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Samsung Galaxy Nexus vs Apple iPhone 4S

0. phoneArena 02 Dec 2011, 10:35 posted on

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...

This is a discussion for a review. To read the whole review, click here

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 09:27

157. tedkord (Posts: 13156; 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, 10:50 18

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


posted on 02 Dec 2011, 11:19 7

13. Synack (Posts: 680; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)

I like it, makes sense. Thumbs up.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 22:29 3

84. FAW-Q (Posts: 63; Member since: 29 Jul 2011)

Nothing pleases you Android fans. Phone arena is one of the only places on the net that doesn't post biased articles. Try going to gizmoto or engadget, and you'll notice the lack of android fans there due to the extensive iphone coverage. Ever wondered why there are so many android fans on "iphonearena"? But who really cares? phone arena is making AD cash off of you retarded ass people. Thumbs Down please! Thanks.

posted on 03 Dec 2011, 11:06 1

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

I also noticed how negative a lot of people are on the Phone Arena comment sections. Most other websites I go to have people commenting on the article and not using it as an argument point for their views. There is still some arguing, but not as much. A lot of people need to lighten up on here.

I love Phone Arena's coverage and writers. They have their stances, but try to remain as unbiased as possible.

posted on 03 Dec 2011, 20:21 1

96. ph00ny (Posts: 1377; Member since: 26 May 2011)

I don't have an issue with phonearena but every single piece written by Ray S has shown ton of biased opinions. If i can tell whether this piece was written by ray s or not by the first two paragraph, there is an issue

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 00:37

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

I didn't want a phone with LTE. I didn't want the added cost of Verizon and I didn't want to pay the 4 tax with Sprint. I was thrilled the 4S came with 3G only as I can't regularly access a 4G network, nor can most of the world.

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 14:25 2

121. NeXoS (Posts: 292; Member since: 03 May 2011)

How did they forget to mention the LTE ability of the GN?

And even if they did, they would label it "just slightly" better than the iPhone 4S's 3G speed ROFL!!!!!!

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 14:26 3

122. NeXoS (Posts: 292; Member since: 03 May 2011)


Thumbs up if you agree!

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 23:44

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

Yea...this comments section is ridiculous. An editor should get fired for commenters getting mad at him due to 'perceived' bias? Come on now. This is slightly worse than usual. And to be honest, a good 70% or so of this website is Android coverage. So when the relatively anomalous coverage of the iPhone comes, why get angry? It makes no sense.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 10:52 13

3. Kjayhawk (Posts: 294; Member since: 07 Oct 2010)

As an iPhone user I can defiantly say that the ICS blows iOS 5 out of the water. iOS5is a nice update but defiantly should have been implemented earlier. iOS is an awesome OS if you want a very basic experience and like games on your phone. I think android is far more superior for myself. The phone really does depend on the person. Thats why I'm selling my iPhone 4s and going back to android

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 11:05 11

8. jove39 (Posts: 1922; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

lol...I did same...month back.
I bought iPhone to experience iOS and all...phone is good...but boring and UN-DURABLE...its so called premium glass construction sucks compared to my Galaxy S's plastic body...don't believe me...drop both of them on floor...from 4' :)

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 11:13 4

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

Smart man you are

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 11:22 4

15. Synack (Posts: 680; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)

Thank you for your opinion, I am running the 4S but have been with Android for awhile now. If the Nexus is really that much better then I'll be returning the iPhone for it.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 10:57 7

5. splus (Posts: 63; Member since: 26 Nov 2011)

What a crappy comparison!
If you want to write a comparison then you should be *at least* somewhat objective. This article is very partial.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 11:02 9

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

check any of the " vs iphone reveiws and you will find the same results. till the time apple cant come up with a bigger and better screen they iphonearena will keep saying that 3.5 inch is the perfect size. basically anything which apple cant do, is not good doesnt matter how good android is.

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 00:39

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

yet the first few minutes in I thought it was being partial to Android. All in all I thought it was pretty damn fair.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 11:07 7

9. stevenberry54 (Posts: 6; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)

Slightly ironic that the thumbnails of the two devices comparing dimensions.. makes the iPhone look literally like an "ice cream sandwich" on top of... ICS... lol

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 13:33 1

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

Hahaha. I scrolled up to double take!

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 11:16 13

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

I love the feeling you get when its time to upgrade your smartphone and you're so excited and spending hours researching them and playing with them thinking, I could own this. Sadly I probably won't experience that again until sometime next year.

I even had to fight myself back from trading in my Sensation + $100 for a new Razr.

Getting a new phone is so exciting! The anticipation of opening the box and removing the screen protector is unforgettable!

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 13:06 13

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

agreed,now imagine an apple fan doing the exact same and removing the box screen protector off their iphone 4s to find the exact same iphone they unboxed last year waiting for them,they must be so excited!

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 14:28

123. NeXoS (Posts: 292; Member since: 03 May 2011)

Zing! hahhaha nice one

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 12:19

26. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

The problem with reviews and comparison is that not only the device is put to test but other aspects on how the ecosystem evolves (by that I mean how the is looks and feels now as compared with before how de device feels as compared with before and so on)

When you put the nexus and ICS you can tell the experience has become much robust and polished than before this gives plus points because the company is focused on giving a fresh experience with an OS and a device .Joshua for example loves multi task and asked himself in the review how could he live with the old multi task.

Now when you put the 4S compared with the previous ios experience you see it remains nearly the same the OS is not changing and the experience compared is nearly the same as the year old version aside from a few tweaks here and there. So you don't feel like you should give extra credit.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 11:18 12

12. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)

didnt the galaxy nexus get a better review and score than the 4s so shouldnt that mean that its the better phone?

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 11:29 4

17. bbblader (Posts: 590; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)

NO what iphonearena decides thats best! who am i kidding the Galaxy Nexus should have one it when the idea even became reality ijoke is the best thing if your iphonearena even if the android symbian windows and other OS's better

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 11:37 4

19. vette21man (Posts: 351; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)

Good point taz89.

I felt like this comparison was pretty good and unbiased as much as possible, but the end result was "no clear winner" and "you'll be happy with either of these great phones."

Then shouldn't both devices just get a 9 rating?

I didn't hear enough reason in this comparison to warrant the full 1 point score difference (Nexus to 4S, 9.5 to 8.5).

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 11:49 3

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

couldn`t agree more

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 11:58 1

23. ReturningToNokia (Posts: 130; Member since: 09 Jul 2011)

@taz89 - Not necessarily. Keep in mind that phone reviews aren't always conducted by the same reviewer, thus the review scores and opinions are going to be different. The Galaxy Nexus was reviewed by Ray S.; the IPhone4s was reviewed by John V.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 12:09 3

25. vette21man (Posts: 351; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)

True points ReturningToNokia.

However, each review conducted is always "on behalf of Phone Arena." So, a review on "this" phone conducted by "this" reviewer should be comparable to "that" phone conducted by "that" reviewer.

Before posting scores, there has to be some calibration or peer-review meeting where everyone agrees on the final score.

And if they DON'T, then they SHOULD.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 12:32 4

31. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)

dont see the point of head to heads if you not going to pick a winner..every other sites that do head to head say the same but at least they have the guts to pick a winner...seems like any phone that comes against the iphone it always ends with iphone as a winner or if the other phone is better then its you will be happy eith either.

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