Galaxy Nexus vs iPhone 4S: web browsing comparison

Galaxy Nexus vs iPhone 4S: web browsing comparison
While we're working to complete our full Samsung Galaxy Nexus Review, here's a sweet little video we did in order to compare the web browsing experiences on the Galaxy Nexus and probably its biggest rival - the iPhone 4S. As you can imagine, both handsets perform admirably in this respect, with only negligible differences with regards to their performance.

Both enjoy very smooth scrolling, panning and pinch-zooming, while the iPhone 4S shows its expertise in the double-tap-to-zoom gesture, which is especially convenient when operating with one hand only. Right now, both don't have Flash Player, but the Galaxy Nexus will get it, once Adobe optimizes it for Ice Cream Sandwich. When that happens, Nexus users will probably observe a slight frame rate drop on sites featuring Flash content, but we expect the experience to remain pretty tolerable, because of the powerful dual-core processor the Galaxy Nexus sports.

Enough talking - watch the video below to see the smartphones' browsers in action!


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GALAXY Nexus
  • Display 4.7" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor TI OMAP4460, Dual-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 1750 mAh(8.33h 3G talk time)
iPhone 4s
  • Display 3.5" 640 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Apple A5, Dual-core, 800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB

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45 Comments

1. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

The one area where the G-Nexus is going to run away and hide from the iPhone 4S is where the G-Nexus is browsing while connected to the LTE network. Even with AT&T's HSPA+ network, in my experience with my RAZR, LTE is running at least 3x faster. Page load times will become progressively slower for the 4S as more content is present in the page to be loaded. Sure, a fast WiFi connection can even things up between the G-Nexus and 4S, but that requires the user to basically tether themselves to the WiFi connection.

22. NexusBLEH

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

the performance of the nexus is garbage when it comes to web browsing- just look at how it lags when people try to scroll or pinch to zoom. Now imagine what that would look like once it get flash support... nuff said

23. Retro-touch unregistered

You should get your eyes checked and this reviewer is retarded. WORST REVIEW EVER!!!!!

28. readingthissh1t

Posts: 303; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

someone is a fannnnboy lol. explain to me where you see lag? Or are you just mad that the nexus is sexier and better than the iPhone in general xD trolls are hilarious!

42. AndroidTroll

Posts: 359; Member since: Mar 05, 2011

No text reflow on iOS = FAIL. That's one important aspect of all of this double tapping and pinching that he seemed to have forgotten in his overly long video.

2. davidvvassallo

Posts: 39; Member since: Jul 02, 2011

how about trying to load some websites next time you do a web browsing comparison or is that not important.

3. cnoevl21

Posts: 7; Member since: Nov 07, 2011

Seriously? The most important part of phone web browsing and this guy doesn\'t even touch on the subject.

19. cheetah2k

Posts: 2211; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Ray S needs a brain scan. Sure the experience is going to be smoother on the iPhone 4S with its 960x540. The G Nexus has to pump out a bundle more pixels at 1280x720!! And as far as "browsing experience" goes, the G Nexus is far better with 1.3 times the viewing area!!!! Man these reviews are fcking brain numbing.... Do something worthwhile Ray!!

40. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

I think you need a brain scan. No the iPhone is not 960 x 540. Before you call someone check your facts.

4. Jobes

Posts: 364; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Maybe he should just use 4g then tether the iPhone to it :)

5. Forsaken77

Posts: 553; Member since: Jun 09, 2011

I would rather see the Nexus compared to the GS2. Comparing it to the iPhone isn't helping many people make a decision here.

6. bossmt_2

Posts: 459; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

Also will be fun when I root the Galaxy Nexus and I can then us AdBlock Plus and not have ads load and save load times there.

