HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4, Apple iPhone 5S Shopping Tips

HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4, Apple iPhone 5S Shopping Tips: Which is the Best New Phone for You?

The best phones yet to be released in some countries early this year include the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4. The iPhone 5S will reportedly be unveiled soon, and the Xperia Z is arriving in more countries, including the U.S. All these phones have been gathering positive initial reviews from tech experts. How would a non-techie user know which one to buy?

Many phone users upgrading for the first time in a long time could be in for a lot of confusion. Some handset buyers know the specific features they’re looking for. Others are just interested in the best phone out there today. However, the best handset for one user may be a pain for another. The HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 are both prized Android phones. The Xperia Z is also an Android phone in neat Sony skin. The iPhone 5S hasn’t even been announced yet, but many iOS users are already determined to get it.

There are two main questions new phone shoppers could ask themselves: What kind of phone user are you — light, moderate, or heavy? Why are you buying a new handset? The first question could be easy. The second question requires a bit more thought. Below are some possible answers.

A. I want a newer, better Android device. This eliminates the iOS iPhone 5S from the choices. Light users could go for the intuitive Xperia Z with lots of camera shooting options.

B. I just want to play some fun games to kill time, and I don’t want to buy another device just for entertainment. Any late-2012 or 2013 phone will do, but note that the Apple app store has the widest selection of tested game apps. If you’re likely to go heavy in media consumption, perhaps you’d do better with the Galaxy S4.

C. My phone has conked out. You are most likely a (very) late adopter and perhaps a light user. Apple and Samsung handsets have a good record in durability. They refresh their products quite often, but you won’t care if your phone would seem dated in a year or less, anyway.

D. I’d like to be as tech-savvy as my friends and family. You are likely to become (if you aren’t already) a heavy user. Go Android, where you can have greater control over your phone. If “jailbreaking” makes you feel excited, go for an Apple handset. (Be warned though, if the iPhone 5S does not come with iOS7, the most popular jailbreakers might not bother to help you.)

E. I want a really good camera phone. The HTC One, which features an ultrapixel camera, is a promising handset. It can reportedly challenge all other phones in low light conditions.  It also features an exciting Zoe Gallery that innovates how you use your photo gallery.

In asking which handset is the best, gadget shoppers must first be able to answer the two questions above. If you answer, “I just don’t want to be left behind in mobile technology,” you are likely to get confused over so many choices. This year has only just begun and more phones are coming with the latest innovations. 


Buy Samsung Galaxy Ace at Rs. 8,790

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Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830

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  • Android v2.3 (Gingerbread) OS
  • 3.5-inch TFT Capacitive Touchscreen
  • 5 MP Primary Camera
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2G NETWORK GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 
3G NETWORK HSDPA 900 / 2100 
DIMENSIONS 112.4 x 59.9 x 11.5 mm (4.43 x 2.36 x 0.45 in) 
WEIGHT 113 g (3.99 oz) 
TYPE TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors 
SIZE 320 x 480 pixels, 3.5 inches (~165 ppi pixel density) 
ALERT TYPES Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones 
3.5mm JACK YES 
CARD SLOT microSD, up to 32GB, 2GB included 
INTERAL 158 MB storage, 278 MB RAM 
GPRS yes 
EDGE yes 
SPEED HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps 
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot 
BLUETOOTH Yes, v2.1 with A2DP 
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0 
PRIMARY 5 MP, 2592×1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash 
FEATURES Geo-tagging, face and smile detection 
VIDEO Yes, VGA@24fps 
OS Android OS, v2.3 (Gingerbread) 
CPU 800 MHz ARM 11 
SENSORS Accelerometer, proximity, compass 
MESSAGING SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email 
RADIO Stereo FM radio with RDS 
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support 
JAVA Yes, via Java MIDP emulator 
COLORS Black, White, Hugo Boss Edition, La Fleur 
STANDBY Up to 640 h (2G) / Up to 420 h (3G) 
TALK TIME Up to 11 h (2G) / Up to 6 h 30 min (3G) 
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