Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus – Specs and Price Comparison

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There use to be a time when the Samsung Galaxy Nexus was considered the flagship device for Samsung. It was released back in October 2011. Since then, various other devices have emerged, including the Samsung Galaxy S3, at which we will be looking at today. This comparison should help you better decide which phone to get, if you’re stuck between the two.

Comparison Categories

  1. Display
  2. OS
  3. Processor
  4. Camera
  5. Battery
  6. Price


The Samsung Galaxy Nexus delights its users with a large multi touch display, of 4.65 inches. With a maximum resolution of 720 x 1280, and the Super AMOLED HD technology also onboard, the Galaxy Nexus display  provides  an oleophobic coating that prevents fingerprints and such. All these features combined make the display on the Galaxy Nexus one of its best features.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 is no stranger to Super AMOLED HD, also using this technology, but on a bigger screen, 4.8 inches, to be exact. Instead of the oleophobic coating, it is covered by Corning Gorilla Glass 2 for extra protection. Its maximum resolution is the same as the Galaxy Nexus maximum resolution, 720 x 1280.


The Galaxy Nexus was the first device to run Android Ice Cream Sandwitch , but upon its release, the Galaxy S3 also came with Ice Cream Sandwitch. Both phones were released with the promise of further updates due to their good specs, but, however, the Galaxy Nexus benefited from the fact that it was a Google handset, therefore, being first in line for new updates.


Samsung Galaxy Nexus packs a powerful processing unit, a 1.2 GHz, Cortex- A9 Dual Core processor. However, the later release date of the Galaxy S3 shows in this category, as it comes with a Quad Core Exynos 1.4 GHz processor. As the smartphone arena continues to grow, more demanding apps and games will be released, alongside more complex features, that will need as much power as they can get, and that is why the S3 has a big advantage.


The camera aspect on the Galaxy Nexus is something almost everyone complains about. Although it has 5 MP, the image quality of shots taken with the Galaxy Nexus aren’t that good, compared to any other high-end device. On the other hand, the Galaxy S3 has an 8 MP camera on the rear and a 1.9 shooter on the front, capable of HDR. The image quality is quite impressive with the S3, clearly better than the shots taken with the Nexus.


Battery is very important when talking about smartphones, because they are what power all those goodies under the hood. In this case, the Galaxy S3 has a much more bigger battery than its opponent, namely 2100 mAh, while the Galaxy Nexus has a 1750 mAh battery that also manages to do a good job. Keeping in mind everything that drains a little of your battery daily, this is an important power boost for the Galaxy S3.


Samsung Galaxy S3 comes at a price of $300 on Amazon while Samsung Galaxy Nexus is available for $295 on the same price.


Aside from the fact that the Nexus is a Google phone, meaning that it gets all the updates first, it was pretty much doomed when Samsung released the Galaxy S3, which has better operating gear, specs and features, all around. From the superior screen technology, to the extension of memory via SD card capability, the Galaxy S3 is the better phone in this confrontation.

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