The Samsung Galaxy S3 is the Korean company’s current flagship device, compared to a somewhat dated Galaxy Nexus. The Samsung Galaxy S3 comes with a TouchWiz UI and ICS, whereas the Nexus is pure Google – with Jelly Bean already, taking it into the lead on software. So Is this enough to make you consider buying the older Galaxy Nexus over the S3? Let’s take a look.
Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Both phones come with Super AMOLED HD displays, but that massive 4.8” screen blows the 4.65” screen on the Nexus off the stage. However the Nexus has a ppi of 316 compared to the S3 306ppi.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 has an Exynos 1.4GHz quad-core Cortex A9 chip, as well as 1GB of RAM and a Mali 400 GPU. The Nexus gives you a dual-core TI OMAP 1.2GHz Cortex A9 processor, meaning it trails the S3. In benchmark tests, even the dual-core S3 with its 2GB RAM leads the Galaxy Nexus.
The phones are similar in size – the Samsung Galaxy S3 is 81.88 cubic cm and weighs 133g, whereas the Nexus is 135g and 82.93 cubic cm. The slender body of the S3 gets some going, but others like the textured feel of the Nexus.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 8MP camera beats the 5MP camera of the Nexus, and its 1.9MP front camera trounces the 1.3MP on the front of the Nexus, too.
Battery-wise, the Samsung Galaxy S3 has a 2,100mAh power source, way ahead of the Nexus’ 1,750mAh. As a result, the S3 has two hours more talk than the Nexus – 620 minutes compared to 500 minutes. You’ll get Wi-Fi Direct and Wi-Fi, as well as NFC, and the S3 benefits from GLONASS, A-GPS and Bluetooth 4.0.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 has sold more than 10 million handsets to date, and it has the features and specs pretty much in the bag. The Nexus was popular, but is falling by the wayside now. Jelly Bean will spruce it up for a bit, but if you can wait for Jelly Bean and are after great hardware, choose the S3. If you need regular updates, then the Nexus is for you. You will, though, have to get a GSM unlocked version as opposed to the Verizon or Sprint models, as these networks are notoriously bad for updates. There’s also the Samsung Galaxy Nexus 2 to think about – if you can wait a few months, then this may show you a device with the hardware of the S3 and the software updates of the Nexus.