Galaxy Nexus

Samsung Galaxy Note Vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus Phones Comparison

The last few weeks have seen the South Korean tech giant Samsung releasing two super phones one after another, first is the Galaxy Nexus and the other, Galaxy Note.  Both phones are expensive and superlatively multidimensional.

Comparing these two phones cannot do justice to either of them, the reason is simple; both have their own specialties and their own targeted audience. Anyway, let’s have a head to head comparison of the Galaxy Nexus and the Galaxy Note.

Table of Content   

  • CPU and RAM
  • Dimension and Size
  • Memory
  • Display
  • Camera
  • Battery
  • Connectivity
  • Operating System
  • Social Integration
  • Data Input
  • Pricing
  • The Verdict


The Galaxy Nexus has a 1.2 GHz Cortex-A9 dual-core  processor and a 1GB RAM with GPU of 384 MHz Power VR SGX540, if we turn our attention towards the Galaxy Note we find that the Note has a 1.4 GHz dual-core ARM Cortex A9 SoC  processor and a 1GB RAM plus ARM Mali-400 MP GPU.

The Note seems to have won this section, not by a very big margin though.

Dimension and Size

The Galaxy Note is 146.85×82.95×9.65mm, it weighs around 178g, the Screen is 5.3 inches, and that is some size. On the other hand the Galaxy Nexus is 135.5×67.9×9.47mm, it has a weight of 150g and the screen is 4.65 inches.

The some people like the bigger size of the Note and some like the relatively smaller Galaxy Nexus, all depend on the need.   


Galaxy Note has 16GB all flash Memory to further the range it also has a 32 GB detachable memory card slot, in total it has a huge memory. Nexus on the other hand can only boast of 16/32 GB of in built memory that too is no trifle by any means.

One more game to the Note, of course.


As far as the display is concerned, the Galaxy Note has a resolution of 1280×800 pixels that is around 13.46 pixels per cm, the Note has Super AMOLED HD screen. Now the Galaxy Nexus, it has a 720×1280 pixels resolution with a Super AMOLED HD screen, it can boast of 16 M colors  and 100000:1 contrast ratio.

In this section both phones are almost at the same pedestal.


If we have to compare the cameras of both the suave machines the Note can be proud of its 8MP rear Camera which is an auto focus one and has a LED flash, we are not finished there, friends, it has a 2MP Front camera for crystal clear real time video chatting.

The Galaxy Nexus has a 5MP rear camera which is 2592×1936 pixels the camera has a dual LED flash and 1080p video recording, the front camera is 1.3MP.

Do I need to say that the Note champions this segment too?


The Note has a Li-ion 2500 mAh battery whereas the Nexus has a 1850 mAh lion. This data is sufficient to tell you that Note is a better thing in terms of the battery performance.


Connectivity is as important in a phone as anything (Yes, I know that I should not be telling such childish things). The nexus has a 3mm TRRS, it has GPS, Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP, Micro USB 2.0, WI-Fi 802 a/b/g/n. The Note cannot be construed lagging behind it has 3.5mmTRRS, WI-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi direct, Bluetooth 3.0, Micro USB 2.0, USB host2.0.

Operating System

The Note runs Android GingerBread 2.3.5 with TouchWiz UI 4.0, here the Nexus seems to have scored some legitimate points over the Note. The Nexus has the latest Android 4.0 IceCream Sandwich OS, which is considered by many as the best OS at the present moment.

Social Integration

The Note has lots of things to offer in this section, it has Exchange Active Sync, integrated messaging Hub, Readers Hub, Music Hub, game Hub, and Samsung ChatOn. The Galaxy Nexus will also not disappoint the users. If the user lives in Gmail Google Docs, Docs reader this phone is a productivity booster.

Data Input

The Note is a Multi-touch screen, it has headset controls, proximity sensor and ambient light sensors, Accelerometer, and such things but the standout thing is the Stylus S Pen/Pen UX , let us turn our attention towards the Nexus, it also has Multi touch, Capacitive Touch Screen, Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity Sensor, and it has a dual microphone for noise cancellation.


A discussion about a phone cannot be completed if we don’t discuss the pricing. So the price of note is around INR 34000 and since the Nexus is not available in the country so exact price can’t be said with credence but it is expected to be somewhat near the price of the note.

The Verdict

With each and every feature and app discussed in detail, the readers should must have understood, till now, that what either of the handsets is all about. There is not much difference to be honest, and whatever difference is there, it is not conspicuous to the naked eyes. But one thing is for sure, both the Galaxy Nexus and the Galaxy Prime are magnum opus from Samsung, one should go for one at the first opportunity. Grab one folks!!



  1. Mark

    March 29, 2012 at 2:55 am

    I have the Note – Rooted and installed a custom ROM ICS 4.0.3 – Overclocked to 1.6Ghz stable.

    By far the best phone out at the moment. The screen is superb when browsing internet and playing games is just incredible with the screen size.

    So happy with the Note.

  2. Sidd

    March 10, 2012 at 1:00 am

    I have never seen a more crappy review or comparison than this one. It looked like the reviewer had no idea what he was trying to compare and no idea about the phones he was talking about. At the end of review, what did he actually tell about these two phones? Nothing!!

  3. Aditya

    February 11, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    its 2.3.5….. bt samsung has promised a 4.0 update for it…. n no idea of google talk

    • Pradeep Neela

      February 12, 2012 at 11:25 am

      yes for note there will be an ICS Update

  4. Amit

    January 4, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    I think note is better cause of faster processor and a faster GPU mali 400 is faster then SGX540 anyday. As far as OS goes sooner or later note is gonna get ice cream update too.

  5. salman

    December 17, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    which one to buy, the samsung galaxy note or the nexus. please help me out. need to buy one fast. thanks.

    • NeaL Pradeep

      December 19, 2011 at 12:28 am

      go with nexus!

    • otto dretvik

      December 22, 2011 at 4:40 pm

      i have the note, and its awesome! 😀

    • Prem desai

      December 24, 2011 at 11:14 am

      go wid the note
      it rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Amit

        January 4, 2012 at 10:16 pm

        Note all the way cause offaster processor and GPU.

      • dr tom

        April 2, 2012 at 6:33 pm

        hi prem can i have your email please
        mine is

  6. Anon

    November 27, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    This is a nice comparison..thanks to u..anyway I think i will still choose the Galaxy Nexus 😛

  7. Bart

    November 23, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    On Connectivity the Note doesn’t have GPS but aGPS instead. So on connectivity the Note will win.

  8. Harjeet Singh

    November 20, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    What is the Android OS version on the Galaxy Note coming in India. Is it 2.3.3 or 2.3.7 or like.
    Can you use Google Talk to make video call on it.

    • NeaL Pradeep

      November 21, 2011 at 12:38 am

      its 2.3.5! Google Talk with Video is still not there!

    • Aamir

      January 24, 2012 at 11:04 am

      The note is getting Android 4.0 (ICS) update soon.

      • Yogesh Patel

        January 24, 2012 at 11:05 am

        Yes, it is.

  9. amit sharma

    November 19, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    I think Samsung Galaxy Nexus is good to go for, because Samsung Galaxy has a way big display which some might feel problem in using it whereas Samsung Galaxy has also a big and decent display, can be used as a smartphone with all the latest and greatest by Samsung and Google. Actually the blend of two, it`s good choice. What`s your take on this?

  10. Ram Charan Tej

    November 19, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    vote for nexus only 😛 😀

    • pravee

      November 20, 2011 at 8:00 pm

      me tooooooooooooooooooooo

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