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Top 5-inch Smartphones Compared - Which Should You Buy?

Top 5-inch Smartphones Compared - Which Should You Buy?


Top 5-inch Smartphones Compared - Which Should You Buy?

Top 5-inch Smartphones Compared - Which Should You Buy?

With the release of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active, there's a grand total of six premium 5-inch smartphones for your consideration. With so many options, you may be having trouble deciding which 5-inch smartphone suits you best. To help in your decision making, we've put together this summary comparison for a a quick overview:-

ASUS PadFone Infinity

The ASUS PadFone Infinity is recommended for road warriors who will be away from a power source throughout the day. Its unique proposition is the optional Station accessory, which allows you to dock the phone into the Station to use as a tablet and a charging pod.

The PadFone Infinity boasts a better build quality than several rivals and is on-par with the HTC Butterfly S in the aspect of display and overall performance. Its 13-megapixel rear camera delivers excellent image quality, a plus point over the UltraPixel camera in the Butterfly S.

However, you have to take note that the PadFone Infinity lacks a memory card slot and its handling is not as good as the competition.

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HTC Butterfly S

The Butterfly S will be recommended for HTC users who need the extra storage space beyond what the 32/64GB HTC One models can offer. 

Its plastic chassis may not be as good looking as the One, but it is still one of the better looking Android phones in the market with good handling and performance. But if you still prefer a more classy and robust industrial designed device, then the HTC One is your next best choice (at the penalty of the advantages that the Butterfly S offers).

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Samsung Galaxy S4

Arguably the best Android smartphone in the market, the Samsung Galaxy S4 is well suited for consumers who want the latest and the best technologies in a mobile phone.

Aside from some of its gimmicky software features, boring and plastic design, the Galaxy S4 offers excellent overall performance in the aspect of battery mileage and camera performance. It also one-ups the competition with its removable battery, an option that mobile users will appreciate when they need to pop in a secondary battery to extend its life or overcome the weak battery after several cycles of charging.

Additionally, it's also the slimmest, lightest and most compact of the 5-inch phones.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Active

If you always find yourself spilling water over your phone or fancy surfing the web in the shower, then this IP67-certified variant of Samsung's Galaxy S4 might be the high-end Android smartphone for you. Compared to the regular S4, the Active is slightly thicker and about 13g heavier, and also somewhat worse battery life, but has a brighter LCD screen.

Competing directly with Sony's also waterproof Xperia Z, go for the S4 Active if you're after better battery life and a faster Snapdragon 600 quad-core 1.9GHz processor.

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Sony Xperia Z

If you don't like the looks of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active but you're still looking for a phone with water and dust resistance, look no further than the Sony Xperia Z. 

The Xperia Z looks and feels more premium than the S4 Active, thanks to its slim, elegant OmniBalance form factor with rear glass panel. It also delivers smooth performance in an almost vanilla Android interface.

However, you have to take note of its attraction to fingerprints/smudges and its below average battery life. Even though it has a 13-megapixel rear camera, the Xperia Z doesn't quite compete with ASUS or Samsnung in our trials and analysis.

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Sony Xperia ZL

The Sony Xperia ZL is essentially the Xperia Z repackaged without the rear glass panel and splash/dust resistance. In exchange, you get a device that is easier to handle and no concern over ugly smudges and fingerprints spoiling the phone's appearances, all while preserving the same level of performance. It is also more affordable and comes with a dedicated camera shutter button.

The downside is that it's a tad thicker than the Xperia Z.

