It is a battle of the titans! While the Galaxy S4 from Samsung and the One from HTC today form the top Android phones to buy, they receive fair competition from the Windows Phone 8 based Lumia 920 and Apple’s iPhone 5. Let’s start with the Androiders – the Galaxy S4 will surely win the contest for the phone with the most number of features. Sensor-aided, software based hacks like Smart Stay, Pause and Scroll, Air Gestures are unique to this phone. If that wasn’t enough, it even has a barometer and humidity sensor! The S4’s 13 megapixel camera at the back is the biggest sensor of the lot. In certain markets, the S4 is also available with the “Octa-core” Exynos chipset, which is basically two quad-core chips, one powerful and one power-saving, that switch depending upon usage. The sheer 441 PPI pixel density on the 1080p screen will put all the complaints of the pentile-matrix pixel arrangement to rest; it sincerely is one of the best displays on the market.
But for people not keen on the colour portrayal of a Super AMOLED display, there’s always the HTC One with its IPS LCD panel with the same resolution. The One also improves in an area where Samsung is constantly criticised – build quality. If you don’t like the feeling of plastic on a phone you’ve paid a lot of money for, the HTC One’s all aluminium body will leave no stone unturned to delight. The 4 UltraPixel camera may produce smaller size images best-suited for sharing on social networks, the low-light capabilities are better, part thanks to the larger size of individual pixels and also OIS (Optical Image Stabilization).
The Lumia 920 also has OIS, but coupled with a regular 8.7 megapixel sensor, and is one of the best cameras you can buy on a phone. The phone also supports wireless charging (the S4 does too), and has a display that works not just with fingers, but any object (even with gloves on). It is also available in bright colour options, to match the vivid interface of Windows Phone. In comparison to all the above handsets, the iPhone 5 may come off as pale. Still, it is a great improvement over the predecessor, the iPhone 4S, bringing the weight and thickness down to near-unbelievable levels. The 4-inch display is small enough to be used conveniently with one hand. It is fast, takes great photos with its 8 megapixel camera, provided the lighting is favourable. Lastly, the vast developer community making awesome apps for iOS will ensure that you have first-class apps on your phone.