Samsung Galaxy S III vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus
0. phoneArena 21 May 2012, 09:07 posted on
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus has been one of our favorite Android phones, as it ushered us in the new era of Ice Cream Sandwich – the Android OS version that reinvented the platform and aspired it to a whole new level. Of course, almost all new Android phones nowadays come out with ICS, and the Galaxy S III is probably the brightest example at the moment. Being the successor of last year's hit Galaxy S II, the Galaxy S III has yet to prove that it is the ultimate ...
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1. Yummy (Posts: 117; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)
I think the galaxy s3 is more up to date I guess? But both are really nice phones.
2. bucky (Posts: 1685; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)
This should be a beat down. The nexus loses to the s2 never mind the s3
6. NexusKoolaid (Posts: 341; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)
True, but the (GSM) Nexus will be munching on Jelly Beans sooner than either of those phones will.
50. THETECHTEAM (Posts: 82; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)
jelly bean is not for android phones its the new version for android tablets
56. NexFan (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Jul 2012)
Not true...your TechTeam needs an update. Jelly Bean is already available on GNex phones bought thru the GooglePlay store and OTA updates being pushed mid-July to existing GNex and Nexus S phones.
9. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)
Well, it does have stock ICS, which is pretty badass. The only thing that the S2 beats it in is camera and possibly battery life. I'd say the GNex is just a little better.
24. bucky (Posts: 1685; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)
I'd have to add screen(though debatable), processor, sd card, speaker volume and video codec support.
3. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5664; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
the only Galaxy S III showdowns that'll be interesting are the ones versus the Droid Razr MAXX HD and the iPhone 5.
11. remixfa (Posts: 14252; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
no, the best show down is going to be SGS3 vs SGS3. exynos quad vs S4 on the same phone for a processor vs processor super gun down. There is no way to cry about this spec or that when everything else is equal. :)
Then we will laugh at the puny S4.. and then cry as we remember the american versions are S4 only.. :(
13. Sangeet (Posts: 232; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
thumbed up accidently..
you don't even know that how powerful is the snapdragon s4, you are the kind of person who brags about the specs which is written on sheet not on the real life performance..
The snapragon s4 kicked the tegra 3 out of the competition in benchmarks and i am sure that it would be more or less the same as the Samsung galaxy s3 hardware is as SG3 is only a little better in terms of hardware when compared to the HTC one X
and yeah oyu don't deserve that thumbs up, just gave it to you accidently
18. remixfa (Posts: 14252; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
you should go do some research before commenting. it makes you look less foolish. i suggestwww.anandtech.com , since they did a pretty in depth chip comparison and phone comparison.
come back when you see just how far ahead the exynos is compared to the S4 and T3.
35. jroc74 (Posts: 5245; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
Tegra 2 couldnt really match up to the dual core Exynos. Both had their wins n losses in benchmarks and technology. Its no surprise the same thing is happening with Tegra 3 vs the quad core Exynos.
Tegra 3's biggest thing will probably be battery life, while the Exynos will probably be pure performance.
Anandtech really is a good place to get really in depth tech info.
20. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5664; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
that's true, tally that on to my list. o:
4. JDCohen722 (Posts: 39; Member since: 18 May 2011)
I was interested in the showdown between the S3 and the One X, but that was a huge disappointment, I definitely think the S3 isn't superior to the One X, unlike how it clearly is superior to the Nexus. Both are Quad Core with very similar power, if anything the S3 has the slight upper hand in power, both have nearly equal battery life, whereas the One X wins in design and build, the S3 wins in Software Functionality and features. The Cameras are arguably equal. Then with the screen One X's is better (Besides Blacks) but the S3's is a bit bigger making it nicer for watching movies or playing games, especially without that annoying virtual menu button. If anything they are virtually equally matched with mostly personal preferences deciding the winner. The SIII and the One X are both the 2 Android Kings, I felt it unfair for PhoneArena to decide that the S III is superior to the One X. GSMarena rated them equal powerhouses with the winner being your own personal preference. But I guess thats just what I think.
