Comparing Nexus S to Nexus One and Galaxy S and Choosing Between Them

Dec 6, 2010
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Comparing Nexus S to Nexus One and Galaxy S and Choosing Between Them

So you've got a decision to make now that Nexus S has officially been announced, yes? You're sitting around with your Nexus One or Galaxy S device, (we use Samsung Vibrant in this comparison, then additional Galaxy S devices,) and you're wondering if it'll be a smart move to switch over to the Nexus S when it's time for you to get a new phone. Well! We've got just the compare and contrast for you! Take a peek here for a full rundown of what you're going to be up against when you take that step into the world of Android phone switching in these late 2010 and early 2011 months.

Nexus S

This is the newest Android-based phone on the market and the first to run Android 2.3 Gingerbread. This is the fastest version of Android currently on the market, and this phone is announced to be carried exclusively on T-Mobile and you can only buy it from Best Buy (at least at first.) This phone runs Android 2.3 and is developed with input from the Android crew, thusly it of course runs Android UI. Radio connectivity is Quad-band GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900 Tri-band HSPA: 900, 2100, 1700 HSPA type: HSDPA (7.2Mbps) HSUPA (5.76Mbps), battery is Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) (1500 mAH) with a possible 6 hours of talk time and 428 hours of stand-by. There's no removable storage, 512MB of RAM, and 16384MB of internal storage. Connect with 802.11 b/g/n Wifi, Bluetooth 2.1, and GPS tracking. This phone is 63.0mm x 123.9mm x 10.88mm (w x h x d) and weights in at 129.0 grams. It has a 4 inch screen with WVGA 800 x 480 resolution. Inside you'll find a 1GHz Cortex A8 (Hummingbird) processor, around the edges you'll see USB 2.0 and a 3.5mm headphone jack, and this device has an accelerometer. Nexus S has a 5.0 megapixel camera and Flash Video and additional features are thus: Contour Display, Near Field Communications (NFC), Three-axis gyroscope, Anti-fingerprint display coating, and Internet Calling support (VoIP/SIP).

Have a look at all the Nexus S news we've reported [here]

Nexus One

This is the predecessor to Nexus S. Inside you'll find a very similar situation with the exception of, of course, Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Nexus One is carried by several operators: T-Mobile (United States), Vodafone (United Kingdom, Italy, Spain), KT (Korea), and Videotron (Canada), and is sold by Vodafone (United Kingdom, Spain, Italy), Korea Telecom (Korea), and Videotron (Canada.) Nexus One has the same situation going on as far as development, having been overseen by official Android developers on its way to the shop. It runs Android 2.2 Froyo and again has an Android UI. Connectivity is through 3 UMTS bands (either 900/AWS/2100 MHz or 850/1900/2100 MHz) HSDPA 7.2 Mbps HSUPA 2 Mbps GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz). Battery is a Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) (1400 mAH) which will give you 10 hours of talk time or approximately 290 hours of standby. Nexus One DOES have removable storage in a microSD card (4GB included, max 32GB), includes 512MB RAM and 512MB internal storage. Wifi is 802.11 b/g (AND n, as of Froyo, thank you AndyH_STi!), Bluetooth is 2.0, and Nexus One does have GPS. The device is 59.8mm x 119.0mm x 11.5mm (w x h x d) and weighs in at 130 grams. It's screen is a slightly smaller 3.7 inches (the smallest of these first three phones compared) and is WVGA (800 x 480 resolution.) Inside you'll find a 1 GHz Qualcomm QSD 8250 Snapdragon CPU, USB 2.0, 3.5mm headphone jack, and an accelerometer. Camera is 5.0 megapixels, Flash Video included, and additional features include a second microphone for dynamic noise suppression.

Check out our Nexus One hands-on mini-review [here]

Samsung Vibrant (Galaxy S)

Samsung Vibrant is its own beast, being carried and sold by only T-Mobile (United States) and Bell (Canada - note, this version is actually the Galaxy S international, whose stats will end up being slightly different. Thanks xZeDgEx!) Inside you'll find Android 2.1 with a TouchWiz UI, connectivity being GSM : 850/900/1800/1900 3G : 1700/1900/2100/. The battery on the Vibrant is a Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) (1500 mAH), putting it right in between the first two phones on this list for talk time (7 hours) and right on top for standby (510 hours.) You are able to insert a microSD card for removable storage, and Vibrant is exactly the same for RAM (512MB) and up high compared to Nexus One, right up near Nexus S with 16000MB. Wifi is the same as the Nexus S 802.11 b/g/n, and Bluetooth is the most advanced of the three with 3.0. Size of the Vibrant is 64.5mm x 122.5mm x 9.99mm (w x h x d), it weighs the least at 118 grams, and the screen is the same size as Nexus S at 4 inches and WVGA (800 x 480 resolution.) Vibrant has a 1 GHz CPU, USB 2.0 (all three phones have 2.0,) and a 3.5mm headphone jack, along with an accelerometer like the others as well. The only difference on the camera (5.0 megapixels) is the video, which isn't the same Flash Video the others have. Other features include Swype and Video Messaging.

