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Samsung Galaxy Nexus Has Its Advantages Over LG Nexus 4

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The LG Nexus 4 is out, and is proving popular, but the older Samsung Galaxy Nexus is still game – which one is best?

If the Samsung Galaxy nexus gets Jelly Bean soon, it’ll get a real revamp, but the LG nexus 4 still has a lot more going for it.

The LG Nexus 4 looks amazing and really stands out from the crowd – side by side, you can see which handset is the premium one, as it feels more substantial and high end. The Galaxy Nexus doesn’t have this “weight”. However, the LG Nexus 4 is believed to be easy to break, with its glass rear.

The displays are different, with the LG Nexus 4 having True IPS and the Galaxy Nexus having Super AMOLED. The IPS display on the LG Nexus 4 gives more realistic colours and performs better in direct sunlight, whereas the AMOLED display can seem too real to be comfortable.

The Nexus 4 is very fast, more so than the Galaxy Nexus, thanks to its quad core 1.5Ghz Snapdragon chip and 2GB of RAM.

The Nexus 4 booted up around 30 seconds faster than the Galaxy Nexus, and it also loaded webpages faster too. So the device itself is faster, but any functions that rely on data can be a bit sluggish, because the Nexus 4 doesn’t have LTE. The Samsung Galaxy Nexus does, though.

In the past, Nexus handset cameras have been mediocre at best, but the LG Nexus 4 changes all that, as its camera is the best of the line.

Speakers in the LG Nexus 4 are loud and clear – much better than the ones in the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus does beat the Nexus 4 on some things, though. It has a removable battery and LTE. The LG Nexus 4 has been criticised for its low battery life, and so has the Galaxy Nexus, but a removable battery is always an advantage, as you can carry a fully charged spare.

If you’ve got a Samsung Galaxy Nexus you might think the upgrade to an LG Nexus 4 isn’t worth it; there are certainly trade-offs. The Nexus 4 is faster, but then again, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus gets faster with each update. The LG Nexus 4 has the better battery, but the Galaxy Nexus has LTE and a swappable battery.

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