The release dates for the iPhone5, HTC One and Galaxy S4 at T-Mobile were revealed on Tuesday, causing a huge stir in the mobile carrier market, as with T-Mobile's new contract-free plans, consumers will soon find themselves able to access the hottest smartphones on the market at possibly the cheapest prices around and with no obligation. During the months of April and May, T-Mobile is set to release three major players on their unlimited contract free plans -- the iPhone5, the HTC One, and the Galaxy S4.
If you are considering a switch to T-Mobile's contract-free plan, but not sure which way you're gonna go in terms of smartphone, here's a quick 5 point summary of the iPhone5 vs. HTC One vs. Galaxy S4 specs and features. Hopefully it will help you make your decision.
iPhone 5 vs Galaxy S4 vs HTC One Spec Comparison 1: Display
Okay in terms of display specs on the iPhone5 vs. HTC One vs. Galaxy S4, here is what we got.
The iPhone5 has the smallest screen and the lowest resolution of the three so if display is important you may wanna leave this guy out. The iPhone5 features a 4-inch 640x1136 pixel display with 326 ppi.
The HTC One, however, steps up the game by offering a 4.7-inch Super LCD3 capacitive touchscreen, with a resolution of 1080x1920 pixels with a pixel density of 469ppi. This is pretty impressive as it is the highest pixel density of any smartphone on the market today
Last but not least, the Galaxy S4 may be what you are looking for as it will offer, virtually the same specs in terms of displays as the HTC One, with a full HD Super AMOLED display, 1080 x 1920 pixel resolution also protected by Corning Gorilla Glass. The Galaxy S4 however, will edge out the HTC One in screen size sporting a 4.99-inch display
So in the display war between these three smartphones coming to T-Mobile, Galaxy S4 slightly overcomes HTC One in size, HTC One slightly edges out in screen resolution and the iPhone 5 unfortunately comes in dead last with small screen size and lower resolution. Still, it is worth noting, the iPhone5 - screen display resolution is impressive. In fact, when I first purchased my iPhone 5 I was amazed how close the screen resembled print on a page of paper. The resolution seemed incredibly sharp. In addition, with the slightly smaller screen size, the iPhone 5 is more portable and slips more easily into the pocket. Still, numbers don't lie and if size and superior display specs are important, then the Galaxy S4 or HTC one are the phone for you.
iPhone 5 vs Galaxy S4 vs HTC One Spec Comparison 2: Camera
Okay so looking at a comparison of the camera specs on the iPhone5 vs. Galaxy S4 vs. the HTC One, HTC one is going to take it. The iPhone 5 came equipped with a 8-megapixel camera when it released, and though at the time this was certainly well within the standard for quality smartphones, when compared with the HTC One and S4 it comes up a bit lacking. The Samsung Galaxy S4 comes with a 13 MP camera 2-3 MP Second Camera with LED flash, while the HTC One has a 8-pixel camera -- but it is 8 ULTRA pixels. Basically with Ultra Pixels, the phone is capable of gathering more light for great low lighting photos. So if you are a photography buff, you probably want to lean in the direction of the HTC One's specs over the Galaxy S4. The Galaxy S4 has a few gimmicky features however, that some may enjoy such as the ability to superimpose yourself into a picture you weren't in originally or to create electronic scrapbooks and send them to people in the mail, but in terms of quality, HTC one comes out on top in this area.
iPhone5 vs Galaxy S4 vs HTC One Spec Comparison 3: Hardware
So in terms of hardware specs, the iPhone 5 once again lags behind the two newer phones as it comes factory equipped with 1 GB of RAM where the HTC One and Galaxy S4 come with 2GB. The iPhone 5, like the S4 has the ability to choose between 16, 32 and 64 GB of internal memory, while the HTC One has only 32 and 64 GB as options. Keep in mind too though that the S4 is also sporting a killer new spec - the Exynos 5 chipset -- an octal-core chipset consisting of two quad-core processors, said to be the most powerful on the market. Though interestingly, the iPhone5 was beating the Galaxy S3 in clock test performances, it is yet to be seen how it will compare against the S4. On paper it seems the S4 is likely the winner in terms of hardware but though, truly all three are fairly closely matched.
iPhone5 vs Galaxy S4 vs HTC One Spec Comparison 4: Operating System
Now on this point here we likely will see an equal playing field -- and unfortunately it's kinda like comparing apples to oranges. Both the HTC One and the Galaxy S4 will ship with the Android operating system--4.1.2 and will be upgradable to the 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. This is the latest Android operating system out there. At the same time, all Apple devices easily receive updates to software anytime the updates become available. The current operating system is iOS 6.1.3, though it's possible one further update could be made to the iOS 6 system before the release of iOS 7. It basically comes down to which operating system you prefer. iPhones are known for their stability and virus-free environment, but to be honest, most Android users I have encountered seem to love that operating system. Apple is also known to have the largest number of apps available of all operating systems but the Google Play market certainly comes in a very close second. If I had to choose, I would say the iPhone operating system slightly out edges the competition here, but then I'm probably showing my bias there so it's better just to disregard that suggestion.
iPhone5 vs Galaxy S4 vs HTC One Spec Comaprison 5: Price and Release Date
On this front all three smartphones will actually be leveled when looking at the T-Mobile plan unlimited and contract free plans. Each phone will debut with a down payment of $99 and then a $20 a month additional payment for two years to pay off the phone in full. So with the playing ground leveled in this way, if your carrier will be T-Mobile, then specs are really what you have to look at to make you decision. One additional factor to consider is the release date. The iPhone5 is set to be the first of the three to release at T-Mobile on April 12th. The HTC One we are told will release sometime in April, though this dates is rather ambiguous, as already it has been pushed back from its original March 15th proposed release date. The last to release will be the Galaxy S4, set to debut with T-Mobile as an official release partner on May 1st.
In looking at these three phones, everyone will have different features they are looking for. Hopefully this review has helped make the decision between the iPhone5 vs HTC One vs. Galaxy S4 a bit easier.