While swathes of consumers in the US wait with bated breath for the eventual unlocked iPhone 5 release date, others are finding themselves more than happy to side with the considerably less-rare unlocked Samsung Galaxy S3. However, both are destined to be joined over the holiday period by the unlocked Nokia Lumia 920 – the stunning new Windows 8 Smartphone expected to take the market by storm in all its forms.
All three of the above are unquestionably desirable and deliver the most advanced specs and features the industry has seen to date, but which…if any…represents the ‘best’ of the three?
Design-wise, the unlocked iPhone 5 takes the crown without much of a struggle – being comprised of super-slick and lightweight aluminum and measuring in at just 7.6mm in thickness. Some would argue that the unlocked Nokia Lumia 920 is at least a close runner-up, coming in a variety of quite stunning colors and encase in polycarbonate – durable and pretty, but not on the same level as the iPhone 5.
Following in third place in this instance comes the unlocked Samsung Galaxy S3, which certainly looks the part but also feels decidedly plasticky and not nearly as solid as the above two. Some have also criticized the S3 for being a little too large to comfortably handle or pocket.
In terms of specs and features however, the unlocked Samsung Galaxy S3 takes the top-spot. On paper at least, the quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM comfortably shoulder past the A6 dual-core processor and 1GB RAM of the iPhone 5, and the 1.5GHz dual-core processor and 1GB RAM of the unlocked Nokia Lumia 920.
All three pack truly impressive 8-megapixel cameras, so we’ll call that one a tie.
So, what can you expect to pay for the three?
Recent reports have suggested that the unlocked Nokia Lumia 920 will hit the market for around $700, which isn’t cheap but also isn’t quite knocking on the door of the $900 for the cheapest iPhone 5 right now. Upper-end unlocked iPhone 5s have been spotted for well over the $1,200 mark.
By contrast, the 16GB version of the unlocked Samsung Galaxy S3 can now be picked up for a little over $500 through selected retailers – the clear bargain of the three in no uncertain terms.