Google released the Nexus One (manufactured by HTC) on January 5, 2010 to compete with Apple's iPhone in the smartphone market. The Nexus One uses Google's open-source Android platform in contrast with Apple's proprietary operating system for the iPhone.

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Apple iPhone 3G S versus Nexus One comparison chart
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Weight 4.76 oz (135 g) 130 g (4.6 oz) with battery, 100 g (3.5 oz) without battery
Operating System (proprietary) iPhone OS Android 2.2.1
Headphone Jack (3.5mm) Yes Yes
Memory card slot No Yes (4GB MicroSD expandable to 32GB)
Music Player Supported Formats: AAC, Protected AAC, MP3, MP3 VBR, Audible 2-4, Apple Lossless, AIFF, WAV Yes, AAC LC/LTP, HE-AACv1 (AAC+), HE-AACv2 (enhanced AAC+), AMR-NB, AMR-WB 9, MP3, MIDI SMF, Ogg Vorbis, WAVE
Games Yes Yes
Camera Resolution: 3+ megapixel auto-focus, with tap-to-focus control 5 MP, 2592 x 1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Browser Safari supports landscape mode, multi-touch zoom and pan, and multiple windows. Android browser (Webkit-based)
Live TV No Via third party application
Picture ID Yes Yes
Screen Resolution 320 x 480 pixels 800 x 480 pixels
Dimensions 4.55" x 2.44" x 0.48" (116 x 62 x 12.3 mm) 4.7" x 2.35" x 0.45" (119 x 59.8 x 11.5 mm)
CPU 600 MHz 1 GHz Scorpion processor, Adreno 200 GPU, Qualcomm QSD8250 Snapdragon chipset
Bluetooth Supported Profiles: HSP, HFP 1.5, PBA, A2DP version 2.1 + EDR Supported Profiles: HSP 1.1, HFP 1.5, OPP, PBA, A2DP 1.2, AVRC version 2.1+EDR
Java support No Via third party application
Screen Colors 16.7 million (24-bit) 16.7 million
Ringer Profiles No Yes
Manufacturer Apple Inc. HTC (Designed and branded by Google)
Auto-complete suggestions for text Yes Yes
Ringer ID Yes Yes
Languages supported English, French, German, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian, Korean, Japanese, Russian, Polish, Turkish, Ukranian, Arabic and more Multiple
Video Capture VGA resolution, 30 fps WVGA (800x480 pixels) @ 15fps, 720p@30fps via custome rom
Push-To-Talk No No
Speakerphone Yes Yes
Ruggedized No No
Headset Jack (2.5 mm) No Yes
Physical design Bar Internal Antenna Bar Internal Antenna
Voice recorder Yes Yes
Screen Type LCD (Color TFT/TFD) AMOLED touchscreen
Estimated Battery Life (Talk time) 5 hours max. (300 minutes) Up to 10 hours on 2G; Up to 7 hours on 3G
Wi-Fi support Version(s): 802.11 b/g Yes, 802.11 b,g,n
Screen size 3.5" diagonal 3.7" diagonal widescreen
Voice dialing Speaker-independent (automatic) Yes
MMS requires network support Yes
Vibrate mode Yes Yes
Picture messaging Yes Yes
To-Do List No (free apps are available, however) Via third party application
Supports enlarging text Yes Yes
Touch Screen Primary input method: Finger capacitive, multi-touch YES, Capacitive multi-touch, haptic feedback
Estimated Battery Life (Standby) 300 hours max. (12.5 days) Up to 290 hours on 2G Up to 250 hours on 3G
Wireless Carrier AT&T, Verizon, Sprint U.S. Cellular Tentative
GPS A-GPS; photo, video geo-tagging YES, with A-GPS with LBS, Google Maps with navigation
Polyphonic Ringtones No Yes
External Display No No
Side buttons volume keys, ringer switch on left / sleep key on top volume control
Flashlight No Yes, LED Flash
Streaming Video Protocol: H.264 / MPEG-4 (MOV, MP4, M4V, 3GPP) via Safari web browser / plus dedicated YouTube client H.263 (encode and decode) MPEG-4 SP (encode and decode) H.264 AVC (decode)
Digital TTY/TDD Yes Yes
E-mail client Protocols Supported: POP, IMAP, Exchange built-in attachment viewer (Microsoft Office, PDF) Protocols Supported: IMAP, POP, SMTP, Exchange, GMail
Networks GSM 850 / GSM 900 / GSM 1800 / GSM 1900 WCDMA 850 / WCDMA 1900 / WCDMA 2100 Quad band GSM 850 900 1800 1900 MHz GPRS/EDGE and Tri band UMTS 900 1700 2100 MHz HSDPA/HSUPA
Calendar Yes Yes
FM Radio No Yes via custom rome and app
Built-in memory 32 GB (internal memory available to user for storage) or 16 GB 512 MB Flash (512 MB processor RAM)

iPhone vs. Nexus One Hardware

The Nexus One has a slight edge over the iPhone when it comes to hardware.


The Nexus One features a 1GHz Qualcomm 8250 processor, 512MB of RAM and 512MB of internal Flash storage compared with the iPhone's 600MHz CPU.


Google's Nexus One has a 3.7" wide screen compare to the iPhone's 3.5 inch display. It also features a 480x800 px display with a 3:5 aspect ratio compared to the iPhone's 320x480 pixel display. The Nexus One display has a typical contrast ratio of 100,000:1 and 1ms typical response rate.


The Nexus One has a 5 megapixel camera and an LED flashlight compared to the iPhone's 3 megapixel camera with no flash. Both phones are able to capture video, with the iPhone offering VGA resolution, 30 fps and the Nexus One 720x480 pixel resolution at 20 fps or higher. Both phones support geotagging for photos and videos using their A-GPS feature.

Memory and Storage Capacity

The iPhone 3GS comes with 16GB or 32GB of storage built-in. The Nexus One offers a 4GB microSD card included, which can be used in a card slot that is expandable to 32GB.

iPhone vs. Nexus One Software

The Nexus One runs the open-source Android 2.1 operating system, codenamed Eclair, while the iPhone runs Apple's proprietary operating system. The software and user interface of the iPhone has received near universal praise for being user-friendly. The iPhone revolutionized the mobile phone market when it was first launched.

Comparing the web browsers of the iPhone and Nexus One

In an experiment conducted by Engadget (video), the web browser on the iPhone (Safari) was faster than the browser on Nexus One in opening their website homepage.

Apps on the iPhone vs. Nexus One

Apple controls the distribution of all applications on the iPhone through its App Store. Developers can submit applications to the app store to be either sold at a set price or given away free. This ecosystem of applications has made the iPhone very successful because of the sheer number of apps available for the iPhone platform. The number of apps available for the Android platform is still relatively low.

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