LG Nexus 4 vs Galaxy S3: Time For S3 To Stand Down?

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The Samsung Galaxy S3 is getting Jelly Bean, which is great, but Google launched the LG Nexus 4 earlier this week with Android 4.2 and some serious hardware. Let’s see how the LG Nexus 4 stands up to the current favorite, the S3.

LG Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S3

The Samsung Galaxy S3 has a 4.8” Super AMOLED screen with a 1,280x720p resolution, protected by Gorilla Glass. The LG Nexus 4 has a 4.7” True HD IPS screen, with an almost identical resolution to the S3. It’s down to you – IPS gives a more naturalistic look and is better in sunlight. AMOLED gives intense blacks and vivid colours, but is poor in sunlight as its highest brightness levels can’t match the IPS display on the Nexus. For me, the Nexus 4 wins by a hair because of brightness levels and also as I found the S3 colors to be a little too hyper-real.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 has an 8MP rear camera with autofocus and LED flash that can take 1080p videos. Its front camera is 1.9MP, with 720p video. The LG Nexus 4 also has an 8MP front camera, autofocus and LED flash, as well as 1080p video. The front camera is 1.3MP, and as there are no road tests yet, so we can’t really tell which provides the better final output.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 has 16, 32 and 64GB options, with SD support for up to another 64GB. The LG Nexus 4 comes in 8 and 16GB versions and there’s no SD support. The Samsung Galaxy S3 takes it away!

The Samsung Galaxy S3 is on Android ICS and is slowly getting Jelly Bean. The LG Nexus 4 has Android 4.2 – an updated version of Jelly Bean-that’s-not-called-Key-Lime-Pie-after-all. Even so, it’s enough to give the Nexus a resounding win given promise of speedy future updates.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 has an Exynos quad-core 1.4GHz chip with 1GB of RAM overseas and a 1.5GHz dual-core with 2GB RAM here in the US. The LG Nexus 4 has 2GB of RAM and a quad-core Snapdragon S4 1.5GHz chip, combining the best of both. This means another Nexus victory.

Both phones have a 2,100mAh battery, but we can’t do any real-world comparisons until November 13 when the LG phone is available. It’s a draw until we know otherwise.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 has been slammed for its tacky plastic casing, and the Nexus 4 looks quite a bit classier – a bit like the current Galaxy Nexus mixed with the build quality of the iPhone 4S. The LG Nexus 4 is in front.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 has been lording it over the smartphone world for a while, so it’ll be interesting to see if the Nexus 4 can take it down a peg or two. It’d got the necessary goods but with two downfalls – a lack of LTE and lower storage space. However it explains this with a $299 price tag. In contrast, a contract-free Samsung Galaxy S3 will run you upwards of $500.

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