Three top devices to come out of 2012 are the Samsung Galaxy S3, the Apple iPhone 5 and the LG Nexus 4. All handsets became best-selling devices and they remain just as popular in 2013 while we wait for the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One to come out.
The LG Nexus 4 offers the quad core processor which was clocked at 1.5GHz. The Apple iPhone 5 offers the dual core processor of 1.2GHz, and the international version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 offers the quad core processor, which is the dual core in the US. While the slowest of the three devices is the Apple iPhone 5, it is twice as fast as the Apple iPhone 4S. The LG Nexus 4 is packed with quad cores and also offers 2GB of RAM. The Samsung Galaxy S4 may have quad cores; however it has just 1GB of RAM. This means that the winner is the LG Nexus 4.
The LG Nexus 4 has Jelly Bean 4.2, the Samsung Galaxy S3 has got the update to Jelly Bean 4.1 and the Apple iPhone 5 runs on iOS 6.1.3. iOS does happen to be the most streamlined, but if you want customisation then it would be Android that was the winner. As the LG Nexus 4 should get updates faster than the Samsung Galaxy S3, you may wish to choose between this and the Apple iPhone 5.
If you go for the LG Nexus 4 you will be able to get it in 8 GB or 16 GB of storage. The downside is that it cannot be expanded. The Samsung Galaxy S3 is available with 16 GB and 32 GB of storage and you can expand it to another 64 GB. The Apple iPhone 5 is offered with 16 GB, 32 GB or 64 GB, but lacks SD card support. This means the winner is the Samsung Galaxy S3.
With the LG Nexus 4 you get a display of 4.7 inches of True HD IPS, with resolution of 1280 x 768 and 318ppi. There is a screen of 4 inches on the Apple iPhone 5, which is the smallest of all the handsets, and this is a retina IPS display. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has the 4.8 inch screen and this is 1280 x 720 Super AMOLED. While all of the screens are good, the IPS ones stand out for their colours. These displays are also the best for viewing outside. Super AMOLED can be too realistic. As the LG Nexus 4 offers the biggest IPS display it wins.
You should get up to 15 hours of use from the LG Nexus 4 as the device has the 2100 mAh battery. The Apple iPhone 5 along with Samsung Galaxy S3 both give up to 10 hours if you can believe the specs. AnAndTech made tests however and the tests showed that the Apple iPhone 5 was in front; the Samsung Galaxy S3 came in second and finally in last place was the LG Nexus 4.
The weight of the LG Nexus 4 is 129 grams and it is 133.9 grams x 68.7 mm x 9.1 mm. The Samsung Galaxy S3 comes in at 136.6 mm x 70.6 mm x 8.6 mm and weighs 135 grams. The Apple iPhone 5 comes in at 112 grams and this happens to be the thinnest and the smallest of all handsets.
Anyone who wants the NFC can choose between the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the LG Nexus 4. If it is LTE that you want then you would be able to choose between the Apple iPhone 5 or the Samsung Galaxy S3. If you want both you would have no choice but to go with the Samsung Galaxy S3.
All devices have a camera of 8MP on the back. The LG Nexus 4 also offers a camera of 1.3 on the front, while the main camera can record 1080p video. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has the 1.9MP camera, while the Apple iPhone 5 offers the 1.2MP and it is the best when it comes to low light. The Samsung Galaxy S3 is great for taking photos and videos at the same time, but the Apple iPhone 5 offers the best BSI sensor.
Out of all the three handsets the Apple iPhone 5 is the easiest device to use and it has the best camera and looks.
The LG Nexus 4 has some great hardware, but storage choices are low and the handset lacks LTE. The bonus is the price tag at the Google Play Store, which is $299. The device has pure Android.
Our winner is the Samsung Galaxy S3 thanks to it having a removable battery, large storage and SD card support, LTE, NFC, Smart Share and MHL. As the Samsung Galaxy S4 is out the price of its predecessor is coming down.