The Galaxy Nexus is Samsung's attempt to counter the launch of the iPhone 4S, and V3 has had a chance to play with both devices and see which is worth splashing out on.
Hardware specifications are closely matched, each device outdoing the other in key areas. The main difference is the operating system. The Galaxy Nexus is the first handset to run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and the iPhone 4S is the first to ship with iOS 5.
Design: Nexus is bigger, thinner and lighter
The iPhone 4S is noticeably smaller than the Nexus and this doesn't come as much of a surprise as Samsung has a habit of making rather large high-end devices as can be seen with the Nexus S and Galaxy Note.
Despite having a screen that is over 1in bigger (4.65in), the Nexus is 5g lighter (135g) and thinner (8.94mm) than the iPhone. Apple's device incorporates a 3.5in screen, weighs 140g and has a 9.3mm thick frame. Samsung gains Brownie points in managing to outdo Apple here.
Both devices are made from premium materials, Samsung opting for high-grade plastic on the back whereas the iPhone uses glass and a polished steel frame.
In terms of looks, it is debatable which handset is better. Three people in the V3 office prefer the iPhone, citing the solid feel and compact design as attractive features compared to the Samsung handset which they feel looks clunky and toy-like.
Three people, including myself, prefer the Nexus over the black iPhone owing to its minimalist look and curved design. However, it should be noted that the white iPhone has a certain charm that makes it stand out over the Nexus.