Samsung Galaxy S vs. Google Nexus One

by Jerry D on July 12, 2010

With Google’s Eric Schmidt revealing that there are no plans for a ‘Nexus Two’, does the first (and only) Googlephone have the power to compete against the newest breed of smartphones? The Samsung Galaxy S is one such handset. Let’s put the two in a room, throw in a baseball bat and see what happens…


The Galaxy S comes equipped with a 3G/HSDPA (7.2Mbps) chipset, along with 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP. The Nexus One, meanwhile, boasts 3G/HSDPA (7.2 Mbps), 802.11a/b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP. (1-1)

Size & Weight:

How do the two combatants measure up? The Nexus One is slightly fatter than the Galaxy S with dimensions of 11.5mm versus 9.9mm. The Galaxy S is broader, measuring 64.2mm to the Nexus One’s slim 59.8mm. Weighing 130g, the Nexus One is 11g heavier than the Galaxy S, which weighs 119g. (2-1)



The Galaxy S’s 5.0 Megapixel camera features autofocus, geo-tagging, face and smile detection plus HD video recording. There’s also a front-facing camera for video calls. The Nexus One’s 5.0 Megapixel camera (with autofocus, an LED flash, geo-tagging and HD video recording equals the Galaxy S’s. (2-1)


The Galaxy S features a 4.0-inch touch-sensitive Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. In contrast, the 3.7-inch touch-sensitive AMOLED display on Google’s phone is smaller. But the resolution is also identical. (3-1)


As for the processor, The Galaxy S’s chip is a 1GHz ARM Cortex A8, while the Nexus One uses a Snapdragon (QSD8250) processor, also clocked at 1GHz. The Samsung Galaxy S launched with Android 2.1 (Eclair), while the Nexus One is also Android-powered and, because it’s Google’s own phone, it tends to get updated to new versions of the OS first. (3-1)

Downloadable apps


Storage-wise, the Galaxy S provides more space out of the box with 16GB. This compares to the Nexus One’s 4GB. The Galaxy S also features a microSD slot to boost the storage to a roomier 48GB. The Nexus One’s overall capacity can be increased to 32GB via its microSD memory card slot. (4-1)

Battery life:

With an overnight charge, the Galaxy S boasts 6.5 hours of talktime according to Samsung, while the Nexus One is rated at 7.0 hours. Standby time is rated at 576 hours and 250 hours respectively. This round goes to the Galaxy S. (5-1)



The Galaxy S also includes a stereo FM radio with RDS, GPS/A-GPS and a digital compass. The Nexus One features GPS/A-GPS and a digital compass (6-1)

The Samsung Galaxy S wins!

Samsung Galaxy S Samsung Galaxy S vs. Google Nexus OneOuch. The Galaxy S batters the Nexus One and comes out on top in this fight (6-1). It has the most memory, its 4.0-inch Super AMOLED display trumps the 3.7-inch AMOLED panel in the Nexus One, and it’s the thinnest and lightest of the two phones.

Do you agree with the outcome of this fight? Leave us a comment below now…

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