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Samsung Galaxy Nexus vs Apple iPhone 4S
Introduction:

Some things ln life just have to happen. Kids have to grow up, car tanks have to be filled with gas, Santa has to put presents in our stockings (thank God phones fit in there!), Lady Gaga has to top the charts, and the Galaxy Nexus has to be compared to the iPhone 4S. It's inevitable! And since we happen to not be so concerned with Gaga, and (most of us) don't have kids yet, how about shifting our focus towards that smartphone comparison thing?

Now that we've closely examined the Galaxy Nexus and the Galaxy S II side by side, and determined that Google's latest and greatest does indeed set new standards with its redesigned software platform and beautiful screen, it seems like the next logical step for us is to set the stage for a nice tactical fight between the new Nexus and the overly-polished iPhone 4S.

Which one will come out on top? Read on to find out!


Design:

Place these handsets next to each other and it immediately becomes obvious that much more thought has gone into the design and execution of the iPhone 4S. This phone continues to be one of the very best offerings in terms of appearance and construction. Not only does it look beautiful, but it's also made from premium materials like glass and steel – no plastic whatsoever.

Samsung Galaxy Nexus (left, bottom) and Apple iPhone 4S (right, top) - Samsung Galaxy Nexus vs Apple iPhone 4S
Samsung Galaxy Nexus (left, bottom) and Apple iPhone 4S (right, top) - Samsung Galaxy Nexus vs Apple iPhone 4S
Samsung Galaxy Nexus (left, bottom) and Apple iPhone 4S (right, top) - Samsung Galaxy Nexus vs Apple iPhone 4S

Samsung Galaxy Nexus (left, bottom) and Apple iPhone 4S (right, top)


Meanwhile, the Galaxy Nexus is a typical Samsung phone, being made from plastic, and having this characteristic bump on the bottom of its back side. It is pretty light for its size, but this doesn't make up for the fact that the handset doesn't have a classy feel when held. Thankfully, it doesn't feel cheap either.

One of the most obvious differentiating factors in terms of design are the dimensions of the Galaxy Nexus and iPhone 4S. Honestly, if you don't like having to carry around a very large smartphone, the iPhone 4S will be the better option due to its significantly more compact body.

Right edges - Samsung Galaxy Nexus (bottom) and Apple 
iPhone 4S (top) - Samsung Galaxy Nexus vs Apple iPhone 4S
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iPhone 4S (top) - Samsung Galaxy Nexus vs Apple iPhone 4S
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edges - Samsung Galaxy Nexus (bottom) and Apple 
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Left edges - Samsung Galaxy Nexus (bottom) and Apple 
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Bottom edges

Top edges

Left edges

Samsung Galaxy Nexus (bottom) and Apple iPhone 4S (top)


On the other hand, the large dimensions of the Nexus allow it to have this giant 4.65” HD Super AMOLED screen, which dwarfs the 3.5” panel of the iPhone 4S. Both screens employ different technologies – on the Nexus there's Super AMOLED, while on the iPhone 4S we have IPS-LCD. Both feature nicely saturated colors and good contrast, although the Nexus leads in this respect. The situation with screen clarity is very interesting. On one hand, the Nexus' has an HD (720x1280) resolution screen, which offers more pixels compared to the iPhone 4S' 640x960 pixel resolution, but in reality, the pixel density on the iPhone 4S is slightly higher at 326 ppi, versus 316 on the Nexus. This is because the screen of the iPhone 4S is much smaller, but still, this difference in pixel density is almost unnoticeable, so both handsets will offer you amazing image quality.

Samsung Galaxy Nexus 360-degrees View:



Apple iPhone 4S 360-degrees View:



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posted on 02 Dec 2011, 10:47 23

1. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)


"Figuratively speaking" of course XD

Remind me whats been added in iOS5?
Hell, remind me whats been changed in the 4S lol

This is barely a competition


Galaxy Nexus FTW!!!!!!!

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 10:54 16

4. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


you are right but iphonearena would never agree.

posted on 05 Dec 2011, 01:47 4

107. medalaster01 (Posts: 42; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


writer indirectly concluded its iphone4s which is better.

