Samsung Nexus S vs. Samsung Galaxy S
Now that a little history has been covered for both the Samsung Nexus S and the Samsung Galaxy S, it's time for the Samsung Nexus S vs. Samsung Galaxy S battle to begin. Coming from the same manufacturer, Samsung and aiming for the same market, both the Nexus S and Galaxy S have quite the battle ahead of them.
The design on the Samsung Nexus S vs. the Samsung Galaxy S is what distinguishes the two smartphones first. The Samsung Galaxy S and the Nexus S both have very elegant and simplistic designs. Samsung has avoided giving either of the phones a boxy shape and have opted instead to go with the curved look. The Nexus S takes it a step further by introducing a slightly curved Super AMOLED screen. This slight curve gives the Nexus S a real phone like feel that many smartphones currently lack. It's an interesting little addition to the Nexus S. The other odd feature about the Nexus S is the location of the 3.5 mm headphone jack, it's on the bottom of the phone. This "design" feature negates the curved Super AMOLED screen, as the 3.5 mm headphone jack being on the bottom the phone makes it annoying to try to use the Nexus S as a music player.
Winner - Tie
Hardware and Software
In this particular section of the Samsung Nexus S vs. Samsung Galaxy S battle, there is easily a true cut winner. The Samsung Nexus S is the first smartphone to feature Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). While the update doesn't have major changes except Near Field Communication (NFC), the true reason the Nexus S wins is simple, it's supported by Google. The Samsung Galaxy S series of phones have been mired with delays for upgrades to Android 2.2. One can only wonder how long it'll be until the Samsung Galaxy S receives Android 2.3. The Nexus S doesn't suffer from that problem. Similar to the Nexus One, the Nexus S has immediate access to the latest version of Android over the air (OTA).
Winner - Samsung Nexus S
From a storage standpoint, the Samsung Galaxy S features either 8 or 16 GB of internal storage depending on your model and a microSD slot that is expandable to 32 GB. Interestingly enough, the Samsung Nexus S has 16 GB of internal storage but no microSD card. This is saddening considering storage space is important for those on the go. In the Samsung Nexus S vs. Samsung Galaxy S battle for storage space, the Samsung Galaxy S easily wins.
Winner - Samsung Galaxy S
Both the Samsung Galaxy S and the Nexus S feature 5 megapixel cameras with 720p HD recording. The Nexus S, however, has flash while some variants, such as the Samsung Vibrant and Captivate, of the Samsung Galaxy S do not. The Nexus S also features a front facing camera which, once again, some variants of the Samsung Galaxy S do not. This slight difference gives the Nexus S a slight edge in the Samsung Nexus S vs. Samsung Galaxy S battle for camera dominance.
Winner - Samsung Nexus S