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Message Text: We compare the basic features of the newest flagship smartphones from Motorola, Apple, Samsung, Sony, HTC and Nokia: the Moto X, the iPhone 5S, the Galaxy S4, the Xperia Z1, the Moto X and the Nokia Lumia 1020.



iPhone 5S
Nokia Lumia 1020
Operating System Apple iOS 7 Microsoft Windows Phone 8 Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with HTC SenseHTC BlinkFeed
Processor Apple A7 (dual-core, 1.7 GHz) Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 (dual-core, 1.5 GHz) Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 (quad-core, 1.7 GHz)
Display 4-inch (diagonal), touch-enabled display capable of 1136-by-640-pixel resolution at 326 ppi 4.5-inch (diagonal), touch-enabled display capable of 1280-by-768-pixel resolution at 334 ppi 4.7-inch (diagonal), touch-enabled display capable of 1920x1080-pixel resolution at 468 ppi
Rear camera 8 MP, f/2.2 aperture. LED flash. Digital image stabilization, backside illumination sensor, five-element lens, 3X zoom. 41 MP, f/2.2 aperture. Xenon flash. Optical image stabilization, backside-illuminated image sensor, six-element lens, 3X zoom. 4.08MP UltraPixel, BSI sensor, Pixel size 2.0 µm, Sensor size 1/3', F2.0 aperture and 28 mm lens, Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), Smart Flash
Front camera 1.2 MP at 1280-by-960-pixel resolution. Backside illumination sensor 1.2 MP at 1280-by-960-pixel resolution. f/2.4 aperture 2.1 MP, 880 wide angle lens with HDR capability, 1080p Full HD video recording with HDR Video at 30 fps, HTC Zoe with Sequence Shot, Continuous shooting and VideoPic, Slow motion video recording with variable speed playback 2.1MP photos
Memory 1GB 2 GB 2 GB
Storage 16, 32 or 64GB onboard, 5 GB free in the cloud 32 GB on board; 7 GB free in the cloud 32, 64 GB on board
Connectivity Nano SIM (storage); Lightning (charging); 3.5 mm audio. USB, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi Micro SIM (storage); micro USB (charging); 3.5 mm audio. USB 2.0, Bluetooth 3.0, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/GPS / GLONASS, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, Infrared
Audio Uses iTunes Store for downloadable music; no terrestrial radio support.Audio formats supported: AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV Uses Xbox Music or Nokia Music for streaming music; includes FM radio.Audio formats supported: MP3, AMR-NB, WMA 10 Pro, GSM FR, WMA 9, AAC LC, AAC+/HEAAC and eAAC+/HEAACv2 codecs, ASF, MP4, AAC, AMR, MP3, M4A, WMA, 3GP, 3G2 file formats for playback. Audio supported formats:
  • Playback: .aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .wav, .wma (Windows Media Audio 9)
  • Recording: .amr
  • 1080p HD video recording
  • 30 fps
  • Supports H.264, MPEG-4, M-JPEG, as well as FaceTime video calling with similarly enabled devices
  • AirPlay mirroring and video out to Apple TV, video mirroring with adapter.
  • True Tone flash
  • Slo-mo video
  • Video stabilization
  • Take still photo while recording video
  • Face detection
  • 3x zoom
  • Geotagging
  • 1080p HD video
  • 30 fps
  • Supports VC-1, Windows video, H.264/AVC, H.263 and MPEG-4 codecs as well as MP4, WMV, AVI, 3GP, 3G2, M4V and MOV file formats for playback
  • 6X digital zoom.
  • Includes video streaming, five white balance modes, video stabilization, autofocus. 
Up to 1080p at 30 fps
Up to 720p at 60 fpsVideo supported formats:
  • Playback: .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .wmv (Windows Media Video 9), .avi (MP4 ASP and MP3)
  • Recording: .mp4
Battery life 10 hours (browsing, Wi-Fi), 10 hours (talking, 3G), 10.4 days (standby)   6.7 hours (browsing, Wi-Fi), 12.5 hours (talking, 3G), 16 days (standby) 2G: Up to 27h
3G: Up to 18h (Talk time)2G: Up to 20 days, 20 hours
3G: Up to 20 days (standby)
Dimensions 4.87 x 2.31 x 0.30 inches 5.13 x 2.81 x 0.41 inches 5.41 x 2.69 x 0.37 inches
Weight 112 grams / 3.95 ounces 158 grams / 5.57 ounces 143 grams / 5.04 ounces
Other features Fingerprint sensor, slow-motion video capture, OpenGL ES version 3.0 support for higher-res gaming, free iWork apps. Its 41-megapixel camera allows you to zoom to crop down to the photo you want; an extra-sensitive touch-enabled display that works with gloves; free Microsoft Office apps. Gyro sensor
Proximity sensor
Ambient light sensorHTC BoomSound
  • Dual frontal stereo speakers with built-in amplifiers
  • Studio-quality sound with Beats Audio™
  • Sense Voice


