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iPhone 5 vs the competition: fight!

Brad Molen
September 12, 2012
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As the plethora of recent posts attest, Apple has indeed launched the iPhone 5, the next generation in its five-year-old iPhone family tree. But is it the best smartphone money can buy? For kicks and giggles, we've pitted the specs of Tim Cook's darling against those found in the top Android and Windows Phone devices (as a disclaimer, the Nokia Lumia 920 has yet to be officially released, but we have received nearly all of the essential stats). So how does the iPhone 5 hold up against some of its most vicious competitors? Follow along after the break as we analyze the best of the best.

Note: We're still waiting to get final word on a few of the specs, but we'll update the post as those details come to light.

iPhone 5 Samsung Galaxy S III Nokia Lumia 920
Pricing $199, $299, $399 (16, 32 and 64GB options) Varies by region TBA
Known Dimensions 4.87 x 2.31 x 0.3 inches (123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6mm) 5.39 x 2.80 x 0.34 inches (137 x 71 x 8.6mm) 5.12 x 2.79 x 0.42 inches (130.3 x 70.8 x 10.7mm)
Weight 3.95 oz. (112g) 4.70 oz. (133g) 6.53 oz. (185g)
Screen size 4.0 inches 4.8 inches 4.5 inches
Screen resolution 1,136 x 640 pixels (326ppi) 1,280 x 720 pixels (306ppi) 1,280 x 768 pixels (331ppi)
Screen type IPS Retina Display Super AMOLED HD PureMotion HD+ IPS LCD
Battery 1,440mAh (non-removable) 2,100mAh (user removable) 2,000mAh (non-removable)
Internal storage 16 / 32 / 64GB 16 / 32 / 64GB 32GB
External storage None MicroSDXC None
Rear camera 8MP, LED flash, f/2.4 8MP, AF, LED flash, f/2.6 8.7MP, AF, LED flash, f/2.0
Front-facing cam 1.2MP; 720p video capture 2MP 1.3MP
Video capture 1080p 1080p 1080p
NFC No Yes Yes
Radios GSM / EDGE / GPRS: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
CDMA: 800 / 1900
UMTS / HSPA+ / DC-HSPA+ : 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
LTE: Bands 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 13 / 17 / 25 (not all models carry all bands)


GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900; HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100; LTE (in some variants) GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900; HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100; LTE 800 / 1800 / 2600 / 900 / 2100
Bluetooth v4.0 v4.0 v3.1
SoC Apple A6 Exynos 4412 Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM 8960
CPU Unspecified; "2x faster than iPhone 4S" 1.4GHz, quad-core 1.5GHz, dual-core
GPU Unspecified Mali-400MP Adreno 225
RAM 1GB 1GB; 2GB in some variants 1GB
MHL No Yes (special adapter required) Yes/No
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual band 802.11 a/b/g/n
Operating system iOS 6 Android 4.0.4 (TouchWiz UI), upgradeable to 4.1 Windows Phone 8

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