Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Top 10 Best Smartphones – 2013

The smartphone market is packed with some amazing devices at the moment.

Here is a list of some on the best smartphones to choose from. I hope it may give you some idea what to choose? Best of luck...

Here’s the current Top 10 Best Smartphones!

10. Nokia Lumia 920

The Nokia Lumia 920 is one of the best Windows phones. The smartphone market previously consisted of Android handsets, Blackberry devices and Apple iPhones. However, Windows phones are rapidly rising to the forefront. The Lumia 920 runs the Windows Phone 8 operating system on a 1.5 GHz dual-core CPU. It features an 8.2MP rear camera with LED flash and a 1.3MP front camera. It has 1GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. There is no option for extra removable storage unfortunately. The battery life can leave the phone running in standby mode for 400 hours. The device is one of few that can be recharged wirelessly, using a special charging pad.

9. Samsung Galaxy S3

It’s a tough choice putting the S3 at number 9. It’s still a brilliant phone, but now the follow-up S4 has been released, it has to fall back a few places. It was less than a year ago since the S3 was first released, but it seems less relevant due to the revolutionary new S4. However, the phone is still an advanced gadget. It runs the most up to date Android (4.1 Jelly Bean) and can be purchased with either 16GB or 32GB of storage. There’s also an option to add an extra 64GB of removable storage via a microSDXC card. Overall, a great smartphone, but, as good as it is, it’s not a patch on it’s successor the S4.

8. Samsung Galaxy Note II

The second Samsung device on our list is the Galaxy Note II. The phone is one of the larger sized handsets on the market. It’s sometimes known as a phablet (a hybrid of Phone and Tablet), due to it’s large 5.55 inch display. It’s rear 8MP camera and 1.2MP front camera is typical amongst current smartphones. The Galaxy Note II can be bought with either 16, 32 or 64GB of storage, and a memory card of up to 64GB can also be added. The phone is 4G LTE compatible and runs the latest Android operating system.

7. Sony Xperia T

The new Xperia Z has somewhat overshadowed the previous Sony attempts. One of their better previous handsets, was the Xperia T. The phone was introduced in August 2012, and runs on the latest Android operating system.  It’s rear camera is 13MP and has a zoom of up to 16x. It can record 1080p HD video, whilst the front 1.2MP camera can record 720p HD video. The Sony Xperia T runs on a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 CPU and comes with 16GB of storage. The option of a 64GB microSD card is also available. It has a 4.55 inch HD, LED backlit display.

6. Google Nexus 4

Google Nexus is an exciting brand. Google owns the Android operating system, so for them to be making their own phones is a good sign. The Nexus 4 is their most recent smartphone design. Obviously, it runs the most up to date operating system Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. It packs the typical smartphone camera specs – an 8MP rear camera, and a 1.2MP front camera. The phone can be purchased with either 8 or 16GB of storage and has a 1.5 GHz quad-core Krait CPU.

5. BlackBerry Z10

BlackBerry always had a unique style. Every phone used to come with a QWERTY keyboard, but the Z10 sees the manufacturers step away from their well-known image to attempt a more conventional design. The Z10 looks nothing like a BlackBerry. It looks like your typical smartphone. However, it’s a lot better than a typical smartphone. It runs the BlackBerry 10 operating system on a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus 1.5 GHz dual-core CPU and it comes with 2GB RAM and 16GB of storage. A microSDXC of up to 16GB can be added as removable storage. It has a typical 8MP rear camera and a good 2MP front camera. Another plus point is the built in BlackBerry messenger, a free way of messaging friends. BlackBerry reach out to typical smartphone users with the Z10, but they have also stayed faithful to their original market by releasing the Q10. The Q10 pretty much has the same specs as the Z10, but comes with the classic QWERTY keyboard.

4. iPhone 5

The original iPhone was quite revolutionary and unique, but the brand is starting to fade. Shares in Apple have worryingly dropped to their lowest since December 2011. Don’t let this put you off though. Although, the phone can is beaten in specs and features, it’s still a top quality high-end smartphone. The iPhone 5 has a 4 inch retina display, and comes with an 8MP rear camera and a 1.2MP front camera. It’s compatible with 4G LTE for fast internet speeds and can be purchased with either 16, 32 or 64GB of storage. It runs on iOS 6.1.3 and has a 1.3GHz dual core CPU.

3. Sony Xperia Z

We love this phone. It features everything great about sony. The PlayStation and the Walkman are among the Sony brands featured on this water and dust proof handset. It’s rear camera is an amazing 13.1MP and can record 1080p HD videos. The 2.2MP front camera can also record in 1080p, which is rare for front facing cameras. The device runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on a 1.5 GHz quad-core Krait CPU. It has 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and a memory card slot for up to 64GB of removable storage. The battery life is great too, with up to 550 hours of standby on one charge.

2. Samsung Galaxy S4

The Samsung Galaxy S4 is the amazing follow up to the S3. Not only does it have some great specs such as a 13MP rear camera, a 2MP front camera, a 1.6 GHz quad-core Cortex-A15 CPU and 4G LTE compatibility, but it also has some unique features. The front camera has the ability to track the movement of the users’ eyes, meaning that videos automatically pause when looking away, and pages can be scrolled automatically as the user gets to the bottom. Although the plastic design leaves the device less visually appealing than others, it has a beautiful full HD 5 inch display. Overall, the S4 is a great phone that is expected to be the best selling of 2013. For our full report on the Galaxy S4, click here.

1. HTC One

Retaining it’s top position from last month’s countdown is the HTC One. Taiwanese manufacturers HTC have always made fantastic phones, and there are no exceptions for the HTC One. This aluminium cased phone packs a 2.0 μm 4 MP rear camera. 4MP sounds bad in comparison to other smartphone’s rear cameras, but the designers claim that the use of ultra pixels make superior photos. The front 2.1MP camera can record in 1080p HD, as can the rear. The phone doesn’t have options for removable storage, but does ship with either 32 or 64GB of built-in storage and 2GB of RAM. The phone’s operating system is Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean which runs on a 1.7 GHz quad-core Krait 300 CPU.

So there we go! The current Top 10 best smartphones countdown is complete. Do you agree with our choices? What’s your favourite smartphone? Comment below!

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