Samsung unveiled Galaxy Nexus features Google 4.0 on 19 Oct HK, it’s a right time for comparing with iPhone 4S in the market. Following let’s directly enter the specs comparison of them.
Design and dimension:
You’ll be hard-pressed to find any two phones that look as nice as these two. The Galaxy Nexus has a curved display, similar to the Nexus S before it. The iPhone 4S, meanwhile, has the exact same rectangular, glass and aluminum design of the iPhone 4.
The Galaxy Nexus is taller and wider (due to the much larger display) than the iPhone, but is a bit thinner overall (8.84mm to 9.3mm). Though at its thickest point, 11.4mm, Samsung’s phone is a little chunkier than the iPhone.
The Galaxy Nexus’display continues in the recent Android tradition of super-sizing. This one measures at a huge 4.65. Part of this is taken up by the on-screen buttons used in Android 4.0, so it should look similar to a 4.3 display during normal use. During Google’s demos, it appears that the buttons will vanish when watching video, in order to utilize the full real estate.
The iPhone opts for an IPS display, while the Galaxy Nexus sports a Super AMOLED. The Nexus will likely have higher color saturation and contrast than Apple’s handset. Some find sAMOLED displays to be over-saturated, but much of that will come down to personal preference. Both deliver excellent viewing angles, hold up fairly well under sunlight, and are going to look stunning next to any other phone.
Neither choice is going to be a slouch in the speed department. Both pack dual-core processors. The iPhone 4S carries Apple’s A5 (manufactured by Samsung), and Samsung’s own phone may be running a Texas Instruments OMAP 4460 (we’re going off of unconfirmed leaks here, as the model of the processor wasn’t announced during the launch). Though the A5 maxes out at 1GHz in the iPad 2, it’s underclocked to 800MHz in the 4S. The Galaxy Nexus’ chip has a top speed of 1.2GHz.
Based on specs alone, the Nexus has an advantage here, being on the favorable end of a 400MHz difference. Of course performance can be defined by more than just cores and speed. For example, the 4S fared better in browser speed tests than the Galaxy S II, which has a similar processor to the Nexus.
Maximum download speeds
Galaxy Nexus: 16GB or 32 GB no SD card slot
iPhone 4S: 16GB or 32 GB no SD card slot
Galaxy Nexus: 512GB
iPhone 4S: 1GB
Galaxy Nexus: 1750 mAh
iPhone 4S: up to 8 hrs talk time (3G), up to 6 hrs internet use (3G)
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