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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 02 Dec 2011, 13:03 2

39. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


32GB built in - but, I hate that it is no expandable.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 13:01 4

38. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


No contest - SGN has LTE 4G and a bigger screen - that right there is the main reason to get the SGN. Iphone 4S has a premium feel to it? Well, so does my RAZR - that should not be a reason to buy the phone.
Phone 4S:
- Better photo and video camera - seriously, if it is better, it is not by much.
- Better battery life - no, when up against a high-end Android, it does not. even.
- More compact - that is not a pro - small screen is not a pro.
- “Premium” feel - not a pro.
- More stable OS - Huh, I have two phones on 2.3.5 and they are stable.
- More vetted apps - ok, sure - 1 million to 250k apps
- More games - I have over 200 on my captivate....not much of a deal breaker
- Better ecosystem integration (Apple) - hmmm, give me more examples
- Faster web browser - mine is fast
- Siri assistant - not a factor, for me
- Customizable through jailbreak - ANdroid is better with or without root at this, and new ROMs give your old Android that new phone feeling...iphone 4S is boring

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 13:41 2

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


Can someone with an unbiased view respond to my comment? networkdood couldn't do it.

My rebuttal:

- Better photo and video camera - seriously, if it is better, it is not by much.
-- Look at any review, the sample photos and videos are much better on the 4S, look at the sharpness, color accuracy, and listen to the sound quality between the sample videos.

- Better battery life - no, when up against a high-end Android, it does not. even.
-- Multiple reviews (including this one) have said it gets better battery life.

- More compact - that is not a pro - small screen is not a pro.
-- Yes it's a pro for some. For example, I don't want a giant SGN in my pocket or on my arm when working out.

- “Premium” feel - not a pro.
-- Samsung’s phones are constantly labeled as “non-premium feeling” because of their mostly plastic construction.

- More stable OS - Huh, I have two phones on 2.3.5 and they are stable.
-- Maybe I should have stated "more fluid" instead. Smoother app transitions and home screen navigation. And I don’t care about your 2.3.5 phones, this “vs” is against the Galaxy Nexus.

- More vetted apps - ok, sure - 1 million to 250k apps
-- 4x is a lot more, and I don’t know if all 250k of those Android apps are vetted. Just cause they’re in the Android market, doesn’t mean they’re vetted.

- More games - I have over 200 on my captivate....not much of a deal breaker
-- I should have said “more quality games”

- Better ecosystem integration (Apple) - hmmm, give me more examples
-- Better integration with other devices (iPad, iPod Touch, Mac, AppleTV) and services (iTunes, iCloud, AirPlay), everything “just works” together.
Examples: use iPhone to remotely scroll and play iTunes songs in iCloud to play on AppleTV connected to main stereo, AirPlay videos/music/photos or mirror iPhone 4S screen to AppleTV.

- Faster web browser - mine is fast
-- Once again, don’t care about yours, it’s a “vs” with SGN, and the 4S is faster.

- Siri assistant - not a factor, for me
-- Don’t care about you, this is unbiased.

- Customizable through jailbreak - ANdroid is better with or without root at this, and new ROMs give your old Android that new phone feeling...iphone 4S is boring
-- Agreed that new ROMs make Android more customizable, but jailbreak gives a lot of essential tweaks available to iOS users to give it that “new phone feeling.”

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 00:59 1

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


I will comment on a couple and try to provide some enlightenment.
The iPhone is a one-handed device, this is a pro to me. I was conflicted about screen size but I opted for the phone I could fully use with one hand.
I went to Best Buy and held the Galaxy S2 in one hand and the iPhone 4 in the other. No way I could pay $200 for a cheap (feeling) piece of plastic.
Stable OS, IOS doesn't freeze up like Andoird has a history of doing. Some of the cheaper Android phones have periodic crashes also (so I hear form co-workers)
ecosystem/apps. I really like the idea that eyes hit an application before it is placed on the App Store. I don't look at this process as foolproof, but I sure like the idea that someone has given the app (at a minimum) a once over before it is throw out for people to download.
Both browsers are fast and fine. Safari has typically done a better job rendering websites.
Siri is not your typical computer speech program. A value add for many people, it has been for me, but certainly not something I use when people are around. It is a time saver when scheduling appointments, reminders, ask factual questions, or want to search the web quick.
You may say iphone is boring, and I know what you are referring to, but eye candy does nothing for me. I want something that is efficient to use above all.
All this said, Samsung Nexus is a fine phone, simply not the best fit for everyone, it wasn't for me.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 13:10 1

44. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


My mistake, sorry. Still, I'd like to have an option to expand my memory using cards whenever I want to.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 13:16 5

46. doubler86 (Posts: 320; Member since: 26 Jan 2011)


It's funny that Ray from phonearena has been the one to do all of these reviews for the Nexus. Everyone I've shown these comparisons and reviews to have said jeez you can definitely tell he likes the iphone better. I do realize however that the Galaxy Nexus is only in the US so ya he had to do it.

