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.


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.


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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155 Comments

155. sharegyan001

Posts: 5; Member since: Jan 13, 2012

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154. asouaid

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

i have a question answer me :why every new phone is compared most to iPhone ??? because its the best phone and best selling every lebanese have an iPhone and 10% blackberry (girls) the rest 5% android phones(101 name and brand) hahaha 1 phone beet them all iPhone :if you don't have an iPhone you just don't have an iPhone than you 're just stupid

153. asouaid

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

you stupids ,i am an android owner and i hate it its buggy doesn't have apps and if i download big apps like real racing2 ho is the best app on the adroid market its buggy and make problems every week i download a new launcher too sucks more and more all my family have i device 3gs 4 and iPad 2 i have only a mac and galaxy sl(gt i9003) and now i m working hard on my school grades to bring this month a good grade and buy an iPhone 4s white and I'm dreaming of it no battery to see no plastic phone all glass and siri (the best) the best phone ever i will just miss a big screen but gain - a hundred and more (no bugs) apps - a stable super system -a notification bar (too is a lot more amazing that in android) -a hol new series of covers and a lot more i play every day with my brother's idevices i love them Android sucks no apps even game loft and developers hate them thats why they don't make lot of apps for them even a single one oh yeah -i will get rid of external sd -low capacity(i have 4gb internal i can use 1.7 of them for apps wtf) And now iOS 5 the beauty even jailbreak and installous are beautiful mx tube all of this wood

152. asouaid

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

you stupids ,i am an android owner and i hate it its buggy doesn't have apps and if i download big apps like real racing2 ho is the best app on the adroid market its buggy and make problems every week i download a new launcher too sucks more and more all my family have i device 3gs 4 and iPad 2 i have only a mac and galaxy sl(gt i9003) and now i m working hard on my school grades to bring this month a good grade and buy an iPhone 4s white and I'm dreaming of it no battery to see no plastic phone all glass and siri (the best) the best phone ever i will just miss a big screen but gain - a hundred and more (no bugs) apps - a stable super system -a notification bar (too is a lot more amazing that in android) -a hol new series of covers and a lot more i play every day with my brother's idevices i love them Android sucks no apps even game loft and developers hate them thats why they don't make lot of apps for them even a single one oh yeah -i will get rid of external sd -low capacity(i have 4gb internal i can use 1.7 of them for apps wtf) And now iOS 5 the beauty even jailbreak and installous are beautiful mx tube all of this wood

151. sharegyan001

Posts: 5; Member since: Jan 13, 2012

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134. Mateuszs16

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Google Nexus is better that an iphone 4 because you can do so much more on Android then on iphone. In iphone you need to put your credit card and you have to sync you iphone with your computer, where in Android you don't have to sync it with your computer, you don't need to put a credit card number in, and don't have to make a apple account like in iphone. Where I'm standing Google Nexus is a winner, iphone is a loser. Even the screens, Android: gets live wallpapers, and iphone get plain, (ewww) wallpapers!! You can do a lot more things on Android than on iphone. I'm using a Motorola Droid 1 with the slide out keyboard and i do everything faster, and everything better, than my friend who uses a brand new apple iphone!!!!! And iphone 4s is the same thing as iphone 4 but only has a face time camera in front!!!!!!

150. scottz

Posts: 14; Member since: Jan 09, 2012

You don't need to put a credit card to sync an iphone to your computer. You don't need a cable to sync your iphone to your computer (wi-fi). You don't even need a computer to backup your iphone, Apple provides free cloud access for backups. The iphone 4S is actually a cheaper phone to own than the Galaxy Nexus.

132. daiyen

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

So I've got a question. First off, everyone says that the iPhone's camera is tops. It is therefore moot to ask which is best. How about a comparison with another top Verizon android, the Moto Razr? Which one of those is better? I'm still rocking the Droid 1, so are these new ones leaps and bounds better in quality or just marginally better?

130. max9777

Posts: 78; Member since: Dec 11, 2011

I am sorry but this nexus VS iphone 4s explanation that was given is just to appointed directly towards the Iphone 4s. Personaly, I switched from Galaxy S II due to me breaking my phone, so I decided to use a Iphone 4s. as a phone sure it is smooth, very nice. key things that make An android phone better 1. On android I know for a fact that when I go to turn on my bluetooth by dropping down the drop down bar I will not get into a car accident on the highway because its drop and click, meanwhile on the Iphone it's find settings, open general, click to turn on bluetooth rather pain in the ass, when your in a rush and forget to turn ur BT on. 2. IDK about the camera on the new Nexus but the video was recorded on a Galaxy S II vs Iphone 4s and Ill tell you on the Galaxy S II photos are so much better. Personaly I do not like Iphone pictures during the night, they come out bad. During the day both phones rock at it and only have a small difference. 3. I am sorry Android has much more diversity in useful Apps. Apps on an Iphone are good, but the good ones the Android has. Example, I purchased several Sudoku Apps on my Iphone which are just so bad, maybe it just personal preference i options but, I downloaded a Sudoku app on Android one it was Free, and two I never had to buy another one because I did not like it. I don't mind buying apps I have spend hundred of dollars on both platforms, but at the same time, on Iphone there is no refund, so if I download an app that fails to promise what they offer, there goes my money. With Android I have 15 minutes to test out the apps before a final decision. 4. Internet on the Iphone just sucks. I have never seen the internet so slow.. (Apparently AT&T customers are not effected by this) When I compared speed test with my phone I got top speed of 0.09 as my top speed and I was lucky to find suc a fast area where my friends AT&T Iphone 4s has 3-5mbps on average depending on an area. Having a Galaxy S II, Photon 4g by Motorola, and the HTC EVO I rarely turned on my 4g because the internet has never failed me. With speed tests I would receive anywhere from 4-6 mpbs average. 5. Reception, I am sorry being a Sprint customer for over 10 yrs I can't complain, sure I had service issues, but I have never had this many drop calls as I do on the Iphone, I had the Iphone 4s for almost 2 months now and I have seen more dropped calls than I have had with all my Android devices combined, and more than any other phone I have ever owned. But as far as I noticed the person who wrote this little comparison, from the start was centered towards the Iphone. I am a proud MacBook user and and Ipod touch owner, But when it comes to Phone I will stick to Android, as Soon as a newer galaxy or nexus phone comes out for Sprint I will change it.

