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iPhone 4 compared to Nexus-S
I am not doing a big comparison between Apple vs Android, not my point here. Just a simple observation today when at the Mall, looking at new phones. I think both Apple, and Google make great phones for their user base.
My history of smartphones; iPhone 1 and iPhone 3G, then moved onto to the Nexus-One, and then EVO 4G, which I just dropped in water, doing the dishes, lol... now planning to get the Nexus-S 4G.
With all the hype surrounding the new "white" iPhone 4, I was interested to check it out, and be open minded to possibly go back to Apple. Uh no thanks now...Sure the new white i4 was cute and petite, but the screen size is just too small for my tastes, I think 4" is just perfect for a phone. And the iOS, was shockingly dated to use again again, after two years of Android. That big thumb button would drive me up the wall, I am so used to my back button, and menu button on my Androids, I could not stand going back to that one click button on the iPhone. Plus the iPhone 4 seemed so fragile, was afraid to even drop it in the store, looks like it would shatter or something. And the "retina" display, ok it was super crisp and high res, but Samsung's Super AMOLED, in my opinion is much nicer, sure the Samsung is not as sharp, but the awesome colors are amazing, and makes the iPhone almost look washed out a bit. And finally the form factor and phone in hand test, the Nexus-S feels perfect in the hand, nice weight, and fits in palm of hand just right, where the iPhone 4 was ok, but just a rectangular slab, nothing special.
Not to bash Apple, but I just don't understand the rabid fan base for this thing, sure it was nice, but Android has come along way in the past year, and the Nexus-S is every bit it's equal and then some. I think with the 3.1 "Ice Cream" release, Android will officially kick the iPhone to the curb as the best smart phone in town. But I am open minded to iOS5, if they add "widgets" and "notifications" plus put it on a 4" screen, that would make me think of possibly going back, but those three changes I doubt we will see in the iPhone5.
Last edited by Zorachus; 05-01-2011 at 05:28 PM.
- 05-01-2011, 09:41 PM #2
Personally I think Apples got some pretty decent apps here and there, but their hardware is terrible. Not to mention Itunes is the devil. If you need a deciding factor, more than anything else, for me it would be not having to deal with itunes ever again.
- 05-02-2011, 12:14 AM #3
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Don't let yourself be excited over a phone because they're releasing a white version of the same thing, that just bugs me and I think its dumb as hell. Same applies to the nexus.
As for the screen, you can't beat an OLED so no argument there. And for design and comfort, well thats one of the reasons Apple was crying to Samsung when they sued them over the Nexus series.
I do mean to bash Apple just because I don't like them (suing Samsung for ******ed reasons is a good reason to hate them). As for the hype thats built for their products, it pisses me off personally. Sure they do release sleek and good looking hardware, but so does everyone else. It's all about advertising, and IMO, Apple definitely seems to do a lot, if not the most. End case with apple, I think they simply charge more because they are Apple.
As for the market. iOS does have a lot more powerful apps (and overall more) than the Android market. Apple also has a more strict policy when it comes to publishing apps. So to our 100,000 mostly 'eh' or 'what the hell is this', their extra 50k has some reason for use.
Lastly when it comes to the UI, Apple might take the cake when it comes to ease of use, but as for powerful and customization, thats the Android.
mah two pennies
- 05-02-2011, 04:04 PM #4
I think if you can manage your way around an iphone UI (Which I had for a year; and, worked with someone with an iphone 4) you can manage your way around an andriod device no differently. If anything the iphone was more confusing to me because you didn't have an app drawer and had to put everything on your home screens and make all different folders and what not. It was a mess. Not to mention their way of multi tasking.
Customization may be confusing when it's a new device... but you learn it. Getting use to something you can't change is harder IMO. Closes doors for me.
- 09-07-2011, 02:01 AM #5
- 09-25-2011, 01:10 AM #6
- 09-25-2011, 11:12 AM #7
Re: iPhone 4 compared to Nexus-S
I own a Nexus S and iPhone 4. Currently I'm using the iPhone. There are some tradeoffs. I miss voice recognition, google nav, gmail app, flash support in the browser, and syncing multiple google calendars. What I don't miss are the apps. I don't like that when the android os or the apps themselves are updated, the apps don't always work and it takes a while for them to be updated. At first I liked the curved screen of the Nexus S but now I don't. I am one who actually likes iTunes because it is a one stop shop for all of the media content I want. I go back and forth with these two phones all the time. There really isn't a clear winner. I will say this though, I have had less problems with my Nexus S.
- 09-25-2011, 11:18 AM #8