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Samsung Galaxy Nexus- Is it Worth the Upgrade for Samsung Galaxy SII Owners?

Google and Samsung has announced the new Android phone running Ice Cream Sandwich, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Until the release, Samsung Galaxy SII was the most powerful Android phone available and with this release, will Galaxy Nexus beat SGSII? We will try to compare the features and specs of both the handsets and this comparison is purely based on the available specs as Galaxy Nexus isn’t yet available for purchase.

Galaxy Necus

SamsungGalaxySII

FeaturesSamsung Galaxy NexusSamsung Galaxy SII
ProcessorDual-core 1.2GHz Cortex-A9 CPUDual-core 1.2GHz ARM Cortex-A9
OSAndroid OS, v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)Android OS, v2.3 (Gingerbread)
Display720 x 1280 pixels, 4.65 inches480 x 800 pixels, 4.3 inches
Camera5 MP, 2592×1936 pixels, autofocus, LED flash8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Video calling camera1.3 MP2 MP
RAM/Storage1GB RAM/ 16,32 GB storage, no support for SD Card1GB RAM, 16. 32 GB storage, supports SD card
Network supportedHSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100
LTE (region specific)
HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
Connectivity OptionsWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot.
Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP
USB 2.0
NFC support
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot.
Bluetooth v3.0+HS
USB 2.0
NFC support optional on some devices
Dimensions135.5 x 67.9 x 8.9 mm125.3 x 66.1 x 8.5 mm
Weight135g116g
BatteryStandard battery, Li-Ion 1750 mAhStandard battery, Li-Ion 1650 mAh

From the features on thing is pretty clear, both the handsets do not differ much in features except for the fact that Galaxy Nexus has a still bigger screen. But the screen on SGS II itself is pretty huge, so I guess it isnt worth the upgrade just for a bigger screen. Moreover, bigger screen means, lesser battery life which is again an inherent problem of Android and I think this is still not rectified on ICS.

But if you are desperate to try out Android 4.0 ICS, you might want to get the Galaxy Nexus, but sure enough SGSII users would get it eventually at some point of time.

So its upto you to take a call on whether you want to upgrade to Galaxy Nexus or not. But if you don’t own an SGSII, then Galaxy Nexus is worth considering as a new device.

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One comment

  1. I still like Samsung Galaxy S II, because it has 8 MP camera, sooner or later it will also get ice cream sandwidtch, it has super AMOLED

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