


the new keyboard layout of Android 2.3 Gingerbread on the Google Nexus S works great - Google Nexus S vs Apple iPhone 4
the new keyboard layout of Android 2.3 Gingerbread on the Google Nexus S works great - Google Nexus S vs Apple iPhone 4

the new keyboard layout of Android 2.3 Gingerbread on the Google Nexus S works great


Since it's a Google device, the Gmail experience on the Nexus One is superior to what's offered by the iPhone 4. Now, even though setting up accounts is such a breeze with both devices, the Gmail experience with the Nexus S tastefully combines a good chunk of elements found with its desktop version. From searching emails to being able to archived them, you'll find yourself being more productive in sifting through emails on the Nexus S. However, we adore the iPhone 4's ability to reply to an email by using any account you have on the handset. So if you get an email in Gmail, you can easily choose to reply back with your Yahoo account.

Seeing that both devices feature front facing cameras, video calling would undoubtedly be a must have with both devices. Still, we find FaceTime to be far ahead in terms of usability over the multitude of services offered by Android. Sure you'll be required to use it via Wi-Fi only, but the instant transmission of FaceTime far exceeds the sometimes choppy look of Fring's service on the Nexus S. However, the quality of taking self portraits are pretty much dead even for both devices.

Video calling on the Apple iPhone 4 - Google Nexus S vs Apple iPhone 4

Video calling on the Apple iPhone 4


In the gaming department, we find both packed with a built-in gyroscope to enhance the way you play games as it'll adjust to the slightest of movements. However, only the iPhone 4 can offer a decent amount of quality gaming titles right now, while the Nexus S and the rest of its Android brethren are still waiting for their fix.

A feature that's available in the Google Nexus S, but is nowhere to be found with the iPhone 4, is the NFC chip which will enable you to use your phone to make payments through a contact-less process. Not that this option is available right now, but it's presumably coming in the near future.

NFC in the Google Nexus S - Google Nexus S vs Apple iPhone 4

NFC in the Google Nexus S



Internet and Connectivity:


Endless amount of time can be spent surfing the web with both smartphones since they operate at a high level of performance. Now if it weren't for Flash support with the Nexus S, the web browsing experience would literally be at a deadlock. Not only do complex pages load quickly and properly, but both handsets feature smooth scrolling, accurate rendering, multi-touch gesture support for zooming, and the ability to open pages on separate windows. However, the speed of scrolling with the Android browser drops a little bit whenever Flash content is playing, while naturally that's not an issue with mobile Safari on the iPhone 4. In the end, the only other thing you'll be facing is whether or not you prefer the larger display of the Nexus S or the more detailed looking quality of the iPhone 4.

Web surfing with the Apple iPhone 4 - Google Nexus S vs Apple iPhone 4
Web surfing with the Apple iPhone 4 - Google Nexus S vs Apple iPhone 4
Web surfing with the Apple iPhone 4 - Google Nexus S vs Apple iPhone 4
Web surfing with the Apple iPhone 4 - Google Nexus S vs Apple iPhone 4

Web surfing with the Apple iPhone 4


Web browsing with the Google Nexus S - Google Nexus S vs Apple iPhone 4
Web browsing with the Google Nexus S - Google Nexus S vs Apple iPhone 4
Web browsing with the Google Nexus S - Google Nexus S vs Apple iPhone 4
Web browsing with the Google Nexus S - Google Nexus S vs Apple iPhone 4

Web browsing with the Google Nexus S


Packing support for GSM frequencies, you can essentially carry along either smartphone with you on your international travels. Domestically, the iPhone 4 operates on 3G with AT&T's network while the Nexus S supports T-Mobile's 3G bands.

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posted on 22 Dec 2010, 09:33

1. bucky (Posts: 1222; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


its an sgs...
cant expect a different result from teh last comparison

posted on 22 Dec 2010, 13:56 4

2. mr. droid (Posts: 278; Member since: 21 Aug 2010)


ok, you always compare everything to the god damn iPhone. hopefully to show how superior everything else is to it. iPhone is a phone that is now behind its time. if this is not the case, then why? why do you feel that the iPhone is so superior? (because of its popularity, made possible ONLY because of advertising?)

posted on 30 Jan 2011, 06:04

27. hi (unregistered)


I completely agree. Apple has the best marketing and all the apple fanboys are soaking all of this up.

posted on 22 Dec 2010, 14:15 4

3. baldilocks (Posts: 456; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)


I love it when you fAndroids get your panties in a bunch...

posted on 22 Dec 2010, 14:25

4. p0rkguy (Posts: 677; Member since: 23 Nov 2010)


I actually liked this video review, it felt more in-depth and the reviewer seemed to know a bit on what he was talking about.

