x PhoneArena is hiring! Reviewer in the USA
  • Options

Samsung Galaxy Nexus vs Apple iPhone 4S

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

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, 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, 12:34 2

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

Very good points protozeloz.

I suppose us phone consumers who are nerds have gotten used to seeing something new and shiny brought to the market, and we get disappointed when it's "the same ole crap." But maybe what we don't appreciate is the polish that has taken shape. iOS hasn't changed TOO much since its inception, but it has definitely gotten more refined over the years. But because the UI hasn't gotten a complete overhaul, it doesn't feel new and shiny. But is that a BAD thing? The refinement is why it runs so smoothly on less RAM.

ICS has brought that new feeling, and it looks like it works quite well. And it represents what the mobile industry has come to expect: an evolving mobile OS that changes with the quickly changing industry demands, while bringing more ecosystem integration with PCs and Android tablets.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 12:55 1

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

I personally think reviewers look at those small details, but they also look at how the OS advances, anyone that has touched froyo for example on the dual core Motorola Atrix Will find himself overwhelmed by not only the cosmetic change but the performance changes done to the OS on the dual core Galaxy Nexus, as a reviewer is something that will not be overlooked that both devices posses around the same power aspect (Im counting that atrix is 1Ghz and G-Nex is 1.2 but the new Ress should make up for that) so ICS is an advance in User experience performance and looks 3 important aspects

now when we have the 4s and 4 you see that user experience has remained about the same maybe a dot higher performance has being increased but looks remains the same.

is not that IOS has a bad experience or a lame performance or a bad Look. but its just that android has increased its numbers by a lot nearly being a minor difference between them , its what gives the nexus such a high score while still being comparable with iPhone 4S

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 12:35 1

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

Also protozeloz,

My definition of "ecosystem" is quite different than yours. Mine is this: how well does my device fit in with my other devices and services?

To this definition, nobody does this better than Apple (particularly with AppleTV, iTunes, Mac, iPad, iPod Touch).

Some say that people are "walled in" with Apple, but if their devices and services work so well together, why would you want to leave that?

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 13:16 1

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

I see ecosystem this way:

when it comes to ecosystems with other apple products ( AppleTV, iTunes, Mac, iPad, iPod Touch) no one is going to beat apple at that their products work the best with their products.

but when your ecosystem has many variables (a windows Computer A Linux Computer various music sources various other services and devices) I really like how android stands on its own. I mean before iOS5 updating your iPhone and tab was too dependent on having other devices or services around you, with android I feel that whatever I decide to get however I decide to work as long as I made a Google account I'm likely to be covered. Android tries to make an ecosystem based on you (USB Host, fast app download and recovery apps that can replace main features and ad extra tricks) using things as you see fit (there are always limitations tho).

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 22:23 1

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

"nearly the same as the year old version"

They've got notifications!

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 14:26 2

61. nastynaps (Posts: 93; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

I'd have to agree and say it sounds like the 2 should have gotten the same score. I see no great variation except OS, so it looks to me that people shouldn't really criticize by calling this site iphonearena when it seems they're clearly supporting android over ios. Maybe the score was really done just to stop the criticism as being partial to iphone, but phonearena should realize if neither side is happy then you're doing the job perfectly.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 11:22 1

14. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

not gonna bother reading it (no offence to the writer, just not a point of interest for me, im sure its exellent writing :) )

I just wanted to comment that the i4s is nearly as big as the screen on the nexus.. lol. never think about just how much of a size difference they are until they are beside each other.

get in my belly!!! lol

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 11:42 2

20. robinrisk (unregistered)

Actually its not very good writing at all. Halfway through the article, i knew it was Ray S. and scrolled up to confirm.

He is really biased. He tries not to, and point by point he is not biased. But the wording of the comparison makes it clear that he is pushing the iPhone.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 12:22 4

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

Disagree with you robinrisk, I thought it was actually a pretty good unbiased comparison.

The only problem was that the conclusion was that both phones are great in their own way. That is not what these "vs" articles are about (to a certain extent I suppose they are). They're about pointing out the differences and choosing a winner. In this case, it should have been the Nexus, so that the higher scoring choice (Nexus to 4S, 9.5 to 8.5) coincides with their "vs" result.

Judging by your avatar photo, it's clear you want Android to win. I think the real unbiased view comes from you people who desperately want the reviewer to side with Android. You cheer when Android wins, and get angry when it's even or when non-Android wins.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 12:27 1

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

i agree with you though not everybody is same.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 14:31

62. robinrisk (unregistered)

I understand you point of view, and i know that the points that he made were fair, the conclusion was correct since with Top of the Line phones its all about preference.

However, the wording of the article favored the iPhone. I Knew it was Ray S. without looking at his name, just by the way that he puts the NExus Characteristics and the iPhone ones, while not-so-subtly upselling the iOS ones.

The points were not biased, the conclusion was not biased, but the wording was.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 16:03 1

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


What do you mean by this?
"The points were not biased, the conclusion was not biased, but the wording was."

Aren't WORDS supposed to form together to make POINTS? How was the WORDING biased, but his POINTS weren't?

Your comment makes my left brain look at my right brain and say, it's dark in here.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 12:50

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

I did that with my RAZR and the wife's iphone 4S.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 11:28 2

16. elite monkey (Posts: 21; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)

"more thought has gone into the design and execution of the iPhone 4S".... its a year and a half old design that has seen no change from the last model

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 11:32 2

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

You could look at that as a compliment dear elite monkey. The design is still good, even a year and a half later.

