Head To Head: The CRN Test Center's Smartphone And Tablet Comparisons


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The mobile device arena is constantly changing, and with new smartphones and tablets hitting the market at a rapid pace, determining the size, OS, power and price that best suits your needs can be a daunting task. Whether you're a consumer looking to upgrade your mobile device or a solution provider outfitting your customer's business, the CRN Test Center's Head-to-Head series has you covered. By using our side-by-side comparisons of the latest smartphones and tablets, you'll be able to make the most informed decision when it comes to purchasing a new mobile device. Bookmark this page for reviews and comparisons of the latest smartphone and tablet releases from Apple, Samsung, Microsoft, BlackBerry and more.

Microsoft Surface Pro vs. Apple iPad 4

Microsoft Surface Pro vs. Apple iPad 4

Is Microsoft's second tablet a better value than Apple's fourth? Let the CRN Test Center help you decide.

Apple iPad 4
Display: 2,048 x 1,536 pixels, 9.7-inch
Processor: 1.4GHz A6X
Storage: 16, 32, 64 GB
Starting Price: $499
Microsoft Surface Pro
Display: 1,920 x 1,080 pixels, 17-inch
Processor: 1.7GHz Intel Core i5 3317U
Storage: 64 GB
Starting Price: $899

 

 

BlackBerry Z10 vs. Apple iPhone 5

BlackBerry Z10 Vs. Apple iPhone 5

The BlackBerry Z10 is a worthy competitor to Apple's iPhone. But, will it be enough to regain the market share now firmly in the clutches of iPhone and Android devices?

BlackBerry Z10
Display: 1,280 x 768 pixels, 4.2-inch
Processor: 1.5GHz ARM Cortex A9
Storage: 16 GB
Starting Price: $199
Apple iPhone 5
Display: 1,136 x 640 pixels, 4-inch
Processor: 1.3GHz ARM Cortex A9
Storage: 16, 32, 64 GB
Starting Price: $199

 

 

Apple iPhone 5 Vs. Samsung Galaxy S III

Apple iPhone 5 Vs. Samsung Galaxy S III

For the smartphone world, this is Ali versus Frazier. In a battle of handhelds, the CRN Test Center compares two of the world's leading smartphones.

Apple iPhone 5
Display: 1,136 x 640 pixels, 4-inch
Processor: 1.3GHz ARM Cortex A9
Storage: 16, 32, 64 GB
Starting Price: $199
Samsung Galaxy S III
Display: 1,280 x 720 pixels, 4.8-inch
Processor: 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4
Storage: 16 GB, 32 GB
Starting Price: $109.99

 

 

Microsoft Surface For Windows RT vs. Apple iPad 4

Microsoft Surface For Windows RT vs. Apple iPad 4

Surface for Windows RT can compete spec for spec with the Apple iPad 3. But how will it fare against Apple's latest, the iPad 4?

Microsoft Surface For Windows RT
Display: 1,366 x 768 pixels, 10.6-inch
Processor: 1.4GHz Cortex A9 (4)
Storage: 16 GB, 32 GB
Starting Price: $499
Apple iPad 4
Display: 2,048 x 1,536 pixels, 9.7-inch
Processor: 1.4GHz A6X
Storage: 16, 32, 64 GB
Starting Price: $499

 

 

HTC 8X Vs. Apple iPhone 5

HTC 8X Vs. Apple iPhone 5

Coming off of a banner year in terms of design, HTC's 8X Windows Phone flagship is ready to face off against the gold standard, Apple's iPhone 5. With hardware mostly a wash, the choice comes down to price and software.

HTC 8X
Display: 1,280 x 720, 4.3-inch
Processor: 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4
Storage: 16 GB
Starting Price: $99
Apple iPhone 5
Display: 1,136 x 640 pixels, 4-inch
Processor: 1.3GHz ARM Cortex A9
Storage: 16, 32, 64 GB
Starting Price: $199

 

 

Samsung Galaxy SII Vs. Galaxy SIII

Samsung Galaxy S II Vs. Galaxy S III

Samsung's latest and greatest smartphone delivers full HD display and doubles the processing punch. So, how does it stack up against its predecessor, the Galaxy S II?

