It’s really exciting to compare new smartphone flagships, so let’s have a look at two contenders for the Samsung Galaxy S3 pole “best seller of 2012” position – the iPhone 5 and the LG Nexus 4.
LG Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S3 vs iPhone
The LG Nexus 4 isn’t out yet with its final software build, so we can only do a theoretical comparison with it. Now that we’ve got the disclaimer out of the way, let’s get started.
Display: The Samsung Galaxy S3 has the largest display of the trio, at 4.8” it’s 0.1” bigger (diagonally) than the LG Nexus 4, but it has the same resolution as the Nexus 4. The Nexus has a mega-bright IPS display like the Optimus G, whereas the S3 has a PenTile AMOLED display. The iPhone 5 is smaller, at 4” and IPS Retina. I’ve always preferred LCD displays as their brightness helps them in direct sunlight. AMOLED screens also look a bit too hyper-real for me, so in this section I’m going for the LG Nexus 4, as it’s more realistic in color reproduction than the Samsung Galaxy S3 and bigger than the iPhone 5.
Design: The LG Nexus 4 is the first Android that comes close to the iPhone 5 design-wise. It looks like there was some real thought and feeling put into it. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has been derided for its cheapo plastic style, and the iPhone 5 of course looks the business. This has to be declared a draw between the LG Nexus 4 and the iPhone 5.
Processor: The LG Nexus 4 has the S4 Snapdragon Pro chip, said to be one of the fastest for SoC of any Android. On paper it’s faster than the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the iPhone 5 because it’s the only device that has the combination of a quad-core and 2GB RAM. The iPhone 5 has a dual-core A6 with 1GB of RAM. The Samsung Galaxy S3 comes in either quad-core with 1GB of RAM or dual core with 2GB of RAM.
Storage: The Samsung Galaxy S3 takes the cake as it comes in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB with the advantage of expandable storage. The iPhone 5 has similar storage options but no expandable storage. The LG Nexus 4 only has an 8GB and 16GB option with no extra storage either.
Connectivity: The LG Nexus 4 trails in last place, and the Samsung Galaxy S3 is in first. Why? The LG Nexus 4 has NFC, the iPhone 5 has LTE and the Samsung Galaxy S3 has both these features. Enough said.
Price is also a consideration. The LG Nexus 4 starts at $299 for an 8GB version. The iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S3 cost upwards of $500 unlocked. The lower price of the LG Nexus 4 puts it in front.
Adding up the scores, despite lacking LTE and having minimal storage space the LG Nexus 4 wins the most number of categories, followed closely by the Samsung Galaxy S3 and then the iPhone 5.