How does the iPhone 5s stack up to the competition?

Armando Rodriguez, TechHive
11 September, 2013
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The iPhone 5s was officially announced on Wednesday, confirming pretty much all the rumours we’ve heard about the phone over the last couple of months. (We wish that gold paint-job had stayed a rumour, though.) While the Apple devout are already lining up for the company’s latest smartphone, you, the more reasoned consumer, are doing some research before plopping down your hard-earned cash.

Apple’s latest iPhone is an impressive piece of hardware, but the phone will go up against some stiff competition when it launches 20 September. Samsung, HTC and Nokia all have high-end phones with impressive capabilities, but at this point it’s a tight race with no clear winner in sight.

Here’s an overview of how the iPhone 5s stacks up against its major competitors:

Apple kept the same 4in Retina display it used in the iPhone 5 for the 5s, but it bumped up the processing power and upgraded the sensor in the camera. Nokia’s Lumia 1020 still has a higher megapixel count, but it’ll be interesting to see what improvements are brought about by the new sensor in the iPhone 5s, especially when it comes to low-light photography. Apple’s new A7 processor uses a 64-bit architecture, giving it an edge over the 32-bit processors in other current smartphones.

Cupertino claims you’ll get up to 10 hours of browsing over LTE or Wi-Fi and up to 250 hours of standby out of a single charge, but didn’t give specifics on battery capacity.

One aspect of the phone that isn’t listed in the chart above is the inclusion of a fingerprint identity sensor that Apple calls Touch ID. The iPhone 5s may match the HTC One in performance and style, but Touch ID adds an extra layer of security to the phone and makes it much more convenient to access for its owner. We’re still curious how easy it’d be to trick the sensor and unlock the phone – something that’s possible on other devices with fingerprint and biometric scanners.

This refresh to the iPhone line doesn’t seem as substantial as when Apple introduced the iPhone 4 or last year’s iPhone 5, but it presents a strong defence against the ever-mounting challengers in the smartphone market. We’ll give you our full opinion of the phone as well as our rating in the coming weeks.


By Armando Rodriguez. TechHive

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  1. Tiby says:

    Seriously, a spec comparison? This is the best you can do? And you left out the fact that the iPhone runs iOS7, the single most significant superiority over all other mobile OSes.

    “Match the HTC One in performance and style” – while this phone maybe the only Android phone with any real style, performance is a joke. My sister-in-law bought one specifically for the “Zoe” camera. Ran out of storage in a day and missed photos of her daughter’s birthday. Repeatedly asked me how to use it and could not understand what the all the camera functions were. The iPhone 5S does everything Zoe is marketed to do, but properly and easily, without needing constant tech support for the average user.

    This is why spec comparisons mean nothing.

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