Who is the boss when it comes to the Samsung Galaxy S3, Apple iPhone 5 and Google Nexus 4?
Title bout: Samsung Galaxy S3 vs LG Nexus 4 vs iPhone 5
The Samsung Galaxy S3 was released in May of 2012 and it was the best-selling handset in 2012. The Apple iPhone 5 was hot on its heels when it was released in September, while the Google Nexus 4 proved popular when it was released in November.
The Google Nexus 4 has a Qualcomm 1.5GHz processor, while the Apple iPhone 5 has the A6 1.2GHz chip. The Samsung Galaxy S3 is quad core internationally and dual core in the US. This makes the Apple iPhone the slowest of the devices, however it is twice as fast as the Apple iPhone 4S. The LG Nexus 4 happens to have the best combination as it has the quad core processor along with 2GB of RAM. The Samsung Galaxy S3 comes with 1GB of RAM and is quad core or 2GB of RAM and is dual core. As the LG Nexus has 2GB of RAM and is quad core, it wins.
The LG Nexus 4 comes with Jelly Bean 4.2, while the Samsung Galaxy S3 has been updated to Jelly Bean 4.1, with the Apple iPhone 5 having iOS 6. If you want a device that is fast then you may want iOS 6. On the other hand if it is customisation that you want then you could go for Android. The Samsung Galaxy S3, along with the LG Nexus 4 both come with Android, however the LG Nexus 4 has pure Android and as such it will get updates faster. As the OS is just a personal choice, this has to be classed a draw.
You can get the LG Nexus in 8GB or 16GB versions, however it doesn’t support SD card. The Samsung Galaxy S3 on the other hand supports SD card up to 64GB and you can get it in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB versions. The Apple iPhone comes with the same internal storage options, but it lacks SD card. The winner here has to be the Samsung Galaxy S3.
The LG Nexus 4 has a display of 4.7 inches and this is True IPS Plus, with 1280 x 768 resolution and 318ppi. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has a Super AMOLED display of 4.8 inches and resolution of 1280 x 720, with 306ppi. Finally the Apple iPhone 5 has the 4 inch display, which is the smallest, with ppi of 306 and resolution of 1136 x 640. The displays are all great and it really is just personal preference that will win. The IPS display tends to give colours that are more realistic. The Super AMOLED can look hyper real. The LG Nexus 4 has the IPS display along with the Apple iPhone 5, however the LG Nexus 4 has the larger display which makes it stand out.
You should be able to get up to 15 hours of talking with the battery of 2100mAh on the LG Nexus 4. The Samsung Galaxy S3 along with the Apple iPhone 5 gives around 8 hours. When AnandTech tested the devices the Apple iPhone came in first place, the Samsung Galaxy S3 in 2nd and trailing behind was the LG Nexus 4.
The measurements of the LG Nexus 4 are 133.9mmx68.7mmx9.1mm and the weight is 129 grams. The Samsung Galaxy S3 comes in at 136.6×70.6mmx8.6mm and weighs 133 grams. The Apple iPhone 5 is the smallest at 112 grams and 123.8mmx58.6×7.6mm. The Apple iPhone 5 is the winner when it comes down to looks, while the LG Nexus 4 matches it. The smaller size of the Apple iPhone 5 means that it is the winner. You will pay around $299 for the 8GB LG Nexus 4, while the 16GB version will set you back around $349, when purchased through the Google Play Store. You might get the Samsung Galaxy S3 for around $550 without contract, while the Apple iPhone 5 off contract costs around $650. Therefore the winner here has to be the LG Nexus 4.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 along with the LG Nexus 4 has NFC. The Apple iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S3 come with LTE. As you can see only one of the phones had both LTE and NFC, this is the Samsung Galaxy S3.
The LG Nexus 4 comes with a camera of 8 megapixel and this comes complete with LED flash, autofocus and video recording at 1080p. The device has a front camera of 1.3 megapixels. The Samsung Galaxy S3 comes with a camera of 8 megapixel on the back, which has autofocus, LED flash and a camera of 1.9 megapixel on the front. The Apple iPhone 5 also has a camera of 8 megapixels, with a 1.2 on the front. The cameras each have their own merits, the one of the Samsung Galaxy S3 takes videos and stills at the same time. The camera on the LG Nexus 4 has Photo Sphere and the Apple iPhone 5 takes great photos in low light, beaten only by the Nokia Lumia 920. Thanks to the BSI sensor it is the Apple iPhone 5 that wins.
Out of the devices the Apple iPhone 5 is the easiest device to use. The LG Nexus 4 is the cheapest of the devices and it does offer great value for money. The Samsung Galaxy S3 is the all-round device and it has the least drawbacks, along with a price tag that is fair.