Anyone who was lucky enough to take in the Google I/O in person was given a GSM Samsung Galaxy Nexus. This means those people were also lucky enough to be able to get their hands on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on the spot. However does this update that is slowly trickling down to all the Galaxy Nexus units in the wild right now the update make them better than the Samsung Galaxy S3? Let’s compare them to find out.
Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Nexus on Jelly Bean 4.1
The Nexus has a Super AMOLED screen of 4.65 inches with a resolution of 1280 x 720 and weighs 0.33 pounds. Its measurements are 5.33 x 2.67 x 0.37. The Samsung Galaxy S3 is 0.29 pounds and comes in at 5.38 x 2.78 x 0.34 with a resolution that is the same as the Nexus. Thanks to having the larger display and great proportions the S3 comes out as the winner.
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus packs 1GB or RAM and is powered by a 1.2GHz dual core processor. It also has a battery of 1820mAh which can be removed and it comes with 32GB of storage. The camera on the front is 1.3 megapixels and on the back it sports a 5 megapixel camera which is capable of recording in 1080p. It also comes with gyroscopes and accelerometers and there is support for micro USB.
Those wanting the Samsung Galaxy S3 have the choice of a 16GB, 32GB or 64GB version of the handset and the battery is removable. The device comes with a dual core processor and 2GB or RAM. There is an 8 megapixel camera on the back and a 1.9 megapixel camera on the front which is capable of 1080p recording. The S3 has all the outputs of the Nexus and due to the faster processor and the camera, which is better than that of the Nexus, it is the winner.
The Nexus of course has Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and the S3 comes with Android 4.0. One of the new features of Jelly Bean is Google Now which ensures that the owner of the handset is kept updated with information and it can be useful for the preview of emails and texts. It provides a range of information that before was only available when opening the actual application. The winner therefore is clearly the Nexus.
Google Now provides the use with information on cards which is dependent on their location. It can give you the latest sports score, or tell you where the nearest local store you want is located. Project Butter is an improvement that gives a boost to software and gives triple buffering and a higher frame rate.
All focus of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is on Jelly Bean, the latest OS for Android but then the update is expected to be reaching the Samsung Galaxy S3 later this year. If you cannot wait then Nexus is an excellent handset, but then new Nexus devices are thought to be coming out by the end of the year, possible with a newer Android OS too.