Keep in mind that since the Lumia 920 isn't yet available, we're limited to educated speculation, rather than to the side-by-side, in-the-flesh evaluation. However, we have now fully reviewed the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S3. We'll still have to save the final showdown of the three for later, when we have all devices in-house. Until then, we offer up our winners so far for each major category. You don't have to agree with us, and we certainly reserve our right to change our minds when we see the phones in full, but going on the specs, here's how we feel.
Design and buildApple's aluminum-and-glass iPhone 5 retains its super-industrial aesthetic, metal buttons and all, Its new, all-metal backing still looks luxe, even more so than the iPhone 4S thanks to its two-toned design, but with much less glass on its back surface, the iPhone 5 will survive far more drops without shattering, Still, for absolute assurance, we'd recommend a case, On the opposite end of the spectrum, you have the Nokia Lumia 920, whose yellow, red, white, black, or gray polycarbonate body and rounded edges produce a punch of pop sensibility in an otherwise staid design world, It's a good look for the phone, and a smart one iphone xs / x lava lamp case that really helps Nokia stand out; however, distinctiveness and the nevertheless plastic body aren't everyone's cup of tea..
We find the GS3's design appealing, but shiny, glossy plastic doesn't scream "quality." That isn't to say that the GS3 is more prone to breaking or shattering than the other two; in fact, plastic has the benefit of scuffing rather than shattering. However, we do really love the GS3's in-hand feel, which is comfortable despite its much larger size. Our winner so far: Based on looks alone, we're digging the iPhone 5's familiarly crisp, yet elegant lines most, but we also love the Lumia 920's colorful unibody statement.
Screen size and clarityThe iPhone 5's 1,136x640 pixels on its iphone xs / x lava lamp case 4-inch screen still yields 326 pixels per inch and gives the phone a 16:9 aspect ratio, wider than the iPhone 4S, However, Apple boasts that its sRGB display delivers 44 percent more color saturation and cuts down on glare, It certainly looked terrific during CNET's weeklong tests, but we'll need the Lumia 920 in-house to test them side-by-side, Samsung's Galaxy S3 has the largest screen of the three, an 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED, which yields a 1,280x720-pixel resolution and a pixel density of 306 pixels per inch, Its size offers the most expansive real estate for watching videos, reading, and composing messages, but there are three minor drawbacks: the lowest pixel density of the trio, high reflection, and a dimmer maximum brightness than the iPhone 4S and the HTC One X..
Nokia's Lumia 920 has a 4.5-inch Nokia PureMotion HD+ display, which is a fancy name to describe its LCD screen technology. Its WXGA resolution (1,280x768 pixels) is a little higher than the standard HD (1,280x720 pixels). Combined with the screen size and the 332 pixels per inch, resolution could be tighter than on the GS3 and iPhone 5. Nokia has also brought its ClearBlack Display filter to the Lumia 920; it definitely cut down glare on the Lumia 900, and Nokia claims that this version is even better.