Both the Google Nexus and the Samsung Galaxy S3 are excellent handsets, but which is the smarter choice? Both have their pros and cons which makes it hard to decide which of the two devices to purchase. Let’s take a look.
Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Nexus
The Galaxy S3 is the flagship model from Samsung while the Nexus from Google was released late last year. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has a TouchWiz interface and Ice Cream Sandwich while the Nexus comes with Jelly Bean. Having Android 4.1 puts it in the lead on the software front.
Both of the devices come with Super AMOLED displays and are HD. However the Samsung Galaxy S3 has a superb 4.8 inch screen and the Galaxy Nexus comes with a respectable 4.65 inch display. The Nexus has 316ppi compared to the 306ppi of the S3 though.
The processor on the Samsung Galaxy S3 is a 1.4GHz Exynos quad core Cortex A9 chip. It has 1GB of RAM and relies on the Mali 400 graphics chip. On the other side the Nexus has the dual core TI OMAP 1.2GHz Cortex A9 chip, which puts the S3 in the lead. Even in the US where the S3 has a dual-core processor, it still blazes over the Galaxy Nexus in benchmark tests.
Both of the handsets are very similar in size. The Samsung Galaxy S3 weighs 133g in comparison to the 135g of the Nexus and it is 81.88 cubic centimeters with the Nexus being 82.93. The S3 looks very thin but in this category it really is just a matter of preference. The Nexus has a textured cover on the back and many people prefer this over the plastic look of the Galaxy S3.
The camera on the Samsung Galaxy S3 is an 8 megapixel which puts it in front of the 5 megapixel of the Nexus. The one on the front of the S3 is a 1.9 megapixel compared to the 1.3 megapixel on the Nexus.
Battery wise the Samsung Galaxy S3 has a large 2100mAh against the 1750mAh of the Nexus, which of course makes it the winner as it offer around 620 minutes talk time in comparison to the 500 minutes offered by the Nexus.
Both of the handsets have NFC, Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Direct and the S3 also comes with Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS and GLONASS.
When it comes to the specs and features the Samsung Galaxy S3 is way ahead and it has sold over 6 million units. The Nexus on the other hand was popular when it was released but popularity is now waning. Nevertheless it may get new life with Jelly Bean. If you can wait for updates then the Samsung Galaxy S3 is the better of the two, but if you want access fast to regular updates then the Nexus may be more to your liking. Although do take note that you would need to purchase a GSM unlocked Samsung Galaxy Nexus and not the Verizon or Sprint variants which still depend on slow carriers for updates.