Apple iPhone 4 vs Google Nexus S

Difference between Apple iPhone 4 and Google Nexus S

The Apple iphone 4 and Google Nexus S are 2 new smartphones equipped with unique features, adding two more tempting options for mobile phone buyers. Nexus S, the latest smartphone by Googlem was released in December of 2010. Made available on the 16th of the same month, the device was designed to run on the latest Android platform, the Gingerbread (Android 2.3), by Google and its co-developer on the project, Samsung.

The Apple iPhone remains an established standard in the smartphone industry, remaining in the lead among all other brands. Whether the Nexus S breaks this lead remains to be seen.

The Nexus S is installed with the high-speed 1 GHz processor Hummingbird, a 16 GB memory and runs on Google’s latest operating system: the Android 2.3. Its Apple counterpart, the Apple A4 processor, runs on a similar speed, but offers an upgrade on its 16 GB memory into 32 GB at a nominal added cost. Nexus S can have no more than 16 GB.

How is Nexus S Different?

A unique feature of the Nexus is its Android 2.3 processor which can support Near Field Communications or NFC. NFC is integrated into the Gingerbread system and can read certain information such as “smart tags” and other regular objects with NFC chips installed into them. These may be anything from movie posters, stickers, air tickets and credit cards; a pretty handy feature for Mcommerce.

This NFC technology has already patented by Apple and, instead of adding the feature to the iPhone 4, has decided to reserve it for its upcoming model; the iPhone 5 which comes out in June 2011.

Another distinct feature of Nexus is its VoIP or SIP call support. Nexus’ Gingerbread allows the user to directly place VoIP or SIP calls from the contact list.

The Google Nexus can also serve as a router and provide internet connection to other devices that support Wi-Fi. Up to six devices (Wi-Fi enabled) can be supported by the Nexus. Voice actions also work perfectly with Gingerbread. Calling, setting the alarm and even navigating through the phone can be done by voice actions alone. Calls made by the Nexus S are of better quality, thanks to the Google noise cancellation software integrated to it.

Besides all these advantages, Nexus S also stands out among the rest since it’s already unlocked by default and will work with all GSM carriers.

Comparing the Technical Specifications of the Two

Design:        Nexus S comes in a sleek design that is slightly taller, wider and thicker than iPhone 4, with a bigger screen. Although the Nexus S is lighter, the iPhone is slimmer and more solid, and has a better looking design.

Dimensions:          Nexus S has the dimensions 123.9 mm х 63 mm х 10.8 mm and weighs a mere 129 g while the iPhone comes with the dimensions 115.2 mm х 58.6 mm х 9.3 mm, weighing 137 g.

Display: Nexus S is equipped with a 4” AMOLED touch screen and has a resolution of 880 х 480 WVGA. It’s also the very first smartphone that has a Contour Display. Although this contour display cannot be easily seen at first glance, its presence a makes the curved glass of the screen more comfortable to grip and to keep against the face during calls.

Nexus S’ display is also claimed by Samsung to be 1.5х higher than any other conventional LCD display and that its screen can give better outdoor viewing. Some claim that the Nexus S takes 75% less glare when taken outside compared to other smartphones so the pictures, videos and game do not get washed out by the sun.

Apple’s iPhone, however, does not get left behind in terms of display, setting the standard with its crisp and sharp graphics and text. Although its screen is smaller, the iPhone provides a stunningly attractive and beautiful retina display by utilizing In Plane Switching (IPN) technology and achieving a wider viewing perspective compared to typical LCDs.

Camera: Both the iPhone and Nexus S boast 5 Megapixel Flash VGA front facing cameras.

Battery Life: The Nexus S has a 1500 mAH Li-Ion battery that gives a 3G talk time of up to 6.7 hours, 14 hours on plain 2G and lasts up to 428 hours in standby. iPhone has a 1420 mAH Li-Ion battery that  lasts 7 hours of 3G talk time, but is non-removable.

Memory and Processor: Although iPhone 4 and Nexus S have the same RAM size and processor speed, iPhone conveniently offers both 16 and 32 GB of flash memory compared to Nexus’ sole 16 GB option. Nexus makes up for this by supporting instant file transfers by USB mass storage and Bluetooth; a feature not available in iPhone 4. The two models’ other internal features mostly resemble each other. As for applications, both Apple and Google have thousand of applications readily available for download, depending on what the user is looking for.

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