Three of the most popular handsets of the moment are the iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S3 and the aging yet springy Samsung Galaxy Nexus. All three of these devices are packed with superb hardware and software. So how do the three compare to each other?
Samsung Galaxy S3 vs iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus
The display of the iPhone 5 is larger at 4 inches and it is Retina at 640 x 1136 pixels and has a pixel density of 326. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has a Super AMOLED display of 4.8 inches and is perfect for watching movies thanks to the 1280 x 720 display and 306ppi. The Samsung Galaxy Nexus also has a Super AMOLED display of 1280 x 720 and 316ppi and is 4.65 inches.
The iPhone 5 has an A6 dual core processor, which left some disappointed as they expected a quad core. The A6 is 1.2GHz and the phone also has 1GB of RAM, which is just average (on paper that is). The Samsung Galaxy S3 varies depending on where you live. In the US it is 4G LTE enabled and has 2GB of RAM and runs on the 1.5GHz dual core Snapdragon S4 processor. The international version of the device has 1GB of RAM and the quad core Exynos 4412 Cortex A9 processor. The Galaxy Nexus has 1GB of RAM and has a dual core 1.2GHz processor.
The iPhone lacks NFC support, again this is disappointing, but however, it does have 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4, USB 2.0 and all the standard features you would expect. The Samsung Galaxy S3 comes with NFC, 3G, 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4, MicroUSB 2 and other features. The Nexus does not have 4G LTE support, but it does have NFC, 3G, Bluetooth 3, MicroUSB 2 and all of the standard connections.
The iPhone 5 has an 8 megapixel camera on the rear and the front camera in 1.2 megapixels. It is offered in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB versions, but lacks SD card support. The Samsung Galaxy S3 is also available with the same internal storage and this has SD card support for up to another 64GB. It has an 8 megapixel camera on the back and a 1.9 on the front. The Galaxy Nexus is disappointing as it comes with 16GB and no SD card option. It has a 5 megapixel back camera and a 1.3 on the front.
All of the devices are packed with some great hardware; however when you compare them against the other the Nexus doesn’t match up to the iPhone 5 or the Samsung Galaxy S3. The S3 may be the best choice if you want plenty of storage, thanks to SD card support, longer battery life, NFC and it has the larger display. The iPhone 5 on the other hand showed up well in benchmark tests when compared with the US dual core version of the S3, has stunning exterior styling and the better display according to a recent DisplayMate test. If you don’t have a large budget to spend on a new handset then the Samsung Galaxy Nexus may be the best choice but if money is no object the Samsung Galaxy S3 seems to have the best of both worlds.