If you’re looking to buy a new smartphone in 2013, you have plenty of options to choose from. There’s the iPhone 5 with its bigger display and improved hardware, and there’s a great selection of Android devices from HTC, Google, Sony and Samsung. In this article, we cover the five best phones of the year.
Sony Xperia Z
The Xperia Z is widely thought to be the best handset Sony have developed. Powered by Android, the phone is lightweight, but its 5” HD display feels more infinite than then displays of many competing models. While the camera isn’t one of the industry’s strongest, the Sony hardware and software is at least equal to industry standard, with some features giving it a competitive edge. From a design point of view, the Xperia Z is easy to use and simple to understand, and it is a visually stunning piece of technology.
Google’s own offering to the smartphone market, Nexus 4 is a low-cost, high-performing phone that has to score highly on our list of the year’s best handsets. For basic functionality, it would be hard to go wrong with the Nexus 4. Its platform is robust and powerful enough to provide a speedy browsing and viewing experience. While the camera and the visuals of the Nexus 4 fall short of some of the most expensive models on the market, it is nevertheless one of the best value for money options of the year, beating many of the more expensive models in class.
Apple’s latest iPhone was always going to feature in the list, and it remains one of the industry leaders in terms of hardware, software and design. The Apple platform is naturally proprietary, and it keeps improving with every iterative release. The handset itself enjoys new and an improved camera. Its refined design gives it that ever-sleek appeal, while the 4” vibrant display feels bigger than in previous handset models. While priced towards the top end of the market, the iPhone is still highly usable, and the latest design version looks just as spectacular as the performance it offers. Will the iPhone 6 be announced sometime in 2013? Rumors may indicate it will be.
Samsung Galaxy S4
The Samsung Galaxy S4 builds on the celebrated SIII, which was widely considered best in class at the time of its release. The new handset looks similar in terms of its design and feel, but the technology underneath has been made more powerful again thanks to tweaks and developments before its release. Battery life is the major problem for Samsung handsets, and for generations of phones this has been the case. Nevertheless, the huge screen area and strong array of tech capabilities make the Samsung Galaxy S4 a deserving second-placed handset in our 2013 list.
The winner by a whisker has to be the HTC One. Stunning sound and visual quality make the HTC One unbeatable, and the endless 4.7” screen display is one of the sharpest around. It is HD, of course, yet the colors seem much more vivid than with comparative models. The HTC One runs the Android platform, and for many presents the platform in its best possible light.
The One is HTC’s flagship handset for 2013, and it streamlines much of the technologies of previous handsets. The HTC Sense can still be felt in this handset, but improvements to the way the hardware operates has helped make it even more lightweight, and much more straightforward to use.