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Galaxy S3 vs Nexus 4: King Is Dead, Long Live The King

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The Samsung Galaxy S3 has one large advantage over the LG Nexus 4 and this is the fact that the handset has been on the shelves for 6 months and it is easily available. You cannot get your hands on the LG Nexus 4 since the device came as it has been sold out most of the time. Therefore it is not likely that it will be able to match the sales of the Samsung Galaxy S3 anytime in the near future, even with all the superb reviews.

In some ways the two devices are very similar though and yet in others they are miles apart, and this should make it fairly easy for buyers to choose between the two handsets. The Samsung Galaxy S3 is on all carriers in the US and the LG Nexus 4 isn’t. But can the LG Nexus 4 stand up to the Samsung Galaxy S3 in the hardware department if we put availability aside?

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs LG Nexus 4 (comparison)

One of the things that make the Samsung Galaxy S3 stand out is the beautiful 4.8 inch Super AMOLED screen. when it was first released some said that it would be too large to hold easily. However, thanks to the device having a thin bezel and edges that are rounded, this hasn’t been the case.

The LG Nexus 4 comes with a display of 4.7 inches and therefore it is smaller. On the other hand the different of 0.1 inches does mean that the display is sharper thanks to it having more ppi. Both of the devices come with different technology when it comes to the display. the Samsung Galaxy S3 has a Super AMOLED display, while the Nexus 4 comes with the IPS LCD screen.

The display of the LG Nexus 4 has the more realistic colours and the display is the easiest to read when under the sun. The Samsung Galaxy S3 comes with blacks that are deeper and colours that stand out as being more vibrant. However some say that the colours do seem to be hyper real and the display is on the dim side when viewing the display in sunlight. This means that the LG Nexus 4 is the overall winner in regards to the screen.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 has a disadvantage in regards to the operating system. It comes with ICS, however there is an update to Jelly Bean 4.1. The handset comes with some bloatware and the TouchWiz interface.

On the other hand the LG Nexus 4 features the pure Android experience with Jelly Bean 4.2. Users have features which include Google Now, Photo Sphere and Gesture Typing.

Another thing in favour of the LG Nexus 4 is the fact that the handset will be the first of the two devices to get updates to the latest OS’. This means that the winner has to be the LG Nexus 4.

Both of the devices have processors that are powerful. The LG Nexus 4 comes with the Snapdragon 1.5GHz S4 Pro and the Samsung Galaxy S3 features the dual core Snapdragon 1.5GHz. Both of the devices have 2GB of RAM. The LG Nexus 4 does have the advantage as it comes with extra cores, on paper anyway. The international Samsung Galaxy S3 does comes with the quad core processor, but it has 1GB of RAM. The winner therefore has to be the LG Nexus 4.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 can beat the LG Nexus 4 in one aspect and that is when it comes to storage. The handset supports SD card of up to 64GB, while the LG Nexus 4 doesn’t have support for SD card. You can get the LG Nexus 4 in 8GB or 16GB, while the Samsung Galaxy S3 is available in 16GB or 32GB. This means that the Samsung Galaxy S3 is the winner here.

Both of the handsets have similar features when it comes to cameras. The camera on the back is 8 megapixel and it can record HD video at 30 frames per second and 1080p. The cameras support LED flash and face detection and many other great features.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 comes with a camera of 1.9 megapixel on the front and the LG Nexus 4 has the 1.3 megapixel camera. As there isn’t much difference here this has to be classed as a draw.

The batteries on the devices are 2100mAh, however the battery on the Samsung Galaxy S3 can be removed, whereas the one on the LG Nexus 4, cannot. In recent tests by AnandTech the battery of the Samsung Galaxy S3 lasted longer than that of the LG Nexus 4 and so the winner has to be the Samsung Galaxy S3.

You can get hold of the LG Nexus 4 on contract for around $199, and you can get the Samsung Galaxy S3 for around the same. The LG Nexus 4 however is the best for its contract free price tag where the 8GB version is $299, compared to the $600, which you would have to pay for the contract-free Samsung Galaxy S3. There is one clear winner here and that is the LG Nexus 4.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 has been the best-selling device of 2012, since the device was revealed in the summer. With technology fast improving and phones becoming more powerful, the Samsung Galaxy S3 may not hold the title for much longer as the LG Nexus 4 has what is needed to beat the Samsung Galaxy S3.

Thanks to the great price tag, better display, upmarket styling, more powerful hardware and access to faster software updates, I would pick the LG Nexus 4 over the Samsung Galaxy S3. In this comparison the LG Nexus 4 has taken 4 wins and the Samsung Galaxy S3, two wins. Of course when choosing between the two devices, you do have to bear in mind that the LG Nexus doesn’t have support for LTE and it has storage that is limited, in regards to both of these, the Samsung Galaxy S3 stands out with the advantage which for some is very important.

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