Not everyone is buying the Galaxy Nexus’ hype, folks – and for good reason. Despite it being proclaimed by many a prominent blog as the best Android phone to date, and likely the best smartphone ever – the Galaxy Nexus has a contender that few realize. Created by none other than the same company that brought us the Galaxy Nexus, the original Galaxy S, and this years best selling Android phone, the Galaxy S2, Samsung appears to have created a true Galaxy Nexus killer in the form of the Samsung Galaxy S2 HD LTE.

A seriously upgraded version of the best selling Android phone of the year, the Galaxy S2 HD LTE, as you will see below, is packing specs that not only match the Galaxy Nexus, but best it in several critical areas as well. Is it worth holding out for? Is it worth buying off contract? Read on below to find out as we put these two smartphone titans to the test to see which one emerges from the ring as the victor. Regardless of what you will read below – remember that each phone represents the pinnacle of current phone hardware, and are safe bets either way.


There’s incredible demand to get Android 4.0 on today’s devices, both old and new, and for good reason. Ice Cream Sandwich is really a huge upgrade, both from a design perspective, a usability perspective, and from pretty much every perspective that matters. With millions of lines of revamped code underneath the hood, Google really pulled out all the stops on this one. The all-new animations give it a significantly better look and the feel is much more intuitive. You can drag icons on top of one another to create folders. You can resize widgets, and you can multitask with ease. While very few have actually had the chance to spend serious time with it – all that have, have come away seriously impressed, including us.

That being said, there remain serious questions. How will existing apps function on it? What about emulators, hacks, and other things of merit? Since we are dealing with an entirely new beast, it’s likely that a lot of stuff Android enthusiasts are used to dealing with wont work the same anymore. However, the number of developers at XDA are growing, and the focus is all on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich right now.

The number of improvements are stunning and The UI is vastly improved. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich isn’t a minor upgrade to Android; it’s an entire generation apart.

For more on Ice Cream Sandwich, check out our section on it here.


Family / generation Model Number Technology CPU Instruction Set CPU GPU Memory Technology
Snapdragon S3 MSM8660 45nm ARMv7 1.5GHz Dual-core Scorpion Adreno 220 Single-channel 333MHz ISM/266MHz LPDDR2
OMAP 4 OMAP4460 45nm ARMv7 1.2GHz Dual-Core ARMCortex-A9 PowerVRSGX540 @384MHz Dual-channel LPDDR2 memory controller

Make no mistake, both devices are incredibly powerful, and the software advantages inherent in Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich  on the Galaxy Nexus shines through. However, hardware-wise, the Galaxy S2 HD LTE is a slightly more powerful device. As far as the processor goes, you can expect roughly 10-15% faster performance on the Galaxy S2 HD LTE, but the software advantage of the Galaxy Nexus will make it feel faster. Still though, the Galaxy S2 line is slated to receive the update to Android 4.0 sometime in late Q1 2012, so if you can hold out, you will have a faster device at the end of the day. Also, pay little attention to the benchmarks above, as they don’t reflect real world performance, and can be altered very easily.

So why didn’t the Galaxy Nexus get bleeding edge hardware? Well, it’s likely due to lack of availability for the numbers that the big G expected the Nexus to sell in, and Google”s engineers were likely also drawn to the OMAP for its use of a dual-channel memory controller. Android’s advanced multitasking translate into a data hungry experience. This means that data is constantly being tossed in and out of active memory, and this is definitely a strength of TI’s OMAP parts.

Samsung was planning on putting its latest 32nm Exynos 4212 into the Galaxy S2 HD LTE but due to the time limitation of the chip availability, were forced to opt for QualComm’s Snapdragon S3. All things considered this is an unfortunate thing, as the Exynos lines of SoC’s is faster, but not enough to make a substantial difference against the Galaxy S2 HD LTE.

Either way, it’s a toss up folks. Both are incredibly powerful devices, and will not disappoint. The hardware acceleration built into Ice Cream Sandwich will certainly make the Nexus feel faster in the hand, and at the end of the day, both devices will feel virtually identical.


