Samsung Galaxy S III vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus
It's hardly a surprise that Ice Cream Sandwich is found on both the Galaxy S III and Nexus. The way that the handsets go about it, however, is slightly different. While the Nexus is a Google phone, meaning that it'll always come with an unaltered, stock version of the operating system, ICS on the Galaxy S III has been customized with Sammy's TouchWiz Nature UX UI. We've never been fans of TouchWiz, but have to admit that Samsung has done a remarkable job with the version that's found on the S III. It not only looks much better, but it also comes with a number of some pretty cool functions.
In terms of looks and overall user experience, we prefer the stock UI on the Galaxy Nexus. Still, it lacks some things found in the GS III's TouchWiz, like S Voice and SmartStay, for example. For those who don't know, the former is a Siri-like feature, while the latter is a nifty little trick that uses the front camera of the device to determine if you're still looking at the screen. And if you do, then it knows it should keep the display turned on. For the full list of new features in TouchWiz Nature UX, please refer to our Samsung Galaxy S III Review.
You shouldn't expect too much of a difference when it comes to the typing experience on the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Nexus. Well, the portrait QWERTY of the GS III is slightly better, due to the 4.8” screen, but on the other hand, the landscape option on the Nexus is superior, as the keys are actually bigger.
Other than that, anything else regarding the messaging on the two phones is pretty much the same.
It's a good thing that Samsung has the habit of enhancing the Android browser in its phones. It did this with Gingerbread, and it's still doing it with Ice Cream Sandwich. It's true that the ICS browser is already one of the best mobile browsers around, but Samsung has still found some areas for improvement. For example, the double-tap to zoom function works a bit better on the GS III. Also, you've probably noticed that in the stock ICS browser, whenever you scroll upwards, the address bar appears at the top of the screen. Well, this can get somewhat annoying at times, and Samsung has obviously recognized this fact, as it has gotten rid of that.
Apart from this kind of stuff, the two browsers function flawlessly, although the GS III is just a bit smoother.
Processor and memory:
Many didn't like that the Nexus came with the 1.2GHz dual-core TI OMAP 4460 processor, as it wasn't something new and revolutionary in the world of SoCs. Well, the GS III is like a dream come true for hardware aficionados, as it sports the much more impressive 1.4GHz quad-core Exynos 4412 CPU. With both handsets having 1GB RAM, they manage to maintain a pretty stable speed of operation and strong performance. The Galaxy S III, though, has the edge with its slightly more fluid movements. Plus, it's practically future-proof, whereas the dual-core CPU of the Nexus may be perfectly good, but might not be as relevant in the near future.
|Quadrant Standard||AnTuTu||NenaMark 2|
|Samsung Galaxy S III||5335||12016||58.6|
|Samsung Galaxy Nexus||2000||5503||24|
The Samsung Galaxy S III presents the user with more options in terms of storage space. It comes in 16, 32 and 64GB flavors, and also supports microSDXC cards of up to 64GB. Meanwhile, the Galaxy Nexus only comes in 16 and 32GB versions, and doesn't have a microSD card slot for additional storage. This actually isn't such a pain if you don't store all of your media and other stuff on your phone, but if you do, then it might be something to consider.
Samsung Galaxy S III vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus - Interface, Messaging and Internet