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Google Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III

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Interface and Functionality:

Needless to say, when you’re attached with the Nexus moniker, there’s a lot going for you – more so when it’s expected to provide a vanilla Android experience. Well folks, that’s exactly what we find on the Nexus 4, as its new flavor of Jelly Bean, Android 4.2 to be exact, brings forth some exciting new features that move the platform along on its merrily route. With the most up-to-date version on board with the Nexus 4, it offers exclusive features such as native widget support in the lock screen, updated actionable items in the notification panel, Daydreams, and a new Photo Sphere camera shooting mode.

The Google Nexus 4 is rocking out to a stock Android 4.2 Jelly Bean experience - Google Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The Google Nexus 4 is rocking out to a stock Android 4.2 Jelly Bean experience - Google Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The Google Nexus 4 is rocking out to a stock Android 4.2 Jelly Bean experience - Google Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The Google Nexus 4 is rocking out to a stock Android 4.2 Jelly Bean experience - Google Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III

The Google Nexus 4 is rocking out to a stock Android 4.2 Jelly Bean experience


As much as the Nexus 4 benefits from all the updated features, the Galaxy S III with its TouchWiz Nature UX experience running on top of Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean still has some specific features it calls its own – these consist of S Voice, S Beam, Pop Up Play, Share Shot, and Buddy Photo Share. In the end, it’s hard to deny the set of features that Samsung has put forth on the Galaxy S III, but again, we all know that the Nexus 4 is going to be treated to updates significantly faster.

The Samsung Galaxy S III comes with TouchWiz Nature UX on top of Android 4.1.1 - Google Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The Samsung Galaxy S III comes with TouchWiz Nature UX on top of Android 4.1.1 - Google Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The Samsung Galaxy S III comes with TouchWiz Nature UX on top of Android 4.1.1 - Google Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The Samsung Galaxy S III comes with TouchWiz Nature UX on top of Android 4.1.1 - Google Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III

The Samsung Galaxy S III comes with TouchWiz Nature UX on top of Android 4.1.1


Looking at the core organizer apps on both devices, they’re naturally boasting all the usual set of functionality we’d expect to find, so we don’t find one to be particularly more superior than the other. Furthermore, we can say the same thing about their email applications – though, it’s worth noting that Nexus 4 and its newer flavor of Jelly Bean offers quick archiving with the Gmail app by swiping left/right. Beyond that, there isn’t a whole lot separating the two experiences.

Core organizer apps on the Google Nexus 4 - Google Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Core organizer apps on the Google Nexus 4 - Google Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Core organizer apps on the Google Nexus 4 - Google Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Core organizer apps on the Google Nexus 4 - Google Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III

Core organizer apps on the Google Nexus 4


Core organizer apps on the Samsung Galaxy S III - Google Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Core organizer apps on the Samsung Galaxy S III - Google Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Core organizer apps on the Samsung Galaxy S III - Google Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Core organizer apps on the Samsung Galaxy S III - Google Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III

Core organizer apps on the Samsung Galaxy S III


Likewise, the messaging experience is pretty good with these two real estate heavy smartphones, seeing that they have spacious layouts and peppy responses to keep us moving at a consistent rate. However, we have to mention that the Samsung keyboard on the Galaxy S III offers more access to punctuations from the main layout by performing long presses on specific buttons. Additionally, it’s worth pointing out that they both feature Swype-like gestures as an alternative way of inputting text.

The on-screen keyboard on the Google Nexus 4 - Google Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The on-screen keyboard on the Google Nexus 4 - Google Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The on-screen keyboard on the Google Nexus 4 - Google Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The on-screen keyboard on the Google Nexus 4 - Google Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III

The on-screen keyboard on the Google Nexus 4


The on-screen keyboard of the Samsung Galaxy S III - Google Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The on-screen keyboard of the Samsung Galaxy S III - Google Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The on-screen keyboard of the Samsung Galaxy S III - Google Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The on-screen keyboard of the Samsung Galaxy S III - Google Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III

The on-screen keyboard of the Samsung Galaxy S III



Processor and Memory:

Testing out the US version of the Galaxy S III, which is powered by a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus chipset with the Adreno 225 GPU and 2GB of RAM, we find its real world performance to be on the same level as the Nexus 4. Sure, LG’s offering is outfitted with the newer quad-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU with the Adreno 320 GPU and 2GB of RAM, but there’s not a significant visual improvement found with its performance – as both the two execute all functions with the same finesse. Furthermore, with tasks that are more processor heavy, like 3D gaming, again we don’t see a vast difference in the performance of the two.


