Molly Wood of the New York Times compared four top smartphones to see which has the best front-facing camera, which is to say, which could take the best "selfie.'' The phones were the iPhone 5S, the Samsung Galaxy S4, the Nokia Lumia 1020 and the HTC One.
Wood found that the HTC One produced the best selfies. They were consistently in focus and had rich, true colors, and the camera performed better in low light than the competition.
The Nokia Lumia 1020 was a close second, but indoor shots were worse than outdoor shots.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 suffers from focus issues, so its selfies were inconsistent, and any bright lights in the background resulted in badly blown-out images.
The iPhone 5S was a surprising disappointment. Its focus was inconsistent, colors tended to appear washed out, and its lens produced the most distortion of the bunch.
Yet, Wood wrote, none of the selfies could reasonably be considered "good" photos.