Samsung S3 vs Google LG Nexus 4The galaxy S3 has been one of the most popular Android phones in the market for some time now. It has a beautiful screen, amazing specs and overall is a pretty good phone. The newest contender to the S3s throne is the recently launched Google LG Nexus 4. The newest Android flagship phone launched by Google and manufactured by LG has mind-boggling specs for a really cheap price. Does it have what it takes to replace Samsungs S3 as the popular choice?
DisplayThe first thing we notice about a phone is its size. When Samsung launched the S3 it was mocked for having a huge 4.8 inch screen. Most of the Android fans felt it was too large, however people soon got comfortable with its size and its now actually a major selling factor for the phone. The LG Nexus 4 sports a similar 4.7 inch screen. The Nexus 4 however has a slightly higher resolution and pixel density than the S3 (302 for S3 and 320 for S3) The Displays use separate technologies with S3 using its Super AMOLED and Nexus 4 using the IPS Plus LCD display. Both have Gorilla Glass 2 protection but the S3 will be slightly better in sunlight whereas the Nexus 4 will be sharper.
Processor and MemoryBoth the Nexus 4 and the S3 devices have quad-core processors. The Galaxy S3 sports a 1.4GHz Exynos 4412 and the Nexus 4 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro clocked at 1.5GHz. The Nexus 4 offers 2GB of RAM, which outperforms the 1GB of RAM in the European and international versions of the S3. The U.S. version of the Galaxy S3 matches the Nexus 4's 2GB of RAM however it has a dual-core instead of a quad core processor.
User InterfaceAs a Google release the Nexus 4 has a stock Android and it offers version 4.2 which contains lots of refinements over 4.1, but is still named as Jelly Bean. There’s a new Quick Settings screen, widgets on the lock screen, improvements in Google Now, Voice Search, among a few other refinements in the version 4.2. The Galaxy S3 launched with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), but the Jelly Bean 4.1 update has rolled out devices already. It also has Samsung’s TouchWiz interface, which has already added some features such as a Quick Settings menu in the Notifications bar. There isn’t a huge difference in usability and the UI looks the same, but the latest version of Android is always the best as it has refinement, bug fixes etc. The 4.1 update for the Galaxy S3 brought a very noticeable improvement in speed and performance, as well as expanded Notifications and Google Now.
- While the Nexus 4 has a faster CPU it's GPU is lacking and thus games will work better on the GS3. Even though the GS3 only has 1GB or RAM it doesn't seem to have a problem storing/retrieving from memory. That may change in the future as apps begin to use more memory space.
- The biggest difference you will note is the GS3 screen is a bit darker in broad daylight which is a result of its AMOLED screen vs the N4's True HD IPS Plus.