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Nexus 4 vs iPhone 5 vs Galaxy S3: Old But Gold

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When the Samsung Galaxy S3 was launched in May of 2012 the device went on to become the number one selling handset of the year. Apple tried to knock them from the top spot with the release of the Apple iPhone 5 in September and then LG launched the LG Nexus 4 in November. So which of the handsets is the best and how does the older Samsung Galaxy S3 match up to the other two?

The LG Nexus 4 comes with the Qualcomm processor of 1.5GHz, the Apple iPhone 5 has a 1.2GHz dual core and the Samsung Galaxy S3 comes with the Exynos quad core internationally, while over in the US this is the dual core. The Apple iPhone 5 is the slowest of the three but it beats the Apple iPhone 5 as it is twice as fast. The LG Nexus 4 comes with 2GB of RAM and it has quad cores, while the Samsung Galaxy S3 has quad cores but offers just 1GB of RAM. It does have 2GB in the US, however this comes with dual cores. The LG Nexus offers both, which makes it the winner.

The LG Nexus has Jelly Bean 4.2 and this is pure Android. The Samsung Galaxy S3 meanwhile has ICS out of the box but can be updated to Jelly Bean 4.2. The Apple iPhone 5 comes with the latest iOS6, which is streamlined. However if it is customisation that you need then you would have to choose one of the Android devices. As the LG Nexus 4 has pure Android, it will get updates quicker. But this is a matter of personal choice and so the choices would be between the Apple iPhone 5 and the LG Nexus 4.

You can get the LG Nexus in 8GB or 16GB but there is no support for SD card. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has 16GB, 32GB and 64GB storage choices and another 64GB can be added in with SD card. This means that the winner has to be the Samsung Galaxy S3.

The LG Nexus 4 offers a True HD IPS screen of 4.7 inches and resolution of 1136 x 640 with 318ppi. The Apple iPhone 5 display is just 4 inches with resolution of 1136 x 640 and 206ppi. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has the largest display at 4.8 inches and offers 306ppi and a resolution of 1280 x 720p. All devices have screens that are superb and which one is the most suitable for you would depend on what you want from a handset. On the IPS displays the colours are the most realistic, on the Super AMOLED display they can be over saturated and some say they are hyper real. The LG Nexus 4 comes with the larger display and so this makes it the winner.

You may be able to get around 15 hours of talking with the 2100mAh battery of the LG Nexus. The Apple iPhone 5 offers around 8 hours, as does the Samsung Galaxy S3. In tests AnandTech said that the battery life of the Apple iPhone 5 was the best, with the Samsung Galaxy close behind and the LG Nexus following behind.

The LG Nexus measures 133.9mmx68.7mmx9.1mm and has a weight of 129 grams and the Samsung Galaxy S3 is 136.6×70.6mmx8.6mm with a weight of 112 grams. The Apple iPhone 5 is the winner as it has the best looks; however the LG Nexus 4 isn’t too far behind.

If you want NFC you can choose between the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the LG Nexus 4. If LTE is more your thing you have the choice of the Apple iPhone 5 or the Samsung Galaxy S3. Therefore if you want both you only have the Samsung Galaxy S3 with them.

The LG Nexus 4 offers an 8 megapixel camera and this comes with autofocus and records video at 1080p, it also has a camera of 1.3 megapixels on the back. The Samsung Galaxy S3 comes with a camera of 8 megapixels, which has support for autofocus and LED flash, there is also a camera of 1.9 megapixels on the front. The Apple iPhone 5 offers a camera of 8 megapixels along with a camera of 1.2 on the front. The cameras all offer something unique. With the LG Nexus 4 you can Photo Sphere, the Apple iPhone 5 is best for photos in low light and the Samsung Galaxy S3 excels at taking photos and video together. As the Apple iPhone 5 has the best BSI sensor it wins.

Of the three handsets the Apple iPhone 5 is the easiest to use and it comes with a superb design. The LG Nexus 4 wins points for the price tag and great hardware, but it lacks LTE and decent storage so loses out. If you want all all-round device then it has to be the Samsung Galaxy S3 as it has all the features expected of a flagship and at a decent price tag.

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