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Grid comparison of currently available smartphone solutions
(Choosing your perfect mobile device!)

The idea here is to score most current smartphone solutions and see which one comes out on top. The scores for each criteria are my own personal evaluations. You can apply your own weightings, though, and the page will multiply everything up and work out your most suitable smartphone solution. Models and scores: (10=excellent, 1=terrible). Weightings: 'Not'/'Quite'/'Very' multiplies scores by 0, 1 or 2 respectively.

Updated August 2014.

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  • Note the continued inclusion of a few Nokias because of the unique hardware or form factor and that all devices are assumed to be rated as with very latest firmware.

To use the Grid:

  1. Work your way down the 30 left hand side criteria, rating each according to how important it is to you
  2. Read off your personalised scores from the bottom row - which is best for you?

Criteria Importance to you Apple iPhone 5S Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Samsung Galaxy Note II
Samsung Galaxy S5 Samsung Galaxy S4
Motorola Moto X Nokia Lumia 1020 (w/Cyan)
LG G2
Google Nexus 5
Sony  Xperia Z1
Sony Xperia Z2
HTC One (M8) Nokia 808 PureView
LG G3
Nokia Lumia 920 (w/Cyan)
Photos (not to scale)
Apple iPhone 5S Galaxy Note 3 Galaxy Note II Galaxy S5 Galaxy S4 Motorola X Lumia 1020 G2 Nexus 5 Xperia Z1 N8 HTC One M8 Nokia 808 LG G3 Lumia 920
Wireless charging
Not
Quite
Very
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
10
0
0
0
0
0
10
Voice interrogation, transcription and read-back
Not
Quite
Very
9
8
8
8
8
10
6
8
8
7
7
8
1
8
6
As a phone, reception and suitability of form factor for voice use
Not
Quite
Very
9
3
3
8
8
9
9
7
7
7
7
7
10
7
9
Email Not
Quite
Very
9 8
8
8
8
8
8
8
8
8
8
8
6
8
8
Web browsing Not
Quite
Very
8
10
10
10
10
10
8
10
10
10
10
10
3
10
8
Homescreen  flexibility and presentation of current  information
Not
Quite
Very
6
9
9
9
9
8
9
8
8
8
8
8
6
8
9
Speed (processor + general impression) Not
Quite
Very
10 10
8
10
9
10
8
10
10
10
10
10
6
10
8
Loudpeaker quality
Not
Quite
Very
8
6
7
6
7
7
8
7
6
7
8
10
8
7
8
Loudspeaker volume Not
Quite
Very
8
6
8
6
7
7
9
6
5
6
8
9
8
6
10
Screen font sizes and accessibility (for those with ageing eyesight, like mine!) Not
Quite
Very
10 10
10
6
7
7
10
9
9
9
9
9
9
8
10
Video playback (codecs built-in, performance, ease of sideloading content, etc.)
Not
Quite
Very
6
10
10
10
10
8
8
8
8
9
9
8
10
8
8
NFC pairing, contactless payments etc.
Not
Quite
Very
0
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10


Apple iPhone 5S Galaxy Note 3 Galaxy Note II Galaxy S5 Galaxy S4 Motorola X Lumia 1020 G2 Nexus 5 Xperia Z1 N8 HTC One M8 Nokia 808 LG G3 Lumia 920
Still photography Not
Quite
Very
8
7
6
9
9
5
10
8
7
8
9
5
10
8
7
Video recording (quality of video, resolution, quality of audio capture and intelligent digital zoom) Not
Quite
Very
7
10
8
10
9
7
10
8
8
8
9
9
10
9
9
Low light and night stills/videos Not
Quite
Very
4
5
4
6
6
3
10
7
7
4
5
4
10
7
8
Screen contrast outdoors Not
Quite
Very
7
7
8
6
6
6
10
7
7
5
7
7
10
6
10
Regular firmware updates Not
Quite
Very
10
7
7
6
6
5
8
5
10
5
6
7
3
5
8
Multitasking (including full task switching)
Not
Quite
Very
7
8
8
8
8
8
5
9
9
8
8
8
10
9
5


Apple iPhone 5S Galaxy Note 3 Galaxy Note II Galaxy S5 Galaxy S4 Motorola X Lumia 1020 G2 Nexus 5 Xperia Z1 N8 HTC One M8 Nokia 808 LG G3 Lumia 920
Text entry speed (out of the box, across words, punctuation, names, and more)
Not
Quite
Very
7 7
7
7
7
7
8
7
7
6
6
7
4
7
8
Gaming and graphics potential Not
Quite
Very
10 10
10
10
10
10
9
9
9
7
7
10
6
8
9
Battery life and options (e.g. is it replaceable?)**** (triple weighting!)
Not
Quite
Very
3
10
10
8
8
5
4
6
4
4
6
4
6
8
4
File management Not
Quite
Very
1 6
6
6
6
4
8
5
5
6
6
6
8
5
8
Usable memory/capacity/ expansion  possibilities
Not
Quite
Very
6
10
10
8
8
4
5
4
5
10
10 10
10
8
5
Size/weight (double weighting!) Not
Quite
Very
9
2
2
5 5
7
7
7
7
3
3
3
6
4
3
Screen size and resolution (pixels, horizontal and vertical) (double weighting!) Not
Quite
Very
9
10
9
10
10
8
10
10
10
10
10
9
6
10
10
Robustness and durability and waterproofing
Not
Quite
Very
4
5
5
7
5
5
6
6
5
7
7
5
5
6
7
Software stability*** Not
Quite
Very
9
7
7
6
6
6
7
6
8
7
7
7
5
6
8
Built-in positioning and GPS functionality with maps and realtime navigation (including offline)
Not
Quite
Very
6
8
8
8
8
8
10
8
8
8
8
8
10
8
10
Size of third party application catalogue (triple weighting!)
Not
Quite
Very
10 8 8 8
8
8
6
8
8
8
8
8 3
8
6
One handed operation? Not
Quite
Very
6
1
1
4
4
5
5
4
4
3
3
2
7
4
5
Social network integration, out of the box
Not
Quite
Very
9
7
7
7
7
6
8
6
5
8
8
7
6
6
8


Apple iPhone 5S Galaxy Note 3 Galaxy Note II Galaxy S5 Galaxy S4 Motorola X Lumia 1020 G2 Nexus 5 Xperia Z1 N8 HTC One M8 Nokia 808 LG G3 Lumia 920
Criteria Importance to you Apple iPhone 5S
Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Samsung Galaxy Note II
Samsung Galaxy S5 Samsung Galaxy S4
Motorola Moto X
Nokia Lumia 1020 (w/Cyan)
LG G2
Google Nexus 5
Sony  Xperia Z1
Sony  Xperia Z2 HTC One (M8) Nokia 808 PureView
LG G3
Nokia Lumia 920 (w/Cyan)
Overall   TBC TBC TBC TBC TBC TBC TBC TBC TBC TBC TBC TBC TBC TBC TBC

* How compatible is this solution with the outside world? Is it effectively tied to a PC?
*** i.e. how often does it crash? This is somewhat subjective, I've had to rely on reports from owners. 10=super-stable, 1=buggy as hell
**** Includes consideration of battery life per charge and whether the batteries are replaceable  - i.e. can you swap in a new one?

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