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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

Related phones

iPhone 5
Galaxy S III
Lumia 920


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