The Samsung Galaxy S3 was revealed in May of 2012, with the Apple iPhone 5 following on behind in September and finally the LG Nexus 4 in November. While the Samsung Galaxy S3 is the eldest of the devices, it still has a lot going for it.
For processors the LG Nexus comes with the 1.5GHz Qualcomm, the Apple iPhone 5 the dual core 1.2GHz A5 and the Samsung Galaxy S3 has the quad core internationally and the dual core in the US. The Apple iPhone 5 may be the slowest of the devices, however it packs twice the power of the iPhone 4S. The LG Nexus 4 has quad core processors with 2GB of RAM, however while the Samsung Galaxy S3 has quad core but it comes with 1GB of RAM. This makes the LG Nexus 4 the winner.
The LG Nexus 4 runs on Jelly Bean 4.2, the Samsung Galaxy S3 was released with ICS but since has been updated to Jelly Bean, while the Apple iPhone 5 has iOS 6.1. iOS is the most friendly of all the operating systems, but it lacks customisation and if you want this then you have to go with Android. Both the LG Nexus 4 and the Samsung Galaxy S3 have Android. However the LG Nexus will be the first to get updated and this means that you may wish to choose between the LG Nexus 4 and the Apple iPhone 5.
You can choose the LG Nexus 4 with either 8GB or 16GB, but the handset does lack SD card support. The Samsung Galaxy S3 on the other hand doesn’t lack storage as you can choose from 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. The device also supports SD cards expansion. The Apple iPhone 5 is also available in the same internal storage choices, but there is no support for SD card.
The LG Nexus 4 has a display of 4.7 inches which is True HD IPS and this has a resolution of 1280 x 768 with ppi of 318. The Apple iPhone 5 has a display of 4 inches and this offers 306ppi. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has the 4.8 inch display and this comes with resolution of 1280 x 720. All of the screens are superb and they do all come with bad and good points. The IPS does generally offer colours that are the most realistic, while the Super AMOELD display often looks over saturated. The LG Nexus comes with the larger of the IPS screens and this may be a better choice over the display of the Apple iPhone 5, which is smaller and the Super AMOLED belonging to the Samsung Galaxy S3.
The battery of the LG Nexus gives up to 15 hours of use thanks to it having the 2100mAh battery. The Apple iPhone 5 comes with a battery that should last 8 hours, the same applies with the battery of the Samsung Galaxy S3. AnandTech undertook tests and they put the Apple iPhone 5 in the lead, followed by the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the LG Nexus 4 in the last place.
The LG Nexus 4 measures 133.9 mm x 68.7 mm x 9.1 mm and weighs 129 grams. The Samsung Galaxy S3 is 135 grams and is 136.6×70.6 mm x 8.6 mm and the Apple iPhone 5 comes out on top as it is the lightest and the thinnest of the handsets. It also has the best looks and the LG Nexus 4 doesn’t come in far behind it.
Anyone who wants NFC will have the choice of the LG Nexus 4 or the Samsung Galaxy s3. While if it is LTE that you want then you would have the choice of the Apple iPhone 5 or the Samsung Galaxy S3. If you want both then you will have no choice other than to go with the Samsung Galaxy S3.
All of the cameras offer 8 megapixel cameras, and they do support 1080p video. The LG Nexus 4 comes with a 1.3 megapixel camera on the front, while the Samsung Galaxy S3 has a camera of 1.9 megapixels on the front. The Apple iPhone 5 offers a front camera of 1.2 megapixels. The LG Nexus 4 offers Photos Sphere while the Samsung Galaxy S3 is perfect for taking video and photos at the same time, and the Apple iPhone 5 is the winner as it comes with the best BSI sensor.
The Apple iPhone 5 has iOS and this is very easy to use and the phone has a superb design. The LG Nexus 4 comes with a price tag that is the lowest and there is some superb hardware in it. However it lacks sufficient storage and LTE. The Samsung Galaxy S3 meanwhile, might be the oldest, however it is an all-round winner as it is packed with all the features expected out of a flagship and at a fair price.