Galaxy S thrashes Nexus One in Quake 3 duel

Samsung’s tricked-out Galaxy S smartphone has thrashed Google’s flagship Nexus One in a fast-paced Quake 3 duel.

According to Android Police, the Galaxy S is capable of rendering a staggering 90 million triangles per second, compared to the Nexus One’s respectable 22 million.

“But that is just one spec and real world tests are what most people care about. Quake 3 has now been ported to both devices and it acts as a great test of each device’s gaming capabilities,” explained Nate Kimmey of Android Police.

“In this test, the Samsung Galaxy S destroys the Nexus One. Like GeekWord says, it’s ‘as if it was made for the Super AMOLED handset.’ Clearly, the numbers are right – this is best Android device for gaming.”

Perhaps the Galaxy S is currently the “best” Android device for gaming, but one can’t help but wonder how the device would fare against a souped-up Nexus Two.

Unfortunately, we’ll never know, because Google has decided against designing a Nexus One successor.

Indeed, Google CEO Eric Schmidt recently told the Telegraph the smartphone had been “so successful” that company “didn’t have to do” a second one.

“We would view that as positive but people criticized us heavily for that. I called up the board and said: ‘Ok, it worked. Congratulations – we’re stopping’. We like that flexibility, we think that flexibility is characteristic of nimbleness at our scale.”

Meanwhile, Phandroid’s Quentyn Kennemer noted that the Nexus One had served its purpose by effectively encouraging manufacturers like Motorola, Samsung and HTC to “step their game up even more.”

“Now – just half a year later – we have more high-end devices to choose from than some would probably like, and it’s only going to get more aggressive from here on out,” wrote Kennemer.

“Phones with 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, dual-core processors, HD video features, and any more bells and whistles you can think of are all on the horizon and Google couldn’t be happier that they’ll be capable enough to run whatever their imagination can dream up.”