Galaxy S3 vs LG Nexus 4: Has The Torch Been Passed?

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The Samsung Galaxy S3 is about to be updated to Jelly Bean. While this news is great Google are rumoured to be launching the LG Nexus 4 on 29th October and it is thought that it may come with an even newer OS in the form of Android 4.2.

So what do we know about the LG Nexus 4? Well there have been some leaks of the actual device including an early prototype review. Let’s see how it stands up against the current king of the Android real, the Samsung Galaxy S3.

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs LG Nexus 4

Display: The Samsung Galaxy S3 has a large 4.8 inch display of Super AMOLED with resolution of 1280 x 720p, which is protected by Gorilla Glass. The LG Nexus 4 on the other hand may have a display of 4.7 inches, which will be True IPS and it will have a resolution almost identical to the S3. The best one for you will be down to personal choice. IPS generally offers a more realistic display and it should be easier to read when used in sunlight. AMOLED displays on the other hand offer colours that are vibrant and intense blacks, however sunlight may pose a problem and some say the colours are hyper real. For me, the winner (by a slight margin) is the LG Nexus 4.

Shooters: When it comes to the camera the Samsung Galaxy S3 has an 8 megapixel that can record video at 1080p and support LED flash and autofocus. The front camera is 1.9 megapixels and it takes video at 720p. The LG Nexus 4 is thought to have a camera of 8 megapixels that comes with auto focus and LED flash and supports video recording of 1080p. At the moment very little is known about the camera on the front and so this category is classed as a draw since we can’t take both devices on a photography lesson just yet.

Storage: The Samsung Galaxy S3 comes in the choice of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB and it has support for SD card up to another 64GB. The LG Nexus 4 will come with 8GB of storage internally and there is no SD card support. However there may be a 16GB version of the handset released. In this category the S3 will likely come out on top unless the real Nexus 4 has SD card support.

Software: The Samsung Galaxy S3 runs on ICS Android 4.0 and there is an update to Jelly Bean heading its way. The LG Nexus 4 will be released with the latest Android OS which will be an updated version of Jelly Bean or even possible Key Lime Pie. In this category the Nexus 4 comes out as the winner.

Power: The Samsung Galaxy S3 runs on the Exynos quad core chip at 1.4GHz and it has 1GB of RAM. It is thought that the LG Nexus 4 will have the quad core Snapdragon 1.5GHz processor and 2GB of RAM. The Nexus is the winner here thanks to the device having a higher clock speed and it comes with more RAM and boasts new chip architecture. Winner: Nexus

Battery: Battery wise the Samsung Galaxy S3 has a 2100mAh, however as we don’t know what the Nexus 4 might have, this category cannot be counted now.

Design: The Samsung Galaxy S3 has been criticized for its shiny plastic shell, while the Nexus 4 looks higher quality from what we have seen so far. The device has elegance and class and has the look of the current Galaxy Nexus, which puts it ahead. However this is a personal choice.

Conclusion: The Samsung Galaxy S3 has been on a pedestal for quite a while among Android handsets. So while it remains to be seen whether the LG Nexus 4 can knock it off, the above comparison shows it certainly has the “goods” to do it.


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