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Samsung Galaxy S3 vs LG Nexus 4: Is LG Really Better?

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People have been hearing for weeks about the LG Nexus 4 and now it is here and the device is packed with software and hardware that comes with a great price tag.

One of the biggest questions now is whether the LG Nexus 4 is worth making the upgrade from your existing device, in particular if you have the current Android champ, the Samsung Galaxy S3? So should you ditch your S3 for an LG Nexus 4? Let’s find out.

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs LG Nexus 4

The Samsung Galaxy S3 is in a different league from the Galaxy Nexus and as such it can be a hard decision to make if you are considering swapping the device for the LG Nexus 4.

When it comes down to looks, both of the handsets are modern and they have great styling. In this respect it’s all about personal choice. However when it comes to build the Nexus 4 does seem to be the more premium device, despite its low price tag. The Samsung Galaxy S3 on the other hand is somewhat flimsy looking thanks to the polycarbonate back. The Nexus 4 has the back that is protected with Gorilla Glass and which comes with the Crystal Reflection of LG. It does seem as though the Nexus has been built with a lot of attention to detail.

In regards to the hardware in the devices both are very similar, however you can get the Samsung Galaxy S3 in more than one variation. Internationally the S3 comes with 1GB of RAM, a quad core processor and no support for LTE. In the US this is a dual core processor, 2GB of RAM and support for LTE.

The LG Nexus 4 has the Snapdragon quad core processor, which comes with more power than the Exynos of the S3, and so it beats it when it comes to performance. The screen on the Nexus is better than the Super AMOLED display of the S3 too as it performs better in direct sunlight, the colors are more realistic and it has a higher ppi. However the LG Nexus 4 lacks SD support and it does have limited storage. It also doesn’t support LTE and the battery is not removable.

In regards to software, the Nexus 4 is the better of the two handsets as it comes with Android 4.2 and you can count on the device being upgraded as soon as updates come out. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has the TouchWiz interface but when it is updated to Android 4.1.2, it will more S-features like multi-windows which the LG Nexus 4 won’t get.

So which of the two devices is the best? There is no getting away from the fact that they are both great devices. If you live in the US then you might want to go for the Samsung Galaxy S3 with its LTE. However the Nexus is the more powerful of the two handsets and it can deal with anything you put its way. The SD support on the S3 is appealing; however you do get updates fast with the Nexus. The Nexus is also the newer handset and it comes with a build quality that is higher and it offers better performance.

If you do decide to swap your Samsung Galaxy S3 for the LG Nexus 4 then you might not be making an upgrade. If anything it will just feel like a fresh new device and nothing truly more superior. However you could sell your handset and get enough for it to purchase the unlocked version of the Nexus 4 given just how cheap the latter is. So if you just want something new, the Nexus 4 comes with a price tag that can make it happen without the guilt of flushing your money down the toilet just because you have tired of your current handset.

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