The Samsung Galaxy S3 is the hot new Samsung Android on the block and has quickly overshadowed its predecessor, the Galaxy S2, as well as other once popular Samsung Android phones like the Galaxy Note.
Samsung Galaxy Nexus “sabotaged” to give Galaxy S3 upperhand?
However there is one other Samsung Galaxy Android smartphone that stands uncontested – the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Despite being announced just weeks after the US Samsung Galaxy S2 models and well ahead of the Galaxy Note, it remains to be a popular seller. So why isn’t this Galaxy Nexus smartphone aging like the rest? The answer is Google.
Because it is a Google Nexus phone, it receives the latest updates before other Android devices. In fact, it has already received the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update before the Samsung Galaxy S3 despite being 8 months older.
So is the Samsung Galaxy Nexus unbeatable? Not exactly. It has one glaring weakness – its camera. Samsung stuck a 5-megapixel camera inside the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and if I may be so bold as to say that it may have been done on purpose.
Samsung’s first try and the Nexus range was back in December 2010 when it introduced the Nexus S. It featured a 5-megapixel camera just like the Nexus One did (produced by HTC). Given that in 2010 there were flagship smartphones with 5-megapixel cameras still, we didn’t think twice.
However in 2011 when 8-megapixel shooters on flagship smartphones became a norm, Samsung surprised the world by releasing the powerful and cutting edge Samsung Galaxy Nexus with a 5-megapixel camera, again. Now the Galaxy Nexus shared almost identical hardware to the S2 which had an 8MP camera. All the rivals to the Nexus also boasts 8MP cameras (HTC Sensation, Motorola DROID RAZR, Galaxy Note, etc).
So why did Samsung go out of its way to put a 5-megapixel camera in the Galaxy Nexus when all their high-end Galaxy phones boasted 8MP shooters? Simply put, the Nexus had all the strengths of Samsung Galaxy phones (exceptional hardware, good build quality, style) and none of the weaknesses (didn’t rely on Samsung for the latest updates and also the only Galaxy phone without “Samsung” tattooed on the sleek front).
Despite the exceptional hardware that the Samsung Galaxy S3 boasts, if the Galaxy Nexus had an 8-megapixel camera I wouldn’t think twice about buying one. I would end up avoiding any remorse for the next two years of my contract when newer devices launch with slightly faster processors than the S3 and the latest Android updates preloaded.