129. milominderbinder

Posts: 6; Member since: Aug 31, 2011

Look at the photos in any of the reviews that Ray posts. He has little hands. His reviews of anything over 3.8" are fixated on how "huge" they are. It sounds like a case of Hand Envy.

149. scottz

Posts: 14; Member since: Jan 09, 2012

Yet a majority of the population has smaller hands than him.

115. christiandicken7

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

iPhonearena, you really have very incompetent guys for writing articles...Engadget offers more justified reviews... I guess the guy who wrote this is a true iPhone worshipper...bcoz here and there, "iPhone is still slightly better than.....". God u need some help.

131. max9777

Posts: 78; Member since: Dec 11, 2011

Thumbs Up buddy.

108. kcwalker16

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 06, 2011

why cant we all just get along ( ._.)

114. rayjones09

Posts: 149; Member since: Dec 16, 2010

That's what I wanna know. To those leaving the site due to perceived bias, I'm sure you'll be back. No matter how upset you get, PhoneArena still does great reviews.

106. itsius1

Posts: 49; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

patientcy is a virtue, since ICS looks awesome, way better than IOS, but construction wise for the Nexus, no... i'd rather wait till HTC or Motorola makes their own ICS smartphone, we all know quality built for those two are better than sammy ever since the original i900 galaxy S until the current SII...

105. xtremesv

Posts: 299; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

Android finally catching up iOS????? WHAT! Android is better than iOS since Froyo. iOS is a rudimentary piece of software, I'd say you can't even compare them.

104. cookiemonster435

Posts: 4; Member since: Jul 02, 2011

This shouldn't have been posted. It's obvious that the Galaxy Nexus makes the iPhone 4S look like bull sh*t, so this comparrison was a waste of there time.

103. readingthissh1t

Posts: 303; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

I am almost certain that my time here with this site is at an end. Bias to no end. Cus quite frankly, i'm done readingthissh1t.

102. rud1y4nt0

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 24, 2011

i suggest you change your website become iphonearena.com ALL your review always iphone the best and the other sucks be fair friend, don't be a websucks

101. TheGreatXavi

Posts: 10; Member since: Nov 27, 2011

I'm done on this site, good bye iphone arena..........and Ray S i hope god will make you smart one day, because right now you are f*cking idiot and douchebag

99. AppleConspiracy

Posts: 637; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Yet another unnecessary comparison which concludes concludes that everything is about personal preference, saying nothing new, but being here only because it attracts more public due to Apple/Google hate wars. Great job PA, most of your so-called "articles" are all about provocation.

95. ph00ny

Posts: 2086; Member since: May 26, 2011

I read the design section and immediately knew that this was written by ray s. No plastic? really? what's under that glass and aluminum?

92. Striker

Posts: 92; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

The results of this comparison are very true. But honestly, it is needless. Iphone is a way better phone in almost every aspect. And the sales numbers show it clearly. Better display, better battery, definetely better camera and definetely better OS, superior design and superior support.

113. rayjones09

Posts: 149; Member since: Dec 16, 2010

I think you're one of the rare iPhone fanboys on the site. Is that true?

136. NewLife2011

Posts: 8; Member since: Jan 03, 2012

Probably true. Most of us just like to sit back and watch the Android fanboys spaz out anytime the iPhone is mentioned. For a group that is so confident in Android superiority they spend a ----load lot of time and energy trying to convince themse....err, I mean others that it's so much better. #THEFUSEISLIT

90. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

It's like an another academic discussion. I would like to have them both and use them daily. Then I would get a real life comparison.

87. ghost__uwi

Posts: 175; Member since: Nov 28, 2011

Great comparison. Not to impressed with the nexus. I think I will wait for the s3

85. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

"much more thought has gone into the design and execution of the iPhone 4S" Dude, we're talking about the 4S not 4, the "thought" given for the 4S is close to 0. And is it worth it for your phone to shatter when you accidentally drop it for a "premium feel"? and I know what you Apple fanboys will say "You can afford the phone, why can't you afford a case?" Seriously? you're paying a few hundred dollars for a phone and you have to depend on a $10 case to keep it safe? That's pathetic... I say the best quality build would be from HTC where both metal and plastic is used.

82. Lavi55

Posts: 4; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

"this difference in pixel density is almost unnoticeable" Actually my russian friend, all what's above 300 ppi is really the same for the human eye => the difference is really unnoticeable (not almost unnoticeable). But again, maybe you're a superhuman.... Something to enhance your knowledge:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pixel_density ("It has been observed that the unaided human eye can generally not differentiate detail beyond 300 PPI")

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