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Google Nexus S vs iPhone 4

written by: vishalseafarer•edited by: Simon Hill•updated: 9/9/2011

Which one is better? The top two smartphones so far are being compared. Which one will emerge as winner? Read more to learn about the two smartphones and find out which one is suitable for you.

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    Overview of Google Nexus S and iPhone 4

    Google Nexus S Nexus S - The Google Nexus S manufactured by Samsung, is the first smartphone that runs on the new version of Android, called Gingerbread. It comes with a 1 GHz Hummingbird processor which lets the user multi-task with ease. The 480 x 800 pixel resolution touch screen is really good competition for the iPhone 4 but not as responsive. With every new version, Android is making good progress and Android Gingerbread is no exception. This is reflected in the longer battery life with a talk time of 6.7 hours on 3G and 14 hours on 2G (as claimed by Samsung and Google).

    iPhone 4 iPhone 4 - The fastest iPhone ever, iPhone 4 runs on the new iOS 4 that does more work by using as little battery as possible. The iPhone 4 is slimmer than the iPhone 3GS. The Apple iPhone 4 has a 960 x 640 pixel resolution and has four times the pixel display of the previous iPhones. Even if you take the screen very close to your eye, it is hard to make out the presence of any pixels. The pixel density is so great and the images are so crisp and sharp, it is as good as looking at a photograph that is placed close to the eye. A 5 MP (megapixel) camera with LED flash on the rear qualifies the iPhone 4 for HD video recording. The camera on the front is good enough for video calls too and Apple calls the video calls feature FaceTime.

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    Nexus S vs iPhone 4 Features


    iPhone 4 - Capturing your treasured moments has never been easier. The iPhone's 5 megapixel (rear) camera with LED Flash together with its HDR settings and 5x digital zoom, lets you take photos with such clarity, it will leave you wondering if those pictures were really taken using a smartphone.

    Nexus S - The 5 megapixel (rear) camera offers features like auto-focus and MPEG-4 recording but the quality of the picture is second only to the pictures taken on the iPhone 4.

    Look and Feel:

    iPhone 4 - For a smartphone, the iPhone 4 is really slim and flat. Enclosed between two glossy panels of aluminosilicated glass, the iPhone 4 gives a rich look and feel.

    Nexus S - The design is really amazing and gives a sporty as well as a rich look. The slightly curved back offers a better grip on the phone and gives a solid feel.


    iPhone 4 - When it comes to the touchscreen, there is nothing that can beat the iPhone. The iPhone 4 sports a tough scratch resistant touchscreen and the glass used for the touchscreen is chemically strengthened. The glass used for the touchscreen is similar to the glass used for the windshields of the helicopters.

    Nexus S - The capacitive touchscreen is not as big as that of the iPhone 4 but is almost as good.


    Both iPhone 4 and Nexus S offer Wi-Fi, GPRS, Bluetooth and 3G connectivity with the Nexus S offering NFC (Near Field Communication) that enables thhe phone to read objects that have RFID tags on them.


    iPhone 4 - Powered by the Apple A4 processor, the iPhone 4 is slightly faster than iPhone 3G. The iPhone 3G was so fast and responsive it is hard to make out any difference in the speed change from iPhone 3G to iPhone 4. It is left to the high end applications like iPhone games to truly put the performance of iPhone 4 to an acid test.

    Nexus S - With fantastic hardware and the really fast Android Gingerbread, the Nexus S is edging in on iPhone 4 in terms of overall performance. It is a dream phone for anyone who uses all the applications that have the prefix Google as all those applications perform amazingly well on this phone.

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    Nexus S vs iPhone 4 : Which One is for You?

    Arriving at a conclusion, the iPhone 4 is for those gaming addicts, those who love crisp designs and fantastic user interface and for those who love video calling. The iPhone is really fast and is very responsive so it makes most other smartphones out there look like slow coaches.

    If you rely a lot on applications from Google like Gmail, Google Voice, etc, you just cannot find a better phone than the Samsung Nexus S. When it comes to Google apps, the Nexus S is blazing fast.