Are you thinking about buying a new device? Today in AndroidADN I bring a comparison between three of the best smartphones on the market: Samsung Galaxy S3 vs. iPhone 5 vs LG Nexus 4. Wich one better?

Last week, Google unveiled its new smartphone Nexus 4 via its website, and on 13 November in an event will do it for the entire press release after the delay bound due to the inconvenience caused by Hurricane Sandy in several states of the United States.

On paper this new device has what it takes to become a huge success: spectacular specifications, good design and low price. However, it has what it takes to tackle the Samsung Galaxy S3 or the iPhone 5? Let’s find out!

Samsung Galaxy S3 VS iPhone 5 VS Nexus 4


The Samsung Galaxy S3 has a design with rounded contours, with soft lines and edges. Initially the device came in white and blue, although is currently available in a lot of colors. In terms of construction, this smartphone has a plastic housing, which has been the main target of criticism from its competitors.

Meanwhile, the Nexus 4 also has soft contours while maintaining sobriety in color and shape. Its housing is made of plastic but also holds the rear glass covered. While its finish is smooth, under the cover has included a layer of material called Crystal Reflective Process.

The new iPhone 5 has important developments related to their design and construction. The Apple flagship has beveled edges around the screen, which were carved with diamond. The device housing is made of anodized aluminum 6000 series (the same material used by the MacBook) crystal-encrusted white ceramic and silver model, and pigmented glass and graphite black model.


The Nexus 4 has a True HD IPS Plus display of 4.7 inches with a resolution of 1,280 x 768 pixels with 320 ppi, while the flagship of Samsung has a Super AMOLED 4.8-inch HD (1280 x 720) and a pixel density of 306 pixels per inch and the iPhone 5 comes with an IPS Retina screen of 4 inches with 1136 x 640 pixel resolution and 326 ppi.

Processor, RAM and internal memory

The Samsung Galaxy S3 is powered by a 4 Quad Exynos processor quad-core at 1.4 GHz and features 1 GB of RAM and 16.32 or 64 GB of memory (expandable up to 64 GB with microSD card).

Meanwhile, the iPhone 5  integrates a dual-core processor Apple A6 1.2 GHz, 1 GB of RAM and 16, 32 and 64 GB of internal memory (not expandable).

The Nexus 4 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8064 processor quad core at 1.5 GHz, 2 GB of RAM and 8 or 16 GB of internal storage (not expandable).


The Galaxy S3 comes with Android 4.0 but upgrading to 4.1.1 Jelly Bean has been released since and by early 2013 will receive Android 4.2.

Meanwhile, the iPhone 5 was the first device to run iOS 6, the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system that seems to work well beyond the problems with the new Maps application.

The LG Nexus 4 will premiere the new version Android 4.2 Jelly Bean incorporating several new features such as Photo Sphere, Google Now, native intelligent keyboard with Gesture Typing and many other innovations.


The flagship of Samsung incorporates an 8 megapixel rear camera with autofocus, LED flash, touch focus, face and smile detection, simultaneously recording videos and images, image stabilization and can record HD video at 1080p @ 30fps. In addition, it has a 1.9-megapixel front camera capable of recording videos at 720p.

Meanwhile, the iPhone 5 has an 8-megapixel iSight camera with LED flash, ability to take panoramic pictures, photo and video geotagging, autofocus, face detection in videos and photographs and video recording at 1080p @ 30fps, and a FaceTime front camera of 1.2 megapixels and 720p video recording at up to 30 frames per second.

The Nexus 4 has two cameras: a rear 8-megapixel camera with autofocus, LED flash, touch focus, face detection, image stabilizer, Photo Sphere, geo-tagging and video recording capability 1080p @ 30fps and a 1.3 megapixel front that records at 720p.


In this section, these devices are very complete although the Nexus 4 is slightly behind by not having LTE.

The Galaxy S3 has Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, EDR, NFC connectivity, microUSB port v2.0, GPS with A-GPS and GLONASS and a Li-Ion 2100 mAh which provides a range of up to 21 hours and 40 minutes talk time depending on the manufacturer.

Meanwhile, Apple’s flagship comes with Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n, dual-band, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, LTE, USB 2.0, GPS with A-GPS and GLONASS assisted digital compass and has a battery that promises up 1.440mAh 8 hours continuous talk time.

The Nexus 4 features GSM / HSPA + up to 42 Mbps, Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Blueooth 4.0, NFC, Miracast, microUSB port, Android Beam, GPS support A-GPS and GLONASS and has a 2100 mAh battery that promises up to 10 hours of talk time.


In terms of size and weight, the devices are quite similar but the iPhone 5 is something smaller and lighter:

  • Galaxy S3: 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm and a weight of 133 grams.
  • Nexus 4: 133.9 x 68.7 x 9.1 mm and weight 139 grams
  • iPhone 5: 123.38 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm and weight 112 grams


All three are high-end devices, and will depend on the specific tastes of each. I tend towards the Nexus 4 as I treasure that is a Android-native device especially considering its price, although I do not like much the lack of micro SD.

The iPhone 5 is Apple therefore if your taste for iOS then ther´s  not much way around it.

Meanwhile, the Galaxy S3 is a wonderful device almost without flaws in my opinion, although I hate TouchWiz having to install on it custom roms such as Cyanogen.

No doubt we are in the presence of three of the best smartphones on the market, so any of the three you choose to buy, will give you a great satisfaction.

What is your preferred device and why? Leave me your thoughts in the comments!

If you want to see our selection of best android phones check the the post here

Esteban Cejas

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