PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of Galaxy S II vs GALAXY Nexus

Performance

Processing power and speed

Geekbench and Sunspider 0.9.1

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

AnTuTu 3D, GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Talk time (3G), Talk time, Standby time (3G), Standby time and 1 more

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Reviews from phonearena.com, gsmarena.com, techradar.com, pocket-lint.com and fudzilla.com

PhoneRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

Winner
Samsung GALAXY Nexus 

PhoneRocket recommends the Samsung GALAXY Nexus  based on its performance and reviews.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of Galaxy S II vs GALAXY Nexus

geekbench Processor and memory performance

SunSpider 0.9.1 Web browser and javascript performance

Galaxy S II
1,754 ms
GALAXY Nexus
1,988 ms

Differences What are the advantages of each

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Reasons to consider the
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Faster javascript execution 1,754 ms vs 1,988 ms More than 10% better SunSpider 0.9.1 score
Much newer operating system Android 4.1.2 vs Android 4.2.2 Newer Android OS; Get all the latest features and security updates with a more recent version
Supports FM radio Yes vs No Somewhat common; Listen to music and news from local radio stations
Significantly longer standby time 42,624 min vs 17,424 min Around 2.5x longer standby time
Significantly longer standby time (3G) 37,152 min vs 16,128 min More than 2.2x longer standby time (3G)
Lighter 116 g vs 135 g Around 15% lighter
Higher resolution front camera 8 MP vs 5 MP 60% higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people
Store more stuff 32 GB vs 16 GB 2x more storage capacity; free yourself from memory cards
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Supports NFC Yes vs No Somewhat common; Enables payment by phone and other wireless communications
Sharper screen 312 ppi vs 216 ppi Around 45% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Higher resolution 1280 x 720 vs 800 x 480 Around 2.5x higher resolution
Bigger screen 4.7" vs 4.3" Around 10% bigger screen

Reviews Word on the street

Galaxy S II  vs GALAXY Nexus 

8.8
8.5
More than equipped to play our test video that’s encoded in DivX 1920 x 1080 resolution, the handset is unequivocally perfect for the occasion thanks to its smooth playback and rich details – and it helps that its Super AMOLED Plus display is so oozing with plenty of eye-catching visuals.
Galaxy S II

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Galaxy S II  vs
GALAXY Nexus 
Type AMOLED AMOLED
Size 4.3" 4.7"
Resolution 800 x 480 1280 x 720
Touchscreen Capacitive Capacitive
Multitouch Yes Yes
PPI 216 ppi 312 ppi

sensors

Has an assisted GPS Yes Yes

music

Supports FM radio Yes No

software

Operating system Android 4.1.2 Android 4.3
Multitasking Yes Yes
App store Android Market Android Market
Adobe flash support No No
App store size 850,000 apps 850,000 apps

connectivity

Acts as a wi-fi hotspot Yes Yes
Supports NFC No Yes
Bluetooth Bluetooth v3.0 Bluetooth v3.0

form factor

Galaxy S II  vs
GALAXY Nexus 
Weight 116 g 135 g
Thickness 8.5 mm 8.9 mm
Size 66.1 x 125.3 x 8.5 mm 67.9 x 135.5 x 8.9 mm

hardware

Clock speed 1.2 GHz 1.2 GHz
Number of cores Dual core Dual core
RAM 1 GB 1 GB
Internal storage 32 GB 16 GB

photo & video

Camera 8 MP 5 MP
Resolution 8 MP 5 MP
Flash Yes Yes
Secondary camera 2 MP 1.3 MP
Video resolution 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps

cellular

Generation 4G 4G
Networks
HSDPA (14.4 Mb/s)
HSUPA (5.76 Mb/s)
EDGE (0.38 Mb/s)
Unknown (21.1 Mb/s)
HSPA (unspecified)
HSDPA+ (21.1 Mb/s)
UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
GSM (0.01 Mb/s)

battery

Talk time 1,098 min 720 min
Talk time (3G) 540 min 499.8 min
Standby time 42,624 min 17,424 min
Standby time (3G) 37,152 min 16,128 min
Capacity 1,650 mA·h 1,750 mA·h
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