iPhone 4S vs. Galaxy Nexus – part 2: Software

On Monday I published the first part of my Galaxy Nexus and iPhone 4S comparison. On the hardware side, the 4S came out on top with a score of 4 points to 3. It was a close run thing. An improved camera and better build quality would have seen the Ice Cream Sandwich-powered handset come out on top.

Link: iPhone 4S vs. Galaxy Nexus – part 1.

Would the software battle see a sway in balance? Is Apple’s virtually unchanged iOS still the top-dog in software performance? Let’s take a closer look.

Look/User Interface

Looks are so subjective, as mentioned in the hardware comparison. What looks good to me may look terrible to someone else, but, I’ll go with my instincts on this, as well as throwing in some practical considerations. Let’s be 100% honest, the iPhone’s UI makes your home screen cluttered, and it’s not customizable. Whether you like it or not, you have to look at an unchangeable grid of square icons. They can’t be removed. Although it’s not the prettiest looking interface, it certainly makes for simple operation. There are no app drawers to open, no menus, just touch your desired icon and you’re there.

   

Ice Cream Sandwich is completely different. If you want a sea of icons on your home screens, you can have them. If you’d rather not, you can remove them and access them using the app drawer. You can have widgets on screen, with some now giving the ability to adjust size. You can create folders – in much the same way you do with iOS – drag an icon on to another, and name it. I wouldn’t say it was difficult to use, but there are definitely more menu and settings options with Android. Apple would see this as too complicated, I see it as having the ability to control your own device.

  

Looks-wise, Apple’s software has a clean and polished look. There are neat on/off switches dotted here and there, the shapes are all pristine and almost metallic but very grey. It looks professional but plain. After a few years using it, to me it’s boring and sterile. Ice Cream Sandwich is the polar opposite. White and grey menus are replaced by bright colors, dark greys and modern shapes. It’s bold and brash, but somehow maintains a respectable look. This is personal taste, so for that reason, me finding the Android system more attractive won’t factor in to who wins this part of the battle.

Android of old is all but gone, but its influence lives on. The geeky green and plain black color scheme has been replaced be a grey gradient infused with a sharp white typeface and tints of light blue, giving it a more attractive look than any previous version of Google’s OS. Two of the highlights for me are the lock screen, and the drop-down notifications bar. The drop down bar has a classic smoked dark glass look, the lock screen is colorful and clean. Another bonus for Android users is the recent updates feature in the contacts app. Access your contact’s info, and swipe across to reveal any recent twitter or Facebook updates.

   

Here’s where I think this battle is won: if you want Apple-style icons dominating all the home screen spaces you can have it on either device. If you decide you want to change it, only one gives you the choice. Ice Cream Sandwich wins this one. The ability to customize is key, and gives the user a chance to stamp their own label and brand on to a device, instead of being forced in to one which Apple thinks is best.

(Continued from Monday) iPhone 4S 4 vs. Galaxy Nexus 4

Messaging

Not many years ago, the only way to message friends with a mobile phone was by sending an SMS. Now there are a plethora of options. Ice Cream Sandwich gives you Gtalk compatibility, as well as standard messaging. Scrolling through your contacts, it’s immediately apparent who’s online. A small green dot indicates contacts using Google’s chat service. However, it does need to be incorporated in to one app. Selecting this option takes you to the Gtalk app instead, and should – in my opinion – be blended seamlessly into the native Messaging app.

Messaging on iOS is different. iMessage (Apple’s BBM) is incorporated in to the Messages app, and works automatically, no signing in necessary. If your contact has iOS 5, it detects it and sends an iMessage (indicated by a blue speech bubble). If not, it sends a normal text. Both operating systems have app stores full of third party chat applications like WhatsApp and Ping Chat. These can be pretty useful, and are a great way to keep in touch with friends on multiple platforms for free. Many of them include Gtalk compatibility, so neither handset has the advantage in that respect.

