Phones Nexus 4 or gs3 ?

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by roxxette, Oct 30, 2012.

  1. macrumors 68000


    Aug 9, 2011
    Hi guys !

    My brother is looking to jump in the smartphone world and is looking at android phones, currently he uses BB's but got tired of it :) i dont recommend him ios because i know it will limit hes uses plus will get him lockdown and i know in the future it will be a problem for him.

    He was looking at the galaxy s3 but just now i saw the nexus 4 and the phone looks pretty legit, the sdcard "fail" is not a problem for him and of course lte is not something big in my country (still in testing); the biggest plus with the nexus 4 is the price ! When i told him about it he was very excited but only question about why it is cheaper and vs gs3 etc

    Hoping for your inputs and of course to clarify about the price concern lol he really questions why these thing is so cheap vs the s3 wich cost here more than 500 usd.
  2. macrumors 68040


    If LTE isn't available, I'd go for the N4.
  3. thread starter macrumors 68000


    Aug 9, 2011
    Can you elaborate more about the n4 choice ?
  4. macrumors 65816


    Dec 5, 2010
    Google's stance regarding the Nexus is that it wants the phone to be as widely available as possible.

    As for features, the Nexus doesn't come with any additional software features like S Voice, S Cloud, etc. It's nothing but stock Android, which can be a plus or minus depending on usage. For example, some people don't want stock because it seems intimidating and it is a chore to get all the apps they may consider to be "basic". If I take Korea as an example, no subway map app, no navigation app, etc.

    On the flip side, others like how they get a blank slate with the Nexus.

    Hardware-wise, the two are neck to neck, IMO.
  5. macrumors 6502

    Oct 2, 2012
    Open >>> closed.

    S4 pro >>> exynos 4

    IPS >>> AMOLED

    Google's premium design >>> Samsung's plastic design

    2x cheaper >>> 2x more expensive

    Google software support >>> Samsung's

    Full official CM support >>> most likely will not get the CM11

    First to get Google's new android version >>> months to get it.

    Software buttons >>> physical / capacitive buttons

    Nexus 4 >>> sgs3
  6. macrumors 6502

    Oct 27, 2012
    Expandable storage/apps to SD card>>>>>>>>no SD card slot
    Removable battery>>>>>>>>>non removable battery
    Larger display>>>>>>>>>>>>smaller display
    Samsung phones>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>LG phones
    S3>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>nexus 4
  7. macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2008
    Essex (UK)
    From a personal perspective, the Nexus 4 wins for me all due to my love of stock Android.

    Samsung do add some nice bells and whistles to their TouchWiz experience (which has improved immensely over the years) but I do prefer the swift updates that the Nexus will bring. The price helps the Nexus' case as well.

    Hardware wise, the Nexus could have the edge (apart from expandable storage or LTE).

    I'm saying go Nexus.:)
  8. macrumors 68000

    Jul 23, 2011
    This. Also, stock 4.2 > TouchWiz
  9. macrumors 65816


    Oct 3, 2007
    The difference in these are simple for me. With the Nexus 4 you get stock and droid with instant updates from google. It comes with 4.2. The S3 doesn't even have 4.1 in the US. This trend will probably continue.

    The screen is way better IMO on the N4. I personally can see pixels on the S3 and I hate that. I returned the S3 for this and it's cheap feeling materials. The S4 has neither of these problems.

    Also if you get an unlocked device like the N4 then you can switch phones and plans whenever you want and potentially lower your monthly phone cost.

    The only advantage I see of the S3 is removable storage and removable battery both which I don't need.

    Did I mention how cool the wireless charging orb is?
  10. macrumors G3


    Jun 12, 2012
    IMO, that is the most important thing to consider. If I were buying an android it would have to be the nexus directly from google. You will be lucky to get 1 update if you buy a carrier phone.....6 months later. How long has the s3 been out? and it still does not officially have JB
  11. macrumors 65816

    Jan 28, 2009
    It has Google Now, which sort of makes the lack of S Voice insignificant.
  12. macrumors 601


    Jul 5, 2009
    Florida, USA
    These are the only 2 areas the SG3 beats the N4

    I'd suggest the build quality of the LG is much better because it doesn't have a removable battery. The the usage estimates for the N4 are pretty exceptional--no need for a removable battery

    Yup, 0.1" larger, yet has inferior screen (IPS far better than SAMOLED) and a lower resolution than the N4.

