Samsung Galaxy S4, Apple iPhone 5, Sony Xperia Z, Google Nexus 4, HTC One: Which Will Rule in 2013?

There are five smartphones in the market fighting for the top spot. The newest mobile from Apple, the iPhone 5, seems to have met its doom when compared side by side with the bestselling Android phones in the market, namely Samsung Galaxy S4, Sony Xperia Z, Google Nexus 4, and HTC One.

Samsung Galaxy S4, Apple iPhone 5, Sony Xperia Z, Google Nexus 4, HTC One: Processor

Apple fans might disagree, but iPhone 5 is inferior to any of these Android phones. It has a dual core, lagging behind the quad-core processors of all four Android phones.

In terms of speed, Samsung Galaxy S4 is on top of the list, beating even the iPhone 5 with a 1.9 GHz quad core to boast of. Among the three Android phones, HTC One is next in line to the Galaxy S4, with the two others trailing behind.

 

Samsung
Galaxy S4

Apple
iPhone 5

Sony
Xperia Z

Google
Nexus 4

HTC
One

Processor Quad Core, 1.9GHz, with 2 GB RAM Dual Core, 1.3GHz, with 1 GB RAM Quad Core, 1.5GHz, with 2 GB RAM Quad Core,1.5 GHz, with 2 GB RAM Quad Core,1.7GHz, with 2 GB RAM

Although Sony Xperia Z and Google Nexus 4 have quad core technology, Samsung Galaxy S4 loads pages much faster than either because of its 1.9GHz processor.

Samsung Galaxy S4, Apple iPhone 5, Sony Xperia Z, Google Nexus 4, HTC One: Camera

Samsung Galaxy S4 also has the camera with the highest pixel count. However, this does not necessarily translate to better photos.

 

Samsung
Galaxy S4

Apple
iPhone 5

Sony
Xperia Z

Google
Nexus 4

HTC
One

Camera 13-megapixel, LED flash (better pictures in well-lit settings) 8-megapizel, LED flash 13-megapixel, LED flash (better pictures in well-lit settings) 8-megapixel, LED flash 4-megapixel, LED flash (better pictures in dark environments)

For instance, HTC One captures better photos in darker settings. This is something many mobile users actually look for in a phone as many pictures are taken indoors.

Samsung Galaxy S4, Apple iPhone 5, Sony Xperia Z, Google Nexus 4, HTC One: Audio Playback

Audiophiles will be very happy with HTC One. It has dual speakers, both placed strategically at the front of the camera (facing the user).

 

Samsung
Galaxy S4

Apple
iPhone 5

Sony
Xperia Z

Google
Nexus 4

HTC
One

Audio Playback Single speaker Single speaker Single speaker Single speaker Double front speakers

If you like playing your music out loud using your smartphone, HTC is the obvious leader. The dual speaker setup gives users a stereo experience, something not available in the rest of the phones in this line-up.

Samsung Galaxy S4, Apple iPhone 5, Sony Xperia Z, Google Nexus 4, HTC One: Screen

Samsung Galaxy S4 and Sony Xperia Z have the biggest screens at 5 inches. HTC One and Google Nexus 4 come close at 4.7 inches. (You can hardly notice the difference between a 5-inch screen and a 4.7-inch screen.) The iPhone 5 is relatively smaller, but its size allows menu navigation even with just one hand.

 

Samsung
Galaxy S4

Apple
iPhone 5

Sony
Xperia Z

Google
Nexus 4

HTC
One

Screen 5 inches with a 1080-pixel resolution 4 inches with a 640-pixel resolution 5 inches with a 1080-pixel resolution 4.7 inches with a 768-pixel resolution 4.7 inches with a 1080-pixel resolution

What matters more than screen size is clarity and resolution. HTC One has a much clearer screen. Samsung Galaxy S4 and Sony Xperia Z use AMOLED technology, while HTC One uses IPS (similar to what you’d find in iPhone 5).

Samsung Galaxy S4, Apple iPhone 5, Sony Xperia Z, Google Nexus 4, HTC One: Memory

Samsung Galaxy S4, iPhone 5, and HTC are all available in 64-GB models. However, HTC One does not have a memory card slot.

 

Samsung
Galaxy S4

Apple
iPhone 5

Sony
Xperia Z

Google
Nexus 4

HTC
One

Internal Memory 16, 32, and  64 GB 16, 32, and  64 GB 16 GB 8 and 16 GB 32 and 64 GB
Memory Card Slot Yes (Micro SD) No Yes (Micro SD) No No

Sony Xperia Z is almost similar to Samsung Galaxy S4 in terms of specs, but its low internal memory ultimately hurts its standing. With a 16 GB memory, even a micro SD slot does little to help its cause. Google Nexus 4 has it worse, with just 8 to 16 GB models and no space for memory expansion.

HTC One doesn’t have a micro SD slot, but with its 64 GB model, it has a fighting chance. The higher the memory of the micro SD you use, the greater the tendency for your phone to bog down. Without a memory card, HTC One doesn’t have that problem.

Samsung Galaxy S4, Apple iPhone 5, Sony Xperia Z, Google Nexus 4, HTC One: Operating System

Loyal iPhone users attest to the superior interface of the iOS. However, Android users claim that Android has since levelled the playing field, offering the same features as iOS.

 

Samsung
Galaxy S4

Apple
iPhone 5

Sony
Xperia Z

Google
Nexus 4

HTC
One

Operating System Jellybean (Android 4.2) iOS Jellybean (Android 4.1) Jellybean (Android 4.2) Jellybean (Android 4.1)

All four Android phones above use Jellybean. Sony Xperia Z and HTC One use the Android 4.1 version, which is the less recent Jellybean version, but this barely matters as the 4.2 and 4.1 versions differ only slightly.

The Verdict

When pitted against each other, who will rule the smartphone market in 2013? At the end of the day, it depends on what you’re looking for.

In terms of appearance and design, it’s HTC One for the win with its sleek aluminum case. Sony Xperia Z comes close with its dust-proof and water-proof design.

Best SmartPhones

Overall, I would give the trophy to both Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One. It’s a tug-of-war between the two, with their specs and overall performance giving the other phones a run for their money. Android phones are now taking the lead; the formerly-elite iPhone has no choice but to sit this one down.

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