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.

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