While the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is the flagship Samsung Android smartphone at the moment, it appears to be overshadowed by the hype behind the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S3. Despite Samsung confirming that the S3 won’t show up at the Mobile World Congress event next month, it hasn’t stopped fans from talking about what will likely be the hottest Android smartphone of 2012.
Now the big question here is whether you should sit back and wait for the Samsung Galaxy S3 to finally hit the US, or just settle with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus which is already readily available through Verizon Wireless. Here’s the answer.
Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus
While many argue that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus wasn’t that big of a leap from the Samsung Galaxy S2, it is important to note that it runs stock Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Furthermore, it will remain in the front of the line to receive the next Android update (Jelly Bean) no matter how much more popular the Samsung Galaxy S3 may be. This will likely apply to the update that follows Android 5.0 Jelly Bean as well.
Secondly, given that the latest rumors suggest Samsung will only launch the Samsung Galaxy S3 sometime in May, we can expect it to be made available in Asia and Europe first just as was the case with the S2. It could be 6 months later before US carriers begin to roll out their variants (October). And if you do manage to wait that long, we’re certain newer Android smartphones would have broken cover by then and your decision to go with the Galaxy S3 will be questionable again.
Lastly, if you’re contemplating whether to get the Verizon Samsung Galaxy Nexus or wait for the Galaxy S3, it is important to note that the Samsung Galaxy S2 never launched on Verizon Wireless. So if you’re a Big Red customer, there are no guarantees the S3 will be made available to you when the time comes.
Well that’s my two cents. In the end, you will have to choose whether the Galaxy Nexus or the Galaxy S3 is worth signing away two years of your life for.