iPhone 4 Vs Nexus One

The iPhone 4 will soon be upon us, physician but has the pulling power of Android dampened the Apple hype somewhat?

We take a look at both the iPhone 4 and the Google Nexus One to give you a better picture of what best to part your cash with. It might be worth it to compare mobile phone deals to make sure you keep within budget as well.


Apple has steered away from the rounded corners of current iPhones on the market, with sharper corners giving the iPhone 4 a somewhat edgy look.

Conversely, the Nexus One has something of a Marmite design- you either hate it or think it’s not too bad.

The iPhone 4 is smaller and slimmer than the Nexus One with the iPhone 4 measuring up at 4.5 x 2.31 x 0.37 inches, while the Nexus One boasts dimensions of 4.7 x 2.4 x 0.5 inches.

Winner: iPhone 4


Both the iPhone 4 and the Nexus One are top-end touchscreen smartphones, but which screen is better to use?

Size-wise the Nexus One has it over the iPhone 4 (just) with a 3.7 inch screen over Apple’s 3.5 inches.

But while size matters, we all know it’s how you use screen technology that’s really important.

The Retina Display on the iPhone 4 ups the screen resolution to 960 x 640, which Apple boasts makes individual pixels invisible to the human eye.

In comparison, the Nexus One has a not too shabby but noticeably less 480 x 800 screen res.

The Nexus One does boast a very impressive AMOLED screen, while the iPhone 4 uses Apple’s own LCD-IPS as part of its retina display, which I think we’re all just a teensy bit excited about.

Winner: iPhone 4


Apple has long been the laughing stock of camera phones, launching the first iPhone with a pathetic 2 megapixel snapper, which only grew to 3 on the iPhone 3GS. Now though, Apple is playing with the… well medium boys, packing a 5 megapixel camera in the iPhone 4.

Similarly, the Nexus One also has a 5 megapixel snapper tucked away. Both cameras come with flash as well.

The difference comes in to each handset’s video capabilities. The iPhone 4 will record in 720p HD at 30fps which Apple is shouting from the rooftops.

The Nexus One on the other hand shoots at 800 x 480 at 20fps.

Apple has also included a front-facing camera on the iPhone 4 so you can take self portraits and video call with ease. The Nexus One just has the back camera.

Winner: iPhone 4


Both the iPhone 4 and Nexus One come with GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

The iPhone 4 does have the added bonus of a TV out connection through Apple AV cables, nudging it in front of the Nexus One yet again.

Winner: iPhone 4


Although the iPhone 4 came up trumps in each category, it was a close shave in terms of connectivity, screen and camera.

The Apple iPhone 4 has won this particular comparison, but being a much newer model, it should have.

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7 Responses to “iPhone 4 Vs Nexus One”

  1. ScaredyCat says:

    ROFL – Who does your comparisons for you, The Gadget Show?

  2. Lol says:

    Google cloud beats apple’s one dimensioned operating software

  3. Andrew says:

    So basically, you compared the iphone 4 against the Nexus One, but didn’t bother looking at how the software owns the iphone, or how the nexus one has swappable batteries and upgradable/swappable media storage. Or you know, important things like call quality, speed, usability, battery life etc?

    Wow fail.

  4. The parameters for comparison for this review seem very little to do with the actual capability of the phone in terms of call connectivity, call clarity, software capabilities etc.
    For starters, the Nexus One has a second mic on the rear which facilitates noise cancelling.
    Multitasking has been available on the Android smartphones for quite some time now and yet Apple JUST now discovered it!
    Replacable battery is another BIG feature that users look for.
    And the “barely” 0.2 inches of screen real estate is a major boon when it comes to browsing the internet.
    And why no mention of the fact that the iPhone is absolutely INCAPABLE of playing any flash video, when the Nexus One now can render the most complex flash based websites with ease!
    I find the iPhone 4 is a good smartphone, but one-sided comparisons like this one are just plain unfair!

  5. Lolman says:

    Most biased and useless review ever.

  6. chris says:

    the gadget show loves the iphone so much. infact i would say about 70% of gadgets are made by apple on that show, and that they need to give other competitors a chance. Personally, the iphone is not my cup of tea and i think it is only winning as it is a mainstream choice. However, i have looked at blackberries, nexus, and htc phones ( which impress me quite alot, especially the desire and i could say the wildfire). The htc phones strike me alot, and seeing as though i am only looking for a cheap contract i would have to consider htc’s. The iphone is creating a problem for itself by using its elevated status too much, and right now i believe that other companies are targetting some fragile weaknesses in this new 4 model. The weaknesses are quite severe, and not just minor. Iphone also needs to stop blocking third party apps, it needs to realise that it cant be perfect and that the more they try to be perfect the more they will get targetted as a weak phone. so overall, the nexus doesnt tickle my fancy but the htc brand is encouraging.

  7. chris says:

    Andrew is sort of right in saying that this review is limited. You cant just look at things that make one model better, you have to look at very specific things and not stick a massive dynamite in one phones bad quality. If the iphone was at its best now then they would go bust in afew years, but soon they may run out of ideas. Unfortunately their customers have got what deserved, because they assumed that they would get “everything” out of the iphone. Convenience certainly wasnt there, and they need to stop correcting my spelling the silly prescriptivists. I will spell how i wish, because they dont own our hands.


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