Galaxy Nexus vs Samsung Galaxy S2: Specs and features
Does the Samsung Galaxy S2 stand a chance against the first Android Ice Cream Sandwich phone?
The Samsung Galaxy S II or S2, , is Samsung's biggest selling smartphone EVER!. It is also the smartphone considered by many as the biggest smartphone that can compete against the iPhone.
But after the Samsung Google Galaxy Nexus , many believe that the Android ICS 4.0 alone can compete against’s Apple.
Can the Samsung Google Galaxy Nexus steal the crown as this year’s “Best Android device?” Or the top-of-the-line is still owned the Samsung Galaxy S II? Your thoughts are appreciated if you own one.
The Samsung Galaxy S II has a Exynos dual-core 1.2GHz processor, but the Galaxy Nexus apparently has a treat too with its own 1.2GHz Texas Instruments dual-core processor.
The overall performance of both smartphones also depend on the operating system, Galaxy S2′s Android Gingerbread and Galaxy Nexus’ Android Ice Cream Sandwich. The Android ICS is much better, even without the custom user interface. Aside from the operating system’s more intuitive UI or user interface, the new Android version is also more polished. It is safe to say that ICS is the most beautiful Android version ever! The native web browser and the People App (or the new Contacts App built-in).
The Samsung Galaxy S II or S2 has a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus screen with resolution of 480 x 800, 217 ppi pixel density. The Samsung Google Galaxy Nexus is “technically” better when it comes to screen because it features 4.65-inch Super AMOLED screen with 316 ppi, close to Apple’s iPhone 4/4S’s 326 ppi, and with resolution of 1280 x 720 or the so-called 720p.
But the large 4.65-inch screen is a love/hate feature, especially if you have small hands. The Samsung Galaxy S2, according to my research is thinner than the Samsung Google Galaxy Nexus, but by at least 0.4mm only.
It is worth noting that the Galaxy Nexus screen sports the “contour” display, similar to the 2010 Nexus S released last year.
The Samsung Google Galaxy Nexus is a phone that features “better cameras” than other Android handsets out there because of the zero shutter lag feature, and the built-in photo and video editing tools courtesy of the Android 4.0. However, the primary camera of the Galaxy Nexus is 5MP only, some say technically lower than the Samsung Galaxy S II or S2′s 8-megapixel camera.
The Samsung Galaxy S2 also features “better” front-facing camera with 2MP, versus the 1.3MP camera of the Galaxy Nexus. The front-facing camera is for video chatting, or SelCa or “Self Camera,” or a mirror while combing for some.
The Nexus phone will include 1750 mAh battery. The original Samsung Galaxy S II (global) features 1650 mAh batter.
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus also supports NFC out of the box, while some Galaxy S2 variants have, but not activated like the AT&T and T-Mobile versions. The Samsung Google Galaxy Nexus is also expected to include Google Wallet feature, that will allow users to wave and pay virtual and physical goods by using Citi Mastercard credit card, or Google’s Prepaid card for other credit card holders.
Both the Galaxy S2 and Galaxy Nexus feature 1GB of RAM, Bluetooth 3.0, WiFi a/b/g/n and GSM 850 /900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 support. The Samsung Galaxy S2 is available in United States via Sprint for CDMA, and AT&T and T-Mobile for the GSM versions. The Samsung Google Galaxy Nexus is reportedly a Verizon Wireless exclusive device in United States with the Long Term Evolution data technology, and other versions that will arrive outside US will support GSM.