Two of the top devices are the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the LG Nexus 4. The Nexus 4 boasts a low price tag and great specs, but lacks expandable storage and LTE. However are these drawbacks enough when compared to the awesome specs and price, and would you choose it over an S3?
LG Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S3: LTE is the decider
One of the first things you have to decide is if the lack of LTE will make a difference to you. If you are with AT&T then you would be turning your back on 4G and going onto 3G with the Nexus 4. This would be similar to going from broadband to dial up at home. LTE loads webpages faster and for many people this would be the deal breaker.
AT&T has not said anything specific about the differences between LTE and HSPA+, labeling both as 4G. But this is far from the truth. The LG Nexus 4 does support HSPA+. AT&T wants to get people interested in LTE though and so they have been promoting the speeds and boosting them up.
Last month they said that users of their LTE network would get around 12mbps, which you have to compare with the 2mbps to 6mbps that you would get with HSPA+ from them.
There are some people who would say that the LTE and the Samsung Galaxy S3 is worth giving away the pure Android experience that the LG Nexus 4 offers. This may be those who are with AT&T and who enjoy fast data of LTE. Therefore the LG Nexus 4 may not get a look in with people such as this.
However what about for those who are with other carriers who are debating between the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the Nexus 4? What about those with T-Mobile? The Nexus is $199 on contract with them and of course they don’t have LTE. Here you may want to go with HSPA+ of T-Mobile, which some people say is better than the service offered by AT&T as you can get up to 42mbps. However others say this is more like 20mbps.
Internationally LTE is not such a big deal as few carriers have it. Therefore you may wish to take advantage of the LG Nexus 4 and pure Android. So the biggest debate between the LG Nexus 4 and the Samsung Galaxy S3 is with those on AT&T in the US.
You also have to bear in mind that the LG Nexus 4 is only available in 8GB or 16GB and there is the lack of SD card support on the device. The Samsung Galaxy S3 on the other hand comes in 16GB, 32GB or 64GB and you can add on another 64GB by way of SD card. Google on the other hand are relying on cloud storage and so users would be able to use this with a 16GB Nexus 4, which should provide ample storage.
So if you are with AT&T then you might want to choose the Samsung Galaxy S3 as opposed to the LG Nexus 4, however if you aren’t bothered by the lack of LTE, the LG Nexus 4 with its superior hardware, better exterior styling and faster software updates trumps the S3.