One vital part of any messaging is the keyboard. I have to say that both perform excellently in landscape mode. I remember picking up and iPhone for the first time and finding the virtual keyboard a joy to use – it still is – despite being no match for a physical QWERTY. The keyboard in Android 4.0 is by far the best I’ve seen on a Google handset. It’s brilliant. Within seconds of first using it, I was up to normal speed. The keys are well spaced out and give a comforting buzz when pressed. In portrait mode, the Android phone wins by a small margin, only because the size means there’s more space for keys and less room for error.

Auto-correct, in the wrong hands can be disastrous. Turns out, Apple’s hands are the wrong ones. iOS’ automatic spell correction is yet another example of Apple’s opinion that we can’t do anything right for ourselves. Firstly, if you spell something incorrectly, it changes it for you – which is nice. If you spell a word that’s not in its dictionary, it does the same, you then have to either press a tiny cross to delete the spelling suggestion, or go back to choose the right one. Ice Cream Sandwich is similar, but gives you a running list above the keyboard to give some word options to choose from. Much less frustrating, and more liberating.

One thing that does frustrate me about the Android phone in this case is its responsiveness to turning the handset. There’s quite a delay between turning from portrait to landscape before the layout on-screen recognises your action. It’s certainly a dampener on an otherwise fantastic messaging experience. Winner in this round? Neither handset. Seamless iMessage integration is a plus on the iPhone, great virtual keyboard is a plus on the Galaxy Nexus. One point each.

iPhone 4S 5 vs. Galaxy Nexus 5

Notifications

Notification Center is a revelation on iOS 5. You can display little red badges on app icons to indicate the number of notifications waiting, you can have them in the drop-down drawer, they’re on your lock screen, and you can have those irritating blue pop-ups if you want. All this, plus, you get a little bar on top of your screen that turns to alert you of an update during Angry Birds (or whatever else you may be using your phone for at the time.)

  

Android has one type of notification: the drop down bar. You can’t choose which order your notifications are displayed in either. Rather odd that an Android device doesn’t allow freer expression when it comes to notifications management. In this case, iOS 5 gives much more freedom. On the plus side for the Nexus, it does have a cute little LED notifier that’s completely hidden in standby mode, but lights up when a notification is received.

One thing I’ve always liked about Android is that you can’t forget about any missed notifications. There’s always a small icon displayed out of the way in the status bar. With iOS 5, and even with all the customizing options, you can still forget. Notifications that show up in the lock screen disappear once you’ve unlocked the device, even if you haven’t read the message/update. If you have badges switched off, there’s no other way of knowing that you have any notifications needing your attention. The same can be said if the apps awaiting your attention are on a different screen to the one you’re on.

 

Android’s drop-down bar allows you to cancel all the notifications at once, or gives you the option to slide one off the screen, dismissing it in a very fluid an intuitive way. Or, if you’ve read the update, the notification simply disappears. iOS works in a similar way. You dismiss notifications from a specific app by pressing the small “x”. If you access the app directly and read the new email, for example, the notification disappears.

Personally, I feel that Android’s small icons are the perfect onscreen reminder of any notifications needing your attention. This plus the useful and good looking LED makes a perfect combination. iOS 5 does have a lot of customization in this department, but none of the options are perfectly effective. We need icons in the top bar, I don’t want to have to scroll down the notifications drawer just in case I have an update. I want to know there’s an update beforehand. Both are good, but in this instance I think Ice Cream Sandwich wins.

iPhone 4S 5 vs. Galaxy Nexus 6

Content and Media management (Books/Music/Movies/Apps/Photos/Cloud)

One area Apple really excels is in the digital media market. All your Apps, Music, Books, Videos and Magazines are all available using one single Apple ID. With “Automatic Downloads” you can ensure that as you purchase an item on one iOS device, it quickly gets installed or downloaded on to another, without any further action. All this can either by synced and backed up in iCloud or through iTunes on your PC or Mac.

   

Google’s efforts have improved over the past few years. In the Android Market you can now purchase books, rent movies and download apps. Many apps are now of a similar quality to those on iOS, some better, but there are still those which are yet to make their way over to the “Green Robot”. Fragmentation can be killer in this department too. Devices with different screen sizes, ratios and resolutions means that designing apps isn’t as easy as it is on iOS, and is also not as easy to make money from. There’s also the issue of so many handsets running older versions of Android, and the vast majority still not having been updated past version 2.2 (Froyo). It’s messy, to say the least.

