Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs Nexus: Nexus Finally Loses Its Edge

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The Samsung Galaxy S3 has been out already for four months and it is one of the best phones yet to be released. However Samsung have just announced the Galaxy Note 2 and this could rival the S3 and Galaxy Nexus.

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs Galaxy Nexus

One of last year’s hot devices was the Galaxy Nexus and similar to the way fine wine ages so has the Nexus. Despite it having hardware that leaves a lot to be desired the handset does offer great performance and it has support from Google which means that the Nexus is often ahead when it comes to updates. In fact, during our comparison between the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the Galaxy Nexus, we stated that the Nexus scored many points for having Jelly Bean which brought a whole slew of features over ICS. So how will it match up to the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 which runs Jelly Bean unlike the S3? Let’s find out.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is massive thanks to it being 80 x 151.1 x 8.4 mm and the Nexus is smaller and easier to hold with one hand at 135.5 x 67.9 x 8.9mm and weighs 135g compared to the 180g of the Note 2. As pocketable as the Nexus is though, it can’t beat the big beautiful display on the Note 2..

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus has a great 4.65 inch Super AMOLED screen with a pixel density of 316. The Note 2 comes with a 5.5 inch display and is 267ppi HD. They both have the resolution of 1280 x 720 which means that the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is the clear winner.

In regards to hardware the Nexus has a 1.2GHz TI OMAP 4460 processor with PowerVR SGX540 GPU and can handle everything you throw its way. On the other hand the Note 2 is equipped with a 1.6GHz Exynos quad core processor that comes with 2GB of RAM and which sets the phone above the Nexus (as well as the S3).

Storage wise the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is available in 16GB and 32GB as is the Note 2, with the advantage of also being available in 64GB. The Nexus does not support external SD card while the Note can be boosted another 64GB.

The cameras on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is 5 megapixels and 1.3 megapixel up front, while the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has an 8 megapixel and a 2 megapixel. The battery on the Nexus is 1,750mAh and the one of the Note 2 is 3100mAh. The winner here is the Galaxy Note 2.

Now while the Samsung Galaxy Nexus got an edge on the Samsung Galaxy S3 on the software front thanks to Jelly Bean, it doesn’t have this on the Note 2 which comes with Android 4.1 preloaded. In addition to having the great features of Jelly Bean, the Note 2 has added tweaks for its S-Pen.

All in all the Nexus stands up to the Note 2 well but not as much as it did with the S3. So if you have pockets deep enough to fit a Samsung Galaxy Note 2, we recommend it over the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

Alex customizes his cars and smartphones like its going out of fashion. Jumping between Korean and American, not only does Alex provide in-depth reviews but he usually hangs on to the models for some “real world testing” weeks at a time.