iPhone 5S vs Galaxy S4, LG G2 & Xperia Z1: Tech Specs battle it out!

iPhone 5S vs Galaxy S4, LG G2 & Xperia Z1: Tech Specs battle it out!

Yesterday, Apple presented the iPhone 5S: whether it's an innovation or just more of the same old stuff is still up for debate. But what is hiding under the hood of the new smarpthone? Can the Apple smartphone match up to other Android chart toppers when it comes to technnical specifications? Lets see how it shapes up below.

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Apple has always been good at selling dated things is if they were brandnew, which became quite evident during the iOS 7 presentation yesterday. I got the feeling that many ideas had been borrowed right from Android during the unveiling of the new iPhone 5S: a fingerprint scanner like the Motorola Atrix, the bigger photo sensor pixels like we've seen with HTC deliver to the One under the term ''Ultrapixel''.

Though the new Apple ''innovations'' have been the cause for torrent debates all over the web, what is really up with the hardware? Our tech specs comparison shows where Apple is leading the pack and where Android devices are definitely still the kings of the castle.

  iPhone 5S Galaxy S4 Xperia Z1 LG G2
System iOS 7 Android 4.2.2 Android 4.2.2 Android 4.2.2

4 inch, LCD

1,136 x 640 Pixel

326 ppi

5 inch, AMOLED

1,920 x 1,080 Pixel

440 ppi

5 inch, LCD

1,920 x 1,080 Pixel

440 ppi

5.2 inch, LCD

1,920 x 1,080 Pixel

424 ppi

Processor A7 64-bit, M7 Snapdragon 600 Snapdragon 800 Snapdragon 800
RAM N/A 2 GB 2 GB 2 GB
Internal Memory 16/32/64 GB 16/32/64 GB + microSD 16 GB + microSD 16/32 GB
Camera 8 MP, Dual LED 13 MP 20 MP 13 MP, OIS
Front camera 1.2 MP 2 MP 2 MP  2.1 MP
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
NFC no yes yes yes
Fingerprint sensor yes no no no


<250 hours on Standby

2,600 mAh

<370 hours on Standby

3,000 mAh

<880 hours on Standby

3,000 mAh

Standby time N/A

Dimensions 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm 144 x 74 x 8.5 mm

138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9 mm

Weight 112 g 130 g 170 g 143 g
Price $199 for 16GB / $299 for 32GB / $399 for 64GB on two year contract. $ 699.99 (16 GB) $936 (16 GB) $630;  $199.99 with a two-year contract


The iPhone 5S shines in three different areas: it's the smallest and lightest smartphone with a 64 bit processor, which should also come to the Andorid operating system in the year to come, and a fingerprint sensor. But that's as far as it got. On the other hand, when it comes to the named top Android devices, the included NFC chips, the bigger and higher resolution displays and stronger batteries kick the iPhone 5S got to the curb. Not only that, the new iPhone doesn't even support the fastest Wi-Fi standard ac. It's also missing extra special features like the Z1's watertightness and the G2's optical image stabilizer.

During the Apple announcement, the company made the biggest emphasis on the camera. When taking a look at the technical sides of this, it's still inferior to what Android devices have to offer, however it was regularly proven in the past that the photos taken by iPhone cameras set the standard for smartphones. In this case, we'll have to check with a practical test.

The usual picture

All in all the tech specs comparison between the iPhone and its premium Android competitors shows that Apple is dwindling behind, yet is asking for a hearty price of $399 for a 64 GB model of the iPhone 5S, a very brave move. That being said, looking merely at these numbers is only part of the picture and Apple has never needed to herd their customers with flashy processors or huge displays. Their clever marketing ploy and perfect combination of hardware and software does the trick too. And as it stands, Apple has yet to be beaten from the top.

What's your opinion on this? Where do you see the iPhone 5S in comparison to the Android competition? Do you think that Apple can still hold its position here for long?

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  • this is a good comparison between the greatest phones...but will like to see Galaxy round and iphone 5s

  • After 18 months all other brands will have a flagship devices with 64 processing to, so that's nothing! For now that lame fingerprint and 64 bit hardware without software for it means nothing for me (actually in many cases mean slow down). Android devices like Z1, G2, One and X, are still years ahead of that "new" iPhone number...

  • ljhaye Sep 15, 2013 Link to comment

    I think the 64bit architecture is innovation in a huge way as its desktop class computing on a smartphone. You can make a case about software now but in 18 months after developers start playing with this new architecture you'll realize that this was the innovation, not widgets.

  • Rolfhu Sep 15, 2013 Link to comment

    I just got my new LG G2. This mobile is just fantastic. I am very happy I changed from the still "ok" Galaxy Nexus.

  • And yes I agree, Apple brags a lot about 8 MP camera ;)

  • Actually, I too am an Android fan. I have used 3 iOS devices (iPod2g, iPhone 4, iPhone5) and 3 Android devices( Motorola Quench, Note 2, S4) so I can safely say I have ample experience in both ecosystems. What sets Apple apart is the fluidity of their OS and their awesome appstore. When I switched to Android, I was really disappointed to find lack of the popular iOS games and apps. What sets Android apart is that you have stock customisation. Don't like the baked in launcher? Replace it. That's what Android is mostly abiut - customisation. Whereas if you think iOS devices cannot be customised, then there's a process like rooting called 'jailbreaking' which just opens up a new world of customisation.

  • ....*all they way

  • The iPhone 5s need to go and take a seat. Samsung Galaxy S4 all they. Fingerprint? Please! I have fave recognition and unlocks when I blink.

  • Dean Sep 14, 2013 Link to comment

    fingerprint sensor! had it on atrix 2 yes ago it worked but never used it! apple at the top? top of what? on that list not one thing stood out to me ! pixel count thumped screen size WiFi ram battery's when will apple learn they fall behind again.

  • Sone UI on iOS 7 is definitely copy of android but apple never accept that it lagging behind in term of innovations

  • I upgraded from an iPhone 5 to a Samsung Galaxy S4 with AT&T. I bought a refurb (it is like new) for only $99 with a two year contract, The Galaxy S4 runs circles around the iPhone 5 and it appears that it still trumps the iPhone 5S.
    Trust me, thumbprint ID sensor is lame. I'd rather have the superior screen, removable battery, 2GB of RAM versus 1GB, much bugger screen, much faster device and faster wifi anyday over the long-in-the-tooth, popsicle iPhone 5S with the UNinnovative iOS 7. Android has been doing for at least a year what iOS 7 is finally now doing.

  • Hands-on comparison, one wouid realize that LG G2 blows the competition away!

  • Well it can be an interesting comparison but at the end the Fact is IOS 7 does not crack like android and the quality of the hardware is far more highher than the competition, I have an Slate 7 and I am not able to install at least 50% of the apps either for tablets or mobiles..... as an a case Whatsapp for android tablets does not Exist.. and on my Ipad runs great so... I consider the comparison a little too narrow.

    Yes apple has the magic of take the old Ideas that does not work on the past and make it happen or what we do no remember where is palm??? and where is the ipad now

  • H.T Sep 12, 2013 Link to comment

    If just z1 was a little cheaper...

  • @mo non ur business: thanks for pointing that out! yes, the LG G2 doesn't have a fingerprint scanner.

  • In the specs sheet you menthioned that LG G2 has a fingerprint scanner which isn't true....

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    Deactivated Account Sep 11, 2013 Link to comment

    Apple iphones don't catch my eye at all. Android phones always come out with new features and designs, the screen size in the iphone hasn't changed since forever!!!

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