The Google Nexus S and Samsung’s Galaxy S fall in the same price bracket. But the Galaxy S is a worldwide bestseller while the Google Nexus is Google’s own device featuring excellent software support. The specifications are almost similar and with both of them in the high end Android phone bracket, let’s compare the phones to see which one would be a better bet. Here are the various aspects:
The Galaxy S comes with a 4 inch Super AMOLED display while the Nexus S comes in two models. One of it comes with the same Super AMOLED display (i9020) while there’s another variant which comes with an Super LCD Display (i9023). Both phones have a screen size of 4.0 inches. Note that the super AMOLED display has a high resolution close to the iPhone 4′s retina display and was its competitor throughout. Both the phones have a 400×800 resolution. The Nexus S has a Contour Display with curved glass screen but the Galaxy S has a Gorilla Glass display.
Galaxy S has a 5 Megapixel camera in the rear and does not have an LED Flash. It records HD video at 720p and has a secondary VGA camera for video calls via 3G, Skype or Google Talk. Google Nexus S has a 5Mega pixel camera, but does not record video at 720p resolution. The camera cannot do HD recording but it records video at 480p. It also comes with an LED flash in the back and a secondary VGA camera for video calls via 3G, Skype or Google Talk.
The Galaxy S has 16GB/32GB of internal memory and a microSD card slot which supports upto 32 Gigabytes of storage, making a total of upto 48GB. Out of the box, it comes with a 8GB memory card. On the other side, the Google Nexus S does not have a microSD slot at all allowing no room for expansion. It comes with an internal memory of 16GB and that’s all you would get on the Nexus S.
Both the phones have three HSDPA bands: 900 / 1900 / 2100 and give maximum speeds upto 7.2Mbps.. Wi-fi bands are the same with both supporting the latest band of Wi-Fi, the 802.11n and 802.11b/g as well. GPS is available on both the phones and Bluetooth is 3.0 enabled on the Galaxy S while the Nexus S has Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP support.
Operating System and UI:
Samsung Galaxy S has a latest version of Gingerbread, 2.3.3 with Samsung’s User Interface, Touchwiz 3 and the Google Nexus comes with 2.3.4 and Stock Android User Interface which no other manufacture would be able to offer. The Nexus S provides the purest Android experience and will be the first phone to receive updates from Google as it has always been for their Nexus devices.
Battery and Processor
Both the phones have a 1500mAh battery. The Galaxy S claims to have around 14 hours of talktime and 713 hours of standby time on 2G while the Nexus S has around 13 hours of talktime and 750 hours of standby backup.
Both the phones have 512MB of RAM along with a 1 GHz ARM Cortex-A8 processor, a PowerVR SGX540 GPU and a Hummingbird chipset
The Nexus S comes with a 3-axis Gyro sensor on it which enables more accuracy and precise movements while using accelerometer related features like playing Games. Also, the Nexus S has a Near Field Communications(NFC) chip on it which would enable tap to sync and mobile payments very soon, more details on NFC here.
Also note that the Samsung Galaxy S has FM Radio on it allowing you to listen to your local music stations over the air while the Nexus S doesn’t have that option at all.
The Galaxy S is worth purchasing for the premium media features like HD recording and FM Radio and is available here at 450$ but if you are not looking for entertainment but just for the best android experience, you should buy the Google Nexus S, which is available here for 419$ and manufactured by Samsung. The Google experience won’t let you down.