11. jcoberg10

Posts: 112; Member since: Oct 30, 2009

Horrible biased review he had made up his mind. Just watching the scrolling was better on nexus. And neither performed perfect for double tap but the iPhone had its flaws also. Just the terms he used. Tollerable for galaxy nexus, and flawless for iPhone. Can you please have someone who can be unbiased or have a independent 3rd party do the review.

18. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Scrolling usually isn\'t better on any Android device. Sometimes with a single gesture, you can with no intention find yourself quickly at the bottom of a page. It\'s just not accurate IMO.

21. haroonazeem638

Posts: 141; Member since: Mar 29, 2011

If you use an android, you should know how scrolling works on Android. You can literally control the scrolling on android phones. If you flick really quick, it will go all the way to the bottom of the webpage. Try flicking gently and the page will only move slightly. How is that NOT better than iPhone scrolling?

27. saiki4116

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 31, 2011

yes,relly that helps in browsing lengthy webpages..

12. THE_RAY

Posts: 30; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Tap to zoom isn't as important when the screen is bigger and you can already make out the text. The Nexus page looks so much clearer and easier to read......

13. readingthissh1t

Posts: 303; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

um ray bias much or is he trollin'? i wanna see webpage loadings dammit

14. Cinnamon

Posts: 87; Member since: Jun 16, 2011

Where the F**k is the Galaxy Nexus Review???

15. Evil_SaNz

Posts: 259; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

Expected a mind blowing comparison, I was wrong =/

16. Evil_SaNz

Posts: 259; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

Here's a better comparison and consider that the nexus has a live wallpaper and apps in backgroundhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQEC_Y5v3Zw&feature=youtube_gdata_player

17. blackrose

Posts: 48; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

When the loading bar goes away the iPhone is still not not done loading. Its done when that little circle finish spinning. Apple has no shame do they.

20. haroonazeem638

Posts: 141; Member since: Mar 29, 2011

If you use an android, you should know how scrolling works on Android. You can literally control the scrolling on android phones. If you flick really quick, it will go all the way to the bottom of the webpage. Try flicking gently and the page will only move slightly. How is that NOT better than iPhone scrolling?

24. mcbeaven

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

i love how the fandroids freak out whenever someone says something they dont want to hear. ( I am using something other than android and iOS )

25. blakesss

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 27, 2011

Not sure if this was mentioned before but you should also show the differences within tap to zoom within an actual article. The Android browser has the text-wrap feature, which will render the text perfectly to the display,where iOS will just zoom into the text, leaving the user to scroll horizontally. You can see the differences here in the browser section of this review:http://www.intomobile.com/reviews/epic-4g-touch-review-galaxy-s-ii-go/

31. drodro

Posts: 5; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Ya I was going to ask if iOS5 supports text reflow yet. That also explains why double-tap to zoom doesn\'t seem to be \"accurate\" when you double tap.

26. fervid

Posts: 183; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Useless review. And, I saw no issues with pinch or double tap on the phones...the user\'s accuracy however in operation and speaking- not so much. Unless we are trying to start another lawsuit on patents and how alike things work, we need to instead focus on Android to Android comparison. I\'m not shopping and comparing between IOS and Android. I want to know which of the 10 Android devices releasing a week I want to finally buy.

29. rawdeal

Posts: 21; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

sometimes think outside of apple n do justice to other brands...i hate this website like nything...guys if u want a fair review plz visit Engadget....

30. rawdeal

Posts: 21; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

phonearena comes under apples payroll....ray s is apples best employee

32. p0rkguy

Posts: 685; Member since: Nov 23, 2010

I honestly don't think Ray S. is qualified to make such a comparison review like this. Does he not watch his own video first before posting it up to see how bias his actions are? Tolerable? Do you understand what you just did? iPhone's flaw is negligible while the Nexus' flaw is tolerable? To me, negligible would be like receiving a text with misspelled words while tolerable would be like receiving a text with no words. Since a person's level of handling things differ from others it might be hard to understand but the person using it themselves know well enough that they would take a negligible flaw over a tolerable one.

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