51. letgomyeggroll (Posts: 138; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)
Lets make it clear, it is not a quad core, the processor is by Quadcomm! there is no smart phone out with quad core, there is no need for the time being. They just add more RAMs to the phone versus speeding up the processor
53. Ezzy77 (Posts: 4; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)
You have to be trolling.
There are LOADS of quad core phones around. The manufacturer of Snapdragon SoC's is QUALcomm, not QUADcomm. Manufacturers haven't added more RAM into their flagship devices in over a year, they all have 1GB (SOME specific regional models of SGS3 and a phone by LG have 2Gigs of RAM IIRC).
54. letgomyeggroll (Posts: 138; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)
Im maybe wrong, but tell me which phones that has Quad in them that operates in the U.S.? Cuz I havent seen any of heard of one. Maybe cuz there is no advantage of the quad core except to dream your battery 10x faster. As chips get smaller to into cellphones, they will add more RAMS. Dual cores are more than enough to run a smartphone smoothly with the correct amount of RAMs. With the RAMs, quad core will be running like a single core but take up more power. THIS IS WHY most laptops dont have quad core!!!!! So EZZY again what country are do you reside in to think this?
57. Ezzy77 (Posts: 4; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)
Yes, you are wrong. You have no idea what you're talking about.
In most markets, HTC One X has a quad core SoC as does Samsung Galaxy S3, Asus Transformer Prime tablet, LG Optimus 4X HD etc.
Some US phones, on some operators, have a LTE radio, so Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core SoC is in some devices instead of Nvidia's Tegra 3, but it's just as fast due to different architechture. But that doesn't mean there aren't ANY quad-core phones around.
The power of phones isn't for the phone GUI to be fast, but for games and other multimedia, browsing etc. to be smoother. And adding more cores makes the battery last longer. RAM is memory, Android runs perfectly smoothly with 1GB and there will be phones this year that have 2GB in selected markets (as I mentioned earlier). It won't make a huge difference as Android has a good mamory management system already.
And as for laptops, most Intel Core i5 and i7 processors (sandy bridge and ivy bridge) have 4 cores in them and I'd say most laptops are already running on those platforms (like the new Macbooks etc. Ultrabooks). My native country has nothing to do with these FACTS. Please look up some facts before you post stuff online.
58. letgomyeggroll (Posts: 138; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)
It sounds you have done any research!!! You could not answer any of my questions? Becauuse there is no quad core phones in the USA. I never mention anything about laptops. Its a totally different device. The more core doesnt mean it save more battery power. Izzy, I will stop here, because none of what yiu post ate facts!!!! I built computers since AMD started, and deal with phones since Air Touch started, plus Im system tech. So enough knowledge base.
59. Ezzy77 (Posts: 4; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)
You never mentioned anything about laptops? You said "THIS IS WHY most laptops dont have quad core!!!!!" in your previous post, which is absolutely not true.
I'll just stop there. There is no point in continuing this discussion if you don't even read what you write.
As a side note: The reason why the T-Mobile version of SGS3 isnt quad-core, is that Exynos 4212 SoC's radio doesn't support HSPA+ "42Mbps" speeds. That's why it has the Snapdragon S4 SoC.
The original test, to which you are commenting, uses the international version of SGS3 - which has the quad-core Exynos SoC - hence your first reply is obsolete. There was no mention about the US models of these devices in the comment before you brought it up. Also, Amazon is selling the quad-core SGS3 unlocked in the States and probably One X as well.
And I have the quad-core Exynos version of SGS3 right here in my hands.
61. mbck1 (Posts: 1; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)
Typical american."me me me i'm the centre of the world"
google up quad core phones. you know...use the internet. don't just go to your local shop.
in saying the above, you are right. dual cores are more than enough. but hey we've seen this argument before...i've got bigger balls/breast/p***, etc, so you go have a surgery to make them 10* bigger. It's all pride and the companies are cashing in on that
my gnex can do whatever the sgs3 can. smart stay? there's an app for that. pop up video? again another app. super smooth scrolling? jelly bean more than fixed that. straight calling from a message? pffft i just click a button...not a big deal
the only thing you can't change is the average camera and the lousy speaker.
