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Galaxy S3 vs Note 2 vs Nexus 4 in popularity tussle

Under: Mobile Phones
By:Gary | December 6th, 2012

If you are currently in the market for a new Android smartphone the choice has arguably never been so good for fans of the platform. Away from the flagship handsets such as the Galaxy S3 or Galaxy Note 2 from Samsung, Android lovers now have the option of the Nexus 4 by LG. All three handsets have grown in popularity since they became available and consumers are now being spoilt for choice when deciding which model to buy.

Out of the three handsets the Samsung Galaxy S3 has been available for the longest amount of time and is still selling well, but thoughts recently have been turning to its replacement next year. its bigger brother the Galaxy Note 2 has only been available for a couple of months, but has been receiving rave reviews from owners and is arguably the must have smartphone at the moment.

The Nexus 4 meanwhile has only been available for a few weeks but many potential owners of the device have had issues getting hold of one via Google Play, with many questioning the launch process by the company.

While the device may not quite have the specifications of the likes of the Note 2, what it does offer users though is a great price for an unlocked smartphone along with a vanilla Android experience that is only possible on Nexus branded handsets.

When it comes to specs all three handsets have a lot to offer as they are all powered by quad core processors with varying clock speeds. The Nexus 4 has a 1.5GHz Qualcomm quad core Krait processor while the Galaxy S3 uses the Samsung 1.4GHz Exynos quad core Cortex A9 processor, but is clocked at 1.5GHz in the US, while the Galaxy Note 2 is powered by the 1.6GHz Quad-core Exynos processor.

One of the biggest selling points for the Note 2 is its 5.5-inch Super AMOLED HD display with 1280 x 720 resolution and 267ppi, while the Galaxy S3 features a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED display with resolution of 1280 x 720 and 306ppi. The LG Nexus 4 meanwhile uses a 4.7-inch True HD IPS Plus display with resolution of 1280 x 768 and pixel density of 318ppi.

Storage wise is where the Nexus 4 loses out with only 16GB available to consumers while both of the Samsung handsets can be expanded by a further 64GB via a microSD card, but with the recent growth with cloud storage options it seems that many consumers are not overly worried about only having 16GB.

Away from all the specifications though the price of the Nexus 4 is winning a lot of Android fans over as if you manage to get hold of one via Google Play it costs £279/$349 for the 16GB version, and considering you are not then tied into any expensive and lengthy contract it makes the device a desirable option.

This compares to the £399 I recently paid to get an unlocked 16GB Galaxy S3 from Amazon, while the Note 2 is currently available for £499.21, but both handsets can be picked up cheaper from other sellers on the site.

Have you recently purchased one of these three smartphones?

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  • Zebanger

    No not yet, but the Note2 is top of my list to go with my Note 10.1. 4G isn’t mentioned and is rolling out next year so a compatible phone is desirable – I understand the Samsung phones do have 4G versions of the S3 and the Note2 handsets and the Nexus does not. Cloud storage cannot beat having a 64GB msd card on board, so the Nexus’ inability to take expansion cards is a further deal breaker for me. Nice to be able to carry a spare battery too. Got to live with whatever I get for a couple of years I expect so I want the best currently available and that today is Samsung. Who knows about tomorrow!

  • Tim Allen

    Ordered my Nexus 4 Tuesday. It arrived today, Thursday!! Fantastic phone, great interface, fast as f***!! Well pleased.

    • George

      Did you order from Google play?

  • http://www.facebook.com/bhasker.kamath Bhasker Kamath

    I have just bought Galaxy Note 2, for £415, sim free and unlocked. This is my first Smart phone !

    • http://www.facebook.com/glenn.foot Glenn Foot

      Where did you purchase it from, always wary when the seller is much lower than the rest of the market?

  • George

    Just ordered my nexus 4 16gb. Expected delivery in 5 to 6 weeks. Note 2 has the better specs but I would not feel comfortable having that thing in my pocket its too big for average user.

  • Jimmy. Drew

    Yes I own the Galaxy Note 2 coming from a Maxx. I love the size of the Note. 2. At first I was worried with all the reviews talking about the large size. It is a perfect size. If anything I would like it larger. I am not large either only 5ft 10 inches tall. This Note 2 is terrific. The best phone out there… and I loved the Maxx.

  • Curly

    Does anyone know whether the Note 2 Has DC-HSDPA Network because the LTE that EE is providing is too expensive and it should only be a small bit slower.

    Thanks

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