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 14:08 4

117. NeXoS (Posts: 288; Member since: 03 May 2011)


iPhoneArena needs to SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT! The design of the iPhone is NOT Apple's original design! They copied the Garmin Nuvi 3790T's design, which won a design award!

http://en.red-dot.org/2791.html?cHash=de5e1220d7f00b294bd00b01cdcc541b&detail=7398

Looks strangely similar doesn't it??!

ALSO...glass is no longer a "premium material" However, GORILLA GLASS is a premium material!

posted on 28 Dec 2011, 19:36

135. hobble (Posts: 130; Member since: 11 Oct 2011)


I thought they copied a samsung phone that was released just before the original iphone?

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 11:04 12

7. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)


I bet they used an iPhone 4 in the video, no one would have been able to tell the difference lol

why not do the GALAXY Nexus vs. the GALAXY Note?

posted on 03 Dec 2011, 18:14

94. Mkondrak (unregistered)


its a iphat 4s because it has sprint logo on the top part of the screen

posted on 05 Dec 2011, 19:05

110. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


you do know that since the 4s released they are selling an 8gb iphone4 at sprint now right?

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 13:03 13

41. andro. (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


alot has been added to the iphone 4s.....faults,more and more faulty additions appearing by the week judging by reports

posted on 09 Dec 2011, 13:26 3

128. milominderbinder (Posts: 6; Member since: 31 Aug 2011)


The iPhone 4S is still missing:
1. 4G
2. Any size other than Extra Small
3. Notification LED
4. microSD
5. Removable Battery
6. HD Video Chat (still VGA, WiFi)
7. DLNA
8. Facebook Sync
9. Flash
10. NFC
11. Full Gmail (Priority Inbox, etc.)
12. DRM-Free Music like Google & Amazon
13. Widgets
14. Other App Markets like Amazon or GetJar
15. 15-Minute free trial on apps
16. Theming (unless Jailbroken)
17. Visual Voicemail with Contact Photos
18. True hands-free Voice Coomands
19. Turn-by-turn navigation
20. Live Wallpaper
21. Haptic feedback (vibrate on key-touch)
22. Swype
23. Real predictive keyboards like SwiftKey
24. Bluetooth Mouse/keyboard
25. Goggles, Voice, etc.

Phonearena, how little are your hands?

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 00:27 1

137. scottz (Posts: 14; Member since: 09 Jan 2012)


microSD and 15-minutes app trials are the only features on this I would want on an iphone. Some simply add costs for most(1,10) Many aren't real value adds(2,9,10,13,14,16,20) . While others simply aren't accurate (6,8,12,17,18). Again, only a couple of these items really add any value for a vast majority of people.

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 09:27

157. tedkord (Posts: 12203; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Sorry, but to claim the 4G only adds cost is just ridiculous. I would never go back to 3G since getting 4G. Downloads take seconds instead of minutes. Also, flash is a value add, having used phone browsers with and without it, I would choose to have it every time, at least until the whole web goes HTML5.

And, video chat is still only VGA and restricted to WiFi, so that one is true.

I do agree that many in the list are, at best, preferences. But, choice is what makes Android a better choice for many.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 13:05 9

42. DaveyJE24 (Posts: 54; Member since: 02 Feb 2011)


dear iphonearena. You suck. But yet I continue to come back to read your reviews in hopes of one day your magical iPhone could be dethroned.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 13:30 17

53. Paden (Posts: 262; Member since: 07 Jul 2011)


Are you guys blind?

iPhone = 8.5 out of 10

Nexus = 9.5 out of 10

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 13:38 4

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


Thankyou.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 14:44 3

63. DaveyJE24 (Posts: 54; Member since: 02 Feb 2011)


thats just a number. Im talking about how almost everything is better on the iphone lol according to the iphonearena bums.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 17:05 3

72. ghost__uwi (Posts: 175; Member since: 28 Nov 2011)


tell me about it. Phonearena rates iphone 8.5 cause of the lack of a real upgrade.

Nexus get 9.5 for a true leap in the OS and phone. Yet these guys keep bitching how biased phonearena is.
It's to give up and laugh at their permanent ranting.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 17:09 1

73. wakingup (Posts: 51; Member since: 13 Aug 2011)


They should go look at the iphone's user reviews too...

posted on 05 Dec 2011, 09:09 1

109. solidsnakeduds013 (Posts: 218; Member since: 20 Oct 2010)


They must be

posted on 03 Dec 2011, 16:31 1

93. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


oh ya michael heller who self proclaimed likes android over ios.. wonder why u chose him?

