Apple iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S III vs Nokia Lumia 920 specs comparison

Apple iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S III vs Nokia Lumia 920 specs comparison
Alright, now that we got the final specs of the newest iPhone, let's pit it against the pack leaders of the other mobile operating systems. The Samsung Galaxy S III is the indisputable Android bestseller and will be so for a good while, while a recent survey showed that the vast majority of future Windows Phone owners are likely to pick the Nokia Lumia 920 when it becomes available.

For the first time Windows Phone has something to show against the multicore, high-res screen honchos of Android and iOS, so this holiday season will be unlike any other. The three flagships couldn't be more different, as should be the case, with the only tangent points the ARM-based chips inside with more than a core, the HD screens, and the baseband radios.

Nokia and Samsung bet on huge screens, while the iPhone 5 keeps things compact and manageable, with a penchant for steel and glass in the chassis, while the WP and Android handsets bet on polycarb for the body. The Lumia 920 is the thickest of them all, but it has a whole camera suspension mechanism inside for that sweet optical image stabilization, so the heft and girth are somewhat forgiven. The Galaxy S III is feathery and compact for a 4.8-incher, while the new iPhone is still incredibly thin and light for a chassis made of glass and aluminum.

Check out the nitty-gritty of the "Three Stooges" specs in the table below, and tell us what you think as far as raw numbers are concerned.

DesignApple iPhone 5Samsung Galaxy S IIINokia Lumia 920
OSiOS (6)Android (4.0.4) TouchWiz UX UIWindows Phone 8

Dimensions4.87 x 2.31 x 0.30 (123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm)5.38 x 2.78 x 0.34 (136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm)5.13 x 2.79 x 0.42 (130.3 x 70.8 x 10.7 mm)
Weight3.95 oz (112 g)
the average is 4.1 oz (118 g)
4.73 oz (134 g)
the average is 4.1 oz (118 g)
6.53 oz (185 g)
the average is 4.1 oz (118 g)
Side KeysLeft: Volume control, OtherLeft: Volume control Right: Lock/Unlock keyRight: Volume control, Camera shutter, Lock/Unlock key
ColorsBlack, WhiteBlue, Red, WhiteBlack, Yellow, Red, White, Gray

Physical size4 inches4.80 inches4.5 inches
Resolution640 x 1136 pixels720 x 1280 pixels768 x 1280 pixels
Pixel density
326 ppi306 ppi332 ppi

Talk time 8.00 hours
the average is 9 h (529 min)
17.00 hours
the average is 9 h (529 min)
Stand-by time9.4 days (225 hours)
the average is 20 days (479 h)
8.3 days (199 hours)
the average is 20 days (479 h)
16.7 days (400 hours)
the average is 20 days (479 h)
Talk time (3G)8.00 hours
the average is 7 h (405 min)
 10.00 hours
the average is 7 h (405 min)
Stand-by time (3G)  16.7 days (400 hours)
the average is 21 days (514 h)
Music playback40.00 hours 67.00 hours
Video playback10.00 hours 6.00 hours
Capacity 2100 mAh2000 mAh
TypeLi - IonLi - IonLi - Ion

System chip
Apple A6Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960
Dual coreDual core, 1500 MHz, KraitDual core, 1500 MHz, Krait
Graphics processorYesAdreno 225Adreno 225
System memory
 2048 MB RAM (Dual-channel: Yes) / DDR2 (500 MHz)1024 MB RAM (Dual-channel: Yes) / DDR2 (500 MHz)
Built-in storage16 GB16 GB32 GB
Storage expansion microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC up to 64 GB 

Camera8 megapixels, Immobile8 megapixels, Immobile8.7 megapixels, Immobile
Aperture sizeF2.4F2.6F2.0
Focal length (35mm equivalent)  26mm
FeaturesBack-illuminated sensor (BSI), Auto focus, Touch to focus, Digital image stabilization, Video stabilizer, Face detection, Geo tagging, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), PanoramaBack-illuminated sensor (BSI), CMOS image sensor, Auto focus, Video stabilizer, Face detection, Exposure control, ISO control, White balance, Multi shot, Geo tagging, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Panorama, Scenes, Effects, Self-timerBack-illuminated sensor (BSI), Auto focus, Touch to focus, Optical image stabilization, Exposure control, White balance, Digital zoom, Geo tagging

1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)
Recording format  MPEG4, H.264
FeaturesVideo callingVideo callingVideo calling
Front-facing camera1.2 megapixels1.9 megapixels1.3 megapixels

