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iPhone 5: How does it stack up?

Jon Gold | Sept. 13, 2012
When the iPhone was first released in 2007, there really wasn't anything like it on the market, with the greatest respect to BlackBerry. Apple's iconic smartphone quickly carved out its own niche, and woe betide the OEM that tried to compete directly.

RAM: 1GB

Storage: 32GB, plus up to 32GB of MicroSD

Screen Size: 4.7 inches

Screen Resolution: 1280x720

Pixel Density: 312 ppi

4G?: Yes

Cameras: 8MP rear, 1.3MP front

Major U.S. carriers: Verizon only

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Next, let's have a look at two new up-and-comers from the Windows Phone 8 ecosystem

5. - Nokia Lumia 920

The first of the new generation of Windows Phone 8 devices, the Lumia 920 came out last week, with specs comparable to the current top-flight Android devices. Windows Phone hasn't made huge inroads into the iOS/Android dominated smartphone market, but it's well-regarded by many as an OS, and could be competitive as long as Nokia keeps its hardware current.

CPU: 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon

RAM: 1GB

Storage: 32GB

Screen Size: 4.5 inches

Screen Resolution: 1280x768

Pixel Density: 332 ppi

4G?: Yes

Cameras: 8.7MP rear, 1.2MP front

Major U.S. carriers: Unannounced, though both HSPA+ and LTE connectivity suggest it could work with all carriers.

6. - NOKIA LUMIA 820

Though the specs on the Lumia 820 are generally similar to its bigger brother, the lackluster screen probably won't provide much of the "wow" factor that Windows Phone 8 devices will need to differentiate themselves from flashy iPhones and Androids.

CPU: 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon

RAM: 1GB

Storage: 8GB, plus up to 32GB on MicroSD card

Screen Size: 4.3 inches

Screen Resolution: 800x480

Pixel Density: 217 ppi

4G?: Yes

Cameras: 8MP front, 0.3MP rear

Major U.S. carriers: Unannounced, though both HSPA+ and LTE connectivity suggest it could work with all carriers.

Quick reaction 

Apple's iPhone 5 is an undeniably impressive smartphone, and deserving of a place in the highest echelons of the mobile world. However, the company didn't deliver the same level of jaw-dropping innovation as it has in the past, and most of what was announced today had already been widely rumored.

What's more, many of the features highlighted by Apple have long been available outside the iOS ecosystem, including browser synch across multiple devices, text responses to phone calls, and - critically - 4G/LTE connectivity. Put it another way, Apple just had to play catch-up.

That said, of course, the iPhone 5 will undoubtedly sell in huge numbers and create another enormous windfall for Apple. But it'll be interesting to see what happens over the long-term, if the next generation of competitors continues to raise the bar.

 

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