Samsung Galaxy Nexus vs LG Nitro HD

January 6, 2012
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LG continues to stay afloat in a sea riddled with tremendous competition from other mobile manufacturers such as Samsung and HTC. With its new flagship phone, the Nitro HD, LG is certainly keeping pace with the rest. First introduced way back in August, the device was reported to feature the award-winning AH-IPS screen with HD capability.

The Nitro HD was marketed to be the best in its own category, with beefed-up specifications that taunt even Samsung’s Super AMOLED Plus display powering many of its phones. The Galaxy Nexus, on the other hand, ushered in a new era in the competition, as the device is the first of its kind to feature the latest and greatest Android: version 4.0, more fondly called Ice Cream Sandwich.

Can the LG Nitro HD keep up with the Galaxy Nexus in terms of performance? Will the Nitro HD’s AH-IPS display live up to the hype as the next-generation display in mobile phones? Continue reading to find out.

Design and Display

Just like its predecessors, the Galaxy Nexus packs impressive specs. It has a massive 4.65-inch HD Super AMOLED touchscreen. At only 8.9 mm at its thinnest point, the Galaxy Nexus doesn’t fail to slip comfortably into your pocket.

The Nitro HD, on the other hand, features LG’s trademark AH-IPS display on the phone’s 4.5-inch display and crams 326 ppi, compared to the Galaxy Nexus’ 316 ppi. That’s a ten-point difference in pixel density, which probably won’t be perceptible. Both phones are exceptionally capable of rendering crisp images without sacrificing performance.

Processor

Under the hood of the Galaxy Nexus is a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor. The LG Nitro HD features a dual-core Scorpion processor clocked slightly higher at 1.5 GHz. The Galaxy Nexus is a completely new device using a different chipset and GPU. It may not be as powerful as the Galaxy S2 in terms of processor specifications, but it does provide excellent hardware for powering up Google’s Ice Cream Sandwich.

Storage

The Nitro HD comes with an internal memory of 4 GB and 1 GB of RAM. It can also be further expanded up to 32 GB with the aid of a microSD card. Meanwhile, the Galaxy Nexus comes in two variants: you can choose between a 16 GB or 32 GB model. The only thing that is weighing down the device is that it doesn’t support microSD card expansion. So, whichever of these two phones you choose, make sure to keep in mind their respective storage capacities, especially if you plan to save a lot of data on your devices.

Camera

When the Galaxy Nexus was released, it drew a lot of flak due to its 5-megapixel camera, which many felt was a downgrade at a time when most other phones (including the Nitro HD) used 8 MP cameras. Yet, despite initial criticism, the Galaxy Nexus was able to turn the tide by featuring zero shutter lag, native photo-editing features, and quicker autofocus. Both the Nitro HD and Galaxy Nexus are capable of geo-tagging, face detection, autofocus, and flash.

Operating System

The major selling point of the Galaxy Nexus has to be Ice Cream Sandwich as its operating system. Owners will be happy to know that the Nexus feels very much like Android 3.0 Honeycomb running on a phone, plus the power and stability of Android 2.3 Gingerbread. And, that’s what Ice Cream Sandwich is supposed to be: a marriage of the best features of Honeycomb and Gingerbread.

The Nitro HD runs on Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread–and it works like a charm. LG customized the operating system for its device, and made it more colorful and more user-friendly with LG’s homebrewn launcher and interface that gives the phone not just better functionality but also gorgeous looks.

Verdict

The LG Nitro HD is LG’s newest addition to its smartphone family. Judged on specs alone, the Nitro HD overpowers the Galaxy Nexus in many areas. For some people, that’s enough reason to be swayed away from the Galaxy Nexus. For some others, the Galaxy Nexus remains the better choice, despite having lower specs. One reason is the tight integration of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and the hardware on the Galaxy Nexus, which results in faster and better performance.

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