Sony Experia Z1
Samsung Galaxy S4
Motorola Moto X
Operating System Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean Google Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
Processor 2.2 GHz Qualcomm MSM8974 Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 (quad-core, 1.9 GHz) OR 1.6 GHz Octa-Core Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro (dual-core, 1.7 GHz)
Display 5.0 inch Full HD TRILUMINOS Display with X-Reality picture engine16,777,216 colours, 1920x1080 pixels at 441 ppi 5-inch (diagonal), touch-enabled display capable of 1920x1080-pixel resolution at 441 ppi 4.7-inch (diagonal), touch-enabled display capable of 1280-by-720-pixel resolution at 316 ppi
Rear camera 20.7 megapixel camera with Sony Exmor RS® for mobile image sensor 13 Mega pixel Auto Focus camera with Flash & Zero Shutter Lag, BIS 10 MP, f/2.4 aperture. LED flash. Digital image stabilization. 4X zoom
Front camera 1080p video at 30 fps
2.0MP photos
2 Mega pixel camera, Full HD recording @30fps with Zero Shutter Lag, BISDual Shot , Drama Shot, Sound & Shot, 360 Photo, Animated Photo, Eraser, Night, Best Photo, Best Face, Beauty Face, HDR (High Dynamic Range), Panorama, Sports 2 MP at 1600-by-1200-pixel resolution.
Memory 2 GB 2GB 2 GB
Storage Flash memory up to 16 GB, Expansion slot microSD card, up to 64 GB. 16, 32 or 64 GB 16 or 32 GB on board; 15 GB free in the cloud (plus an additional 50 GB, free for two years)
Connectivity WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/GPS / GLONASS, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, microUSB, DLNA WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (HT80)GPS / GLONASS, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 (LE), IR LED (Remote Control), MHL 2.0, 3.5 mm stereo audio jack, DLNA, HTC Connect, micro-USB 2.0 (5-pin) port with mobile high-definition video link (MHL)microSD, up to 64 Gb Nano SIM (storage); micro USB (charging); 3.5 mm audio. USB 2.0, Bluetooth 4.0 EDR, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi
MP3/eAAC+/WAV/Flac player
FLAC, AC-3, apt-X
Uses Google Play Store for downloadable music; no terrestrial radio support. Supports AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, FLAC, MP3, WMA, WAV, AMR, OGG and MIDI file formats. 

Up to 1080p at 30 fps

MP4/H.263/H.264 player

Codec: MPEG4, H.264, H.263, DivX, DivX3.11, VC-1, VP8, WMV7/8, Sorenson Spark, HEVC

Recording & Playback: Full HD (1080p)

30 fps


1080p HD video

60 fps

Supports MPEG4, H.263, H.264

4X digital zoom.

Supports MPEG4, H.263, H.264.


Face detection


Battery life Talk time: Up to 14 hoursStandby time: Up to 880 hours Music listening time: Up to 110 hoursVideo playback time: Up to 6.6 hours 17 hours talk time and 300 hours at standby 8 to 9 hours (browsing, Wi-Fi), 13 to 14 hours (talking, 3G), 13.8 days (standby). "Up to 24 hours," (Motorola)
Dimensions 5.67 x 2.91 x 0.33 inches 5.38 x 2.75 x 0.31 inches 5.09 x 2.57 x 0.41 inches
Weight 169 grams / 6.00 ounces 158 grams / 4.59 ounces 130 grams / 4.59 ounces
Other features Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compassWaterproof (IPX5 and IPX8) Dustproof (IP5X)
  • Group Play: Share Music, Share Picture, Share Document,
    Play Games
  • Story Album, S Translator, Optical Reader
  • Samsung Smart Scroll, Samsung Smart Pause, Air Gesture,
    Air View
  • Samsung Hub, ChatON (Voice/Video Call, Share screen,
    3-way calling) Samsung WatchON
  • S Travel (Trip Advisor), S Voice Drive, S Health
  • Samsung Adapt Display, Samsung Adapt Sound, Auto adjust touch sensitivity (Glove friendly)
  • Safety Assistance, Samsung Link, Screen Mirroring
  • Samsung KNOX (B2B only)
Touch-less/voice-activated control; wrist-flick camera activation; Motorola Assist intelligent shortcut tool; Motorola Connect in-browser communication tool for Chrome. Oh, and all those colors.
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