But ya know, glass half empty is a cool way to live life, too.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 11:47 4

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

i know you always talk sense so dont mean to offend you but iPA gave galaxy nexus 9.5 and an 8.5 to iphone4s. if iphone is better or equal to galaxy nexus then it should also get 9.5 or more. i mean no doubt iphone is a great product but galaxy nexus is better. onlything which is better on ip4s is its camera. for rest its nexus all the way.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 12:01 4

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

I'm curious, what do all y'all think about price?

Is the $299 16GB Galaxy Nexus better than the $199 16GB iPhone 4S? For equal price $299, you can get a 32GB iPhone 4S.

Since both do NOT have expandable storage, I see these as the differentiators:

Galaxy Nexus:
- Large 4.65” screen
- Better contrast display
- Eventually Adobe Flash
- Better Google integration (mail, maps, etc)
- More social and customizable OS out of the box
-- fully customizable through root and ROM

iPhone 4S:
- Better photo and video camera
- Better battery life
- More compact
- “Premium” feel
- More stable OS
- More vetted apps
- More games
- Better ecosystem integration (Apple)
- Faster web browser
- Siri assistant
- Customizable through jailbreak

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 12:27 2

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

the lte Verizon model is said to be 32GB. Won't know till its final

And you forgot to say the nexus us supposed to have:

-better dictation
-more photo editing snapping and management tools
-better cloud services

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 12:42 1

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

Good call on the 32GB LTE version....didn't know that, and yes we'll see. Also good call on the cloud services and photo editing (although apps take care of that on iPhone).

Hm, I think that should be the next "vs": Siri vs Galaxy Nexus dictation.

I know the Galaxy Nexus allows you to see real time what you are dictating, but not sure on the accuracy.

Siri's dictation is very accurate and excellent at capitalization with first words of sentences and pronouns (names, landmarks, etc).

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 13:03

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

it was demoed and turned out very well I have to say that Google has being working really hard on understanding your way of talking, on my old android phones dictation started being 60% accurate back on 2.1 now i can say without fear its 95% accurate for me on my both languages, that's without testing the ICS dictation yet but siri uses a really good dictation so ill have to wait for a 4S to fall on a friends hand to play with it.

I think we also took a small leap when it comes to text correction because now we can drag words around (or maybe I'm doing it wrong on my friends iPhone) witch is really nice.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 13:54 1

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

Ah, good points protozeloz. I didn't even THINK about multiple languages.

And you're right about the iPhone not able to drag words. They can cut and paste, but it's not as elegant as drag/drop...that would be nice!

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 14:24 1

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

when I saw drag and drop I though it was a nice addition, you will sure feel more comfortable just moving the word to a new place than cutting it and paste it, hopefully it will be introduced on iOS too.

about dictation its really nice to have multiple languages yet not everyone could be interested in this to me is nice because I can write a friend a message in English using dictation then message another in other language really fast.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 12:28 4

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

i would still go with nexus.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 13:40 5

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

iphone 4s
Faster Web browser????
i have use safary in my iphone 4 and compare to android browser. i keep with android.. android experience is like a desktop experience.. redundancy.. is very very very faster, is easy, is customizable.. etc etc.....

many peoples buy a Cell phone for web browsing, chat,EMAILS, etc, not only for games..

and with android that experience for ME is much much better than APPLE..

Is my opinion and experience in that point :)

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 00:50 1

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

Safari does a better job rendering pages. I haven't used the ICS browser yet however this has always been the case up to ICS. Safari provides a consistently smooth experience. Their may be more Android devices out there, but IOS web browsers consume twice the data.

posted on 03 Dec 2011, 08:46 1

89. Evil_SaNz (Posts: 259; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)

And again, all the benchmarks or side by side comparisons show that the gn has the best web browser and you say the opposite. Battery on the gn is told to be very good, I'd wait to claim victory.

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 00:48

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

Android browser is inferior in rendering and consistant responsiveness.

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 00:47 1

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

You summed up the differences like I did. I wanted a one-hand phone, I didn't want 4G, flash, and customization means nothing to me. Better google integration would be nice, but syncing/pushing to the IOS apps works fine for me. The two main things that got me to get an iphone is the (sounds cheesy I know) premium feel and added scrutiny App Store apps go through. I actually went to best buy to get a Galaxy S2 when the 4S came out, I held a ip4 in one hand and the GS2 in the other, one felt nice, the other felt like cheap plastic.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 12:59 2

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

I think that for average joe who doesn't want to play with gazillion settings IPhone is better overall (can't believe I said that).
Screen which is still great, despite older technology, better eco system (imo), much better camera (nexus can't even hold a candle for it), overall look and feel (can't decide..Iphone loo great and sophisticated...but is hellishly fragile and uncomfy for me).
On the other side we got nexus which is like future proof device. Looks pretty cool.
Doesn't have quad core but maybe thanks to ICS dual cores existence will finally have some sense. 720p screen (which is not completely 720p but still very good)...but WHY ONLY 16 GIGS OF INBUILD MEMORY???????
You were laughing at apple samsung and you did the same.

I don't defend IPhone. I don't like Iphones and products made by apple, but it would be really tough call if I could choose for free one of these peaches.

* Some comments have been hidden, because they don't meet the discussions rules.

Want to comment? Please login or register.

Latest stories