iPhone 5S, 5C, Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One, Xperia Z, Moto X: Which should you buy?

Sep 20 2013, 10:35 IST
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An employee holds the new Apple iPhone 5S at a Verizon store in Orem, Utah. (Reuters) An employee holds the new Apple iPhone 5S at a Verizon store in Orem, Utah. (Reuters)
SummaryiPhone 5S, 5C go on sale Friday at 3.01 am EDT through Apple's website and at 8 am local time globally.

The new iPhones being released Friday follow a slew of Android smartphones from Apple's competitors, including Samsung, Motorola and HTC. Which should you buy?

Here's a summary of recent phone reviews by The Associated Press.

The iPhone 5S and 5C go on sale Friday at 3:01 a.m. EDT through Apple's website and at 8 a.m. local time around the world at Apple retail stores. Wireless carriers and other retailers plan to sell them, too. Initially, they're available in the U.S., Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the United Kingdom.

IOS DEVICES:

IPHONE 5S, APPLE INC.

It's the first time Apple is releasing two different iPhone models at once. The pricier one, at $199 with a two-year contract, sports a fingerprint sensor, a better camera and a faster processor. The fingerprint sensor alone is worth the $100 more you'll pay over an iPhone 5C. It encourages you to keep phones secure. Instead of typing in a four-digit passcode, you can just tap your finger on the home button most of the time. If there's a match with the finger you scanned in earlier, the phone will unlock. The improved camera, meanwhile, offers better shots in low light, thanks to larger individual pixels and a wider shutter, even though the resolution remains at 8 megapixels.

- Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer

IPHONE 5C, APPLE INC.

The 5C model is largely last year's iPhone 5 with a few extras. The most noticeable is the choice of five colors - green, blue, yellow, pink or white. The housing is made of plastic instead of aluminum and glass. The plastic doesn't feel cheap and offers the slippery feel of a shiny ceramic tile. The 5C has a better front-facing camera than the 5, but it has the same A6 processor and the same rear camera lacking the 5S's improvements in low light. The 5C does come with a newer operating system, iOS 7, but older phones including the iPhone 5 can get the upgrade for free. The 5C costs $99. Unless you really want the colors, paying another $100 for the 5S is worth the investment.

- Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer

ANDROID DEVICES:

GALAXY S4, SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO.

The S4 is an excellent device from a hardware standpoint. Its 5-inch screen is larger than its predecessor, yet it's a tad lighter and smaller. The display is sharp, at 441 pixels per inch. Samsung packed the Android device with a

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