Say Goodbye to the Symbian Era and say Hello to iOS and Android Era. Just like the different Eras in the our Earth’s history, one era is succeeded with another but this time we are talking about Mobile OS. It really appears to me that iOS and Android just pop out of nowhere and became the two dominant Mobile OS in just a short period of time. FTW!
It is hard to deny that Bloggers across the world wide web tricked us into believing that iPhone 5 with its new hardware design was expected to be announced in October 2011. Instead, a beefed up iPhone 4 called iPhone 4s was unveiled. Many people were disappointed while some won’t shut their mouth about getting or upgrading to the iPhone 4s. While others stubbornly stick with their beloved Android powered phones, others are already buzzing about Google’s new smartphone called Galaxy Nexus. But what the hell is the big deal? Let’s probe deeper and find out why these two are making headlines in the tech world.
BRAND NEW: Of course, many of us want brand new things: new car, new clothes, new wife etc. Of course a new smartphone isn’t an exception. Both phone’s OS are shining brand new.
PHYSICAL APPEARANCE: iPhone 4s loses right off the bat because it is physically exactly the same as the iPhone 4. Galaxy Nexus on the other hand sports the new Android action buttons which is now 3 icons not 4. Unlike present Android powered phones, the 3-action-buttons disappears automatically if not needed.
PROCESSOR: Tie, they both have dual-core processor which is btw faster than my laptop.
CAMERA: iPhone 4s all the way. iPhone 4s sports 8mp rear camera with faster photo capture while Galaxy Nexus modestly features only 5mp rear camera with no shutter lag. Also, some of the Android powered phones I’ve tested captured bad quality images. Both captures 1080p video but the higher the megapixel is the better.
DISPLAY: Tie, both have their advantages. My eyes are very sensitive when it comes to colors and pixel density. Yes, my eyes can detect flickers, low refresh rates, lags… you name it. I love iPhone 4s’ retina display and the glory of the colors it can display. On the other hand, I like the fact that Galaxy Nexus has sAMOLED screen. I like sAMOLED display because it illuminates only the pixels for non-black colors which is very gentle on my eyes. Also, Galaxy Nexus features a 4.65” display compared to iPhone 4s’3.5” display. I’m sort of leaning towards Galaxy Nexus with this one but iPhone 4’s 326ppi density is holding me in between. Galaxy Nexus has 316ppi density but I wish they would have tried to match Apple’s.
DATA SPEED: Galaxy Nexus definitely wins this. While iPhone 4s users still surfs under 3G, Galaxy Nexus users are already hot and bothered under 4G network speed. Apple claims that iPhone 4s has a 4G-like download speed; Well, that’s still not 4G.
Here are some of the new features that caught my interest from both sides.
SIRI: iPhone 4s is now know for deploying mobile personal assistant. Speak to your phone and it will respond to you.
NFC: Near Field Communication is nothing new. In fact, Nokia and Samsung have already added this feature in their past smartphones. Well you know what they say, When Google does it, it does it Big! I can see NFC becoming popular in the near future because Google seem to emphasize on its value among users and businesses. This enables you to quickpay, share contacts, media, etc. with just one bump between two NFC enabled devices.
iCLOUD: This feature can be really handy because I love an online backup of all my private goodies securely. I don’t have to worry about backing them up on my hard drive. Best part is Apple offers this for FREE! Cloud backup is not really something new either. In fact, HTC with HTC Sense already had this going. Well Apple is notorious for providing “new features” along with iPhones overtime when in fact these features are nothing new at all. For example, Apple made sure to emphasize on having a smartphone that can MMS, Copy and Paste, and Multitask.
GOOGLE MUSIC: Google seems to have a big plan yet again. Google Music might be a catalyst to something like an iCloud. Google Music is provided to store all your favorite music in the cloud.
The winner is iPhone 4s because although Galaxy Nexus seems to be a great phone, it strikes me as a prototype. I feel like Galaxy Nexus has a lot to catch up on. I believe that Galaxy Nexus will be better than the iPhone 4s if it had better pixel density, online backup, siri-like feature, and better camera.
Is there anything I missed? Comment below!