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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...

This is a discussion for a review. To read the whole review, click here

posted on 01 Dec 2011, 12:43

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

ok right in those browser pics the pentile is extremely obvious i can see the pixels i prefer the sgs2 over the nexus so much its unbelievebale

posted on 01 Dec 2011, 13:14 1

42. Forsaken77 (Posts: 553; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)

First off, the screen comparison picture on the 1st page looks like the GS2 has better coloring. Look at Jobs' face and the trophy. Plain as day that the Nexus' colors are washed out. Second, and this is a big one, having ICS on board is a huge disadvantage right now. Not only are no apps made to work with this, but the damn thing doesn't even have flash working on it yet. Your stuck with a handicapped phone. Who gives a rats a$$ if the software "looks" better? If you can't use most of it then it's not an advantage. Again, it's better on paper, but in actual real world usage it is not. Plus the phone is just to damn big and gawdy.

posted on 01 Dec 2011, 13:18 1

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

Ooops!! In the video you mentioned that both displays are Super AMOLED+.

Probably just a slip because you know that the Galaxy SII is indeed Super AMOLED+, but the Galaxy Nexus' display is Super AMOLED (without the '+').

posted on 01 Dec 2011, 13:53

49. Ray.S (Posts: 329; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)

Good catch!

posted on 01 Dec 2011, 15:00 2

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

both are 1.2ghz and exynos has been proved to be the fastest android processor and also the nexus does not have amoled plus display as you said...camera is a clear win for the s2 and what about the fact the s2 has removable storage....the only real advantage the nexus has is that it has ics and a hd display and nfc(which is still not used much yet) and once the s2 gets ics offiicially or via root it will be the better phone...if you are a s2 owner then theirs no reason to update the nexus or to any other phone not until the gs3 at least.

posted on 01 Dec 2011, 15:04 1

54. ghost__uwi (Posts: 175; Member since: 28 Nov 2011)

will there be any iphone 4s comparison\'s. Really liked those. :D

posted on 01 Dec 2011, 16:17 1

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

The only two drawbacks of S II are: smaller resolution and touch wiz.
ICS will come anyway. And there is cyanogen.
better camera, better system performance, etc.
so I vote for....S II? (fight with myself:D:D)

posted on 01 Dec 2011, 17:36 1

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

Great video Ray.S! I appreciate that you're comparing what is available now on the SII. I would love to see the exact same comparison once the SII gets ICS.

With the SII's better camera, arguably faster System on Chip, expandable microSD storage, and sleeker form factor, it may win that battle or at least close the gap. (doesn't the AT&T SII have NFC also?)

The Nexus would then only have the advantage of a larger and more pixel-dense display.

posted on 01 Dec 2011, 20:42

64. bakes5981 (Posts: 2; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)

I dunno but the comparison between the two Sammies felt less technical than i should be. That, and the impression that there was a bias for the Nexus.

Citing that having a WVGA screen (Super AMOLED Plus, mind you!) during the time of HD Super AMOLED makes GSII past its prime sounds dismissive.

In terms of overall performance, GSII does not stand like an old timer beside a flashy new model.

Therefore, I say, each phone stands their ground with the unique things they bring to the table. Nexus looks better because it is new (and understandably so, since it can build on the technology of its predecessors) and that is what I shall give it. But, unlike the Galaxy S II, Galaxy Nexus does not stand a clear winner in any book unlike GSII did and still does.

posted on 01 Dec 2011, 23:01 2

67. henrickrw (Posts: 408; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)

I still rather my GS2

You won't find an SD slot on the outside. Or indeed, the inside. Ridiculously, this – the flagship Google handset which is so set up as a media device – has been crippled by having NO expandable memory. Words fail . And they may fail you when you realise that 16GB internal storage is your lot.

Maybe, just maybe I´ll get myself one. I doubt TIOMAP is faster than Exynos.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 02:34

68. bloodline (Posts: 706; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)

like I said to you guys, I have the s2 and nexus and I have decided to keep the nexus.

The nexus just runs better, its better built and the screen is beautiful.

The only things the s2 has better is camera and removable storage. I agree if you have an s2 you dont really need to upgrade to the nexus.

However depending on the date for release of ICS on the s2, you guys might find that there isnt going to be much of a time difference between ICS on s2 and the S3 being released.

Ray. S you do a good job and fair reviews. well done mate

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 07:48 1

69. mobilemike11 (Posts: 16; Member since: 09 Jan 2010)

I have to admit that the GSII is one of the sexiest phones that has every been made, and it is equally capable of doing it for most users. The problem that I run into is that I have used the Fascinate and the Droid Charge and I am getting a little sick of TouchWiz. I would like to have something with a different look and feel. I love Samsung products, as they have never let me down. The GN should be an amazing phone. A few of my counterparts at work have actually seen the phone and said that the display was amazing and the device was light and thin. I am GEEKED!!

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 12:12 1

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

16 gigs of internal memory is definitely not enough.
That's a shame. Especially that it is so called flagship.

posted on 03 Dec 2011, 04:23

72. zaryab_hussain77 (Posts: 104; Member since: 30 Jun 2011)

why pa comparès a new phone with a 6 to 8 mnths oldr phone,...the s2 was bst at hìs time.now nexus is best

posted on 03 Dec 2011, 10:37

73. roscuthiii (Posts: 2217; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)

I'd have to side with SII here. The G'Nex is a good solid phone, but it's purpose is more to show off the capabilities of ICS than anything else. The hardware, as good as it is, comes in second to the focus on software here.
And that delicious ice creamy software can be scooped on top of the sugar cone that the SII anyhow.

posted on 04 Dec 2011, 03:10

74. Jarahawk (Posts: 43; Member since: 04 Dec 2011)

"The Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy S II may not the best handsets you can find when it comes to call quality..."


If it is not a great phone first and foremost then what is the point?

posted on 04 Dec 2011, 05:19

75. moosa.mahsoom (Posts: 22; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)

i don't think the S2 will be up to the nexus's level when it receives ICS te. We better not forget google optimized the OS for TI OMAP 4460. So, the Exynos may not be a better fit for the OS than the OMAP 4460.

posted on 04 Dec 2011, 05:20

76. moosa.mahsoom (Posts: 22; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)

he forgot about the abscence of microsd slot.

posted on 05 Dec 2011, 08:45

77. solidsnakeduds013 (Posts: 218; Member since: 20 Oct 2010)

Stock Android FTW!

posted on 07 Dec 2011, 12:02

78. khamboo (Posts: 5; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)

what is the major problem of samsung galaxy s2 ????????????????????? please share your expirence , thanks a lot

posted on 18 Feb 2012, 23:02

81. frydaexiii (Posts: 1443; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)

Not being able to turn off or replace voice talk without rooting

posted on 19 Feb 2012, 06:54 1

83. iwantsamsung (Posts: 2; Member since: 19 Feb 2012)

hey its me again please tell me what you think of the samsung galaxy s2 because im in a toss up between nexus and s2

posted on 19 Feb 2012, 06:45 1

82. iwantsamsung (Posts: 2; Member since: 19 Feb 2012)

i like the samsung s2 better but i would still buy the nexus if i could thumbs up if you agree

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