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Google LG Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini comparison review

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What's the best mid-range Android smartphone out of the the Galaxy S3 Mini and Nexus 4? We take a look in our in-depth comparison review.

Google Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini

Google latest smartphone is the Nexus 4 by LG but how does it compare to Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini? We’ll look at the differences in our Google LG Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini comparison review.

The Galaxy S3 Mini and Nexus 4 both come with a mid-range price tag so are definitely worth a PC Advisor comparison review. We'll compare these two smartphones in-depth to answer this question. Group test: what's the best Android phone?

We'll go through the price and specifications of each handset, comparing them section by section. See also: Group test: What's the best smartphone?

Google LG Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini: Price

These two smartphones sit in the mid-range price bracket. The Nexus 4 is the cheaper of the two at £239 for the 8GB model and £279 for 16GB. Samsung's Galaxy S3 Mini costs £310 for the 8GB model from Clove.

The price difference is an important thing to keep in mind when comparing the features and specifications of the two rival smartphones. See also: Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Galaxy S3 Mini comparison review.

Google Nexus 4

Google LG Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini: Dimensions

The Galaxy S3 Mini and LG Nexus 4 are similar sized smartphones. The S3 Mini is the smaller of the two at 63 x 122mm compared to 69 x 134mm. However, the Nexus 4 is thinner at 9.1mm against 10.2mm.

If weight is important to you, then the Galaxy S3 Mini is lighter handset at 113g. The Nexus 4 only weighs a little bit more, though – 139g.

Google LG Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini: Screen

Google's Nexus 4 has a large 4.7in display while the Galaxy S3 Mini sports an iPhone 5 matching 4in screen. At this size, the Galaxy S3 Mini's name doesn't describe it very accurately but it's mini in comparison to the Galaxy S3.

Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini

Samsung uses a Super AMOLED display for the GS3 Mini and Google an IPS display. The key factor for us is the resolution, though.

The Nexus 4 uses a high resolution of 768 x 1280 giving a pixel density of 320ppi. In comparison the Galaxy S3 Mini is lagging behind with pixel density of just 223ppi from its 480 x 800 resolution. It doesn't look good for Samsung considering the S3 Mini is more expensive.

Google LG Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini: Processor and memory

The Nexus 4 continues to make the Galaxy S3 Mini look quite silly when you look at the processor and memory on offer.

Samsung has opted for a 1GHz dual-core chip and 1GB of RAM which the Nexus 4 easily trumps with its impressive Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro 1.5GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM.

Google LG Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini: Storage

The two handsets are tied when it comes to internal storage with either 8GB or 16GB models on offer. However, the Galaxy S3 Mini's microSD card slot means a win over the Nexus 4. It means you can add up to an extra 32GB of storage.

Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini camera

Google LG Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini: Cameras

The Nexus 4 is back to winning when it comes to cameras. It has an 8Mp rear facing camera rear facing camera with the ability to record video in full HD 1080p while the Galaxy S3 Mini has an inferior 5Mp which can shoot video at 720p.

The Galaxy S3 Mini also has a front facing camera worse than Nexus 4's. Its VGA quality (0.3Mp) camera can't compete with the Nexus 4's 1.3Mp lens.

Google LG Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini: Connectivity

The pair are close on connectivity with each offering 3G, dual-band Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth and near-field communications (NFC). However, the Nexus 4 adds in wireless charging.

Google Nexus 4 Android 4.2 Jelly Bean

Google LG Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini: Software

Although both these smartphones run Google's Android operating system, the Nexus 4 is more up to date with Android, 4.2 Jelly Bean. The Galaxy S3 Mini ships with 4.1 Jelly Bean. Until Samsung updates its handset, the Nexus 4 will have some additional features such as lock screen widgets, gesture typing and Photo Sphere.

However, Google's phone uses the stock, aka vanilla, Android while Samsung adds its own TouchWiz overlay. Samsung adds some its own features to Android which the Nexus 4 doesn't have.  These include Direct Call, S Voice, Pop up play and Smart Alert.

Google LG Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini: Battery

Samsung has fitted the Galaxy S3 Mini with a 5.6Wh (1500mAh) battery, while the Nexus 4 has an proportionally larger 7.8Wh (2100mAh) battery. The other difference is that the battery inside Galaxy S3 Mini is removable but not with the Nexus 4.

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Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini Expert Verdict »

Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini reviews verified by Reevoo

Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini Scores 8.5 out of 10 based on 2332 reviews
4in (480x800, 233ppi) Super AMOLED multitouch touchscreen
Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean
1GHz dual-core processor
8GB internal storage
5Mp rear camera
VGA front camera
microSD slot
dual-band Wi-Fi
Bluetooth 4.0
3.5mm headphone jack
1,500mAh, 5.6Wh removable lithium-ion battery

The Google Nexus 4 wins this comparison hands down for us. You simply get a higher specification for less money and a new version of Android. The only area which the Galaxy S3 Mini wins in is storage.

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