Friday, October 19, 2012

Smartphone Comparison: iPhone 5 vs. Samsung Galaxy S 3 vs. LG Optimus G

Android's flagship handsets are undoubtedly the specs monsters of the smartphone industry, pushing the limits of chipsets, screen sizes, camera resolutions, and other tangible and easy to compare things every six months or so.

That is why we wanted to see how the newly announced iPhone 5 measures up to the current Android bestseller - the Samsung Galaxy S III - which will be its main competition for a good while, and against the upcoming LG Optimus G monstrosity, the likes of which will be the new iPhone's competition for at least the first half of next year.
iPhone 5 vs. Galaxy S 3 vs. LG Optimus G
Granted, we have much larger screens on those Android handsets, and the three handsets couldn't be more different in terms of design, but they are all outfitted with powerful chipsets with LTE radios, have multicore graphics subsystems, high-resolution screens, and cameras 8MP and above, so all flagship prerequisites are met and even exceeded.

When it comes to design, we have the metal-and-glass body of the new iPhone, the all-plastic polycarbonate construction of the 4.8-incher Galaxy S III, and the exquisite prismatic glass back of the unibody Optimus G handset. Thus, in terms of design, the premium material winners are the iPhone and LG's handset, but if you want a feathery handset with a huge AMOLED display, the Galaxy S III is your thing. Have a gander at the raw specs comparison in the table below, and tell us what you think about those three.
Design
Apple iPhone 5
LG Optimus G
Samsung Galaxy S III
OS
iOS (6)
Android (4.0.4)
Android (4.0.4) TouchWiz UX UI
Dimensions
4.87 x 2.31 x 0.30 (123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm)
5.19 x 2.71 x 0.33 (131.9 x 68.9 x 8.45 mm)
5.38 x 2.78 x 0.34 (136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm)
Weight

3.95 oz (112 g)

the average is 4.1 oz (118 g)

5.11 oz (145 g)

the average is 4.1 oz (118 g)

4.73 oz (134 g)

the average is 4.1 oz (118 g)
Side Keys
Left: Volume control, Other
Left: Volume control Right: Lock/Unlock key
Left: Volume control Right: Lock/Unlock key
Colors
Black, White
Black, White
Blue, Red, White
Display
Physical size
4 inches
4.70 inches
4.80 inches
Resolution
640 x 1136 pixels
768 x 1280 pixels
720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel density
326 ppi
318 ppi
306 ppi
Technology
IPS LCD
IPS LCD
Super AMOLED

Battery
Talk time


8.00 hours
the average is 9 h (529 min)
Stand-by time
9.4 days (225 hours)
the average is 20 days (479 h)

8.3 days (199 hours)
the average is 20 days (479 h)
Talk time (3G)
8.00 hours
the average is 7 h (405 min)


Music playback
40.00 hours


Video playback
10.00 hours


Capacity

2100 mAh
2100 mAh
Hardware
System chip
Apple A6
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960
Processor
Dual core
Quad core, 1500 MHz, Krait
Dual core, 1500 MHz, Krait
Graphics processor
Yes
Adreno 320
Adreno 225
System memory
2048 MB RAM (Dual-channel: Yes)
2048 MB RAM (Dual-channel: Yes) / DDR2 (500 MHz)
Built-in storage
16 GB
32 GB
16 GB
Storage expansion


microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC up to 64 GB

Camera
Camera
8 megapixels, Immobile
13 megapixels, Immobile
8 megapixels, Immobile
Flash
LED
LED
LED
Aperture size
F2.4

F2.6
Features
Back-illuminated sensor (BSI), Auto focus, Touch to focus, Digital image stabilization, Video stabilizer, Face detection, Geo tagging, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Panorama
Auto focus, Face detection, Smile detection, Exposure control, ISO control, White balance, Multi shot, Digital zoom, Geo tagging, Panorama, Scenes, Effects
Back-illuminated sensor (BSI), CMOS image sensor, Auto focus, Video stabilizer, Face detection, Exposure control, ISO control, White balance, Multi shot, Geo tagging, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Panorama, Scenes, Effects, Self-timer
Camcorder
Yes
Yes
Yes
1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (1080p HD)
1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)
Features
Video calling
Video calling
Video calling
Front-facing camera
Yes
Yes
1.9 megapixels

Technology
CDMA
800, 1700/2100, 1900 MHz


GSM
850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
UMTS
850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz
900, 2100 MHz
850, 1900, 2100 MHz
LTE
700 MHz Class 13, 1800 MHz, 1900 MHz, 2100 MHz

700 MHz Class 17, 1700/2100 MHz
Data
LTE Cat3 Downlink 100 Mbit/s, HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS
LTE, HSPA (unspecified), UMTS, EDGE, GPRS
LTE, HSDPA+ (4G) 21.1 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS
Micro SIM
 nano SIM

Yes
Global Roaming
Yes
Yes
Yes
Positioning
A-GPS, Glonass, Cell ID, Wi-Fi positioning
A-GPS
GPS, Glonass
Navigation
Turn-by-turn navigation
Turn-by-turn navigation
Turn-by-turn navigation, Voice navigation, Points of interest (POI)

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