Google Nexus S vs Apple iPhone 4: Smartphone showdown

Which is the better phone: Google's Nexus S or Apple's iPhone 4?

Apple's iPhone 4 may be the most popular smartphone on the market, but the latest range of Android smartphones is quickly gaining ground on Apple's juggernaut.

Deciding if you want to purchase the iPhone 4? Check out our HTC Desire vs iPhone 4, HTC Desire HD vs iPhone 4, and Samsung Galaxy S vs iPhone 4 smartphone showdowns.

The latest is Google's Nexus S — the second Google-branded smartphone to hit the market (succeeding the Google Nexus One), and also the first mobile to natively run the 2.3 version of the Android platform dubbed "Gingerbread". So how does the Google Nexus S stack up against the Apple iPhone 4?

Google Nexus S vs Apple iPhone 4: specs

Feature Apple iPhone 4 Google Nexus S Verdict?
Operating system (OS) Apple iOS4 Google Android 2.3 "Gingerbread" Draw
Display technology Capacitive retina IPS Capacitive Super AMOLED Draw
Display resolution 640x960 pixels 480x800 pixels iPhone 4
Multitouch Yes Yes Draw
Camera 5 megapixels, LED flash, autofocus, geotagging 5 megapixels, LED flash, autofocus, geotagging Draw
FM radio No No Draw
GPS Yes Yes Draw
Internal memory 16GB or 32GB 16GB iPhone 4
Expandable memory No No Draw
Dimensions 115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3mm 123.9 x 63 x 10.88mm iPhone 4
Weight 137g 129g Nexus S
Application store Apple App Store Google Android Market iPhone 4
Processor Apple A4 ARM Cortex A8 (1GHz) Draw
3G networks HSDPA 850/ 900/1900/2100 HSDPA 900/1900/2100 iPhone 4
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n Draw
Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP 2.1 with A2DP Draw
Quoted talk time Up to 7 hours Up to 6.7 hours iPhone 4
Quoted standby time Up to 300 hours Up to 428 hours Nexus S
Removable battery No Yes Nexus S
Adobe Flash support No Yes Nexus S

Both of these smartphones stack up reasonably well, with each possessing its own strengths and weaknesses. The Google Nexus S offers the standard or "vanilla" UI version of Android 2.3. Unlike Apple's closed iPhone ecosystem, Android has a highly user-customisable interface with a big focus on widgets. Out of the box the Nexus S is polished; it offers a revamped keyboard, better copy and paste, improved power management, and overall a much slicker user interface. However, the Google Nexus S still sits behind the iPhone 4 when it comes to overall intuitiveness and ease of use.

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Ross Catanzariti

Ross Catanzariti

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8 Comments

Krishna

1

Somehow the build of Nexus S is not too convincing..you can use an Apple for more than a year and a half and still not get bored with its look and feel..but with the Nexus S it I would like to hop to the next big thing within 6 months...the wow factor seems to be missing...

megachuck850

2

Iphone wins in 3G!!!!!!

james

3

The importance of the Nexus S screen size cannot be overlooked. 4" totally trumps the 3.5" screen of the Iphone. This is why I bought a Samsung Galaxy S.

And who cares if its made of plastic?! Its so light, doesnt feel like its in your pocket.

Screen size rules!

JohnnY

4

Plastic sucks iPhone 4 is much better build.

iPhone 4 better screen anyway even if smaller

BillyG

5

The table is a bit dumb really - How can the iPhone 'win' on dimensions? The Nexus S is going to be bigger as it has a bigger screen!

Jp

6

Just got a Nexus S and all my friends have iphones, either 3G or 4. So far I have noticed that the iPhone does feel better built (that said, I have dropped my nexus quite a few times and it has suffered nother other than a few scars on the edge of the casing, where-as iphones have been known to crack screens) and is a bit smaller which is nice, but it is also heavier. However, when it comes to functionality: Android all the way. There is absolutely nothing any of the iphones could do that my Nexus could not. The app store is ample, and there is no app my mates could get that i could not get either the same app, or a different app with the same functionality. However, the Nexus could use widgets, which are extremely useful for getting information on the fly, such as university timetabling and even traffic conditions. Best of all, I paid less than half what they paid. Without a shadow of a doubt, the Nexus was a better value package. I would never pay more than twice as much for less functionality, but slightly better plastic quality.

darran

7

wondering what phone i want. had to choose between the iphone4 or the nexus s4g. did my homework, i got a nexus s 4g with sprint. people don't believe the what you read. the iphone is a joke. most people buy of other people not knowing any about the phone. iphone user go try a nexus s 4g, you will put the iphone up or sell it.

Jonathan

8

Nexsus S all the way. Join the resistence. iphones limit what you can do so much.

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