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Sony Xperia S vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Opinion
by
Oliver Hill

Both the Sony Xperia S and Samsung Galaxy Nexus are behemoth devices, but which one, on paper, is better? Read on to find out our full thoughts.

It’ll be no surprise for anybody to hear that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus was one of the most hotly anticipated Android phones ever. Fact. There was, and still is, a lot to love about the Nexus, and apart from a few technical issues at launch, we were mightily impressed with it.

Fast forward a few months and the next phone which has been making a lot of headlines is Sony’s new device, and its first away from Ericsson. On initial inspection, the Xperia S looks gorgeous, and with its UK release fast approaching, we decided to compare both spec sheets to try and figure out which device has the edge, on paper.

Screen and display

Both the Xperia S and Nexus are big devices, with the Nexus measuring in at a monstrous 4.65 inches. The Xperia S isn’t too far behind, measuring in at 4.30 inches. There’s an ongoing debate on whether we really need 4 inch screens on our phones, but there’s no denying the quality that these sort of phones bring.

Phones such as the RAZR, Sensation XL and even the enormous Galaxy Note all sport screens over 4 inches, and every one of them looks superb, so in that sense, maybe bigger is better. Display wise, both phones utilise a 720 x 1280 resolution, which should make everything look crisp and clear.

Camera and video

We were slightly letdown by the 5-megapixel camera on the Galaxy Nexus, images tended to be slightly grainy and colours were quite muted. To be perfectly honest, there hasn’t been many camera we’ve been overly impressed with on Android devices, although the news about the camera on the Xperia S is very exciting indeed.

Having more megapixels doesn’t necessarily mean better images, but with 12-megapixels and 1080p video recording, we can’t help but smile. There has been a few shots taken from the Xperia S floating about

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on a few sites, and we urge you to go take a look as they look brilliant!

Processor and power

Thankfully, both phones have plenty of juice under their belt, but which one is packing more? The Samsung Galaxy Nexus clocks in with a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, which is by far from slow, and our experiences with the device have shown it to be extremely nippy. Sony’s new device, however, seems to have got a bit further, packing in a mighty dual-core 1.5GHz processor, which should satisfy even the most power hungry apps.

Gingerbread vs Ice Cream Sandwich

One of the biggest talking points on both devices is regarding which version of the Android OS they’re running. The Nexus was famous for being the first device to utilise Android’s latest update, Ice Cream Sandwich, which promised, and delivered a lot.

The same can’t be said for Sony’s Xperia S, with the new device being shipped with Android’s 2.3 (Gingerbread) update. We’ve got no quarms with the Gingerbread, and it has been a great servant to the majority of the phones we’ve looked at in recent times, but even with the promised 4.0 update happening

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later this year, we’re disappointed.

On paper, both devices are brilliant, and really showcase what the Android OS is capable of. There’s a lot of similarities between the devices, but with the details we’ve been given, the Xperia S currently looks like it’ll be setting the standard for the rest of the Android phones to follow in 2012. We can’t wait to get our hands on it, and write an updated comparison between the devices at a later date.

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