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Google Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III

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Flaunting the same sized 8-megapixel cameras, it’s a close call as to which delivers the better looking photos. Ultimately though, we have to give it to the Samsung Galaxy S III – though, it’s by just a little bit. Out of everything, it produces the likable combination of having the sharper details and slightly saturated color reproductions. In low lighting situations as well, it has the less noisier production between the two, though it’s still noisy by comparison to some of the greats out there. Well, we’re not saying that the Google Nexus 4’s results are terrible, but it’s a smidgen below the quality put out by Samsung’s beast.

Camera interface of the Google Nexus 4 - Google Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Camera interface of the Google Nexus 4 - Google Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Camera interface of the Google Nexus 4 - Google Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Camera interface of the Google Nexus 4 - Google Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III
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Camera interface of the Google Nexus 4


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Camera interface of the Samsung Galaxy S III - Google Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III
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Camera interface of the Samsung Galaxy S III - Google Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Camera interface of the Samsung Galaxy S III - Google Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Camera interface of the Samsung Galaxy S III - Google Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III

Camera interface of the Samsung Galaxy S III



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Google Nexus 4 - Samsung Galaxy S IIICamera samples - Google Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III
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Indeed, it’s a close race between their still shot quality, but there’s no comparison with video. Without question, the Samsung Galaxy S III is the preferred device, since its results are filled with luscious details that put the soft and dull tones seen with the Google Nexus 4 to shame. At the same time, there’s more noticeable evidence of artifacting with LG’s offering, but at least its audio recording quality is clearer. As a whole, though, the Galaxy S III is the absolute winner between the two.

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We can’t say that one has the more appealing music player than the other, since they’re rather conventional with their presentations. And seeing that the Google Play Music app is accessible by the two, there’s no big advantage choosing one over the other. Additionally, there isn’t one that captivates us with their audio quality, as the Galaxy S III produces tones that have a hint of irritating sharpness – while the Nexus 4 has a bit of muteness with it.

The Google Play Music app on the Google Nexus 4 - Google Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The Google Play Music app on the Google Nexus 4 - Google Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The Google Play Music app on the Google Nexus 4 - Google Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The Google Play Music app on the Google Nexus 4 - Google Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III

The Google Play Music app on the Google Nexus 4


The music player of the Samsung Galaxy S III - Google Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The music player of the Samsung Galaxy S III - Google Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The music player of the Samsung Galaxy S III - Google Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The music player of the Samsung Galaxy S III - Google Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III

The music player of the Samsung Galaxy S III


Watching videos though, we can firmly say that the two are fit for the occasions, seeing they don’t strain whatsoever with their playbacks. On top of that, their large screens make them ideal as well. Still, the cool Pop Up Play feature of the Galaxy S III proves its worth, which is something that the Nexus 4 doesn’t offer out of the box.

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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: 541; 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: 22020; 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: 22020; 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: 229; 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: 821; 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: 191; 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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