How The iPhone 5s Stacks Up Against iPhone 5c, Galaxy S4, HTC One & More [Comparison]

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Apple just announced the much-anticipated iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c at an event in Cupertino, and both devices will go on sale next Friday, September 20. The iPhone 5s hopes to compete with the latest high-end devices from the likes of Samsung, Nokia, and HTC, while the iPhone 5c aims to be a decent midrange offering that’ll get you into Apple’s ecosystem without breaking the bank.

So how do these devices stack up against their rivals? We’ve compared the iPhone 5s with the Galaxy S4, the HTC One, the Nokia Lumia 1020, and other popular devices to help you establish which one provides you with the most bang for your buck. We’ve also thrown in the iPhone 5c for good measure so that you can decide whether its price tag is as good as it seems.

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iPhone 5c
Screen Shot 2013-09-10 at 15.54.53Samsung Galaxy Note 3Verizon-Galaxy-S4 Samsung Galaxy S4 (AT&T) lg-nexus-4-newLG Nexus 4
Operating SystemAndroid 4.2.2 Jelly BeanWindows Phone 8iOS 7iOS 7Android 4.3 Jelly BeanAndroid 4.2.2 Jelly BeanAndroid 4.3 Jelly Bean
Display4.7-inch LCD display (1920 x 1080)4.5-inch AMOLED display (1280 x 768)4-inch Retina display (1136 x 640)4-inch Retina display (1136 x 640)5.7-inch Super AMOLED display (1080 x 1920)5-inch Super AMOLED display (1080 x 1920)4.7-inch True HD IPS display (1280 x 720)
PPI467332326326386441318
Processor1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 6001.5GHz dual-core64-bit A7Dual-core A62.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 8001.9GHz quad-core Snapdragon 6001.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro
RAM2GB2GB1GB*1GB3GB2GB2GB
Storage32GB, 64GB32GB16GB, 32GB, 64GB16GB, 32GB, 64GB32GB, 64GB + microSD card slot16GB, 32GB, 64GB + microSD card slot8GB, 16GB
Camera(s)4MP UltraPixel + 1.3MP front41MP PureView (rear) + 1.2MP (front)8MP (rear) with f2.2 aperture + 1.2MP FaceTime HD (front)8MP (rear) + 1.2MB FaceTime HD (front)13MP (rear) + 2MP (front)13MP (rear) + 2MP (front)8MP (rear) + 1.3MP (front)
WirelessUMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, GSM, CDMA, LTE, NFCGSM, HSDPA, LTE, NFCUMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, GSM, CDMA, LTEUMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, GSM, CDMA, LTEHSDPA, GSM, LTE, NFCUMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, GSM, CDMA, LTE, NFCGSM, HSDPA, NFC
Dimensions134.9 x 68.1 x 9.14 mm130.4 x 71.4 x 10.4 mm123.83 x 58.57 x 7.6 mm124.4 x 59.2 x 8.97 mm151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3 mm136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm133.9 x 68.7 x 9.1 mm
Weight143g158 g112 g132 g168 g130 g139 g
Battery2,300 mAh2,000 mAh1,440 mAh*1,440 mAh*3,200 mAh2,600 mAh2,100 mAh

If you’re choosing your next smartphone based purely on specifications, then, the new iPhones may not be high up your list. The iPhone 5c isn’t intended to compete with high-end smartphones, of course, but having said that, it does have largely the same internals as the iPhone 5, so it certainly a capable smartphone that’ll have no trouble running iOS 7 and all of the apps and games built for it.

As for the iPhone 5s, Apple’s made a number of improvements to its internals, the biggest of which is a new 64-bit A7 processor — the world’s first 64-bit smartphone processor — which promises 40x more CPU performance. Its most impressive new hardware feature, however, is its Touch ID fingerprint sensor.

When you compare the iPhone 5s to devices like the Galaxy S4, the HTC One, or the Galaxy Note 3 on paper, its smaller, lower-resolution display, lack of expandable storage, smaller battery, and seemingly lesser cameras (on paper) may make it a hard sell if you don’t mind which platform you use.

But of course, for most people, it’s not just about specifications. Platform will also play a major part in your decision making, and so before you choose your next smartphone, you should probably choose which platform you want it to run. If the answer to that question is iOS, then the new iPhones — particularly the iPhone 5s — will be well worth your money.

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