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Ever since the iPhone – “Jesus Phone” – was born, people have been comparing it with all other flagship phones out there. Only several months back, the only worthy competitors might be the Nokia N900 and HTC HD2.

It took about 2 years since the first iPhone was released in 2007. Now, comes the iPhone 3GS killer – Google Nexus One is born and it may take away Apple’s crown.

In our earlier article, we showed you the visuals. Now we’ll look at the stuff it’s made of.

Nexus One – The Next Jesus Phone

Basically Nexus One is equipped with more advanced features and complete hardware compared with iPhone 3GS. Let’s see why the current Jesus Phone is no longer the Jesus Phone and why Nexus One is a better phone…

Apple iPhone 3GS (Jesus Phone in year 2007 to 2009) Google / HTC Nexus One
Dimension 115.5 mm x 62.1 mm x 12.3 mm 119 mm x 59.8 mm x 11.5 mm
OS Mac OS Android 2.1
Adobe Flash Support Not confirm. (Yes for rumor) Yes but not now. Adobe is developing Flash Player 10.1 for Nexus One and will be available very soon.
Customizable Screen No Yes (5 customizable homescreen)
Wallpaper Yes Yes with live wallpaper (wallpaper that interact with user.)
Screen 3.5 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen 3.7 inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
Resolution / Density 320 x 480 pixels / 163 PPI 480 x 800 pixels / 252 PPI
Multitouch Yes Yes but not optimized in Android 2.1 at the moment (download app – Dolphin will do.)
Multitasking No (not without third party software) Yes
Browser Safari Android Browser
Dedicated keys Home, Volume Key Back, Menu, Home, Search, Volume key, Trackball (tri color notification)
Camera 3.2 megapixel, autofocus 5.0 megapixel, autofocus, LED flash
Video Recording VGA, 640 x 480 pixel at 30 FPS D1, 720 x 480 pixel at min 22 FPS & max 27 FPS
Light Sensor & Proximity Sensor & Accelerometer Yes Yes
AGPS / Digital Compass Yes Yes
TV-Out Yes Unknown
Secondary Microphone (for noise cancellation) No Yes
CPU ARM Cortex A8 600 MHz, with PowerVR SGX graphics (1,200 MIPS) Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8250 1 GHz processor (2,100 MIPS)
RAM 256MB 512MB
WIFI Yes, 802.11b/g Yes, 802.11b/g/n (wow!)
Battery Life 12 hrs talk time (2G), 5 hrs talk time (3G), 9 hrs on WIFI (surfing), 10 hrs of video playback, 30 hrs of music playback. 10 hrs talk time (2G), 7 hrs talk time (3G), 6.5 hrs on WIFI (surfing), 7 hrs of video playback, 20 hrs of music playback.
Battery 1400mah, Non removable 1400mah, Removable
Apps Available 100,000++ 20,000++

iPhone 3GS and Nexus One Comparison

So on paper at least, Nexus One is superior over iPhone 3GS, especially when it comes to the telephony function.

Youtube: When the web meets phones

Nexus One features an active noise cancellation function with secondary microphone that is lacked by most of the phones available in the market. According to nexusoneblog.com review, Nexus One has louder speakerphone than iPhone 3GS… a wonderful plus for those like me who use this feature quite a lot.

Battery Life worse but it’s not a problem

However, battery life in iPhone 3GS seems to be significantly better than Nexus One. For example, surfing the net using WIFI on Nexus One will give you 6.5 hrs to 9.0 hrs on iPhone 3GS.

But Nexus One’s advantage is the removable battery which means you can bring a spare battery along. Given this, Nexus One beats iPhone 3GS again.

How about performance?

iPhone 3GS may seem to have a lower clock speed CPU (600Mhz) compared to Nexus One’s 1GHz Snapdragon. But in reality, the performance of both CPUs are comparable. Let’s take a look at the video below,

Youtube: Browser test – Nexus One vs iPhone 3GS

Suprisingly, iPhone 3GS is able to load the webpage much faster than Nexus One and its little brother Droid. Also, the smoothness in iPhone 3GS is still unbeatable even with the challenge from the powerful Snapdragon CPU.

Conclusion

Are you ready to upgrade your iPhone 3GS? Apple has played it’s cards well in recent times, leaving room for improvement between each iPhone upgrade. But this time it needs to up its game quicker. While the speed and smoothness of the iPhone 3GS is still unbeatable, Nexus One has posed a formidable challenge. It beats the iPhone 3GS in terms of multitasking ability, better camera, better telephony features, slimmer, bigger screen and higher pixel density. And best of all, it is priced at an affordable US$529.