The Samsung Galaxy S3 is the best-selling Android device of the year (so far). This could however change with the release of the Nexus 4, from Google and LG. So how does it measure up against the Galaxy S3 from Samsung?
Samsung Galaxy S3 vs LG Nexus 4
Both handsets have been designed very well, with the Samsung Galaxy S3 having the larger surface area and thinner form factor. The LG Nexus 4 is designed in glass and it is held together with a band running through the middle. When you hold the handset in certain light it takes on a sparkly look. The Nexus measures in at 0.36 inch deep, 2.07 wide, and is 5.27 inch tall and weighs 133 grams. The Samsung Galaxy S3 on the other hand is 0.34 inches in depth, 2.78 inches wide and is 5.38 inches tall, with a weight of 133 grams. The S3 has been criticized for its plastic looks in the past and so the LG Nexus 4 takes the win in this category thanks to its more premium-looking styling.
The display of both devices is superb but it is the LG Nexus 4 that has the higher resolution of 318ppi on its 4.7 inch screen. The Samsung Galaxy S3 features a display of 1280 x 720 at 306ppi and people will either be a fan or not of the Super AMOLED display and its deep blacks, along with colours that are vibrant. The screen on the LG Nexus 4 is bright and it is easier to read in direct sunlight (IPS), but some say that it does seem washed out. The display is a matter of personal preference; however we class the Nexus 4 as the winner here as the Galaxy S3 appears hyper-real in my opinion.
The LG Nexus 4 comes with the quad core processor of 1.5GHz and it has 2GB of RAM backing it up. There are different versions of the Samsung Galaxy S3 as in the US it has a dual core 1.5GHz processor and 2GB of RAM and internationally the device has a quad core processor of 1.4GGHz and 1GB of RAM. Thanks to the LG having the quad core and 2GB of RAM in one, the Nexus 4 is the winner.
One thing that might put you off the Nexus 4 is the fact that it doesn’t support SD cards and you can only get the handset with either 8GB or 16GB. The Samsung Galaxy S3 takes SD card up to 64GB and it comes in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. In theory you could have up to 128GB combined if you got the 64GB version. This means that the Samsung Galaxy S3 is the winner without any doubt.
The LG Nexus 4 also lacks LTE and the Samsung Galaxy S3 comes with it. The Nexus does work on HSPA+ which means speeds of around 42mbps are possible, which is close to speeds of LTE. The winner here has to be the S3.
The battery on both handsets is 2100mAh, so this is a draw. They both come with rear cameras of 8 megapixels but the Samsung Galaxy S3 has a 1.9 megapixel on the front and the Nexus comes with a 1.3 megapixel camera. The winner here has to be the S3, slightly.
The LG Nexus 4 comes with the stock version of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, so it has all the latest features, including a Swype style keyboard and 360 degree camera tool called Photo Sphere. The Nexus will be among the first device to get future updates too and so the Samsung Galaxy S3 will be behind in this respect always. This means the Nexus wins this category.
Price-wise the LG Nexus 4 wins clearly. It is available from as low as $299 while the Samsung Galaxy S3 will cost you upwards of $500 for the 16GB model.
Adding up the scores, it is clear that both the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the LG Nexus 4 are the best of the best. The bottom line is that if you need a device with LTE then go for the Samsung Galaxy S3. Otherwise it is the LG Nexus 4.