In the comparison they might not be able to say it but just look at the ratings from phonearena in general. 9.5 for the Galaxy Nexus and 8.5 for the iPhone 4S. Now if you do know math you can say one is better than the other. WINNING!!! lol

Seriously though I hope they do another video comparison when the LTE model comes out.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 13:21 2

47. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


I live in a household where Apple and Google live in peace and harmony and tranquility....lol

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 13:24 4

49. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


That is impossible in this timeline and this universe, sir.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 13:23 2

48. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


In area where is no LTE it's useless function.

"Better photo and video camera - seriously, if it is better, it is not by much"
What do you mean? Even blindman could see that IP4 makes much better photos (nexus does the job but only with "fully optimum sunshine" I guess) and videos quality...nexus doesn't have a snowball chances.

Battery. Don't know. For me, android is hungry pig. Don't know how IOS5 behaves. There were some battery problems, but android has it too.

Screen size is individual matter. I'm happy with my 3,5 inch display (N8) and I don't need more. So 4,65 inch display is not for me.

It does matter. There is nothing worse than flagship looking like crap. You have RAZR? And you're telling that premium feel is not important? Come on. Razr looks hot, great, etc so it was probably one of most relevant factors for you.
It's not about jingling and blinking your phone in front of your friendss eyes, but I want my phone to look good and be pretty solid (not only me I assume).

System is stable. Depends on what do you with it and how customized it is.

Quality, not quantity. I've never considered quantity of apps as a dealbreaker. I have everything on Symbian so I'm pretty sure android and ios has the same.

Games - I don;t play so I don't care about this factor.

System integration. Maybe it is about Itunes.

Both browsers are fast (well, probably faster than my native Symbian browser:D)

Siri...never used and I think I won't need that in the near future.

If you like to change your phone, that's fine.
But someone who likes stability and doesn't like changes...well, phone must work, that's it. Apple did much to make IOS look good.d

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 13:25

50. bolaG (Posts: 468; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


Phonearean should stop scoreing phones -- to much controversy with their scores.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 13:26 4

51. cristhiansaid (Posts: 30; Member since: 25 Jun 2010)


"The iPhone has been the undisputed kind of mobile browsing ever since its launch due to its incredibly well-performing Safari browser. Android's browser, on the other hand,"""HAS NEVER BEEN"" as smooth or accurate in its operation.

you are very wrong.. i have used a iphone 4 for five months, then i changed for htc inspire and now i have The samsung galaxy s 2. and let me tell u . something.
my experience with android browser is much more good than safary. because android browser is like a desktop experience. smooth, easy, flash player, etc...

sooo.. come on... Iphone arena..

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 13:26

52. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


*"...on Symbian so I'm pretty sure android and ios have the same". Sorry. small gramma mistake.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 13:49 3

58. Tmachaveli (Posts: 425; Member since: 01 Apr 2011)


Iphonearena does it again

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 16:03 2

64. HTCOE (Posts: 632; Member since: 20 Nov 2011)


The galaxy nexus blows the iPhone 4 apart as a whole the only disappointment I have is the 5 mp is a bummer but ill deal with it until the release of the galaxy nexus s version

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 16:21 4

67. Ivan6479 (Posts: 250; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


My goodness Ray is by far the worst reviewer ever!!! I mean seriously man get off of the iPhones nuts man. Every review you do always leans towards the iPhone, which I'm surer you probably own. It was a good device once upon a time, but that time has come and gone. Anyhow, who wants a damn phone that you could have possibly burn your house down while your a sleep?

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 16:43 2

68. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


To vette and jack:

I go by actual usage - a review is one thing - but, when I get the phone in my hands and what I experience goes against the review, then I believe with my own eyes.

In area where is no LTE it's useless function. - In my area it is not - so to each his/her own.

