While LG has tried to stay in the high end Android bandwagon with the LG Nitro HD, Google’s Samsung Galaxy Nexus continues to be one of the most famous Android devices out there, owing to Ice Cream Sandwich on it.
The Galaxy Nexus is the phone everyone has been waiting for a long time specially for the newest OS it is carrying, the Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0, whereas the LG Nitro HD is just another Android phone from LG flaunting some really nice Display features and resolution.
Take a look at the detailed specs of both the phones and compare them side by side, in every category:
Table of Contents:
- Form Factor Comparison
- Display Comparison
- Camera Comparison
- Memory Comparison
- Connectivity Comparison
- Operating System and User Interface Comparison
- Battery and Processor Comparison
The LG Nitro HD is 133.9 x 67.8 x 10.4 mm, while the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is 135.5 x 67.9 x 8.9 mm. The LG Nitro HD weighs 127 grams while the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is just 135 grams in weight, both pretty much weighing the same.
Just like the LG Optimus, the LG Nitro HD also has three capacitive touch buttons, the home, back and the search button. Whereas he Galaxy Nexus has no physical buttons on the front, but instead features on-screen soft keys embedded into the system software (part of Android 4.0). Beneath the soft keys, a multicolored notification LED is featured on the Galaxy Nexus, which illuminates when you have a notification.
The LG Nitro HD has a 4.5 inch whereas the Galaxy Nexus has a 4.65 inch screen. Not much of a difference here.
For better or for worse, the Nitro HD’s design lacks any striking visual elements. On the other hand, there is the Samsung Galaxy Nexus which is somewhat similar to its predecessor, the Nexus S and will definitely get you looking when compared to the LG Nitro HD.
Winner : Samsung Galaxy Nexus
The LG Nitro HD, comes with aAH-IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen of 4.5 inches with a pixel density of 326ppi while the Samsung Galaxy Nexus has a Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen of 4.65 inches and has a screen density of 316 ppi. Both the LG Nitro HD and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus have a screen resolution of 720×1280 pixels. With its 316ppi display, the web browsing experience is a real treat just like the other Galaxy phones
Both the phones support Multi-touch and there is an accelerometer and proximity sensor on both the cellphones as well. Also, both the phones have a gyroscope which enhances the gaming experience on these powerful processors.
Both the displays are capacitive touch displays, support multi touch input and have support upto 16M colors.
The LG Nitro HD from LG has a 8MP camera which has become a common factor amongst high-end phones while the Samsung Galaxy Nexus lacks in that department, with only a 5MP camera. The LG Nitro HD is a real gift for photo enthusiasts with its high resolution camera of 3264×2448 pixels with LED flash, face and smile detection to complement this. Whereas the Galaxy Nexus has a resolution of 2592×1936 with both AutoFocus and also LED flash.
Also both the phones can shoot video at 1080p and topping this is Samsung Galaxy Nexus with its 30fps quality which doesn’t macke much of a difference though.
The Galaxy Nexus also comes with a Touch to Focus feature which is worth mentioning.
Also, note that both the phones have a front-facing camera of 1.3 MP which is used for normal camera purposes and also by various camera based apps or for video calling via Skype, Google Talk etc.
Winner: LG Nitro HD ( 8MP camera )
The LG Nitro Hd has 4 GB of internal memory, and can be extended upto 16 GB using a microSD card slot while the Samsung Galaxy Nexus has both 16 and 32 GB internal memory depending on the model but does not support extension due to lack of microSD slot.
Winner: LG Nitro HD ( microSD slot)
The LG Nitro HD has GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 bands and HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100 bands which gives maximum speeds upto HSDPA, 21 Mbps, HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps, LTE.
Both the phones have WiFi in them and support popular Wi-fi bands, compliant to the 802.11 standards. 802.11 b,g and n are supported and the WiFi Hotspot feature on them is also available on both the devices. To know how to enable Wifi Hotspot via tethering, follow these instructions here. DLNA and Wi-Fi direct are also present in the Optimus EX.
GPS is available on both the phones and both phones also support Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP.
Both the phones also come with a microUSBv2.0 port for Data Transfer. The Galaxy Nexus also has the latest technology in connectivity, NFC(Near Field Communication). The LG Nitro HD also has a HDMI port to watch your high quality videos on TV, directly, whereas the Galaxy Nexus has only a microUSB extension.
Winner : LG Nitro HD [ HDMI ]
Operating System and UI:
The LG Nitro HD runs on Gingerbread 2.3.5 whereas the Samsung Galaxy Nexus runs on the mighty and the newest Android version 4.0, better known as the Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0. The LG Nitro HD has it’s own revamped version of the GingerBread running on LG’s new touch interface, True HD, which is not much of a keeper.
The big story with the Galaxy Nexus is Ice Cream Sandwich, the 4.0 release of Google’s Android that’s designed to unify the tablet and smartphone experience and the Galaxy Nexus will be the first phone to receive all the Android updates, being a Nexus device. Android Ice Cream Sandwich is a significant step up over Honeycomb both in terms of responsiveness and sheer visual appeal.
No news on the Ice Cream Sandwich update has been released yet for the LG Nitro HD. In the meantime, you’ll just have to be content with the skinned version of 2.3.5 that ships out of the box.
Winner : Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Battery and Processor
The LG Nitro HD has a 1830mAh battery while the Samsung Galaxy SII has a 1650mAh battery. The LG Nitro HD, on 2G, has a talktime of upto 12 h and 360 hours of standby time and just upto 3 hours of talktime and 252 hours of standby time on 3G. While the Samsung Galaxy Nexus has a talktime of upto 17 hours on 2G and a whopping 8 hours on 3G which is pretty much the same as the SII.
The LG Nitro HD and Samsung Galaxy Nexus come with powerful processors. On the LG Nitro HD, there is a Dual-core 1.5 GHz Scorpion processor powered by an by the Qualcomm APQ8060 chipset while the Samsung Galaxy Nexus has a Dual-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A9 Processor with a powerful TI OMAP 4460 chipset supporting it’s graphical performance.
Winner: Samsung Galaxy Nexus
The LG Nitro HD might be a refresh to the wide range of Android phones, but it is not refreshing enough that you should move away from the Nexus range of phones. Yes, it does score on Display and processor performance but it lacks elsewhere. However, if you’re the media guy who travels a lot and would love to catch some entertainment on the big screen, the HDMI port on the LG Nitro would serve good. Else, the Galaxy Nexus would be the better pick.
Even though the battery of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus takes a hit and isn’t what was expected of it, it is still by far the best Android phone out there sporting the newest edition to the Android family, making it the clear winner over the LG Nitro HD.