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Nexus 4 vs iPhone 5 vs Galaxy S3: Clash Of The Titans

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There were three handsets on many Christmas lists this year, but which one has made the people most happy?

iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S3 vs LG Nexus 4

The Samsung Galaxy S3 came out in May and has been the year’s best-seller. Apple’s iPhone 5 came out in September, and the LG Nexus 4 joined us in November. The LG Nexus 4 has a Qualcomm 1.5GHz quad-core chip, the iPhone 5 has a dual-core 1.2GHz A6 chip and the Samsung Galaxy S3 has an Exynos quad-core processor (in the US it’s dual-core, though). The iPhone 5 has the slowest chip of the three, but it’s still twice as fast as the iPhone 4S. In theory, the LG Nexus 4 has the best combination – quad-cores and 2GB of RAM. The Galaxy S3 has either four cores and 1GB of RAM, or two cores and 2GB of RAM. The LG Nexus 4 has both bases covered, so it wins.

The LG Nexus 4 has Jelly Bean 4.2, whereas the GS3 only has 4.1. The iPhone 5 is on iOS 6. If you want a streamlined OS then you’ll want iOS 6. If you want room to move and customise, you’ll need Android. The LG Nexus 4 and the Samsung Galaxy S3 both have Android, but the Nexus 4 will get updates faster than the GS3. OS is more of a personal choice, though, so we have to call it a draw.

The LG Nexus 4 comes in 8GB or 16GB versions, but there’s no SD card. The Galaxy S3, however, has 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models and SD support for a further 64GB. The iPhone 5 also comes in 16, 32 and 64GB versions, but lacks SD support. The Galaxy S3 takes the prize here.

The LG Nexus 4 has a True HD IPS Plus screen – 4.7” – and it’s got 318ppi and a 1,280x768p resolution. The Galaxy S3 has its 4.8” Super AMOLED display with a ppi of 306 and a resolution of 1,280x720p. The iPhone 5’s 4” screen is the smallest of the trio, and the IPS display has a resolution of 1,136x640p and a 306ppi. These are three brilliant displays, and people will choose according to their preferences – IPS offers more realistic colours and images, whereas AMOLED can look hyper-real and oversaturated. As the LG nexus 4 has IPS AND a big screen, it’s the winner.

You should get 15 hours of talk from the LG Nexus 4, thanks to its 2,100mAh battery. The Samsung Galaxy S3 and the iPhone 5 both give around eight hours. AnandTech tested these phones recently, and the iPhone 5 came out in first place, the Galaxy S3 in second and the LG Nexus 4 was third.

The Nexus 4 weighs 129g and is 133.9mmx68.7mmx9.1mm. The Galaxy S3 is 133g and measures 136.6×70.6mmx8.6mm. The iPhone 5 is a wee 112g and is 123.8mmx58.6×7.6mm. Looks-wise the iPhone 5 is the winner, although it’s neck and neck with the LG Nexus 4. Its smaller stature edges it ahead, though.

You can get the LG Nexus 4 for $299 for the 8GB version, while the 16GB version will cost you $349, when bought through the Google Play Store. The Samsung Galaxy S3 starts at around $550 off contract, while the Apple iPhone 5 is $650 without contract. This means that price wise the LG Nexus 4 is the winner.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 and the Nexus 4 have NFC support, whereas the iPhone 5 and the Galaxy S3 both have LTE. If you need both facilities, you’ll have to go with Samsung, so the Galaxy S3 wins.

The Nexus 4 has an 8MP rear camera with LED flash, autofocus and 1,080p video. There’s also a 1.3MP front camera. The Samsung Galaxy S3 also has an 8MP camera, also with LED flash and autofocus, with a 1.9MP front camera. The iPhone 5 also has an 8MP rear camera and a 1.2MP front camera. Each camera has its plus points – the GS3 can take simultaneous stills and films, the LG Nexus 4 has PhotoSphere and the iPhone 5 is almost unbeatable in low light. It’s up to you, but objectively, the iPhone 5 is the winner thanks to its BSI sensor.

The iPhone 5 is by far the easiest of the three to use, whereas the LG Nexus 4 is cheapest and represents the best value for money. The Samsung Galaxy S3 is a great all-rounder, has loads of features and a decent medium sort of price tag.

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