The iPhone 5: How It Stacks Up Against The Competition [Chart]

The iPhone 5: How It Stacks Up Against The Competition [Chart]

Today, Apple made official the eagerly-awaited latest version of the world’s most popular smartphone, the iPhone 5. Apple has historically been a trendsetter when it comes to building smartphones, using cutting-edge technology and top-of-the-line materials, but over the past few months, the competition — Samsung, Motorola, Nokia and HTC — have started catching up.

So, spec-by-spec, how does the iPhone 5 stack up? We have compared the specs of the iPhone 5 with the iPhone 4S, Nokia Lumia 820, Nokia Lumia 920, Motorola DROID RAZR HD, Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD, Motorola DROID RAZR M, Samsung Galaxy SIII and the HTC One X. To see how the iPhone 5 fares, check out the comprehensive table below.

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The iPhone 5: How It Stacks Up Against The Competition [Chart]
iPhone 4S
The iPhone 5: How It Stacks Up Against The Competition [Chart]
iPhone 5 
The iPhone 5: How It Stacks Up Against The Competition [Chart]
Nokia Lumia 820
The iPhone 5: How It Stacks Up Against The Competition [Chart]
Nokia Lumia 920
The iPhone 5: How It Stacks Up Against The Competition [Chart]
Motorola DROID RAZR HD
The iPhone 5: How It Stacks Up Against The Competition [Chart]
Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD
The iPhone 5: How It Stacks Up Against The Competition [Chart]
Motorola DROID RAZR M
The iPhone 5: How It Stacks Up Against The Competition [Chart]
Samsung Galaxy SIII
The iPhone 5: How It Stacks Up Against The Competition [Chart]
HTC One X
Operating SystemiOS 5/6iOS 6Windows Phone 8Windows Phone 8Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream SandwichAndroid 4.0.4 Ice Cream SandwichAndroid 4.0.4 Ice Cream SandwichAndroid 4.0.4 Ice Cream SandwichAndroid 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwitch
Display3.5-inch Retina display (960×640)4-inch Retina display (1136×640)4.3-inch AMOLED display (800×480)4.5-inch PureMotion HD+ display (1280×768)4.7-inch Super AMOLED display (1280×720)4.7-inch Super AMOLED display (1280×720)4.3-inch Super AMOLED display (540×960)4.8-inch Super AMOLED display (1280×720)4.7-inch Super LCD 2 display (1280×720)
PPI326326217332312312256306312
Processor800MHz dual-core A51.2GHz dual-core A6*1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S41.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S41.5GHz dual-core1.5GHz dual-core1.5GHz dual-core1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S41.5 GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A9
RAM512MB1GB*1GB1GB1GB1GB1GB1GB-2GB1GB
Storage16GB, 32GB, 64GB16GB, 32GB, 64GB8GB + microSD slot32GB12GB + microSD slot32GB + microSD slot8GB + microSD slot16GB, 32GB, 64GB32GB
Camera(s)8MP (rear) with f2.4 + VGA (front)8MP (rear) with f2.4 + 1.3MP (front)8MP PureView (rear) + VGA (front)8.7MP PureView (rear) + 1.3MP (front)8MP (rear) + 1.3MP (front)8MP (rear) + 1.3MP (front)8MP (rear) + 1.3MP (front)8MP (rear) + 1.9MP (front)8MP (rear) + 1.3MP (front)
Video1080p1080p1080p1080p1080p1080p1080p1080p1080p
WirelessUMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, GSM, CDMAUMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, GSM, CDMA, LTEGSM, WCDMA, LTEGSM, WCDMA, LTEHSDPA, GSM, LTEHSDPA, GSM, CDMA, LTEHSDPA, GSM, CDMA, LTEUMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, GSM, CDMA, LTEUMTS, HSPA, HSPA+, GSM
BluetoothBluetooth 4.0Bluetooth 4.0Bluetooth 3.1Bluetooth 3.1Bluetooth 4.0Bluetooth 4.0Bluetooth 4.0Bluetooth 4.0Bluetooth 4.0
Wi-Fi802.11b/g/n802.11 b/g/n802.11a/b/g/n802.11a/b/g/n802.11a/b/g/n802.11a/b/g/n802.11a/b/g/n802.11a/b/g/n802.11a/b/g/n
Dimensions115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3 mm123.83 x 58.57 x 7.6 mm123.8 x 68.5 x 9.9 mm130.3 x 70.8 x 10.7 mm131.9 x 67.9 x 8.4 mm131.9 x 67.9 x 9.3 mm131.9 x 67.9 x 8.4 mm136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm134.4 x 69.9 x 8.9 mm
Weight140 g112 g160 g185 g146 g157 g146 g133 g130 g
Battery1,432 mAh, 3.7V1,440 mAh, 3.8V1,650 mAh2,000 mAh2,530 mAh3,300 mAh2,000 mAh2,100 mAh, 3.8V1,800 mAh

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Editor’s Note: Specs with an asterisk are suppositions right now. We will update when we have exact specifications.
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  • Richard Updike

    Next time you make a comparison table, make it so that it expands fully in a new tab or pop-out. Its really annoying and inefficient trying to compare that many products / features when you have to scroll each time.

