The Samsung Galaxy S3 has a sales advantage over the LG Nexus 4 in that it has been on the shelves for 6 months already and you can get it just about anywhere. The LG Nexus 4, which was released in November, is at this moment impossible to buy as it has sold out thanks to great reviews and limited supply.
Samsung Galaxy S3 vs LG Nexus 4
The two handsets are very similar in many ways and in others they stand apart. You can get the Samsung Galaxy S3 with all carriers within the US but you will struggle to get the LG Nexus 4 even from T-Mobile, so other than this sales advantage how do the two compare?
When it comes to the display the Samsung Galaxy S3 has the Super AMOLED HD screen of 4.8 inches. Many people said that this would be too big to be held comfortably, however thanks to the thin bezel and its edges that are rounded, this isn’t the case.
The LG Nexus 4 has a screen that is just a little smaller at 4.7 inches. The difference here is just 0.1 inches and the Nexus 4 does have the sharper display as the ppi is denser. Both devices come with qualities that are unique in the displays. Samsung chose the Super AMOLED and Nexus the IPS LCD.
The Nexus’ display has colours that look more realistic and the is easier to read when in direct sunlight too. The AMOLED display of the Samsung Galaxy S3 has the deeper blacks and colours are vibrant. However some say they are hyper real and the maximum amount of brightness is still dim in sunlight. The winner here therefore has to be the LG Nexus 4.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 has the disadvantage in regards to the operating system as well as it comes with ICS. It has received the Jelly Bean 4.1 update nearly everywhere in the US except for Verizon thoug. Of course the Samsung Galaxy S3 comes with add-ons to Jelly Bean courtesy of TouchWiz too.
The LG Nexus 4 on the other hand offers the pure Android experience of Jelly Bean 4.2. This brings with it new options and features which include Google Now, Photo Sphere and Gesture Typing.
Both handsets are relatively easy to use. Nevertheless the LG Nexus 4 will get future software updates fast, ahead of the Galaxy S3 and so it wins.
Both handsets have powerful processors, the LG Nexus 4 has the 1.5GHz S4 Pro quad-core chip and the Samsung Galaxy S3 has the 1.5GHz dual core processor. Both also have 2GB of RAM, but the LG Nexus 4 comes with an advantage on paper, of having more cores. Internationally the Samsung Galaxy S3 comes with the quad core processor; however it only has 1GB of RAM. The winner here is the LG Nexus 4.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 isn’t beat though as it comes in 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of storage and you can boost it with SD card up to another 64GB. The LG Nexus 4 is available in 8 or 16GB and it lacks support for SD card. And so the winner is the Samsung Galaxy S3.
Both devices have cameras that have great features. They both have 8 megapixels on the back camera and they record video in HD at 1080p and in 30 frames per second. The cameras also support face detection and they have flash support and other features.
When it comes to front cameras the Samsung Galaxy S3 comes with more megapixels at 1.9, compared to 1.3 on the LG Nexus 4. As the difference is not really noticeable, this is a draw.
Both handsets have 2100mAh batteries, but the one on the Samsung Galaxy S3 is removable. AnandTech tests showed that the Samsung Galaxy S3 battery lasted longer than the one on the Nexus handset too when it came to usage in the real world, and so the Galaxy S3 wins.
The LG Nexus 4 is available on contract for $200 and the Samsung Galaxy S3 costs the same. However you can get the handset off contract unlocked for around $299 at Google Play Store, in comparison to the $600 you would have to spend for the off unlocked Samsung Galaxy S3. This means that the LG Nexus 4 is the winner here.
The Samsung Galaxy S3, which was released in summer of 2012, has been one of the best-selling devices in the Android market. Of course as technology in handsets improve devices don’t stop at the top for long. The LG Nexus 4 does have what it takes and this could well be a contender for the device of the year in 2013.
With its great price tag and features, the LG Nexus 4 could knock the Samsung Galaxy S3 from the top. Here we saw the LG Nexus 4 win 4 categories, while the Samsung Galaxy S3 took just two. Bear in mind that the Nexus 4 doesn’t have support for LTE and it lacks expandable SD card storage. If you can overlook these two things then the Nexus 4 is for you.