PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of Nexus 4 vs iPhone 4s


Processing power and speed

Nexus 4
iPhone 4s
Passmark, Geekbench and Sunspider 0.9.1


3D and 2D graphics

Nexus 4
iPhone 4s
GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

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


How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

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No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of Nexus 4 vs iPhone 4s

geekbench Processor and memory performance

Nexus 4
iPhone 4s

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

Nexus 4
iPhone 4s

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

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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 

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

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


8.7 Out of 10
8.5 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs


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


Has an assisted GPS Yes Yes


Supports FM radio No No


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


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


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


Generation 3.5G 3.5G
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)
UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
GSM (0.01 Mb/s)


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