Samsung Galaxy Nexus vs LG Nexus 4: Why Galaxy Still Rules

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A superb device is set to come our way in the shape of the LG Nexus 4. However, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus of last year shouldn’t be ruled out and so you may be debating on whether to make the upgrade to the Nexus 4 or holding back again. Let’s see if we can answer that question for you.

LG Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus: should you upgrade?

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus should be getting the latest update to Android 4.2 soon. However even with this the LG Nexus 4 does come with many advantages over it.

The design of the LG Nexus 4 stands out and it is distinctive. When you have the two devices side by side you can see that the LG Nexus 4 is the more premium of the two. It comes with a solid feel and it looks more substantial that the plastic of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. However the back of the Nexus 4 is glass and this could mean that it might be susceptible to breaking more easily if it is dropped.

The screens are different too as the LG Nexus 4 comes with the display of True HD IPS compared to the Super AMOLED that is seen on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Now if you’re a Nexus fan and have been sticking with them from the days of the Google Nexus One then you would have been using AMOLED all the way. What this means is that the IPS display of the LG Nexus 4 may seem a little odd as it cannot match the deep blacks and color vibrancy of AMOLEDs. On the plus side it is better in direct sunlight. There is a vast difference in the displays, although it doesn’t look like it on paper.

The LG Nexus 4 is no slow coach and it beat the Samsung Galaxy Nexus when it comes to processing speeds. It is snappy and this is due to the 1.5GHz quad core Snapdragon processor and the 2GB of RAM. There’s no contest here.

You can boot up the LG Nexus 4 around 30 seconds faster than the Galaxy Nexus and web pages load faster too. Just about everything is faster on the LG Nexus 4 in comparison to the Galaxy Nexus. However while you may feel that the phone is more snappier so apps are more faster, you have to remember that functions that rely on data are at a handicap. This is because some Samsung Galaxy Nexus models boast LTE speeds while the LG Nexus 4 doesn’t LTE as we know is ever faster than WiFi speeds.

Moving on, while the cameras on Nexus devices were never something to brag about this has changed with the camera on the LG Nexus 4. Coupled with PhotoSphere the LG Nexus 4 camera is the best on a Nexus phone to date.

The speakers offer sound that is clear and loud and much better than the sound on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus does beat the LG Nexus 4 in some ways too. It has a removable battery and it also supports LTE, the Nexus 4 from LG does not. Both are a big deal, especially as the LG Nexus 4 has been criticized for poor battery life too and falls well below the likes of the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S3 in this area. While the Galaxy Nexus is also the same, the removable battery helps if you don’t min carrying a spare battery with you.

For the majority of Samsung Galaxy Nexus owners the upgrade to the new LG Nexus 4 will not be worth making given that its upgrades comes with some trade-offs. The Nexus 4 is the faster of the two handsets; however the Samsung Galaxy Nexus continues to improve with each update. The Nexus 4 has the better design and camera, but the Samsung Galaxy Nexus has LTE and a removable battery.

While the LG Nexus 4 is a superb device, I personally don’t see the need to upgrade to an LG Nexus 4 unless you really need a better camera.

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.