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 14:19 1

118. NeXoS (Posts: 288; Member since: 03 May 2011)


Why? I've stopped reading phoneArena, there are much better places to read now, like:

http://androidandme.com/
http://www.androidauthority.com/
http://www.androidcentral.com/
http://www.gsmarena.com/
http://phandroid.com/
http://www.theinquirer.net/

I only stop by here once in a LOOONG while. Just like with Engadget, I've totally stopped reading that site.

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 23:40 1

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


Well judging by the links you posted, you're an avid Android fan. There's nothing wrong with that, but please don't flame. Just because Android may seemingly lose once in awhile doesn't mean a site is bias. As a matter of fact, the ratings clearly show that PhoneArena views the Nexus S very highly, even better than the iPhone. I don't understand why you all are so upset. The Nexus wins in some respects and loses in others. Seriously, PhoneArena is a great website. I'm a Windows fan and I come here everyday; despite them rating all the second-gen Windows Phones a 7.5 (excluding the Focus S). While I disagreed with some scores, I wouldn't call them biased, and nor did I complain. Give it a rest you all, please. It's gotten really, really old...

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 00:28

138. scottz (Posts: 14; Member since: 09 Jan 2012)


Read what you want to read, please don't spam.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 17:16 2

74. wakingup (Posts: 51; Member since: 13 Aug 2011)


I strongly believe that phonearena in this case is biased. ICS is finnally catching up to IOS??? Come one, its just you...remember, you can make an android look likt the IOS if you were really picky...but can you make a iphone run on ICS??? NO. In fact, I think the hicups faced by the nexus (i cant tell for certain because i dont have one yet) is that there were too many background applications. Most reviews on phonearena, I doubt they kill background tasks before "noticing a lag or a freeze or so forth."

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 14:20 1

119. NeXoS (Posts: 288; Member since: 03 May 2011)


Yea, it's ironic that Android is "catching up" to IOS when IOS 5's latest features clearly are based off of Android's features (voice actions, drop down notification shade, etc).

Seriously people, dump this place, it's easy. Just delete it from your bookmarks.

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 00:32

139. scottz (Posts: 14; Member since: 09 Jan 2012)


Siri is a significant shift on how to interact via voice with devices. If you can't see this it is simply because you haven't taken the time.

I found the review on this site to be fair and balanced even though they rated the Galaxy Nexus higher than the 4S and I am a 4S owner. I simply preferred the 4S, it was a tough decision. (size, cost, app store)

posted on 03 Dec 2011, 03:07 6

86. Retro-touch (Posts: 273; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


Ray S is VERY descriptive in his comparisons of the Galaxy Nexus vs Iphone 4S. He negates every positive aspect of the GN with abit better or slightly and exaggerates the Iphone's strong points. Superior frame rate of 30 FPS he didn't even mention that in the SGS2 vs GN comparison but here he had to highlight it yet the SGS2 records at 30 FPS. What does he means the browser on the Iphone has more frames, explain what the hell you mean by such statements cause I sure don't see those frames???!!! This reviewer is a MASSIVE IDIOT when its a vs Iphone but professional in other reviews. Clearly he's biased

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 14:24 2

120. NeXoS (Posts: 288; Member since: 03 May 2011)


Well, you know he's a f@cking idiot when he claims that 30fps is "better than" 24fps.

Clearly, this tool has no idea what he's talking about.

Hollywood movies are filmed in 24p and blu-ray is 24p native. 24p is the frame rate that's "sought after" for its film like qualities, vs home movie like qualities.

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 00:34 1

140. scottz (Posts: 14; Member since: 09 Jan 2012)


Doesn't change the fact the iPhone took better videos.

posted on 07 Dec 2011, 01:17 2

111. oldarney (Posts: 4; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


Im also amazed that he forgot to mention that the 4S has ZERO lte, which makes it worse for MMO's, Heavy weabsites or HD video... oh thats right, the 4S isn't HD either!

Granted, the camera sort of sucks... Although its three times faster then the 4S.

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