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Specs: Galaxy SIII vs. Galaxy SII vs. Galaxy Nexus vs. HTC One X

Ready for a spec battle between the newly announced Samsung Galaxy SIII and some of the other players in the game? Here is a quick look at how it stacks up to last year’s Galaxy SII, the Galaxy Nexus and the beast of the moment, the HTC One X.

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  • droidbeat

    G-Nex still rules. No buttons on front is a true ICS experience. I like the grippy back. Panorama shots are cool, but the still shots could be a generation better. Needs larger aperture lens and/or sensor. Silky smooth and it just works. Even better when 4.0.4 comes to the stock VZW G-Nex. Google just gives the Nex that extra something that makes it special.

  • Joshua Dudash

    Still happy with my GNex..

    Only thing that really even remotely draws me to the s3 is the extra expandable storage.
    Right now I can live without the Exynos Quad (not that I’d see it on vzw, right?)

  • r0lct

    I wonder if that’s why they made is blue and not black. When it hits the shelves and is next to the GNex which is $100 less they need an easy way to show it’s different. 😛

  • AnotherAndroidKid

    Thanks for the side by side. I was pretty sure I didn’t want to upgrade my GNex already (wouldn’t pay full price anyway) but this proves it isn’t too far behind. Especially since we got 404 the other day which has really helped my switching from wifi-lte speeds. I haven’t rerooted since the 404 yet. But we’ll see if it is coming.

    I have to admit, the only thing rooting did for me is wifi tether, which i believe Foxfi can now do for me without root. Well, that and titanium backup.

    Plus somehow, it had escaped me that the HTC One X’s battery was non removable. A full no go for me.

  • Stewie

    Kinda unfair to compare the Quad, which we won’t be getting in the US, to the SII and Gnex ….

  • havefunwiththat

    hd super amoled and 1.4 ghz quad core with a 2100mah battery = 4 hours of light usage

  • Larizard

    This side by side comparison really highlights how odd the design is for the SGS3. The corners are reminiscent of the Nexus, but the phone looks FAT. Maybe it’s just the illusion of the sharp corners of the screen in odd tangents to the corners, but the phone looks wider on the bottom. Over all, the silhouette of the SGS3 looks unresolved, while the GNex just looks sleeker.

  • EZE4

    I like the phone personally & I have a Galaxy Nexus. Hopefully I wont have the same problems Ive had with my Nexus on this phone. Yes we’ve had problems on the Nexus. Mine is rooted & has all the bells & whistles. radios are jacked up, camera is weak, too many random reboots, battery life, the list goes on. Yada yada yada but it’s a Nexus. Yes we know (Chester Cheetah’s voice)

  • only way i would buy the SGS3 is if it comes with the same garbage radios as my Galaxy Nexus…..

    • Bionic


  • redel

    And the winner is……. the Galaxy Nexus its the best phone ever 2 years from now it will be the best in the histoy books stop fooling yourself non nexus sheep you phone cant be compared to the bionic hahahahahah razor max and the hd to cone are jokes get the Galaxy Nexus and see the light (I don’t have time to fix my grimmer i’m sexing my nexus)

    • Bionic

      you fail……..how’s that POS radio on the nexus treating ya?

      • Bill Mitchell

        Mines fine, flashed the update 😉 So good!!!

  • Please God let Verizon get this phone

  • Pretty Much the One X beats the S3 in benchmarks

    • Bionic

      Benchmarks mean pretty much nothing in the real world

  • Will

    WT to the F?!?! They kept this tightly under wraps? WHY, Its the Nexus with the extended battery, and 2009 hard keys?! There is no reason to buy this, pretty much everything is software related that can be updated on the Nexus, and other phones. HARD KEYS? LAID OUT THE OLD SCHOOL WAY? I’m keeping my Verizon LTE Nexus, nuff said.

    • EKKNR

      And I’m keeping my 4S!!