  • shade/ohio

    Next time you make a comparison table, make it so that it expands fully in a new tab or pop-out. Its really annoying and inefficient trying to compare that many products / features when you have to scroll each time.

    true

    Next time you make a comparison table, make it so that it expands fully in a new tab or pop-out. Its really annoying and inefficient trying to compare that many products / features when you have to scroll each time.

  • MacHead84

    Bravo on this chart!! I’ll be sure to read it on another site that makes it readable.

  • htc95

    Correction: iPhone 5 sports 802.11 a/b/g/n. You skimped out on the ‘a’

  • zviivz

    I’m happy with my 4S. Will wait for 5S to upgrade.

  • BigLama

    why is the chart like this!! it makes me NOT wanna read it!

  • RichKent

    FYI – You have the wrong processor listed under the Galaxy S3. It’s powered by a Quad-core Exynos processor.

  • Lane Jasper

    FYI – You have the wrong processor listed under the Galaxy S3. It’s powered by a Quad-core Exynos processor.

    That’s on the overseas versions only. ALL US versions have dual core.

  • Bob Smogango

    It would be nice to find out which competitors are over clocking slower chips to these faster speeds and the problems associated with it. Many of these Android phones are overclocked chips.

  • Rowanova

    Sooooo…..this means the iPhone, the new iPhone 5, the latest and greatest, is an iPhone that has finally caught up to the specs of many other competitors, some of which have been on the market for a while already.

    I’ve enjoyed my iPhone 4, but the 4S and this have been such small upgrades, twice in a row, that I’m loosing my enthusiasm.

  • Tallest_Skil

    Sooooo…..this means the iPhone, the new iPhone 5, the latest and greatest, is an iPhone that has finally caught up to the specs of many other competitors

    Yeah, you certainly know how well it performs since you’ve seen it, used it, run tests, and…

    OH THAT’S RIGHT YOU KNOW NOTHING. HOW FUNNY.

    , some of which have been on the market for a while already.

    I’ve enjoyed my iPhone 4, but the 4S and this have been such small upgrades, twice in a row, that I’m loosing my enthusiasm.

    The 4S was the fastest phone on the face of the earth at launch. SHUT. UP. you worthless trolls.

  • Matthew Gonzales Landry

    Everybody complains instead of just looking at the damn list. Guys, it’s not hard, just scroll the list over. It’s possible on an iPhone, an iPad, and probably other Android devices too. Just shut up and bask in what Apple just did today.

  • Len Williams

    As we’ve seen many times before, bigger/better specs do not necessarily make a better user experience. Windows computer specs can make standard Mac specs look tame but will produce a much less satisfying experience to use due to the OS and the overall workability and reliability. Apple has always had this in spades.

  • RaptorOO7

    Instead of using Retina Display in the comparison how about the dpi comparison that will provide a better comparison for users to see. As for the GS3 processor, you should reflect Dual Core S4 (US) and Quad Core Exynos for Non US Models.

    Now Apple has fragmentation in the iP5 LTE variants, 3 models for across the globe so you really can’t have a uniform LTE model yet. Seriously how long will that take 5 years for the chip companies to get their act together.

  • aardman

    Most of the categories in the chart are just features that the manufacturers pile onto the phone by purchasing specific off the shelf components rom a supplier. Thickness and weight however (and the proprietary processor chip) reflect real design and development heavy lifting. That’s real engineering and problem solving that goes on there, it’s not a matter of merely buying off the shelf parts and slapping them together with as little airspace as possible. And guess who beats everyone else on those categories.

  • Bcritchley18

    the table works great on a rMBP, is the side scrolling the issue? Or do people dislike have to scroll in the first place?

  • jfc123

    the iphone 5 has a/b/g/n wireless network not just b/g/n

  • Tallest_Skil

    the iphone 5 has a/b/g/n wireless network not just b/g/n

    Like anyone actually uses 802.11a anymore.

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