x PhoneArena is hiring! Reviewer in the USA

Google Nexus S vs Apple iPhone 4

Posted: , posted by John V.

Tags:

Pages
Camera & Multimedia:

Although they both sport 5-megapixel cameras, their capture results differ vastly as the iPhone 4 reigns supreme in this category. In fact, it manages to outshine the Nexus S in just about every situation you find yourself in. Moreover, touch focus on the iPhone 4 makes it relatively easy to choose the focus level you want – but it can get annoying in trying to combat its exposure. But with the Nexus S, you'll simply have to rely on the virtual shutter key to snap shots. Overall, the iPhone 4 takes sharper looking images which are supplemented with their spot on accurate looking colors. Additionally, low lighting shots are also better with the iPhone 4 seeing that you get slightly more grainy looking shots and lackluster color reproduction with the Nexus S. Finally, the LED flash of the iPhone 4 is far better at illuminating shots with its moderately better looking results.

PARSER ERROR:Invalid image group.

Apple iPhone 4 - Google Nexus SDarkness with flash - Google Nexus S vs Apple iPhone 4
Apple iPhone 4 - Google Nexus SDarkness with flash - Google Nexus S vs Apple iPhone 4
Apple iPhone 4 - Google Nexus SDarkness with flash - Google Nexus S vs Apple iPhone 4

Apple iPhone 4

Strong - Google Nexus S - Google Nexus SDarkness with flash - Google Nexus S vs Apple iPhone 4
Medium - Google Nexus S - Google Nexus SDarkness with flash - Google Nexus S vs Apple iPhone 4
Low light - Google Nexus S - Google Nexus SDarkness with flash - Google Nexus S vs Apple iPhone 4

Strong

Medium

Low light

Google Nexus S

Apple iPhone 4 - Google Nexus SDarkness with flash - Google Nexus S vs Apple iPhone 4
Apple iPhone 4 - Google Nexus SDarkness with flash - Google Nexus S vs Apple iPhone 4
Apple iPhone 4 - Google Nexus SDarkness with flash - Google Nexus S vs Apple iPhone 4

Apple iPhone 4

3ft - Google Nexus SDarkness with flash - Google Nexus S vs Apple iPhone 4
5ft - Google Nexus SDarkness with flash - Google Nexus S vs Apple iPhone 4
7ft - Google Nexus SDarkness with flash - Google Nexus S vs Apple iPhone 4

3ft

5ft

7ft


When you're presented with a device that packs 720p video capture versus something that shoots in DVD-like quality, there's no arguing that the iPhone 4 is going to provide better looking visuals with its high definition capture. Granted that both shoot at the rate of 29 frames per second in good lighting, the Nexus S drops to a sluggish 16 fps in low lighting conditions – which is a far cry from the 23 fps rate of the iPhone 4. Furthermore, touch focus during recording on the iPhone 4 aids in keeping your videos looking sharp at all times – which is lacking with the Nexus S.

Apple iPhone 4 Sample Video:



Google Nexus S Sample Video:




Surprisingly, there isn't much innovation to be found in either music player interface since they're basically recycled from previous editions of their platforms. With that in mind, cover flow with the iPhone 4 still stands to be the more visually alluring interface versus the standard and unchanged look of the stock Android music player.

The music player of the Apple iPhone 4 - Google Nexus S vs Apple iPhone 4
The music player of the Apple iPhone 4 - Google Nexus S vs Apple iPhone 4
The music player of the Apple iPhone 4 - Google Nexus S vs Apple iPhone 4

The music player of the Google Nexus S - Google Nexus S vs Apple iPhone 4
The music player of the Google Nexus S - Google Nexus S vs Apple iPhone 4

Whichever device you side with, you can sleep well knowing that they're equipped in handling the task of playing high-definition videos. However, some will probably gravitate towards the Google Nexus S simply for the fact that it offers a larger screen with its Super AMOLED display – and you can't forget the saturated looking colors! Nevertheless, the iPhone 4 presents itself as worthy vessel in offering the same fluid playback experience. So whatever the case, you can expect nothing short of a fantastic experience in watching videos.

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

Watching videos on the Google Nexus S - Google Nexus S vs Apple iPhone 4
Watching videos on the Google Nexus S - Google Nexus S vs Apple iPhone 4

At $200 with a contract, you'll find both smartphones packed with the same 16GB of internal storage. Unfortunately, you can't supplement that amount with microSD cards, but Apple does offer a 32GB version of the iPhone 4 for $300 on-contract.


Software:

Out of the box, there aren't that many preloaded apps found on the Apple iPhone 4, but rather, you'll only find the bare essentials. Being the Google branded device it is, the Nexus S boasts the usual set of Google apps – these include Google Maps, Google Earth, Google Voice, and Google Talk. However, taking a stroll through their associated applications stores will ultimately provide you a treasure trove of offerings to suffice your needs. Even to this day, we still find iPhone apps to be somewhat more polished than their Android counterparts. In addition, Apple's device easily steals the show when it comes to pure quantities.

Are you lost? Or do you happen to need directions to get you to your destination? Well then, you shouldn't look any further than checking out the Google Maps app on the Nexus S because it offers a substantial amount of depth over its iOS counterpart. Not only are you treated to things like free voice guided turn-by-turn directions, but Google Maps for Android supplements its backing with support for Latitude, Buzz, and 3D maps – all of which aren't offered by the iPhone. Needless to say that FREE navigation with the Nexus S will easily gain the attention of consumers all around.

Google Earth - The new Google Maps with 3D rendered views of buildings on the Google Nexus S - Google Nexus S vs Apple iPhone 4
The new Google Maps with 3D rendered views of buildings on the Google Nexus S - Google Nexus S vs Apple iPhone 4
The new Google Maps with 3D rendered views of buildings on the Google Nexus S - Google Nexus S vs Apple iPhone 4

Google Earth

  


30 Comments
  • Options
    Close





Want to comment? Please login or register.

Latest stories