Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Nexus: Which Is A Smarter Choice?

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The Samsung Galaxy S3 and the Galaxy Nexus each has its own unique set of pros and cons, so many people are unsure which model to buy. The Samsung Galaxy S3 is the latest flagship, as opposed to the Nexus, which was made by Google and is the third model in their line launching late last year. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has Ice Cream Sandwich with TouchWiz, whereas the Nexus is flying high on JellyBean, which gives it a definite advantage in this field. Let’s see where they stand against each other.

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Nexus

Display-wise, both phones sport a Super AMOLED HD touchscreen display with a HD resolution, but the Samsung Galaxy S3 has that 4.8” display and the Nexus only has 4.65”. The Nexus does, however, have 316ppi compared to the Samsung Galaxy S3′ 306ppi.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 has a 1.4GHz quad-core Exynos 1.4GHz 4412 Cortex A9 chip, 1GB of RAM and a Mali 400 graphics chip. The Nexus’ chip is a dual-core 1.2GHz TI OMAP 4460 Cortex A9 chip, so the Samsung Galaxy S3 wins out here. In the US the S3 has a dual-core chip, but it still beats the Nexus with new architecture and more speed.

Both phones are of a similar size – the Samsung Galaxy S3 is 81.88 cubic cm and 133g compared to 82.93 and 135 for the Nexus. The Samsung Galaxy S3 still looks more slender, though. It is, however, a matter of preference which is the better looking of the two. Personally I pick the Galaxy Nexus as I love the clean look up front and the textured rear cover.

Rumors before the Samsung Galaxy S3 release all pointed to a 12MP rear camera, but it’s actually got an 8MP one; it is better than the 5MP offering on the back of the Nexus, though. The front camera on the S3 is 1.9MP compared to the Nexus’ 1.3MP.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 has a great 2100mAh battery, which is way better than the 1750mAh battery on the Nexus. It offers 620 minutes of talktime compared to 500 minutes from the Nexus.

Both phones have good connectivity with NFC, Wi-Fi Direct and Wi-Fi. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has the added benefit of Bluetooth 4.0, USB capability, A-GPS and GLONASS.

On specs and features, you can see the S3 has a landslide victory. The phone sold more than 6 million units – a record – and the Nexus is declining in popularity, although JellyBean might perk it up a bit. If you’re not too fussed about speedy Android updates, take the S3 rather than the Nexus. However if updates are a priority, we will pick the Galaxy Nexus without hesitation, but that is as far as it goes.

Cecelia has the patience of a praying mantis. She spends the day sifting through press releases from all the major brand’s PR reps. From the most ridiculous announcements to those you really want to know more about, Cecelia makes it a point to skim through as many daily as possible so you won’t have to.