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Apple iPhone 5S vs Galaxy S4 vs LG G2: good things come in all packages

Apple iPhone 5S vs Galaxy S4 vs LG G2: good things come in all packages
If we isolate for screen size, the newly announced Apple iPhone 5S has all the makings of a futureproof flagship device, especially in the chipset part, even against current Android kings of the shelves like the Galaxy S4 and the LG G2.

The iPhone 5S is very thin, despite the premium glass/aluminum build, and keeps it very light, too, even though it has a new fingerprint sensor built right into the sapphire crystal home key. The Galaxy S4 and LG G2 also keeps things on the lighthearted side, and they have much larger display panels, too, so kudos for everyone's engineering chops in this department. Those display panels of the Koreans are Full HD with pixel densities north of 400ppi, though Apple's 326ppi panel still means you can't tell the individual pixels with normal vision.

The crazy part is Apple's new A7 chipset, which is the first 64-bit one in a smartphone, and a harbringer of things to come, though there aren't much apps that take advantage of it. We can't wait for some cross-platform benchmarks, but we have the feeling everyone's silicon might get smoked by the new A7, especially in the graphics department, so no complaints about the SoCs either. 

Moreover, Apple's chipset has gotten paired with multiband cellular radio that promises compatibility with the most LTE bands of all handsets out there - we counted a version with 11 bands, whereas the previous king in that aspect, the Xperia Z Ultra, is octaband. This makes the iPhone 5S the first truly global LTE handset.

The other big difference is seemingly the camera resolution, which stays 8 MP in the iPhone 5S, whereas the S4 and G2 sport 13 MP sensors. A camera is as good as the pictures it takes, of course, and resolution is not even in the top 5 of criteria here, so we'll pass judgment when we do a thorough camera comparison between the three. The Galaxy S4 and LG G2 have proven to be the most capable Android snappers so far, before the Xperia Z1 hits retail, so the iPhone 5S will have a steep hill to climb, but its True Tone LED flash might be of help in the low-light comparison.

Check out the short version of the specs cagematch below, or visit our Apple iPhone 5S vs Samsung Galaxy S4 vs LG G2 comparison tool for the full rundown.

Apple iPhone 5S vs Galaxy S4 vs LG G2: good things come in all packages

DESIGN


DeviceApple iPhone 5SSamsung Galaxy S4LG G2
OSiOS (7)Android (4.2.2)Android (4.2.2)
Dimensions4.87 x 2.31 x 0.30 inches (123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm)5.38 x 2.75 x 0.31 inches (136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm)5.45 x 2.79 x 0.35 inches (138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9 mm)
Weight3.95 oz (112 g)
the average is 4.4 oz (127 g)
4.59 oz (130 g)
the average is 4.4 oz (127 g)
5.04 oz (143 g)
the average is 4.4 oz (127 g)
Body materialAluminiumPolycarbonatePolycarbonate 
Design featuresFingerprint sensor  Back buttons
DISPLAY


Physical size4.0 inches5.0 inches5.2 inches
Resolution640 x 1136 pixels1080 x 1920 pixels1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel density
326 ppi441 ppi423 ppi
Technology
IPS LCDSuper AMOLEDIPS LCD
Peak brightness500 cd/m2 (nit) 350 cd/m2 (nit)450 cd/m2 (nit)
BATTERY


Talk time (3G)10.00 hours
the average is 10 h (582 min)
17.00 hours
the average is 10 h (582 min)
 
Stand-by time (3G)10.4 days (250 hours)
the average is 24 days (564 h)
15.4 days (370 hours)
the average is 24 days (564 h)
 
Stand-by time (4G) 13.3 days (320 hours)
the average is 13 days (300 h)
 
Music playback40.00 hours  
Video playback10.00 hours  
Capacity 2600 mAh3000 mAh
HARDWARE


System chip
Apple A7 with 64-bit architectureQualcomm Snapdragon 600 APQ8064TQualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974
Processor
 Quad core, 1900 MHz, Krait 300Quad core, 2260 MHz, Krait 400
Graphics processorYesAdreno 320Adreno 330
System memory

2048 MB RAM (Dual-channel) / LPDDR32048 MB RAM (Dual-channel, 800 MHz) / LPDDR3
Built-in storage 16 GB
16 GB32 GB
Storage expansion microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC up to 64 GB 
CAMERA


Camera8 megapixels13 megapixels13 megapixels
FlashDual LEDLEDLED
Aperture sizeF2.2F2.2 F2.2
Camera sensor size 1/3.06" 
Camcorder1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps), 1280x720 (720p HD) (120 fps)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (60 fps)
FeaturesDigital image stabilization, Picture-taking during video recordingDigital image stabilizationOptical image stabilization
Front-facing camera1.2 megapixels2 megapixels2.1 megapixels
Video capture1280x720 (720p HD)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)

TECHNOLOGY


CDMA
  800, 1900 MHz
GSM850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
UMTS850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz
LTE700 MHz Class 13, 700 MHz Class 17, 800 MHz, 850 MHz, 900 MHz, 1700/2100 MHz, 1800 MHz, 1900 MHz, 2100 MHz800 MHz, 850 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz, 2600 MHz850 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz, 2600 MHz
DataLTE, HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRSLTE Cat3 Downlink 100 Mbit/s, LTE Cat3/4 Uplink 50 Mbit/s, HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRSLTE-A, LTE Cat3 Downlink 100 Mbit/s, LTE Cat3/4 Uplink 50 Mbit/s, HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS, EV-DO Rev.A
Micro SIM  YesYes
nano-SIMYes  
CONNECTIVITY


Bluetooth4.04.04.0
Wi-Fi802.11 a, b, g, n, n 5GHz802.11 a, b, g, n, n 5GHz, ac802.11 a, b, g, n, n 5GHz, ac
USBYesUSB 2.0USB 2.0
ConnectorProprietarymicroUSBmicroUSB
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