Both the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and the Samsung S3 are gaining much attention from Android fans lately. The two Android smartphones have managed to build a shared reputation that makes even some iPhone users think of switching. But if you’re interested in these two phones, you should also carefully consider one thing: the cost. Both Samsung smartphones are quite pricey, leaving the question: are they worth it?
And if so, which one’s the better choice?
Looking at the specs of both phones, it’s clear that Samsung held nothing back in creating their two premier flagship models. Given all that both phones offer, it’s not surprising that the two smartphones cost quite a lot.
If you’re really looking to invest in an all-around smartphone that can do practically everything but you prefer an Android smartphone rather than one from Apple, then the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the Galaxy Nexus are your top choices and are indeed worth every penny.
Which one should you get?
Let’s run through their similarities first. Both phones are created by top electronics company, Samsung. Both of them run on the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS. So technically, the experience they both offer would be similar.
The differences, however, begin with the internal features. The TouchWiz user interface that the S3 boasts of is nowhere to be found in the Nexus. It seems like Samsung saved its own technologies for the S3, while keeping the technology minimal when it came to the Galaxy Nexus, which it co-created with Google. Unfortunately, this was a bad call for Samsung since many Android users prefer the stock Android experience and would rather not be bothered with the animations and flourishes unnecessarily offered by the TouchWiz UI.
Smart Stay is a cool feature
The Samsung Galaxy S3 also has another technology that didn’t make it to the Galaxy Nexus. This one is called the Smart Stay, which proved impressive in terms of its software improvements. Smart Stay makes sure your phone does not go to sleep while you are still using it, minimizing those few wasted seconds needed to bring the phone back to life in the middle of a task. Now, this is a pretty useful feature, although we doubt it’s going to make you resolutely choose the Galaxy Galaxy S3 over the Galaxy Nexus.
And then, there’s the display issue. Both phones offer similar Super AMOLED display panels, but the S3’s display is bigger at 4.8 inches. Some meticulous users, however, say that the larger size of the S3’s display lowers the pixel density a bit, which means the Galaxy Nexus has the advantage here despite the size discrepancy.
Consider the hardware
As for the hardware specs, many new Samsung fans will unquestionably go for the S3 because of its Exynos 4 Quad, which uses not two but four processors to support your apps. While this might seem like a major advantage, at closer look, it doesn’t really amount to anything against the dual-core model we see on the Nexus.
Since the S3 is flashier, it obviously needs more juice than the Nexus, so all the extra capacity of the four processors simply go to all those animations. Sure enough, we didn’t see any change in the way apps run on the Galaxy S3, despite its more powerful processor system.
So in conclusion, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is certainly still a highly competitive Samsung smartphone, despite the fact that it has been upped by the Galaxy S3 in many ways. Rather than sensible, meaningful updates, Samsung stuck with mostly flashy updates with the Galaxy S3. So if you can’t afford the Galaxy S3, which doesn’t seem worthy of its price hike over the Nexus, then the latter is certainly a good alternative.
Video Comparison: Galaxy Nexus vs Galaxy S3