VB1: Google Nexus One v Apple iPhone 3GS

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Google's Nexus One mobile handset is fast, has a super-sharp screen and a great camera but how does it compare to the Apple iPhone?

Google's Nexus One handset, announced last night in California, has some impressive specifications and sets Apple a clear challenge for the next version of the iPhone. Look at how they compare:

Size and weight

Nexus One: 130g, 11.5mm thick

iPhone: 135g, 12.3mm thick

The Nexus one is both thinner and lighter than the iPhone. Both differences are negligible but Google clearly have the bragging rights here.

Display

Nexus One: 3.7 display, 480x800

iPhone: 3.5 display, 480x320

The Nexus One's screen is a little larger than the iPhone's - again, that .2" difference is unlikely to be very noticeable. However, the real difference is the screen resolution, which is much sharper on the Nexus One. The iPhone's screen resolution has remained unchanged since launch in 2007.

CPU and memory

Nexus One: Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD 8250, 1GHZ, 512MB RAM

iPhone: Samsung S5PC100 ARM Cortex-A8 600Mhz, 256MB RAM

With a faster processor and twice as much RAM, it's no wonder the Nexus One has been impressing testers with its speed. The iPhone processor was upgraded when the 3GS launched last summer but Google have undoubtedly raised the bar.

Storage

Nexus One: 512MB flash memory, up to 32GB on SD card

iPhone: 32GB flash memory

This is the one area of the specifications in which the iPhone has the advantage. The Nexus One's 512MB of on-board storage is pitifully small and just 190MB can be used to store apps. Even the bottom of the range iPhone has 8GB and the range goes up to 32GB. The Nexus One will take more storage via an SD card but users will have to buy their own if they want more than the 4GB card that the phone ships with. More importantly, apps can't be stored on the SD card, though Google has suggested that this may change soon.

Camera

Nexus One: 5MP camera, auto-focus and flash

iPhone: 3MP camera, auto-focus, no flash

Another clear win for the Nexus One: more megapixels and a flash should ensure that your pics look much better from a Nexus One than they would on an iPhone. The iPhone camera was upgraded for the 3GS model from 2MP to 3MP but, again, Google has pulled ahead.

Conclusion

It's a clear win for Google on the specs. However, specificationists should beware. The iPhone was far from the cutting edge spec-wise when it launched in 2007. In fact, Nokia's N95, which was launched almost five months before the iPhone, had higher specs in almost every category. The iPhone beat it with usability, attention to detail and features such as integration with iTunes. And that was before the App Store. The Google Nexus One is a worthy opponent for the iPhone at last but this battle is far from won.

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VB1's View:

I think this is a fair assessment - and clearly the Nexus One has the specs to compete and beat the iPhone hands down. However, google need more than hardware to succeed, and only time will tell if they have what is needed. I'm very unhappy with the lack of onboard memory, from my Windows Mobile past, I know apps on SD Cards or external memory never work quite so swiftly - I hope Android isn't the same.

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if they both make calls then so what

Source?

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Special mention to [COLOR="Blue"]fragaliciousbob[/COLOR] who has nothing better to do than search my posts out to add tags too. Get a job mate, you're only making a fool out of yourself.

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vibeone;7443216

Special mention to [COLOR="Blue"]fragaliciousbob[/COLOR] who has nothing … Special mention to [COLOR="Blue"]fragaliciousbob[/COLOR] who has nothing better to do than search my posts out to add tags too. Get a job mate, you're only making a fool out of yourself.



thanks for the mention mate

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No multi-touch on the Nexus and a boring interface.

No flash/multi-tasking on the iPhone and a stale interface and design.

How's about neither?

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FilthAndFurry;7443516

No multi-touch on the Nexus and a boring interface.No flash/multi-tasking … No multi-touch on the Nexus and a boring interface.No flash/multi-tasking on the iPhone and a stale interface and design.How's about neither?



iphone does have multitasking... backgrounder does a great job, but in truth, how often do you REALLY use multitasking?

i only ever use backgrounder for msn messenger or radio player apps, while surfing on safari.

I'm not sure your HD2 will be much loved by HTC after this will it? Or have they supplied hardware only?

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vibeone;7443532

iphone does have multitasking... backgrounder does a great job, but in … iphone does have multitasking... backgrounder does a great job, but in truth, how often do you REALLY use multitasking?i only ever use backgrounder for msn messenger or radio player apps, while surfing on safari.I'm not sure your HD2 will be much loved by HTC after this will it? Or have they supplied hardware only?



I haven't unlocked my iPhone but I tend to switch between apps a fair bit and having .977 radio in the background always makes the day go faster:thumbsup:

The Nexus One doesn't really look exciting in any way. The interface is back to the G1 style, so the Hero still has the best implementation of Android.

The iPhone really needs a redesign. It's been the same for almost 3 years and it's just looking it's age.

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davelfc;7443544

Comparing phones is stupid. You buy and keep the phone you find suits you … Comparing phones is stupid. You buy and keep the phone you find suits you and is easy for you to use. .



Don't you need to compare phones to work out which suits you and you find easiest to use:?

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FilthAndFurry;7443600

I haven't unlocked my iPhone but I tend to switch between apps a fair bit … I haven't unlocked my iPhone but I tend to switch between apps a fair bit and having .977 radio in the background always makes the day go faster:thumbsup:The Nexus One doesn't really look exciting in any way. The interface is back to the G1 style, so the Hero still has the best implementation of Android.The iPhone really needs a redesign. It's been the same for almost 3 years and it's just looking it's age.



