Galaxy S3 vs LG Nexus 4: Is S3 Now 2nd Best?

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So, the Samsung Galaxy S3 is getting Jelly Bean at last in many regions, but Google has just launched the LG Nexus 4, which has Android 4.2 and some awesome hardware. How do these phones compare?

LG Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S3

The Samsung Galaxy S3 has a 4.8” Super AMOLED, 1,280x720p screen that’s encased in Gorilla Glass. The Nexus 4 has a 4.7” True HD IPS screen with a very similar resolution to the S3. It’s up to you – IPS is more natural, better in sunlight, and easier on the eye. AMOLED makes for deeper blacks and vibrant colors, but it’s nowhere near as good in sunlight and isn’t as bright as IPS when on max. Personally, I would have the Nexus 4 win (just) because it’s brighter and more naturalistic.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 has an 8MP rear camera and a 1.9MP front camera. The rear camera has autofocus and an LED flash, and can take 1080p vids. The front camera can take 720p films. The LG Nexus 4 also has an 8MP front camera with LED flash, autofocus and 1,080p video. It has a 1.3MP front camera, but as there have been no reviews yet we’ll have to wait to see which one performs best. As an added plus, the LG Nexus 4 has the PhotoSphere feature which is exclusive to Android 4.2.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 comes in 16, 32 and 64GB versions, with SD support for up to another 64GB. The LG Nexus 4 has 8 and 16GB versions, with no SD support. The Samsung Galaxy S3 smashes it.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 is slowly getting Jelly Bean, but the Nexus 4 is one step ahead with Android 4.2. This gives LG the edge, and also the promise of speedy updates in the future.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 has an Exynos quad-core 1.4GHz chip with 1GB of RAM (international) and a dual-core with 2GB of RAM (US version). The LG Nexus 4 has a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 chip AND 2GB of RAM – the best of both worlds (quad-core coupled with 2GB RAM) means another win for LG.

Both handsets have 2,100mAh batteries, but until November 13 when the Nexus hits the streets, we can’t do any real tests, so we’ll declare a draw for now.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 has been rightly derided for its low-rent looks. The LG Nexus 4 is a lot more upmarket, like a cross between the iPhone 5 and the current Nexus, so it wins.

It’ll be interesting to see if the LG Nexus 4 takes the Samsung Galaxy S3 down, as the S3 has been on the throne for quite a while now. The lack of LTE and smaller storage might prove to be its downfall, although for $299 you can’t complain. An unlocked Samsung Galaxy S3 will set you back almost twice as much at around $600.

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.