If you want similar features but don’t want to spend as much, here are some smartphones that you can consider:
The Galaxy S4 has a gorgeous 5-inch display with a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixel. It weighs 130g, has a width of 7.9mm, and a plastic body. The hardware includes an octa core processor (1.6 GHz Quad core + 1.2 GHz Quad core), 2GB RAM and 16GB storage, with support for 64GB microSD card. The 13MP rear camera delivers stunning results that can beat those of the iPhone. The 2,600 mAh battery manages a day’s back-up with moderately heavy usage. Our favourite features in the S4 are the IR remote, screen and various air gestures.
It’s easily the king of camera phones. It has a 41MP sensor and delivers unmatched image quality. It also has optical image stabilisation, Xenon flash, manual focus, along with 4X loss-less zoom. The phone runs Windows Phone 8 OS on a 4.5-inch display. It’s powered by a dual core processor, has 2GB RAM with 32GB non-expandable storage, and a 2,000mAh battery, that easily lasts over a day on mixed use. Its also comes with various apps and services, including free navigation and music subscription.
The Nexus devices are known for their top-end hardware at a great price. Their new flagship, Nexus 5, is no different. It’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Quad core processor, 2 GB RAM with 16GB storage (non expandable). It has the latest Android 4.4 OS without customisation, delivering zippy navigation and good performance.
It has a responsive 4.95-inch display with a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixel. It has dual cameras – 8MP rear camera that does full HD video and a front 1.3MP camera for video calls. The unibody design looks good and has a built-in wireless charging support.
The Xperia Z1 is a beautiful phone that sports an aluminium and glass unibody design. More impressive is the IP58 certification for dust/water resistance. Its 5-inch full HD display uses Sony’s Triluminos technology, but is not the best of the lot. The highlight is its camera, a 20 MP Exmor sensor and Bionz image processor with Sony G lens. The camera delivers good results and comes with several software features: live video streaming, effects and Info eye. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Quad core processor, 2GB RAM, and 16GB storage (expandable).
Samsung’s flagship device is the most powerful Android smartphone available today. It runs an updated Exynos octa core processor (1.9 GHz Quad + 1.3 GHz Quad-Core) with 3GB RAM, and has a 32GB internal storage (expandable via microSD cards). Its 5.7-inch super AMOLED display (1,920 x 1,080 pixel) uses Wacom’s pressure sensitive digitiser technology for precision input using the S Pen stylus. The device’s faux leather rear panel gives it a premium look, while the 3,200 mAh battery lasts two days on a full charge. It comes with the same 13MP camera as the Galaxy S4.
In our opinion, this is the only phone that gives the iPhone serious competition in terms of design and build quality. HTC One has an aluminium unibody with a 4.7-inch full HD display. It runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 Quad core processor with 2GB RAM and 32GB storage (non-expandable). While the 2,300 mAh battery lasts just a day, the smartphone is loaded with impressive features, such as dual stereo speakers with built in amplifier, IR port and a revamped user interface. It is the first device equipped with HTC’s ultrapixel camera, along with optical image stabilisation, which takes images with 4MP resolution and provides good details and natural colours
LG’s flagship device comes with a unique design. It has the power and volume buttons on the rear panel just below the camera, where your index finger usually rests. The phone has a stunning 5.2-inch display (1,920 x 1,080 pixel) with a surprisingly slim bezel. Under the hood is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Quad core processor, 2GB RAM and 32GB non-expandable storage. What is more impressive is that despite its slim 7.9 mm design, the G2 manages a 3,000 mAh battery that easily lasts two days with moderate usage. LG has incorporated optical image stabilisation in the smartphone’s 13MP camera, which delivers superb images matching those of the iPhone.