The software differences inherent in Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich will result in a better, significantly faster picture taking experience, complete with 1080p video recording. Google has taken its camera software a few steps further in Ice Cream Sandwich, and now allows for taking panorama photos, using live effects, and auto-uploading to Google+

Despite the lower megapixel count of the Galaxy Nexus, it still takes great pictures. The software advantages really do come through, and if you are looking for a faster, snappier shooter right off the bat, the Nexus is the way to go. Still, if you can hold out for a few months, we are confident the S2 HD LTE will win this round at the end of the day.

Sample Photos

5MP Galaxy Nexus on the left 8MP Galaxy S2 HD LTE on the right


Galaxy S2 HD LTE: 129.8 x 68.8 x 9.5mm, 130.5g  (4.60oz)

Galaxy Nexus: 135.5 x 67.9 x 8.9mm, 135.0g  (4.76oz)

The Galaxy Nexus is slightly bigger, and slightly heavier, despite having a smaller battery. At this stage in the game, it makes little to no difference. One of the most important aspects to its build is the fact that it has a slightly curved display, which actually makes a substantial difference in hard-to-view situations, like direct sunlight outside, and in other brightly lit environments. Both are actually quite pocketable, holdable, and so forth. It’s really up to you here. Additionally, the Galaxy S2 HD LTE is slightly thinner too, and is packing more expandability via its SD Card slot.


Macro shot of HD Super AMOLED Plus 720p display of the Galaxy S2 HD LTE

Galaxy S2 HD LTE: 4.65-inch, 1280 x 720px, 316ppi, Super AMOLED HD, Gorilla Glass
Galaxy Nexus: 4.65-inch, 1280x720px, 316ppi, Super AMOLED HD, Fortified Glass – Not Gorilla Glass

Both devices are home to the exact same display, which, in a word, is absolutely stunning. If you thought the Super AMOLED Plus display of the Galaxy S2 was good – wait until you see this one. Their is one gripe amongst display purists though – and that is the additional of a pentile matrix, which does result in text appearing pixelated from time to time. Remember, these devices are packing resolution that is much, much higher than the crop of current devices available, so it’s a win-win for all consumers!


Samsung Galaxy S2 HD LTE 

Samsung Galaxy Nexus 

Battery Life

Battery life on the Galaxy Nexus is reputed to be quite excellent, despite what the screenshot above will lead you to believe. Super AMOLED displays do a marvelous job of displaying incredibly rich, dynamic colors that literally pop off the screen. Ask anyone that owns an AMOLED device – you are literally spoiled with saturation and pure blacks. Movies, pictures, and media all display wonderfully, and will keep you entranced. Despite this, they are subject to one inherent limitation – displaying white. As more and more people  spend time on the web on their mobile device, the most demanding color for the display to produce, they too will notice a fairly rapid decline in battery life.

Additionally, these are extremely powerful devices. Playing any graphically intense games for prolonged periods will also result in a fairly steady drop off of battery life as well. And finally, as both devices are running on LTE networks, streaming video and other media will also suck the life out of these  devices. With devices this powerful comes a price folks. These are literally more powerful than the computers of just a few years ago, and even though both are packing large, and thankfully, removable batteries, they will still last only as long as you let them. Still, both will have more than enough juice to get through the day with moderate to heavy usage.

The Galaxy S2 HD LTE willcome a 1850mAh battery which is 100mAh over the Galaxy Nexus, which has a 1750mAh battery.


Galaxy Nexus


  • Always first to receive the most updated exclusive new OS
  • shutter-lag free camera
  • LED notification
  • soft capacitive buttons
  • curved display, which assists in brighter environments and direct sunlight
  • overall build quality seems a little better, according to those with experience with both
  • cheaper than GSII HD LTE, if you opt for the subsidized paths soon to come from Verizon, Rogers, and other NA Carriers


  • Lower quality camera for both front & rear cam
  • very dated GPU
  • average CPU
  • no Gorilla Glass
  • no SD card slot
  • no USB MHL

Galaxy S II HD LTE


  • higher clocked in-house CPU
  • decent GPU SoC
  • More expandability via SD card slot
  • MHL (HDMI charging via newer generation HDTV’s)
  • Gorilla Glass
  • LTE
  • bigger battery
  • slightly lighter and smaller
  • higher megapixel count on front and rear camera’s


  • older OS for at least 3 months
  • Korean import
  • Most likely will not function as its LTE connectivity is meant for Korean carriers only, but will be released with matching frequencies on Bell, Rogers, ATT & Verizon in the near future.

