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Samsung Galaxy Nexus vs Apple iPhone 4S


Samsung Galaxy Nexus vs Apple iPhone 4S
As a whole, in-call quality on the receiving end is better with the Galaxy Nexus, as it manages to emit some decently-sounding and loud enough tones from its earpiece. On the other hand, the iPhone 4S is very loud, but not as clear. On the other end of the line, our callers liked how we sounded more when we were with the iPhone 4S, since the mic of the Nexus makes voices sound a bit more robotic than usual.

When it comes to loudspeaker performance, the one on the iPhone 4S is much better overall, thanks to its loud and clear sounding, while the one on the Galaxy Nexus is quite weak.

While battery life in stand-by is claimed to be equal on both phones, talk-time should be longer with the iPhone 4S. Of course, this will vastly depend on your usage patterns, but as a whole, we did notice during our testing that the battery of the Galaxy Nexus drained a bit faster.


Thanks to Google making one giant leap forward with Ice Cream Sandwich, the software experience on the Galaxy Nexus can easily rival the one on the iPhone 4S. Both handsets are extremely capable and very fast, which actually makes issuing our final verdict a very hard thing to do. If you expect to hear which phone is better overall, we'll have to disappoint you – there isn't a better phone. However, one of these is certainly better for Jerry, and the other will surely be better for Katy. What we mean is that it all boils down to your personal preference.

For example, if you can't stand having to carry around such a massive phone like the Galaxy Nexus, the significantly more compact iPhone 4S will easily turn out to be a better option. However, if you happen to demand as much screen as possible, then the Nexus will better suit you.

In case the camera is too important to you, we think we made it obvious that the iPhone 4S is capable of taking overall better shots. The same goes for video recording (to an even greater extent).

However, if you are of the type who enjoy tinkering with the software on their smartphone, tweaking various aspects of it, customizing, rooting, etc., etc., then you'll surely appreciate Android's more open approach, which is a kind of freedom that you won't find with iOS.

However, this also means that what you get with the iPhone is slightly more reliable, due to the closed and polished nature of the ecosystem. Not that the Galaxy Nexus is an unreliable phone, but if our lives depended on the software found on one of these handsets, we'd prefer it was the iPhone... figuratively speaking.

Samsung Galaxy Nexus vs Apple iPhone 4S:


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posted on 02 Dec 2011, 10:47 23

1. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)

"Figuratively speaking" of course XD

Remind me whats been added in iOS5?
Hell, remind me whats been changed in the 4S lol

This is barely a competition

Galaxy Nexus FTW!!!!!!!

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 10:54 16

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

you are right but iphonearena would never agree.

posted on 05 Dec 2011, 01:47 4

107. medalaster01 (Posts: 42; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)

writer indirectly concluded its iphone4s which is better.

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 14:08 4

117. NeXoS (Posts: 292; Member since: 03 May 2011)

iPhoneArena needs to SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT! The design of the iPhone is NOT Apple's original design! They copied the Garmin Nuvi 3790T's design, which won a design award!


Looks strangely similar doesn't it??!

ALSO...glass is no longer a "premium material" However, GORILLA GLASS is a premium material!

posted on 28 Dec 2011, 19:36

135. hobble (Posts: 130; Member since: 11 Oct 2011)

I thought they copied a samsung phone that was released just before the original iphone?

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 11:04 12

7. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)

I bet they used an iPhone 4 in the video, no one would have been able to tell the difference lol

why not do the GALAXY Nexus vs. the GALAXY Note?

posted on 03 Dec 2011, 18:14

94. Mkondrak (unregistered)

its a iphat 4s because it has sprint logo on the top part of the screen

posted on 05 Dec 2011, 19:05

110. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)

you do know that since the 4s released they are selling an 8gb iphone4 at sprint now right?

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 13:03 13

41. andro. (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)

alot has been added to the iphone 4s.....faults,more and more faulty additions appearing by the week judging by reports

posted on 09 Dec 2011, 13:26 3

128. milominderbinder (Posts: 6; Member since: 31 Aug 2011)

The iPhone 4S is still missing:
1. 4G
2. Any size other than Extra Small
3. Notification LED
4. microSD
5. Removable Battery
6. HD Video Chat (still VGA, WiFi)
8. Facebook Sync
9. Flash
10. NFC
11. Full Gmail (Priority Inbox, etc.)
12. DRM-Free Music like Google & Amazon
13. Widgets
14. Other App Markets like Amazon or GetJar
15. 15-Minute free trial on apps
16. Theming (unless Jailbroken)
17. Visual Voicemail with Contact Photos
18. True hands-free Voice Coomands
19. Turn-by-turn navigation
20. Live Wallpaper
21. Haptic feedback (vibrate on key-touch)
22. Swype
23. Real predictive keyboards like SwiftKey
24. Bluetooth Mouse/keyboard
25. Goggles, Voice, etc.

Phonearena, how little are your hands?

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 00:27 1

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

microSD and 15-minutes app trials are the only features on this I would want on an iphone. Some simply add costs for most(1,10) Many aren't real value adds(2,9,10,13,14,16,20) . While others simply aren't accurate (6,8,12,17,18). Again, only a couple of these items really add any value for a vast majority of people.

