BY | November 13, 2012

Both are great devices and are certain to compete in the market for supremacy. Nexus 4 Vs Galaxy S3 comparison makes interesting reading as both come with great specs. But Nexus 4 due to its lower price has certain edge over Galaxy S3

LG’s Google Nexus 4 is in the limelight. The device is getting much attention especially because of its new manufacturer LG, advanced Android 4.2 Jelly Bean firmware and great specs and features. It competes well with top Android handsets including Samsung Galaxy S III, HTC One X and others.

Software: We begin with software comparison, because this is one of major factors that put the devices different. The new Nexus, as we noted above, comes out of the box with the most recent Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. It is a special incremental update to the Nexus 7-debuted Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

From its original, the new Jelly Bean comes with a range of amazing features that include Photo Sphere for a unique camera experience, support for multiple user accounts and more. Galaxy S3, on the other hand, first hit stores more than five months back with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The device was later upgraded to 4.1, but it is not clear whether the device will get the new 4.2 Jelly Bean anytime.

Display: LG Nexus 4 mounts a 4.7-inch True HD IPS Plus display that offers an excellent screen resolution of 1280 x 768 pixels at 318-ppi. Well, the device almost matches with Galaxy S3 in display size and technology. The S3 sports a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED display that has a resolution of 1280 x 720 at a rather meek 306-ppi. In fact, both the devices look to have the same perfection in display clarity.

Processor, RAM: Both the handsets are equipped with quad core CPUs. The LG-made Nexus 4 loads a 1.5GHz quad core Qualcomm Krait CPU, while Galaxy S3 is up with 1.4GHz Samsung’s own Exynos Cortex A9 quad core processor. The device’s U.S. version, however, does get its power from a 1.5GHz Qualcomm dual-core processor.

RAM, Storage: Thanks to 2GB RAM, Nexus 4 outclasses its Samsung rival that packs only 1GB of RAM. When it comes to internal storage, the S3 has a clear edge as it is coming in three major memory options; 16GB, 32GB and 64GB like iPhone 5 and 4S. The new Nexus phone, as part of an effort to sell for small prices, comes in only two basic versions; 8GB and 16GB. The device also drops microSD slot that is up there on the Samsung handset.

Camera: Both the Android handsets mount 8MP rear cams. You can use these handsets to capture video at 1080p. Essential features like auto-focus, LED flash and geo-tagging are there with the gadgets. But, LG Nexus 4, thanks to Android 4.2, offers a ground-breaking Photo Sphere camera app for merging multiple pics to a single panorama image. When it comes to front camera for video chats, the LG phone has a 1.3MP front snapper that is a 1.9-MP camera with the S3.

Battery: Both the Samsung and LG handsets pack 2100mAh battery for power. Nexus 4 is claimed to get about 15 hours of 3G talk-time, while the S3 offers up to 11 hours of talk-time. In practical use, S3 is proven as excellently good in this department. It is yet to see how Nexus 4 may perform in battery life.

Dimensions, Weight: Nexus 4 measures in at 133.9 x 68.7 x 9.1mm. The S3 features the dimensions of 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6mm. The devices respectively weigh at 139 grams and 133 grams.

Price: Nexus 4 is an affordable handset. Its price starts at $299 for the 8GB version and its 16GB version comes for $349 (both unlocked). T-Mobile is to sell the device for $199 on contract. The S3 is, of course pricier as it starts at $540 (16GB). You can, however, get the device from all carriers in the U.S. for discounted prices on contract.

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  • Tim

    What this article fails to mention is the Nexus 4 will not support LTE. That’s huge, and one of the main reasons I went with the Galaxy 3.

  • PRABINKUMAR SHARMA

    nexus is uncompatible at this moment to any other devices