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Sprint Nexus S vs. Apple iPhone 4 Comparison

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May 11th, 2011

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As everyone knows by now, there are two cellphone types that are battling for supremacy in the marketplace: the Apple iPhone and Google’s Android operating system. The iPhone runs on Apple’s proprietary operating system and only Apple manufactures the iPhone. On the other hand, Android runs on an extremely wide variety of phones from a dozen or more manufacturers. Just like Apple designed and manufactures the iconic iPhone 4, Google has designed and produced a special version of the Android operating system for the Nexus S. (The Nexus S is manufactured by Samsung to Google’s specifications.) So this becomes the ultimate test of the vision of two great American companies: Google vs. Apple.

The Google Nexus S and the Apple iPhone 4 are seemingly similar. Both are phones with touchscreen displays, and both can access the Internet, view e-mail, provide navigation assistance, and yes… even operate as a phone. However, the Sprint version of the Nexus S has 4G connectivity speeds with Sprint’s WiMax network. And Sprint is the first carrier to provide tight integration for Google Voice, which lets you use one phone number for up to six devices (such as your cellphone and your home phone line). Both the iPhone 4 and the Nexus S make bold design statements, so how do these two phones compare?

Google Nexus S Apple iPhone 4  
Google Nexus S Apple iPhone 4
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Carrier Sprint Verizon and AT&T
Operating System Android 2.3 Apple iOS
Interface Google Android

Apple iOS

Display 4″ AMOLED, 480 x 800 pixels 3.5″ LCD, 640 x 960 pixels
Data Speed 4G WiMax 3G
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth Bluetooth 2.1 Bluetooth 2.1
GPS aGPS aGPS
Mobile Hotspot Yes – Optional Yes – Optional
Camera 5-megapixel, LED flash and autofocus 5-megapixel, LED flash and autofocus
Front-facing Camera Yes; VGA (640 x 480) Yes; VGA (640 x 480)
Video Capture Yes; 480p DVD-quality Yes; 720p HD
Apps Android Market Apple App Store
Music Player Yes Yes
Adobe Flash Support Adobe Flash 10.1 No
Storage Space 16GB onboard; no memory slot 16GB/32GB; no memory slot
Keyboard Virtual QWERTY Virtual QWERTY
Battery 1,500 mAh, lithium-ion 1,400 mAh, lithium-ion; not user replacable
Processor Single-core 1 GHz processor Single-core 1 GHz processor
Memory RAM: 512MB RAM: 512MB
Microsoft Outlook Support Yes Yes
View Word Docs Yes Yes
Weight 4.5 oz 4.8 oz
Dimensions 4.9″ x 2.5″ x 0.4″ 4.5″ x 2.3″ x 0.4″

Key Differences

  • Display: The Nexus S has a 4-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, considered by many to be the best display among Android cell phones. The Apple iPhone 4 has a 3.5-inch LCD display with 640 x 960-pixel resolution. Apple refers to this high-resolution screen as a “retina display.”
  • Operating system: The Nexus S runs Android 2.3, while the Apple iPhone 4 runs Apple’s iOS 4.3. Both are the latest versions of their respective operating systems.
  • Processor and RAM: The Nexus S and the Apple iPhone 4 both have single-core 1GHz processors and 512MB of RAM.
  • Keyboard: Both the Nexus S and Apple iPhone 4 have on-screen virtual QWERTY keyboards. Neither has an actual physical keyboard.
  • Storage Space: The Nexus S comes in one memory variety, with 16GB of onboard storage. The Nexus S has no microUSB slot for memory expansion. The Apple iPhone 4 comes in 16GB and 32GB versions, but the iPhone also does not have has a memory expansion slot.
  • Camera: The Nexus S has a 5-megapixel rear camera capable of shooting video at 480p DVD-quality resolution. The Apple iPhone 4 has a 5-megapixel still-image camera that can shoot 720p HD video. Both phones have front-facing cameras for video chat, both with the resolution of 0.3-megapixels (640 x 480).
  • Battery: The Nexus S has a 1,500 mAh battery that is user replacable. The Apple iPhone 4 has a built-in 1,400 mAh battery that is not user replacable.

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5 Responses to “Sprint Nexus S vs. Apple iPhone 4 Comparison”

  • The Nexus s 4g seems to be the better contender in today’s “I want to be able to do anything” world. Sorry iphone 3g coverage isn’t enough anymore. P.s. Apple you phone is to expensive and looks like a big terd. Go GOOOGLE!!!

  • Love the I idiots who can’t see that the option to have Something different is better than being like everyone else. Why doesn’t apple at least let you choose a phone style nope its this brick or nothing hahaha. Apple should stick to laptops and mp3 players that is all they do good. Dummies! I laugh at how much the iPhone has turned into a fashion statement you guys should just get a purse

  • I love the Nexus, if simply because it isn’t “I” anything! The “it’s cool to have an I-whatever” market just turns me off. Now I have a phone that is just as good as the I-phone, but it is NOT an I-phone!

  • nothing would ever beat Apple’s greatest product

  • well i guess id rather choose the iPhone!

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