Google Nexus 4 full review
Samsung's Galaxy S3 was one of the most popular smartphones of 2012, but how does it compare to Google's Nexus 4? We’ll look at the differences in our Google LG Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S3 comparison review.
The Nexus 4 and Galaxy S3 are two of the best Android smartphones around at the moment so fully deserve a PC Advisor comparison review. We'll compare the two handsets in-depth in price and specifications to see how they differ. See also: Group test: what's the best Android phone?
Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Google Nexus 4: Price
Price is one of the biggest differences between the Nexus 4 and Galaxy S3, even though they have a similar set of specifications. The Nexus 4 is by far the cheaper of the two, starting at just £239 for the 8GB model and £279 for the 16GB. Samsung's Galaxy S3 costs around £450 for the 16GB model.
Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Google Nexus 4: Dimensions
The Galaxy S3 and LG Nexus 4 are smartphones with similar dimensions. The Nexus 4 is slightly smaller 69 x 134mm while the S3 is 71 x 137mm. However, the Galaxy S3 is thinner at 8.6mm against 9.1mm.
The Galaxy S3 is also a lighter device at 133g. Only a few grams heavier, the Nexus 4 weighs 139g.
Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Google Nexus 4: Screen
These two phones have almost the same screen size. Google's Nexus 4 has a large 4.7in display while the Galaxy S3 has a minutely larger 4.8in screen. This difference is barely noticeable.
The Galaxy S3 uses Super AMOLED technology while the Nexus 4 uses an IPS display. It's Google's smartphone which has a higher resolution - 768 x 1280 giving a pixel density of 320ppi. Samsung uses a resolution of 720 x 1280 which over a slightly larger screen means the pixel density is lower at 306ppi. Both are high quality displays.
Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Google Nexus 4: Processor and memory
Key internal components are also close in their specifications. The Nexus 4 has an impressive Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro 1.5GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM. Samsung's Galaxy S3 uses its own Exynos 4 Quad 1.4GHz quad-core chip with 1GB of RAM.
In our GeekBench 2 tests it was the Nexus 4 which came out on top. It scored 2009 which is the highest we've seen from a smartphone to date. The Galaxy S3 managed a score of 1659.
Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Google Nexus 4: Storage
It is the Galaxy S3 which offers better storage options with 16GB, 32GB or 64GB models. The Nexus 4 only comes in 8GB or 16GB models. Furthermore, the Galaxy S3 has a microSD card slot for up to an extra 64GB of storage.
Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Google Nexus 4: Cameras
Both the Nexus 4 and Galaxy S3 have 8Mp rear facing cameras with the ability to record video in full HD 1080p. The Galaxy S3 does have a slightly better front facing camera though; it has a 1.9Mp lens while the Nexus 4's is 1.3Mp. Both shoot video at 720p.
Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Google Nexus 4: Connectivity
The pair is close on connectivity with each offering Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, near-field communications (NFC), and wireless charging. The Nexus 4 doesn't come with 4G connectivity but Samsung has made a 4G LTE version of the Galaxy S3.
Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Google Nexus 4: Software
Although both these smartphones run Google's Android operating system, the Nexus 4 is more up to date with Android, 4.2 Jelly Bean. The Galaxy S3 has been updated to 4.1 Jelly Bean. Until Samsung updates its handset again, the Nexus 4 will have some additional core features such as lock screen widgets, gesture typing and Photo Sphere.
However, Samsung provides some of its own features to Android which the Nexus 4 doesn't have via its TouchWiz overlay such as Direct Call, S Voice, Pop up play and Smart Alert. Google's phone uses the standard Android interface.
Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Google Nexus 4: Battery
Samsung and Google have fitted their smartphones with a 7.8Wh (2100mAh) battery. The difference is that the battery inside Galaxy S3 is removable but the Nexus 4's isn't accessible.
Google Nexus 4: Specs
- SCREEN: 4.7" diagonal,768 x 1280 pixel resolution (320 ppi),WXGA IPS,Corning(R) Gorilla(R) Glass 2,MEMORY:16 GB internal storage (actual formatted capacity will be less),2 GB RAM
- OS: Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)
- CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon(TM) S4 Pro
- CAMERAS: 8 MP (main),1.3 MP (front)
- BATTERY: 2,100 mAh Lithium polymer,CONNECTIVITY: Micro USB,SlimPort HDMI,3.5mm headphone jack
- WIRELESS: Wireless charging,WiFi 802.11 b/g/n,NFC (Android Beam),Bluetooth
- SENSORS: Microphone,Accelerometer,Compass,Ambient light,Gyroscope,Barometer,GPS
- NETWORK: Unlocked GSM/UMTS/HSPA+,GSM/EDGE/GPRS (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz),3G (850, 900, 1700, 1900, 2100 MHz),HSPA+ 21
- SIZE: 133.9 x 68.7 x 9.1 mm
- WEIGHT: 139g
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