Samsung Galaxy S III
Display: 1,280 x 720 pixels, 4.8-inch
Processor: 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4
Storage: 16 GB, 32 GB
Starting Price: $109.99
Samsung Galaxy S II
Display: 800 x 400 pixels, 4.3-inch
Processor: 1.5-GHz Dual-Core Scorpion (varies by region)
Storage: 16 GB, 32 GB
Starting Price: N/A

 

 

Apple iPad Vs. Apple iPad Mini

Apple iPad Vs. Apple iPad Mini

What shall it be, the full-size iPad or the iPad Mini, Apple's lowest-cost iPad ever? The answer lies in how it's to be used.

Apple iPad 4
Display: 2,048 x 1,536 pixels, 9.7-inch
Processor: 1.4GHz A6X
Storage: 16, 32, 64 GB
Starting Price: $499
Apple iPad Mini
Display: 1,024 x 768 pixels, 7.9-inch
Processor: 1.0GHz A5
Storage: 16, 32, 64 GB
Starting Price: $329

 

 

Nokia Lumia 920 Vs. Apple iPhone 5

Nokia Lumia 920 Vs. Apple iPhone 5

The iPhone 5 and Nokia Lumia 920 offer comparable displays and cameras, but software and physical dimensions tip the scales in Apple's favor.

Nokia Lumia 920
Display: 1,280 x 768 pixels, 4.5-inch
Processor: 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4
Storage: 32 GB
Starting Price: $99
Apple iPhone 5
Display: 1,136 x 640 pixels, 4-inch
Processor: 1.3GHz ARM Cortex A9
Storage: 16, 32, 64 GB
Starting Price: $199

 

 

Apple iPad Mini Vs. Samsung Galaxy Note II

Apple iPad Mini Vs. Samsung Galaxy Note II

While the Galaxy Note II wins in nearly every technical category, regardless of size, Apple is still Apple after all.

Samsung Galaxy Note II
Display: 1,280 x 720 pixels, 5.5-inch
Processor: 1.6GHz Exynos
Storage: 16, 32, 64 GB
Starting Price: $300
Apple iPad Mini
Display: 1,024 x 768 pixels, 7.9-inch
Processor: 1.0GHz A5
Storage: 16, 32, 64 GB
Starting Price: $329

 

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 vs. Apple iPad Mini

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 Vs. Apple iPad Mini

The 7-inch battle: a spec-for-spec comparison between smaller product versions from giant companies.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2
Display: 1,136 x 640, 4-inch
Processor: 1.0GHz OMAP 4430 SoC
Storage: 8, 16, 32 GB
Starting Price: $199
Apple iPad Mini
Display: 1,024 x 768 pixels, 7.9-inch
Processor: 1.0GHz A5
Storage: 16, 32, 64 GB
Starting Price: $329

 

 

New Apple iPad Vs. Google's Nexus 10

New Apple iPad Vs. Google's Nexus 10

Google is taking direct aim at Apple's latest, fourth-generation iPad with the launch of its new Nexus 10. Here's how the two tablets compare.

Apple iPad 4
Display: 2,048 x 1,536 pixels, 9.7-inch
Processor: 1.4GHz A6X
Storage: 16, 32, 64 GB
Starting Price: $499
Google Nexus 10
Display: 2,560 x 1,600 pixels, 10-inch
Processor: 1.7 GHz Exynos 5
Storage: 16, 32 GB
Starting Price: $399

 

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 vs. Apple iPad 3

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Vs. Apple iPad 3

Armed with multitasking, a precision stylus and PhotoShop Touch, the new Galaxy Note has the technical chops for a bout with Apple's iPad.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
Display: 1,280 x 800 pixels, 10.1-inch
Processor: 1.4GHz Exynos 4412
Storage: 16, 32, 64 GB
Starting Price: $499
Apple iPad 3
Display: 2,048 x 1,536, 9.7-inch
Processor: 1.0GHz A5X
Storage: 16, 32, 64 GB
Starting Price: $499