Google Nexus S vs Samsung Galaxy S Mobiles Comparison

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:


Samsung Galaxy SGoogle Nexus S 



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.




  1. Hi
    please compare Samsung Galaxy W I8150 with I9000 galaxy S
    Especially camera , sound and touchscreen ability

  2. Hi krishna

    I was tired after searching for android devices with better battery life,coz i’ve faced a lot of probs with my O2 atom life.

    it has to be charged twice or thrice a day on moderate usage.

    So i’ve found 2 mobiles through online reviews which gives better battery atleast it comes whole day.Nexus s and moto droid.
    But unfortunately droid isnt available in india,so we have only choice left is nexus.

    Krishna can you please tell me how much time its really getting on moderate usage and high usage on your nexus s(coz you have it personally)
    I will be waiting for your reply.


    • For the best battery backup use Motorola or LG .. Im now using defy with cm7 rc1.5 and it give me 2.5 days with moderate usage without any internet usage and with net enabled u wuld get nearly 20hrs ..

  3. It’s also important to know, that the gps-sensor in the galaxy S has a hardware-related sensitivity-problem. There seems to be a new revision out now (same name and model-number) that has that fixed. Most of the time it’s very hard to get a signal at all – really annoying if you want to get guided. From what i read the nexus S has a new state-of-the-art sensor that should deliver the position in around 10seconds from start, even in areas with not so much clear sky-view

    • Yes, but that has been fixed in newer versions of Android by Samsung. Users running 2.3.3 on their Galaxy S devices do not complain much about the GPS-lock positioning time whereas Froyo users did have that problem.

      I’m a Nexus S user myself and it takes about 30 seconds to lock the position, not that accurate.

  4. Specifications are almost identical and both advanced Android phone bracket, we compare the phones to see what would be the best choice. Here are the various aspects:

  5. Couple of things to correct in the article:
    The version of Motorola S is i9000
    The version of Motorola SL is i9003 (the super lcd one)

    Quote: “The Galaxy S claims to have around 14 hours of talktime and 713 hours of standby time on 2G while the Galaxy S has around 13 hours of talktime and 750 hours of standby backup.”

    Erm.. you said Galaxy S twice…