The music app on the Galacy Nexus is easy enough to use, and gives the option to access the graphical equalizer. Still, I don’t think you can beat the iPod or iOS’ media playing options. Creating custom playlists, Genius playlists, Album Art, and superior sound quality all make listening to music on the iPhone so much better.

  

On to photos and the iPhone. Photo Stream shows all the most recent pics stored in your iCloud. The 4S also has its own camera roll, and gives you the ability to create some basic edits. iOS 5 allows you to auto-enhance, crop and rotate your photos. ICS gives much more on this front. You can add a plethora of effects, manually adjust highlights and shadows. It’s a much more in-depth editing tool. Similar to Photo Stream, it has instant upload to update you G+ profile with all your most recent snaps.

   

Apple clearly has the benefit here overall, and it’s mostly down to the fact that Tim Cook’s company operates in a vertically integrated manner. Having one company take care of all the hardware and software across its entire range means it can create a network of great products all linked via the App Store and iTunes using one ID to produce a fantastic ecosystem that’s really difficult to leave once you’ve become part of it.

The Nexus would be a tougher competitor in this area if it had been designed to allow it to be mounted on your computer desktop as an external drive. Since it doesn’t, it means you can’t use a third party app like DoubleTwist to sync your iTunes with your Galaxy Nexus. This in turn means dragging and dropping media files on to your device using Android’s basic file transfer app. It’s clunky, old fashioned and unintuitive. iPhone 4S wins here by a long shot.

iPhone 4S 6 vs. Galaxy Nexus 6

Siri vs. Voice Actions

Comparing Siri with Android’s voice recognition system is almost like comparing a standard vacuum cleaner with a Roomba. One only cleans where you physically push it, the other discovers the context of its surroundings and cleans accordingly. It could be a very poor analogy, but it’s nevertheless true.

   

Google’s Voice Actions comes with a tutorial that tells you that you need to instruct it with certain commands. That’s if you can get it to work. Quite a few times I’ve used it and after a long wait, it tells me the servers aren’t responding. The rest of the time it’s so slow I may as well have done everything manually. Even then, it doesn’t always understand whatIve commanded, and comes up with a list of backups just in case it was wrong. Reliability and consistency are not its two strongest traits.

  

Siri is much more advanced, and not only understands your words, but gets the context and can figure out what you’re trying to do, even if you don’t use specific commands. “Do I need a raincoat today?” gets the same result as “What’s the weather like?” You can use it to set Reminders, alarms, send messages, ask questions and all without leaving the app. It’s quick and very accurate. iPhone 4S wins this one.

iPhone 4S 7 vs. Galaxy Nexus 6

Browser

Feature-wise, the two browsers are pretty similar. Both allow extra pages to be opened, in two different, but equally effective styles. You can add bookmarks, or add pages to your “reading list” (iOS) or “save for offline reading” (Android 4.0). Neither can play Adobe Flash – yet – although ICS support is coming in the near future. For me, this battle comes down to one thing: speed. The Nexus’ browser is much quicker than the iPhone’s, even when using EDGE to connect it’s no slouch.

iPhone 4S 7 vs. Galaxy Nexus 7

Email/Calendars/Notes

There’s not a lot of difference between the two in terms of Email and Calendars. Both give the option to choose specific calendars (work, home etc.), they’re color coordinated to give a helpful visual aid. Emails are organized in to conversations. In this respect the iOS UI is probably the most pleasing to the eye. Android still has some work to do on that front. The restriction comes in on Android when you don’t choose to use a Gmail account. Likewise, you get the best experience on iOS when you use your iCloud account.

The thing that strikes me as odd on Android is the lack of a native note taking app. If you want to type up some notes you need to download a third party app. Both have the ability to sync contacts, calendars and mail from various accounts. iOS edges this one, for a more organized layout and the inbuilt notes and Reminders apps. Both are extremely useful. I know third party apps are available, but with iOS, you don’t need them.

iPhone 4S 8 vs. Galaxy Nexus 7

Multitasking/App-switching

iOS never had multitasking to begin with. It wasn’t until iOS 4 was released that we finally had a simple way to navigate between recently opened apps. If the app was designed to be compatible, when exited it would remember where you were and rejoin you in that exact place should you decide to reopen it. To access this app-switching you simply double-tap the home key and a single line of apps appears at the bottom of the screen.