Full Review


5-inch Smartphone Specs Compared
  ASUS PadFone Infinity (32GB) HTC Butterfly S Samsung Galaxy S4 Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Sony Xperia Z Sony Xperia ZL
Launch SRP
  • From S$898
  • From S$988
  • From S$998
  • From S$898
  • From S$988
  • From S$868
Latest Price
  • From S$798
  • From S$710
  • From S$610
  • From S$655
  • From S$498
Operating system
  • Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean
  • Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with HTC Sense 5
  • Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
  • Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
  • Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean (Upgradeable to Android 4.2)
Processor
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core 1.7GHz
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core 1.9GHz
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 1.9GHz Quad-core
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 1.9GHz Quad-core
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro 1.5GHz Quad-core
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro 1.5GHz Quad-core
Built-in Memory
  • 2GB RAM
  • 2GB
  • 2GB RAM
  • 2GB RAM
  • 2GB RAM
  • 2GB RAM
Display
  • 5-inch / 1920 x 1080 pixels / Full-HD Super IPS, 441ppi / Corning Gorilla Glass with HCLR Film (Anti-fingerprint coating)
  • 5-inch / 1920 x 1080 pixels / Super LCD 3 with Gorilla Glass 3
  • 5-inch / Super AMOLED / Full HD 1,920 x 1,080 pixels (441ppi) / 16M colors
  • 5-inch / TFT LCD / Full HD 1,920 x 1,080 pixels, (441ppi) / 16M colors
  • 5-inch / TFT LCD / Full HD 1,920 x 1,080 pixels (441ppi) / 16M colors
  • 5-inch / 1920 x 1080 resolution / TFT LCD Reality Display with Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine
Camera
  • 13-megapixel / autofocus / Sony BSI sensor / F2.0 aperture / 5-element lens / LED flash
  • Secondary: 2-megapixel
  • 4-megapixel HTC UltraPixel camera with BSI, HTC ImageSense 2, f/2.0
  • Secondary: 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera / wide angle lens / F2.0
  • Rear: 13MP / Autofocus / LED flash
  • Front: 2MP
  • 1080p recording @ 30fps
  • Rear: 8MP / Autofocus / LED flash
  • Front: 2MP
  • 1080p recording @ 30fps
  • Rear: 13.1MP / Autofocus / LED flash
  • Front: 2MP
  • 1080p recording @ 30fps
  • 13 Megapixels / Autofocus with HDR for both picture and video
  • Secondary: 2 Megapixels
Connectivity
  • WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, NFC
  • Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, DLNA, Miracast, NFC, 4G LTE
  • Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, NFC, IR LED, micro-USB 2.0 (MHL 2.0), 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Wi-Fi 802.11/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, NFC, IR LED, micro-USB 2.0 (MHL 2.0), 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0, DLNA, NFC, micro-USB 2.0 (MHL), 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v4.0, DLNA, NFC, micro-USB 2.0, 3.5mm audio output jack
Storage Type
  • 32/64GB
  • 16GB internal storage with free 25GB Dropbox storage for two years
  • microSD support up to 64GB
  • 16GB internal storage
  • microSD card (up to 64GB)
  • 16GB internal storage
  • microSD card (up to 64GB)
  • 16GB internal storage
  • microSD card (up to 64GB)
  • 16GB internal storage
  • microSD Slot (supports cards up to 32GB capacity)
Battery
  • 2,400mAh
  • 3,200mAh
  • 2,600mAh
  • 2,600mAh
  • 2,330mAh
  • 2300mAh
Dimensions
  • 143.5 x 72.8 x 6.3 ~ 8.9mm
  • 144.5 x 70.5 x 10.6mm
  • 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9mm
  • 139.7 x 71.3 x 9.1mm
  • 139 x 71 x 7.9mm
  • 131.7 x 69.8 x 9.8mm
Weight
  • 145g
  • 160g
  • 130g
  • 153g
  • 146g
  • 151g
Network:
  • 4G: LTE Band 1 (2,100MHz) / Band 3 (1,800MHz) / Band 5 (850MHz) / Band 7 (2,600MHz) / Band 8 (900MHz) / Band 20 (800MHz)
  • 3G: HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1,800 / 1,900 / 2,100MHz
  • 2G: GSM 850 / 900 / 1,800 / 1,900MHz
Standby / Talk time
  • Standby Time: Up to 320 hours (3G)
  • Talk Time: Up to 15 hours (3G)
  • 4G LTE Standby Time: Up to 290 hours