Disregarding the review, the iPhone hasn't changed much and hasn't really been revolutionizing. The Nexus S is still a SGS without bloatware and gets direct OTA updates.

posted on 22 Dec 2010, 14:28 5

5. lacp (unregistered)


IPhone 4 it's superior in what? I only see limitations in software and hardware.

posted on 22 Dec 2010, 14:53 2

6. lacp (unregistered)


Apple it's a thief. Inflate the prices of their products outside of the USA.

posted on 22 Dec 2010, 15:57 1

7. Awesome14Axel (Posts: 3; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)


As an Android user and fanboy I really don't like the Nexus S for two reasons most other android phones are going to be better than it when they get 2.3 and it has a lot of design flaws that an Nexus Android shouldn't have.

posted on 22 Dec 2010, 17:37 1

8. blurryviews (unregistered)


everyone like iphone cause its so easy to use even an 2 year old can use it android is a more challenging phone.

posted on 25 Dec 2010, 06:47 2

13. ikkuh (unregistered)


Yes, you cant do much (wrong) on a iphone. It only has shortcuts to apps.I would give it to my 5 year old kid or my grandma. For me nahhhh, it's to simple, i stick with a decent OS: android. And geezzz why is a device this simple so f*cking expensive.

posted on 22 Dec 2010, 19:17 2

9. Hello (unregistered)


This is a solid review. I would love to jump ship from my iPhone to an android phone and was hoping the Nexus S would be the one, but to be honest aside from gingerbread it really isn't that much of an upgrade from the Nexus 1. The iPhone might have some flaws, but for ease of use as well as application support and overall functionality, the iPhone is still the smoothest running and best smartphone in todays market.

posted on 25 Dec 2010, 07:01 2

14. ikkuh (unregistered)


The iphone is so smooth because it isn't really multitasking. And to be honest it hasn't some flaws but a lot:
- poor call range
- no microsd
- no flash
- 3.5" screen is nowadays to small
- No real multitasking
- too expensive
- iOS4 closed as a bank-safe

My 5 year old kid doesnt matter, i do.
I simply wouldn't know why i want a iPhone.

posted on 03 Feb 2011, 16:14 1

28. Travis (unregistered)


Try that a closed ios4 means less likelyhood of viruses (oh yeah I really want every programer hacking my phone) Besides Apple still has almost twice the apps and the review said they seem more polished in comparison you want complicated write your own code intuitive programs take less time to learn and allow more time to do. Google should be commended for a great cdma alternative and having competition ensures consumers choices will continue to grow. For now Apple still sets the bar that Google shoots for maybe that will change maybe not. As for price you wanna drive a jalopy buy a Kia you wanna car that sets you apart you get what you pay for period. Apples attention to detail and development of both hardware and software for their products has always left them as the true innovaters, while I wouldn't say Google isn't innovative (I might say that about microsloth) imitation is still the most sincere form of flattery
Apple deserves the kudos and cute pastry named os's ain't gonna take the cake.

posted on 22 Dec 2010, 21:46 1

10. rayjones09 (Posts: 149; Member since: 16 Dec 2010)


Will there be an Omnia 7 vs iPhone 4 review? Please do that one. I check your website everyday, multiple times a day hoping that that comparison is there. I know you all do very thorough reviews.

posted on 22 Dec 2010, 22:29

11. vyn (unregistered)


I just bought the Google Nexus S today and will be posting my comments while I get in depth of the phone applications. However, iPhone 4 surely is a great a smart phone but its carrier do not help the phone to lunch its capacity if you do not pay the $$$ for what you can really find usefull (be a hotspot with unlimited web data access can be really attractive...don't forget the Google GPS applications when you travel)

Soon I will be posting my experience with the Nexus S...

posted on 24 Dec 2010, 21:06

12. Patrick Alexson (unregistered)


"When you consider its $200 on-contract pricing, there's no arguing that the premium feel of the iPhone 4 stands taller."

That 2yr agreement does really make it stand out, so much so that I put it back on the shelf and left to go buy an unlocked phone somewhere else online.

Same goes for you, captain T-Mobile - *throws out window*
and no one cares about you - *kicks sprint in the face*

posted on 27 Dec 2010, 10:17

15. Wireless (Posts: 2; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


Time to upgrade my phone and I don't know of any other site where I can get better expert opinions on what's the best outthere. I currently have an iPhone 3gs and I am quite content with it, had a change to play with the iPhone 4 and I do find it to be impressive however I want to consider all my options.

