The iPhone 4S And The Samsung Galaxy Nexus-An Overview Of The User Interfaces

Recently we have been taking a look at two leading smartphones and seeing how they compare with one another.  We have already looked at the camera facilities and the internet browsers on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and the iPhone 4S and have established that both models are very evenly matched in both areas.  We now take a look at the user interface used on both models.

One of the appealing features of the iPhone 4S is the user interface that it uses.  The simple grid layout looks no different from earlier versions of the iphone and this familiarity is one of the attractions of this model.  Despite the ease of use that the Apple platform offers one area where the Galaxy Nexus has the upper hand is with its use of live widgets.  Live Widgets enable information to be displayed directly on the home screen of the phone.  With the Apple handset the user would need to load a specific application in order to read information such as checking the weather or reading a Facebook status.  The Nexus enables a host of this information to be briefly displayed on your main screen which gives the users an easy overview of what is happening in the world around them.  The disadvantage of live widgets is that they do complicate the home screen unlike the Apple device which is simple and functional.
Both of these models offer excellent functions that can be launched directly from the lock screen.  On the iPhone 4S a simple double tap on the Home button when the phone is locked will display a screen with a shortcut to the camera facility and basic controls for music playback.  The Samsung Galaxy Nexus also lets the user launch the camera from the lock screen but one advantage it does have over the 4S is that a downward swipe will also reveal the notification screen complete with updates from all of the services that you have linked to it.  On the iPhone you need to unlock the phone in order to access the new notifications service which is part of the iOS5 software.  Neither of these models can be faulted for the visual appearance of the interface.  Although the Nexus does use a more complex layout the icons are all colourful and refined.  The active wallpapers that are used by the phone also add to the visual appeal of the device.  The Apple phone uses simple icons which look great thanks to the phones superb Retina Display.  Multiple home screens can be added so the user can install as many new applications as they like whilst the new notifications screen give a clear and simple overview of incoming alerts.
The new Samsung Galaxy Nexus uses an attractive but easy to operate interface that benefits from the inclusion of live widgets.  The iPhone 4S is much simpler in its design and the result is a visually appealing interface that offers a great user experience.

The iPhone 4S and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus are available now.