iPhone 5 vs. Galaxy S3 vs. Lumia 920: spec by spec rundown

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Apple's latest and greatest phone is finally out of the cage. The iPhone 5 went throught millimetric scrutiny the weeks and months ahead its release and as it turns out, most of the late rumors we'd heard about a larger 4-inch screen, thinner body, LTE support, among others proved to be exactly true.

Most Apple fans won't look past the iPhone 5, after all it is a faster, more polished device and undoubtedly the best phone that has ever come out from Cupertino. However, sticking to the facts, the iPhone 5 is met today with a formidable pack of competitors that include but is not limited to the Samsung Galaxy S III, HTC One X, LG Optimus 4X HD, and the upcoming Nokia Lumia 920.

Check out the table below for a spec by spec rundown of what we consider are the best smartphones on the market today:

  Apple iPhone 5 Samsung
Galaxy S III
Nokia Lumia 920 HTC One X LG Optimus 4X HD
Price
(on contract)
$200 $100 N/A $90 $460
(unlocked)
Availability September 21 Now Q4 2012 Now Now
Metascore   89   87 83
Review More info Review More info Review Review
 
Processor Apple A6
1Ghz dual-core
Snapdragon S4
1.4GHz quad-core
Snapdragon S4
1.5GHz dual-core
Snapdragon S4
1.5GHz dual-core
Nvidia Tegra 3
1.5GHz quad-core
Display 4-inch
IPS
4.8-inch
Super AMOLED
4.5-inch
IPS LCD
4.7-inch
S-LCD 2
4.7-inch
IPS LCD
Resolution
(PPI)
640 x 1136
(326)
720 x 1280
(306)
768 x 1280
(332)
720 x 1280
(312)
720 x 1280
(312)
RAM 1GB 1GB 1.3GB 1GB 1GB
Front camera 1MP 1.9MP 2MP 1.3MP 1.3MP
Rear camera 8MP 8MP 8.7MP 8MP 8MP
Storage 16/32/64GB 16/32/64GB 32GB 16GB 12GB
USB No Yes Yes Yes Yes
microSD No Yes No No Yes
 
Cellular HSPA+ / LTE HSPA+21 / LTE HSPA+ / LTE HSPA+ / LTE HSPA+
Wireless Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.1 Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
NFC No Yes Yes Yes Yes
 
Operating System iOS 6 Android 4.0 Windows Phone 8 Android 4.0 Android 4.0
App Marketplace iTunes Google Play Windows Marketplace Google Play Google Play
Weight 112g 133g 185g 129g 141g
Other Airplay HDMI out
via microUSB
Wireless charging HDMI out
via microUSB
HDMI out
via microUSB

OS and ecosystems draw the most evident divide between phones running Android, iOS and Windows Phone. You may already have a favorite, but it's a very dynamic environment out there.

Stay tuned as we get our hands on the Apple iPhone 5 for a full review soon.

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