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Samsung Galaxy Nexus vs Samsung Galaxy S II

0. phoneArena 01 Dec 2011, 09:20 posted on

It makes sense for us to compare the two handsets here and now, and see if the Galaxy S II still has a chance to survive this fight, or rather, the new Nexus is here to smash all competition coming from the once glamorous S II...

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posted on 01 Dec 2011, 10:15 1

12. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


good review

posted on 01 Dec 2011, 10:40 2

14. imkyle (Posts: 1079; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


Galaxy S II has the Exynos processor which outshines TI OMAP's 1.2 dual core processor. Screen resolution doesn't mean anything unless you have a quick and stable processor :)

posted on 01 Dec 2011, 12:20 2

35. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)


The CPU doesn't, the GPU does

posted on 01 Dec 2011, 12:54 2

38. bucky (Posts: 3080; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


no, the cpu is much better in the sgs2

posted on 01 Dec 2011, 13:01 2

40. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


yes,yes it is bucky :D the sgs2 is a monster compared to all others

posted on 01 Dec 2011, 13:45 3

45. sgogeta4 (Posts: 394; Member since: 02 Feb 2011)


Except in real life situations, you won't notice a difference.

posted on 01 Dec 2011, 13:50 5

47. remixfa (Posts: 14600; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


i love when people say that. except you can tell a difference. what real life? the real life where exynos runs buttery smooth.. or real life when your playing a game and exynos runs 20fps higher? which one wont you notice the difference in? :)

posted on 01 Dec 2011, 11:01 4

16. remyrz (Posts: 205; Member since: 28 Oct 2010)


:) im so happy with my international gs2.. and waiting for ICS.. with that ill match up or blow the nexus.. im sure of it :).. as said by many users up there

posted on 01 Dec 2011, 11:57

29. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


if you want ICS early root your phone and flash cwm recovery. im currently waiting on either a miui ics rom or cyanogen or however you spell it

posted on 01 Dec 2011, 11:06

17. terabyteRouser (Posts: 457; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Why aren\'t there any comparison benchmarks?

posted on 01 Dec 2011, 11:56

28. bucky (Posts: 3080; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


Nexus gets creamed in those.

posted on 01 Dec 2011, 11:58

30. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


thats exactly why they didnt post any. i OC'd my sgs2 and it got around 7500 on antutu and 4500 on quadrant

posted on 01 Dec 2011, 13:04 1

41. Ray.S (Posts: 380; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)


Most benchmark applications aren't optimized for ICS yet, so it would be unfair to compare the handsets based on benchmark results right now. We can post results, but they won't represent the actual performance of the Nexus, potentially giving the wrong impression to readers that the phone is slow. This is something we don't want to do.

posted on 01 Dec 2011, 13:23 2

44. bucky (Posts: 3080; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


i get what u r saying but anandtech gave a pretty good idea optimized or not. and even when they are, i can still see people complaining about the pixels blah blah blah! Not saying u r but the exynos is a better cpu.

posted on 01 Dec 2011, 11:07 4

18. remixfa (Posts: 14600; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


basically everthing the SGS2 got dinged for was Gingerbread related, other than the screen. The screen isnt that big of a deal, they are both top of the line screens and its already been proven you can take the SGS2's screen and make it 720p.

When they are both on ICS, it wont even be a contest. They just compared a dual core optimized phone against a non dual core optimized phone and it barely squeaked ahead. When the Exynos gets DCO, its going to blow the nexus away and have the bigger camera to boot.

Either or, you dont lose.. its ferrari vs lamborghini..

posted on 01 Dec 2011, 12:20

34. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)


Thats fighting talk Remix, but I do agree, the Nexus pricing needs to settle down and its camera looks average on paper, but how do you make an SGSll's screen 720p?

posted on 01 Dec 2011, 13:52 1

48. remixfa (Posts: 14600; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


there is actually an app that does it. Youtube it. the screen is capable of the higher resolution, its just not set to it for some odd reason.
The exynos is the strongest dual core chip on the market. So all thing being even with the OS, the exynos will always outshine the omap. 100% of the reason the nexus outshines gingerbread is because ICS is that much better. I cant wait for official ICS upgrades. :)

posted on 01 Dec 2011, 17:45

63. vette21man (Posts: 351; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Um, no. You can't cheat physics. There may be an app that SCALES a 720p picture onto the SGSII's WVGA (480x800) display, but it does not physically have 720x1280 pixels. So icons and text will probably look a little smaller, but the picture will NOT look as clear as the Nexus.....guaranteed.

