Nexus 4 Review vs Samsung Glaxy S3, Optimus G & iPhone 5

Nexus 4Nexus 4 Review of Reviews by Wireless and Mobile News

The Nexus 4 was released and sold-out almost immediately.  The main draws to buyers are the latest version of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, it is unlocked and the 8GB Nexus 4 costs only $299.  Reviewers who went over the Nexus 4 with a keen sense of greatness, however, didn't fall completely in love with it due to its HSPA+ data. We believe it will make it to the top best smartphone list of 2012, just for its pure Google software and price.

  • Most Liked Features: fast quad-core processor, latest Android OS, bright screen, price, photo sphere is impressive, Google Now, supports wireless charging, Zerogap Touch for better touchscreen and low price.
  • Least-Liked Features: lacks 4G LTE, poor call volume, uninspiring design, lack of physical home button, poor audio speakers and dull photos.
  • Overall Average Ranking: 3.75 out of 5.
  • Networks:  Can be used with A T&T, T-Mobile and some prepaid carriers such as Straight Talk, Simple Mobile and T-Mobile.

Reviewers liked the clean Android experience without carrier bloatware, bright screen, fast quad-core processor but most of all the great non-subsidized price for the Nexus 4. Game playing is fast and excellent.

Reviewers didn't like the slower HSPA+ speeds, mediocre camera, heating issues, Bluetooth connectivity issues and lack of innovation. Call quality with a T-Mobile SIM was poorly rated with low volume by one reviewer while another found it to be crisp but would have liked higher volume for loud environments. Battery life was poor, too.

Photo quality was good in outdoor lighting but didn't do well in low-light. One reviewer called the photos "dull."

The Nexus 4 has 4.7-inch IPS LCD packs 1,280-by-768-pixel resolution is bright, since the buttons are on the screen it makes the screen smaller. Videos look good on the screen.

Typing on the screen was easy and the Gesture Type worked well like SWYPE.  The Nexus 4 offered great benchmark tests, however the Samsung Galaxy S III ranked higher. A majority of the reviewers preferred the Samsung Galaxy S III.  The price of the Samsung Galaxy S III has been reduced greatly by Amazon.com.

Many reviewers did note that it very similar to the LG Optimus G which has 4G LTE on the AT&T network (see tips).

Few reviewers compared the Nexus 4 to the unlocked iPhone  5 which is much more expensive. The unlocked iPhone 5 (model A1428) does support  AT&T LTE.

We believe developers who need the latest incarnation of Android, travelers and those who already have figured out how to swap SIMs with their current plans are the major target for the Nexus 4.  The price which is $100 higher than most subsidized smartphones makes it a bargain for an unlocked smartphone.

The Nexus 4 supports 3G (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) and d HSPA+ 42 (850/900/1700/1900/2100MHz, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and 5GHz spectrum. Specs of the Nexus 4 include 8MP camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Wireless charging, Slim Port HDMI, 2GB RAM,  Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU(quad-core), NFC (Android Beam)

Reviewers noted that the Samsung Galaxy  S III data is faster and the Samsung Galaxy Note II has a faster processor.

The Google Nexus 4 will be back in  stock at some point.  If you have an Android phone you can download the Nexus 4 Stock Alert App.Please be aware that when phone is in sleep-mode the app might not check on some devices.

The customer support and order mix-ups for the Nexus 4 has made many irritated.

3.5 / 5 stars     

8 thoughts on “Nexus 4 Review vs Samsung Glaxy S3, Optimus G & iPhone 5”

  1. I couldn't agree more. Thank You I had a whole comment written then deleted it

    No home button...uhhh yeahhh that's the way to go. Most phones are aiming to get like that. Look at the new Motorola. Only Samsung has that, and that is a "FORMER" phone of mine

    Dull pics...I just read a review where they said it beat the 4s and tied the iphone 5

  2. l. Android 4.2, not 2.2 ... Nexus 4 16Gb costs $349, not $299 ...
    GSIII have much weaker hardware platform, its not worth comparing with, or is it just author's envy?
    Though nexus 4 is not better than iphone 5 (camera, sound quality, processing capabilities), i think thats a great device for this price.

  3. This is a incorrect. Since when is 'performance' judged by carrier networks speeds? Pfft.
    Hardware wise this phone is top of the market.

    A review of the chipsets the Optimus G (& by extension Nexus 4) use vs. the one the Note 2 (and INTERNATIONAL version of the S3 use [although note that the U.S. version of the S3 uses a Tegra 3, which is outperformed but both])

    Anyways the display of the Optimus G/Nexus 4 is the best on the market. The only one that compares is the Droid DNAs (thats a new class of display so im not comparing to that) and iPhone 5s (which is also made by LG). The G/N4s display is better than the iP5s because detail and ppi is similar, while the G/N4 deliver a much bigger screen without stretching resolution (higher resolution display). The S3 and Note2s displays dont even come close to matching up vs the G/N4 displays.

    In short the best phones out there right now (complete experience) are the Optimus G or Nexus 4 (both are same phone, only differences would be determined by user preference) and the Note II. again different class of phone so depending on your usage the way you lean is up to you, but the S3 is outclassed by far.

    • Everyone is entitled to an opinion. Thank you for your input.

      If you read WiMo New on a regular basis, you will see that we distill reviews from major sources and try to be as impartial as possible.

      The problem with the Nexus 4 is that you can't go to a store to try it out because it is in short supply.

      The bar has been raised for smartphones. We have huge database that is being processed to see what the consensus is for the best smartphone over the past year.

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