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Nexus 4 vs iPhone 5 vs Galaxy S3: And The Winner Is…

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Samsung released the Galaxy S3 in May of last year and it has enjoyed success as the best-selling handset of 2012. Apple launched the Apple iPhone 5 in September and LG followed it with the Nexus 4 in November. So which is the best of the trio? Let’s see if we can find out.

LG Nexus 4 vs iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S3

The LG Nexus 4 comes with the quad core processor from Qualcomm, which is 1.5GHz. The Apple iPhone 5 runs on the dual core 1.2GHz A6 processor and the Samsung Galaxy S3 has the Exynos quad core processor, while over in the US this is the dual core. The Apple iPhone 5 happens to be the slowest of the bunch on paper, however it happens to be two times as fast as the Apple iPhone 4S. The LG Nexus 4 has a quad core processor along with 2GB of RAM, so it has the best of both worlds. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has quad cores but only 1GB of RAM, while the 2GB RAM version only has two cores. As the LG Nexus has both, it is the winner, again on paper.

Android Jelly Bean 4.2 is on the LG Nexus 4, while the Samsung Galaxy S3 runs on Android 4.1. The Apple iPhone 5 has the latest iOS 6 and it is the most streamlined OS of the pack. If however you want a handset that you can customise then it has to be Android. The LG Nexus 4 and the Samsung Galaxy S3 both have Android, but the LG Nexus should get updates first and comes with a pure build of Jelly Bean 4.2, so this could work out the better of the two handsets. When it comes down to the OS, it is a matter of personal choice, so there is no clear winner.

The LG Nexus 4 comes in 8GB or 16GB but it doesn’t support SD card. Meanwhile the Samsung Galaxy S3 comes in 16GB and 32GB with an addition 64GB SD card support. The Apple iPhone 5 is offered in the same choices however there is no support for SD card. This puts the Samsung Galaxy S3 ahead.

The LG Nexus 4 has a display of 4.7 inches which is True HD IPS Plus with 318ppi and 1280 x 768 resolution. The Apple iPhone 5 has a Super AMOLED screen of 4.8 inches with 306ppi and resolution of 1280 x 720. The display of the Apple iPhone 5 is the smallest with a 1136 x 640 resolution. All devices have displays that are great; however the most suitable is a matter of personal choice. IPS displays usually provide realistic colours and the Super AMOLED display often looks over saturated, with some saying it is hyper-real. As the LG Nexus 4 has the largest of the IPS screens it is the winner in my book.

The LG Nexus 4 specs sheet says it should offer around 15 hours of talk time thanks to it having a battery of 2100mAh, the Samsung Galaxy S3, and the Apple iPhone 5 should give around 8 hours. However in recent real-world tests, AnandTech said the Apple iPhone 5 was in first place, the Samsung Galaxy S3 in 2nd and finally the LG Nexus 4 fell in last place.

The LG Nexus 4 is 129 grams with measurements of 133.9mmx68.7mmx9.1mm. The Samsung Galaxy S3 comes in at 136.6×70.6mmx8.6mm and is 133 grams, while the Apple iPhone 5 is just 122 grams and measures 123.8mmx58.6×7.6mm. When it comes down to looks the Apple iPhone 5 and LG Nexus 4 are on par. However with the iPhone 5 being thinner, lighter and smaller it takes the cake.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 and the LG Nexus 4 support NFC, while the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the Apple iPhone 5 have LTE. If you want NFC and LTE then you would have to choose the Samsung Galaxy S3.

All of the devices have cameras of 8 megapixel on the back and these support autofocus, LED flash and video recording at 1080p. The LG Nexus 4 also comes with a 1.3 megapixel camera on the front, the Samsung Galaxy S3 has a 1.9 and the Apple iPhone 5 comes with a 1.2 megapixel on the front. All of the cameras offer something unique. The LG Nexus 4 has PhotoSphere, the Apple iPhone 5 is superb in low light conditions, while the Samsung Galaxy S3 can take photos and videos at the same time. As the Apple iPhone 5 has the best BSI sensor, this makes it the winner.

Bottom line: The Apple iPhone 5 happens to be the easiest of the three handsets to use and it has the best looks. The LG Nexus 4 has the cheapest price tag and it is value for money thanks to great hardware, even with a few things missing from it. The Samsung Galaxy S3 however comes out as the winner as it is the all-round device that doesn’t skimp on any major features while keeping the price tag in the medium range.

Mike is the man who reviews gadgets that aren’t mainstream or products that can’t exactly be classified as consumer electronics e.g. portable talking toilets. It’s always interesting to read about the crazy products we have here in Asia that just don’t get as much publicity as they warrant.