 

App switching within Ice Cream Sandwich is much more intuitive. One of the three virtual buttons on screen is a recent apps tab. If you open it you see a list of all you most recent apps. Your most recently opened app is at the bottom of the screen, the rest pile on top in time order. It shows a small screen shot of where you last left it near the title of each app, and any can be dismissed with a swipe to the right. It appears to use a similar method to iOS, in that the apps don’t look like they’re running in the background.

Although throwing the recent apps off the screen doesn’t kill of the app, the user experience makes it appear as if it is. If dismissed in this manner, the next time you open the app (in most cases), it opens and loads up from the beginning, it doesn’t remember where you were. To me, it does look like the app has been successfully stopped. However, the Nexus also successfully multitasks, capable of running multiple apps at once. It can be especially useful at times – particularly with apps like Navigation. Since the Android version of app switching is more intuitive and much easier to access, I’m giving this round to the Nexus.

iPhone 4S 8 vs. Galaxy Nexus 8

Maps/Navigation

The iPhone – still – doesn’t have turn-by-turn navigation. You either have to download a specific Sat Nav app, or use Google Maps to navigate to a desired location. Google Maps isn’t completely useless, but the lack of turn-by-turn directions with a pleasant interface makes this a clunky affair. Personally, I downloaded CoPilot Live to my iPhone, to ensure I got a good interface, and more reliable results.

 

Although the Nexus still uses Google maps, and still requires a data connection to continuously download maps during Navigation sessions, it’s much more like a bespoke Sat Nav software than the iOS alternative. Street View, and Satellite Views are available on both handsets using Google’s maps service. Navigation is the one area that differentiates them from each other, and it’s enough to secure a win in this round for the latest Android phone.

iPhone 4S 8 vs. Galaxy Nexus 9

Accessibility

Both handsets, if you access the settings menu, have an accessibility option. Within it you can customize your device if you’re hard of hearing, or have poor vision. The Nexus is a little lacking in this area. There’s a “TalkBack” system installed and the option for large text. The other options are minimal: “Power button ends call” and “auto-rotate screen” are the two most useful.

 

iOS 5 is a completely different tale. There are six different options for people with vision problems: VoiceOver, Zoom, Large Text, White on Black, Speak Selection and Speak Auto-text. In the hearing department you can create custom vibrations so you know if you’ve received a call, email or text etc. You can choose to have Mono Audio, and use the camera’s LED flash as an alert. There are also a couple of options for people with physical or motor problems. If you’re someone who struggles in any of these areas, the iPhone is a much better choice.

iPhone 4S 9 vs. Galaxy Nexus 9

Conclusion

Hardware (part 1): iPhone 4S wins 4-3
Software (part 2): Ice Cream Sandwich wins 6-5  

So in the end, attempting to judge as fairly as I could, the two handsets tie. In the software department, some of the shortcomings of the Android phone can be addressed by downloading third party apps (reminders/to-dos). Likewise, you can download great navigation apps for iOS. Which handset is best overall? It depends on which features you value the most. I’m leaning towards the Nexus, but for completely personal reasons. I’ve been living and breathing iOS for the past 3 years, and especially with my role on this site, it has the tendency to become a little stale. The Galaxy’s great display shows off the shiny new operating system perfectly and has brought a new lease of life to my digital world. If you’ve never used Android before  there’s never been a better time to try it out.

If you’d rather have a device with a great ecosystem where all your devices are perfectly in tune with one another, you’re going to want an iPhone. To help you decide, go through each of the categories and dismiss those which you don’t really care for, then add up the scores again, and see which is best for you.

Which handset came out on top for you? And why? Tweet me, or comment below.

