Is Nokia 8 better than iPhone 5

The Apple iPhone 5 in comparison with the competition

Dennis Steimels

Today, September 12th, the new iPhone with the presumed name iPhone 5 was officially presented. Is it the measure of all things and the best smartphone on the market? In comparison, we give you the answer as to whether the Apple cell phone can hold its own against its toughest competitors with Android and Windows Phone 8.

EnlargeThe Apple iPhone 5 in comparison with the competition

It's here - the long wait for the latest smartphone from Apple is finally over! Today, on September 12, 2012 at 7:13 pm German time, Apple presented the iPhone 5 - now it officially bears the name! It will come on the market in black and silver / white and will be offered in the various versions at the usual prices.

The iPhone 5 offers the highest resolution of all 4-inch smartphones

EnlargeThe iPhone is equipped with a 4-inch high-resolution retina display.

Apple's newest mobile device comes with a 4-inch retina display. It measures 0.5 inches (1.27 centimeters) more in the screen diagonal than its predecessor. The resolution is also impressive, with 1136 x 640 pixels it is quite high. This results in a pixel density of 326 ppi. A tick less than, for example, the iPhone 4S with 329.65 ppi, but you can't find a big difference without a multiple enlargement.

The currently best smartphone in the test field, the Samsung Galaxy S3, has the much larger display with 4.8 inches (12.19 centimeters) and has an even higher resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. Nevertheless, the new iPhone offers, whereby the retina display will be a little sharper - but this is not visible to the naked eye! Only the Nokia Lumia 920 can trump this, because with the 4.5 inch IPS LCD and a resolution of 1280 x 768 pixels, the WP8 mobile phone has a pixel density of 331.72 ppi.

IOS 6 comes with extensive software as the operating system

The iPhone 5 comes with iOS 6 as standard. The operating system offers, among other things, a new map app that contains over 100 million POI information and handles turn-by-turn navigation in 3D. The Safari browser contains a full-screen mode, which is also possible with Android and Windows Phone 8. With "Passbook" you have a central location for all types of admission and access tickets such as cinema, flights and concerts. The operating system obtains all kinds of data in order to offer you the best possible comfort, similar to Google Now, which comes with Android 4.1 and will soon also be available on the Samsung Galaxy S3. For example, your iPhone 5 automatically displays your online boarding pass as soon as you approach the gate in the airport.

Siri voice recognition is also getting an update and can now answer sports questions. With the Galaxy S3, for example, this is not possible with S-Voice. Here you only need to enter your spoken question on Google. Like Google Now, Siri or iOS 6 gets to know its owner and can, for example, recommend a film in a nearby cinema depending on your taste. The speech recognition under Windows 8 should surpass Siri according to Microsoft. It is difficult to say whether this is still possible after the innovations (provided they work properly) - a practical test will show that.

The new iPhone

Apple iPhone 4S

Samsung Galaxy S3

Nokia Lumia 920

Display (technology, size, resolution)

Retina, 4 inches, 1136 x 640 pixels

Retina, 3.5 inches, 960 x 640 pixels

HD Super AMOLED, 4.8 inches, 1280 x 720 pixels)

IPS-LCD, 4.5 inches, 1280 x 768 pixels


Apple A6, probably quad-core

Apple A5, dual core, 800 MHz

Exynos 4412, quad-core, 1.4 GHz

Snapdragon S4, dual core, 1.5 GHz

Storage (internal, expansion)

64 GB, not expandable

64 GB, not expandable

32 GB, micro SD

32 GB, not expandable

Camera (photo, video)

8 MP, Full-HD (1080 x 1920 pixels)

8 MP, full HD (1080 x 1920 pixels)

8 MP, full HD (1080 x 1920 pixels)

8.7 MP, Full HD (1080 x 1920 pixels)

operating system

iOS 6

Apple iOS 5, from 19 Sept. iOS 6