iPhone 5 vs Nexus 4 vs Galaxy S3: Why LG Wins

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The Samsung Galaxy S3 has held the title of best-selling smartphone of 2012, so far. However Apple has released the iPhone 5 and LG and Google have just announced the LG Nexus 4. So the question is, can the S3 keep its title or will the iPhone 5 or Nexus 4 snatch it away?

At the moment the LG Nexus 4 isn’t in the shops and so a comparison can only be made from what we know about the device from the specs sheet.

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs LG Nexus 4 vs iPhone 5

The Samsung Galaxy S3 has been out since the summer and it comes with a 4.8 inch display. the device is 0.1 inch larger than the Nexus 4 diagonally, and it does come with the same resolution display as the Nexus. The LG Nexus 4 has the super bright display of the Optimus G and the display of the S3 is PenTile AMOLED. The display on the iPhone 5 is smaller at 4 inches and of course it has the Retina display of Apple. LCD displays tend to have brightness levels that are higher and so are better outdoors. The AMOLED displays are often hyper-real. The LG Nexus 4 has the right mix as it has colours that are more realistic than the Samsung Galaxy S3 and it’s larger than the iPhone 5.

The Nexus 4 from LG has the Snapdragon S4 Pro processor. This is one of the fastest for SoC, on any device on Android. Looking at it on paper it beats the iPhone 5 and it also beats the Samsung Galaxy S3, as it comes with a quad core processor and 2GB of RAM. The iPhone 5 has the A6 dual core processor and 1GB of RAM and the Samsung Galaxy S3 comes with in two different versions. One of these is the quad core with 1GB of RAM and the other a dual core with 2 GB of RAM. So once again, the LG Nexus 4 grabs the title.

When it comes down to design, the LG Nexus 4 rivals the iPhone 5 and is the first Android handset to do so. A lot of thought was put into the design of the handset, along with passion. This was one area where the Samsung Galaxy S3 was criticised, thanks to the plastic fantastic look. The iPhone 5 and the LG Nexus 4 draw here.

Connection wise the LG Nexus 4 is in last place and the Samsung S3 is the winner. The Nexus 4 comes with NFC but no LTE. The iPhone5  has support for LTE but no NFC. The Samsung Galaxy S3 however has both.

The cost of the handsets play an important role when deciding which to get. The LG Nexus 4 costs $299 retail for the 8GB version. The iPhone 5, along with the Samsung Galaxy S3 both have price tags of more than $500 if you want them unlocked.

Adding up the points above, the LG Nexus 4 comes out on top despite the lack of LTE and storage maxxing out at 16GB. So if you don’t need LTE and you can manage with 16GB of storage, then the LG Nexus 4 is the clear choice given that it has the best display and processor, a great design and a price tag that is half that of competitors. The Samsung Galaxy S3 scored the second highest number of points and comes in second place, followed on by the latest offering from Apple in the shape of the iPhone 5.

Mike is the man who reviews gadgets that aren’t mainstream or products that can’t exactly be classified as consumer electronics e.g. portable talking toilets. It’s always interesting to read about the crazy products we have here in Asia that just don’t get as much publicity as they warrant.