Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Nexus: Which Is A Better Buy?

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Samsung are in a great place at the moment in the market with some of the bestselling Android handsets. They are currently giving Apple cause for concern and if you’re thinking of purchasing a new Android handset you cannot do much better than the Samsung Galaxy S3 or the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Nexus

The Samsung Galaxy S3 has the advantage of being available on all of the major carriers in the US. The Galaxy Nexus on the other hands can be purchased from Verizon and Sprint. As for AT&T and T-Mobile, you will need to get it contract-free. Nevertheless the Samsung Galaxy Nexus happens to be the cheaper of the two devices and you could get hold of one for around $99 with a contract over two years with Sprint or Verizon. If you want an unlocked device you can expect to pay around $349 only. The Samsung Galaxy S3 is around $199 with all carriers on a two year contract, apart from T-Mobile who have set a ridiculous price.

When it comes to weight and size both of the handsets are about the same and they both have Super AMOLED displays of 1280 x 720 pixels. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has the 4.8 inch display while the Nexus comes with a screen of 4.65 inches and 315 ppi which is more than the Galaxy S3 at 306ppi.

The Nexus may have the advantage of being updated faster than the Samsung Galaxy S3 as it is a Google handset and users of the S3 could have to wait until September to get the update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. However faster updates will only be seen on the unlocked handsets which were purchased direct from Google, so if you have a Verizon or Sprint Samsung Galaxy Nexus your advantages aren’t as great.

Both of the devices have video capture at 1080p but the Samsung Galaxy S3 has an 8 megapixel camera which should beat that of the Nexus and its five megapixel shooter. The front camera on the S3 is 1.9 megapixels and the Nexus has a 1.3 megapixel.

The Nexus should give users eight hours of talktime which is around two more than users of the Samsung Galaxy S3 can hope to get. Surprisingly the Samsung Galaxy S3 comes with the larger battery of the two handsets so we’re not sure why there is this discrepancy.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 is the more powerful of the two handsets thanks to its processor and extra RAM. However it is around $100 more than the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Of course, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is expected to have a successor pop up sometime this year so that could explain the ever falling price tag. Bottom line, if you have the extra cash go for the Samsung Galaxy S3 and avoid any possible buyer’s remorse when the Samsung Galaxy Nexus 2 (rumored to be called “Superior”) rolls out.

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