Galaxy S3 vs iPhone 5 & Nexus 4: Aging Like Fine Wine

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In May of last year the Samsung Galaxy S3 was revealed. The Apple iPhone 5 followed on in September and then we saw the release of the LG Nexus 4 last in November. However while the Samsung Galaxy S3 is the oldest of the three handsets, it like a fine wine has aged very well. Let’s take a look.

Processor: The LG Nexus 4 is powered by the Qualcomm 1.5 GHz processor. The Apple iPhone 5 has the 1.2 GHz dual core. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has a quad core internationally and dual core in the US. While the Apple iPhone 5 does come in as the slowest of the three, compared to the iPhone 4S it has twice the speed. The LG Nexus 4 packs a quad core and it comes with 2GB of RAM while the Samsung Galaxy S3 also has 2GB of RAM, however it is dual core. If you want quad core then you get 1GB of RAM. Therefore winner here has to be the LG Nexus 4.

OS: The LG Nexus 4 has Jelly Bean 4.2. ICS was installed on the Samsung Galaxy S3 but you can update this to Jelly Bean 4.1 now. The Apple iPhone 5 comes with the latest version of iOS 6. iOS 6 is more user-friendly than Android but if you want to be able to customise your handset it’s Android that wins. So on the Android front the LG Nexus 4 will get updated faster and so is the best of the two Androids. So when it comes to OS it would be between the Apple iPhone 5 with iOS 6 and the LG Nexus 4 with Android Jelly Bean. We have a draw.

Storage: You can get the LG Nexus 4 with 8GB or 16GB of storage and this is all you get as there is no support for SD card. The Samsung Galaxy S3 is offered in 16GB and 32GB and you can boost this with a further 64GB via SD card support. The Apple iPhone 5 is offered with the same internal storage; however there is also a 64GB model but no SD card support.  This puts the Samsung Galaxy S3 ahead as you can get it to max out at 96GB with an microSD card.

Display: The screen of the LG Nexus is 4.7 inches of True HD IPS and this has a resolution of 1280 x 768 and offers 318 ppi. The display of the Apple iPhone 5 is 4 inches and it is 306 ppi IPS. The Samsung Galaxy S3 comes with the largest display at 4.8 inches and this offers 1280 x 720 resolution. All of the screens are good and all have pros and cons. The IPS displays usually give colours that are the most realistic, while Super AMOLED displays are over saturated in my book. As the LG Nexus 4 comes with the largest of the IPS displays, I would pick it over the smaller iPhone 5 and Super AMOLED-based S3.

Battery: The LG Nexus 4 should offer up to 15 hours of talking as it comes with a battery of 2100mAh. The Apple iPhone 5 along with the Samsung Galaxy S3 both give 8 hours. However AnandTech did some real world usage tests on the batteries and they put the Apple iPhone 5 in first place, then the Samsung Galaxy S3 and in last place was the LG Nexus 4.

Design: The LG Nexus 4 is 133.9 mm x 68.7 mm x 9.1 mm with a weight of 129 grams. The Samsung Galaxy S3 is 136.6×70.6 mm x 8.6 mm, with a weight of 135 grams and the Apple iPhone 5 wins as this is the lightest and thinnest of the two devices. The device comes with some superb looks too althoug the LG Nexus 4 doesn’t come far behind it in that department.

Connectivity: Anyone who wants NFC can choose between the LG Nexus 4 or the Samsung Galaxy S3. If you want LTE then the choice would have to be the Samsung Galaxy S3 or the Apple iPhone 5. As such, the Samsung Galaxy S3 wins this category as it has the best of both worlds.

Camera: All cameras come in at 8 megapixels and take video at 1080p. The LG Nexus 4 also has a front camera of 1.3 megapixels, the Samsung Galaxy S3 has a camera with LED flash and it comes with a front camera of 1.9 megapixels, and the Apple iPhone 5 has the 1.2 megapixel front camera. The LG Nexus 4 comes with Photo Sphere; the Samsung Galaxy S3 has the ability of being able to capture video and photos at the same time. The Apple iPhone 5 happens to have the best BSI sensor. In my opinion, the iPhone 5 takes the cake. However the winner may be different in the eyes of others.

Verdict: One of the easiest of the three handsets to use, is the Apple iPhone 5 with iOS 6 and it also has the best exterior design. The LG Nexus 4 comes with some great hardware and it has a price tag that cannot be beaten. It does however lack LTE and decent storage so loses points for it. The Samsung Galaxy S3 is the oldest of the devices but it is a solid all-round flagship as it has everything that you could possibly want from a flagship device and at a decent price, making it the overall winner.

Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Nintendo Wii, PC, iPhone and Android games keep Berke busy at work all day. Honestly though we’re not sure why we’re paying him as it should be the other way around.