iPhone 5 vs. Samsung Galaxy S III vs. Nokia Lumia 920

How the new iPhone 5 compares to the Samsung Galaxy S III and the upcoming Nokia Lumia 920

Apple says the iPhone 5 was redesigned from the ground up, but how does it stack up against the Android and Windows Phone competition?

Read our comprehensive preview of the iPhone 5 here

The iPhone 5's main rival is likely to be the Samsung Galaxy S III but Nokia's upcoming Lumia 920 is also an interesting competitor. Both of these smartphones compare favourably against the iPhone 5 when it comes to key specs, particularly their larger displays.

Here's a rundown of these three flagship smartphones.

Apple iPhone 5

Apple iPhone 5

Samsung Galaxy S III

Samsung Galaxy S III

Nokia Lumia 920

Nokia Lumia 920
Operating system
Apple iOS 6
Google Android
Microsoft Windows Phone 8
Screen size
4in
4.8in
4.5in
Display resolution
1136x640
1280x720
1280x720
Display technology
LED backlit IPS
Super AMOLED HD
LED backlit IPS
Pixel density
326ppi
306ppi
332ppi
Front camera
1.2-megapixels
1.9-megapixels
1.2-megapixels
Rear camera
8-megapixels, single LED flash
8-megapixels, single LED flash
8-megapixels, dual LED flash
Camera features
Autofocus, tap to focus, face detection, panorama
Autofocus, tap to focus, face and smile detection, panorama
Autofocus, tap to focus, optical image stabilisation
Video recording
1080p HD @ 30fps
1080p HD @ 30fps
1080p HD @ 30fps
Internal memory
16GB/32GB/64GB
16GB/32GB
32GB
Expandable memory
No
Yes (microSD)
No
Thickness
7.6mm
8.6mm
10.7mm
Weight
112g
133g
185g
RAM
Unknown
1GB (2GB in 4G model)
1GB
Processor
Apple A6
Samsung Exynos 1.4GHz (quad-core)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.5GHz (dual-core)
Australian 3G networks
HSDPA 850/900/2100
HSDPA 850/900/2100
HSDPA 850/900/2100
Australian 4G networks
1800MHz [Telstra, Optus, Virgin Mobile]
1800MHz in 4G model only [Telstra, Optus, Virgin Mobile]
None
Wi-Fi
802.11a/b/g/n
802.11ab/g/n
802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth
4.0 with A2DP
4.0 with A2DP
3.1 with A2DP
HDMI-out
No (Yes, with optional digital AV adapter)
No (Yes, with optional MHL connector)
No (Yes, with optional multimedia dock)
Quoted battery life
Up to 8 hours
Up to 8 hours
Up to 10 hours
Connector
Proprietary 'Lightning' 8-pin
Standard Micro USB
Standard Micro USB
SIM card
Nano-SIM
Micro-SIM
Micro-SIM

Does the larger screen of the Samsung Galaxy S III appeal to you? Is Nokia's Lumia 920 and its new Windows Phone 8 operating system more to your liking? Or are you happy with the changes in the new iPhone 5?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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Apple iPhone 5 Australian buying guide

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Ross Catanzariti

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Comments

Dennis

1

For a newest latest state of the art just released smartphone the iPhone barely catches up to the leaders, when it should have been in front. Add to that the tired old design and you have no real reason to get one over the others (unless you are just plain Apple mad).

This time 3 months on, when the other even better new model smartphones SGs4? etc are released the iPhone is going to look outclassed and they will still have 9 months to go before they even release the tick (iPhone5s) upgrade - let alone the 21 months to the next tock upgrade (iPhone6)

What's really sad is the people who already have a iPhone that does the same job already who are going to line up to get one blindly without thinking because "its the new iPhone".
Then in 3~6 months they wiill realise they could have got something a lot better and will have to wait for almost 2 years (contract term) to actualy get something better.

Ashley Dalton

2

I would have happily traded the reduced thickness in the iPhone 5 for extra battery life. 8 hours isn't enough for something you want to use anytime in the waking hours.

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