 

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  • Anonymous

    Sounds like a fair review, I had android for over a year and a half and came back to iOS , things are getting better on the android side with ICS but the galaxy Nexus and nexus s are gonna get it this year(we hoped for the nexus s ) and I hate waiting for updates and more then anything apps that won’t work fine in the phone, is somehow annoying and I got ton of apps on my iPhone so for now I’ll stick with it, it is nice I am play with my nexus s and ICS but so far is nice but no to switch maybe cause I’m rooted and they have been themes like that before

  • Asim_13

    it seems u worked hard on this.!! good keep it up..thnx :)

    • Cam Bunton

      Worked myself in to a migraine. ;-) Thanks for the kind words. 

  • David

    For once, Android and iOS are finally equal. This is good, you can choose either one and be happy and each has it’s benefits and downsides.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Roopull Brian Ruppel

    As one who has used just about every type of smartphone out there & am now an “Android person,” this type of review is why I am subscribed to “an iPhone site.”  Well written and thought out.  I haven’t played with ICS, yet, and my stint with the 4S was severely limited.  Nice insight!
    There was a time when the advice I would give someone about which smartphone to get was pretty clear cut.  If you didn’t mind iTunes and used your phone for games and music, get the iPhone.  If you used your phone for business, get a Windows Mobile, Android or Blackberry.  Now, it seems you can’t really go wrong with any mid-range smartphone or better. 

    • Cam Bunton

      Hey Brian, nice to “see” you again. Always enjoy reading your comments. Thanks for the input. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=698667874 Mark Hsu

    Wow between Woz getting a Nexus and this review hell just got a lot colder :-)  But in all seriousness thanks for reinforcing my choices.  I have an iPhone 3g, which barely serves as an internet radio when it is not crashing, and an iPad, which is a lot slower now after iOS 5 when it is not crashing, I am definitely done with Apple.  In the beginning the allure of upgrades for a device to keep it up to date was awesome until you realize that, on an iDevice at least, the upgrade made the device so slow and unusable that you pretty much had to buy a new device unless you were content with being frustrated all the time.  Great business model, bad user experience.  Last year I finally decided to go with the Mytouch 4G (ancient tech now I know) and after the upgrade to Gingerbread it is still as fast as the first day I got it if not faster and the battery life has actually been really good.  My friend and I were talking and he mentioned that it was ridiculous that he could download a new podcast or song on his iPhone 4 but could not delete unless he plugged it into his computer and I let him know with android you just long press the file and tap delete and you are done with it.  Then we joked about Jobs famously declaring that the era of the PC was over unless of course you wanted to delete songs from your iDevice, or activate it or back it up or upgrade the firmware etc etc.

    • Vitaliy Karashchuk

      i agree i saw the latest apple keynote and i really wanted an iPod touch, i got it and i am really disappointed, it is sooooo slow,sooo buggy, and apps crash like crazy, and i am not overemphasizing it is really bad, ios 5 is really buggy. i was thinking the major update to ios is a notification bar and that one little thing made ios so much slower, android on the other hand got revamped totally with ICS and it actually got faster and smoother. Apple products are not as good as they seem in commercials and apple.com. Selling my ipod touch and gettin a 5″ galaxy player. 

      • Jmllmw

        Vitaliy, Early android devices even to gingerbread are really buggy, lag, and force close.  The apps then couldn’t even compare to Apples.  ICS faster and smoother is mainly due to the hardware.  Sure Google has been trying to make it faster with every build, but android needs minimum dual core and minimum 512 ram to perform like an Apple or wp7 device with its intended software. I’m not even sure it will.

        I’ve used wp7 and android over the past year and kept going back to android in hopes that it would run smoother and have better battery life with the new software and hardware.  I was disappointed each time.  Initially android devices are fast, but when you start using them and loading them up (i.e. widgets, live wallpapers), they begin to lag and force close.

        I got my first Apple product the iPhone 4s (used to be an Apple Hater) and it has been much faster and more stable compared to any android device I’ve used.  Although with Ice Cream Sandwich and the faster processors, I’m thinking of giving Android another go.  I love the customization and ui, but not if it cripples my phone. more push widgets = lag, Live wallpapers = lag … mainly all the goodies of android = lag so I’d rather look at a grid of icons.

