by Al Sacco

iPhone 3GS v. Google Nexus One: Infographic Offers Insight Into Gadgets’ Insides

Mar 25, 2010
MobileSmall and Medium Business

A new iFixit infographic compares major components within Apple's iPhone 3GS and Google's Nexus One smartphone.

The good folks at, an online retailer of new and replacement parts for all types of electronic gadgets, have posted an interesting infographic representing the company’s recent “teardown” of both Apple’s iPhone 3GS and Google’s Nexus One smartphone. The graphic is a visual comparison of many major components within the iPhone 3GS and Nexus One.

Apple iPhone 3GS v. Google Nexus One

In addition to supplying gadget-parts, iFixit is also widely known for its gadget disassemblies, which it typically performs shortly after a new “toy” is released. (In fact, iFixit will be breaking down the iPad on April 3…)

The specs for these popular handhelds aren’t exactly “secret;” and therefore, the infographic isn’t really “news.” But it does provide an interesting visual comparison of two of the hottest smartphones on the market today.

Some of the noteworthy “findings” include the fact that the Google Nexus One device’s total “cost” is less than the iPhone on a number of levels, including total cost of ownership (on unlimited plan); cost per gram; cost per CPU MHz; and cost per pixel.

The Nexus One’s battery can apparently be replaced in just two steps, while the iPhone battery is for all intents and purposes “fixed” in the device—it requires 16 steps to replace an iPhone 3GS battery, according to iFixit.

The Google Nexus One, which reportedly employs a 1400 mAh battery (3.7V) compared to the iPhone’s 1219 mAh battery (3.7V), gets more talk-time on 3G than the iPhone. But the iPhone gets better talk-time on 2G, according to iFixit—though battery-life also likely depends on which carrier’s networks the devices are connected to.

Also worth mentioning: The Nexus One’s 3.7″ OLED display can cost nearly five times as much to replace as the iPhone’s 3.5″ LCD, iFixit says.

And none of the same “major components”—processor, RAM, Flash, GPS, etc.—are used within the two devices; all such components are made by different manufacturers or are different versions produced by the same parts-maker.

From iFixit’s “Kyle:” “Our biggest beef with the Nexus One? There isn’t a parts supply-chain for it yet, meaning all repairs have to go through HTC’s overpriced mail-in service. Boo! Hopefully we’ll be able to fix that soon.”

Check out the iFixit infographic comparing the iPhone 3GS and Nexus One for more information.