    If anything this is personal preference. Until recently, I though build quality on both was pretty poor.
  13. macrumors G3


    Jun 12, 2012
    just to add to the removable battery thing. How many people are actually taking their batteries out? I know one person who has a bigger battery and it makes his phone look awful
  14. macrumors regular

    Nov 14, 2011
    Heh I was asking my co-worker about that because he got super worried about his next phone not having a removable battery. He couldn't think of a time he took it out, except when the phone froze.
  15. macrumors 65816


    Oct 3, 2007
    Just a little thought about LTE missing on the Nexus 4. How often are you all on wifi? Because I'm on it 90% of the time. No exaggeration.
  16. macrumors G3


    Jun 12, 2012
    likewise...the only time I am not on wifi is when I am driving. Even if I am shopping at the mall I am on wifi.
  17. macrumors 601


    Jul 5, 2009
    Florida, USA
    Outside of the house, not often anymore, mostly because LTE speeds blow away whatever is available as far as public wifi. In fact, it was pretty much the same when I was only using HSPA. At least around here in Tampa, most of the publicly available wifi is pretty poor--lucky to get 1-3 Mbps down. Also, not too keen about open wifi and lack of security that comes with it.
  18. macrumors 604


    Mar 29, 2011
  19. 3bs
    macrumors 603


    May 20, 2011
    Dublin, Ireland
    I don't do it that often these days because I don't use my phone as much so I haven't needed to but I still carry around a fully charged battery with me. While it's not a deal breaker for me, it would have been nice if the N4 had a removable battery. I still plan on getting it though.
  20. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 25, 2006
    I would agree, but as long as the battery lasts like they say it should, I'm good. It's when you have a device (cough Galaxy Note) that eats through battery where you need a removable one and it becomes more of a necessity. It would have been nice, but I'll take a non-removable batter over better design.

    To Sum it up for the OP, IMO, if LTE and Touchwiz (+Samsung goodies like Smart Stay and S-Voice) don't do anything for you, the Nexus 4 is better in every way spec wise. I've had quite a few LG things and they have worked great!
  21. macrumors 65816

    Sep 5, 2011
    Lusaka, Zambia(If you know where it is)
    No, Samsung phones aren't better than LG phones.

    Android 4.2 >>>>>> Admroid 4.1
    He said if LTE isn't a available
    Beautiful glass design >>> cheap plastic
    Bigger isn't always better, it has a higher screen resolution
    Soft keys >>>>> capacitive keys
    Pure android >>>>>> touch wiz
    320 ppi >>>>> 306 ppi
    As for the SD card slot and removable battery, it depends on the user. We've seen millions of iPhone users who like their phones without them
  22. thread starter macrumors 68000


    Aug 9, 2011
    Seems the N4 is the winner, i doubt carriers here will offer it lol so hes hoping amazon have it available as soon it releases if not either way whe are going to the states for the holidays.

    Im not jokinh guys the price on contract of the s3 was the same of the off-contract price in the N4 lol thats why he was "worry".
  23. macrumors 6502

    Oct 27, 2012
    No, its not the winner, depends on the user. No LTE, SD card slot and removable batteries are huge issues for many people. Also, many people like myself love the features that TW brings over vanilla Android that you are just going to run a skin or launcher over anyways.
  24. macrumors 65816


    Oct 3, 2007
    Oh I understand that I meant at work and at home. Also if I switch to t mobile I will get 42Mbps speeds and unlimited. IMO unlimited still really fast speeds >>>> limited super fast speeds.
  25. thread starter macrumors 68000


    Aug 9, 2011
    I dont want to be in debates but removable battery cant be huge, iphone would have never sold the way it is if it was important same with sdcard.

    I will love to see numbers with GB model of specific phones sold more, i bet the lower price win.

    About lte maybe it will be important when is wide available here but for now is novelty, whe live in a island :D

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