Galaxy S3 vs iPhone 5 vs Nexus 4: Is LG The New King?

By  | 

There is nothing as exciting as comparing new flagship smartphones. So here we are taking a look at which device might be able to take the crown from the current best seller the Samsung Galaxy S3. Could it be the iPhone 5 or maybe even the LG Nexus 4?

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs iPhone 5 vs LG Nexus 4: specs comparison

As the LG Nexus 4 isn’t out yet, we can only do a comparison on paper. So how does it match the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the Apple iPhone 5?

The Samsung Galaxy S3 of course has the largest display of all the handsets at 4.8 inches. The S3 is also 0.1 inches larger diagonally than the LG Nexus 4, however it does have the same resolution as the Nexus handset. The Nexus 4 uses a super-bright IPS display just like the Optimus G, while the Samsung Galaxy S3 has the PenTile AMOLED display. The iPhone 5 comes in much smaller at just 4 inches and features an IPS Retina Display. I’ve always been in favor of LCD displays given that their higher brightness levels help when using them outdoors in bright sunlight. I also find AMOLED screens to look hyper-real. In this instance I would crown the LG Nexus 4 the winner as it has the more realistic color reproduction over the S3 and size over the iPhone 5.

The LG Nexus 4 runs on the Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, which is said to be among the fastest when it comes to SoC, on any Android device. On paper it beats both the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the iPhone 5 thanks to its quad-core processor coupled to 2GB RAM. The  iPhone 5 has a dual-core A6 with 1GB RAM while the S3 comes in two variants: quad-core with 1GB RAM or dual-core with 2GB RAM.

Design wise the LG Nexus 4 is the first Android smartphone I’ve come across with build quality that rivals the iPhone 5. I would go so far as to say that it looks like there was finally some passion behind the design process. The Samsung Galaxy S3 of course has been criticized numerous times for its plastic-fantastic looks. The iPhone 5 on the other hand is a leader when it comes to design and looks great despite carrying on an almost similar design from the iPhone 4 two years ago. The winner here has to be a draw between the iPhone 5 and the LG Nexus 4.

Next comes connectivity. Here the LG Nexus 4 comes in last place, with the Samsung Galaxy S3 taking the crown. The Nexus 4 has NFC, the iPhone 5 has LTE, while the S3 has both.

Price is another important factor. The LG Nexus 4 starts at $299 retail for an 8GB model. The iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S3 will cost upwards of $500 off-contract. However this lower price tag means no LTE and also less storage (the highest Nexus 4 models comes in at just 16GB).

The LG Nexus 4 is tops in just about all aspects not counting LTE and storage. So if you can get by on 16GB and don’t require LTE then the LG Nexus 4 is a clear winner. Otherwise the Samsung Galaxy S3 comes in second place followed by the iPhone 5 in third.

Dwayne is a jack of all trades. Not only is he an executive editor and collaborates on many stories here at Autoomobile, but he also does artwork and handles the running of the website on a daily basis. We’re not sure what we would do without Dwayne, especially on those days when we have a great scoop and our servers can’t handle the influx of traffic.