If you’re after an Android this Christmas, then you’ll most likely be choosing between the Samsung Galaxy S3, the LG Nexus 4 and the Galaxy Note 2. All three are very popular, so you’ll have a hard time choosing.
Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Galaxy Note 2 vs LG Nexus 4
The Samsung Galaxy S3 has been out the longest, but it’s still selling really well. However, it may be about to be replaced by the Galaxy S4. Its big bro’, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, has been out for a few months, but it’s making great progress already. It’s broken records by selling five million units in a month.
The LG Nexus 4 has been out for just a few weeks, but is hard to get hold of. Many are now wondering about the launch process over at Google Play Store. LG isn’t saying if the Nexus 4 is very popular, but has said that its scarcity is down to the huge demand.
The Nexus 4 hasn’t for the specs of the Note 2, but it gives the pure Android experience with an attractive price tag.
All three phones have the latest quad-core chips, albeit at different clock speeds. The Nexus 4 has a Qualcomm 1.5GHz chip, the GS3 has a 1.4GHz quad-core worldwide (1.5GHz dual core in the US). The Note 2 has a quad-core Exynos chip.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has a 5.5” Super AMOLED screen with a 267ppi and a 1,280x720p resolution. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has a 4.8” Super AMOLED screen with 306ppi and a 1,280x720p resolution. The LG Nexus 4 is on its own with a 4.7” True HD IPS display and a 318ppi, as well as a resolution of 1,280x720p.
Storage-wise, the Nexus 4 lags behind, as the biggest version is 16GB. Both Samsungs take SD up to 64GB and have 16GB and 32GB options.
The LG Nexus 4 is a popular phone, but you may have to work hard to get hold of one. You’ll pay $299 or $349 for the 8GB or 16GB versions, and you can also get unlocked models.
You can buy a 16GB GS3 from Amazon for $550, and the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 will cost $650. You can find cheaper if you make the effort, though.
So, what do you want to find in your stocking? The Note 2 has everything – it’s a bigger, better Samsung Galaxy S3. The LG Nexus 4 offers a pure Android experience for a bargain price, but there’s precious little storage and no LTE. If you’re not bothered by these downsides, then go for the Nexus 4 rather than the Samsungs.