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Samsung Galaxy Nexus v Samsung Galaxy S II?

Does the new Samsung Galaxy Nexus have better specs than the Samsung Galaxy S II?

Most Useful Answer matt101101  Nov. 7, 2011 at 18:28

Screen: SGS2 4.3" SAMOLED+ 480x800
SGN 4.6" SAMOLED (PenTile AFAIK) 1280x720 (I think, it's definitely 720p)

Processor: both 1.2Ghz, SGS2 is an Exynos whereas the SGN is a TI OMAP 4460. The Exynos is very fast and very overclockable, the OMAP doesn't have the same reputation, lets say.

GPU: SGS2 has a Mali 400 vs the SGN's SGX540, the Mali is more powerful, in almost every way (especially since you can clock it even higher if you so wish)

OS: SGS2: 2.3.5 Gingerbread (ICS coming in Q1/2 2012)
SGN: 4.0 ICS

Design: Personal Opinion

Camera: No-one's really tested the SGN's yet but it's only 5mp compared to the 8mp on the SGS2 (that's a crappy comparison though). They both shoot 1080p video @ 30FPS.

Battery: The SGN's is bigger, but it also has a bigger screen. Swings and roundabouts really, both will last a day with decent usage, standard smartphone battery life really.

Anything else, just ask :).

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matt101101 / MOD  Nov. 7, 2011 at 18:28

Screen: SGS2 4.3" SAMOLED+ 480x800
SGN 4.6" SAMOLED (PenTile AFAIK) 1280x720 (I think, it's definitely 720p)

Processor: both 1.2Ghz, SGS2 is an Exynos whereas the SGN is a TI OMAP 4460. The Exynos is very fast and very overclockable, the OMAP doesn't have the same reputation, lets say.

GPU: SGS2 has a Mali 400 vs the SGN's SGX540, the Mali is more powerful, in almost every way (especially since you can clock it even higher if you so wish)

OS: SGS2: 2.3.5 Gingerbread (ICS coming in Q1/2 2012)
SGN: 4.0 ICS

Design: Personal Opinion

Camera: No-one's really tested the SGN's yet but it's only 5mp compared to the 8mp on the SGS2 (that's a crappy comparison though). They both shoot 1080p video @ 30FPS.

Battery: The SGN's is bigger, but it also has a bigger screen. Swings and roundabouts really, both will last a day with decent usage, standard smartphone battery life really.

Anything else, just ask :).

elmo61  Nov. 16, 2011 at 12:07

One thing to remember is that the Nexus line is the phone that Android is built on. Right down to its hardware components. You may say the GS2 1.2ghz cpu is better then the Nexus but android 4.0 is built for the TI OMAP 4460. Nexus phones always perform much better then other phones with similar specs. because they are so intergrated.. I'm a fairly big apple hater but you can see that because their phones are so tided to their OS it means they can get better performance out of what would be called a "Old CPU" if android phones had it.

AhmadCentral  Nov. 16, 2011 at 14:30

Matt and Elmo are correct here. The S2 takes the edge imo, but if you want a bigger screen its better to go for the Nexus.

IMO, the best time to buy a phone (unless you're due an upgrade) is Spring. As this is when new phones start coming out with the latest Android OS (4.0) So i can see the Galaxy S3 coming out then with even better specs than the above phones. I would have said the same thing this time last year about the S2 over the previous nexus release.

matt101101 / MOD  Nov. 16, 2011 at 15:52

android 4.0 is built for the TI OMAP 4460

Is it? That's like saying the Nexus S' Hummingbird processor was what GB was designed to run on...which isn't true, especially as the Hummingbird was a proprietary Samsung processor.

Nexus phones aren't faster than similarly specced devices due to integration, they're faster because they don't have some crappy UI (aka TouchWiz or Sense), sitting over the top of the stock Android experience, wasting precious resources.

