iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Lumia 920 vs HTC One X

Samsung Galaxy S3

Samsung's device comes with 3 different storage size options

iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Lumia 920 vs HTC One X: Camera

Nokia is playing its trump card in the camera department. Long being known for fantastic camera devices, with Carl Zeiss lenses, Nokia is bringing its PureView technology first seen on the Nokia PureView 808. However, this one is placed over the top of an 8MP sensor, with a 1.3MP front facing camera. It does come with a wealth of fancy features, such as being able to plug in camera apps and optical image stabilisation to help stop blur when you least want it.

Both the Android devices also come with 8MP rear sensors, burst mode for millions of photos per night out, and the HTC also has a 1.3MP front sensor. Samsung, however, has a 1.9MP sensor.

The iPhone 5's camera is smaller physically to fit into the new chassis, but the actual camera still has an 8 megapixel sensor size. It's almost exactly the same as that in the iPhone 4S in terms of spec.For the record it's a 3,264 x 2,448 BSi sensor with f/2.4 aperture. Apple is also bigging up its low-light performance.The front camera supports 720p for video calling.

iPhone 5

The iPhone has almost the same camera specs as the 4S

iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Lumia 920 vs HTC One X: Connectivity

All four devices come fully loaded. The iPhone has 4G LTE support while variants of the others support it. All are 3G/HSDPA compatible. You also get 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth (4.0 on the iPhone Galaxy S3 and One X, 3.1 on the Lumia 920) and GPS. There's NFC on everything but the iPhone - Apple clearly doesn't believe in the tech.

The new iPhone dock connector is called Lightning, though Apple says that between iCloud, AirPlay and wireless sync, you won't really need it. You can plug it in either way, while it's 80 per cent smaller than the old dock connector.


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iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Lumia 920 vs HTC One X: Dimensions and weight

The Nokia Lumia 920 is the shortest phone at 130 x 70.8 x 10.7mm,but the heaviest at 185g. Samsung manages to squeeze in at a similar size of 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm, and weighs only 133g. The HTC, more akin to the Galaxy S3 is 134.4 x 69.9 x 8.9 mm and 130g. However, the iPhone is the narrowest and lightest at 7.6mm (0.3 inches) thick with a footprint of 123.8 mm (4.87 inches) x 58.6 mm (2.31 inches). It weighs 112g (4oz). Remember though, that the iPhone has the smallest screen.

iPhone 5

The iPhone 5 is thinner than ever

iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Lumia 920 vs HTC One X: Battery

The Lumia 920 features a 2000mAh battery, though we don't yet know how it will hold up with that rather large screen. Samsung debuted a lot of nifty battery saving tech in the Galaxy S3, and its 2100mAh (removable) battery managed to last a lot better than the 1800mAh (sealed in) offering of the HTC One X (which had to be improved with a software update.). It's not yet confirmed, but it looks like there's only a 1440mAh battery in the iPhone 5 - however Apple says the iPhone 5 is better on battery life than the iPhone 4S.

Nokia Lumia 920

All the phones incorporate battery saving tech

iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Lumia 920 vs HTC One X: Early verdict

The iPhone 5 is certainly an interesting, if nowhere near revolutionary, new handset. After all, it's more an evolution than anything more. It will still sell bucketloads, though we hear pricing will be steep.

The Nokia Lumia 920 hasn't been released yet, and will hit American shores first in Q4 2012. That said, Nokia seems to have a device that will continue the strides that the original WP7 Lumia phones made.

As for the other two, both are superb devices in their own right, garnering 4.5 stars each in our TechRadar ratings. Maybe you should check out the Samsung Galaxy S3 and HTC One X reviews to keep yourselves going until we bring you the web's most in-depth Nokia Lumia 920 review and iPhone 5 review.

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