This is arguably the most difficult comparison I have ever done. On one hand, i’m craving some hands on time with the Galaxy Nexus, and want to make it my own. On the other hand, the advantages in areas of critical importance, namely camera quality, processing speed, battery life, and the fact that I can add additional memory to the Galaxy S2 HD LTE make it a winner in its own right.

All things considered, the software advantages of the Galaxy Nexus put it into a class of its own as well. Both have the same display, while the Galaxy Nexus is lacking a Gorilla Glass display, making it more prone to scratches which really hurt any device owner in the long run. Still, with a direct pipeline to Google, the Galaxy Nexus will always be the first to receive software updates from the big G, so if you are a Google purist, and always  want to have bleeding edge software updates faster than anyone else, this device is the one to get. If you can put up with a wait of a few months, or have the savvy to root the device and tinker with the latest builds from XDA, then I would heartily recommend the Galaxy S2 HD LTE.  For those feeling the Galaxy Nexus, remember that it too will have a ton of support and customizability down the line if only because there’s going to be lots of developer support for this particularly delicious device.

Oh, and finally, there’s one thing I almost forgot. Chances are if you are looking at this, then you’re on the bleeding edge too. The Galaxy Nexus is a remarkable device, and is arguably the best smartphone in the world. That being said, from a hardware perspective, it, and the soon to be realized Galaxy S2 HD LTE are likely to be eclipsed entirely by the next generation of quad core devices set to hit the market in early 2012. If you can hold out for these, and if you already have an awesome device like the Galaxy S2, HTC Sensation, or any of the current crop of dual core devices near you right now, then these could be the devices for you to hold out for. The performance of Tegra 3, and other competing equivalents truly represent a huge leap forward over current hardware, and if you are thoughtful in your adoption of cutting edge technology, then you might want to hold out for these.

And so, dear reader, what say you? The research that went behind this article literally sucked the life out of me. I’ve got a Galaxy S2, and am quite happy with it. The prospect of greater resolution and faster processing is tempting though. What will you be doing with your dollars this holiday season? Transformer Prime perhaps? Galaxy Nexus in your sights? Let me know in the comments, and thank you for reading this article, and for visiting Android Authority.

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Darcy LaCouvee
Darcy is the editor in chief at Android Authority. He follows the latest trends and is extremely passionate about mobile technology. With a keen eye for spotting emerging trends and reporting them, he works hard to bring you the best analysis, updates, and reports on all things Android. Darcy lives and breathes the latest mobile technology, and believes Android will be on a billion devices in the not too distant future.
  • that was really nice comparison Darcy

  • AppleFUD

    Nice write up!

    I’ll be going with the gNexus. . . if it ever arrives. And it’s what I recommend for everyone I know–either go Nexus or non-Android. Why? Cause I’m tired of hearing them tell me the last update they got was a buggy POS and their phone is barley usable and no further update ever comes–until OEM’s have published Android OS update/upgrade policies that they actually adhere to I will not recommend them to an “average user” any longer.

    • Thanks AppleFUD,

      You’ve left some really great comments here on Android Authority. Thanks for visiting. You are right about the Nexus and updates though. Manufacturers are keen to upgrade, and carriers slow down the process big time. Hopefully this will change in the near future.

    • Anonymous

      I agree and when phones get upgrades, if they do, they get them around eight to nine months after the update comes out. I’m going gNexus too.

  • andre reinhardt

    the nexus also does have mhl. and you should keep in mind that the sgx 540 gpu is outdated, but the clock speed is much higher in this device (standard 200 mhz nexus 384 mhz). its not as good as the mali 400 of course, but stile very useful. in other terms i agree with u. could u post more sample pictures from the nexus cam? thanks in advance.

    • Anonymous

      Have you ever bought a phone for a camera? If I plan to take pictures then I take a good camera with me even a cheap 50 buck camera out performs cell phones. Use the cell phone for quick shots and the Nexus will be just fine for that.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think the Galaxy 2 will come to my carrier (Verizon) and no way in heck I’m switching. I can’t upgrade until April 2012, so the Gnex may be grandpa by then.