800, 1700/2100, 1900 MHz  
GSM850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
UMTS850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz850, 1900, 2100 MHz850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz
LTE700 MHz Class 13, 1800 MHz, 1900 MHz, 2100 MHz700 MHz Class 17, 1700/2100 MHz800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz, 2600 MHz
DataLTE Cat3 Downlink 100 Mbit/s, HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRSLTE, HSDPA+ (4G) 21.1 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRSLTE Cat3 Downlink 100 Mbit/s, LTE Cat3/4 Uplink 50 Mbit/s, HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS
Micro SIM YesYes
Global RoamingYesYesYes
A-GPS, Glonass, Cell ID, Wi-Fi positioningGPS, GlonassGPS, A-GPS, S-GPS, Glonass, Cell ID, Wi-Fi positioning
NavigationTurn-by-turn navigationTurn-by-turn navigation, Voice navigation, Points of interest (POI)Turn-by-turn navigation, Voice navigation



1. ogy_dogy

Posts: 453; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

Wow the nokia rolled over the competition like the tank that it is :) ftw

4. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

lol nokia is good no lie....but the operating may be the downfall here which i would go with the S3 FTW and also the weight of the nokia is a bit too much jus for a better camera when the S3 has a great camera already.....not better than nokia of course but still a great camera............So the S3 is the winner indeed

7. Mobile-X-Pert

Posts: 565; Member since: Dec 20, 2010

It´s not just a better camera, it´s a better screen, better and long lasting design; better maps, better sound quality, more color options, ....etc.

15. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

maybe............... but i still would choose the S3 because im not totally sold on windows phones yet......sorry bruh but i wouldnt get a windows phone right now jus the way it is...

41. arsenaljimenez

Posts: 198; Member since: May 03, 2012

You seriously need to give windows a fair shot, use it as a regular phone, you'll see there are few things you will be disappointed about/

54. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

agree, I still choose android because I am in love for tweaking my device to my heart's content (custom ROMs etc), but for daily usage, WP is actually great.. I don't really care who comes out the top, the Galaxy or the Lumia, but I just wanna say sorry to apple that they are making an outdated piece of shat again to compete with the beasts..

71. arsenaljimenez

Posts: 198; Member since: May 03, 2012

Agreed, I honestly like android but In my opnion suited more for tech savy people If you know how to tweak android and all that its awesome but for normal people, wp is so simple, so easy to use its literally impossible to get lost using it

10. dr_fajardo12

Posts: 134; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

sgs3 first 920 second

77. astronot

Posts: 17; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

No way. Look at the camera quality of the 920. Look at the way the 920 is crafted and designed. Look at Nokia's super sensitive touchscreen. Look at its better turn by turn navi and map apps. How can you say the sgs3 is first?? Ah... the Android platform offers 12 kind of Tetris games, where the WP platform offers only three. Ok, well, I am happy for you ;)

38. vishalvenky

Posts: 79; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

camera is much much better than in S3 as compared with Lumia 920.. check out this video and comment.. design-Nokia(lol they wont take u to the court :P) camera-Nokia OS-Nokia Apps & Gaming-S3

51. maryaaadil

Posts: 146; Member since: Apr 07, 2012

Yeah i would buy a android powered nokia phone even if i have to give 1000$

53. ChiX017

Posts: 308; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

hmmmm, better camera, yeah, better screen (even under sunlight), yeah, Battery life, yeah,.......what else do you need to top the SIII? WIRELESS CHARGING!

78. astronot

Posts: 17; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Are you joking? Look on the internet for various comparisons between the Lumia 920 and the GS3. Lumia 920 camera clearly outperform the SG3 on every aspect. The same counts for Lumia's super sensitive screen, which even lets u use it with gloves.

83. ChiX017

Posts: 308; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Yeah, the Lumia 920 tops the chart! or did you miss read my comment?

72. bengbeng

Posts: 4; Member since: Aug 12, 2012

Lol. Im samsung s3 user. Would love to try lumia 920. Great os.fluid interface. Nokia wanted to have an o.s which almost all of us use. Nokia will definitely on its way to top. Nokias phone hip trendy and nice interface.S3 is smooth but laggy. Admit it. Ipad 3 user here also.

