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The Top 10 Smartphones of 2013 (5 – 1)

The Top 10 Smartphones of 2013 (5 – 1)

If you followed our last post we featured the 10th through the 6th best smartphones of 2013. Here is the remainder of our top 10 phone list of smartphones introduced in 2013. In the final post of this series, we will count down our top 5 smart phones of 2013. Make sure and comment on your favorite phones and give us your thoughts in the comments below.

5. LG G2

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The LG G2 is by far the most powerful smartphone in the market today. Under the hood, the phone has a mighty Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 chipset with a quad-core 2.26 GHz Krait 400 processor. There is also 2 GB of RAM to handle even the most demanding tasks. The phone ventures close to phablet territory with a 5.2 inch True HD-IPS + LCD, with a Corning Gorilla Glass 2 sheet on top. The dazzling screen, with a pixel density of 424 ppi, is perfectly complemented by the Adreno 330 GPU. It features Dolby mobile sound enhancement for superior audio quality. The phone also has three buttons on its back to navigate, that can be assigned other functions as well. LG equipped its flagship phone with 13 MP shooter with optical image stabilization. The phone also has a 2.1 MP secondary camera for video calling. It runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS. It comes in 16/32 GB variants, without a microSD card slot. The G2 is powered by a 3000 mAH Li-Ion battery.

SPECIFICATIONS

Quad-core 2.26 GHz Krait 400 CPU Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 Chipset Adreno 330 GPU 5.2″ True HD-IPS + LCD Display 13 MP/2.1 MP Camera (F/R) 16/32 GB Storage 2 GB RAM Android v4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS 3000 mAh Li-Po Battery Price $610/$760

4. Sony Xperia Z1

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The Xperia Z1 phone looks extremely robust, and is built to endure the elements with an IP 58 certified body. The body itself is made of glass and metal elements, giving the phone a premium feel. At the heart of the Z1 is a Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 chipset with a quad-core 2.2 GHz Krait 400 CPU. The phone has a 5-inch Full HD Triluminos display, with a pixel density of 441 ppi. The display is shielded by a protective layer of shatter-proof and scratch-resistant glass. The graphics on the phone are powered by an Adreno 330 GPU. The graphics are further enhanced by Sony’s X-Reality Engine. The phone runs on Android, 4.2 Jelly Bean. The phone features a massive 20.7 MP camera, along with a 2 MP camera for video calling. The 3000 mAh Li-Ion battery has enough juice to comfortably power the device through an entire day. The Z1 comes with 16 GB of internal storage, and can be expanded up to 64 GB via a microSD card. It also has 2 GB RAM to handle all operations smoothly.

SPECIFICATIONS

Quad-core 2.2 GHz Krait 400 CPU Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 Chipset Adreno 330 GPU 5.0″ TFT LCD Display 20.7 MP/2 MP Camera (F/R) 16 GB, microSD card slot expansion Storage 2 GB RAM Android v4.2 Jelly Bean OS 3000 mAh Li-Ion Battery Price $730

3. HTC One

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A truly premium device, the HTC One is encased in a high-quality aluminum body. The phone is very nifty, thanks to the Qualcomm APQ8064T Snapdragon 600 chipset, along with a quad-core 1.7 GHz Krait 300 processor. The phone has a 4.7 inch Super LCD3 display with Full HD resolution. This gives it a very impressive pixel density of 469 ppi. The display has Corning Gorilla Glass 2 protection. The graphics are handled by an Adreno 320 GPU. The phone runs Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, and has the HTC Sense UI v5. It has a 4 MP camera with a 1/3” sensor. There is also a secondary 2.1 MP camera for video calling. The phone has 2 GB of RAM. It doesn’t support a microSD card slot, but comes with 32/64 GB of internal storage. The phone makes for a perfect multimedia device, with stereo speakers, and Beats Audio sound enhancement. It is powered by a 2300 mAh Li-Po battery. The HTC One is by far the best phone to roll out of the stables of the Taiwanese phone manufacturer.

SPECIFICATIONS

Quad-core 1.7 GHz Krait 300 CPU Qualcomm APQ8064T Snapdragon 600 Chipset Adreno 320 GPU 4.7″ Super LCD3 Display 4.0 MP/2.1 MP Camera (F/R) 32/64 GB Storage 2 GB RAM Android v4.1.2 Jelly Bean OS 2300 mAh Li-Po Battery Price $199/$299 (on a 2-year contract)

2. Apple iPhone 5s

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The latest iPhone has an Apple A7 chipset, and a dual-core 1.3 GHz Cyclone CPU. The phone has a 4-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD, with a resolution of 640×1136 pixels (326 ppi). The screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass, and has an oleophobic coating to keep fingerprints away from the screen. Talking of fingerprints, the phone has a revolutionary fingerprint reader for security, hidden beneath its Home button. The phone runs the latest version of iOS-iOS 7. It has an 8 MP primary, and 1.2 MP secondary camera. All the graphics on the phone are handled by a PowerVR G6430 GPU. The phone comes in 16/32/64 GB versions, and has 1 GB DDR3 RAM. The 5s is powered by a 1560 mAh Li-Po battery. The iPhone 5s is truly worthy of being called ‘the greatest Apple phone since the last iPhone’. If your an iPhone fan, be sure and read our suggestions for best iPhone productivity apps.

