The Samsung Galaxy S3 is the flagship handset from Samsung and it does make the Galaxy Nexus look a little old aged. The Nexus however cannot be condemned yet thanks to it offering users that pure Jelly Bean experience. This of course beats the Samsung Galaxy S3 here in the US with Ice Cream Sandwich and TouchWiz overlay. But which of the two handsets should you upgrade to at this point? Let’s find out.
Samsung Galaxy Nexus vs Samsung Galaxy S3
Both of the devices come with Super AMOLED screens. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has a display of 4.8 inches and offers 306ppi and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus comes with a display of 4.65 inches and has 316ppi. This means that the Samsung Galaxy S3 is the winner thanks to the extra real estate. It should be noted that the 4.65-inches in the Nexus is in fact lesser than that since it features on-screen keys.
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus also falls behind when it comes to speed as it has the TI OMAP Cortex CPU with 1GB, while the S3 has the newer dual core Snapdragon 1.5GHz with 2GB of RAM to back it up. The Samsung Galaxy S3 also has the better battery life with 2100mAh, compared to the 1750mAh of the Nexus. This means that the Samsung Galaxy S3 should offer around 2 hours more talk time than the Nexus. Both devices have support for NFC and Wi-Fi and the S3 also comes with support for Bluetooth 4.0, GLONASS and A-GPS. Overall the Samsung Galaxy S3 is in the lead here.
When it comes to size both of the handsets are very similar. The Samsung Galaxy S3 weighs 133 grams and the Nexus is 135 grams. The Nexus is 82.93 cubic cm and the S3 is 81.88 cubic cm. However in terms of design the Nexus has a matte finish, while the Samsung Galaxy S3 takes on a more glossy appearance. The Nexus has the better looks and design in my opinion. To each his own.
The camera on the Samsung Galaxy S3 is 8 megapixels on the back and the Nexus comes with a 5 megapixel camera. The S3 is ahead for its back camera as it performs better in low light conditions too. The S3 has a camera of 1.9 megapixels on the front and the Nexus a 1.3 megapixel camera. Camera wise the S3 continues to reign over the aging Nexus.
Finally we reach the software front where Google has Nexus’ back. The Samsung Galaxy Nexus has already jumped up to Android 4.1.2 while the S3 is still waiting for 4.1. With this comes many great Jelly Bean features like Google Now, new Gmail app, Project Butter and a whole slew of goodies. The US Samsung Galaxy S3 is expected to get the bump up to Jelly Bean (4.1, not 4.1.2) in the next few months. So if anything it is way behind. This makes the Samsung Galaxy Nexus the winner.
Bottom line: However overall the winner here is clearly the Samsung Galaxy S3. Nevertheless if you can’t wait so long for updates and are ready to forego all the advantages S3 has over the Nexus just for the latest Android build, there may be another option. The recently leaked LG Nexus 4 is rumored to launch at the end of this month and it has the best of both worlds. It will be a front runner when it comes to Android updates and it also has hardware to match the S3 (8MP camera, faster Snapdragon Pro processor, 2GB RAM, 4.7-inch 720p display and more).
So if you can wait a little longer, please do. Otherwise the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is just $399 off contract which makes it a steal.