Best smartphones for 2013
Posted on 20 May 2013 at 15:06
Choose the best smartphone for 2013 with our reviews of seven top models
With high-quality smartphones from Samsung, Apple and Google, and other big names including Nokia, HTC and Motorola also in the running, choosing the right handset isn't easy.
We’ve rounded up the best smartphones to help you choose which one to buy. Whether you’re after a top-of-the-range handset or a mid-range option, we’ve got you covered.
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The HTC One is the best-looking phone we’ve ever seen, and it doesn’t only stand out because of its stunning aluminium exterior. The build quality is top-notch, and its 1080p screen delivers unmatched quality across the 4.7in diagonal.
The Snapdragon 600 processor is the most powerful we’ve ever seen in a smartphone, delivering benchmark results that are close to the Samsung Galaxy S4 (below). Battery life doesn’t suffer despite the extreme levels of power, and the latest version of Sense is excellent, too: smooth, easy to use, and with sensible additions throughout.
HTC has managed to pack in a decent camera and punchy, well-balanced audio, too. The One is a phone with very few weaknesses – if you want the ultimate smartphone right now, this is what you need to buy.
Samsung Galaxy S4
The Samsung Galaxy S4 will be one of the year’s most successful smartphones, boasting the quality to put most of its competitors in the shade. The 5in, Full HD screen is pin-sharp and serves up rich colours, and it’s the fastest phone we’ve ever had in the Labs – its quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor broke most of our benchmark records.
It’s better than ever on the outside thanks to improved build quality, and it’s still possible to get inside to add extra storage or replace the battery. Samsung’s TouchWiz software is crammed with features, even if some of those feel too gimmicky for our liking. Only the HTC One can best the Samsung Galaxy S4, but this is a fine alternative.
Read our full Samsung Galaxy S4 review
Apple iPhone 5
The latest version of the iPhone 5 boasts a larger, higher-resolution screen than any Apple smartphone, but that's not the only area that impresses. The chassis is slimmer, lighter and more stylish than before, and the Apple App Store is still the standard-bearer for smartphone software. You'll pay the usual premium for it, though.
Read our full Apple iPhone 5 review
Google's latest home-grown handset sold out in 15 minutes when it first went on sale, and it's easy to see why. It has the latest version of Android, it's fast, and the hardware - made by LG - is top-notch. There's the price, too: both the 16GB and 32GB SIM-free models cost less than £300. If you're an Android fan and want a top-quality phone without a contract, look no further.
Read our full Nexus 4 review
Have you had a chance to look at BB10 dev handsets or had a sneak peek at the finished article? With the launch at the end of January it would be interesting to know how it holds up against these.
By JamesD29 on 30 Dec 2012
Appreciate the round up.
My iPhone4 contract is now up but really undecided about what to go for now so will wait a bit.
The iPhone5 doesn't really excite me tbh, its greatest quality would be ease of transition from old to new phone.
I was keen on Samsung Galaxy Note II, but tried one in Tesco and it seemed a little slow and the Stylus Pen slightly unresponsive. But then a Tesco display counter probably isn't the best place to test drive it.
Pondering waiting to see what Samsung Galaxy S 4 might offer but that means waiting till maybe second half of 2013!
Will wait a few months anyway.
By stormN on 30 Dec 2012
If the iPhone 4 is still working, why upgrade?
By big_D on 31 Dec 2012
I have a Lumia 920 (which I love) but the missus has a Note 2, and I am, at times, a little jealous! Don't worry about the Tesco lag, all their Android display models do that. Her's is buttery smooth and never slows down, it's really quite impressive. If you like it, then go for it, because it is a great phone.
By rushandy on 7 Feb 2013
and the next to come iPhone 5S is the winner im sure.
you can read more about it on my blog at www.imacintech.com
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By rony4377 on 8 May 2013
top of the list
found site wrote Galaxy note 2 in on top-of the market and some are telling otherwise. Hope the ranking in not inspired by OS-hyped writers
By hailMe on 10 May 2013
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By ChrishTucker on 22 May 2013
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