The Samsung Galaxy S3 is THE phone to have this year, and it puts the Nexus in the shade a bit. However, because the Galaxy Nexus offers a full-on Jelly Bean ride, there’s still quite a bit of life in the Nexus yet. So should you consider one?
Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Both phones have Super AMOLED screens – the Samsung Galaxy S3 has a 4.8” with 306ppi and the Nexus has 4.65” with 316ppi, so the S3 just pips the Nexus here.
The Nexus processor is behind the S3 as well – it’s a TI OMAP 1.2 Cortex, whereas the Samsung Galaxy S3 sports a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 with 2GB of RAM. The battery on the S3 is better too – 2,100mAh compared to 1,750mAh, giving two more hours of talk time. Both phones have Wi-Fi and NFC, and the Samsung Galaxy S3 has GLONASS and A-GPS.
The phones look pretty similar, with the S3 weighing 133g and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus weighing 135. The S3 is 81.88 cubic cm and the Nexus is 82.93 cubic cm. The Nexus wins out with its textured, matte appearance, as the S3 has been mocked for its plasticky looks. The Nexus wins here, although really it’s a matter of taste.
The Samsung Galaxy rear camera is 8MP, whereas the Nexus’ is only 5MP, so the S3 wins out here – it also takes better low light pics. The S3 wins on the front camera too, with a 1.9MP offering compared to 1.3MP.
Although the Samsung Galaxy S3 is starting to get Jelly Bean, the Nexus already has it, and so do devices like the HTC One X+, Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and S3 Mini. The Nexus has edges into the lead here, as it is rocking JB already and will continue to lead the software update race.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 will probably have sold 30 million units by the end of 2012, and is as popular as it gets, whereas the Nexus looks a bit veteran by now. Jelly Bean has revamped it a bit, though, and you can be sure that it’ll get future updates on time, too. You can bag the Nexus off contract for around $399, but it might be wise to see just what the LG Nexus 4 has to offer as buying the current Nexus this late in the game is not a good idea. You don’t have long to wait though as the LG Nexus 4 is rumored to be announced this month.
However if you must upgrade now, I’d recommend the Samsung Galaxy S3 over the Nexus even if it means having to wait for 4.1 Jelly Bean (and the odd chance that Android 4.2 will be out before S3 gets a taste of 4.1).