Samsung Galaxy S3 vs LG Nexus 4: Can’t Pick? Here’s How

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Two of the most hyped Android phones right now are the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the recently announced LG Nexus 4. the Nexus 4 comes with some great specs and a low price, however it is let down by storage and lack of LTE. But are these two drawbacks enough to push you towards the somewhat older S3? Let’s find out.

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs LG Nexus 4: it’s all about LTE

Will lack of LTE make such a huge difference to you? This is the first thing that you need to ask yourself when choosing between the two handsets. Bear in mind that if you are with AT&T, who offer LTE, then you will lose out on blazing LTE speeds if you choose the Nexus 4. The difference between LTE and 3G could be likened to going from broadband to a dial up connection.

AT&T don’t really have much to say about the difference between LTE and HSPA+, they have given them both the tag of 4G. However this is not true as they are not the same. The LG Nexus 4 doesn’t support LTE, but it does support HSPA+. Last month they did tell us that those with the LTE network enjoyed speeds of up to 12mbps. This has to be compared with speeds of around 2 to 6mbps on HSPA+ with AT&T. Therefore if you are with the carrier you may wish to avoid the LG Nexus 4 and stick with the Samsung Galaxy S3.

If you are with another carrier then the choice may be more difficult if you are unsure whether to go for the Samsung Galaxy S3 or the LG Nexus 4. T-Mobile doesn’t offer LTE at the moment and they are offering the Nexus 4 for just $199 on contract. HSPA+ on T-Mobile is said to be better than the one with AT&T and you should be able to get around 42mbps theoretically, although the most we found with speed tests is 20mbps.

If you live internationally then the choice isn’t as bad as at the moment LTE is not a big thing. In this case you could go for the LG Nexus 4 and the pure Android experience that it brings.

Other things to take into consideration when debating between the two handsets is that the LG Nexus 4 is available only in 8GB or 16GB storage and there is no support for SD card. The Samsung Galaxy S3 on the other hand is offered in 16GB, 32GB or 64GB versions and it also has support for SD card up to 64GB. The Nexus 4 and Google have to rely on cloud storage if more storage is needed on-the-go.

So the bottom line is if you are on AT&T, Verizon or Sprint then the Samsung Galaxy S3 could be the best deal for you (T-Mobile and non-LTE users). However if you are not put off by the fact that the LG Nexus 4 lacks LTE, it does have some superb specs, hardware and exterior styling that is better than that of the S3, plus it will get updates faster.

On a side note, if LG had included LTE in the Nexus 4 then we would recommend it over the Samsung Galaxy S3 with no if’s or buts.

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.