LG Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy SIII

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Since the appearance of fourth generation Google’s LG nexus 4 in tech environment, the notable competition has been witnessed between the successful android devices and arguably one of the best is Samsung Galaxy S3, which is widely compared with Google’s Nexus 4.

With the arrival of the new LG Nexus 4, the question has been raised whether or not the new Nexus upstages the previous flagship device Samsung Galaxy S3.

Although, both devices have some similarities but there are some key differences here as well.

So, here we present a showdown between Nexus 4 and Galaxy S3 for their specs, dimensions and the software running inside to get a better idea of which android phone to go with.

Specifications.

Samsung Galaxy S3

LG Nexus4

OS

Android 4.0.1 Touchwiz UX/US

Android 4.2

Processor

Exynos 4412 (Quad Core)

Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro

Display

4.8″ Super AMOLED

4.7″ WXGA IPS

Resolution

1280×720

1280×768

Dimension(WxDxH)

5.38″ x 2.78″ x 0.34″

5.27″ x 2.70″ x 0.35″

Weight

133g

139g

4G LTE

Yes

No

NFC

Yes

Yes

Wi-Fi

2.4GHz, 5GHz (dual-band)

WiFi 802.11 b/g/n (dual band)

Rear-facing camera

8 Megapixels

8 Megapixels

Front facing camera

1.9 Megapixels

1.3 Megapixels

Video capabilities

1080p Recording

1080p Recording

Internal Storage

16/32GB

8/16GB

SD card slot

Yes (up to 64GB)

No

Max. Battery life

11 hours (3G talk/data use)

10 hours (3G talk/data use)

Price

62,000PKR

299 USD for 8 GB and 349 USD for 16 GB (unlocked versions.)

Looks

To start with, both flagship devices are large screen phones with overall sleek and slim design. But Samsung GalaxyS3 comes with larger surface area and it happens to be thinner than Nexus 4.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 has been slammed for its tacky plastic casing while the Nexus 4 looks quite a bit classier and similar to the current Galaxy Nexus mixed with the build quality of the iPhone 4S.

Weight and Dimensions

In depth, Samsung Galaxy S3 is thinner at .34-inches. Weight wise, the Galaxy S3 is just 133g and the other side, the Nexus 4 is a bit heavier at 139 grams.

Screen Display

LG has given its device, the screen display of 4.7-inch HD IPS screen with a 1280 x 768 resolution and 318 of ppi. In contrast, with the Galaxy S3 you get a Super AMOLED 4.8-inch screen with 306ppi and a resolution of 1280 x 720 protected by gorilla glass.

Processor and RAM

Under the hood, LG has packed its new flagship, the Nexus4 with a Quad-Core Qualcomm S4 clocked at 1.5GHz with 2GB of RAM. However, Samsung galaxy S3 has embedded with a quad-core Exynos at 1.4GHz backed by 1GB of RAM.

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Storage

Nexus 4 has only 8 and 16GB storage sizes without any expandable option while Samsung Galaxy SIII is rich with bounty of internal memory having 16, 32 or 64 GB along with 64 GB microSD for letting you extend the memory.

Battery

Both devices are giving the battery limit of 2100 mAh. In Galaxy SIII, Samsung is promising the battery time up to 12 hours but due to the absence of LTE in Nexus 4, it might probably perform better than Galaxy SIII.

Connectivity

When it comes to connectivity, Nexus 4 misses 4G LTE having only HSPA+42. Other than that, both the devices highlight NFC, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, dual band and Micro USB ports.

Cameras

The Nexus 4 carries 8MP rear camera with autofocus and LED flash that can take 1080p video and 1.3MP front camera. While on the other side, the Galaxy S3 has an 8MP rear camera with a 1.9MP front camera giving 720p video. Apparently, these two devices are pretty on par in this category.

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Operating System

The Nexus 4 touts a latest version of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean with slight changes from its original version that was earlier premiered on Nexus 7 tablet. However, against all expectations, Nexus 4 will not feature a new Android update called Key Lime Pie.

On the other hand, Galaxy S3, earlier, landed with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich but later it was upgraded to the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Moreover, it is also worth noting that the Galaxy S3 has the Touch Wiz interface, while you get a vanilla Android experience with Nexus devices.

Price

The android flagship of the year, Samsung Galaxy S3 is readily available in Pakistan around 62,000 PKR while Nexus 4 has the price tags of 299 USD and 349 USD for 8 and 16 GB respectively (both unlocked versions). However, the exact price for Nexus 4 in Pakistan would be known after its release.

The new Nexus 4 is expected to get official release in the second week of November in key global markets of Europe and then will move to other regions.

Verdict

Seeing all specifications of these devices, it would be difficult to say about the best one. Based on aforementioned features and especially when compared with the respective price, the lovers of latest android version could go with Nexus 4 flagship and one could consider Samsung Galaxy S3 as a best choice for more storage capacity and 4G LTE, which is meaningless for a market like Pakistan.


  • Shahid Saleem

    — However, against all expectations, Nexus 4 will not feature a new Android update called Key Lime Pie.

    Huh? Key Lime Pie doesn’t even exist. And on that matter, The S III is still running last year’s release (4.0) and hasn’t been updated to 4.1 or 4.2. If you want a newer (and updated) OS for your phone the choice is Nexus 4, nothing else.

    • AmeerAftab

      Exactly! Key Lime Pie is just a codename of Android build. Nexus 4 has the latest Android build 4.2 on it, and that’s all that matters. Now whether you call it Key Lime Pie, Kulfa, or Jelly bean, it’s irrelevant. It has the latest Android build, and that’s what’s important. Dumb noob writer!

