Earlier today BGR leaked what IS allegedly the next flagship Android handset’s spec sheet. The Nexus Prime/Galaxy Nexus boasts some impressive specs, and with stock Android, we know that those should amount to one fantastic performance.
Green colored specs are those which for many would be considered “better”, but like I’ve stated in the past, it’s completely subjective. The 0.3mm size difference won’t be noticeable – the shape of the Prime will though, with it’s crazy curved glass display. But it’s one huge display. For me, anything over 4-inches is way too big for a smartphone, but that’s just my own personal preference.
Undoubtedly, if this device does end up having a 720p display, it’s going to look incredible, especially with Samsung’s awesome Super AMOLED technology behind it. The blacks will be deep and the colors much more vibrant than the Retina display. However, having such a power intensive display – lots of pixels = more processing and battery power – that 1700mAh battery and 1.2GHz dual-core won’t appear any better than the 4S in day-to-day use. You’ll get zippy performance, that’s for sure, but the battery will last about a day, unless you’re constantly watching movies, then it’ll last a few hours.
Essentially, for me, this battle of devices comes down to whether or not you want a fantastic camera, or an incredible display. Which do you value most? The iPhone 4S’ 8mp camera doesn’t just have a higher resolution, it is a better lens system and will be – in my opinion – the best snapper ever seen on an iPhone. Time will tell, but, if they’ve improved on the one already in the iPhone 4, it’s going to be insanely good.
A deal clincher for data hungry users will be the LTE compatibility. Granted, the iPhone 4S’ 14.4mbps is going to be quick, but it’s no match for Verizon’s 4G network. That is, if you’re inside an LTE area. If you are, you should be on the lookout for a spare battery, because this beast will kill it in no time – flat. For those outside the 4G coverage sweet spots: you could be grateful that you’re not draining your battery after a couple of hours web surfing.
So, when it comes to pure hardware specs, essentially what you’re looking at is this: one device has an awesome display and (potentially) very fast data speeds, the other has an amazing camera and fast data speeds. One runs the latest version of Android, the other runs the latest version of iOS. Which will you choose? Let me know on twitter (@TiP_Cam), or use the comments section below. (Rumors are that the Nexus Prime/Samsung Galaxy Nexus will be launched a couple of weeks after the iPhone 4S.)
[UPDATE: GSM Arena is reporting the following:
"According to our source, the device codenamed Nexus Prime is going to ship with Samsung's own chipset, with a blazingly fast dual-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz. But wait, there's more.
On that chipset will also reside a powerful dual-core GPU from Imagination. We suspect it's going to be the PowerVR SGX543MP2, or in other words, the same GPU found in the iPad 2 (and quite probably on the iPhone 4S as well).
On the back, instead of the 5-megapixel snapper, our source claims, there's an 8-megapixel, full 1080p HD video-shooting camera with some sort of an improved sensor. As for the battery, expect a 2050mAh one (do we hear a whoa?), which should be good for a couple of days use without charging."
This could change the game entirely. It's fair to say, this would blow the 4S out of the water. Thanks Stephen.]