iPhone 4 vs Nexus One – Review

by Jerry D on June 10, 2010

Apple has raised the bar with the iPhone 4. What (if anything) does Google’s popular and much-loved Nexus One have to say about its fancy “Retina display” and HD video recording?

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Connectivity:

The wireless options on the iPhone 4 include 3G/HSDPA (7.2Mbps), 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR. The Nexus One has 3G/HSDPA (7.2 Mbps), Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP and 802.11a/b/g Wi-Fi in its own connectivity package. This round is a draw. (0-0)

Size & Weight:

How do the two phones match up size-wise? The iPhone 4 measures 115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3mm, while the Nexus One is 119.0 x 59.8 x 11.5mm in comparison. The Nexus One is the taller of the two phones by 3.8mm, the iPhone 4 is the thinnest by 2.2mm. The iPhone 4 is also slightly tubbier than the Nexus One, weighing in at 137g. The Nexus One is 7g lighter at 130g. Overall, however, the iPhone 4 is a better balance. (1-0)

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Camera:

Apple has built a new 5.0 Megapixel lens into the iPhone 4, together with features such as tap to focus, an LED flash, geo-tagging, plus VGA/HD video recording (up to 30fps). The Nexus One’s 5.0 Megapixel camera (with autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging and 720 x 480 HD video recording equals the iPhone 4′s setup. It’s a close fight, but the iPhone’s extra front-facing camera helps take the round. (2-0)

Screen/keyboard:

Apple has built the iPhone 4 with a 3.5-inch touch-sensitive display. But unlike the iPhone 3GS, this LCD screen has an improved resolution of 640 x 960 pixels. The Nexus One’s touch-sensitive AMOLED display is better, measuring 3.7 inches, even if its 480 x 800 pixel resolution isn’t as classy as the Apple display. (2-1)

Performance:

In terms of raw power, the Apple iPhone 4 features Apple’s A4 chip, which appeared in the first iPads. It ticks along at 1GHz. The Nexus One has a 1GHz Snapdragon (QSD8250) processor, giving it a similar amount of grunt. In terms of software, Android is certainly improving fast, but the polished iOS4 on the iPhone 4 is still significantly better. As for downloadable applications, just check out the stats below… (3-1)

Storage:

The 32GB of memory in the iPhone 4 beats the 4GB standard capacity of the Nexus One. Of course, the iPhone 4 lacks an expansion slot, so 32GB is all the storage you get. A microSD slot on the Nexus One further boosts the overall memory on Google’s phone to 32GB. (3-1)

Battery life:

Fully juiced, Apple’s spec sheet lists 7.0 hours of talktime for its phone, the same as the Google Nexus One. As for standby time, the phones can last for 300 hours and 250 hours respectively. This round goes to the iPhone. (4-1)

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Extras:

The iPhone 4 also includes GPS/A-GPS, digital compass and a 3-axis gyroscope. The Nexus One features GPS/A-GPS and a digital compass. (5-1)

The Apple iPhone 4 wins!

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The technology in the iPhone 4 gives the Nexus One a real beating (5-1). For starters, it comes with the most memory – 16GB and 32GB are available. It also has the highest resolution display, even if it loses 0.2 inches in screen size to Google’s handset. Apple’s improvements to the iPhone OS (including multi-tasking, iBooks and video chat) mean that Android needs to do more to catch up.

Do you agree with the outcome of this fight? Leave us a comment below now…

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