  • Anonymous

    Good right up! Of course it’s the inevitable if I wait just a bit longer I’ll get a better technology thinking! As soon as the Galaxy S2 HD hits the streets the Galaxy S3 will be spec’d and a few months later it will be ready for launch. So if I can make it the Galaxy S2 HD launch surely I can wait until the Galaxy S3! Rinse repeat!!

  • J. Williams

    These are not the gods of the smartphone world, because they don’t have the best display out here. The Galaxy note does, and it murders both of these phones.

    • Anonymous

      The galaxy note is kick ass but the galaxy nexus does have 316ppi compared to the notes 285ppi.

      • J. Williams

        That only means so much, lol. I’m telling you. If were to use both, you would choose the Note. All day. That little bit of difference is hardly noticeable, trust me.

        Sent from my Samsung Galaxy Note

    • Yoyo

      THe note is shit, its huge

      • J. Williams

        You obviously don’t know anything about this product, based on your comment. You are probably just another person who just comes here to window shop, and never buy. Kick rocks on the way back to where you came from.

    • Dark Clone

      The galaxy note has a larger screen and its Super AMOLED. That means that if you look at it from diff angles, screen goes blue-green

      • Wrong. And I would probably be safe to say you don’t own it, lol. But I do, and there is no blue green like you are saying. Get the device first before you make a statement, please. Not trying to be rude, just saying.

        Sent from my Samsung Galaxy Note

  • nexus

    As I just get my Galaxy Nexus, my next purchase will be the Transformer Prime ;-)

  • Nomipk3

    Apple launched a display 1.5 years ago and it is a shame that samsung have not been able to match that yet apart from the fact that theyhave an advantage in size. The screen on Galaxy nexus can’t handle white colour and looks grubby and awful while surfing the net and in messaging. I find it very disappointing.

    • HELLOO

      Huh? what are you talking about? Super AMOLED HD kicks Apples retina display’s ass, in resolution, colour, AND SIZE! (720 x 1280 vs 640 x 960)

      • J. Williams

        That person is just looking to get some attention, don’t waste your time. There are tons of phones that walk all over apple, including these. Just ignore them.

        • Mike

          Well, I own a s2 lte, ipad 2 and an iPhone 4. Despite all the resolution, colour etc specs on paper for my s2 lte. My iphone 4 has a better looking display by far.

          • Uhwang14

            Can you be more specific exactly how (and under what conditions) the Retina display (which is just an IPS display manufactured by LG for Apple) is better than the Super AMOLED Plus display of the Galaxy SII?

            BTW, LG’s next generation display is called AH-IPS and is HD (1280 X 720) and a step up in terms of color accuracy and energy usage from the display LG makes for the iPhone 4/4s. The HD AH-IPS display has just been released on the market in AT&T’s LG Nitro’s 4/5″ display.

            An HD Super AMOLED Plus display will be out soon. It will be interesting to see how that display stacks up against the HD AH-IPS display.

          • Nucleus

            Sorry, typo. Meant to type 4.5″ display for the LG Nitro.

  • Anonymous

    It would be better if you guys posted some REAL photographic test between both phones (a la style). The Gnex may be lower in pixel count, but it’s supposed to be better in low light, which is what really counts.

  • Sivakumar B

    When can I expect the Samsung Galaxy S2 HD LTE 4.65″ handset in India? What would be its approximate price? I am keen to buy the SGS2 HD LTE handset as it will certainly outsmart phones of all other makes and models existing in the market now.

    • At the moment, it’s selling for 650USD in Korea, and you can import it into India. As for when it will be become officially available, there is still no official word. I’ll keep you posted!

  • Shakeeb Yousaf

    what about the htc rezound and amaze 4g as compare to samsung galaxy s 2 hd lte??? please tell me know…

    • Anonymous

      The rezound is best known for the audio as is comes with beats. It’s a great phone but it does not have the Android 4.0 or the Amoled monotor,

  • Heh

    Galaxy Nexus may not have ‘Gorilla Glass’ but it does some fortified glass (un-named) which is as good as gorilla glass. Corning Gorilla Glass is not the only company out there!

  • I Hate Liars


    When do you think we will see either of these phones on AT&T?

