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Android Phones
Nexus S vs. myTouch 4G

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December 8th, 2010


The Nexus S has the cell phone industry buzzing, with its dramatic style and Android 2.3 operating system. Manufactured by Samsung and marketed by Google, the Nexus S is the first phone to use the latest version of Google’s open operating system. On the other hand, the T-Mobile myTouch 4G has been a hit for T-Mobile since it was released last month, and it also has its share of innnovations. How do these two cellular powerhouses compare in a face-to-face Wirefly Schmackdown?

The T-Mobile myTouch 4G features high-speed (4G) Internet connectivity, a front-facing camera and a speedy processor that makes it a powerhouse among Android phones. The Nexus is built from Samsung’s popular Galaxy S line and features a crisp 4-inch Super AMOLED screen that just may be the best display in the industry. In addition, the Android 2.3 operating system in the Nexus S has its advantages over Android 2.2 in the myTouch 4G, but the myTouch 4G fights back with 4G Internet connectivity that runs rings around the 3G connection for the Nexus S.

Inside, both phones have speedy 1 GHz processors, and both phones work quickly and smoothly. There are several other differences between these state-of-the-Android-art phones, so click on the video to the right to see a full Schmackdown comparison.


Google, the developer of the Android operating systems for cell phones, has its own smartphone line called Nexus. The original Nexus phone made a strong impression on mobile technology fans, although the phone was not actually a big seller. Now Google is releasing the Nexus S, a much-revised device that is the first phone to use the Android 2.3 operating system (code named "Gingerbread"). The Nexus S is made by Samsung. In the meantime, the T-Mobile myTouch 4G has been a big success since its release about a month ago. Running Android 2.2, the myTouch 4G is one of the most powerful cell phones on the market with a long list of interesting features.

Key Differences

  • Display: One difference between the Nexus S and the T-MobilemyTouch 4G is the display. The myTouch 4G has a 3.8-inch LCD display, whicle the Nexus S has a four-inch Super AMOLED screen considered to be one of the best cell phone screens. Both clock in with identical resolution of 480 x 800 pixels.
  • Read more differences below the chart.

  • DROID 2 Global T-Mobile G2
    Google Nexus S T-Mobile myTouch 4G

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    Wirefly’s Price (as of publish date) Not available on Wirefly $79.99
    Carrier T-Mobile T-Mobile
    Operating System Android 2.3 Android 2.2
    Interface Google Android

    Sense UI

    Display 4″ TFT Super AMOLED, 480 x 800 pixels 3.8″ TFT capactive touchscreen, 480 x 800 pixels
    Data Speed 3G 4G
    Global – World Phone Capable Yes (unlocked) No
    WiFi 802.11 b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n
    Bluetooth Bluetooth 2.1 Bluetooth 2.1
    Mobile Hotspot Yes — Connect up to 6 devices Yes — Connect up to 4 devices
    Camera 5-megapixel, LED flash and auto-focus 5-megapixel, dual LED flash and autofocus
    Front-facing Camera Yes Yes
    Video Capture Yes; 720×480 (DVD quality), 30 fps Yes; 720p HD
    Apps Android Market Android Market
    Music Player Yes Yes
    Adobe Flash Support Adobe Flash 10.1 Adobe Flash 10.1
    Storage Space 16GB onboard; no microSD slot 12GB Total (4GB on-board, 8 GB pre-installed microSD card)
    Keyboard Virtual QWERTY Virtual QWERTY
    Battery 1,500 mAh, up to 6.7 hours talk time; up to 425 hours standby 1,400 mAh, up to 9 hours talk time; up to 550 hours standby
    Processor 1 GHz Hummingbird 1 GHz Snapdragon (2nd generation)
    Memory RAM: N/A RAM: 768MB
    Microsoft Outlook Support Yes Yes
    View Word Docs Yes Yes
    Weight 4.5 oz 4.5 oz
    Dimensions 2.5″ x 4.9″ x 0.4″ 4.8" x 2.4" x 0.4"

  • Operating system: The Nexus is the first phone to use Google’s Android 2.3 operating system, which is the latest version available. The T-Mobile myTouch 4G runs on Android 2.2, considered to be a fast and stable operating system. Both Android versions offer full support for Adobe Flash content.
  • Keyboard:
    Both the Nexus S and the T-Mobile myTouch 4G support only on-screen typing – neither has a physical keyboard.
  • Storage Space: The Nexus S ships with 16 GB of on-board storage, but it does not have a microSD slot to increase user storage of content such as photos, music and videos. The T-Mobile myTouch 4G has 4 GB of on-board and comes with an 8 GB microSD card. This microSD card can be replaced with one up to 32GB, which gives the myTouch 4G a maximum memory of 36 GB.
  • Camera: Both devices are equipped with 5-megapixel cameras with autofocus and on-board LED flashes. The T-Mobile myTouch 4G can record 720p HD video, while the Nexus S records video at 720 x 480 resolution (standard DVD quality).
  • Battery life: The Nexus S has a larger battery but a bit lower talk time than the T-Mobile myTouch 4G.

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One Response to “Nexus S vs. myTouch 4G”

  • Androidlovef
    December 17, 2010

    I think the mytouch 4g is a big improvement I love my mytouch but for some reason I dont fell confident with the nexus s I think is because of samsung

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