        • Damir

          Oh man you are so wrong… I have galaxy mini, which is a budget smartphone, with only 600 Mhz processor. And after 4 months and tons of widgets and applications installed, it still runs fluently. Only live wallpapers are a no go, but in iOS they do not even exist.

          • Jmllmw

            Hey man, I hated Apple. but if you really want live wallpapers and customization you just need to jailbreak the device.

            I’ve used android since it launched and loved it. htc dream, hero, x10, mytouch 4g, and samsungs first galaxy s line vibrant, but they all lagged both stock and custom roms. It shouldn’t lag when I’m doing simple tasks i.e. opening the dialer, scrolling through contacts, etc. The battery life is terrible and the countless times I had to do a battery pull.  I’m finding it hard to believe that you don’t experience this on your phone, you’re either lucky or patient.

            I do like android os better, but had too many frustrations when using it. Ice Cream Sandwich with the new processors and bigger batteries, may be the answer.

          • WILLIAM FOX

            the only reason android would ever lag compared to ios is because it is more demanding android has more well…. everything that why it needs these dual core processors. ios is very simple and well many people think it is clean it is old and behind the time as you can see apple is copying a lot of android and a lot of what jailbreaking developers came up with. Android phones have a more powerful os and this is why it needs those big processors and large ram ios is plain and quite boring and doesn’t require much to run  BOTTOM LINE

        • Anonymous

          You have to stop with that dual core argument. You say they need at least dual core not to lag, so what? You still get them for cheaper than an iPhone, so why the fuck should I care that they need a dual core and iPhone doesn’t. They don’t lag, they provide Android customization, so I reaaally don’t care about this one needs better hardware etc.
          Also, I have had a Galaxy S, put Cyanogenmod on it and tell me if you lag, I don’t think so.

  • Anonymous

    you can use the nexus as a removable storage on windows the issue is only with macs

  • Popperlewis

    Personally, i think it should be 18-0 to iPhone! Android is awful. Lets face it. Just look at it. And “ice cream sandwich”, just no, just no. 

    • Anonymous

      Interesting that you clicked on this article. People like you need to tell apple to step up their game and not turn a blind eye. Sueing the crap out of the competition does not work. And buying anything apple crams down your throat is pathetic. Google has caught up/beat apple in many areas from the first G1 to the new Nexus. These phones are truely night and day. And lets not forget that Nexus is only the beginning, android is many models rolled into one. I’m starting to have petty for Apple. Guess there’s iPhone 5 to bring back the glory days. Problem is you got to wait 9 to 11 months and deal with the senseless rumor mill.

  • Anonymous

    I’d say for the Music, if oyu upload your music to Google music, which is easy since Gmusic syncs to your iTunes on your PC/Mac…it automatically updates everything you change something in iTunes…all your music is now accessible from any Android device or any browser…just log in and bam your music is ready to stream.  About to board a plane or want offline access?  Easy, just select songs/artists/playlists you want to keep and bam the songs are now on your phone no need to stream.  I say its better than iTunes just because of the streaming ability.  I can listen to all my music on my work laptop without downloading any songs to it.

  • Mill3000

    I think people just get tired of things after a while.  They want something new.  With the Iphone they didn’t change enough to make it feel new and different and great. I think this is the most venerable Apple has been to Andriod because many people have gotten tired of their phones.  Andriod owners get tired of their phones and if they know what they are doing they download Roms which make them feel like they have a new device.  That feeling fades and maybe if ICS doesn’t come out they might switch to Apple or Windows phone.  This time I think it will work out for Andriod because they have really done a great job with ICS and looks very fast and there really isn’t much you can say bad about it.  Everyone including existing users of Andriod view ICS as new and fresh and existing customer are more excited with this then any other Andriod version that I can think of.  Anyone whose contract is going to be up soon might be tempted to jump to this phone.  The one thing ICS has me wondering is if ICS might be almost identical on all vendors phones because in old versions of Andriod there was lots of things that Motorola or HTC or Samsung could justify customizing on their phones to make Andriod more visually pleasing and more intuitive and now I can’t think of much I needing refinement.  I rather have ICS than HTC’s Sense.  Could it be that vendors might have to stop making custom versions of Andriod. Customers would get a universal experience and the updates be done quickly from the vendors instead of waiting and praying for them to send out an update.