    • The Galaxy Nexus will likely go on sale on AT&T towards March or later of 2012. As for the Galaxy S2 HD LTE, it’s much harder to say. For now, it’s LTE bands only work in Korea, but they have told me they are working on a North American version, much like LG did with the Optimus LTE (first released in Korea, now USA as Nitro HD) either way, it will probably be launched by April, if not sooner, and could be sporting an Exynos SoC, which is much better than what it currently has.

  • Rclear

    Will a Galaxy Note work on Verizon?

    • J. Williams


  • Mahsoom Moosa42

    you got to be kidding me. qualcomm is having an outdated core architecture out there. it has been proven snapdragon only has higher clock. on paper, they’re worse. some videos on yooutube show gaming iis very smooth. even when a lot of oother games where running thhe background.

  • Anonymous

    My Samsung Galaxy Note is just standing in a distance, laughing.

    • J. Williams

      I agree, lol. If they only knew what they were missing. I love my SG Note!

  • Krismcphee

    I had the nexus..and swapped eith my friend who had the s2 and ill say.. i like the s2 so much better. :)

    • Wondering


  • Ssk

    You need to work on your organization skills. One of the worst written article ever. Can’t tell which screenshot belongs to which phone.

    • Anonymous


    • metalcated

      How can you not tell what screenshot is which? ICS and GB are 2 completely different OS’s visually. Look a little harder before you criticize someone.

      • Kraz

        HAHA you went by the pictures. The whole world may not be as up to date as you, being able to recognize screen shots of different os’.

    • Dgt02

      If you read and understood what he said, the pictures were obvious. Not sure what your poblem is.

    • Dark Shmear

      Seriously??? I’ll just assume the reason for your absurd content is because you read at an elementary grade level. Go back to grammer school buddy.

      • Batman

        Grammar? He’s talking about screenshots, and unless you already have an Android device I completely agree, it’s hard to tell them apart as they are not clearly marked. In general it’s not clear which info belongs to which phone, or what she means in many cases. For example “One of the most important aspects to its build is the fact that it has a slightly curved display, which actually makes a substantial difference in hard-to-view situations, like direct sunlight outside, and in other brightly lit environments.”. Substantial difference? Should we assume it’s better? And what’s up with “The research that went behind this article literally sucked the life out of me”? It’s your job, stop whining bitch.

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  • Chris Howell

    Darcy,what about the part in your article where you speak of quad-core phones coming out in the first quarter of 2012? Any more word on that?Seems to me it would make sense to wait for those….also,any news,rumors,etc about the possibility of a 2.0 processor? Thanks!

  • curious

    lol how is where it comes from a con?

    • JD

      Especially, when considering they both come from the same place. lul

    • Dark Shmear

      The answer to your question is explained in the third and final bullett point.

  • Anonymous

    Should have my Nexus Monday. Sick!

  • Iunlock

    The Nexus stabbed itself with the 5mp camera, no expandable SD card and no gorilla glass….why the short cuts? Idiots. Nexus would have been the best phone out to date.

  • Mark

    What about NFC? Why does the HD show optional? Any idea how thats going to work and why they did this?

  • Bpdconstruction

    I have the sgs2 anb i cant see any down sides to it. The nexus sounds cool but i dont see any sence in not using micro sd thats kinda rediculous. I dont see the color change at an angle( aside from turning it so far that the screen is barely visible) either. I use alot of gurilla products in my line of work and they always out perform the competition (usually 3m) i dont understand why they would go with an off brand. My dad has the iphone 4s and mine has a way better picture for the guy with the iphone comment iphones are a cool phone but they dont hold a candle to android. The no micro sd or usb would be a deal closer for me on the nexus not to mention slower cpu, i am really happy with my phone. I dont know if it seams so cool because i had a g1 before it or because its just dope but either way im happy!

  • dario sucic

    To the reviewer: Do you even have a brain?
    The GPU in the Galaxy Nexus is faster, and the clock speed of the processor is completely irrelevant to performance, also it has USB MHL.
    Gorilla glass is just a brad of fortified glass, which the galaxy nexus also has, so that’s not a con.
    The Scorpion has an architectural design similar to A8, it’s a little bit better than A8, but it’s very similar, but the Galaxy Nexus runs on the OMAP4460 which uses A9 architecture, which is around 25% faster, or maybe more.
    GPU wise the Galaxy Nexus completely destroys any Adreno device ever created.
    Another thing: Quadrant is a bad benchmark.

