Both the Samsung Galaxy S3 and Google’s Nexus 4 are popular Android smartphones, but a major difference between the two devices having almost similar specs is the price.
The Nexus 4 is certainly a cheaper device at US$300 for unlocked 8 GB version and US$350 for the 16 GB version, whereas the S3 comes at $600 for the 16GB.
Design and Dimensions
Though both the phones are almost similar in size, Google’s Nexus is slightly smaller, at 69 x 134 mm, whereas Samsung’s S4 is 71 x 137 m. But the S4 is slimmer at 8.6 mm against the 9.1 mm of the Nexus 4. Between the two devices, the S4 is lighter, weighing 133g, whereas the Nexus 4 weighs 139 g. The screen size of the Nexus 4 is 4.7 inches, whereas that of the S4 is slightly bigger at 4.8 inches, the difference being barely noticeable. The Nexus 4 has an IPS display, whereas the S3 has a Super AMOLED display technology. The Nexus 4 has a better resolution of 768 x 1280 with a higher pixel density of 320 pp, whereas the Samsung S4 has a lower pixilation of 720 x 1280 p and as it is spread over a bigger screen, the pixel density is considerably lower at 306 ppi, but both the phones have a good quality display, with great color reproduction as well as excellent viewing angles, both being protected by Gorilla Glass 2.
Storage, Battery and Camera
The storage options in the S3 are better, as it is offered in three variants of 16GB, 32GB and 64 GB, whereas the Nexus 4 is only available in the 8 GB or the 16 GB models. The S3 has an added advantage of offering expandability up to 64 GB with the use of a microSD card.
Both the smartphones come with a 2100 mAh battery, but the S4 offers the advantage of a removable battery that is not present in the Nexus 4.
The rear camera in both the phones has a resolution of 8 MP, with a video recording capability of full High Definition at 1080p resolution. However, the S3 has a better front facing camera of 1.9MP, compared to the 1.3MP in the Nexus 4, with both able to take video recordings at 720p.
Both the phones offer similar connectivity options, with Wi Fi and Bluetooth as well as GPS and NFC along with wireless charging. However, the S3 has a 4 G LTE version as well whereas the Nexus 4 does not offer 4G connectivity options.
Both the phones are run on the Android OS, with the Nexus 4 having a more updated version of the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, whereas the S4 has been updated to the 4.1 Jelly Bean versions. Thus, until the next update is brought in for the S4, the Nexus 4 will have some extra features, such as Photo Sphere; gesture typing; and lock screen widgets. In case of the S4, Samsung has its own customized features of the Android and these are not present in the Nexus 4, which runs an unskinned or standard version of Android. S4 offers additional customization in the form of TouchWiz overly, consisting of S Voice, Smart Alert and Direct Call as well as S Voice.
Both the phones, the S4 and the Nexus 4 are very similar and have similar specs, but the price difference is quite big. The Nexus 4 has a limited storage compared to the S4, but it surely offers a better deal. Moreover, many have criticized the screen size of the S3, as it is too large to handle very comfortably.