How the iPhone 5 Stacks Up to the Competition

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The new iPhone is finally here. Yes, people would line up to buy it even if it was made of bottle-caps and dog-poo, but it isn't. It's predictably a very good phone. How good? Let's see how it compares to the top competition.


The following chart is a look at how these phones measure up by the numbers. Now, numbers certainly aren't everything, but they aren't nothing, either.

Note: the chart below compares the U.S. versions of all these phones. In the U.K. the One X and Galaxy S III both have quad-core processors, but here in the U.S. those don't work with our LTE (yet), so we've got the dual-core Snapdragon S4 in there. Also, the prices are where each phone starts (the iPhone 5 has three levels for different storage sizes) with a carrier contract. Got it? Good.

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Obviously, the most noticeable difference between the 4S and the 5 is the screen. It has finally gone the now-standard 16x9 route. On paper it looks like it will hold its own against the Lumia 920 and the One X, but Apple is using a new screen technology from Sharp, so we'll see if it's as good as everyone hopes.

The A6 chip sounds awfully nice, but we didn't get any of the particulars on clock speed or number of cores, so we shall see.


LTE of course is a very good thing, and it was a necessary move to keep up with the others. As someone who tests a lot of phones, once you use LTE for a little while, everything else feels like you're crawling. At the same time, it's a bummer that NFC was left out. No, people aren't screaming for it, yet, but putting it on an iPhone certainly would have helped the burgeoning technology's cause. Also, no word yet on the size of the battery. Apple claims it's vastly surperior to the one in the 4S, but we'd be surprised if it can measure up to the monster in 3,300 mAh battery in the RAZR MAXX HD. We'll see. All and all, by the numbers, the iPhone 5 certainly holds its own.


Organized Chaos

Immediately everyone's going to start comparing iPhone 5 to its competition, and rightfully so, but I can't help but feel Apple didn't build a new phone this time around that was meant to necessarily OUTDO its opponents. Look at the keynote, there was hardly any comparison of the iPhone 5 to its competitors, whereas they always used to tout how much better certain components are over others. Instead, they constantly compared it to past iPhone models. I just got a different vibe from this announcement is all. I don't know if they purposely aren't trying to outdo the newest Android & WP devices out there today or if they're just coasting right now. I kind of get that impression. In all reality, there's not much truly jaw-dropping innovation that can be done to any of these phones right now. Sure, Apple could've done NFC or wireless charging, but let's face it, they've never been one to adopt a feature just because everyone else is doing it. A lot of times I think they want to get it perfect and wait until they do. But other than features like that, what more can these manufacturers do with current technology. Some of them have started adding things just because it wasn't in the previous model, not because it was in high demand from the public. I think right now they're sort of in a "what do we do next" stage and this may be why Apple didn't come out with something completely "magical."