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LG Nexus 4 vs Galaxy S3: Advantage LG

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The Samsung Galaxy S3 got Jelly Bean at the end of last year, and Google also released the LG Nexus 4 in November, with Android 4.2. So how does this phone stand up to the king of 2012, the S3?

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs LG Nexus 4

Display: The Galaxy S3 has a big 4.8” Super AMOLED display with a 1280x720p resolution and Gorilla Glass protection. The LG Nexus 4 has a 4.7” screen, True IPS and the same resolution as the Galaxy S3. It’ll come down to whether you prefer the realistic IPS or the hyper-real Super AMOLED appearance. IPS is also better in sunlight, whereas AMOLED is notoriously poor. The Nexus 4 squeaks in front.

Storage: The Galaxy S3 has 16GB, 32GB and 64GB options, with SD support for up to 64GB. The LG Nexus 4 has 8GB or 16GB of internal storage and no SD. It’s an obvious win for the Galaxy S3.

Cameras: The Galaxy S3 has an 8MP rear camera that has autofocus and LED flash. It can also take 1080 videos. The LG Nexus 4 camera has pretty much the same specs, but the front cameras are different. The S3 has a 1.9MP front camera and the Nexus 4 has a 1.3MP front camera, so the Galaxy S3 sneaks in front.

Hardware: The Galaxy S3 has a quad-core Exynos 1.4GHz chip with 1GB of RAM. The LG Nexus 4 has a quad-core Snapdragon chip at 1.5GHz and 2GB of RAM. The Nexus 4 is the winner by a country mile.

Software: The Galaxy S3 is now on Jelly Bean 4.1, but the LG Nexus is on Jelly Bean 4.2, so LG wins here.

Battery: Both phones have 2,100mAh batteries, but as the Galaxy S3’s is removable, and the Nexus 4’s isn’t, the Galaxy S3 carries it off.

Design: The Galaxy S3 hasn’t been helped by its glossy plastic looks at all, and the LG Nexus 4 capitalises on this by looking way classier. Obviously it’s a personal choice, but most people prefer the upmarket look of the Nexus 4.

To sum up: The Samsung Galaxy S3 has been leading the way for a while now; it’s too soon to see if the LG Nexus 4 can dethrone it, but it does have the right stuff.

Alex customizes his cars and smartphones like its going out of fashion. Jumping between Korean and American, not only does Alex provide in-depth reviews but he usually hangs on to the models for some “real world testing” weeks at a time.