SPECIFICATIONS

Dual-core 1.3 GHz Cyclone CPU Apple A7 Chipset PowerVR G6430 GPU 4.0″ LED-backlit IPS LCD Display 8.0 MP/1.2 MP Camera (F/R) 16/32/64 GB Storage 1 GB RAM iOS 7.0.1 OS 1560 mAh Li-Ion Battery Price $199/$299/$399 (on a 2-year contract)

1. Samsung Galaxy S4

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Samsung’s latest flagship device, the Galaxy S4 puts an even greater distance between it and its many rivals. The Galaxy S4 packs some of the best hardware available in the market today, and in true Samsung style brings in plenty of software tweaks. The phone has TouchWIZ 5.0 UI atop the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS. It is powered by an Qualcomm APQ8064T Snapdragon 600 chipset (Exynos 5 Octa 5410 on I9500), with a Quad-core 1.9 GHz Krait 300 processor (Quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A15 & quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 on I9500). It also packs 2 GB of RAM. The graphics are handled by a Adreno 320 GPU (PowerVR SGX 544MP3 on I9500). The 5-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display has a pixel density of 441 ppi. The display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The phone is available in 16, 32, and 64 GB variants, with a microSD card slot for another (maximum of) 64 GB of additional storage. The S4 has a very capable 13 MP camera, and a 2 MP secondary camera for video calls. This smartphone has a 2600 mAh Li-Ion battery to power it through the day.

SPECIFICATIONS

Quad-core 1.9 GHz Krait 300-core 1.5 GHz Krait CPU Qualcomm APQ8064T Snapdragon 600 Chipset PowerVR SGX 544MP3 GPU 5.0″ Super AMOLED Display 13 MP/2 MP Camera (F/R) 16/32 GB, microSD card slot expansion Storage 2 GB RAM Android v4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS 2600 mAh Li-Ion Battery
Price $199/$199 (on a 2-year contract)

So there you have it.  Our top 10 smartphones for 2013.  How did we do?  Let us know the good and the bad in the comments.

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Sony to Sell TV and PC Units

Sony to Sell TV and PC Units

Yesterday, PlayStation maker Sony today announced dramatic changes to its TV and PC businesses, and announced plans to lay off 5,000 employees around the world. First, Sony announced that it will sell its VAIO PC brand, meaning the company will no longer plan, design, and develop any PC products. The Japanese company said the move came after a “comprehensive analysis of factors, including the drastic changes in the global PC industry.”

Sony Chief Executive Officer Kazuo Hirai expanded his reorganization after failing to meet a pledge to end TV losses this year and spur a revival. Previously having announced at least 10,000 job cuts. Sony plans to focus on mobile devices, games and imaging products. Sales of Sony’s key products are declining as the company struggles to find new hits and consumers shift to mobile devices by Samsung Electronics Co. and Apple Inc.

Sony said it had tentatively agreed to sell Vaio to Japan Industrial Partners Inc, a Japanese investment fund. It had hoped the struggling division would return to the black before the end of the current fiscal year. Its current fiscal year ends next month.

sonly-vaio-laptop-pcThe sale of Vaio is intended to help Sony better grow its mobile electronics business, which going forward would focus more on smartphones and tablets, the company said. “While Sony now anticipates that its target of returning the TV business to profitability will not be achieved within FY13 largely due to unexpected factors such as the slowdown in emerging markets and declining currency rates, the reforms executed within the TV business over the past two years are putting the business on a path to turnaround,” the company said in a statement.

Sony also announced that it would spin off its TV business, noting that it was struggling with reforming the division and that its target of returning the TV business to profitability would not be achieved by the end of the fiscal year ending March 31. It stated that it will not be selling off the business in the same way it has with its PC division. It described televisions as “still important” to the company’s overall strategy going forward.

Going forward, Sony — which has been engaged in various cost-reduction initiatives in its TV business — said it would accelerate its shift to high-end TV models.  It also said it had been reducing yearly losses in the TV business and that the reforms over the last two years “are putting the business on a path to turnaround.”

Having last turned an annual operating profit in TVs in the 12 months ended March 2004, losses for the 10 fiscal years through March 2014 add up to $7.8 billion. Sony said charges associated with the moves will combine with weaker showings than it expected in mobile phones, TVs and PCs to pitch it into a net loss this fiscal year of $1.1 billion.

Sony is hoping that 4K will prove to be the lifeline for the television industry. Sony has the largest marketshare in the ultra-high-definition market in both Japan and the United States. As part of the PC and TV moves, Sony said it expected to cut about 5,000 jobs — 1,500 in Japan and 3,500 overseas — by the end of March 31, 2015.

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