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Cheaper 5 alternatives to iPhone 5S

Cheaper 5 alternatives to iPhone 5S

The latest iPhone offers a great range of features but is it over your budget? Consider these other high-end phones which match up to Apple’s flagship device in nearly every aspect.

The iPhone 5S got rave reviews as it boasts better performance than its predecessor, an OS upgrade, a great camera and fingerprint reader for your phone’s security. But if its hefty price tag, starting from Rs53,500, is causing you to check alternatives, we’ve got you covered. Read on to find a list of the top five alternatives that the phone market has to offer which compare well and at times even better than the iPhone 5S.

iPhone 5S Nexus 5 Xperia Z1 Galaxy S4 Lumia 1020 Galaxy Note 3
Processor speed 1.3 GHz 2.3 GHz 2.2 GHz 2.8 GHz 1.5 GHz 3.2 GHz
Camera megapixels 8 MP 8 MP 20 MP 13 MP 41 MP 13 MP
Internal storage 16/32/64 GB 16/32 GB 16 GB 16/32/64 GB 32 GB 32 GB
Battery capacity 1,560 mAh 2,300 mAh 3,050 mAh 2,600 mAh 2,000 mAh 3,200 mAh
Price From Rs53,500 Rs28,999 Rs38,999 Rs40,690 Rs45,999 Rs46,900
Key feature Fingerprint scanner High-end and low cost Dust and water resistant Air gesture controls 41-megapixel camera Multi-tasking abilities

Google Nexus 5
Google’s own-brand phones have always given high-end features at low costs and Nexus 5 does exactly the same. It comes with Android’s latest OS, Kitkat, and is not weighed down by any excessive glossy features. Also, as it’s a Google phone, any OS update is first shared with Nexus phones before other phones can get it. The on-phone rear camera is an eight megapixel one and can take 360 degree panoramas with ease.
Features Low cost, latest OS and is 4G enabled
Platform Android
Price Rs28,999

Sony Xperia Z1
After a number of disappointing phones from Sony, the Xperia Z1 has received a number of rave reviews. The 20-megapixel camera, which is only second to Nokia’s high-quality cameraphone, gives great results while clicking photos and shooting videos. The camera’s interface is lifted from Sony’s SLRs and the phone is known to be the only dust/water resistant product in the high-end phone market. Its only drawback is that it still works on Android’s version 4 operating system.
Features Damage resistant and great camera
Platform Android
Price Rs38,999

Samsung Galaxy S4
Even though it released in March, the phone is very competitive with the others here. The powerful specs which come in the phone are tough to beat and with a 13-megapixel camera, the S4 will be future-proof for a while. The smartphone is made of plastic to keep it light, but it’s not as damage resistant compared to the other phones on this list. The phone also comes with a remote and can be controlled by various air gestures.
Features Great specifications, camera and screen quality
Platform Android
Price Rs40,690

Nokia Lumia 1020
The Lumia 1020 is built to be more a camera than a phone. With a 41-megapixel Pureview camera, the smartphone can take great photos. The camera’s low light capabilities and depth of field qualities are unparalleled. The one drawback you could find with this phone is its Windows operating system. The collection of apps is still fairly low for Windows phones, but if recent reports are to be believed, this factor could soon change. The Lumia 1020 comes with a free navigation app and music subscription.
Features High quality on-phone camera
Platform Windows
Price Rs45,999

Samsung Galaxy Note 3
A big screen and trademark S-pen stylus make this phone a joy to use. A scrapbook app lets you save images, text and videos by drawing boxes around it. The 5.7-inch screen makes it less pocket-friendly, but it makes up for in other media functionalities. One of the few phones that can multi-task on the same screen, its camera is also capable of shooting the revolutionary 4K video.
Features Shoot 4K videos, user-friendly and powerful processor
Platform Android
Price Rs46,900

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