      • Bionic

        then get off an android website, assbag

    • Well there’s no reason to expect a huge leap forward now anyway, the GNex only came out a few months ago. The only significant change is the quad-core processor, which sounds great, but Verizon’s LTE model probably won’t have it anyway.

      I agree about the dedicated keys: “back” on the right is so unbelievably dumb. I had it on my Fascinate for a year and never got used to it.

  • azndan4

    Gnex camera sucks

  • poeddroiduser

    I have an OG ready to die any day. Which phone of these would anyone recommend? THANKS

    • jak_341

      GNex. Can’t go wrong with the GNex. It is stock Android and open. Lots of dev support.

    • Bionic

      Droid Razr HD when it comes out

  • sk3litor

    one x still owns baby

  • pat kerby

    This is wrong! why in the world does the Nexus not having it update? Verizon has Approved it they are waiting on corporate to pull there heads out of the behinds amd approve our update all ready!!! Come on!!

  • Man, I really like the look of the Nexus a lot more.

  • Knlegend1

    I want it now!!!!

  • Bionic

    Honestly, because the US version will have a dual core chip, I dont see what this phone has over the Razr HD. The Razr HD will have the huge battery. Both are nice phones tho!!

  • LOL @ all of FortVinni’s comments being hidden.

    • LiterofCola

      lol, I know. The downside of this new system.

  • no mas

    8 consecutive galaxy siii posts, I’m officially never visiting this site again

    • why..

    • jak_341

      Samsung is the top Android producer. They make the only stock phone, the GNex. Why shouldn’t they have the most stories!

      More Samsung I say!

    • kixofmyg0t

      You shoulda been here when the Galaxy Nexus came out. Their was 25 posts in a row of nothing but the Nexus. Then a Rezound post, then about 30 more Galaxy Nexus posts.

  • Did Apple sign off on this model? Looks a little too rectangular still.

  • RAZR MAXX for me. Battery life > any other spec.

    The ROM community for Motorola is also pretty awesome. I love what ChevyCam has been releasing for the new Moto phones.

  • so are the U.S. LTE variants still going to be dual core? jw

    • Bionic


  • What are the dimensions of these?

  • Duong Vu

    This phone owns the Nexus in all facets except for soft-keys and touchwiz. Good for Sammy.. also nice that they could cram that big of a battery into that thin of a body.

    Not enough to make me want to sell my Nexus, however :). I’m lovin AOKP Milestone 5 on the Nexus!

    • EC8CH

      It had better be better.

      It will come out at least six months later than the G-Nex on VZW.

  • RoadsterHD1

    The GS3 also may have a dual core, in fact, I think we were looking at the performance o fthe Exynos processor in the live stream

  • bradley foltyn

    I have the S2.. I’m not running 4.0 and I don’t believe my phone is LTE…. so how accurate is this chart?

  • look at that blank on the gnex.

    • EC8CH

      beautiful isn’t it

  • MooleyBooleyTroll

    Still trying to hype this thing up eh?

  • will bartlett

    booooo for most likely not being on verizon 🙁

    • FortitudineVincimus

      what makes you say that? it most likely it will. and, it was spotted recently with VZW details.

      what sucks is the non quad core, which likely means thicker as well like they had to do with the GN to fit the radios, and on VZW it just tends to get water down and bloated up.

      • will bartlett

        cause its so hard to root and debloat…

        • LiterofCola

          Not everyone does.

        • No it’s not.

      • Open a GS2 from T-Mob lately? Holy bloatware!

    • Why do people keep saying this? Verizon carried the original
      Galaxy (the Fascinate). They only passed on the GSII in favor of the Nexus.

  • trevorsalienarms

    The subpar camera on the Gnex stands out like a sore thumb both in a specs comparo and in actual usage. By far my least favorite part of the phone.


      I really don’t see how.. honestly it takes good pictures. I don’t think there bad and they’re probably not the best but its instant shutter makes it awesome and i love the camera software..