Quadrant Standard AnTuTu NenaMark 2
Google Nexus 4 4757 10188 58,6
Samsung Galaxy S III US 4520 6111 59,4
 
Already showing its advantage, the Galaxy S III benefits from a microSD slot, which supplements its internal capacity of 16GB. Meanwhile, the Nexus 4 is available in two options, 8GB or 16GB, which isn’t expandable in any way whatsoever.


Internet and Connectivity:

Yet again, Sammy’s beauty is showing off its worth, as the US variants of the Galaxy S III feature LTE connectivity for faster data speeds – whereas the Nexus 4 is unlocked out of the box and equipped with HSPA+ speeds instead. Overlooking the fact that the Galaxy S III technically pulls faster data speeds, the web browsing experience is no different between the two, since they feature fluid navigational controls and speedy rendering on the go.

Web browsing with the Google Nexus 4 - Google Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Web browsing with the Google Nexus 4 - Google Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Web browsing with the Google Nexus 4 - Google Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Web browsing with the Google Nexus 4 - Google Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III

Web browsing with the Google Nexus 4


Web browser of the Samsung Galaxy S III - Google Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Web browser of the Samsung Galaxy S III - Google Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Web browser of the Samsung Galaxy S III - Google Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Web browser of the Samsung Galaxy S III - Google Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III

Web browser of the Samsung Galaxy S III


As we’ve mentioned already, the US versions of the Galaxy S III adhere to pretty much all network capacities – meaning, in addition to LTE support, there are versions that work specifically for GSM and CDMA networks. Oppositely, the Nexus 4 is compatible to run off GSM networks only, with no word yet on CDMA versions. Moreover, since they’re flagship devices and all, both all blessed with all the usual connectivity features we’d expect to find – such as aGPS, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, mobile hotspot functionality, and NFC.

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posted on 26 Nov 2012, 06:48 18

1. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)


nexus.....

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 16:05 5

30. AnTuTu (Posts: 1580; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


Both of them are just perfect piece of technology. But I'll still pick S3 over design and features.

I think Google really have to workout those thick bezels on Nexus phones which just don't make sense to me at all. I didn't buy Nexus from Samsung just because of this and won't buy LG Nexus for the same reason as well.

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 17:54 4

35. jan25 (Posts: 470; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)


the Nexus 4 is both shorter and narrower than the One X which also has a 4.7 display. i can almost bet it's bezel is thinner than S3 too.

posted on 02 Dec 2012, 16:15 1

53. Galen20K (Posts: 545; Member since: 26 Dec 2008)


I own both and I can honestly say I love both of them just as much for various reasons. If you really had to choose between the two, you really can't go wrong with either. And that's the truth. There have never been so many fantastic Smartphone choices as there are now, and not just between these two but also many others on the market. Its a fantastic time to be a technology enthusist. - )

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 06:48 10

2. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


LG Nexus 4 for software, people who prefer experience over power.
Samsung Galaxy S III for all the brawns and muscle.

Good review once again!
Nexus 10 smackdowns next, along with 920 vs Nexus 4.

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 07:18 10

11. MeoCao (unregistered)


Nexus 4 has qua core, GS3 dual core only so how GS3 can have more power?

GS3 has more flexibility: removable battery and SD slot and more internal memory. GS3 camera is better but for the rest it's Nexus all the way.

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 07:30 8

12. TheLibertine (Posts: 484; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


The S III is a quad-core device and both perform rougly equally.

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 07:34 8

14. MeoCao (unregistered)


Look again, US version of GS3 is dual core, other versions are quad core but A9-based while Nexus is Krait quad core which is much better.

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 07:56 4

15. TheLibertine (Posts: 484; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


Europe here :>.

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 11:05 5

23. nwright94 (unregistered)


Why would someone thumbs down you for living in Europe??

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 16:50 1

33. ncv144 (Posts: 126; Member since: 04 May 2012)


Look again, US is only one country, there are 184 other countries and many of them have the quad core version (some dont even have the s3) which greatly outnumbers the US dual core.