"Better photo and video camera - seriously, if it is better, it is not by much"
What do you mean? Even blindman could see that IP4 makes much better photos (nexus does the job but only with "fully optimum sunshine" I guess) and videos quality...nexus doesn't have a snowball chances.
Remains to be seen - let us see about camera quality when someone gets the Verizon version. The RAZR supposedly was ok on camera quality and yet when I compare it with the wife's iphone 4S, it is very close.

Battery. Don't know. For me, android is hungry pig. Don't know how IOS5 behaves. There were some battery problems, but android has it too. - Since, I have switched to GB, battery is just fine - someone says so what? Well, that is all I go by - actual experience. ICS is even better from what I am told.

Screen size is individual matter. I'm happy with my 3,5 inch display (N8) and I don't need more. So 4,65 inch display is not for me.

It does matter. There is nothing worse than flagship looking like crap. You have RAZR? And you're telling that premium feel is not important? Come on. Razr looks hot, great, etc so it was probably one of most relevant factors for you.
It's not about jingling and blinking your phone in front of your friendss eyes, but I want my phone to look good and be pretty solid (not only me I assume). -
I will admit that the RAZR looks awesome, but it is not the defining factor on how I purchase.

System is stable. Depends on what do you with it and how customized it is. - AGREED

Quality, not quantity. I've never considered quantity of apps as a dealbreaker. I have everything on Symbian so I'm pretty sure android and ios has the same. - AGREED

Games - I don;t play so I don't care about this factor. - GAMES are nice, but not an important factor, unless you ask my boys.

System integration. Maybe it is about Itunes. - I do not care for itunes. Seen too many issues experienced by the wife - You should be tied down to one program, for it failes, you are screwed.

Both browsers are fast (well, probably faster than my native Symbian browser:D) - AGREED.

Siri...never used and I think I won't need that in the near future. - could be useful to read my SMS while driving, but I have something close that does read me my SMS and emails while driving.

If you like to change your phone, that's fine.
But someone who likes stability and doesn't like changes...well, phone must work, that's it. Apple did much to make IOS look good. - Hmm, stability? Yeah, that is a joke. My wife upgrades her iphone 3GS to iOS 5.0, and stability goes out the door. She is happy with her 4GS as that phone is stabile, until the next upgrade.
Gingerbread brought stability to ANDROID. SGN wins!

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 16:44 1

69. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


To each their own - ANDROID brings choice to the consumer - APPLE brings, well, more money to APPLE, and less choice on what you can do with your phone.
I like Android and the wife prefers APPLE - the kids just want to play the games - so everyone is happy in my household.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 16:49 2

70. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


IPhone is the undisputed king of mobile browsers thanks to safari, huh? With lack of flash which is commonly used?
While safari doesn't use flash. Apple is against flash
For example Nokia got con because of flash lite. So what would be given to an Iphone when it doesn't have even flash lite??

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 18:01 2

78. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


For now, eventually HTML5 will take over.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 17:02 1

71. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


I don't know if mentioned above average joe needs so much customization or choice.
Most people want working phone, simply ui, great features.
Out of the box, must work.
Well, you see. Stability is another strange factor. One has it, another has not.
I have a Symbian which is not popular here and is behind android (high end droids...not hose from mid or low end...for example slowly crappy wildfire) and IOS in terms of smoothnes but I customized it and it works almost perfect (for me).
With belle it will be even better but sometimes it can go crazy (mostly when I do something wrong or I want too much from it).

I've never defend Iphone when it comes to photos. Always were ugly.
But this time apple did really good and I think much better than nexus.
Not everybody needs a good camera. I do for example so it's a shame that they didn't put camera unit from S II for example. It's simply better (especially videos).

RAZR looks is not the defining factor? So tell me. Why didn't you buy S II?
It has better camera, better cpu and few more things.
RAZR looks better, but has weaker cpu. Screens? It depends.
Most people would pick up RAZR because of it looks (no matter it's a little bit weaker in benchmarks). RAZR is a looker and it's one of his main selling points. That's why Motorola made it this way.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 17:55 1

77. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Out of the box any high end android will work out of the box. Stability? All Android high-end phones 2.3.4 and up, have that. I have a DROID RAZR - really smooth, no noticeable lag.

Customization will always be in ANDROID's corner. Widgets can be placed anyway, as well as folders and apps. Not so much with iphone.

I purchased the RAZR, because it was the best phone Verizon offered. Wife switched to Verixon and SGN was not out yet - tough choice for me choosing between RAZR and SGN. If I was with AT&T, then it would be SGS2 or SGS2S, another tough choice.