      • Inquizitor

        Exactly. People always call it “subpar,” but I have no idea to what par they’re referring. It’s more than decent for anyone who just wants to take a picture of something to show their friends later. I’m not a photographer, I plan on actually doing something with my life. Just take the picture and move on.

        • Sobr0801

          Try using the Droid 3’s Camera, god that thing is slow. It did take decent pictures though.

        • steelcity1

          Ignorant comment. I know some very wealthy photographers. You are probably not old enough to know how much wedding photos cost. That said, people need to buy camera for taking pictures. Phones all have crap cameras when compared with a real camera.

          • Inquizitor

            Then what makes the GNex offensively bad? If you’re comparing all phones to real cameras, which is dumb, then they’re all crap. Phones are phones, their cameras don’t have to be that great.

          • steelcity1

            You just repeated exactly what I said. All phones have crap cameras. If you want a good camera, then use a real camera. Comparing cameras on phones is like arguing over which fast food restaurant makes the best burgers. They are all crap.

          • Inquizitor

            Not at all. I’m saying that normal people don’t need professional photos, and the GNex has a perfectly fine camera. It’s not “subpar” because the par for a phone is way less than the par for a DSLR or whatever. To you, anything below a professional camera is fast food. But I consider those cameras to be fine french cuisine, and phone cameras are diner food good for most people.

          • steelcity1

            I never used the word professional. Actually, a cheap camera is better than a phone camera. It makes me sick when I see parents taking pictures of their children’s most precious moments with a crap phone shooter and uploading the blurry garbage to Facebook. Anyway, I think we are in agreement that GNEX is just fine for a phone. The only reason I posted anyway is because your comment about photographers having done nothing with their lives irritated me immensely.

          • Inquizitor

            Your elitist attitude towards phone pictures being “blurry garbage” irritates me immensely, too, so I think we’re even.

        • RW-1

          I can sum up the Gnex camera in three words: White balance failure. Unless I’m in daylight, anything short of that and what is white is now a shade of blue … and the other white balances settings are not much better.
          It’s a good camera, however these issues can and should be addressed in the software.

      • Coming from a Fascinate (Galaxy S1) and an original Droid before that (abysmal camera), I find the Galaxy Nexus camera a big improvement. If it weren’t for people moaning about it online, it would have never occurred to me that it was in any way subpar.

        • geedee82

          Seriously, it is really not bad at all. There are plenty of other phones out there with MUCH worse cameras. People just like to have something to complain about online.

      • AnotherAndroidKid

        The real place where the camera fails on the GNex is in trying to take panorama shots. It is very hard to go slowly enough to capture the scene. Luckily i have a transformer prime i keep in my camera/shoulder bag also so I use that for this situation.

        For regular pics, the GNex really is fine.

        Of course if I’m wanting to take top level pics, a dslr is the only way to go.

    • FortitudineVincimus

      And remember, that was pushed as such a great amazing camera.. it was a joke from the start

      • By far the biggest letdown from the start was the camera. Then the battery life. Then the connectivity issues. I almost learned to accept the fact that I was going to have a crappy camera for the next 2 years until I had enough and exchanged it for something else.

        • Jack Daniels

          At least ur honest. These Nexus tweakers are rediculous. The phone could came out with AAA batteries and a 2mp camera & theyd still argue how it’s the best phone out cause it’s a nexus/and theyd actually believe the crap theyre saying!Nexus owners have become like iPhone owners. Actually the more u think about it- they are EXACTLY like iPhone owners but with a crappier screen & camera. & I am a droid owner.

        • AnotherAndroidKid

          Actually I disagree on battery life on this thing. The vast majority of my battery issues on it is from apps. Specifically the amazon app store. I have gotten to the point where i am about to remove it completely.

          I will agree the camera is not good if taking panorama pics or dark setting pics. But if you want a really good picture of something you should be using a dslr anyway. The idea of you stating you’ll have a crappy camera in this phone but not another is actually funny. All cameras in phones are crappy compared to a real camera.