700 AUD vs 300AUD (i got mine for 120 :P)
5. lzsbleach (Posts: 155; Member since: 20 May 2012)
I think its bull when its Android against Android theres always a declared winner but when its Android against the iphone 4s its always a tie no matter what high end Android phone it is.
25. SonyFTW2020 (Posts: 308; Member since: 03 May 2012)
beause no matter HOW MUCH better android is, people dont like to admit iphone sucks and why are we still comparing high end android phones such as the S3, the Xperia S and HTC one x to the pewny iphone?? you know iphone sucks when they stop comparing iphone to android and all you get is android vs androids now lol
28. gallitoking (Posts: 4698; Member since: 17 May 2011)
when comparing Android vs. other OS there could never be a clear winner as you are comparing Apples to oranges..
37. jroc74 (Posts: 5245; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
Please explain how its apples to oranges .....comparing the OS's....
I agree there is or never will be a clear winner. Preferences kills that with most things in life.
44. rsco6969 (Posts: 1; Member since: 04 Jun 2012)
i have been a massive apple fan, since the release of the 2nd gen iphone.
i've had no other phone except the iphone, no tablet but ipad though i recently switched to S3, and im so glad i did. though the ipad is still top in my opinion. the s3 feels faster lighter less bulky. im glad i took the plunge. now i however the iphone 5? maybe ill get i dunno apple used to rule the market with there new ideas and most importantly patents, now thats over with older (original) companies can really kick ass apples a hasbeen though they still rule the tablet
52. letgomyeggroll (Posts: 138; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)
Exactly my point,people that brags and defends the Iphones neer tried Android phone. Android phones by far is more user friendly, you have more options to set ur phone how you want it, and the hardware has always been couple years ahead of Iphones. The IPhone new gadgets has been followed from the Androids. Sorry to say this but Android had the front and back cameras, voice command and among other things years before Iphone. The worst part when Iphone release a new version, its TO FIX the previous version problems.
8. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5664; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
they did. see the GSIII vs. the One X. :P
29. ddxmms (Posts: 145; Member since: 09 Feb 2012)
lol,but i honestly think that the evo 4g better than the one x.
10. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)
I wouldn't get the EVO 4G LTE because of the multitasking issue reported. That'd get seriously annoying.
12. ddxmms (Posts: 145; Member since: 09 Feb 2012)
i didn't heard any thing about such problem.
14. ap1989 (Posts: 145; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)
GSlll is ugly with the home button im still glad i bought the Gnex
15. lzsbleach (Posts: 155; Member since: 20 May 2012)
Not really I like it N I think they did it so it can stand out in a room of smart phones.
16. jjjsong (Posts: 71; Member since: 27 Dec 2011)
Interesting PhoneArena's article on "Galaxy Nexus vs iPhone 4S" (http://www.phonearena.com/reviews/Samsung-Galaxy-Nexus-vs-Apple-iPhone-4S_id2924/) says it's up to personal preferences and indicates it's pretty much a tie between the phones.
Now for the article on "Galaxy S III vs iPhone 4S" (http://www.phonearena.com/reviews/Samsung-Galaxy-S-III-vs-Apple-iPhone-4S_id3038) also says it's pretty much up to "what kind of guy" you are and your own preferences. That again indicates a tie just it's up to people's tastes.
Now we have SGS III clearly winning over Galaxy Nexus in this article. So very confusing.
19. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)
thats ray for you,,,he'll never say an android phone is better than iphone although like you pointed out if the nexus and 4s are equal and the s3 is better than the nexus than the s3 is better than 4s...
17. lzsbleach (Posts: 155; Member since: 20 May 2012)
Wouldnt the phone that can do everything the other phone can do and more be the better phone.... Wouldnt that make more sense in stead of making it a tie.
