HTC Thunderbolt 4G vs. Google Nexus S – Review

by Jerry D on July 19, 2011

How does the Google Nexus S fare when it steps into the BPF ring with the new HTC Thunderbolt 4G? Which is the better Android phone? Which one has the superior camera? Which one gives you the biggest bulge if you stuff it into your trousers? As ever, we’ll compare the two so you can see the differences…

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Stat-fight: HTC Thunderbolt 4G vs. Google Nexus S

The Thunderbolt 4G’s built-in camera has a resolution of 8.0 MP, plus features that include: autofocus, a dual LED flash, geo-tagging, face/smile detection and 720p HD video capture. Oh and there’s also a camera on the front for making video calls.

Despite a set of camera features that includes autofocus, an LED flash, geo-tagging, touch focus and 720p video recording, the Nexus S’s 5.0 Megapixel camera can’t match the Thunderbolt’s snapper. It does, however, possess a second camera on the front for making video calls.

With 40GB of internal storage, the Thunderbolt 4G has more space. The Nexus S features 16GB in comparison. The Nexus S is missing an expansion slot and so the phone is restricted to its 16GB of storage.

Read the full smartphone comparison below…

HTC Thunderbolt 4G VS Google Nexus S
Display 4.3-inch S-LCD 4.0-inch Super AMOLED
Resolution 480 x 800 pixels 480 x 800 pixels
Keyboard No No
Processor 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8655 Snapdragon 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 ‘Hummingbird’
Software Android 2.2 (Froyo) Pure Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) build
Storage Up to 40GB Up to 16GB
Rear camera 8.0 Megapixels with autofocus, dual LED flash, geo-tagging, face/smile detection and 720p HD video capture 5.0 Megapixels with Autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, touch focus and 720p video recording
Front camera Yes Yes
4G No No
3G CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rev A. 3G/HSDPA (7.2Mbps)
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP/EDR 2.1 with EDR
Size 66.0 x 122.0 x 13.0mm 63.0 x 123.9 x 10.88mm
Weight 164g 129g
Talktime 6.5 hours 6.7 hours
Standby 330 hours 427 hours
Extras GPS/A-GPS, stereo FM radio (with RDS), digital compass, built-in kickstand, DLNA content sharing and Dolby Mobile audio GPS/A-GPS, dedicated GPU for faster gaming, haptic feedback vibration, 3-axis gyroscope, digital compass, curved Contour Display and integrated Near Field Communication (NFC) technology for digital payments. The Nexus S is also sold unlocked, so will work with any GSM carrier.

Analysis: HTC Thunderbolt 4G vs. Google Nexus S

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Best Connectivity: Thunderbolt 4G (1-0)
Best Size/Weight: Nexus S (1-1)
Best Camera/Video: Thunderbolt 4G (2-1)
Best Display: Draw (3-2)
Best Processor: Draw (4-3)
Best Software: Nexus S (4-4)
Best Storage: Thunderbolt 4G (5-4)
Best Battery life: Nexus S (5-5)
Best Extras: Nexus S (5-6)

BPF verdict: The Google Nexus S wins!

See if these two phones make our Top 20 Best Smartphones list…

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