Apple iPhone 4 vs Google Nexus S


Buying an iPhone is on n most persons wish-list. The demand for iPhone did decrease a bit after Nexus S from Google entered the market. Both phones featuring same specifications and two rival operating systems became a part of talks and race for getting withdrawing optimum performance started, let’s check which one of them wins in the features department.


I personally fall in love with the iPhone 4 design, when I saw it first time last year. iPhone’s design is something extra ordinary than all other phones today in the market. It’s glassy exterior, steel band around it and the gorgeous Apple logo behinds add beauty of the phone. Where as Nexus S is same like other phone with plastic body not much considering towards the looks and highly prone to scratches. It’s same like all other phones in the market today.

So, in design section iPhone 4 is the only winner.

Dimensions and Weight

It’s obvious that Nexus S will be bigger in dimensions than iPhone 4 due to its 4.0inch screen which is 0.5inch bigger than iPhone 4’s. Nexus S is 123.9mm in width, 63mm in height and 10.9mm in depth where as iPhone 4 is 115.2mm in width, 58.6mm in height and 9.3mm in depth. That clearly says, iPhone is small in dimensions than Nexus S, height and width are not considered much but depth should be. iPhone is much slimmer than the Nexus but weighs a little more than Nexus i.e 137g where as Nexus is 129g.

It’s difficult to say the winner since both are good at their own places, the 4.0inch screen created the confusion so it’s upto your preferences.


Both of them feature totally different kind of displays. Since Nexus S is manufactured by Samsung it is featured by Samsung’s own Super AMOLED display supporting upto 16M colors which we see in the Samsung Galaxy S. Super AMOLED is totally killer built in display panels. iPhone, on the other hand has TFT display with LED backlit supported with IPS technology. Super AMOLED has totally vivid colors and perfect balance, Nexus S’s stock resolution 480 x 800 improvises the display and makes it as perfect as reality. Where as iPhone has TFT panel but it’s contrast is matched up by LED backlit and IPS panel gives better viewing angles.

iPhone’s display is however weak in case of hardware comparison but still then, why iPhone look’s as good as Nexus S? The answer lies in the stock resolution of iPhone, it’s 640 x 960 which is much more than Nexus S. This resolution is ported on a screen size which is even more small than Nexus S, thus more the resolution, smaller the screen size increases the pixel density and each pixel becomes alive and it’s totally difficult to identify individual pixel by naked eye. That is what Apple call as “Retina Display”. This Retina display concept totally over takes Samsung’s Super AMOLED and makes TFT as similar to S-AMOLED’s quality. The viewing angles of iPhone are balanced with IPS (In-plane switching) technology which makes it possible to look at the screen with extreme angle of 179 degrees.

Super AMOLED is not a comparison to TFT but I am forced to compare it due to this extra-ordinary Retina Display concept. That’s why in my opinion iPhone 4 is winner here.


Being 2010 phones both lies in same generation category and so here both of them are powered by 1GHz Cortex-A8 CPU the only difference is the chipsets they use, iPhone 4 uses Apple’s own A4 chipset where as Nexus S uses Hummingbird chipset. Regarding the RAM, both of them offer 512MB RAM and so internal hardware being same there’s not much difference in the performance but however iPhone 4 in all aspects got better application support for the device. These applications are very well developed to use the Retina display and each and every corner of the CPU. As compared, Nexus S got little less application count than iPhone and the application using phone’s hardware upto its full extent are less than iPhone’s application.

That’s why in order to make most use of the phone’s internal hardware Apple iPhone is way to go.


iPhone is known for its internal memory only where as Samsung is known for it’s expandable storage facility. But here in Nexus S Samsung changed its mind and made the device with supporting only internal memory. There’s no way to increase the memory later on. iPhone is available in two variants 16GB and 32GB where as Nexus S is only available in 16GB that’s shocking but true.