21. baldilocks (Posts: 582; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)
I think you guys have a defective unit. The loudspeaker on the GS III is much louder than what you claim.
It easily blows the GS II and the iPhone 4S out of the water.
22. barondebxl (Posts: 107; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)
I'm getting an s3 on launch day. But the galaxy nexus is such a cool device, it shows you that a nexus is always relevant.
23. BillKilpatrick (Posts: 3; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)
While it's fun to imagine, this is not really a walk-off. The Galaxy Nexus, on Verizon, has no competition from the S3, which is not available on Verizon. Maybe on a different carrier we could see people agonizing over which phone, but these two are so closely matched. The S3 has a slightly larger screen - with emphasis on "slightly" - and the Nexus has a slightly better pixel density - with emphasis on "slightly."
Who cares? I have the Galaxy Nexus and I can't see myself "upgrading" for some time to come. Even if I cared about the Galaxy Note and its stylus, its larger screen would not do for me what the GNex's screen did - in comparison to what was out there before. I returned my Razr to get the GNex and, quite frankly, I was happy with the Razr. The lesson I learned was that little upgrades don't really matter. It's the big leaps that count.
26. tiara6918 (Posts: 1886; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)
I think samsung should change their designing team because of:
the back-looks like it came from the note except for that glossy plastic
the sides: reminds me a lot like of the galaxy nexus
the front: wave(for the home button) and again the galaxy nexus(imagine what the phone could have looked more if they decided to go with on-screen buttons)
After reading several reviews of the galaxy s 3 competing with other smart phones...it is the best but not with the design
27. richardyarrell2011 (banned) (Posts: 510; Member since: 16 Mar 2011)
Yes I love my Galaxy Nexus just not my carrier Verizon. Due to the inability of Verizon to handle it's business from an update standpoint I will be leaving Verizon and taking my two lines of service to tmobile come July. With the fact that the Galaxy S3 will hit tmobile on July 1st 2012 I will open my line on tmobile on launch day for the Galaxy S3. In November when the new Nexus is introducted with Jellybean I will then purchase that new Nexus from the google play store then use that for my second line for tmobile. I gots to have me some jellybean 5.0 love plus new hardware I just love stuff like that. Meanwhile I will use my CDMA Verizon Galaxy Nexus till July then sell it to the highest bidder then use that cash toward my November purchase of my 5.0 jellybean Nexus. The purpose is the Verizon version will never see jellybean since we have been stuck on 4.0.2 since December 15th 2011 you know jellybean won't hit this device at all. Plus Verizon overall network is extremely overrated as well as all there LTE devices overprice there are device inconsistantcies on Verizons LTE network. No devices runs the same poor dBm as well as asu on my current Galaxy Nexus as well as just pathetic signal strenght in strong LTE areas enough is enough truly. Tmobile here I come and who knows with the Note 2 arriving on that network in August I might just snatch that up too. I will be a proud Galaxy S3 owner in July and a very proud new galaxy nexus owner come November...
30. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)
Galaxy Nexus gets the first updates and it doesnt have that awful touchwiz
gnex is also guarenteed not to get a bootloader lock in the future and will be easily rooted. Gnex has more development and always will because it is a nexus device(not that gsIII has no development), but gnex will have more.
quad core, quad core... who needs quad core other than for benchmarks? in my opinion quadcore is just a gimmick for people to buy phones. There is no feature on android that needs a quadcore processor, not even ICS
my lg optimus t runs cm9 just fine no lag smooth scrolling, smooth video , and awesome pictures and videos and optimus t only has 600 mhz armv6 processor
please excuse my bad english
in my OPINION gnex beats gsIII hands down (im not saying gSIII is bad, but i think gnex is better)
32. maryaaadil (Posts: 146; Member since: 07 Apr 2012)
GNex lag sometimes......
It is not in case of GSIII
This is why one needs quad-core in Android..
In case of ios dual core does it allllllllll
and wp is good with single(core)
BTW lg optimus is Froyo..........
