Samsung Galaxy Nexus vs Samsung Galaxy S2

Vs Paul Briden 11:54, 19 Oct 2011

We compare Samsung's latest Galaxy Nexus smartphone with its own well-established Galaxy S2

We've done a little mini-comparison of the new Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Samsung's other premium smartphone, the Galaxy S2.

In terms of visual design these two phones couldn’t be more different, the Galaxy S2 is all straight lines, sharp corners and an overall angular aesthetic, where the Galaxy Nexus is softer and more rounded.

Both handsets use dual core ARM Cortex-A9 processors clocked at 1.2GHz, the Galaxy Nexus runs the TI OMAP 4460 chipset along with a PowerVR SGX540 graphics processing unit (GPU).

However, the Galaxy Nexus is outclassed by the Galaxy S2 thanks to its use of the Exynos chipset and a much quicker Mali-400MP GPU which offers superior gaming and media performance.

The Galaxy Nexus and the Galaxy S2 both feature 32GB of in-built storage, although there’s also a 16GB variant of the Galaxy S2, and each phone sports 1GB of RAM.

While the Galaxy S2 has microSD support up to 32GB we’re not yet certain about the Galaxy Nexus as conflicting sources suggest either the same support as the Galaxy S2 or none whatsoever. We’ll update when we have a clearer picture.

The display on the Galaxy S2 is a 4.3-inch Super Amoled Plus capacitive touchscreen at a resolution of 480x800 pixels and a pixel density of 217 pixels-per-inch (ppi).

It’s made with Gorilla Glass and supports multi-touch input and there are capacitive buttons under the glass. The phone has Samsung’s TouchWiz 4.0 user interface along with gyro and accelerometer sensors for screen rotation.

The new Galaxy Nexus has a much larger 4.6-inch Super Amoled HD capacitive touchscreen, the resolution is very high at 720x1280 pixels and boasts a pixel density of 316ppi.

Multi-touch, an accelerometer and a gyro sensor are all included and the screen features an oleophobic surface to repel fingerprints.

Both phones run Google’s Android platform, the Galaxy S2 is still on Gingerbread 2.3 while the Galaxy Nexus is the debut handset for the new 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich build (ICS), though we’re expecting the Galaxy S2 to get ICS when it launches.

Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus doesn’t have the best camera we’ve seen for a premium smartphone, it sports a 5-megapixel primary at 2592x1936 pixels capable of 1080p video capture and video calling.

There’s also a 1.3-megapixel secondary and other features include LED flash, touch focus, autofocus, geo-tagging and face detection.

The Galaxy S2 has a much more impressive camera setup with an 8-megapixel primary at 3264x2448 pixels and a 2-megapixel secondary with video calling support.

Features include touch focus, autofocus, panoramic capture, LED flash, geo-tagging, image stabilisation and face and smile detection.

It’s an odd thing but in many ways the Galaxy S2 comes out better here.

The processor setup has a better chipset and GPU, particularly for intensive gaming and media.

The Galaxy S2’s camera is also much better and, potentially at least, the Galaxy S2 has a better storage setup.

The main points where the Galaxy Nexus excels are the hugely impressive display and the newest version of Android, though as we mentioned above we expect the Galaxy S2 will gain this version at some point.

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