          The connectivity issues, i honestly have never had except the speed of switching back to lte when i drop wifi. 404 has improved this for me.

          The GNex is fine for me in that i have already had since release day and i have a rezound in the house (wife’s) to compare things to.

    • angermeans

      and which camera outside of the iPhone 4s on a smartphone is nice? The reason the camera isnt as nice is the zero shutter lag, taking pics while taking video, and the panarama shot. To do all that they had to take a few hits. I have used plenty of smartphone cameras and outside of the 4S they are all horrible and I immediately go bck to my DSLR. The whole camera conversation is ridiculous. Yes it could be better, yes it isn’t great, but no it isnt unusable or that much worse than any other Android phones camera.

  • Jake

    how bout the US versions, US GSIII wont be quad core…

  • FortitudineVincimus

    Better redo your chart… that is not the right processor for the USA – where are most of your readers from? At least post both processors.

  • EC8CH

    Custom Skin:

    – = winning

  • RoadsterHD1

    I didn’t know the GS2 has Android 4.0 ICS?

    • Tommy Thompson

      It’s have 4.0 for awhile. Not all models, but most.

  • cheezer88

    is the Bootloader Locked?

    • Keith Norris

      Probably on the Verizon verison.

      • Droidzilla

        It isn’t for any other Samsung phones on Verizon (that I know of), so I don’t see why this one would be.

  • touchwizLOL

    Custom skin on Gnex is ” – “. THE FEW, THE PROUD!

    • fixxmyhead

      some people actually like touch wiz and its neat features not everyone is the same. even cm7 and 9 stole the status bar brightness from touchwiz.

      • yarrellray

        Truthfully people are STILL trying to catch up to the specs of the GALAXY NEXUS. I feel it’s still the top 5 devices in the Tech game and the BEST pure android device period.

        • feztheforeigner

          Not to mention its five months old. You have a lot of respect for that in the phone world.

      • Inquizitor

        The ladies love the Wiz. You can see all types of weather.


        • fixxmyhead

          ive seen it before

      • Sobr0801

        I like Sense myself, Blur is alright, but I cant stannd touchwiz personally.

        • fixxmyhead

          TouchWiz is a feather compared to the competition.
          Sense and BLUR need to die.
          The TW framework is miniscule in comparison and whatever changes they have made are prefixed so as to stay out of the damn way during editing. This is unlike HTC and friends which tie every damn APK in the system to their millions of framework files and then throw in a hundred APKs themselves

          • LiterofCola

            “Blur” isn’t as bad as everyone is saying, well the latest version anyways.

          • fixxmyhead

            i can say the same about touchwiz 4.0 they really improved upon it from 3.0
            if i do decide to get this phone there wont be a reason for me to even put a custom ROM on it cuz the features are so badass plus i already like regular touchwiz and this is even better

          • angermeans

            no it is bad, really bad

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  • HGamesTeamCato

    Why did the camera decrease quality from the Galaxy SII, even if only by 0.10 MP

    • Tommy Thompson

      It’s the front facing camera, does that really matter?

      • FortitudineVincimus

        yes, it always matters.. the goal is to move forward, even more so in a phone that is suppose to be “redefining smart phones”, not backward. The moment you accept slips in technology backward, when does it stop.

    • How did you make that assumption? Megapixels aren’t the only determining factor in image and camera quality.

    • AnotherAndroidKid

      More megapixels only determines how large you can blow up the pic. On screen of the phone anything over about 1-2mp is overkill.

      There are other factors of the camera, rarely discussed, that matter more. the F stop setting, etc.

    • AnotherAndroidKid

      More megapixels only determines how large you can blow up the pic. On screen of the phone anything over about 1-2mp is overkill.

      There are other factors of the camera, rarely discussed, that matter more. the F stop setting, etc.

  • jjrudey

    Pretty sure GSII has NFC

    • Tommy Thompson

      It does not.

    • D4niel
      • jjrudey

        Well the AT&T variant has NFC so I just assumed. I guess I stand corrected.

