The Samsung Galaxy S3 is Samsung’s flagship phone, while Google’s Galaxy Nexus was released at the tail end of last year. The Samsung Galaxy S3 comes with a TouchWiz interface and Ice Cream Sandwich, and the Nexus is a pure Google experience device which has Jelly Bean now, which puts it in front when it comes to software.
Samsung Galaxy Nexus vs Galaxy S3: specs comparison
Both phones have Super AMOLED displays and are HD, but the Samsung Galaxy S3 has that amazing 4.8” screen which just beats the Nexus’ 4.65” offering. The Nexus does give 316ppi compared to the S3’s 306ppi though.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 has a 1.4GHz Exynos quad core Cortex A9 chip, 1GB of RAM and a Mali 400 graphics chip. The Galaxy Nexus has a dual core TI OMAP 1.2GHz Cortex A9 processor, meaning it falls behind the S3. Even with the US version, which has a dual core chip, the S3 is miles ahead of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus in benchmark tests.
Both handsets are very similar in size. The Samsung Galaxy S3 weights 133g compared to the 135g of the Nexus, and the Samsung phone is 81.88 cubic cm compared to 82.93cm. The S3 looks very slender and flimsy but this is a matter of taste, really. A lot of people prefer the textured, sturdy back of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus over the plastic look and feel of the S3.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 camera is 8MP, which wins over the 5MP snapper of the Nexus. The front facing camera on the S3 is 1.9MP compared to the Nexus’ 1.3MP camera.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 benefits from a large 2,100mAh battery, which beats the 1,750mAh battery in the Nexus. This means the S3 has around 620 minutes of talktime – two hours more than the 500 minutes offered by the Galaxy Nexus. Both phones have Wi-Fi, NFC and Wi-Fi Direct. The S3 also has Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS and GLONASS.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 has the specs and features game just about wrapped up, and has sold more than six million handsets to date. The Samsung Galaxy Nexus was popular at first, but its star is on the wane now. Jelly Bean may perk it up a bit, but if you can wait for updates then you’d be best off with the S3 as its hardware is better.
Nevertheless, if fast and regular updates are important to you then you need the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Remember, though, that you need to buy a GSM unlocked Nexus and not the Sprint or Verizon versions, as updates are slow to arrive on these networks.