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 18:43

36. New_Enthusiast (Posts: 3; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


The review is using the Sprint model. A US version. So it doesn't matter if the quad core version is in more countries, because the review is using the dual core version. It's the very first line of the article.

posted on 28 Nov 2012, 01:46

40. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


*Facepalm- GS3 Dual core is for the american version.

International version of GS3 is QUAD Core.

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 07:18

46. darkkjedii (Posts: 23906; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


S3 international version is quad core bro

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 02:49

39. richardyarrell2011 (banned) (Posts: 510; Member since: 16 Mar 2011)


Software wise the Galaxy S3 and Samsung s**ts all over the stock Android features that will always be. Nobody beats Samsung in the software and features side not even Google. .

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 07:19 1

47. darkkjedii (Posts: 23906; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Shhhhhhhhhh!!!

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 06:49 18

3. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


I would choose Google Nexus 4 over Samsung Galaxy S III.

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 06:55 12

4. TheLibertine (Posts: 484; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


The Galaxy S III is the slightly better phone but the killer price, an fast-updatable pure Android experience is what would make me pick the Nexus 4 everyday.

Also, i actually prefer the LG Nexus 4's design and material choice over the S III.

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 09:32 2

18. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


I never sweat the updates as XDA will post the 'pure' updates for almost any phone within a week after Google releases it.

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 07:06 2

5. louiemapa (Posts: 28; Member since: 01 Nov 2012)


How about 920 vs S3 or nexus 4?

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 07:07 3

6. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


The S3 is rightfully the phone of the year, but nothing beats the Nexus 4's bang for it's buck. The only phone I'd consider over it would be the Note II, which is worth every extra penny you need to throw at it, however I think I'll wait for next year and a Nexus phablet, surely, they have devices in all segments but in the tabphone.

posted on 02 Dec 2012, 06:47

52. techspace (Posts: 1036; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


actually, the htc droid dna is the phone of the year......it has started the era of the 1080p smartphones and it looks really good, the htc one+ is a great one as well, especially because most of the android games are being optimized for nvidia processors
actually, the note 2 can't run a single tablet app....its just 0.5 inch bigger than the droid dna, so note 2 or the droid dna should be the best android phone of the year

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 07:08 2

7. dsDoan (Posts: 234; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)


Being a Verizon customer, LG/Google didn't give me the option between the two.

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 07:10

8. StreetNerd (Posts: 836; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


Lumia 920 vs iPhone 5?

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 07:15 2

10. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Or, the Droid DNA vs. the GS III? That would fit the theme of the crop of 2013 Android phones vs. the king of 2012 Android phones.

posted on 28 Nov 2012, 01:49

41. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


No need to compare- Droid DNA Would completely smack the GSIII out of the arena! Recent articles also says that Droid DNA is no power hogger!

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 07:11

9. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


I wonder how far out into the future Sammy will be providing updates? JB on the GS III may be a 2013 event for the 'official' carrier-supported version. But what about KLP? The hardware would seem to be quite future-proof (at least for 2 years or so).

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 07:31

13. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Actually I don't think stock android 4.2 is better than the latest Samsung 4.1 version with split screen functionality.
If we put the price aside, the s3 wins this quite obviously IMO

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 09:16

17. TheOldOne (Posts: 196; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


you are not far from the truth. I don't have a S3, but I do own a Galaxy Nexus recently updated to 4.2: the feeling is that 4.1 had more stability (there are some issues with 4.2 I don't have time to describe here).

I do not mind it tough: this is the very reason I got GNex, to live on the edge, with the last nightly build of Android is possible (I run takju build since this one seems to get the fastest OTE updates).

If you are an S3 user tough, you may feel different tough, and you may not care of new features to much if it comes with some instability.

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 14:04

28. Zero0 (Posts: 592; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


4.2 isn't a terribly huge deal.
5.0 probably will be. The Nexus 4 will be one of the first devices to get it. The S3 will have to wait some time.

Price aside, I don't think it's "quite obvious" that the S3 wins. Many prefer the build and display of the Nexus 4. The S3 offers more carriers, microSD, a removable battery, and a marginally better camera. For some, these details are irrelevant, or at least not worth the software delays and skins.

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