Check out more news from us on the Samsung Vibrant [here], then while we're at it, why don't we continue with a couple more Galaxy S phones? Yes lets do such a thing.

Samsung Epic 4G (Galaxy S)

This is a rather different phone from the rest, featuring not only a physical landscape QWERTY keyboard, but a front-facing camera as well. This phone is carried by and sold by Sprint in the US. Inside you'll find Android 2.1 and a TouchWiz UI, connectivity is CDMA 800/1900 MHz EVDO Rev. A WiMAX 2.5 to 2.7 GHz, 802.16e, and the Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) (1500 mAH) battery will give you 6 hours talk time and 780 hours standby. There's removable storage with a microSD card (16GB included, max 32GB), 512MB RAM, and 1000MB internal storage. Wifi is 802.11 b/g/n, there's Bluetooth 3.0, and GPS. The size of this phone is 64.6mm x 124.8mm x 14.2mm (w x h x d), it weighs 155 grams, and the screen is 4 inches (notice a trend?) and WVGA (800 x 480 resolution). Also inside is a 1GHz CPU, USB 2.0, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Accelerometer, 5.0 megapixel camera, and Flash Video. Additional features include SWYPE text entry, Tactile QWERTY keyboard (I'd mention it again, but how many times is too many?), arrow keys, dedicated number keys, camera button, and TalkBack screen reader.

Check out our full review of the Samsung Epic 4G [here]

Samsung Captivate

This phone is sold and distributed through AT&T (United States) and Rogers (Canada.) Inside is Android 2.1 and TouchWiz UI, connectivity is provided by GSM : 850/900/1800/1900, 3G : 850/1900/2100. Captivate's Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) (1500 mAH) battery provides 10 hours of talk time or 710 hours on standby, and it's got a microSD card slot for removable storage. Also inside is 512MB RAM as well as 16000MB of internal storage. Wifi is 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth is 3.0, and GPS is inside. This handset is 64.0mm x 123.0mm x 9.9mm (w x h x d), 130 grams, and has a 4 inch screen with WVGA (800 x 480 resolution.) The CPU on this device is 1GHz, USB is 2.0, 3.5mm headphone jack, and it's got an accelerometer. It's got a 5.0 megapixel camera and no Flash Video. Additionally, it features SWYPE.

See our hands-on post of Samsung Captivate [here]

Samsung Fascinate

This handset is sold and distributed through Verizon in the USA and Telus in Canada (thanks xZeDgEx!) It features Android 2.1 and TouchWiz, connectivity on CDMA 800/1900 and EV-DO, Rev A 3G. The battery is a Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) (1500 mAH) with around 10 hours of talk time and 730 hours of standby. Removable microSD, microSDHC, and inside is 2GB of internal storage, 384 MB RAM, and 2048 MB internal storage. Wifi is 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, and GPS is inside. This handset is 64 x 125 x 10 mm (w x h x d), weighs 118 g, and has a 4 inch screen with WVGA (800 x 480 resolution). Also inside you'll find a 1GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird processor, USB 2.0, 3.5mm headphone jack, FM radio, and Accelerometer. 5 megapixels camera (with smile detection!), and no Flash Video.

Check out our full review of the Samsung Fascinate [here]

Samsung Galaxy S

You didn't think we'd make a guide without the original, right? This phone has massive distribution, being sold on 26 carriers in over 10 countries. If you can't find this phone at your local mall, you're not looking hard enough. Samsung Galaxy S features Android 2.1 and a TouchWiz UI and connectivity is through EDGE (850/ 900/ 1800/ 1900) HSDPA 7.2Mbps HSUPA 5.76Mbps (900/ 1900/ 2100) CDMA (for Korea). The battery, a Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) (1500 mAH), gives you a massive talk time of 13 hours with a max standby time of 750 hours. Removable storage is microSD card (32GB included, max 32GB), there's 512MB of RAM, and it ties for second on internal storage at 16000MB. Wifi is 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth is 3.0, and GPS is inside for all your mapping needs. Galaxy S is 64.2mm x 122.4mm x 9.99mm (w x h x d) in size, 119 grams, and has a 4 inch screen with WVGA (800 x 480 resolution). Inside also you'll find that lovely 1 GHz Samsung Hummingbird S5PC110, USB 2.0, a 3.5mm headphone jack, FM radio (this is the first phone on this list to have this), and an accelerometer. There's a 5.0 megapixel camera, no Flash Video, and additional features are thus: Social Hub, TouchWiz 3.0, Swype, DNLA (connectivity with Samsung TV & Laptop), and ThinkFree Office.

Check out our full review of the Samsung Galaxy S [here]

So which one comes out on top? You've got some deciding to do. Stick with your Galaxy S? Or move to a phone that Google helped produce? Work with a phone that's got software additions you might not like, or work with the closest thing to a base clean Android system you're going to get? But wait, do you want a physical keyboard? Behold the epic choice between Androids! Do you pick one of these Android titans, or pick a different robot, one not even close to this heavy list? You've GOT TO CHOOSE!


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