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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
Apple iPhone 5s
Without a doubt, my vote for the best smartphone of 2013 goes to the iPhone 5s.
- A7 processor – Twice the CPU and GPU performance compared to the iPhone 5. It also brings 64-bit support to the iPhone, which paves the way for some innovative, high-performance apps. This is a first for Apple and a really big win.
- Better camera – Since the smartphone is most people's default camera, and the iPhone is the single most popular smartphone on the market, it makes sense for Apple to revamp the camera. This new camera can do slow-motion captures and also shoot in burst mode and grab the best photo from the bunch.
- Touch ID – Dramatically improves security, especially in BYOD or enterprise scenarios.
- Motion coprocessor – This is used to continually measure motion data, and opens up a whole new range of possibilities as far as fitness apps are concerned.
- Price – Exactly the same as the iPhone 5, so no surprises there.