When a consumer is on the market for a new smartphone, finding the right fit can be a daunting task. Consumers are commonly loyal to their favorite hardware company or their favorite operating system (OS), but sometimes they are new to purchasing a cell phone or they are dissatisfied with their current configuration. In these situations, it is very helpful for people to know their options.
First up is the most popular phone among private consumers, the Samsung Galaxy S4. With its five-inch screen, it’s tied for the largest display among the most popular phones, and its 1080 x 1920 pixel screen resolution gives it a display that significantly outclasses everything else on the list. In addition, the S4 has versions that come with up to 64 gigabytes (GB) of internal memory, which is quite high.
The Galaxy S4 uses the Android OS, which is designed and marketed by Google. The phone comes in white and black, has a flash-enabled 13 megapixel (MP) camera, and usually retails for about US$500.
Next is the iPhone 5s, which is second in popularity in the private sector. Like the Galaxy S4, it has a five-inch screen, but its display resolution is actually the worst of the list at 640 x 1136. Its camera, however, it slightly better than the S4’s; while the lenses are the same size, the 5s uses a dual-LED flash instead of the Samsung’s single LED, enabling it to illuminate an area more thoroughly. Like the S4, the 5s can be purchased with up to 64GB of memory.
The iPhone 5s uses the Apple OS, which is designed by Apple. The phone comes in a variety of colors and also usually retails for approximately US$500.
Finally, there is the Nokia Lumia 925. It has a four and a half inch screen, which is slightly smaller than those of the 5s and the Galaxy S4. Its resolution is better than the 5s’ at 768 x 1280 pixels, but its camera has identical specifications to that of the 5s.
Where the Lumia falls short of its competitors is in storage space. It only has 16GB of internal memory and only 1GB of RAM, while the others have up to 64GB of memory and 2 RAM. This is a significant decrease, but it won’t significantly impair the function of the phone unless the user wants to store a large number of apps or videos.
The Lumia’s operating system is Windows 8, similar to the computer OS of the same name. The phone comes in black, white, or grey, and makes up for its lower storage with a lower price, starting at around US$300.
The three most prominent smart phones on the market, the Samsung Galaxy S4, the iPhone 5s, and the Nokia Lumia, are all very strong choices for a prospective buyer. But each has its pros and cons, so consumers would be wise to look at each phone’s specifications before making a purchase that best suits their needs.