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Galaxy S3 vs Nexus 4: Reasons To Pick The LG

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The Samsung Galaxy S3 finally got Jelly Bean last December, and Google released the LG Nexus 4 around this time, so how do these giants compare?

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs LG Nexus 4

Display: The Galaxy S3 has a big old 4.8” Super AMOLED screen, with a 1,280x720p resolution and Gorilla Glass. The LG Nexus 4 is a bit smaller – 4.7” – but it has the same resolution as the GS3, as well as a True IPS display. It depends really on whether you prefer realistic IPS or over-saturated Super AMOLED. IPS performs better in sunlight, which is where AMOLED falls down, so the Nexus 4 sneaks ahead.

Storage: The Samsung Galaxy S3 comes in 16, 32 and 64GB options, as well as SD support for another 64GB. The LG Nexus comes in 8 and 16GB versions, with no SD, so the Galaxy S3 wins out.

Cameras: The Galaxy S3 has an 8MP rear camera, with LED flash and autofocus, and it can take 1,080p videos. The LG Nexus 4 has the same specs, but it’s the front cameras where we see a difference – the GS3 has a 1.9MP camera there, compared to the 1.3MP camera on the Nexus 4, so the Galaxy S3 holds sway.

Hardware: The Galaxy S3 has a quad-core 1.4GHz Exynos chip with 1GB of RAM, but this is beaten by the LG Nexus 4’s 2GB of RAM and its quad-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon chip.

Software: The Galaxy S3 is delighted to have Jelly Bean 4.1, but the LG Nexus 4 has JB 4.2.

Battery: While both phones have 2,100mAh batteries, the GS3 has the advantage of a removable battery, so it wins.

Design: The Galaxy S3 has been badly let down by its cheapo plastic looks, and this only makes the LG Nexus 4 look even classier. Some people don’t mind a bit of kitsch, but most people prefer high-end, so the LG Nexus 4 wins.

Conclusion: The Samsung Galaxy S3 has been reigning for some time now, and while it’s too soon to know if the LG Nexus 4 can oust it, it’s a serious contender.

Mike is the man who reviews gadgets that aren’t mainstream or products that can’t exactly be classified as consumer electronics e.g. portable talking toilets. It’s always interesting to read about the crazy products we have here in Asia that just don’t get as much publicity as they warrant.