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Whenever I present a list of what I believe are the best smartphones and tablets, I invariably get comments from readers who feel that it is artificial and arbitrary for me to break down devices by operating system. They feel that the 'best' device should come down to the hardware, and not the operating system it runs.
OK then, let's do that.
Here are five of the best smartphones currently on offer.
Apple iPhone 5
In my opinion—and in the opinion of millions of buyers ever quarter—the iPhone 5 is the king of the smartphones.
Not only is the iPhone 5 a solid, reliable smartphone, but it is backed by a massive ecosystem of apps, and an equally robust ecosystem of physical hardware in the form of docks, camera accessories, toys, and much more.
- iOS 6
- 1.3 GHz dual-core Apple A6 processor
- 4-inch 640 × 1136 pixels (326 ppi) display
- 8MP rear camera
- 1.2MP front camera
- 16/32/64GB internal storage