Reviewing the Best Smartphones in 2013
It was at the end of 2011 when people realized that proprietary operating systems used in smartphones is passé and Android is here to stay. Earlier Android was getting attention from a handful of smartphone manufacturers; today everyone wants to join the bandwagon.
We have quite a few great smartphones to choose from today and the numbers keep growing. Do you want to upgrade your phone? It’s a difficult job to choose the most appropriate one. Please find below the 5 top rated Android smartphones, all running the Jelly Bean version.
Sitting high atop the HTC mobile price list, this smartphone in an aluminum body is the latest of the top 5, launched end of May 2013, is undoubtedly the fastest and smoothest of the lot. The phone uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 chip running a Quad-core 1.7 GHz Krait 300 CPU. The Sharp Super LCD capacitive touchscreen supporting a 4.7 inch 1080 x 1920 pixels display gives the max pixel density at 469 ppi. The Adreno 320 Graphics processor gives you 1080 HD. Suggest you download some games from the Google play store to check out the responsiveness of the screen and the rendition of the graphics. The phone offers almost all modes of communication LTE for 4G, NFC, WiFi, Bluetooth, Infrared and has not dropped out USB. The only compromise is the 4 MP, 2688 x 1520 pixels, autofocus Camera but uses UltraPixels which is more sensitive than normal pixels. The 2300 mAh Li-Po battery is Non-removable.
Sony Xperia Z
The Sony Xperia Z launched in March 2013 is another top of line Android phone. Its fast and slick with a polyamide, glass fiber reinforced body which is water proof to spills and splashes. The phone is powered by a Quad-core 1.5 GHz Krait CPU and Adreno 320 graphics processor. The phone coming from Sony is rich in multimedia features. The 5 inch display gives you a 441 ppi image at 1080 x 1920 pixels. The 3.1 MP, 4128×3096 pixels, autofocus camera and provides HD Recording too. It has a Non-removable Li-Ion 2330 mAh battery. The Xperia has an App that can be used to control the infrared port and use the phone as a remote control for electronic devices like TV and music systems.
Samsung Galaxy S4
The Samsung Galaxy S4, another recent launch (April 2013), rides along the popularity of its predecessor, the S3. S4 has upgraded the CPU to Quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A15 from 1.4 GHz of the S3. The change that you notice is the 13 MP, 4128 x 3096 pixels, autofocus camera and the 5 inch Super AMOLED display (1080 x 1920) at 441 ppi. The IR Blaster app on the phone can be used as a remote. The phone is rich in Apps and Office Suite. The plastic body pulls down its glamour quotient but the shell is hard and will survive a reasonable drop. The touch screen response matches the speed of the processor.
LG Nexus 4
This phone was launched in October 2012 and is not the latest but has to figure in this list to represent the LG stable. If you can wait a few weeks LG is about to launch its Optimus Pro G smartphone which actually overwhelms the specs of all the other Android smart phones as per the LG official website. The Nexus 4 runs on Jelly Bean like the rest and uses a Quad-core 1.5 GHz CPU and thus not far behind though six months older. The advantage is that the price is lower. The 8 Megapixel camera isn’t bad. The 4.7 inch True HD IPS screen has a 361 ppi density.
Samsung Galaxy Note II
The Samsung Note product is a class of its own and the Samsung Galaxy Note II launched in September 2012 is a smartphone that you would not like to overlook. The 5.5 inch Super AMOLED capacitive Screen (720 x 1280 pixels) at 267 ppi isn’t the best but is quite responsive and bright. The S Pen function of the Note Series makes it a pleasure to work with, though you need to use two hands. The phone runs on a Quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A9 CPU. It is powered by a 3100 mAh Li Ion battery and has a good talk time. This has an 8 Megapixel and autofocus camera like the S4.
LG Optimus Pro G
The Optimus Pro G from LG matches the Note II in screen size but its True HD IPS Plus (1080 x 1920 pixels ) display at 401 ppi overwhelms it. The Pro G is powered by the Snapdragon 600 Quad-core 1.7 GHz processor and Adreno Graphics processor making it the biggest, fastest smartphone of the lot. It beats the Note II too with its 13 MP, 4208 x 3120 pixels, autofocus camera. The large screen will certainly help people who like to read or browse but don’t want to carry a tablet around and don’t mind that the size isn’t quite comfortable in pant pockets. The LG UI to the Android Jelly Bean isn’t spectacular but navigation is fast though stylus used by the Note looks and feels better. The phone has the same plastiky look as the S4 though.