One advantage that the Samsung Galaxy S3 has over the LG Nexus 4 is the fact that it’s been out for a while and is readily available. The Nexus 4 is hard to get hold of, despite having been out for over a month.
The two phones are very similar, but there are some significant differences. The Samsung Galaxy S3 comes with most US carriers while the Nexus 4 doesn’t. Forgetting about availability for a moment, how do these phones do against each other?
Samsung Galaxy S3 vs LG Nexus 4
Screen: The Samsung Galaxy S3 screen is a big draw – 4.8” and HD. Some people originally thought that it’d be too big, but the thin bezel and rounded edges settled their minds.
At 4.7”, the LG Nexus 4 screen is a tad smaller, and the slight difference means the Nexus has a slightly sharper display. Both phones have unique qualities to their screens – Samsung went for Super AMOLED and the Nexus 4 has IPS LCD. Both screens have Gorilla Glass 2 protecting them.
Larger screens are the in-thing right now, but if the 0.1” difference doesn’t bother you, then you might prefer the LG Nexus 4, as its colours are more realistic and the IPS screen works better in sunlight. We love the intense blacks and vibrant colours of AMOLED, but its maximum levels just don’t cut it in bright light. The Nexus 4 wins.
Battery: While both phones have 2,100mAh batteries, the Samsung Galaxy is removable, unlike the Nexus 4’s. AnandTech’s recent tests showed that the S3 battery did better than the Nexus 4 in the real world. The Samsung Galaxy S3 wins.
OS: The Samsung Galaxy S3 has the disadvantage here, as it comes with ICS out of the box, although most handsets are now on Jelly Bean 4.1. It does have some TouchWiz add-ons, though.
The Nexus 4 has the pure Android experience of JB 4.2, and users will get loads of new features and options, like an improved Google Now, gesture typing and PhotoSphere.
Both phones are equally user-friendly, but the Nexus 4 will be first in line for updates, so it wins here.
Processor: Both phones are quad-core. The LG Nexus 4 has the Snapdragon 1.5GHz S4 Pro and the Samsung Galaxy S3 has a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon chip (in the US). Both phones have 2GB of RAM, but in the US, the Nexus 4’s extra cores help it to a win.
Cameras: Both the cameras have nice features – 8MP offerings that can take 1,080p films. They also have LED flash and face detection, as well as all the rest. The front cameras are decent too, with the Samsung Galaxy S3 having 1.9MP and the Nexus 4 on 1.3MP. You can’t really tell the difference, though, so it’s a draw.
Storage: The Samsung Galaxy S3 is great for storage, as it has 16, 32 and 64GB versions, as well as SD support for 64GB. The Nexus only comes in 8 and 16GB versions, and it has no SD support.
Price: The LG Nexus, on contract, will cost around $200, and the Samsung Galaxy S3 will be around the same. Unlocked, you’ll pay $299 for the LG Nexus 4 and $600 for the S3. Obvious win for the Nexus 4.
Battery: While both phones have 2,100mAh batteries, the Samsung Galaxy S3 is removable, unlike the Nexus 4. AnandTech’s recent tests showed that the S3 battery did better than the LG Nexus 4 in the real world. The Samsung Galaxy S3 wins.
The overall winner is: The LG Nexus 4. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has been lording it over the others since its release in May, but tech is improving so fast now that the average phone doesn’t reign for long. The LG Nexus 4 looks like the king of 2013. The affordable price tag and fab features means it may well be the phone to oust the GS3. It won four categories compared to the Samsung Galaxy S3’s two. The lack of LTE and SD might dissuade some, though, so we will still have to wait and see.