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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