  • Nucleus

    I really like that Darcy writes about the latest releases and specs before just about any other website. And he talks about Asia, Europe, and North America with regard to whatever phone.

    • Hey Uhwang14,

      Thanks for the nice comment. CES witnessed the unveiling of some pretty serious phones from Huawei and Sony in particular. LG & Samsung hold the crown for their display technologies, but I believe consumers will keep coming back to AMOLED, despite IPS-LCD’s technical and on paper superiority. The future is indeed very bright for consumers, as things are going to heat up in a big way. Plus Fujitsu has some serious cards up their sleeves too, so let’s wait and see how it all unfolds!

  • Brandon James Starcevic

    aaaahhhh, too hard to choose! or should I wait till CES, then June for the next next generation phones =S but if I do, probably the nexus, when it comes to a R

  • Frackshat

    Do you know what “literally” literally means?

  • Detailed post. I think it is the samsung galaxy nexus that out ranks the other one.

  • Someone

    htc sensation FTW, even tough i loved my hd2 and it was the best phone, but alas…

  • Siiikd

    Galaxy S2 HD LTE’s profile picture is wrong

    • Uhwang14

      I believe this article’s picture of the Galaxy SII HD LTE is correct. Its Samsung ID is SHV E120L and is out only in Korea as of today, which is January 9, 2012. I am not sure if it is officially called Galaxy SII HD LTE in Korea, though. The moniker “Galaxy SII HD LTE has been thrown around unofficially on blogs all over the world months ago in anticipation before the SHV-E120L and the Galaxy Nexus came out. Once the Galaxy Nexus actually came out and it was revealed obviously not to be the Galaxy SII HD LTE, some blogs shifted the moniker over to what was eventually released only in Korea as the SHV-E120L. Darcy’s blog here does in fact describe the specs of and provide pics of the SHV-E120L, which in Korean and HK/Chinese blogs and cell phone store information sheets refer to it as the SHV-E120L AND Galaxy SII HD LTE. This type of confusion is common since there are so many blogs on the internet written at various time frames, yet each one is cemented in stone once it’s out on the internet, which can cause a lot of unnecessary confusion for consumers and users.

      Just curious, can you direct me either to (A) a pic of the “Galaxy SII HD LTE” you’re referring to or (B) a pic of what phone you think Darcy’s pics show?

      • Uhwang14

        Let me take this naming confusion thing a bit further. Blogs all over are anticipating the “Galaxy SIII” to come out in March, 2012, packaged with a quad core, 12 MP camera, and HD Super AMOLED Plus display possibly anywhere between 4.3″ to 4.7″ (a few blogs even surmise a 5.0″ display). Do we even know if Samsung officially refers to this phone, which hasn’t come out yet, as the Galaxy SIII? If Samsung has not officially referred to it as such, then for all we know, at this point, it could be the Galaxy Nexus 2.

  • Soft buttons on the Galaxy Nexus listed as a pro? It would seem to me the GSII HD has the advantage because the buttons are not cutting into that fabulous 4.6 inch screen. After all isn’t that the goal here to get as close to a tablet experience on a device that is still phone sized?

    • Evey96

      The soft buttons go away almost alway when you want them to show more of the screen. They always vanish durring videos, movies, games, ect. Isn’t soften buttons more like a tablet?

  • Lovinlife33

    Great article, thanks for the information and research. It’s good to have it all this information in one place. I must make a literary suggestion that should help readers to give more credence to your research: Remove the world LITERALLY from your article and all future articles; you used it 4 times, at least 3 of which appeared in the wrong context. The colors do not literally pop off the screen, and it did not literally suck the life out of you to write this–they do so figuratively.

    • Hey Lovinlife33,

      Thanks for the literary suggestion. I appreciate it, and will take it to heart. A lot of research and hard work goes into these pieces, and I do it for everyone that comes to this site.

      Thanks for great comment, and thanks for visiting.

      • Vanmar

        Mr Darcy, pay these second graders no attention. english is relative, and what you learn in school most of it cannot be be understood by society. That said good review.

  • rishi

    very nice comparison…beautiful…….

