Samsung Galaxy Nexus vs. Galaxy S3 Speed Comparison

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The Galaxy Nexus is just over 6 months old now, but it’s still Google’s flagship phone. And the Samsung Galaxy S3 is Samsung’s brand new flagship phone. So, which one is faster out of the two? Well, take one look at the spec sheet and it’s pretty obvious. But, in this head to head comparison, I’m more concerned with how big the difference in speed is. But before we get to that, lets go over those specs I just mentioned:

Samsung Galaxy S3 Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Screen 4.8 in SAMOLED 1280×720 (306 PPI) 4.65 in SAMOLED 1280×720 (316 PPI)
Processor 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 dual-core 1.2 GHz TI OMAP 4460 dual-core
RAM 2 GB 1 GB
Storage 16-32 GB 16-32 GB
Camera 8 MP rear, 1.9 MP front 5 MP rear, 1.3 MP front
OS Android 4.0.4 Android  4.0.2

Okay, so lets get into the speed comparison. Note that all these tests were done with both devices on the same Wi-Fi network with all browsing history and cache wiped. In other words, it was perfectly even:

Boot Up Test: For our speed test, I booted (turned on) both phones to see which one loaded up faster.

  • Galaxy S3: 26 seconds
  • Galaxy Nexus: 51 seconds

App Speed Test: The app speed test determines which phone loads up a specific application faster.

  • Camera – Winner: SGS3
  • Dictionary – Winner: SGS3
  • Flixster – Winner: SGS3
  • ScoreCenter – Winner: SGS3

Quadrant Standard Benchmark: The Quadrant benchmark tests the CPU, GPU, RAM, etc of each device. The higher the score the better.

  • Galaxy S3: 4953
  • Galaxy Nexus: 2010

Browser Speed Test: In this test, I just load up a couple of websites to see which phone loads them first.

  • PhoneBuff.com – Winner: SGS3
  • NFL.com – Winner: SGS3

As you can see from all of the tests we did above, the Galaxy S3 swept the Galaxy Nexus going undefeated. Obviously with a clock speed advantage of 300 MHz on each core, plus an extra gigabyte of RAM, this was expected. It is worth noting that the overall speed difference wasn’t too big and both devices offer you a great experience. But if you’re looking for the absolute best performance, the SGS3 is the way to go.

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David Rahimi is the editor-in-chief at PhoneBuff.com. Ever since he got his first smartphone, he has been obsessed with mobile technology and all that it has to offer. Other interests include business, investing, and neuroscience.