When Samsung released their Galaxy S3 it made the Galaxy Nexus look like an old timer. However the Nexus shouldn’t be retired just yet as it does offer users a pure Jelly Bean experience and this is better than the Samsung Galaxy S3 with ICS and TouchWiz at the moment. So which of these two devices, if any, would you like to find in your Christmas stocking? Let’s check them out.
Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Both handsets come with the Super AMOLED display, with the Samsung Galaxy S3 having the 4.8 inch and 306ppi. The Galaxy Nexus comes with a display of 4.65 inches and it has 316ppi. This puts the S3 in the lead as is has the larger screen. You may also want to consider the fact that the display of the Nexus is not actually even 4.65 inches thanks to the keys being on screen.
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is behind in terms of speed too with its TI OMAP processor with 1GB RAM, in comparison to the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the dual core Snapdragon 1.5GHz with the 2GGB of RAM. The S3 also comes with the larger battery of 2100mAh, compared to the 1750mAh of the Nexus handset. The Nexus of course has been heavily criticized for its dismal battery life.
Both handsets have support for Wi-Fi and NFC, while the Samsung Galaxy S3 supports GLONASS, A-GPS, wireless charging and Bluetooth 4 too. The Galaxy S3 is in the lead overall.
Both devices are similar when it comes to size. The Samsung Galaxy S3 weighs in at 133 grams and the Galaxy Nexus has a weight of 135 grams, the S3 is 81.88 cubic cm and the Nexus, 82.93 cubic cm. However when it comes down to looks the Nexus takes on a matte finish appearance and the S3 has the cheaper plastic-fantastic gloss look to it. The Nexus comes with the best looks and design, but then it’s a matter of personal preference.
In regards to cameras, the Samsung Galaxy S3 has 8 megapixels on the rear while there is a 5 megapixel camera on the Nexus handset. The Galaxy S3 camera beats that of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus hands down. The S3 also comes with a 1.9 megapixel camera on the front and the Nexus has a 1.3 megapixel camera.
The Galaxy Nexus runs on Android 4.1.2, which leaves the S3 standing as it has 4.0. However there will be an update making its way soon to the Samsung Galaxy. This will mean that both handsets will offer users Google Now, Project Butter and new Gmail, along with numerous other features. Some parts of the world have the update for the S3 now; while in the US it is expected within months and is behind. The Galaxy Nexus is the clear winner here as not only did it get Jelly Bean months ago but it is already running a newer version of JB that the S3 may not even get this year.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 of course stands out as the winner; after all it is the newer handset of the duo. However the Samsung Galaxy Nexus has an advantage when it comes to updates. Now if this landslide victory by the S3 isn’t enough for you and you still find quicker updates more important then sit back. Why?
The LG Nexus 4 is said to be on its way and this takes the best of both the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the Galaxy Nexus. This will be ahead when it comes to getting updates and the hardware matches that of the Galaxy S3. Therefore you may want to wait a little longer in case you still wanted a Nexus phone.
If you can’t wait either then take consolation in the fact that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus off contract is just $399, which means big savings.