The drivers for the specific hardware components are made by the manufacturers aren't they? So Android is never "designed", to run on a specific CPU type, just the launch device has to have one type of CPU, it can't use them all.

elmo61  Nov. 16, 2011 at 15:58

Yes **** skins do slow down the experience but that's not the whole picture. The nexus line doesn't just "Happen" to have these hardware components. The Nexus device will be on every desk of android developers. They will be optimising code to work as fast as they can on that device infront of them... End result means The latest android code is aimed at the Nexus hardware components

matt101101 / MOD  Nov. 16, 2011 at 16:04

Games and graphically intensive apps ran better on the original SGS than they ever did on the Desire/Nexus One despite both having 1ghz CPUs and the Qualcomm chip being in the Nexus device.

I know it's an old comparison but the Nexus S was one of the later single core high end phones, so it's unfair to compare it to the SGS2, Sensation, LG 2x etc...

My point still stands though, that's App development you're mentioning, not Android 4.0 itself being designed around one type of CPU. The Tegra 2 devices are the only ones with specific Apps aren't they? The Tegra 2 chip has never been near a Nexus device.

martin4  Nov. 18, 2011 at 15:24

Also, the Nexus has NFC, and the SGS2 does not - in the UK at least.

As for the screen, the two have roughly the same number of sub-pixels due to the nexus's pentile display. Both look brilliant though.

matt101101 / MOD  Nov. 18, 2011 at 16:38

True, but NFC is pretty pointless in the UK at the moment, not once have I ever wished any of my phones had NFC.

As for sub-pixel numbers, I think you may have calculated wrong, SAMOLED has 8 sub-pixels per pixel and SAMOLED+ has 12 sub-pixels per pixel.

The maths is below:

SG Nexus: 720x1280x8 = 7,322,800 sub-pixels

SGS2: 480x800x12 = 4,608,000 sub-pixels

That's nearly 3 million more on the SG Nexus over the SGS2, on only an extra 0.35" of screen real estate. PenTile or not, that's a beautiful display.

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 19, 2011 at 09:17

Surprised no one mentioned thus far that ICS, and with it the Samsung Galaxy Nexus has no Adobe Flash support, yet. Here I was thinking Flash on Android was such a big deal? ;)

dwafsarecool  Nov. 22, 2011 at 04:02

umm i dont think the Galaxy nexus has a Adreno 220 gpu.. i beleive its powervr sgx540 clocked higher than the ones found in the old galaxys or nexus s

matt101101 / MOD  Nov. 22, 2011 at 15:37

You're right, it's still slower than the Mali 400 though, so I couldn't be arsed to edit my comment :p, laziness ftw...

EDIT: Edited to SGX540 :)...OCD vs laziness, OCD won.

Treab  Nov. 22, 2011 at 16:18

just a point to add.. if you get a samsung galaxy s2

for an extra £25 (atm) you can get a 32gb flash card from amazon...

cardamon  Jan. 25, 2012 at 17:05

The nexus really does have a beautiful display. And I personally am hating the Touchwhiz interface, so I'm terribly jealous of the fact that the nexus runs a 'pure' version of android. To boot ICS seems pretty nice.

Camera-wise the extra mp don't seem to do much, Android really needs to get its camera game up. For me (on the S2) images are always a little blurry/grainy and as soon as the lighting is less than ideal it's all rather hopeless. The SGN seems to have the same issues. The iPhone 4 has by far the best (phone) camera I've ever used.

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 25, 2012 at 17:14

I hate TouchWiz, too. And I think Samsung should make it possible to disable it. HTC let you disable Sense. I know, I know - go and use Launcher Pro instead... That is not the point though ;)

cardamon  Jan. 25, 2012 at 17:20

I hate TouchWiz, too. And I think Samsung should make it possible to disable it. HTC let you disable Sense. I know, I know - go and use Launcher Pro instead... That is not the point though ;)

Yeah I'm already using GoLauncher, which is a bit of an improvement. When I get around to it I'll be running CyanogenMod.

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