Google Nexus S vs Apple iPhone 4: Smartphone showdown

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

Although Google's innovations on the software side of Android are impressive, the Nexus S also has some serious hardware. In particular, the 4in Super AMOLED display is one of the largest touchscreens on an Android phone, alongside the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 and the Samsung Galaxy S, and only just behind the 4.3in screen of the HTC Desire HD. Apple's iPhone 4 uses existing IPS technology (the same used on the iPad). Thanks to its 640x960-pixel resolution it has been described as a "retina" display, due to the human eye being unable to distinguish individual pixels.

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The Google Nexus S has an all-plastic body, which is a little disappointing given its positioning as a premium smartphone.

Unfortunately — just like the Samsung Galaxy S — the Google Nexus S has an all-plastic body, which is disappointing given it is a premium smartphone. The iPhone 4's stainless steel band (which also doubles as the phone's antenna) is certainly intriguing, and at just 9.3mm thick, the current-gen Apple handset is one of the world's thinnest smartphones. In our opinion, it feels much better built than the Nexus S.

The Google Nexus S may hold an advantage over the iPhone 4 when it comes to multimedia. Though the iPhone's iPod integration is one of its outstanding features, the Nexus S supports playback of DivX and Xvid video files, and offers the flexibility of the Android platform, which lets you can drag and drop multimedia files straight from your computer to the phone.

Like the iPhone, the Android platform was built with mobile apps firmly in mind, and these are downloadable through the Android Market Although the Android Market doesn't boast as many apps as the iPhone, it is rapidly increasing as more devices are released, and currently boasts more than 200,000 apps. This makes it the second most popular mobile app store on the market.

Unlike the iPhone, developers who create applications for Android devices have much more flexibility. An Android application can all be built to have full access to a device's capabilities; there are a number of apps in the Android Market which completely change the look and feel of the home screen, something that is not possible on the iPhone. Some current popular Android apps include Shazam, Facebook, Twitter, eBay, Skype, Angry Birds, Fruit Ninja, Paper Toss and Doodle Jump.

What do you think about the Google Nexus S and the Apple iPhone 4? Tell us in the comments below!

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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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