Nexus 4 vs Galaxy S3 vs iPhone 5: Best Smartphone Right Now Is…

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Last May the Samsung Galaxy S3 was released and it became one of the most wanted Android devices. In September the Apple iPhone 5 came out and the LG Nexus 4 was revealed in November. So which of these three is the best smartphone to buy right now? Let’s take a gander.

Internationally the Samsung Galaxy S3 has 1GB of RAM and quad cores. In the US the device has 2GB of RAM and dual cores. There is a 1.5GHz quad core in the LG Nexus 4 and the Apple iPhone 5 comes with the A5 processor from Apple. As you can see the Apple iPhone 5 is the slowest, however it beats the iPhone 4. The LG Nexus comes in first place as it has the quad core processors and 2GB of RAM.

Pure Android is offered with the LG Nexus 4, the Samsung Galaxy S3 has ICS, and this can be updated to Jelly Bean. The Apple iPhone 5 comes with iOS 6.1. If you want to customise your device go for the Android devices. The LG Nexus 4 should be the first handset to receive updates, therefore it could be a choice between this handset and the Apple iPhone 5.

The LG Nexus is available in 8GB or 16GB and it lacks support for SD card. The Samsung Galaxy S3 comes in 16GB or 32GB and supports SD card up to 64GB. The Apple iPhone 5 in is offered in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB and again it doesn’t have SD card.

The LG Nexus 4 comes with the IPS display and this is True HD with 4.7 inches and 318ppi with 1136 x 640 resolution. The Apple iPhone 5 comes with the retina display and 206ppi. The Samsung Galaxy S3 boasts the biggest display at 4.8 inches, which is Super AMOELD and resolution of 1280 x 720 and 306ppi. The screen is down to a matter of personal choice. The IPS screen is typically best for viewing outside while the colours are generally more realistic. The LG Nexus 4 comes with the largest of the IPS displays and this makes it the winner.

The LG Nexus 4 offers around 15 hours of battery life as it comes with a battery of 2100mAh. The Apple iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S3 provide around 8 hours of use. AnandTech did tests and the results were that the Apple iPhone 5 came out top for battery life, the Samsung Galaxy S3 followed in 2nd and last was the LG Nexus.

The LG Nexus 4 is 133.9mmx68.7mmx9.1mm while the device weighs 129 grams. The Samsung Galaxy S3 is 122 grams, measuring 136.6×70.6mmx8.6mm, the Apple iPhone 5 happens to be the slimmest, lightest along with being the thinnest device out of them all, and it has looks that are great.

The Apple iPhone 5 doesn’t come with NFC and the LG Nexus 4 doesn’t support LTE. The Samsung Galaxy S3 wins has it has both NFC and LTE.

8 megapixel cameras feature on all three of the devices and they have autofocus and video recording at 1080p. The LG Nexus 4 has a 1.3 camera on the front, while there is a 1.9 megapixel with the Samsung Galaxy S3. The Apple iPhone 5 features a 1.2 megapixel camera on the front. The LG Nexus comes with Photosphere, the Samsung Galaxy S3 is great for taking photos and videos at the same time, while the Apple iPhone 5 has the best sensor in low light.


Anyone wanting a device that is very easy to use could consider the Apple iPhone 5. The device has superb looks and boasts a great camera. However lack of SD card support lets it down and it has a small display, while the battery cannot be removed. The LG Nexus 4 on the other hand has great hardware, but it lacks LTE and the storage is poor. The good news is that it does have a superb price tag as it is available for only $299.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 may be old timer here but it is the winner thanks to the intuitive S-features, a superb processor, it boasts the largest screen, it comes with NFC and LTE, and it comes with a battery that can be removed. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has dropped in price with the reveal of of the Samsung Galaxy S4, which means it costs around $450 right now. So it is our pick as the best smartphone on the market right now.

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.