The collaboration between Google and LG was materialized with the Nexus 4 model, which made a great impression and it’s still very popular because of its high-end specs and affordable price. Samsung has done a great job with the Galaxy SIII, but the phone performs weaker because it has 1GB of RAM, while its opponent is equipped with 2GB of RAM.
Displays, designs and sizes
The Nexus 4 has a pretty design, a non-removable panel made of glass, a display of 4.7inches which is True HD IPS Plus and the supported resolution is 768x1280pixels. Plus, the screen has Corning Gorilla Glass 2 protecting it against scratches. The pixel density stands at 318ppi, which makes the color reproduction very accurate and the images are crisp and sharp. Speaking of exterior, you’ll find the power button and the volume rocker placed on the right edge. The device weights 139grams and it measures 133.9×68.7×9.1mm.
The Galaxy SIII, like many of the Galaxy models, has a plastic gear which makes it look cheap. It has the power button and volume rocker located on the right, the audio jack was placed on the top, while the USB charging port is found at the bottom. The 4.8inches display is Super AMOLED and it supports a resolution of 720x1280pixels and 306ppi. This phone also benefits from Corning Gorilla Glass 2 protection and has Samsung’s TouchWiz UI. The phone weights 133grams and it measures 136.6×70.6×8.6mm.
Hardware and OS
The smartphones are very different in terms of hardware specs. The Nexus 4 comes with a quad core 1.5GHz Krait processor, based on a Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon and uses Adreno 320 GPU, while the Galaxy SIII has a quad core 1.4GHz Cortex A9 processor, baked by an Exynos 4412 chipset and a Mali-400MP4 GPU.
The Nexus 4 has 2GB of RAM and 8/16 GB of internal storage, which is unexpandable, and it runs initially on Android v4.2 (Jelly Bean), but you can upgrade it to v4.4.2 (KitKat). The owners of this phone were very happy with the way this phone runs, and they didn’t complain about the performance when playing games or when they switched between applications.
The Galaxy SIII has only 1GB of RAM and three variants of internal memories: 16 and 32GB, expandable up to 64GB, plus another 64GB variant. The OS is Android, as well, and the phone came out of the factory with v4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich), but in the meantime it was upgraded to 4.3 (Jelly Bean).
Both rear cameras of these phones are 8MP with autofocus, LED flash, geo tagging, face detection, touch focus and have video recording capabilities at 1080p@30fps. The Nexus 4 has in addition photo sphere and the Galaxy SIII offers Simultaneous HD video and image recording and image stabilization. The pictures taken with these cameras are of good quality in every environment. The secondary cameras are 1.3MP and 1.9MP respectively.
Nexus 4’s battery is non-removable and it’s a Li-Po with the capacity of 2100mAh, which delivers 15hours of talktime on 3G. The SIII has a Li-Ion battery with the same capacity, but it’s user replaceable and it lasts 11hours and 40minutes when talking on 3G.
You can find the 16GB variant of the Nexus 4 on amazon.com at the price of 280 dollars. The 16GB variant of the Galaxy SIII has the same pricing.
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