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The iPhone 5S and 5C are out and they'll be in store shelves soon. The big question : How do Apple's new generation of smartphones match up against the competition? The spec sheet below should give you an idea of specifications, while we point out all the highlights of these comparisons.
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The first difference that'll catch your attention is that Apple has refused to follow the "phablet-size" trend by limiting its screen sizes to 4 inches. On the other hand, there isn't a single manufacturer out that's bringing out their top-end phones with a display smaller than 4.5 inches. Apple's mantra makes sense since iPhones are sized such that they offer both abundant display real estate along with a form factor that allows for one hand operation.
Despite the iPhone 5S's A7 processor and 64-bit architecture, we suspect that the Samsung Galaxy Note (3GB RAM) could still beat it when it comes to multi-tasking. However, we're going to wait for our hardware tests to confirm that. If you're more inclined towards Android, then the Galaxy Note 3 is easily the most powerful Android handset out there. Also, when it comes to processing graphics intense apps and games, the iPhone 5S is definitely one of the top contenders given how it handled Infinity Blade 3 at its launch.
And then comes the imaging. Even though Apple's camera comes with some powerful new capabilities like its advanced Panaroma mode, Slow-mo and a brilliant LED flash setup, it still uses an 8MP camera while competitors flaunt bigger numbers. At the moment, Nokia and a few other rivals have been poking fun at Apple for its low-megapixel camera, but we're going to have to wait for an imaging test to understand where the iPhone 5s optics stand. However, if the phone's pictures are as good as the ones displayed at its launch, then Apple is definitely ahead of the competition.
As you would have noticed, the iPhone 5S is lighter than all its rivals, even the iPhone 5C. At 112 grams, you might sometimes forget that you're holding a phone.
While it looks like Apple got it right in most departments, the iPhone 5s is still missing some key features. An important one being NFC connectivity, a technology that's going to lead the mobile payment industry into the next level.
With a cleaner, leaner new OS, elegant design and solid hardware, it looks like the iPhone 5S is ready to take Apple back to the top spot in the smartphone market. Stay tuned for more updates and details test results from Gizbot when the device hits stores in India.