The RAZR is much more than a looker, but, yeah, I see your point on that - its CPU is just fine according to ANTUTU benchmark. Its processor is not snapdragon (another plus, unless I am wrong on that.)

Again, I have seen the iphone 4S up close, in my household - it is a boring, small phone. APPLE is slow to change, and I feel sorry for those who upgraded from the 4, and received very little in return. Now, going from a 3GS, it is an excellent improvement.

Look at the ratings, and that tells you right there - SGN is better - end of discussion. Let us move on to something more productive.

posted on 03 Dec 2011, 08:37 4

88. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Remember pal. I don't like Iphone:)

It may be better(nexus) in benchmarks but there are a lot of people who still prefer 4 or 4S to droid.
Are they blind? Or ishe%^?
Partially, maybe.
But my firend has IP4 and I would never say he's stupid, blind, fanboy or anything like this.
He bought it because he wanted to try what it's like to have this magically iphone. He did it a year ago and still has it.
Why?
It's simple, plenty of apps, works fine, he also likes when he sees that his new device looks adequately to his price.
Yes, how does device look like is one of the most vital factors.
It's not most important but it counts.
It's fragile but he doesn't care about it too much.
Remember that not everybody needs customization.
For example Symbian has themes from the very beginning. Android has it? I don't know, really. But I wonder. And I doubt it has.
Anyway if it doesn't have it's not vital for android users.
or they don't know what is it.
You say android is stable, other say it's not. Depends on model, customization, android version, etc.
Like it or not ios is very consistent eco system. The same goes to windows 7. That's why there is no so many problems with compatibility or defragmentation.
I wonder how IPhone would look like if other manufacturers had access to IOS.
Pure specs sheet is not everything, but you're right.
This discussion leads to nowhere because it's all about individual preferences.

Sorry for any mistakes. English is my 3rd language. Learning is still in progress:)

posted on 03 Dec 2011, 21:19

97. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


No prob, J, I actually enjoyed the discussion. Impressive, English as your 3rd language?

The secret to spelling correctly, is Google Chrome. :-)

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 23:57

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


Well, I disagree with your very first point. I went to a local T-Mobile store and the clerk has two personal phones, the Samsung Galaxy S II and the HTC Radar. He mentioned that his Android often lagged and freezed up while his Radar didn't. Android is a great OS, but evidently there is no clear winner. If given a choice between the two phones (Galaxy Nexus and iPhone 4S), I'd probably choose the Nexus; it has more appeal to me and the OS looks really nice, especially in comparison to previous Android versions. But I must ask, if it is the case of the Nexus being better, of what personal benefit is it that to you? The term "best" is a relative term. Someone could call an old rugged non-touchscreen phone the "best" phone ever. So, the conclusion is true, personal preference. While Android is evidently best for you, IOS isn't. They're just phones, no need to argue over it.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 17:23 1

75. dieztrict (Posts: 4; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Mostly iphone user satisfied with 3.5 inch display because it's fit them well - they even say don't need more. But i'm still wondering what if the iphone designed with 4.3 inch... are they still satisfied?

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 01:05 1

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


As an iphone user... that is a very good question. I think Apple stays with the smaller screen to keep it a one-handed phone. Going larger could make it a two hand phone for most people. Most people can fully use the current phone with one hand.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 17:37 2

76. denney (Posts: 98; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


"the iPhone is better way than the nexus as xxxx. the nexus sucks at xxxx"

or

"the nexus is better than the iPhone at yyyy. but the iPhone does yyyy just as good"

=

Literally every section of the article.

posted on 07 Dec 2011, 10:44 1

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


Lol...true

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 19:15 2

80. kidtronic (Posts: 13; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)


I hate to sound like a fanboy (I only own Macs), but whenever build quality of the iPhone is addressed, durability needs to be discussed. It's not really something you can just brush over when I see more phones with spider web cracks on the back than phones that don't. Glass, however premium it may feel, is a terrible material to have on smartphone. It's slippery and it shatters quite easily. It looks great, but that can not be the only deciding factor.

Also, I couldn't help but notice the fact that the Galaxy Nexus scored consistently higher on browser benchmarks and loaded sites faster on wifi comparisons. Coupled with the faster data speeds, I really don't see how the iPhone could possibly take that category. To the contrary, the Galaxy Nexus seems to take that one handedly.

Aside from those two inequities, I'd say this review was a decent review.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 21:58 1

81. Lavi55 (Posts: 4; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)


The russian doesn't like the anything else than iPhone.
@iPhoneArena do you have an impartial reviewer?

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