That's like saying I can display a 1080p Blu-Ray on my 720p display. It doesn't make my display 1080p, it's still 720p; the picture is just scaled to fit my 720p display.

That's like taking a picture of a polaroid photo with a DSLR. You're only as clear as your source.

posted on 01 Dec 2011, 20:43 1

65. remixfa (Posts: 14600; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


yo, im just going by what the app said it did. They said it was real 720p. i didnt count individual pixels myself so im just referencing. :)


the SGS2 uses an RGB matrix, not pentile which by definition has a higher pixel density. The nexus's screen isnt that much bigger than the hercules/skyrocket (4.65 vs 4.5). Just because the resolution is only set to 800x600, doesnt mean its not actually capable of higher and is just set low for performance. Thats like saying just because your monitor comes presetup on 1280x1024 that its not capable of 1600x1050

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 11:03 2

70. vette21man (Posts: 351; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


I realize we're getting off topic, but I wouldn't even say that RGB has a HIGHER pixel density than pentile.........I would say the opposite: pentile has a lower pixel density (~1/3 less).

Displays have had a RGB subpixel arrangement since color CRTs came out. It's only until recent that these pentile displays have come to market.

If a RGB display says its pixel density is 250ppi, then its 250ppi. If a pentile display says its pixel density is 250ppi.....compared to a 250ppi RGB display, it will appear much less crisp (~1/3 less sharp).

If anything, the app's maker is hallucinating. Can you name one advantage of setting your 1280x1024 monitor to 1600x1050? Everything would appear smaller and less crisp. There’s no advantage for video or photos either, as they are already dithered to reduce jagginess in pixels. This is why most graphics drivers are smart and by default limit you to the native resolution as the MAX resolution. Sure you can set it to a smaller 1024x768, but that is more for accessibility (making icons, text, etc larger).

posted on 01 Dec 2011, 11:07 2

19. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


I must admit. I don't like android but pure android looks so much better than touch wiz (candy iphone like layout).

posted on 01 Dec 2011, 11:22 2

20. TBrown123 (Posts: 6; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)


Sure the GS2 will be better once it gets ICS but I want ICS as soon as I can get it so Im going with the Nexus. I wont even notice the processor difference and I\'d rather take quicker photos with almost equal quality.

posted on 01 Dec 2011, 11:42

22. remyrz (Posts: 205; Member since: 28 Oct 2010)


i love my gs2... but you got that right

posted on 01 Dec 2011, 11:56 1

27. blackrose (Posts: 48; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


GN wins because it has stock android imo

posted on 01 Dec 2011, 12:03

31. thepeartree (Posts: 3; Member since: 13 Nov 2011)


So... Since the author doesn't even MENTION the S II Skyrocket, we have to assume that he is either woefully unconnected to real news sources or has some kind of grudge against the Galaxy S line.

posted on 01 Dec 2011, 13:48 2

46. Ray.S (Posts: 380; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)


Please note that in the beginning of the article I've pointed out that I'll be comparing the international models of the handsets, not the Nexus vs the entire Galaxy S line. Plus, I have mentioned the Galaxy S II Skyrocket in the Internet section anyway.

posted on 01 Dec 2011, 13:53 5

50. remixfa (Posts: 14600; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


is this yet another fake attack/troll account? because you cant be serious

the skyrocket and hercules are not true SGS2 handsets. They use an over clocked and still underperforming crapdragon s3 chipset, not the exynos chipset.

posted on 01 Dec 2011, 15:05 5

55. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


agree if the phone does not have exynos then it is not a ''real'' gs2 device...the ones with the snapdragon processor gives the s2 a bad name.

posted on 01 Dec 2011, 12:17 3

33. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)


Ok Ok Ok... I shall settle this argument

Screen: They are both amazing, no winner here.

Design: Nexus, amazing sexy curved design!

Software: Can't people be patient enough to wait for Samsung to make the ICS, calm down.

Chippery: The Mali-400 completely destroys whatever is in the Nexus, but the 4460 is slightly ahead of the Exynos SoC in plain I/O

Personally, I'd pick the Nexus, because of its nicer design, latest OS and I really couldn't care less about the GPU since ICS has hardware acceleration!

Alternatives to both:

Motorola RAZR
Samsung Galaxy note
iPhone 4S (I'm just trying to be unbiased)

posted on 01 Dec 2011, 12:41 2

36. Tre-Nitty (Posts: 470; Member since: 16 Nov 2010)


Way to go pa. You started a war between android users. Its simple, if you want a stock android feel, go nexus, if you don't care and wanna save money, go sgs2.

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