It’s always better to have more storage, you don’t know where you will need that and specially in case of iPhone 4, 16GB storage is not enough (my personal experience).


iPhone 4 as well as Nexus S feature 5mega-pixels camera with similar secondary features too like auto-focus, LED flash and geo tagging. In spite of having everything similar the picture quality of both  phones is totally different. A photo snapped with iPhone 4 looks better than Nexus S due to it’s better color quality. iPhone 4 colors look real and are darker where as Nexus S photos look whitish and have more contrast. Already having autofocus, iPhone also has touch focus which proves better feature for snapping photos sometime.

Regarding the video camera, iPhone shoots at 720p resolution that too at 30fps with video light and Nexus S heavily gets dumped here due to its low WVGA video recording at 30fps.

Video calling is favored by both the devices, Nexus S proves better for video calling over GSM/CDMA as iPhone 4 supports video calling only via WiFi. No matter, but iPhone 4 got third-party features for video calling like Skype which was supported by Nexus S just recently.

Taking look at the camera samples by both the devices, I will prefer iPhone 4 over Nexus S.

Operating System

Smartphone operating system rulers enter here, both the phones support operating systems which are highly rivals of each other, Android and iOS. iPhone 4 obviously supports iOS 4 where as Nexus S supports Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). There is much to talk about both these operating system but there is limitation of space, I think I might need to write a book over this. Just kidding. But the only advantage of Android over iOS is it’s open source functionality, you are about to change anything that you want in the operating system and is officially allowed in Android. Where as iOS has limitations in its use, you cannot change anything that you want but hackers found a way out and unlocked iOS potential by Jailbreak.

Even iOS got variety of application support for the device and many are developed every day. Of course they are paid and so is in Android, there are free applications too and the quality of these freebies is way better in iOS than in Android. iPhone 4’s hardware support is perfectly balanced by iOS and along side Android 2.3 balances Nexus S hardware.

I personally don’t like Android’s user interface, its so saggy. iOS has better user interface than Android only if its not modified by the manufacturers.


Both the devices have high end hardware which require lot’s of power. For normal use both of them can live for one and a half day without charging and running normal apps, music some videos and moderate talktime and texting. According to the factory configuration iPhone 4 got less battery life than Nexus S, but I found both similar only minor difference that’s negligible.


It’s obvious after reading the review that iPhone 4 is true winner in all aspects. The Design, Dimensions, Display, Internal Hardware, Storage, Camera and Operating System of iPhone is perfect for a phone. That’s why I prefer Apple iPhone 4 over the Google Nexus S.



  1. Babloogta

    December 13, 2011 at 6:02 PM

    u wrong in order to perform that compatition that nexus s is much newer than apple ip4 beacaus nexus s contains new function like ,nfc,4.0 inch display nexus s contain 15,00 batery and apple ip4 ,contain ,14,50 and more weight less than ip4 and nexus s also contain anti finger prient coating display to insure that there is no finger prient on nexus s display a 3 big huge features come from nexus s is 1)4.0 inch display, 2) nfc(near field communication) 3) anti finger prient coating display thats apple ip4 dosent support ok

  2. George

    September 14, 2011 at 7:52 AM

    I totally agree with Myk. It seriously lacks objectivity. I started reading it seriously because I’m trying to decide between the 2, and towards the end I was laughing because you should have indeed just said buy IP 4 instead of downplaying S and calling it a review.

  3. bebo

    August 24, 2011 at 7:39 PM

    Your review sucks. You don’t have an objective point of view. It is obvious, so obvious that the review is annoying, even to non-Android lovers.

    I wish I had read first your conclusion, so I wouldn’t have read all your review.

  4. Tom

    August 18, 2011 at 3:31 AM

    you love ios so much you might aswell support hitler while you’re at it..

    androids way better and apps wise you can never beat the bundled google apps such as free navigation etc

  5. Myk

    August 16, 2011 at 7:46 AM

    I really didn’t understand the need for this review. it could have been finished in 2 lines. “I like the iPhone 4 better than the Nexus S. This is my view and opinion.” Whats the point of your review when there is no objectivity?