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 09:27

157. tedkord (Posts: 14192; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

Sorry, but to claim the 4G only adds cost is just ridiculous. I would never go back to 3G since getting 4G. Downloads take seconds instead of minutes. Also, flash is a value add, having used phone browsers with and without it, I would choose to have it every time, at least until the whole web goes HTML5.

And, video chat is still only VGA and restricted to WiFi, so that one is true.

I do agree that many in the list are, at best, preferences. But, choice is what makes Android a better choice for many.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 13:05 9

42. DaveyJE24 (Posts: 54; Member since: 02 Feb 2011)

dear iphonearena. You suck. But yet I continue to come back to read your reviews in hopes of one day your magical iPhone could be dethroned.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 13:30 17

53. Paden (Posts: 262; Member since: 07 Jul 2011)

Are you guys blind?

iPhone = 8.5 out of 10

Nexus = 9.5 out of 10

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 13:38 4

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


posted on 02 Dec 2011, 14:44 3

63. DaveyJE24 (Posts: 54; Member since: 02 Feb 2011)

thats just a number. Im talking about how almost everything is better on the iphone lol according to the iphonearena bums.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 17:05 3

72. ghost__uwi (Posts: 175; Member since: 28 Nov 2011)

tell me about it. Phonearena rates iphone 8.5 cause of the lack of a real upgrade.

Nexus get 9.5 for a true leap in the OS and phone. Yet these guys keep bitching how biased phonearena is.
It's to give up and laugh at their permanent ranting.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 17:09 1

73. wakingup (Posts: 51; Member since: 13 Aug 2011)

They should go look at the iphone's user reviews too...

posted on 05 Dec 2011, 09:09 1

109. solidsnakeduds013 (Posts: 219; Member since: 20 Oct 2010)

They must be

posted on 03 Dec 2011, 16:31 1

93. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)

oh ya michael heller who self proclaimed likes android over ios.. wonder why u chose him?

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 14:19 1

118. NeXoS (Posts: 292; Member since: 03 May 2011)

Why? I've stopped reading phoneArena, there are much better places to read now, like:


I only stop by here once in a LOOONG while. Just like with Engadget, I've totally stopped reading that site.

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 23:40 1

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

Well judging by the links you posted, you're an avid Android fan. There's nothing wrong with that, but please don't flame. Just because Android may seemingly lose once in awhile doesn't mean a site is bias. As a matter of fact, the ratings clearly show that PhoneArena views the Nexus S very highly, even better than the iPhone. I don't understand why you all are so upset. The Nexus wins in some respects and loses in others. Seriously, PhoneArena is a great website. I'm a Windows fan and I come here everyday; despite them rating all the second-gen Windows Phones a 7.5 (excluding the Focus S). While I disagreed with some scores, I wouldn't call them biased, and nor did I complain. Give it a rest you all, please. It's gotten really, really old...

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 00:28

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

Read what you want to read, please don't spam.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 17:16 2

74. wakingup (Posts: 51; Member since: 13 Aug 2011)

I strongly believe that phonearena in this case is biased. ICS is finnally catching up to IOS??? Come one, its just you...remember, you can make an android look likt the IOS if you were really picky...but can you make a iphone run on ICS??? NO. In fact, I think the hicups faced by the nexus (i cant tell for certain because i dont have one yet) is that there were too many background applications. Most reviews on phonearena, I doubt they kill background tasks before "noticing a lag or a freeze or so forth."

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 14:20 1

119. NeXoS (Posts: 292; Member since: 03 May 2011)

Yea, it's ironic that Android is "catching up" to IOS when IOS 5's latest features clearly are based off of Android's features (voice actions, drop down notification shade, etc).

Seriously people, dump this place, it's easy. Just delete it from your bookmarks.

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 00:32

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

Siri is a significant shift on how to interact via voice with devices. If you can't see this it is simply because you haven't taken the time.

I found the review on this site to be fair and balanced even though they rated the Galaxy Nexus higher than the 4S and I am a 4S owner. I simply preferred the 4S, it was a tough decision. (size, cost, app store)

posted on 03 Dec 2011, 03:07 6

86. Retro-touch (Posts: 279; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)

Ray S is VERY descriptive in his comparisons of the Galaxy Nexus vs Iphone 4S. He negates every positive aspect of the GN with abit better or slightly and exaggerates the Iphone's strong points. Superior frame rate of 30 FPS he didn't even mention that in the SGS2 vs GN comparison but here he had to highlight it yet the SGS2 records at 30 FPS. What does he means the browser on the Iphone has more frames, explain what the hell you mean by such statements cause I sure don't see those frames???!!! This reviewer is a MASSIVE IDIOT when its a vs Iphone but professional in other reviews. Clearly he's biased

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 14:24 2

120. NeXoS (Posts: 292; Member since: 03 May 2011)

Well, you know he's a f@cking idiot when he claims that 30fps is "better than" 24fps.

Clearly, this tool has no idea what he's talking about.

Hollywood movies are filmed in 24p and blu-ray is 24p native. 24p is the frame rate that's "sought after" for its film like qualities, vs home movie like qualities.

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 00:34 1

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

Doesn't change the fact the iPhone took better videos.

posted on 07 Dec 2011, 01:17 2

111. oldarney (Posts: 4; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)

Im also amazed that he forgot to mention that the 4S has ZERO lte, which makes it worse for MMO's, Heavy weabsites or HD video... oh thats right, the 4S isn't HD either!

Granted, the camera sort of sucks... Although its three times faster then the 4S.

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