Three handsets gained a lot of hype in 2012. These were the Samsung Galaxy S3, the Nokia Lumia 920 and the Apple iPhone 5. But which of these three great devices deserves the title of the best of the best? Let’s have a brief look at last year’s most talked about launches.
Samsung Galaxy S3 vs iPhone 5 vs Nokia Lumia 920
Nokia Lumia 920: The Nokia Lumia 920 comes in at 185 grams and it has looks that are great along with a camera of 8.7 megapixels. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has a weight of 133 grams, while the Apple iPhone 5 is just 112 grams. Both of these devices have a camera on the back of 8 megapixels. The Nokia Lumia 920 has a display with 332ppi and this beats the one of the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the Apple iPhone 5. The Nokia Lumia 920 has the newest OS of all the handsets with Windows Phone 8 and hence it isn’t as well established as the others just yet. Nevertheless WP8 is easy to pick up and use and you can get the handset on Telstra.
Samsung Galaxy S3: The Samsung Galaxy S3 has hardware that is superb and this matches the hardware of the other two handsets despite it being the oldest. The device was also the best-selling handset of 2012. It has support for MHL and SD card, which is something that neither of the other two devices have. The display of the Samsung Galaxy S3 beats the other two in size and you can get it for $51 per month. Telstra offers it along with the EveryDay Connect Plan for $60.
iPhone 5: If you want to get your hands on the Apple iPhone 5 then you will be happy to know that in Australia you can get the best deals. It is available on Virgin on contract over two years for $47 per month. If you have it on the Big Plan you will pay $1,128, which happens to be the cheapest deal that you can get in either the UK or the US. There is also nothing to pay out of your own pocket upfront. The Apple iPhone 5 is on many other carriers in Australia and it is the lightest of all the devices, plus it runs on iOS 6, which is the most stable in my opinion due to excellent vertical integration with the hardware and track record. The device will be updated regularly and this is more than can be said for the other handsets.
So should you go for the Nokia Lumia 920 with the best camera and display, but which is bulky and has apps that are limited in selection? Talking of apps, the Apple iPhone 5 offers plenty of choice and iOS is easy to pick up. However the display is small and iOS 6 is limited when it comes to customisation. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has a display that is large; however the design does let it down a little. The camera is not as good as the one on the Nokia Lumia 920 or the Apple iPhone 5. Android is the most customisable OS though and the handset comes with great storage options, great battery life and it supports the little extras like MHL making it a solid all-rounder.