Three of the most wanted devices on Christmas lists this year are the Samsung Galaxy S3, the iPhone 5 and the LG Nexus 4. So which of these three kings will actually be the ideal Christmas stocking stuffer?
Samsung Galaxy S3 vs LG Nexus 4 vs iPhone 5
The Samsung Galaxy S3 was launched in the summer and it has sold very well up to now. The iPhone 5 was then released in September and this was followed on by the launch of the LG Nexus 4 in November.
The LG Nexus 4 comes with the quad core processor of 1.5GHz, the iPhone 5 has the 1.2GHz A6 dual-core processor and the Samsung Galaxy S3 has the 1.5GHz dual core processor in the US and a quad-core internationally. Of the three handsets the iPhone 5 happens to be the slowest, on paper at least. On the other hand it does happen have twice the speed of the iPhone 4S. The fastest on paper is the LG Nexus 4 as it has four cores and 2GB of RAM. The S3 comes with a quad core processor and 1GB of RAM, or 2GB of RAM and dual core. So the winner in this category has to be the LG Nexus 4.
The LG Nexus 4 has the 4.7 inch True HD IPS display with resolution of 1280 x 768 and 318ppi. The Samsung Galaxy S3 comes with a display of Super AMOLED which is 4.8 inches and 306ppi at 1280 x 720. The iPhone 5 comes with a display of 4 inches and this happens to be the smallest of the devices. The IPS display gives 306ppi and has the resolution of 1136 x 640. The best display will depend on what you want. The AMOLED display tends to offer vibrancy and it comes with the deepest blacks. IPS however tends to look the most realistic and this display is the easiest to read in sunlight. Personally I would go with IPS and in this regards it is the iPhone 5 and LG Nexus 4. However the LG Nexus 4 is the winner thanks to it having size on its side as well.
The LG Nexus 4 is offered in 8GB or 16GB and it lacks expandable storage. You can get the Samsung Galaxy S3 in a choice of 16GB, 32GB or 64GB and SD card support is included up to 64GB. While the iPhone 5 comes with the same choices for internal storage, it doesn’t have support for SD card. The winner here is the Samsung Galaxy S3 with the iPhone 5 coming in second and the LG Nexus 4 following on.
The LG Nexus 4 has a camera of 8 megapixel and it takes video at 1080p and comes with autofocus and LED flash support. The device also has a 1.3 megapixel camera on the front. The Samsung Galaxy S3 comes with a camera of 8 megapixel on the back and a 1.9 on the front. The one on the back has LED flash support and autofocus. The iPhone 5 has the 8 megapixel camera complete with autofocus and LED flash and it has a camera of 1.2 megapixel up front. Each of the cameras has their pros and cons. The Samsung Galaxy S3 can take photos and video at the same time, the LG Nexus 4 comes with PhotoSphere and the iPhone 5 is the best for low light photos. Of course the best camera will be the one that suits you. The iPhone 5 has the best BSI sensor and this shows in low light conditions, so we’re going to crown it the winner.
One of the biggest deciding factors when buying a handset is the OS. The LG Nexus 4 has pure Android by way of Jelly Bean 4.2 and the Samsung Galaxy S3 has Jelly Bean 4.1, while the iPhone 5 comes with iOS 6. If you are after a phone that is streamlined and which is stable, then you want the iPhone 5. However if it is customisation that you want then you should choose one of the Android devices. The LG Nexus will be the first to get updates so it is ahead of the S3. The winner here is a matter of personal choice and is it is a draw.
The LG Nexus 4 comes with a battery of 2100mAh and this gives you around 15 hours of usage. The Samsung Galaxy S3 and the iPhone 5 have a battery that lasts around 8 hours. AnandTech carried out tests that showed us that the iPhone 5 was ahead when it came to battery life, the Galaxy S3 was second and the LG Nexus 4 came in last place.
In regards to size and weight the LG Nexus is 129 grams and is 133.9mm x 68.7mm x 9.1mm, the Samsung Galaxy S3 is 133 grams and measures 136.6mmx70.6mmx8.6mm and the iPhone 5 comes in the lightest weighing just 112 grams and is 123.8mmx58.6mmx7.6mm. When it comes to design and the looks the iPhone 5 and the LG Nexus 4 are evenly matched. Although the Nexus can look just as pretty as Apple’s phone, the iPhone 5 is thinner and lighter as well and therefore it wins.
The 8GB version of the LG Nexus 4 comes with the price tag of $299 at Google Play Store and it is unlocked. The 16GB version of the handsets will set you back $349. The Samsung Galaxy S3 costs $550 if you want it contract free and the iPhone 5 is the dearest at around $650. The winner here has to be the LG Nexus 4.
The LG Nexus 4 and the Samsung Galaxy S3 both come with NFC and the iPhone 5 lacks it. The Galaxy S3 and the iPhone 5 have LTE, but the Nexus 4 doesn’t. If you need to have both of these features then you would have to go for the Samsung Galaxy S3 only.
Conclusion: For the most solid camera, user friendliness and design, the iPhone 5 is the winner. However, if price matters the most yet you want powerful hardware then it would have to be the LG Nexus 4. The Samsung Galaxy S3 is a superb all rounder as it has the best of everything – excellent hardware that would require no sacrifices, and a mid-range price point.