    “Both the devices have high end hardware which require lot’s of power. For normal use both of them can live for one and a half day without charging and running normal apps, music some videos and moderate talktime and texting.”
    Since the Nexus S has a bigger screen, which would in fact mean drawing more power and it still manages to “compete” with i4 for a day and a half….wonder which phone has a better battery management hardware/software?

    “As compared, Nexus S got little less application count than iPhone and the application using phone’s hardware upto its full extent are less than iPhone’s application.”

    What are you trying to say here? just because the apps count for android are fewer than iphone apps so iphone 4 has better hardware? Mystifying use of logic. “Applications using the phone’s hardware up to its full extent are less.” Which in fact simply means that the nexus s apps are built for multitasking (which your beloved apple only just decided to introduce, one of the reasons why some apps take the full extent of the phone) Plus, i don’t see that being a disadvantage. Apps not taking up the full hardware requirements of my phone seem to me to be better than those that do and render the phone prone to instability and not conducive to multi-tasking, as well as draining the battery faster. Score Nexus S again.

    I have to agree with Mak that the iphone 4 lacks the flash plugin which in fact hinders the web browsing on your phone. The fact that your high end phone cannot open certain websites just because it doesnt support flash, just seems to take the edge away from that phone. I mean whats the point of including a web browser if one has to use another device to browse flash enabled webpages? Somehow necessarily makes one dependent on another device to open such pages. Nexus S gets an advantage here again.

    The other major factor which you did not take into consideration was the price. 16GB of fixed space but the i4 comes in 32GB also. unfortunately the 32GB i4 costs almost double of the nexus s. So, extra space comes at a premium. Since neither phone has expandable memory and 16GB internal memory,its a draw.

    “Video calling is favored by both the devices, Nexus S proves better for video calling over GSM/CDMA as iPhone 4 supports video calling only via WiFi. No matter, but iPhone 4 got third-party features for video calling like Skype which was supported by Nexus S just recently.”

    Recently supported, but still supported and available. Only deciding factor then becomes that the Nexus S can have video chat over GSM/CDMA. but since the iphone4 clearly is the better phone so Nexus S must lose in this category too.

    Sorry but i don’t agree with your Review. But I respect your choice and opinion. Enjoy your iPhone 4, but please next time in a review try and be objective.

  6. Mak

    August 6, 2011 at 7:03 AM

    Good review but I did see some problems with your comparisons.

    First, you compare both hardware which are very similar but give the vote to iPhone only because it has more apps? That seems to me as an unfair comparison. Don’t forget that the Nexus S can be overclocked to 1.6 Ghz while the iOS closed OS doesn’t allow you to do that, yet.

    You didn’t compare the browsers. Browsermark scores for nexus always cross 40,000 while the iPhone 4 just manages to reach 28,000. Plus Flash is a huge advantage if you are into a lot of mobile browsing.

    iPhone has a better screen no doubt, but according to me the Retina Display on the iPhone is an overkill. As you clearly mentioned, to the naked eye, you won’t see much difference viewing the same photographs.

    Also, the iPhone camera really fails for night time shooting. Look at the pictures which you take at night in low light conditions.

    Also, the contoured design of Nexus S is much more better to hold while talking for long hours on the phone. While on the iPhone I couldn’t personally hold long conversations.

    I have both phones, while iPhone has its merit. Nexus S is a win for me.

  7. moonlight

    August 5, 2011 at 2:54 PM

    i’ve experienced both these smart phones , and n my opinion im n love with my Ns , it looks cooler than the iphone , the iphone is kinda unconvertible to hold since its in sharpy shape, while the nexus s is curvy and convertible 2 use , u dont even need a skin case 4 it, and dont forget that the Nexus S is the 1st phone to run Gingerbread, the fastest version of Android yet.

    plus its Pure Google 😉

    iphone was the best phone till the super nexus s came out 🙂
    love both phones but i rather to keep my nexus s

    good comparing

    • Varad@TGC

      August 5, 2011 at 5:24 PM

      After this comparison it ends up as personal decision. I’ve personally used both the phones and my vote goes to iPhone 4. As I personally don’t like Android.

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