The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is the first smartphone to run the latest version of Google's Android platform, 4.0 or "Ice Cream Sandwich". It boasts a strikingly large 4.65in Super AMOLED HD screen and has a distinctive teardrop design. Naturally, its going to be compared to the popular Apple iPhone 4S. So, how does it stack up?
The Galaxy Nexus has a bigger screen, a camera that claims to have zero shutter lag and runs Google's most advanced version of Android yet. Is it enough to compete with the iPhone 4S? Let's take a closer look.
Galaxy Nexus vs. iPhone 4S: Specifications
|Feature||Samsung Galaxy Nexus||Apple iPhone 4S||Verdict|
|Operating system||Google Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)||Apple iOS 5||Draw|
|Display size||4.65in||3.5in||Galaxy Nexus|
|Display technology||Capacitive Super AMOLED HD||Capacitive LED-backlit IPS||Draw|
|Display resolution||720x1280||640x960||Galaxy Nexus|
|Pixel density||316 ppi||330 ppi||iPhone 4S|
|Front camera||1.3-megapixels||VGA||Galaxy Nexus|
|Rear camera||5 megapixels w/single-LED flash||8 megapixels w/single-LED flash||iPhone 4S|
|Camera features||Autofocus, touch focus, geotagging, face detection, zero shutter lag||Autofocus, touch focus, geotagging, face detection, video stabilisation||Draw|
|Video recording||1080p HD @ 30fps||1080p HD @ 30fps||Draw|
|FM radio||No||No||Draw||GPS||Yes, with Google Maps navigation||Yes||Galaxy Nexus|
|Internal memory||16GB or 32GB||16GB, 32GB or 64GB||iPhone 4S|
|Dimensions||135.5 x 67.9 x 8.9 mm||115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3 mm||iPhone 4S|
|Application Store||Google Android Market||Apple App Store||iPhone 4S|
|Processor||Cortex A9 dual-core (1.2GHz)||Apple A5 dual-core (800MHz)||Draw|
|Australian 3G networks||HSDPA 850/900/2100||HSDPA 850/900/2100||Draw|
|Bluetooth||3.0 with A2DP||4.0 with A2DP||Draw|
|HDMI-out||No (Yes with MHL adapter)||No (Yes with Apple Digital AV adapter)||Draw|
|Quoted battery life||Up to 8 hrs 20 min||Up to 8 hrs||Galaxy Nexus|
|Battery -capacity||1750 mAh||1420 mAh||Galaxy Nexus|
|Adobe Flash support||Yes (After Adobe update)||No||Galaxy Nexus|
|Carriers||Unknown||Telstra, Optus, Vodafone||Unknown|
Galaxy Nexus vs. iPhone 4S: Display
The Galaxy Nexus has a strikingly large 4.65in Super AMOLED HD display — one of the biggest screens currently available on the market. The HD points to a high definition resolution of 1280x720; we can tell you that the Galaxy Nexus displays an ultra sharp and crisp image. The screen is bright, vivid and clear and text is crisp and smooth with minimal visible aberrations. The large size of the screen makes the Galaxy Nexus great for video playback but the best benefit of the screen is the experience it creates when reading and Web browsing. Our only complaint is that the automatic brightness setting is often erratic.
The iPhone 4S on the other hand has the same 3.5in sized display as the iPhone 4 it replaced. It looks TINY alongside the Galaxy Nexus but remains one of the best screens on any phone we've reviewed. The iPhone 4S display uses IPS technology and its 640x960 pixel resolution has been described as a "retina" display due to the human eye being unable to distinguish individual pixels. The iPhone 4S's screen has a pixel density of 330ppi — slightly higher than the 316ppi of the Galaxy Nexus.
Verdict: The iPhone 4S' screen remains one of the best ever produced on a mobile device, but we have to award the win here to the Galaxy Nexus. Not only does it dwarf the iPhone in size, its also the best screen we've ever seen on any Android phone. Text is crisp and clear making reading and Web browsing a delightful experience, while the size of the screen doesn't make handling the phone an awkward experience.
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