Samsung Galaxy Nexus vs iPhone 4s

Recently I had to update my phone. My last one couldn't even keep a charge for a phone call so I realized someone was telling me it's time. I have always been an iPhone hater. While it is a solid piece of hardware that I was considering I thought I would see what else was on the market. After doing some research and comparisons I bought a Samsung Galaxy Nexus. There were way too many reasons when compared to the iPhone to say no.

Some basic comparisons that brought me to this decision are as follows:


  • The Galaxy Nexus carries a 4.65" touchscreen while the iPhone a substantially smaller screen at 3.5".
  • The bigger screen and size of the Galaxy Nexus allows for a thinner phone at 0.34 inches. (one of the biggest touch screens on the market) The Galaxy is also lighter than the iPhone 4S. 
    • Note: The display of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is huge. But while the screen is bigger, the resolution has not gone up. Its' pixel density at 306 ppi makes it still below the iPhone 4S’ 326ppi. As you know, I am very familiar with several types of display technology and I looked at them very closely and really, you cannot notice the difference. They both have a crystal clear display. The Galaxy nexus however has a screen that is substantially bigger than the   iPhone screen which in my opinion makes it the clear choice.
    • iPhone 4S use a variation on the IPS technology on its screen.  The one chink in the IPS armor is the use of a universal back-light. The Samsung Galaxy Nexus uses a Super AMOLED screen which uses light-emitting pixels which lets the pixels displaying black stay perfectly dark.

  •  Samsung packs an 1.2 GHz dual core-core A9, which is the more powerful processor in this comparison.

  • The best front camera comes with the Galaxy, while the iPhone is at the bottom of the league.
  • The Samsung Galaxy Nexus phone can actually predict your next move — a feature you won’t find in Apple's iPhone 4S.
  • The camera can register when you’re looking at the device...its screen will turn on and remain active as long as you’re using it.  So you won't find the screen dimming in the middle of reading a long email or browsing the web.  It also automatically places a phone call if you’re in the middle of writing a text and lift the phone to your ear. (Note: I've noticed that lighting can affect it's ability to work mostly in dark conditions.  It's a very cool feature nevertheless.)
  • Galaxy Nexus is MHL-compliant, meaning you can plug them into a TV and pipe across HD video and surround sound (First use I found free apps which allow you to stream music and HD video directly from your phone to display and listen to over your surround sound system and HD TV.  And the work great!).  The iPhone is a little more constrained.    
As usual, this all comes down to personal preference.  Some are stuck with Apple and rightfully so if that's what you're using in your home.  However, I think the restraints and the limitations on apple products turn me off of them.   The Galaxy Nexus, meanwhile, is still the only phone that ships with the latest and greatest edition of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich. The update may signify the biggest leap forward for Android since the launch of Eclair in late 2009. Features like Face Unlock, Panoramic photos, and lock screen actions, it’s the overall improvements to the UI that define ICS. It’s smoother, quicker, and more attractive than any previous version of Android.

Definately, when holding the two the nexus feels smaller, more fragile but that can be fixed with a case.  I bought a Otterbox Commuter for $20 that makes it feel tough as hell.

For those of you who aren't convinced?

18 Reasons to go with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus  :

  • Plays Adobe Flash Yes vs No  
    • Adobe Flash with Video and Sound is supported in the phone's browser
  • Free navigation software Yes vs No
    • Free navigation software with free map data and updates included, no need to buy an dedicated navigation device

  • Can be charged via standard USB cable Yes vs No
    • It can be charged with a standard USB cable with your computer or with USB power supplies
  • More battery power 1,750mAh vs 1,418mAh  
    • 24% more battery power
  • Has a removable battery Yes vs No  
    • The battery is removable and can be replaced by user if broken
  • Has an HDMI output Yes vs No  
    • Video and movies can be watched on a TV with HDMI input
  • Has DLNA Yes vs No
    • It can stream videos and movies to other devices over-the-air
  • Somewhat faster uploads 5.8MBits/s vs 5.76MBits/s  
    • 1% faster uploads
  • Has NFC Yes vs No
    • Near-field-communication (NFC) allows wireless transactions like payments
  • Noticeably faster downloads 21.0MBits/s vs 14.4MBits/s
    • 46% faster downloads

  • Explicitly more megapixel (photo, front camera) 1.3 vs 0.3 4.3x more megapixel (photo, front camera)
    • The back camera goes to iPhone

  • A deal more RAM memory 1.0GB vs 0.5GB  
    • 0.5gb more RAM memory

  • Significantly higher screen resolution 720 x 1280 px vs 640 x 960 px  
    • 1.5x higher screen resolution
  • A lot bigger screen size 4.65" vs 3.5"
    • 33% bigger screen size

  • A shade lighter 135.0g vs 140.0g  
    • 5.0g lighter
  • A thing thinner 8.8mm vs 9.3mm  
    • 0.5mm thinner

  • Considerably faster CPU clock speed 2x 1.2Ghz vs 2x 0.8Ghz  
    • 1.5x faster CPU clock speed

  • Faster Internet browser (Browsermark) 93,695 vs 89,561
    • 5% Faster Internet browser (Browsermark)

From my judgement and perspective, as a man who knows absolutely everything :)  Samsung Galaxy Nexus Wins this comparison hands down.

And if you could care less about this comparison and want to spend over $100 more?  Make your choice.