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One to watch: Samsung Galaxy Note 3
While internationally the Galaxy Note 3 has been available for some time, it is only just hitting stores in the U.S.
The Galaxy Note 3 is, as you can probably gather, a sequel to the Galaxy Note 2. It brings a whole raft of improvements to the table, and it is currently the only phone or phablet that's compatible with Samsung's new Galaxy Gear smartwatch (support for devices such as the Note 2, and the Galaxy S3 and S4 should arrive before the end of the year).
- Jelly Bean (Android 4.3)
- 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor
- 5.7-inch 1920 x 1080 display with 388 pixels-per-inch
- 3GB of RAM
- Stylus (a pro or a con depending on your view of them)
- 13MP rear camera
- 2MP front camera
- 4G LTE
- 32/64GB or internal storage
- microSD card slot for expansion
Google Nexus 4
The Nexus 4 is the smartphone that Google thinks Android should be loaded on.
One of the downsides to the Nexus 4 is that it doesn't come with LTE support, despite having a supporting integrated modem. According to LG, the manufacturer of the Nexus 4, the LTE modem requires a signal amplifier and filter to work, and these components have been omitted to keep the cost of the handset down.
Despite this, the Nexus 4 is a solid, well-made Android handset. Unfortunatly, it is now discontinued, presumably while we wait for the Nexus 5. Still, for now it is my ffavorite Android handset.
- Jelly Bean (Android 4.2)
- 1.5GHz quad-core Krait processor
- 4.7-inch WXGA IPS display
- 8MP rear camera
- 1.3MP front camera
- 8/16GB internal storage
The all-new HTC One is the first of two new kids on the block in terms of Android-powered smartphones.
Under the hood, the HTC One isn't all that different to Samsung's new Galaxy S4 — it features the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 CPU (although it runs a little slower), 2GB of RAM, and a 1080p screen — but it is also a very different beast thanks to Sense, the bold new user interface HTC has loaded into the smartphone. It also features an aluminum shell, unlike the Samsung Galaxy S4, which has a plastic shell.
This handset is confirmed as coming to Verizon later this summer.
- Jelly Bean (Android 4.2) with HTC's Sense user interface
- 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600
- 4.7-inch Super LCD, Full HD, high-pixel-density (468ppi) display
- 4MP rear camera
- 2.1MP front camera
- 32/64GB internal storage