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iPhone 4S or Galaxy Nexus?

Posted 24th October 2011 by    email Email article     share Share article

Depending on who you ask about the on going battle between Android and Apple you will get a different answer. Apple just released iOS 5, the newest version of its wildly popular mobile operating system, and now Google has let the cat out of the bag on Android 4.0 (‘Ice Cream Sandwich’) and a brand spanking new Samsung Galaxy Nexus. This blog will go into the facts and figures of each to help you make your mind up on which one will do the job for you!

In the past the user interface has been familiarized with that of ‘Tron’ in its sleek futuristic approach. Thought up and designed by Matias Duarte, it seems for Android 4.0 it has its vast share of glowing blues, deep blacks and a brand new modern font called Roboto. There have been resizable widgets added into the mix making it much easier to make the phone use multiple functions without having to open an app.
Apple’s brand new iOS 5 has not introduced much on the way of visual redesign, but then again why try to fix what hasn’t been broken, apple’s award winning formula didn’t really need to be changed. One of the main features added was pull down notifications system which is highly useful to the iOS user. Apple however admittedly took it’s inspiration from Android. It seems that Android has the upper hand here, whilst iOS 5 doesn’t do anything badly, it seems though that it can’t match up to the bright flashy new design of Android 4.0.

Syncing software
Apple have banged on about iCloud for so long that most of us know it all quite well enough now what it does. It copies your downloads to the cloud and syncs iTunes downloads like apps, music and photos and automatically syncs them across other iDevices that run iOS5. Former MobileMe users now get the service for free and can now get access to email/contact and calendar syncing.
Intergration with the cloud has always been a strong move for Google, it is very easy to see how their vast suite of software services are quite handy on Android compared to iOS. Apps like Gmail offer a much more in depth approach with Android 4.0, Google have even implemented an offline email search (last 30 days) which is a very smart useful touch, making things simpler and smoother. It seems that both iOS5 and Android 4.0 are an equal match here, it seems that if you are the type of user who loves iTunes and MobileMe Apple is the way forward, but for more Gmail/Calendar users Android is the way.

Features from the Future
Siri vs Android Beam and Face unlock
Both devices have a futuristic touch onboard. Apple have introduced Siri, a voice command and search app that is quite highly advanced, being able to understand not only questions but the context too, things like weather forcasts, text dictation and random information are not a problem when it comes to asking Siri. You can basically speak to your iPhone 4S and ask Siri whatever you want and Siri, the humble servant will give you the information you need (in most cases).
Android introduces two little bonus features Android Beam and Face unlock. If you have ever used the clever app Bump to swap phone numbers, Beam is basically the exact same idea, but again far more comprehensive. You can tap two phones together and watch on with a shocked look as the phones will exchange Websites, Videos, Directions, and apps, it’s quite remarkable.
Face Unlock for Android 4.0 is a pretty nifty trick proving quite useful in securing your phone, because its easy to look over at your mate typing in a pin code, and quite easily replicate it, however when it comes to replicating a face, that’s a different story. The phone can now be unlocked by simply peering into the front facing camera and having your face recognised. However there could be a lack in security if your friend has a picture of the user, which will in some cases let them into the phone.The clear winner in this field has to be the iPhone 4S’s Siri; despite both handsets have a futuristic approach. Though the Achilles heel to Siri is that is that it is completely limited to the 4S and not open to any iOS 5 carrier, where as the Beam feature will be available on any new Android 4.0 handset.

Whilst the iPhone 4S is no iPhone 5, it’s no pushover either, the phone isn’t radically redesigned, again is doesn’t need to be, people will buy it regardless. It does have a decent boost in speed thanks to the A5 processor, an even better 8MP camera, and then there’s Siri behind the wheel, and the winning design and retina display introduced with the last generation iPhone.
Depsite the vast amount of different Android phones currently available, the clear leader will be the Samsung Nexus, due the be released next month, it will be the first and only phone to date running Android 4.0 which gives it a huge advantage in the Android world.

Samsung Nexus Specs
• 4.65 Super AMOLED screen
• 1.2 Ghz dual-core processor
• Support for 4G LTE
• Silver-thin 9mm thickness
• Curved design that makes it feel natural to hold
• Android 4.0
However despite Androids best efforts the winning vote must go to Apple’s iPhone 4S. In terms of screen quality, speed, and design, these two phones are clearly the very higher class of the mobile world. They’re very nearly equally matched, but the Galaxy Nexus does have a few tricks up its sleeve, with the ability to connect to true 4G network. The iPhone 4S is a better fit for the average buyer. The flagship Android phone’s huge screen will be great for multimedia, but at a whopping 4.65″, it’s just plain too big to have the same broad appeal as a more everyday device.
Now that Apple has snagged (and refined) some of Android’s killer features like voice commands and the drop-down notification window, the iPhone is more of a force to be reckoned with than ever. The Galaxy Nexus is an extremely powerful phone, but there will (hopefully) soon be many more Android 4.0 devices floating around, and none can stay on top for long. For its broad appeal and refined operating system, this round goes to the one and only iPhone.

Below is a video on each Handset, enjoy.


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