        • D4niel

          If the AT&T variant does, then I guess you’re still partially correct.

          • Original version of the phone didn’t, but the AT&T and T-Mo versions do now I believe. I could fix it or put “varies” but I’m lazy at this point. 😛

  • wickets

    Thanks for the comparison

  • Jared

    4.8 is too big.

    • LiterofCola

      Naah. I’d personally like a 5″ screen-a-la Note.

      • Diablo81588

        Note is 5.3″

        • LiterofCola

          I stand corrected.

    • Michael_NM

      That is NOT what she said.

  • Personally I like the Nexus camera, the thickness doesn’t bother me (I originally had the Droid 1 like most). The battery life is great due to Franco’s kernel and I don’t see myself being envious of any phone for the next 1.5 years. I am glad I have the Nexus, it’s a great device and has a great developer community.

    • I’m sorry, that you like the Nexus camera.

      • It’s a phone. I’m not planning on taking professional pictures.

        • You don’t need to be a professional to expect a good quality camera on a smart phone. Apple can do it. HTC can do it. Samsung HAS done it. No excuse for the crap camera they put in the Gnex.

          • r0lct

            See what’s funny is all the commentators who think it’s either best or crap. There is a whole large area in between best and worst (crap). The GNex camera is certainly not the best, but it’s far from “crap” as well.

          • Droidzilla

            I’ll say the GNex camera is pretty poor, and the RAZR, GSII, iPhone 4S, etc. cameras are OK. The only company out there putting decent shooters on their phones is Nokia, but the rest of their device is crap (crap WP7 OS, last gen hardware, etc.). Why can’t we get a friggin Carl Zeiss lens on an Android phone?

          • r0lct

            To me crappy implies on a scale of 1 – 10 the it’s producing <=5. I just don't see that from my GNex unless I'm comparing them to my DSLR. Comparing them to a RAZR and DInc2 (which are phone I handle regularly) I would say it's a 7/10 with the RAZR also being a 7 and the Dinc2 being an 8 or 9.

            However to your other point I agree, how hard can it be to get some good glass and sensors in there for the premium there are charging now for these high end phones.

          • Droidzilla

            I agree that none of the cameras out are “crap;” all the top end devices can take decent shots. I should clarify that by “pretty poor,” I mean worse than they ought to be; not that they can’t take a good enough shot to throw up on Facebook or whatever.

      • La2da

        I’m sorry that proper comma use escapes you.

  • New_Guy

    2,100 mAh battery…nice =)!

    • LiterofCola

      Yeah, must be pretty nice.

      • New_Guy

        I would honestly sacrifice the bit of battery life for the OneX…it’s just a sexier device and specs are right on par.

        • hot_spare

          Specs on SGS3 right now rapes everything else in the market:


          • New_Guy

            I wouldn’t exactly say “rapes”..honestly, the One X might fall slightly short, but I use the word slightly very loosely here. Where it does come up short, it makes up for in style and grace my friend. And that Super LCD2 is pretty much the shiznit…

          • Jacky Daniels

            were prolly not even gonna see the quad core! The U.S. is supposed to get the dual core(it doesnt look THAT much better than the SII…) Why do other countries get better phones, i dont understand? Like China got the best razr and were still trying to catch up. Those countries have quad-core phones being lined up and over here, people think theyre the shiz just cause they have a dual core nexus- Dual-core 1GB Ram 4-5 in. displayed smartphones are so Q3 2011. Until we get Quad-Core 2 GB Jellybean 4.5” screen unlocked moto phones, theres really no reason to get excited honestly

          • Nachos


          • e_droid

            Maybe because they are built there and makes it cheaper?

    • Diablo81588


    • Butters619

      Quad core A9…..

      • New_Guy

        Ooooh heck yea…just the sound conjures up excess saliva =)…

        • Droidzilla

          Quad core A15 might do that, but quad core A9 is kind of meh. I was expecting a lot more from this device.