Three of the handsets that are the most wanted this Christmas include the LG Nexus 4, Samsung Galaxy S3 and the iPhone 5. But which one will be at the very top of the Christmas lists?
LG Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S3 vs iPhone 5
The Samsung Galaxy S3 came out in May of this year and it went on to become the best-selling handsets of 2012, up to now. This was followed by the release of the iPhone 5 in September and then LG launched the Nexus 4 in November. The LG Nexus 4 comes with a 1.5GHz quad core processor from Qualcomm, while the iPhone 5 runs on the A6 dual core processor at 1.2GHz. Meanwhile the Samsung Galaxy S3 has the quad core processor from Exynos internationally and a dual core 1.5GHz in the US. This means that of the three, the iPhone 5 happens to be the slowest on paper; however it is two times faster than the iPhone 4S. The LG Nexus 4 is the fastest of the handsets on paper, thanks to it having four cores along with 2GB of RAM, compared to the Samsung Galaxy S3 which comes with a quad core and 1GB of RAM or a dual core and 2GB of RAM. So the winner here is the LG Nexus 4.
The LG Nexus 4 comes with a True HD IPS display of 4.7 inches, with resolution of 1280 x 768 and 318ppi. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has the Super AMOLED display of 4.8 inches and has 306ppi and is 1280 x 720p. The iPhone 5 comes with the 4 inch display, which is the smallest of the three, and it has an IPS display offering 306ppi and 1136x640p. All of the screens are superb and people will choose based on what they like personally. The IPS displays are excellent in bright light, while the Super AMOLED display is very vibrant and also boast deeper blacks. However given that IPS tends to look more realistic and the display is easier to read in bright sunlight, it is the winner. Between the IPS LG Nexus 4 and iPhone 5, the Nexus 4 comes ahead as it has the size advantage as well.
You can get the LG Nexus 4 in 8GB or 16GB versions, but there is no external SD card storage. The Samsung Galaxy S3 comes in 16GB, 32GB or 64GB versions and you can add SD support up to another 64GB. The iPhone 5 comes with the same options as the Samsung Galaxy S3, however it doesn’t support SD card. This means that the Samsung Galaxy S3 wins, with the iPhone 5 a close second and the LG Nexus 4 in last place.
The LG Nexus 4 comes with the camera of 8 megapixel, takes video at 1080p, supports LED flash and has autofocus. The device also has a camera of 1.3 megapixel on the front. The Samsung Galaxy S3 meanwhile has the back camera of 8 megapixel and it comes with a front camera of 1.9 megapixel. The back camera comes with autofocus and LED flash support. The iPhone 5 has a camera of 8 megapixel and it has LED flash and autofocus, along with a camera of 1.2 megapixel. Each of these comes with their pros and cons. The Samsung Galaxy S3 is able to take video and stills simultaneously, the LG Nexus 4 has PhotoSphere and the iPhone 5 is superb in low light conditions. While of course each person will choose the best camera based on their needs, the iPhone 5 and the BSI sensor, which performs best in low ligh, wins in our books thanks to the hardware advantage.
The operating system is one of the biggest factors in choosing a handset. The LG Nexus 4 comes with pure Android in the shape of Jelly Bean 4.2, the Samsung Galaxy S3 has Jelly Bean 4.1 and the iPhone 5 has the Apple iOS 6. If you want something that is very streamlined and stable then the iPhone 5 is a superb choice. If it is customisation that you are looking for then you should go for the more flexible Android handsets. The LG Nexus 4 and the Samsung Galaxy S3 both offer this, however the Nexus 4 is the device that will get regularly updated. As OS is down to personal choice it has to be a draw here.
The LG Nexus 4 has the 2100mAh battery and this should provide you with up to 15 hours of use. The iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S3 both offers around 8 hours of battery use. In real world usage, AnandTech tests showed that the iPhone 5 came first for its battery life, with the Samsung Galaxy S3 behind and in last place was the LG Nexus 4.
The LG Nexus 4 weighs 129 grams and is 133.9mm x 68.7mm x 9.1mm. The Samsung Galaxy S3 is 133 grams and 136.6mmx70.6mmx8.6mm and the iPhone 5 is the lightest at 112 grams and 123.8mmx58.6mmx7.6mm. In regards to looks and design it is the iPhone 5 that wins, and while the LG Nexus 4 can match the looks, the iPhone 5 is the lightest and slimmest device out there so it wins.
You can get the LG Nexus 4 8GB unlocked version for $299 in the Google Play Store and the 16GB version will cost you $349. The Samsung Galaxy S3 will set you back $550 without contract and the iPhone 5 comes with a price tag of $650. This means that price wise the LG Nexus 4 is the winner.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 and the LG Nexus 4 both come with NFC, while the iPhone 5 doesn’t. However the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the iPhone 5 both come with LTE support and this is not found on the LG Nexus 4. If you want both then it would have to be the Samsung Galaxy S3 only.
In conclusion if you want a handset that is very user friendly and boast a solid camera and design then it would have to be the iPhone 5. For best price and a powerful processor the LG Nexus 4 is the winner. The Samsung Galaxy S3 comes in as a great all-round device that comes with solid hardware, flexibility, and mid-range price tag.