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SpecWars: Samsung Galaxy S2 vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is the new flagship Android phone the whole world is talking about. But how does it compare to the current champion, the Galaxy S2? Read on to find out.

Ding ding, round one! Specifications aren’t everything, but they can give you a pretty good idea of what the phone will run like. If you’re considering buying one of Samsung’s premier phones, or are looking for an upgrade, then read on as we compare the specifications for the Samsung Galaxy S2 and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

Samsung Galaxy S2 size vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus size

Lets face it, neither phone is going to win any ‘compact phone of the year’ awards, as both of them are behemoth devices. The Samsung Galaxy S2 measures in at 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.49 mm, it isn’t a small device, but it isn’t too big either. Now if we compare that to the whopping dimensions of the Galaxy Nexus, 135.5 x 67.94 x 8.94 mm, it seems that Samsung have gone bigger in all areas. We do worry that the size may be a bit too big for the smaller handed among us, but bigger smartphones = better smartphone, right? The jury is still out on that one. The same can be said for the weight of both devices as well, the S2 weighs in at a flabby 116g while the Nexus breaks the scales at 135g, time to flex those muscles ladies and gentlemen.

Samsung Galaxy S2 screen vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus screen

We’ve had great experiences with the screens that Samsung have equipped to their phones, and these two are no exception. The Galaxy S2 boasted a Super AMOLED Plus screen, on a lovingly big 4.2″ display. We loved it, colours look vibrant and clear, and having a 4″ screen just feels right. The Galaxy Nexus has gone all out to improve upon that, and we’re going to see a HD Super AMOLED screen with a gigantic 4.65″ display, our mouths water at the sheer thought of it. Like we said previously, we’ve had a terrific experience with the screen on the Galaxy S2, and we hope that this carries over to the new Nexus.

Samsung Galaxy S2 camera vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus camera

The battle still rages on if we really need a 10 or 12 megapixel camera on a phone, and does a bigger number mean a better quality of picture? Well, not necessarily. The new Nexus sports an acceptable 5 megapixel rear-facing camera with a 1.3 megapixel front-facing one as well. It seems the general consensus for the news of the 5 megapixel camera has been disappointing, and we’ve seen many comments regarding the fact they feel this is a step back for Samsung. It won’t be until we get to really try out the camera, that we can give a definitive answer. What we can say, however, is that the camera on the Galaxy S2 took some quality photos. At 8 megapixel, Samsung really pushed the boat out, camera wise, and on the whole, it worked superbly well.

Samsung Galaxy S2 OS vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus OS

Our final category had to be the OS on both phones. The Samsung Galaxy S2 utlilised Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), and did a really good job with it as well. When we gave the OS a whirl on the S2 it was faultless, literally faultless. Without doubt, Gingerbread has been the most success Android OS update yet, and it’s a superb version which can be built upon. The Galaxy Nexus will be the first handset to sport the recently announced Android 4.0. From the pictures and videos we’ve seen, and from the several articles we’ve read, it *should* be the best update yet. A revamped UI and plenty of new features, make it something we can’t wait to get our teeth in to.


It’s really hard to pick an overall winner, when you compare the specs of both of these phones. We love the S2, love, love, love it. It’s a superb device, and it has really set the standard for Samsung devices in the future. From what we’ve seen of the Galaxy Nexus so far, it could really be a brilliant update to the S2, and perhaps, just perhaps, one of the greatest phones ever? Maybe.

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