Galaxy S3 vs Note 2 vs Nexus 4: Android’s Finest

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If you want a new Android smartphone for Christmas you may be thinking of three in particular – the Samsung Galaxy S3, the Galaxy Note 2 and the LG Nexus 4. They’re all very popular, so you might have a hard time deciding.

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs Galaxy S3 vs LG Nexus 4

The Samsung Galaxy S3 is the oldest, but it’s still incredibly popular. Its time might be up soon, though, as the Samsung Galaxy S4 is believed to be looming. Its big bro’, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, has been out for a good few weeks now, and is attracting a lot of positive attention. It’s also very popular and has sold more than five million units in just over a month.

The LG Nexus 4 is the newest device, and is proving hard to get from Google Play Store. Many are wondering if Google’s launch process works properly. LG isn’t giving any sales figures, but has said that the phone is sold out due to high demand.

The LG Nexus 4 doesn’t have the great specs of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, but it offers a pure Android experience with a brilliant price.

All three phones have up-to-date quad-core chips, with three different clock speeds. The Nexus 4 has a 1.5GHz Qualcomm chip, the Samsung Galaxy S3 has a 1.4GHz Exynos chip (internationally) and the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has a quad-core Exynos chip.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has a 5.5” Super AMOLED HD screen, with a 1,280×720 resolution and 267ppi. The Samsung Galaxy S3 is 4.8”, Super AMOLED and has a 1,280x720p resolution and 306ppi. The LG Nexus 4 has a True HD IPS screen that’s 4.7”, with a 1,280x768p resolution and 318ppi.

The LG Nexus falls down on storage because it tops out at 16GB. The Samsung phones both take SD up to 64GB and have internal storage options of 16GB and 32GB.

If you can actually bag a LG Nexus 4, it’ll cost you either $299 or $349 for the 8GB or 16GB version. These prices are for unlocked, obviously.

The 16GB Samsung Galaxy S3 costs $550 from Amazon, and the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 will cost $650 or so. If you’re prepared to shop around, though, you may find cheaper deals.

So, which of these Androids do you fancy? The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has everything – it’s a faster, bigger, better Samsung Galaxy S3. The LG Nexus 4 is great and cheap, but it lacks LTE and decent storage. If the lack of LTE and space doesn’t bother you, then you should got for the Nexus and save yourself a packet, otherwise it is the Note 2.

Cecelia has the patience of a praying mantis. She spends the day sifting through press releases from all the major brand’s PR reps. From the most ridiculous announcements to those you really want to know more about, Cecelia makes it a point to skim through as many daily as possible so you won’t have to.