      • The writer

        @Ameer and Shahid:

        Check this link you will get the answer regarding Key lime Pie version:
        http://www.networkworld.com/community/node/81698
        Key lime Pie would be an updated version of Android and will be announce in near future.Its upto the software giant whether they would give this update to 4.2 or dubbed it as a new number such as Android 5.0 Key lime pie.The software giant has cancelled its android event due to Hurricane SANDY, so it is not yet clear either they would give the name of Key Lime Pie to android 4.2 or give us android 5.0.

        So, in the post it has written correctly that ” However, against all expectations, Nexus 4 will not feature a new Android update called Key Lime Pie.”

      • The writer

        @Ameer and Shahid:
        Check this link you will get the answer regarding Key lime Pie version:
        http://www.networkworld.com/community/node/81698
        Key lime Pie would be an updated version of Android and will be announce in near future.Its upto the software giant whether they would give this update to 4.2 or dubbed as a new number such as Android 5.0 Key lime pie.The software giant has cancelled its android event due to Hurricane SANDY, so it is not yet clear either they would give the name of Key Lime Pie to android 4.2 or give us android 5.0 Key LIme Pie
        So,that is why it has written in post correctly that ” However, against all expectations, Nexus 4 will not feature a new Android update called Key Lime Pie.”

        • Shahid Saleem

          Um, NO. A big fat NO.

          They’ve already announced that 4.2 (the unreleased update) is also called Jelly Bean. It is VERY CLEAR that 4.2 is NOT Key Lime Pie, and it doesn’t matter that they cancelled the event because they posted about it on their official android blog.

          Secondly, Key Lime Pie isn’t even an update for any phone right now or in the near future. So even mentioning it makes no sense.

        • Ali_Amjad

          Android 4.2 IS called Jelly Bean & the OTA update is available for Galaxy Nexus already. It is not being called lime pie. It is still called as Jelly Bean as it is not a major upgrade

          Check out the link below, clearly mentioned Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
          http://blog.gsmarena.com/android-4-2-jelly-beans-photo-sphere-feature-lets-you-snap-photos-like-the-ones-in-google-street-view/

      • ratung

        kis nay kaha !!!!!i have been upgraded…it is the best phone eveerrr made

    • Farhan

      Galaxy SIII has been upgarded to 4.1.Have done it on mine.

  • Adeel

    What is the RAM size of both the sets ?

  • اظہر علی

    i think Nexus is best

  • Fatima sahaab

    The features of Samsung Galaxy S3 are great and will go for it.

  • M.Aswad Mehtab

    The memory limitations and the price are the 2 things matter in our market, biggest selling point of n4 is the price, yesterday pocket now reported that in markets where n4 is not available by directly frm Google play the price difference is staggering in one country th e price asked by retailers is $700 I think it’s Germany or Australia they decided to cancel the n4 sales… So when it comes to pak this this will also go 50k plus…

    • Shahid Saleem

      Dream on! Even the Nexus 7 which is not officially sold here yet costs under Rs 32,000 imported. Only a fool would pay 50k for the Nexus 4.

  • Abdul Waahid

    Nexus has all the way good specs,hope to come Pakistan soon.

  • yousaf465

    Galaxy SIII LTE version doesn’t have quad core processor.

    Nexus 4 price in open market is $500+, only ava. for $299 on Google Play store.

  • galaxy 3 is way better

  • Rabia

    Galaxy S3 has been impressive from appearance to all specifications.

    • S3 got HSPDA so upto 21mpbs speed on 3G while nexus 4 is DC-HSDPA with upto 42mbps speed.

      S3 1gb ram vs nexus4 2gb ram.
      S3 body plastic vs Nexus4 Gorilla Glass body

      rest almost same so nexus takes lead

  • Stone

    The last dimension on the Nexus 4 is 0.36 also the wifi specs are misssing: dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot. Also in my view, 4G is irrelevant for users in Pakistan so you should just mention that they support 3G :) which we dont have.

    • Nexus4 does have Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, DLNA and Wi-Fi hotspot

  • Samsung Galaxy S III 3 in Pakistan
    Rs 49,990.00

  • maula bux chandio

    cannot give a verdict unless i see a drop test of both :)

  • for Pakistan nexus 4 is better, moreover its price is quiet reasonable.

  • Nexus 4 on Sale from tomorrow in UK for £279 but with staff discount i can get 16GB for as low as £215. Will buy tomorrow. The reason i want this phone instead of S3 is DC-HSDPA. Nexus 4 is capable of getting 42mbps speed on 3G with DC-HSDPA while S3 with HSPDA can only upto 21mbps, My brother own S3 and i did speed test on his S3, I get avg of 16mbps download speed HSDPA network so Nexus 4 for me.

    Nexus 4 don’t have LTE but 4G will be too expensive for another 1-2 years so don’t care about LTE.

    No Micro SD on Nexus? 16gb more then enough for normal phone users and with Google drive(cloud) or Dropbox. don’t really need microsd.

  • Key Lime Pie?

    Nexus 4 is Google brand so Google will release all the future software for at least 2 years, that’s what Google is doing for Galaxy Nexus. So Key Lime Pie 5.0 or 6.0 you will be safe for at least 2 years of updates.

  • Ali_Amjad

    NEXUS all the way.. loved the Galaxy Nexus, loving the Nexus 7 tablet & will get the Nexus 4
    P.S. Please update the Galaxy S3 price mentioned above in the article. S3 is now available for Rs. 50,000/-