Galaxy S II vs Nexus S 4G: Samsung Gingerbread Delights

We’ve written many, many articles about the handset of the moment, the Samsung Galaxy S II (or S2) and recently wondered if it was a real competitor to Apple’s iPhone. This impressive handset runs on the latest Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system and we thought it would be interesting to compare it to another new Samsung handset with Gingerbread, the Nexus S 4G.

Among our recent posts on the Galaxy S II we told how 3 million pre-orders have been taken in one month, how to get your hands on one in the U.S. where it’s not yet been released, and a hands-on experience. We also gave you a review roundup where the experts seemed pretty unanimous about what a great phone this is, so hit the links if you want to read more on these aspects. For the Nexus S 4G, we’ve posted about its official announcement, how it would be released on Sprint, and how it’s already had an update.

As far as carriers and release go the Galaxy S II has seen limited release so far but as stated previously has not yet been released in the U.S. However the rumors are that it will be coming to AT&T first, followed by more carriers and it is 4G-capable. Google’s Nexus S 4G was released this week and carried by Sprint and as you might imagine is 4G-compatible too. As far as operating systems go they both run on the latest Android OS, Gingerbread, so there’s nothing to split them there.

Processor-wise the Galaxy S II has a hugely impressive 1.2GHz dual-core processor against the Nexus S 4G’s 1GHz single-core processor so the Galaxy S II wins hands-down here. The Galaxy S II has a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, which has received unanimous praise while the Nexus S 4G features a 4-inch Super AMOLED display. Looking at the camera the Galaxy S II wins again with an 8-megapixel rear camera and 2-megapixel front-facing camera as opposed to the 5-megapixel rear camera of the Nexus S with VGA front-facer.

Looking at internal memory the Galaxy S II will be available with 16GB or 32GB options while the Nexus S 4G has 16GB. Another feature is NFC or near-field communication and the Galaxy S II will be NFC-capable for some markets while the Nexus S definitely has NFC. As far as price goes we’re unable to tell you the U.S release price for the Galaxy S II yet as it has not been announced but obviously for such a top-end phone it’s not going to be cheap. The Nexus S 4G for Sprint is $199.99 on the usual contract but we told of a recent Best Buy deal where it was $50 cheaper.

Overall we’d have to say the Galaxy S II is really the phone to beat and it’s pretty hard to find any drawbacks at all. The Nexus S 4G though is still an all-round decent handset and if you don’t want to wait and also want a phone right now on Sprint, this is a good option. We’d be interested to hear your thoughts on both of these phones. Have you already purchased the Nexus S 4G or been lucky enough to have the Galaxy S II already? If so what do you think about your new Gingerbread smartphone? Let us know with your comments.