Side by Side: The Flagship Handsets for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone

by windowsiso on October 29, 2012

Windows Phone 8 officially debuted today at an event in San Francisco. Photo: Alex Washburn/Wired

Google, Apple, and Microsoft have all now officially announced their flagship handsets and mobile-OS updates for the year. It’s the new Nexus 4 phone and 4.2 Jelly Bean for Android; the iPhone 5 and iOS 6 for Apple; and the Nokia Lumia 920 and HTC 8X both running Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8.

Now that we’ve got all the facts, how do these premier handsets measure up against one another?

From a specs standpoint, it’s a close race. Although Apple upped the screen size of its iPhone to 4 inches, Android and Windows Phone tend towards larger 4.5-inch displays. However, they’re all pixel-packed, high-resolution displays.

If phone weight is a concern, the iPhone 5 is the lightest of the bunch by half an ounce. It’s also the thinnest.

All four of these phones feature 8-plus megapixel rear-facing cameras, the standard among top handsets these days. Their ront-facing video chat cameras range from 1 to 2 megapixels.

The LG Nexus 4 and Nokia Lumia 920 lead the pack when it comes to adopting new technologies. Both feature NFC and wireless charging. As for connectivity, all except the Nexus 4 include 4G LTE, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see a Nexus 4 model with LTE in the near future.

Check out the chart below for a full spec by spec comparison of these four handsets.

  • Apple iPhone 5
  • Google Nexus 4
  • Nokia Lumia 920
  • HTC 8X
  • Price
  • $200, $300, $400 (16GB, 32GB, 64GB models) with two-year contract
  • $300, $350 (8 GB, 16GB), $200 (16 GB) with two-year contract
  • $150 with two-year contract
  • $100 with two-year contract
  • Carriers
  • AT&T, Verizon, Sprint
  • Unlocked, T-Mobile
  • AT&T
  • AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon
  • Availability
  • Now
  • Nov. 13
  • November
  • T-Mobile: November 14, Verizon, AT&T: November
  • Operating System
  • iOS 6
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
  • Windows Phone 8
  • Windows Phone 8
  • Dimensions and Weight
  • 4.87 x 2.31 x 0.30 inches, 3.95 oz
  • 5.27 x 2.70 x 0.35 inches, 4.90 oz
  • 5.21 x 2.78 x 0.42 inches, 6.52 oz
  • 5.21 x 2.61 x 0.39 inches, 4.59 oz
  • Screen Size
  • 4.0 inches
  • 4.7 inches
  • 4.5 inches
  • 4.3 inches
  • Screen Resolution and Type
  • 1136 x 640 pixels (326ppi) IPS Retina Display
  • 1280 x 768 pixel (320ppi) WXGA IPS
  • 1280 x 786 pixel (332 ppi) PureMotion HD+ IPS LCD
  • 1280 x 720 pixel (342ppi)Super LCD 2
  • Battery
  • 1440mAh
  • 2100mAh
  • 2000mAh
  • 1800 mAh
  • Cellular Connectivity
  • HSPA+, CDMA, 4G LTE
  • HSPA+, CDMA, GSM, 3G
  • HSPA+, CDMA, 4G LTE
  • HSPA+, CDMA, 4G LTE
  • Processor
  • 1.3 Ghz dual core
  • 1.5 Ghz quad core
  • 1.5 Ghz dual core
  • 1.5 GHz dual core
  • Internal Storage
  • 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models
  • 8 GB and 16GB models
  • 32GB
  • 16GB
  • Expandable Storage
  • None
  • None
  • None
  • None
  • RAM
  • 1GB
  • 2GB
  • 1GB
  • 1GB
  • Cameras
  • Back: 8MP, LED flash, f/2.4; Front: 1.2MP
  • Back: 8MP, other specs TBD; Front: 1.3MP
  • Back: 8.7MP, AF, LED flash, f/2.0; Front: 1.3MP
  • Back: 8MP, LED flash, f/2.0; Front: 2.1MP
  • Video Capture
  • 1080p HD
  • 1080p HD
  • 1080p HD
  • 1080p
  • NFC
  • No
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Wireless Charging
  • No
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • No


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