Samsung Galaxy S2 vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is considered to the major rival to iPhone 4S and is posing stiff competition to the other best seller from the Samsung stable, i.e., the Samsung Galaxy S2, which has sold close to ten million units since its debut nearly a year back.

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Presented below is a comparison about the specifications of the Nexus and the S2.

  • The Nexus comes with Verizon as the chosen carrier, whereas the S2 comes with the other three major carriers in the United States, i.e. Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T
  • The Nexus comes with the Ice Cream Sandwich operating system while the S2 is supposed to get the ICS upgrade in early 2012. ICS offers a number of features that include a customizable launcher, widgets in a new tab, Gmail that offers a new action bar and an offline search option with a two lined preview. Additionally, ICS has enhanced copy and paste options, better voice incorporation and a new web browser that allows up to sixteen tabs.
  • The size: The dimension of the Nexus is 135.5 x 67.94 x 8.9 mm and it weighs around 135g. On the other hand, the S2 is comparatively lighter at 116 grams and smaller with a 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.5 mm dimension
  • The Display: Galaxy Nexus comes with a 4.65-inch high-definition Super AMOLED display and a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels with pixel density of about 316 ppi. The  Galaxy S2 sports a 4.3-inch WVGA SUPER AMOLED Plus display with 800 x 480 pixels resolution at 217 ppi.
  • The Processor: The Samsung Nexus gets it power and performance from a 1.2GHz dual-core Cortex-A9 CPU, TI OMAP 4460 chipset and 1GB RAM. The S2 has two variants, the T-Mobile variant comes with a 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm APQ8060 processor, while the Sprint and AT&T variants of the S2 get their power from a dual-core 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 and Mali-400MP GPU Orion chipset
  • Data connectivity: The Nexus supports 4G LTE, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps and HSDPA 21 Mbps, while S2 with AT&T has HSDPA 21 Mbps support; with T-Mobile has HSDPA 42 Mbps support and with Sprint has Rev. A up to 3.1 Mbps. Additionally, the Nexus supports Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n,   microUSB 2.0, DLNA and dual-band. The Galaxy S2 has the Wi-Fi Direct option and supports Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 3.0+HS version Bluetooth with A2DP, DLNA, HDMI with MHL microUSB 2.0 and EDR
  • The Camera: The S2 towers over the Nexus when it comes to camera specs, with its 8 megapixel primary camera and a 2 megapixel front facing camera for video calling. The Nexus pales in comparison with a 5 megapixel rear camera and a 1.3 megapixel secondary camera.
  • The battery: The 1750 mAh battery on the Nexus offers a talk time of nearly nine hours and a 3G standby time of around 270 hours. Sprint version of S2 offers a talk time of more than ten hours on a Li-ion 1800 mAh battery, S2 with T-Mobile supports a Li-ion 1850 mAh battery and S2 with AT&T comes with a Li-ion 1650 mAh battery
  • The Storage capacity: The Nexus comes with either a 16 GB or a 32 GB internal storage space, while the S2 has 16/32 GB of internal storage that can be expanded via a microSD card to up to 32 GB.
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