PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of Galaxy S III vs Nexus 4

Performance

Processing power and speed

Passmark, Geekbench, AnTuTu, BrowserMark and Sunspider 0.9.1

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

AnTuTu 3D, GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

GLBenchmark 2.5 Battery, Talk time, Standby time and Battery capacity

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Reviews from phonearena.com, gsmarena.com, techradar.com, mobiletechreview.com and 2 more

No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of Galaxy S III vs Nexus 4

geekbench Processor and memory performance

Nexus 4
1,583

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

Galaxy S III
2,559
Nexus 4
2,556

SunSpider 0.9.1 Web browser and javascript performance

Galaxy S III
1,192 ms
Nexus 4
1,971 ms

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

Galaxy S III
2,543
Nexus 4
1,794

AnTuTu 3D 3D graphics performance

Galaxy S III
3,481
Nexus 4
6,333

GLBenchmark 2.5 battery Battery life for 3D graphics apps

Galaxy S III
166 min
Nexus 4
208 min

Differences What are the advantages of each

Back view of Samsung Galaxy S III

Reasons to consider the
Samsung Galaxy S III

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Significantly faster web browser 2,543 vs 1,794 More than 40% better BrowserMark score
Screen uses OLED technology Yes vs No About half of smartphones are OLED; OLED screens are typically higher contrast and use less power
Is 4G Yes vs No Somewhat common; Supports the fastest, most reliable networks
Store more stuff 32 GB vs 16 GB 2x more storage capacity; free yourself from memory cards
Back view of Google Nexus 4

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Google Nexus 4

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Significantly faster graphics 15.4 fps vs 3.8 fps More than 4x better GLBenchmark 2.7 score
Much better theoretical download speed 84 Mb/s vs 20 Mb/s Around 4.2x better theoretical download speed; enjoy lightning fast downloads on modern networks
More cores Quad core vs Dual core Twice as many cores; each additional core lets your phone do more without visible UI slowdowns and jerkiness
Longer standby time 23,328 min vs 11,952 min More than 95% longer standby time

Reviews Word on the street

Galaxy S III  vs Nexus 4 

8.0
8.0
The 4.8" HD Super AMOLED display would've been really exciting a year or two ago, but these days IPS and advanced LCDs offer sharper text, wider viewing angles and better outdoor visibility.
Galaxy S III

9.3
9.0
When you combine the screen's vividness with the great contrast (black color that is completely black, not just very dark gray, as in LCD displays), multimedia consumption does get much more enjoyable, compared to the LCD experience.
Galaxy S III

Overall

8.6 Out of 10
8.7 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Galaxy S III  vs
Nexus 4 
Type AMOLED Super IPS LCD2
Size 4.8" 4.7"
Resolution 1280 x 720 1280 x 768
Touchscreen Capacitive Capacitive
Multitouch Yes Yes
PPI 305 ppi 317 ppi

sensors

Has an assisted GPS Yes Yes

music

Supports FM radio No No

software

Operating system Android 4.3 Android 5.1
Multitasking Yes Yes
App store Android Market Android Market
Adobe flash support No No
App store size 850,000 apps 850,000 apps

connectivity

Acts as a wi-fi hotspot Yes Yes
Supports NFC Yes Yes
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v4.0

form factor

Galaxy S III  vs
Nexus 4 
Weight 133 g 139 g
Thickness 8.6 mm 9.1 mm
Size 70.6 x 136.6 x 8.6 mm 68.7 x 133.9 x 9.1 mm

hardware

Clock speed 1.5 GHz 1.5 GHz
Number of cores Dual core Quad core
RAM 2 GB 2 GB
Internal storage 32 GB 16 GB

photo & video

Camera 8 MP 8 MP
Resolution 8 MP 8 MP
Flash Yes Yes
Secondary camera 1.9 MP 1.3 MP
Video resolution 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps

cellular

Generation 4G 3.5G
Networks
HSUPA (7.2 Mb/s)
CDMA (0.01 Mb/s)
LTE (20 Mb/s)
HSPA+ (84 Mb/s)
UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
GSM (0.01 Mb/s)

battery

Talk time 600 min 918 min
Standby time 11,952 min 23,328 min
Capacity 2,100 mA·h 2,100 mA·h
Samsung Galaxy S III
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Google Nexus 4
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