Galaxy Nexus compared to Nexus S ( I own both)

Galaxy Nexus Vs. Nexus S
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Let me start by saying unlike most reviewers - I own both and have lived with Android for 2 years now. While I am sure there are more technical experts, given the amount I use my phone which I will get into in a minute - I will give you a much better review than a spec sheet (or rehash of a spec sheet).

I will also tell you that I am convinced that Android is as good if not better than iOS. When my friends complain about Android - its is typically bc they are used to some way of doing something on iOS and it may be slightly different on Android - but as a power user there is absolutely noting deficient in the Android platform, in fact I think its superior to iOS for me in several respects.

There are several key features to the Galaxy Nexus that I appreciate over the Nexus S (you can see my review of the Nexus S here).

Powerful processor

The first thing you will notice is the powerful processor. The Galaxy Nexus packs a 1.2 GHz dual core processor compared to the last generation single core 1 GHz processor. The result is the applications just scream - whether its the browser or email. The phone is just snappy. I notice it mostly in the browser - I had used to think it was a connection issue but it was actually the processor. Applications just run faster. This may also be in part due to Jelly Bean (4.1.1) as I have not benchmarked Jelly Bean running on the Nexus S.

Slightly larger / thinner form factor

A lot of reviews focus on dimensions. Its worth noting because it is a major improvement but not worth spending much time on in a review. You can see the images above - but specifically the Galaxy Nexus is 136mm long by 68mm wide by 8.8mm thick (about the thickness of an average pen) compared to 124mm long by 63mm wide by 10.8mm thick.

I was actually concerned about it fitting into my pocket but it actually works better because it is a thinner phone. It also fits well into my hand but I am 195Lbs / 6' tall male.


There is not a question in my mind that the Galaxy Nexus is a far superior phone to the Nexus S (amazing what a years time can produce) and maybe the next Galaxy phone rumored for end of 2012/early 2013 will be even better. But for $350 at Google Play unlocked, it is a great bargain.

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martin321 3 years ago from London, United Kingdom

The design of both handsets look same but when it comes to features, I think Samsung Galaxy Nexus is a best bet.

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