  • JD

    Well, I had the HTC Dream, Galaxy S, and HTC Sensation. I think next I’ll be buying either the Galaxy S III or maybe wait for the HTC monsters that are right around the corner. The Galaxy SII just was never powerful enough to warrant an upgrade for those of us that already had dual core phones. It’s a shame, really.

    • Uhwang14

      Your comment, in a way, suggests that Samsung is moving too slowly. Yet Samsung’s speed in bringing out new devices with new hardware/software compared to Apple’s/HTC’s lack of speed is to me the most important factor behind why Samsung has not only been able to gain traction but also is now dictating the market (e.g., IPS display technology has viable competition at the top, larger display sizes have become “cool” and “in,” lighter weight is important, thinness is desirable, plastic casing can be seen as more practical and break-resistant, etc).

      For the last year, HTC has played the risky psychology game of not quite giving customers what they want (delaying dual-core, delaying bumping up cameras specs) and it has cost HTC market share. As of today, January 17, 2012, the most powerful HTC in the US that I know of is the Rezound, whose primary calling-card imo is the 1280 X 720 display resolution. Yet it’s bulky and some people may complain that it’s display is S-LCD instead of Super AMOLED Plus or AH-IPS. The Rezound came out in the US in November, 2011, but aside from display resolution, only matches the specs of other dual-core phones that have been available since April to June, 2011. THAT’S moving too slow.

      Like Samsung, Motorola has gone thin with its Droid Razr. But like HTC, Motorola can’t seem to give customers what they want by sticking with the dreaded Super AMOLED pentile display.

      • Uhwang14

        And yes I have two complaints about Samsung, although the late arrival of the Galaxy SII in the US is partly the fault of US phone companies. My one true complaint is Samsung’s delay in offering 1280 X 720 HD display resolution (even though they were still at the front of the pack when they did), and then offering it in the Galaxy Nexus with Super AMOLED pentile. However, Samsung’s delay is/was not that risky for three reasons: (1) the Galaxy SII was able to outsell everything else even in the presence of the 960 X 640 Apple Retina (LG IPS display), (2) LG is still a small player as far as selling its own phones despite the release of the beautiful AH-IPS HD display in the Nitro, and (3) Apple is moving much more slowly.

  • Igre2011

    ics rocks i have on my sgs2 the best

  • SK

    From South Korea – CON … wait.. what?

  • good article to compare these 2 phones. thanks :)

  • Dgt02

    You can purchase the Nexus in the USA now – unlocked for T-Mobile, ATT & others (google i9250). I don’t really trust Samsung to come through and update the GS2 to ICS, but so far the buyers reviews for the i9250, specs and lack of a one year warranty have me holding off. Excellent, unbiased review Mr. Lacouvee – very helpful.

    • Hey Dgt02,

      Thanks for the feedback. I really strive to produce inbiased, objective, quality content that helps our readers. Thanks for checking out Android Authority!

  • Ayucel2007

    And yet not a single mention of its call quality, messaging and other communication features: the reason why people have phones in the first place.

  • Georgepitris

    bring on the 2ghz phones already!!!!! i will wait for them me thinks

  • 4ranjtakhar

    Hi Darcy, Thanks for the great review, it helped me in making my decision… Rogers has a special discount on the S2 for me, and not on the Nexus, this article made it easier for me to decide to go with the S2… This will be my first android and I am very excited. Thanks again

    • Hey there,

      Thanks for the kind feedback. I own the S2 right now, and it’s an absolutely epic device. I think you are going to love it! Plus, there’s an official update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich coming soon too. Thanks for visiting, and glad we were able to help!

  • Davefortin

    The Samsung Galaxy S2 LTE is arguably the best smart phone to date, Android platform or other. With apps like Animated Weather for Android – Weather forecast application. The exquisitely realistic video effects of cloudiness, rain and snow provide the vivid sensation of current or future weather conditions for more than 50000 locations over the world.


    Lets see iphone top that.

  • Surendran Vinod

    when the fuck are they releasing in India

  • Andrei3_ray

    Sorry to me the nexus still seems better…a 5mp camera is as good as 8 only if you print fucking huge posters then i guess not, it has insane wifi connection speeds, wifi direct a fucking barometer, but seriously the wifi speeds are insane….

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  • rabbit

    glaxey nexus is better than glaxeys2 hd lte