The debate about which smartphone platform is the best could go on forever – and probably will. There are obvious advantages and disadvantages toA Smartphone Dragnet – Just the Specs, Ma’am iOS, Android, Windows Phone 8 and all the others. There are also die-hard supporters of each OS that could spend hours explaining the minute details of why theirs is the best.
So instead, we’re just going to concentrate on the hardware available for the different platforms. We’ll be concentrating on the iPhone 5S, Galaxy S4, HTC One, Nexus 5 and Lumina 1020. These were picked because they represent the best phones on the market, and each of the 3 major platforms is represented.
- Size – The iPhone is definitely the smallest of the phones we compared, coming in at a sleek 124mm x 59mm x 7.6mm, the rest we looked at were close in size, but slightly larger.
Galaxy S4- 137mm x 70mm x 7.9 mm, Lumina 1020 – 130mm x 71mm x 10.4mm
HTC One – 137mm x 68mm x 9.3mm, Nexus 5 -138mm x 69mm x 8.6mm
- Weight – It’s not a big surprise that the smallest phone – the iPhone is also the lightest at 112g. The Galaxy S4 comes in at 130g, as does the Nexus 5. The HTC One is slightly heavier at 143g, while the Lumina 1020 checks in at a hefty 158g. This extra weight and thickness of the Lumina 1020 can most likely be attributed to its camera.
- Material – Only the iPhone 5S and HTC One sport slick metal cases, the rest are a variety of plastics. The Lumina 1020 is a very sleek polycarbonate, while the Galaxy S4 feels more like a flimsy plastic. The Nexus 5 has a simple durable matte finish, which is neither cheap nor flashy.
- Display – This is where the iPhone 5S falls short of the other models – or not – depending on your preference. The iPhone 5S is able to be a much smaller phone because it only has a 4 inch display. The Lumina 1020, on the other hand can’t blame its clunkiness on a huge display, though at 4.5 inches it is larger than the iPhone’s. The HTC One and Moto X both come in at 4.7 inches, while the Nexus 5 validates its larger size with a full 4.95 inch display.
When it comes to resolution, they’re all excellent HD quality. The differences go beyond what most people could notice with the naked eye – ranging from seriously sharp to ridiculously sharp.
- Storage – All of the models other than the Lumina 1020 come in multiple storage tiers. The Lumina does offer a worthwhile 32GB, while the iPhone 5S comes with 16, 32 and 64GB options. The Moto X offer 16 and 32GB handsets, while the HTC One just jumps to 32 and 64GB. The Galaxy S4 also comes in 16, 32 and 64GB options, with the additional feature of a microSD slot for further expansion.
- Battery – The iPhone 5S holds the least juice at 1507mAh, followed by the Lumina 1020 at 2000mAh. The MotoX holds 2200mAh, while both the HTC One and Nexus 5 hold 2300mAh. Battery life is determined by other factors, however. For example, in streaming video tests, the iPhone outlasted the Galaxy by almost an hour.
- Camera – This is where the Lumina 1020 shines. Its 41Mp back camera is the best smartphone camera you can buy. The iPhone 5S’s 8Mp with dual LED flash and strong low light abilities makes it a great camera as well. The HTC One offers great low-light quality, despite its 4Mp sensor. The Nexus 5 and MotoX both offer fine cameras for phone quality as well, coming in at 8Mp and 10Mp, respectively.
- Processor/RAM – This is being added last because all of these phones have hardware capable of working at blistering speeds to satisfy any user. It should be noted, however, that Apple has made clear its intention of staying ahead of the game with the introduction of its A7 chip with 64-bit capabilities.
This may not mean a lot to you now, but it is a big step in the next generation of smartphones, bringing them up to desktop capability. This really makes its processor unlike any of the competitions’, and makes it difficult to compare to the others.
However, just to finish off the comparison, the iPhone runs a dual-core 1.3 GHz processor with 1 GB of RAM. The Lumina 1020 has a dual 1.5GHz/2GB configuration. The MotoX runs a dual 1.7GHz/2GB, the HTC One a quad 1.7GHz/2GB, and the Nexus 5 sports a quad 2.3/2GB set-up.
Obviously, the hardware is getting to be very comparable in all of the top handsets; and each phone tends to lean more heavily on some features than others. You’ll have to decide which features are important to you, and which OS you prefer, but hopefully this will help narrow down your choices.
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