With Samsung having finally just announced its latest flagship effort, the Galaxy S4, it’s imminent that the comparisons will immediately be drawn between it and some of the other high-end handsets currently gracing the market. To many people, the iPhone 5 springs to mind as it is a rivaling vendor. But one should not forget the other flagship smartphones available on the market, namely the HTC One, the Blackberry Z10 and the Nokia Lumia 920. All of these devices have enjoyed successes all over the world, and are true competitors to each other. Today, we’ll be comparing all the five devices in terms of specs, design, features etc.
Nokia and BlackBerry have enjoyed vast successes over the past decade, but as both have struggled in the wake of iOS and Android, the Nokia Lumia 920 on Windows Phone 8, and the BlackBerry Z10 on the BB10 OS, have some real ground to make up if they are to compete with the Galaxy S4, the iPhone 5 and the HTC One.
Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One are rather similar in specifications; both offering the very highest-end hardware in the major categories. Those with an affinity to Samsung, or have simply grown used to picking up the latest Galaxy as a matter of second nature, will probably stick to their devices. However, for those who like to assess the market and newer handsets before coming to a decision, HTC could certainly sneak some of that precious market share back from its Korean rival.
I’ve included the iPhone 5 in this comparison merely because of its status. The iPhone 5 is nearly half a generation behind these devices, but don’t worry, the Cupertino flagship still knows how to party.
Whether you opt for the Galaxy S4, the HTC One, the iPhone 5 the Blackberry Z10 or the Nokia 920 is entirely your decision, but if you want an objective run-down of how the big five smartphones fare against each other, you’ve come to the right place.
As you can see in the table above, there’s very little to call between the two Androids. Personally, the S4 looks very similar to the S III and Galaxy Note II. The HTC One is a good attempt by HTC to return to the top, but we’ll have to wait for the reviews to come in. As demonstrated above, the Galaxy S4 is also incredibly fast, but with both the Z10 and Lumia 920 also proven to offer a relatively seamless user experience, it’s worth pointing out that whichever of these five devices you choose, you can expect very little in the way of lag.
You should know that you can’t go wrong with either of these devices. With that said, you should have noticed by now that the 2012-released iPhone 5 is decidedly inferior in nearly all categories, but since the device is now over six months old, and is due for a refresh around September, it would seem a little harsh to make too much of its vast shortcomings against the new benchmarks expected of a 2013 release. Does that mean the so-called “iPhone 5S” will match these two Androids on paper? Probably not, since Apple makes a habit of holding back features far longer than many deem necessary. But at least if we were to wait and see what Apple has up its sleeve for 2013, we could perhaps have something of a fairer test.