9. dsDoan

Posts: 235; Member since: Dec 28, 2011

The Nokia rolled over the GS3? The Nokia and GS3 have the exact same CPU/GPU chipset, the GS3 has twice as much RAM, the Nokia is both heavier and thicker than the GS3, while having a smaller screen. In fact, the only 2 specs that the Nokia has better than the GS3 is better battery life and a higher PPI display. A good device, sure, but do not be a blind fanboy.

17. SleepingOz unregistered

Don't mind him. Nokia fanboys always forget to put "IMHO" in their comments.

20. ogy_dogy

Posts: 453; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

Wp does not need as much ram as android, thats a fact. Other than that, nokia has higher resolution, more ppi, far better battery life, wireless charging built in, far better camera and nokia drive which beats garmin, let alone google maps and lets not forget build quality. So i still say nokia ftw

24. dsDoan

Posts: 235; Member since: Dec 28, 2011

768 x 1280 is a minuscule difference.. That is not a win vs 720 x 1280. You will not notice the difference. Galaxy S III also has wireless charging built in. This article is regarding hardware, so your software argument should have been in your original post. To vaguely say the Lumia "rolled over the competition" in an article that displays hardware from competing devices that are better than the Lumia's is a losing argument. The Lumia has a better camera? You mean that camera that Nokia had so much faith in that they ran television ads demonstrating the capabilities of the Lumia's camera, that they later admitted to falsifying the demo and showing footage that was taken with an actual digital camera instead of the Lumia's camera? You have faith in the Lumia camera, that Nokia doesn't even have faith in?

28. SleepingOz unregistered

Not to mention that the human eyes can't notice pixels over 300ppi.

63. ogy_dogy

Posts: 453; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

your argument for the display can be used on ram too, but i will not go there. as for the camera fiasco, it was not an ad, it was a single video shown to the press and blown out of proportion, i have seen live demos and the 920 made great photos in the dark where the gs3 and iphone made awesome black rectangles.... so i do, i have a lot of faith in nokia... since 1998 and the 5110 (which i still own and still runs)

67. dr_fajardo12

Posts: 134; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

get over it

21. Mobile-X-Pert

Posts: 565; Member since: Dec 20, 2010

Sorry, but more Ram and less weight will not make an Android phone perform better than a Windows phone. I´ve seen the Galaxy s3 ( quad-core) compared to the Lumia 900 (single-core) and to tell you the truth, I didn´t see any difference in terms of performance, so imagine Windows phone 8 running on a Dual-core (S4). On top of that, MS already said that windows phone runs much better on the windows NT kernel. At the end of the day what speaks about your phone is real life performance.

25. SleepingOz unregistered

Windows sure needs less RAM as it's a lighter OS. But more RAM allow more apps to run in the background! It's called multitasking with no "pseudo" in front.. =] Also 1GB RAM is more than enough for ICS to run smooth, so does JB. 2GB is a plus!

29. Mobile-X-Pert

Posts: 565; Member since: Dec 20, 2010

So now let me ask you, How many apps do you run or better yet, how many apps do you use at the same time? We´re talking about real life performance and as far as I know we´re all humans.

31. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

yea true but sometimes you get to the point where you DOO wanna multitask and run multiple apps at once.......wich is one of the reasons why android is currently the "king" of operating systems and phones! There are OPTIONS! and as long as options are there and freedom of customization and choice....then it will indeed remain the king of is rising but dont act like it has thrown aside android it still has alot to do before that ever happens......and if you havent noticed then let me remind you that android is only gettin better! so i dont see how they will get over us jus yet......peace man PS: they have to get over IOS first if they want to top android lol so let that be their focus before us :)

42. arsenaljimenez

Posts: 198; Member since: May 03, 2012

King because of numbers

46. MaxJenius

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

I usually have at least forty apps open all day on my Nokia N9. I range from 40-60 apps throughout the day. It's not uncommon for me to have 80+ apps open at once. My device never even slows down with GPS, emulators, music, and videos going. I do own a android tablet and have nothing against it. I use it mostly as a gaming device and it serves its purpose well. However the everyday usability of any andriod phone including the Galaxy S3 is still years away from the multitasking I need in my daily device. I desperately want someone to make I device that has better multitasking than android, ios, or windows phone. I will not buy a Nokia WP8 device. SO google needs to step their game up cause I want a new phone in 2013 and every OS I see is years away from my needs.

55. jhattara

Posts: 37; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

I guess you'd love Jolla.

75. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

huh like your the king of the world who can alter the thing according to ur likes wake up and live in the world not over it.

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