iPhone 4S vs Galaxy Nexus: Features, Carriers, Software

Apple went ahead and announced its long awaited next-generation iPhone on Tuesday, a device that’s called the iPhone 4S. It features a number of improvements including a faster processor, a better camera and a new antenna. In addition, it’s also going to be powered by iOS 5 which will be arriving with hundreds of new features, one of which is a powerful assistant voice control tool called Siri. In other words, it’s going to be tough for Android to compete. Or is it?

We have known for awhile now that a device called the Nexus Prime was in the pipeline, a device that could possibly compete with the next iPhone. Thing was, we didn’t know much about the phone, that is, until the last two days happened.

Yesterday we saw two promo videos surface. We then saw the clearest image of the Nexus Prime yet. Then, today, the biggest leak yet. A full spec listing of the Nexus Prime along with its real name.

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

Galaxy Nexus

It’s an impressive sounding device, just like the iPhone 4S is and that means that those looking to get a new phone will be looking at both of them closely.

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But how do they stack up on paper?

Let’s take a look.

Hardware

 Features iPhone 4S Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Weight and Dimensions
  • Height: 4.5 inches (115.2 mm)
  • Width: 2.31 inches (58.6 mm)
  • Depth: 0.37 inch (9.3 mm)
  • Weight: 4.9 ounces (140 grams)
  • Depth: 0.35 inches (9mm)
Camera  8 megapixels

  • Autofocus
  • Tap to focus
  • LED flash
  • Backside illumination sensor
  • Five-element lens
  • Face detection
  • Front camera with VGA resolution
5 megapixels

  • 1.3MP front-facing camera
Video Recording  Improved HD video recording

  • 1080p 30 fps
  • Tap to focus while recording
  • LED light
  • Video stabilization
 HD video recording

  • 1080p video recording
Display  High-resolution Retina display

  • 960-by-640 resolution
  • 326 ppi
  • Multi-Touch
Super AMOLED Plus HD Display

  • 1280 x 720
  • 4.65-inches
  • Curved Glass
Cellular and Wireless
  • UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA
  • GSM/EDGE
  • CDMA EV-DO Rev. A2
  • Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • LTE/HSPA
Other Key Features
  • Siri Assistant
  • 16GB/32GB/64GB
  • 512MB of RAM
  • Apple A5 Dual-Core Processor
  • 32GB of storage
  • NFC
  • 1GB of RAM
  • TI OMAP 4460 dual-core Cortex A9 processor clocked at 1.2GHz

Keep in mind, the Galaxy Nexus’ specs are, at this point, rumor.

Software

The software on both devices is going to be one of, if not the biggest draw for consumers. Apple’s iPhone 4S is going to employ iOS 5 which employs hundreds of upgrades from the previous version including wireless updates, Newsstand, a better Notification system, and more.

It also has a new voice control feature called Siri that aims to revolutionize the way we use our phone. Hold down the home button and out pops Siri. Ask Siri what the weather is like, it bring it up in your location. Ask Siri to set an alarm, it does that for you. Need to make an appointment on your calendar, Siri can do that for you too.

Siri is impressive and it will be interesting to see how its received by the public.

The Galaxy Nexus has some serious software on its side too. At CTIA on October 11th, Sammy and Google will not only announce the Galaxy Nexus, but they will also showcase the next major Android update, Android Ice Cream Sandwich.

Android 4.0 is still a little bit of a mystery but we do know how its going to appear on the Galaxy Nexus.

In pure vanilla form.

That means that it won’t have any TouchWiz and it likely won’t have any Verizon bloatware. This is the experience that Verizon customers and those looking to get on board LTE have been waiting for and if Ice Cream Sandwich is even somewhat amazing, the Galaxy Nexus’ software will easily be on par with what Apple has done with iOS 5 and the iPhone 4S.

Carriers

Many in the Android world and beyond were hoping that the Galaxy Nexus would be available on several carriers. Unfortunately, it looks like this device is going to be a Verizon exclusive here in the U.S., at least for the time being. Thing is, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile all have the Galaxy S II so it would be a little odd to see them launch this shortly afterwards.

4G LTE

So, we wouldn’t hold your breath.

As for the iPhone 4S, it will be available on three different carriers in AT&T, Sprint and Verizon and Sprint will of course be offering up unlimited data for it.

With the Galaxy Nexus being on Verizon only, those without grandfathered unlimited plans on Verizon will have to sign into a tiered data plan.

In addition, the Galaxy Nexus is going to be a 4G LTE phone. The iPhone 4S doesn’t have those capabilities. In fact, it won’t even have HSPA+ 4G data speeds.

Instead, it will be limited to CDMA on Sprint and Verizon and HSDPA on AT&T.

Pricing

Pricing of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is currently unknown. There hasn’t been any chatter regarding its price but now that we know it has 4G LTE on board we can make some guesses.

Verizon’s last 4G LTE device, the Motorola Droid Bionic, launched for $300. And considering the specifications and the excitement surrounding this phone, we can’t help but think that Big Red will do the same here.

They would certainly be pricing people out and quite frankly, it would put the phone at a complete disadvantage to the iPhone 4S as it would be both expensive and limited to one carrier.

Apple’s device is expected to check in on all carriers at $199 for the 16GB, $299 for the 32GB and $399 for the $64GB model.

Release Date

While we know the precise release date of the iPhone 4S, we’re still unclear as to when the Galaxy Nexus will be hitting Verizon. We’ve heard October 27th and we’ve heard November 3rd but we might not know for sure until Samsung and Google make the announcement at CTIA.

And even then, we may not get any sort of release date or pricing specifics.

That would be a travesty and I doubt they would torture people like that.

As for the iPhone 4S, pre-orders for the phone will officially start on all three U.S. carriers on Friday and those not looking to get it on pre-order will have to make an attempt to get it on October 14th.

  

Comments

  1. Manny Subia says

    You’re kidding me with the specs right? How on earth would Samsung allow it’s Flagship Google phone to be spec’d lesser than the Galaxy SII??………Just doesn’t add up. I’m calling BS on the so called “leaked” specs. 

  2. Raven Lotz says

    I’m certainly hoping these are BS specs too because this is no where near as awesome as the rumors, and why release a less powerful phone than the Bionic and GS2 to compete with the iphone 4s!? Makes no sense! I know mp don’t really mean anything but still why go from 8mp to 5mp!? I’m going to be really upset if I am waiting this long for something so bland.

  3. Carl says

    this phone better be on At&t for me to switch from my iphone

    I will NOT switch to Verizon for any reason

    I hope Google understands that

  4. Shelley says

    all of this is so confusing to me.I have been using a old razor and it’s time for a update.Which is better AT&T iphone or Metro galaxy 4G.It would be cheeper for me to leave att and go with metro but i don’t want to make a mistake.Can anyone tell me how they like Metro service compared to at&t

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