iPhone 5s vs. Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Sony Xperia Z1: Top Flagships of 2013, Whic Is the Best?

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By Precious Silva | December 31, 2013 11:48 AM EST

2013 saw many flagships from top companies like Apple, Samsung and Sony. Tech manufacturers have stepped up providing high-performing processors and excellent camera capabilities. Out of all these flagships, how does the iPhone 45s, Samsung Galaxy S4, Sony Xperia Z1 and LG G2 among others compare with each other? Which should users get? 

Design, Build, Screen And Display 

Compared to the Lumia 1020, LG G2, HTC One and iPhone 5, Apple takes the crown for the lightest, smallest and sleekest. The iPhone 5s measures 123.8 mm x 58.6 mm x 7.6 mm and weighs 112 grams. The Sony Xperia Z1 is the largest measuring 144 mm x 74 mm x 8.5 mm and weighing 170 grams. The Samsung Galaxy S4 weighs 130 grams, Lumia 1020 weighs 158 grams, G2 weighs 143 grams while the HTC One weighs 143 grams. 

The iPhone 5s features the most ergonomic design. Many sources agree that it offers an excellent grip. People can use it with one hand comfortably. However, the HTC One and the Xperia Z1 provides similar excellent builds. Lumia 1020 and G2 are aesthetically pleasing among the devices. 

People may have to try the devices with different handsets to check which one suits their preferences best. Whereas the G2 offers a 5.2-inch screen, the HTC One has a better pixel density at 469ppi. This is superior compared to the other handsets. The iPhone 5s only has 326ppi. 

 Performance 

Except the Lumia 1020 and the iPhone 5s, all other devices feature a quad core CPU. The Lumia 1020 comes with Phone 8 interface, iPhone 5s with its iOS 7 and the rest on Android. The Android devices feature the 4.3 Jelly Bean update. In terms of performance and interface, the iPhone 5s leaves the rest of the phone in the dust. 

The phone has a convenient format and runs on a 64-bit processor, which is not yet available in other devices. The iPhone 5s has posted impressive benchmark results which other phones need to replicate yet. For the average user, the Lumia 1020 should be great. Android-powered phones like Samsung Galaxy S4 and Sony Xperia Z1 offer more power. 

 Camera 

The Lumia 1020 became popular for its camera. Compared to all other phones, the Lumia 1020 takes the crown for the best camera. It features a 41 MP PureView technique. The Xperia Z1 comes second with a 20.7 MP camera. 

Photography enthusiasts will love the Lumia 1020. The iPhone 5s provides an incredible overall experience. As for those who do not want to be limited with the Apple ecosystem, the Android phones should be excellent choices.

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