PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of Nexus 4 vs iPhone 4s

Performance

Processing power and speed

Nexus 4
6.6
iPhone 4s
5.9
Passmark, Geekbench and Sunspider 0.9.1

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

Nexus 4
8.4
iPhone 4s
5.8
GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Nexus 4
8.8
iPhone 4s
7.9
GLBenchmark 2.5 Battery, Talk time and Standby time

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Nexus 4
8.7
iPhone 4s
8.5
Reviews from phonearena.com, techradar.com, gsmarena.com, pocket-lint.com and 3 more

PhoneRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

Nexus 4
8.1
iPhone 4s
6.8

Winner
Google Nexus 4 

PhoneRocket recommends the Google Nexus 4  based on its performance, graphics, battery life and reviews.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of Nexus 4 vs iPhone 4s

geekbench Processor and memory performance

Nexus 4
1,583
iPhone 4s
214

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

Nexus 4
2,556
iPhone 4s
1,483

SunSpider 0.9.1 Web browser and javascript performance

Nexus 4
1,971 ms
iPhone 4s
2,250 ms

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

Nexus 4
15.4 fps
iPhone 4s
2.7 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

Nexus 4
39.1 fps
iPhone 4s
12 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 battery Battery life for 3D graphics apps

Nexus 4
208 min
iPhone 4s
159 min

Differences What are the advantages of each

Back view of Google Nexus 4

Reasons to consider the
Google Nexus 4

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Significantly faster graphics 15.4 fps vs 2.7 fps Around 5.8x better GLBenchmark 2.7 score
More processing power 2,556 vs 1,483 More than 70% better passmark score
Faster javascript execution 1,971 ms vs 2,250 ms More than 10% better SunSpider 0.9.1 score
Supports NFC Yes vs No Somewhat common; Enables payment by phone and other wireless communications
Significantly faster processor 1.5 GHz vs 0.8 GHz More than 85% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Noticeably bigger screen 4.7" vs 3.5" Around 35% bigger screen
Much better theoretical download speed 84 Mb/s vs 14.4 Mb/s More than 5.8x better theoretical download speed; enjoy lightning fast downloads on modern networks
More cores Quad core vs Dual core Twice as many cores; each additional core lets your phone do more without visible UI slowdowns and jerkiness
Supports multitasking Yes vs No Somewhat common; Run multiple apps at once
More RAM 2 GB vs 0.5 GB 4x more RAM; browse media-heavy webpages without slowing down
Longer standby time 23,328 min vs 11,952 min More than 95% longer standby time
Bigger app store 850,000 apps vs 825,000 apps Around 5% more apps; find an app for virtually any task
Higher resolution 1280 x 768 vs 960 x 640 60% higher resolution
Front view of Apple iPhone 4s

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Store significantly more stuff 64 GB vs 16 GB 4x more storage capacity; free yourself from memory cards

Reviews Word on the street

Nexus 4  vs iPhone 4s 

8.0
10.0
It’s not AMOLED, but its 326 ppi pixel density and 800:1 contrast ratio are gorgeous and easily viewable both indoors and out.
iPhone 4s

9.0
8.5
For a device privileged to uphold the Nexus branding, we were expecting more from the quality of its 8-megapixel auto-focus camera.
Nexus 4

Overall

8.7 Out of 10
8.5 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Nexus 4  vs
iPhone 4s 
Type Super IPS LCD2 Super IPS LCD2
Size 4.7" 3.5"
Resolution 1280 x 768 960 x 640
Touchscreen Capacitive Capacitive
Multitouch Yes Yes
PPI 317 ppi 329 ppi

sensors

Has an assisted GPS Yes Yes

music

Supports FM radio No No

software

Operating system Android 5.1 iOS 9
Multitasking Yes No
App store Android Market Apple App Store
Adobe flash support No No
App store size 850,000 apps 825,000 apps

connectivity

Acts as a wi-fi hotspot Yes Yes
Supports NFC Yes No
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v4.0

form factor

Nexus 4  vs
iPhone 4s 
Weight 139 g 140 g
Thickness 9.1 mm 9.3 mm
Size 68.7 x 133.9 x 9.1 mm 58.6 x 115.2 x 9.3 mm

hardware

Clock speed 1.5 GHz 0.8 GHz
Number of cores Quad core Dual core
RAM 2 GB 0.5 GB
Internal storage 16 GB 64 GB

photo & video

Camera 8 MP 8 MP
Resolution 8 MP 8 MP
Flash Yes Yes
Secondary camera 1.3 MP 0.3 MP
Video resolution 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps

cellular

Generation 3.5G 3.5G
Networks
HSDPA (14.4 Mb/s)
HSUPA (7.2 Mb/s)
CDMA (0.01 Mb/s)
EDGE (0.38 Mb/s)
Unknown (14.4 Mb/s)
HSPA+ (84 Mb/s)
EV-DO Rev.A
UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
GSM (0.01 Mb/s)

battery

Talk time 918 min 840 min
Standby time 23,328 min 11,952 min
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