GNEX and GSIII are ICS
36. jroc74 (Posts: 5245; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
Ppl said the same thing about dual core before dual core phones came out....that it was a gimmick.
Ppl dont really say that anymore...lol.
Quad core on a phone could mean a better experience when using a dock like the laptop or tablet dock that Moto and Asus will use.
34. Suts_97 (Posts: 124; Member since: 05 May 2012)
anyway, S3 vs One X is a fair comparison, but, S3 vs Iphone 4s, oh man! You must be kidding, the Iphone 4s doesn't even deserve to be compared with the S3, especially with its "huge" screen size.
38. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3045; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
Verizon SGS3 vs Verizon Galaxy Nexus will be hands DOWN SGS3. Why? Because I fear that Galaxy Nexus on Verizon isn't a true Nexus device. Not because of a couple apps, no because we are still stuck on freaking 4.0.2 which 6 months was WAS what it was running on! The Galaxy Nexus only has one thing going against the One X and SGS3 and that it's a Nexus and will get the updates. BUT NOT ON VERIZON! So if you are on Verizon, wait for the Verizon SGS3, you might be stuck on ICS but at least you'll have the awesomeness that is the new touchwiz, a great camera, a huge display, way better battery life, and even if its S4 processor, it will still run laps around the Galaxy Nexus.
AGAIN and I not bashing the GSM Galaxy Nexus, only the Verizon one.
39. TMach (Posts: 400; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)
I doubt anyone will disagree that the One x is a superior phone to the Galaxy Nexus. I have owned the GN and been using the One x since April. Not really going to debate the specs as they are there on paper so am going on real life usage and feel. This same reviewer then seemingly, correction, suggests there is not enough between the GN and SGS 3 to merit upgrading. On the other hand, he posts an obviously jaundiced review/comparison of the SGS3 and One x.
Still scratching my head as this completely defies all logic!
BTW, since the software updates, the One x which already performed with buttery smoothness now has a battery that lasts almost two days and much improved camera! Loving it!!
40. SonyFTW2020 (Posts: 308; Member since: 03 May 2012)
To me the Galaxy Nexus is the best looking Samsung phone.....
41. ghost__uwi (Posts: 175; Member since: 28 Nov 2011)
good review. Well then I guess I will go from nexus to iphone.
47. Jillxz (Posts: 147; Member since: 04 Jun 2012)
I sure would not be going to an iPhone right now , as the new iPhone 5 is due out soon. Unless it has a larger screen at least 4 in. and an SD slot , I still won't have an iPhone.
42. DJ___ (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 May 2012)
It's pretty easy to prevent the scrollbar from appearing over the web page in the Galaxy Nexus browser. Go to Settings -> Labs and check either of the two checkboxes: "Fullscreen" or "Quick controls". Done.
43. DePenguin (Posts: 22; Member since: 13 Jan 2012)
Nice to see that my Gnex can hold its own against such a powerful and new device! :) Makes me feel good that I made a good choice in my phone this time.
45. Jillxz (Posts: 147; Member since: 04 Jun 2012)
The Galaxy Nexus I do not want. It is really inferior to the Galaxy S lll . The Nexus does not have an SD slot. The ringer volume is low , and there are reception problems. I would never buy that phone. No , the Samsung Galaxy S lll or the RAZR MAXX and I think the RAZR MAXX is probably the best one of all Verizon phones.
48. SinePari (Posts: 1; Member since: 17 Dec 2010)
No one is suspicious of a TI OMAP 4460 with ICS running slower than a 4430 with 2.3.6? the latter hits 2285 on Quadran: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v
I think that specific Nexus might have an issue. Should be pulling at least a 2500.
49. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)
I know the GS3 out-specs the Nexus but I'm still liking the stock ICS above the Sammy overlay. Wish there was a way to choose stock ICS for the GS3
60. Naveen_BOSS (Posts: 1; Member since: 17 Jul 2012)
Who the hell starts beef over Smartphones and Superphone