Samsung Galaxy S3 is the Korean company’s flagship, whereas the Galaxy Nexus is starting to look a bit old now. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has a TouchWiz UI and Ice Cream Sandwich compared to Nexus’ pure Google and Jelly Bean. So is Jelly Bean and the promise of regular future updates enough to make you buy the older Nexus?
Samsung Galaxy Nexus vs Samsung Galaxy S3
Both phones have got Super AMOLED screens, but the 4.8” of the Samsung Galaxy S3 does away with the 4.65” of the Nexus. The latter does, however, have a ppi of 316 compared to 306.
The Galxy Nexus lags behind the S3 with its dual-core TI OMAP 1.2GHz Cortex A9 chip. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has a quad-core Exynos 1.4GHz Cortex A9 processor as well as a Mali 400 GPU and 1GB of RAM. Even the dual-core version of the US S3 with its 2GB RAM wins over the Nexus.
Battery life is always a big consideration, and the Samsung Galaxy S3 2,100mAh offering walks all over the 1,750mAh battery in the Nexus. The S3 gets two hours more talk time than the Nexus, with 620 minutes rather than 500. There’s also Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct and NFC, and the Samsung Galaxy S3 also sports GLONASS, Bluetooth 4.0 and A-GPS.
The phones are pretty much the same size. The Samsung Galaxy S3 is 81.88 cubic cm and is 133g. The Nexus is 82.93 cubic cm and weighs 135g. It’s mainly a choice between sleek and shiny (S3) and textured and matte (Nexus).
The 5MP rear camera of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus isn’t as sharp as the 8MP snapper on the Samsung Galaxy S3, and the front camera is also small – 1.3MP compared to 1.9MP.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 has shifted more than 10 million handsets so far, and has many extra features and specs wrapped up. The Galaxy Nexus has faded in popularity and relevance now – getting Jelly Bean will give it a shot in the arm for a while, but if you can hang on a bit longer for 4.1 and are into hardware, then go for the Samsung Galaxy S3.
Nevertheless, if you need frequent, reliable updates, go for the Nexus. You’ll need to get a GSM unlocked phone rather than a Verizon or Sprint model, as these two carriers are slow to get upgrades out.
Pretty soon there’ll be a new Nexus phone to think about, so if you’re not due an upgrade for a few more months, you may end up with the software of the Nexus and the hardware of the Galaxy S3 if you can wait for this perfect hybrid to come along i.e. the Samsung Galaxy Nexus 2 “Superior”.