February 19 has passed away and a new era of Android smartphone technology has kicked with the launch of the Taiwanese giant new flagship thunder - HTC One.
Already, great hype was surrounded around the upcoming smartphone and when the One series creator uncovered HTC One - based on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean OS - the whole tech media crowd was smitten by the shiny device.
The drastically different design of the handset makes a departure from the usual strategy of trying to beat other Android handset manufacturers. And this time, HTC seems to be taking cues from Apple to compete with market dominators in more ways.
Specwise the new HTC smartphone is a monster offering,Specs apart, besided that as the handset is in queue to be released in the next month, it is time to compare and analyze the positives and negatives of One with the other market champions including Galaxy S3 and iPhone 5.
Galaxy S3, the hottest selling smartphone in the world has achieved a sales figure of 40 million units and still counting. Moreover, based on Android OS, it could be a stiff rival to the HTC One smartphone.
At the same time, Apple's sixth generation - iPhone 5 is the hottest selling handset, at least within the US market, despite widespread criticism. Further, the handset has the reputation of the Cupertino tech giant and has the ability to offer a tough competition to the Taiwanese firm's new offering - One.
Hence, Gizbot has come up with a comparison detailing the specs, software features and price of each handset in the trio. Lets see how the three handsets stack up against each other in terms of every aspect.
Dimensions & Weight: Eventually, HTC One is the thickest and heaviest of the trio with a dimension of 137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3 mm and weighs around 143 grams.
Whereas Galaxy S3 packs a dimension of 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm and weighs in at 133 grams, while the slimmer and lighter iPhone 5 measures 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm and weighs around 112 grams.
Display: Clearly, the Taiwanese handset vendor HTC has taken the pixel density crown beating the Apple offering and leaving market dominators in the dust, as evident from its high pixel density. One boasts a 4.7 inch Super LCD3 capacitive touchscreen display packing 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution , 468 ppi pixel density and protected by Gorilla Glass 2.
On the other hand, Galaxy S3 has a 4.8 inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display with 1280 x 720 pixel resolution, 306 ppi pixel density and Gorilla Glass 2 protection.
When it comes to iPhone 5, the handset packs a 4 inch LED-backlit IPS capacitive touchscreen display with 1136 x 640 pixel resolution, 326 ppi pixel density and Gorilla Glass protection along with oleophobic coating.
While Super AMOLED consumes less power and supports large screen sizes, it also reduces reflection under sunlight. At the same time, Super LCD 3 enables the whopping 441 ppi pixel density and leads to faster response times. In comparison, IPS display in iPhone 5 comes with faster responsiveness and offers wide viewing angles.
Processor: It can be said that the processor used in HTC One is a faster and better, as it is 1.7GHz quad core Qualcomm APQ8064T Snapdragon 600 processor.
While, Galaxy S3 has a quad core Exynos 4412 Quad chipset and the sixth generation Apple iPhone is equipped with an Apple A6 chip that uses a quad core ARM Cortex A9 processor.
Operating System: This is an important aspect as HTC One comes with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean OS and Sense 5 UI and Galaxy S3 has received the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean upgrade and is based on TouchWIZ UI, while, iPhone 5 contrastingly comes with iOS 6, upgradeable to iOS 6.1.
Speaking of software features, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS has features such as Project Butter, which offers faster, smoother and responsive performance, on-screen navigation buttons, expandable and contractible Android notifications, resizable App Widgets functionality, high resolution contact photos, Android Beam app and more.
At the same time, iOS 6.1 update released a couple of days back has new features including 4G LTE support for more carriers, iTunes Match subscribers can download individual songs from iCloud, button to reset Advertising Identifier, improved Apple Passbook, tweaks to Safari, reworked music playback controls from lock screen and back-end changes in the mapping software of Apple.
Camera: One of the biggest talking points of the HTC One launch presentation was about the camera and its pixels. HTC is calling their pixels "ultrapixels" which is similar to that in advanced compact cameras. They promise to capture more light and offer much improved low-light performance. They are about twice the size of normal camera on handsets and are claimed to be roughly 300% more sensitive than the competition.
In terms of camera optics, HTC One houses 4MP UltraPixel rear camera with BSI sensor, autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face and smile detection, OIS (optical image stabilizer) and a 2.1MP front camera for video calling with HDR.
When it comes to Galaxy S3 and iPhone 5, both the smartphones have an 8MP rear camera with autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, touch focus and face detection. When it comes to front camera, Galaxy S3 has a better 1.9MP camera while iPhone 5 has a 1.3MP camera.
However, the iSight camera in iPhone 5 includes features like backside illumination, a hybrid IR filter, a five-element lens, f/2.4 aperture, spatial noise reduction, dynamic low-light mode, faster photo capture and Panorama mode.
Storage: HTC One comes with 32GB/64GB internal storage and 2GB RAM, while Galaxy S3 has 16GB/32GB internal storage, 2GB RAM and a micro SD card slot supporting up to 64GB additional storage, however, iPhone 5 has 16GB/32GB/64GB and 1GB RAM. It is to be noted HTC One and iPhone 5 do not include a micro SD card for expandable memory support.
Connectivity: All the handsets come packed with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 4G, HSPA and micro USB 2.0 port.
Regarding the internet connectivity, HTC One comes with high speed HSPA+, which can download data at up to 100 Mbps speed as compared to the 5.76 Mbps speed in Galaxy S3 and iPhone 5.
When it comes to NFC, Galaxy S3 and HTC One posses the feature for easier mobile payment, however, iPhone 5 lacks it.
Battery: HTC One comes with a non-removable 2,300 mAh battery of undisclosed decent backup, whereas, Galaxy S3 is loaded with a 2,100 mAh battery delivering 11.5 hours talk time and iPhone 5 has a Li-Po battery offering up to 8 hours talk time.
Price: Galaxy S3 is already present in Indian market is priced at Rs 28,900 and Rs 34,900 for 16GB and 32GB variants, iPhone 5 will cost you more, priced at Rs 45,500, Rs 52,500 and Rs 59,500 for 16GB, 32GB and 64GB variants.
Currently, HTC One has not revealed the official price tag of the handset, but the company has claimed that the global release will start in March and in India the company has tied up with RCom.
Software Features: HTC has used Sense 5 UI in One, which has innovative and interesting features. The Taiwanese giant has come out with features like BlinkFeed, Zoe, BoomSound and Sense Voice apart from the all new Sense skin. These advanced features will push the output of the regular functions like camera, sound, socializing and more by adding and enhancing some or the other feature in these operations.
At the same time, Galaxy S3 comes with features including S Beam, S Voice, Direct Call, Smart Stay, Pop-up Play, AllShare Cast and more.
All there are advanced and high-end smartphones with unique characteristics. Gizbot leaved the decision to you this time. Let us know which one of the trio - HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S3 and Apple iPhone 5 is your choice?