The Samsung Galaxy S3 was crowned the best-selling device of 2012 (so far); however this may change with the release of the LG Nexus 4. The only thing that could stop the Nexus handset from taking over is the fact that LG and Google did have to make some compromises with the handset. So how big of a deal were the trade-offs and which is the best smartphone ultimately? Let’s find out.
LG Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S3
Design: To start with, both of the devices are superbly designed. The Samsung Galaxy S3 comes with the larger of the surface areas and it happens to be thinner than the Nexus. The LG Nexus 4 is made of glass on the front and the back and this is held together with a plastic band. When you hold the Nexus under certain light it does take on a slight glittery look, but not that the phone is gaudy. The Nexus comes in at 0.36 inch deep. 2.07 inch wide and 5.27 inch tall and weighs 139 grams. The Galaxy S3 is 0.34 inches in depth, 2.78 inches wide and has a tallness of 5.38 inches and a weight of 133 grams. Now the S3 has been criticized in the past for its glossy plastic looks so we’ll have to give it to LG Nexus 4 here. Advantage: Nexus 4
Screen: The displays of the handsets are great, but the LG Nexus 4 has the higher resolution at 318ppi. The display is 1280 x 768 and 4.7 inches. The Samsung Galaxy S3 comes with the Super AMOLED display of 1280 x 720 with 306ppi. You either love or hate Super AMOLED, but is has colours that are vibrant and deep blacks. The display on the Nexus 4 is brighter and better in sunlight, however some say that they appear washed out. Despite this the winner in this category is the LG Nexus 4, but if you love AMOLED then this will be a matter of personal preference. Advantage: Nexus
The LG Nexus 4 has the quad core 1.5GHz processor and 2GB of RAM, while there are different versions of the Samsung Galaxy S3. In the US it comes with a 1.5GHz dual core only but boasts 2GB RAM. Internationally it is a 1.4GHz quad-core but sits with just 1GB RAM. The Nexus 4 sweeps ahead thanks to packing both a quad-core and 2GB RAM, making it more powerful (on paper at least). Advantage: Nexus.
You could be put off by the LG Nexus 4 thanks to lack of SD storage and the device only being available in 8GB and 16GB. The Samsung Galaxy S3 on the other hand goes up to 64GB and it takes SD card up to another 64GB. This means that you could potentially have as much as 128GB of combined storage with the S3 and this beats the Nexus 4 flat out. Winner: S3
Connection-wise the LG Nexus 4 doesn’t have LTE, while the Samsung Galaxy S3 does. However the Nexus 4 does work on HSPA+ and you could potentially get speeds which are close to those of 4G at 42Mbps. The S3 works on LTE and so is the winner here. Advantage: S3
Both of the devices have a battery of 2100mAh, so this is a draw. They also have 8 megapixel cameras, while the Samsung Galaxy S3 also has a 1.9 megapixel camera on the front and the Nexus 4 at 1.3 megapixel. We’ll give the S3 the win here thanks to a better front-camera. Advantage: S3
One of the biggest advantages to the LG Nexus 4 is that it runs stock Android. The Nexus 4 will have Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and this means it will have many new features. The OS brings a Swype type keyboard, camera tool to merge 360 degree photos into a Photo Sphere and wireless display mirroring.
The Nexus 4 will also be the first to get the updates of Android, which means the Samsung Galaxy S3 will be behind it always in this respect. The handset is not sold through carriers and so there will be no lengthy waits for updates, which makes it the winner. Advantage: Nexus
Choosing between these two handsets is not too hard thanks to Google leaving out LTE. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has this, which means it can take advantage of the super-fast data speeds. So if you want LTE speeds, buy the Samsung Galaxy S3, otherwise the LG Nexus 4 is the star.