I don't think it looks old, but I'd be amazed if we didn't see a big update this year. The screen resolution MUST improve, especially with the new much-talked-about Nexus being far superior in that dept.

I can't believe the lack of onboard memory though?!

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Alfonse;7443651

+1phone make callphone send textsphone works



You don't check emails on the move?

Checking tube/train/flight delays?

Listen to a bit of music?

Phones have evolved and you're starting to sound a little Clarkson-lite:w00t:

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Thanks Vibeone for the information on comparison, between the nexus one and iphone range,

though choice between the two,

me personally would be lost without an iphone - for the usability,

whereas i still need to test out a nexus one to be certain,

yes onboard memory on the nexus is rather dissapointing, Il wait and see what the specs are on the iphone 4g ( rumoured ) im sure they will keep a competitive edge over google.

dj_urban;7443712

yes onboard memory on the nexus is rather dissapointing, Il wait and see … yes onboard memory on the nexus is rather dissapointing, Il wait and see what the specs are on the iphone 4g ( rumoured ) im sure they will keep a competitive edge over google.



That's the only benefit of these 'iphone killers' is that they will force apple to keep improving. The only real iphone killer is the next iphone release.

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davelfc;7443649

Oh you're talking about comparing other phones, sorry thought we were … Oh you're talking about comparing other phones, sorry thought we were taking about 2 phones, the google and the iphone. Sorry comparing these two phones is stupid. One is trying to be an iphone, the other is an iphone. easy.



Except, that's not quite right:?

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davelfc;7443742

go on?



It's simplistic to say one is just a copy - they do different things well and have different things going for them.

Why do people assume every new phone on the market is trying to be an iphone or iphone killer? As far as I know, manufacturers have always been trying to raise the bar and bring out ground-breaking phones. Its the media that sensationalises every new release by calling it an iphone-killer. No phone other than the iphone can "be" an iphone. Manufacturers want to sell phones and know that trying to convert iphone fans is a lost cause. Iphone fans will not consider anything else no matter how much better it is.

I'm a recent iphone user and I find it hard to understand what the fuss is about it. It is truly a gorgeous phone but I wouldn't want to be married to a beautiful model with no brains! After a while, the novelty wears off. I'm truly shocked at the poor camera and other things I took for granted with my Nokias etc. The iphone is a brilliant phone but I won't be buying another in the future until it matches the spec of high end phones. I think the Nexus and Hero are brilliant phones and would take either over the iphone anyday!

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davelfc;7443823

No you're putting words in my mouth there. I didn't say or suggest … No you're putting words in my mouth there. I didn't say or suggest that.One is trying to be an iphone, one is an iphone.



I'm sure that'll be Google's marketing strategy - 'It's just like an iPhone'.:roll:

Interesting comparison ...

the success will always be determined by the presentation and the marketing, never the specifications.

This is the mobile phone equivalent to the Unix Vs Windows. One is robust, secure, more capable and reliable......the other is full of bugs, colourful with little icons in square boxes yet despite of this became the worlds most popular home PC operating system simply because it was well presented and successfully marketed.

vibeone;7443675

I can't believe the lack of onboard memory though?![/B]


This really surprised me as well. Seems to be a glaring omission.

Other than that the specs are inferior on the iPhone, but the draw of the iPhone has never been the specs anyway, indeed as is mentioned they are inferior to a lot of phones. As is the selling point of all Apple products, its the usability and implementation that makes the difference, not what's under the hood. Google has large hurdles to navigate in that department.

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Crazy Jamie;7445010

This really surprised me as well. Seems to be a glaring omission. Other … This really surprised me as well. Seems to be a glaring omission. Other than that the specs are inferior on the iPhone, but the draw of the iPhone has never been the specs anyway, indeed as is mentioned they are inferior to a lot of phones. As is the selling point of all Apple products, its the usability and implementation that makes the difference, not what's under the hood. Google has large hurdles to navigate in that department.



Yes a classic example of this are the browser tests - nexus vs iphone. Ignoring the loading speeds, once the page has loaded, a swipe of the finger moves the page up and down.

Despite the inferior specs, the iphone is absolutely perfectly smooth - yet the nexus has a ever so slight jumpyness at first - WHY?

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If it receives calls at all times when its in an area that has a good signal, then it's an iphone killer.

Still can't believe people still rave about iPhones. They're average at best.

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guv;7445153

If it receives calls at all times when its in an area that has a good … If it receives calls at all times when its in an area that has a good signal, then it's an iphone killer.



My iPhone does that. On Vodafone. Its crap is poor signal areas, but in good signal areas - fine.

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vibeone;7445185

My iPhone does that. On Vodafone. Its crap is poor signal areas, but in … My iPhone does that. On Vodafone. Its crap is poor signal areas, but in good signal areas - fine.



I appreciate in poor signal areas there can be issues. But this happens in areas where its excellent signal strength. Its happened in 4 iPhones I had in my possession and also several of my colleagues.

I have to say, I 'm more inclined to think its the network - but O2 assure me there network is rock solid.

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guv;7445626

I appreciate in poor signal areas there can be issues. But this happens … I appreciate in poor signal areas there can be issues. But this happens in areas where its excellent signal strength. Its happened in 4 iPhones I had in my possession and also several of my colleagues. I have to say, I 'm more inclined to think its the network - but O2 assure me there network is rock solid.



It's difficult to judge.

Opening myself up to abuse here, but our office is 100% iphone users - all on o2 apart from me (no signal at home). They certainly have more trouble than me, but I accept iPhones struggle compared to other phones to get a signal.

The acid test will be when vodafone have a good userbase of 'official' iPhone users.
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