We’ve seen the popularity of the Galaxy S III shoot through the roof this year, but we mustn’t forget the ancestors upon which Samsung built upon to bring us what we have today.
Samsung was chosen by Google as their hardware partner for the 2nd and 3rd generation Nexus devices, and for good reason. Both phones are based on the best-selling Galaxy S and Galaxy S II respectively, which helped Samsung become a household name among Android users.
In addition to building on great hardware, Samsung’s partnership with Google ensured that these devices would have great software as well, specifically the latest and greatest stock Android builds, prized for their usability and lack of bloatware.
An interesting side effect of Samsung and Google’s joint venture is that these phones typically retain a much higher resale value than their competing Android counterparts:
Although Samsung’s contract for building Nexus phones was supplanted by LG, they are still responsible for what is arguably the best Android tablet on the market in the Nexus 10. If anything, Samsung’s latest Nexus hardware is the most impressive yet with its ultra high res 2560 x 1600 display and Cortex A15 processor. We think the same pricing phenomena will occur here as well–if you are in the market for a tablet, this bleeding edge collab between Samsung and Google will surely hold value better than its standard res, Tegra powered counterparts.