In this comparison, we're using the international version of the Samsung Galaxy S III, which comes with a quad-core Exynos CPU and 1GB of RAM. The U.S. versions come with a dual-core Snapdragon S4 CPU and 2GB of RAM, as well as LTE, except for T-Mobile's, which lacks LTE.
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 Android phone, and for this to happen, one of the numerous opponents that have to go down is the Galaxy Nexus. Let's see if the S III is capable enough to win a fight against the ICS pioneer!
Shape-wise, the Samsung Galaxy S III and Nexus are pretty close – they are about the same size and have rounded corners. Apparently, the S III is much closer to the Nexus than it is to the S II, when it comes to physical appearance. Personally, we prefer the cleaner looks of the Nexus, but whether you'll prefer the one or the other will obviously depend on your own taste. One thing regarding the design that actually doesn't depend on anyone's taste is the fact that the Galaxy S III uses capacitive buttons under the display, which are fairly easy to press accidentally, whereas this problem isn't present with the Nexus's on-screen keys.
The Galaxy S III (left and bottom) and Galaxy Nexus (right and top)
As we said, the two device have almost the same dimensions, so they will feel equally bulky in your hand. They are both made of plastic (though the GS III is said to be polycarbonate), but the Galaxy S III has that glossy “Hyperglaze” finish, while the Nexus uses a matte “Hyperskin” finish. Both feel equally good to the touch, though we guess it depends on the person.
Even though both handsets are about the same size, the Galaxy S III manages to pack just a little more screen, measuring at 4.8 inches. Meanwhile, the Nexus isn't really short on screen as well, coming with a sizable 4.65” panel. Both devices use the HD Super AMOLED technology
, which means that they both come with a resolution of 720x1280 pixels
. Due to the slightly smaller display size of the Nexus, it has the slightly better pixel
density, but the difference is more than negligible.
Colors are ultra-saturated on both, which is typical for AMOLED screens, however, there are some notable differences between the image quality of the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Nexus. On one hand, the Galaxy S III is a bit brighter, but on the other, the colors of the Nexus's display are closer to reality
, due to them being warmer. Thankfully, on the Galaxy S III you can change that to a certain level, using the different screen modes in the settings.
The GS III and Galaxy Nexus use the PenTile matrix in their screens, which means that there's some slight pixelization when you look really closely, but thanks to the very high resolution, these unpleasant effects are reduced to a minimum.
Samsung Galaxy S III 360-degrees View:
Samsung Galaxy Nexus 360-degrees View: