Finally, the most anticipated smartphone from Apple has arrived after so many leaks and rumors, making many of the rumors true. The new iPhone is coming with a screen larger than its predecessor but still keeping it compact compared to other devices out there like Galaxy S III and the Lumia 920 which is expected to be released soon. But the question is if the Apple hase managed to bring something competitive with other smartphones like Samsung Galaxy S III and Lumia 920. It wouldn’t be as easy as before to compete with smartphones on other platforms like Windows Phone 8 and Android as many of them certainly offer almost or even better features. When it comes to the market, the iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S III and Nokia Lumia 920 will be head to head, so let’s take look at the specifications of these smartphones.
Considering design, the Apple hasn’t changed a bit from its basic form-factor of the predecessor, rather slim and built on glass and aluminum while Samsung Galaxy S III and Lumia 920 built on Polycarbonate body. Apple iPhone 5 is the thinnest one boasting thickness at 7.6 mm while Samsung galaxy S III is 8.6 mm and Nokia Lumia 920 is the thickest one among the three at 10.7 mm, but there is a whole camera suspension mechanism inside the Lumia 920 for better camera performance, so people can only see it as advantage.
In terms of specification under the hood, Apple iPhone 5 is powered by Apple’s latest A6 processor which Apple claims is better than the A5 – twice as fast in terms of both CPU and graphics while Samsung Galaxy S III LTE and the Nokia Lumia 920 are powered by 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor under, and international version of Galaxy S III features Quad-core processor. When it comes to display, Samsung and Nokia are betting with its huge 4.8 and 4.5 inch displays with 720×1280 and 768×1280 resolution respectively while the Apple iPhone 5 still compact but rather bigger than its predecessor at 4 inch with a resolution of 640 x 1136 and 326ppi density. Apple iPhone 5 uses Retina Displays while Nokia Lumia 920 has an IPS display with PureMotionHD+ and ClearBlack technology and Samsung Galaxy S III uses Super AMOLED. For memory, Samsung Galaxy S III LTE version has more RAM while iPhone 5 and Nokia Lumia 920 pack 1GB and 1.3GB of RAM inside. On Galaxy S III you shouldn’t be out of memory while loading multiple applications and should be smoother even though iPhone 5 and Nokia Lumia 920 shouldn’t be laggy either for normal use.
When it comes to camera, both Apple iPhone 5 and Galaxy S III feature an 8MP snapper on the rear side with a capability of 1080p video capture while the Nokia Lumia 920 WP8 smartphone has 8.7MP camera with 1080 video capturing capability on the rear side. One of the highlighted features on Nokia Lumia 920 is its PureView technology with cool optical image stabilization and in tests in low light or dark room, Lumia 920 provides better clarity and exposure. Anyway, iPhone 5 camera looks pretty good with its back-illuminated sensor, precision-engineered lens and the stabilization and new panorama features.
For your video call purposes, the Apple iPhone 5 has 1.2MP camera while Nokia Lumia 920 and Galaxy S III have 1.3MP and 1.9MP front-facing camera respectively.
In terms of connectivity, Apple iPhone 5 is coming with 4G LTE support to compete with the Galaxy S III and Nokia Lumia 920 and should be available on major carriers in the US. Other connectivity features include Bluetooth 4.0 and dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi, but iPhone 5 lacks NFC. Both Nokia Lumia 920 and Galaxy S III have NFC and USB support USB-on-the-go along with other connectivity features like WiFi and Bluetooth. Nokia Lumia 920 also feature wireless charging.
In terms of storage, Apple iPhone 5 and Galaxy S III come in 16/32/64GB versions while Nokia Lumia 920 is only offered in 32GB model and both iPhone and Lumia 920 lacks microSD card slot. Samsung Galaxy S III also has microSD card slot to further expand the memory up to 64GB.
Apple’s iPhone 5 is running on new iOS 6 with many improved features including a new Maps that supports voice guided navigation, 3D and satellite imagery, 3D flyover, while Samsung galaxy S III is running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with an expected Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update and Nokia Lumia 920 on latest Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 operating system with many new features, including screen capture and Nokia’ Maps with offline support. In UI, Windows Phone 8 stands out in design and feel with its metro style, while Apple iOS 6 and Android Ice Cream Sandwich have traditional look.
Anyway, it seems like Samsung Galaxy S III will continue to be Android best seller for a while, while Nokia Lumia 920 is expected to be a game changer on Windows Phone 8 series. It seems like Apple iPhone 5 will certainly face a tight competition when it comes to the market. Apple iPhone 5 will be on pre-order starting September 14 and expected to ship on September 21 while Nokia Lumia 920 release date is yet to be confirmed but rumors suggests that the Nokia Lumia 920 will go on sale either by the end of October or early November. Take look at the head to head spec comparison below and feel free to share your thought.