With slew of smartphones in the market today, it is hard to choose the right phone for the right buck. If you have the money however, and you’re keen on the hottest and newest of technological advancements, then you’d probably look into the leading tier-one smartphones of today. HTC has unveiled their cutting edge android device HTC One scheduled to hit the stores at the end of April. Samsung has upgraded their android Galaxy smartphones; topping it all with Galaxy S IV up in couple of weeks. The two smartphone market leaders are Samsung and Apple so let’s include iPhone 5 in this specs and features’ comparison.
The basic specs are assembled in a chart on the bottom, but off the bat, Galaxy S IV is the largest phone of the three with 4.99-inch Super AMOLED HD display compared to 4.7-inch LCD of HTC One and iPhone 5′s 4.7-inch IPS LCD display. The resolution is the highest on HTC One (468 ppi) followed closely by S IV (441 ppi). iPhone 5 used to be the phone to compare to, when it came to display, but over time its pixel density of 326 just doesn’t compare. S IV uses high contrast Super AMOLED, which is often criticized for wrong color reproduction, whereas HTC’s Super LCD display does quite the opposite.
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Samsung Galaxy S IV is powered by a 1.9GHz Exynos 5 Octa. 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, also quad-core sits in HTC One and does a superb job as well. Both of these android phones represent a super multitasking ability and no matter what task you throw at them, they will both breeze through them like a knife through a butter. iPhone 5′s 1.3GHz dual-core A6 follows behind a bit, but it does its job without an annoying laggs. To its defense, iPhone 5 only has 1GB of RAM, where as both android phones are equipped with 2GB of RAM (DDR3 on S IV and DDR2 on One).
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Geekbench 2 scores clearly show the speed dominance of the Octa 5. Interesting thing to notice is just how well LG Nexus 4 does, considering a much lower $299 price tag.
All three phones in discussion have up to 64GB of storage offered. HTC One and iPhone 5 offer 32GB as their smallest built-in storage. Samsung S IV smallest space offered is 16GB. The most significant difference here is external storage. Even if you pick up the 16GB version of S IV, you still have ample room via microSD card unavailable on microSD card. S IV also comes with 50 GB of Dropbox storage.
The camera race is won by a 13 megapixel f/2.2 lens camera on Galaxy S IV, followed by iPhone 5′s 8 megapixel and One’s measly 4 megapixel camera with no autofocus. All cameras record 1080p video, but sadly, there is no front facing video chat camera on HTC One and only 1.2 megapixel face time cam on iPhone 5. Samsung also has a double camera feature on Galaxy S IV to record with both cameras at the same time.
Samsung placed in a high capacity 2600mAH battery in their new Galaxy S IV. HTC One has non-removable 2300 mAh battery. Apple has a non-replaceable 1440 mAh battery, but with its power-saving algoritms this battery offers 8 hours of browsing on LTE, and up to 10 hours on Wi-Fi, which is fairly sufficient.
HTC One and its Beats Audio have to win this one hands down. Samsung uses stereo speakers in their Galaxy S IV. iPhone 5′s mono speaker is a sham in comparison.
Galaxy S IV supports WiFi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, One and iPhone 5 handle 802.11 b/g/n in both 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies. There is no NFC on iPhone 5. All three phones have Bluetooth 4.0 and 4G LTE connectivity.
The built quality is extremely high on new iPhone 5 and HTC One. Samsung has opted to impress with other features and that it did, but the plastic cover simply does not compare. MicroSD card storage expansion, removable battery, high contrast display, newest Android 4.2. Jelly Bean operating system, awesome camera and dual shooting capability make S IV a very desirable smartphone. HTC One impresses with the true color rendering, highest pixel density display, lots of power, remote control capability and superb design. The One’s camera disappoints.
To be fair iPhone 5 has been out for a while now and new iPhone 5S is on its way. If we were to compare these specs in June after iPhone 5S is out, we’d have to mention an upgraded 12, or 13 megapixel camera, faster processor, better audio, new iOS, NFC, Super HD display with higher ppi, fingerprint scanner and wireless charging.
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