I am looking for an expert opinion as to why wholud I consider Anfroid over the iPhone 4, Can do away with the tipical "because it sucks", "at&t's network is a piece of crap" etc comments. You guys have the knowlege and will apreciate your expert feed back.

posted on 27 Dec 2010, 12:54

16. jokout (unregistered)


Coming from WinMo and now looking to move to another OS. I have spent quite a bit of time with both Android and OS4 and I really have come to the conclusion that the Iphone is really what I would consider a feature phone with apps! Frankly, I can't understand all the commotion surrounding this device! When you really dive into the phone it offers nothing new and innovative that inspires me to want one! As far as I can see, this is a style over substance thing, we evidently have to have one to be in the cool crowd!
Now with this being said, Android isn't nirvana either! To me the Nexus S is a huge disappointment and could have been SO much more...it's like, lets take a stock Galaxy S and take out some good stuff and throw Gingerbread on it and WOW, we got a super phone...NOT! There are just better android devices out there to put Gingerbread on! Google and their carrier/manufacturer politics!
I'm just waiting for someone to come up with a great device that I will still want to own in a year!

posted on 27 Dec 2010, 13:05

17. jokout (unregistered)


also, if you have already made up you mind which phone you like before you even start comparing them, why don't you just say that in the first line of the review and save us all a lot of time! I am looking for true unbiased info so I can make an informed desision as to what phone I will live with in the forseeable future, I don't need, I like this phone so what it doesn't do/have isn't important!

posted on 27 Dec 2010, 18:51

18. applesr4eatingtoo (unregistered)


Note to iPhone Arena site developers:

Your pathetic.

posted on 28 Dec 2010, 20:30

19. 4iPhone (unregistered)


i dont know if everything in the reviews is true or not...i my love my iphone 4, one thing tho, it drops call like there is no tomorow....

posted on 29 Dec 2010, 07:38

20. kabir02 (Posts: 18; Member since: 16 Dec 2010)


what is iphone oyu are talking about. pls nexus is rated more than iphone whose blueetooth can not send no receive.

posted on 29 Dec 2010, 16:11

21. Toto (unregistered)


Kin ya ree-peet that there in Ingrish pls?

posted on 29 Dec 2010, 17:28

22. seriusly (unregistered)


Ok, phonearena deleted my previous comment because they felt the truth stick right in their ears. But here is the truth, are you gonna start making comparisions about WP7 and Android more often? Not only iPhone and then reward iPhone in every review.

Seems like you are doing this for Apple as they told you too, so people will go out and get an iPhone instead of another OS phone.

posted on 29 Dec 2010, 23:00

23. Adrian (unregistered)


do mine eyes deceive me or can someone not take screen shots on an Android phone?

posted on 30 Dec 2010, 05:06

24. mr-python (Posts: 1; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


iphones are for non-technical rich people who like to waste their money and show off their worthless bling. android mobiles are for smart people who know what they want, for people who want the best security (linux kernel), for people who want to constantly be able to improve their mobile's functionality whether they do it themselves or acquire help from the rest of the world (open source). and for people who know and want to learn how a mobile works and to explore the limitless bounds of technology themselves. . . . much like the comparison between the windows and linux OSes. . . . .linux always wins hands down because the whole world works on linux, while only microsoft are allowed to improve the Windows OS. . . .it's a meaningless debate when we all know Open Source always wins

posted on 01 Jan 2011, 00:26

25. Lucas303030 (unregistered)


Umm osx? Best os out there? And why is it that when an iPhone wins something its this and that... Why is it that it can't just be better? And jailbreak anyone? I mean what more do you want. Android is obviously better for the tech people... But for mainstream its iPhone hands down. You can't match its refinement and ease of use. But android is outdated so quickly it is ridiculous. You feel like the moment you buy it it is out of date. Like the G2. Boom mytouch 4g. Droid 2. Boom droid 2 global. Incredible. Boom thunderbolt. I mean there is no point in buying an android phone for the mainstream because they wont know what to do with their outdated one when it becomes unsupported by the new one coming out next week. And as for the nexus s... it doesn't even have 3g+ on a carrier where that is all it has going for it... I don't think people realize that yes att is not so great, but nothing else is really better except verizon-and there will be an iPhone for that soon enough hopefully.

posted on 05 Feb 2011, 10:34

29. IOS5 (unregistered)


iPhone 4 way way better than this shity phone nexus s the nexus s already got smoked not only by iPhone even by Andriod phones Galaxy s still smoke him LG 2x already smoked the galaxy s and nexus s and iPhone 4. So what the use of the nexus s don't know.

posted on 06 May 2011, 15:33

30. Kowl (unregistered)


How about the sound quality of iPhone 4 when compared to that of Nexus S.

posted on 02 Sep 2011, 02:40

31. Neal (unregistered)


M using nexus from July dis year ....n m fallen in love wid my Android!!!
Itz damn sexy(not taking about looks) featurably....iPhone is too expensive.

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