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Google Nexus 5
Hot off the production line is Google's latest smartphone, the Nexus 5.
Not only has it been put together using some of the best components currently available, it also offers the purest Android experience possible, and gives owners access to the latest Android 4.4 KitKat. Owners also will get their updates direct from Google and won't need to wait for hardware OEMs or carriers to release customized updates (or just never receive updates, as is still the case with many handsets).
I've always found Nexus-branded hardware to be solid and reliable, but I'd give this a few weeks for Google to shake out any potential bugs before recommending it to anyone other than hardcore Android enthusiasts.
- KitKat (Android 4.4)
- 2.23GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU
- 4.95-inch 1920x1080 display with a pixel density of 445 pixels-per-inch
- 8MP rear camera
- 1.3MP front camera
- 16/32GB internal storage
Samsung Galaxy S4
There's an awful lot to like about the Galaxy S4 — the powerful CPU, plenty of storage space, a user-replaceable battery, the microSD slot, the fact that it can be used as a remote control for a DVR. It is very much like HTC's new One handset, except marginally better in almost every way (except, perhaps, for the plastic shell).
Another quality handset from the company that is now the king of the Android smartphones.
- Jelly Bean (Android 4.2.2)
- 1.9GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 (1.6GHz octa-core processor offered in some markets)
- 5-inch Super AMOLED high-pixel-density (441ppi) display
- 13MP rear camera
- 2MP front camera
- 16/32/64GB internal storage
- microSD slot
Nokia Lumia 1520
It’s easy to forget that Microsoft is trying to carve out a market between the twin titans of Android and iOS. And as far as hardware goes, the Lumia 1520 is a strong contender.
It features a 6-inch ClearBlack IPS LCD 1920 x 1080 display powered by a 2.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800. The operating system is Microsoft's Windows Phone 8
Also built into the handset is a powerful 20MP PureView camera with dual-LED flash.
- Windows Phone 8
- 2.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
- 6-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) display with a pixel density of 368 ppi
- 20MP PureView camera
- 32GB storage
- microSD slot