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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