Those who are lucky enough to own a GSM Samsung Galaxy Nexus or picked one up at Google I/O have been enjoying Android 4.1 Jelly Bean for sometime now. But does that update make it better than the Samsung Galaxy S3, which has taken the smartphone market by storm? Let’s revisit both devices to see how they stack up now.
Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Galaxy Nexus with Jelly Bean
The Galaxy Nexus comes with a Super AMOLED display of 4.65 with a resolution of 1280 x 720 and measures 5.33 x 2.67 x 0.37, weighing 0.33 pounds. The Samsung Galaxy S3 comes in at 0.29 pounds and measures 5.38 x 2.78 x 0.34 inches and has an identical screen resolution. In this category, the S3 is slightly ahead with the bigger display and better proportions.
The Galaxy Nexus comes with 1GB of RAM and it runs on a 1.2GHz dual core processor. It has 32GB of internal storage and a battery of 1820mAh which is removable. There is a front camera of 1.3 megapixels and on the back a 5 megapixel camera that records in 1080p. It comes with the usual array of accelerometers, gyroscope and support of Micro USB.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 is available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB versions and comes with a removable battery of 2100mAh. It has 2GB RAM, a dual-core processor and has an 8 megapixel rear camera and a 1.9 megapixel front camera which also records in 1080p. It features all the outputs of the Nexus and it comes out on top thanks to the faster processor and better camera.
One of the main differences is the software as the Nexus comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean while the Galaxy S3 runs on Android 4.0 out of the box. Google Now is one of the features of 4.1 and this feature keeps users updated with information in real time. S Voice has also been updated and is the answer to Siri.
Notifications have also received an update and these show in the middle of the handset and are semi-transparent. They can be expanded to get even more information and they come in very useful for pre-viewing emails and text messages with a wealth of new information once only accessible by actually entering the app. Therefore, the winner is the Nexus in this category.
Google Now shows users information via cards depending on their location. For instance, it provides basketball scores or tells you where your nearest store is. Another feature is Project Butter. This provides performance increase for the software and also triples buffering which gives a higher frame rate.
The focus with the Nexus handset has to be on Jelly Bean now, but if you can wait for it to come out for the Galaxy S3 then this is the better handset. Of course, if you really wait until the end of the year when the Samsung Galaxy S3 is rumored to get Jelly Bean, then you might as well jump on the new Nexus smartphones which are also scheduled for a year-end launch. For all we know, they could feature better hardware and even a newer Android OS update.