    • Anonymous

      I agree. I had the HTC rezound and actually liked the hardware specs better than the Nexus but for me ICS is the star of the show. Everything really comes together in a nice package. And no telling what HTC is going to do with ICS on their phones. If I can’t preorder I will be lining up on release day (I hope I don’t have to line up like a Apple fanboy).

  • Manshul09

    The music app on the Galacy Nexus is easy enough to use, and gives the option to access the graphical equalizer. Still, I don’t think you can beat the iPod or iOS’ media playing options. Creating custom playlists, Genius playlists, Album Art, and superior sound quality all make listening to music on the iPhone so much better.

    wrong spelling of galaxy 

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  • http://profiles.google.com/mediogringo Dan Carter

    Hahaha what a cop out. To be fair, this does seem to be a very thorough and balanced look at the 2 devices. It basically comes down to the categories you choose to rate. For instance, the Verizon phone will have LTE, so if you had chosen a data speed category, that puts the GNex over the top. 

  • Guest

    Currently off contract with an iPhone but looking to switch to an Android. Why? Simple, I want the larger screen and LTE. The iPhone cannot offer me that right now. The other thing that impresses me with Android is competition. Not only do the manufacturers have to compete against Apple, but they have to compete against each other. That’s why I believe Android phones are making the advances they are, they need to stay a step ahead of the others to gain or maintain market share. I also like that I can now pick up an Android phone and use it with hardly any learning curve. There was a time I believed the iPhone was King, but no longer. IMO Apple stumbled with the iPhone 4S.

  • Anonymous

    There is a free turn by turn app for the iPhone made by mapquest. It works great and I’ve used it to get me where I need to go several times. It doesn’t have hybrid view but does have some cool features that google maps doesn’t have and may be more accurate.

  • http://www.claro.cr Claro Costa Rica

    wow great comparative!, Im staying with my iphone :)

  • Jay_blade_88

    You gave too much credit to the iPhone on the e-mail/ notes section.  it doesn’t give you a split view of your inbox and your current opened message like android does in the e-mail and AK notepad is a free app that is simple to download and easy to use.  If you’re going to say there are “great Navigation apps that can be downloaded” for the iPhone then you should use the same logic for the notes app which is a much more simple and small thing.  The build quality of the iphone isn’t “better” because its made of glass and metal its more fragile, much easier to drop and WILL INDEFINITELY BREAK as soon as it hits the ground.  This makes it seem more like something that belongs in a museum than a phone, you can’t ever touch it or it will get scratches instantly and then slide out of your hand (due to its “oh so great” GLASS body) and shatter in front of your eyes.  iOS is a ONE-WAY street with no detours in sight.

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  • Patflute

    One of the most un-biased review/comparison ever!  Good job bro!  Also to me the Nexus wins.

  • http://bant69.weebly.com/ badasstronaut69

    ok, dude, r u shitting me, i mean r u fucking retarted? RHETORICAL FUCKING QUESTION FUCKFACE! You are the exact steryotype of a dumbass iPhone user, closed-minded and doesn’t know what they are talking about! One of my best friends used to be just like you, Apple was all he talked about, he watched every keynote, he was retarted! until he decided to stsart actually looking at stats and trying each one out and recognizing that a lot of it is based on personal preference, which i respect you having your own opinion and all, but not all of it is based on personal preference (unless you want something slower and with less options). Here is a good comparison,  Say you had to eat one meal at a certain restaurant every day for say 2 years, that’s a good amount of time to keep the same phone for, and one restaurant u could choose, served u a lemonade, burger, and onion rings, u could choose what u had on that burger, but that was the only choices u had, simple yet boring, (that’s the iPhone) or, u could choose a restaurant with 5 different side options, they had burgers, spaghetti, hot dogs, etc., everything the other restaurant had, and more. (that would be the android os) You decide which you would better enjoy. Chew On That For A Bit.

  • http://bant69.weebly.com/ badasstronaut69

    i have 2.2 fucking froyo and it still runs better than my friends 4s dumb fuck