Google launched its Nexus One smartphone by Taiwan’s HTC Corporation back in 2010, but the year 2011 saw HTC being replaced by Samsung as the new Google smartphone known as the Nexus S 4G.

The new smartphone from Google has specifications that can match the new HTC Thunderbolt 4G. Here is a look at how both fare against each other.

Samsung Google Nexus S 4G has dimensions of 124 x 63 x 11.2 mm and weighs at 131 g. The HTC Thunderbolt is 122 x 66 x 13 mm and weighs at 164 g.

The display featured in HTC Thunderbolt 4G is 4.3-inch 480 x 800 pixels TFT capacitive touchscreen while Nexus S 4G has a 4-inch 480 x 800 pixels Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display.

Input features:
The input features found in Nexus S 4G smartphone are Oleophobic surface, contour display with curved glass screen, multi-touch input method, accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate, touch-sensitive controls, proximity sensor for auto turn-off and three-axis gyro sensor. HTC Thunderbolt has features like an accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate, proximity sensor for auto turn-off, HTC Sense 2.0 UI and multi-touch input method.

The memory found in Nexus S is 512 MB RAM along with 16 GB storage compared to the Thunderbolt which has 8 GB storage along with 768 MB RAM. Nexus S 4G doesn’t feature a card slot while HTC Thunderbolt comes with microSD support up to 32 GB along with extra 32 GB storage included.

Both the smartphones use Rev. A up to 3.1 Mbps for 3G but HTC Thunderbolt as an added advantage of LTE.

WLAN/Bluetooth/ USB:

Both the Nexus S 4G and Thunderbolt have Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Wi-Fi hotspot capability. The Nexus comes with WiMAX whereas Thunderbolt has DLNA. Bluetooth version 2.1 with A2DP and EDR along with USB version 2.0 is also featured in both smartphones.

The camera found in HTC Thunderbolt is 8-megapixel 3264x2448 camera along autofocus, dual-LED flash, geo-tagging and face detection. It can capture videos at 720p and there is a secondary 1.3-megapixel camera. Google’s Nexus S has 5-megapixel 2560 x 1920 camera along with autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging and touch focus. Also it has a secondary VGA camera.

Operating system:
Samsung Google Nexus S is the first smartphone which features Google’s latest Android OS version 2.3 (Gingerbread) and Thunderbolt has the Android OS version 2.2 (Froyo).


The processor found in HTC Thunderbolt 4G is a 1GHz Scorpion Adreno 205 GPU Qualcomm MSM8655 Snapdragon processor while Nexus S 4G features Samsung’s 1 GHz ARM Cortex-A8 PowerVR SGX540 GPU Hummingbird chipset processor. But the latest news round-ups on the Thunderbolt showed the smartphone speed over clocked at 2.0 GHz.

The battery of the Google Nexus S 4G is Li-Ion 1500 mAh whereas HTC Thunderbolt has a Li-Ion 1400 mAh battery.

Other features:

The common features found in both the smartphones are SMS threaded view, MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, HTML browser, A-GPS support, digital compass, SNS integration, Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Google Talk, Picasa integration, organizer, predictive text input and voice memo-dial-commands.

The other features found in Nexus S 4G include Java via third-party application, NFC support, MP4/DivX/WMV/H.264/H.263 player, MP3/WAV/eAAC+/AC3/FLAC player, image and video editor and document editor. Meanwhile Thunderbolt 4G has features like Stereo FM radio with RDS, video Skype, built-in kickstand and active noise cancellation with dedicated mic.

HTC Thunderbolt 4G is priced at $249 with two year contract whereas Nexus S 4G is priced at $199.99 with 2 year contract.

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