We are here with the Top 10 Best Smartphones released in 2013 ! After experiencing all these smartphones hands-on and after examining them, we ranked this list.
1) Nexus 5
Released in late December, LG Nexus 5 created a new sensation as expected. This Google product is very user-friendly with advanced features.
Came out with a new Sensational Android 4.4.0 KitKat, got its updated versions 4.4.1 & 4.4.2 in simultaneous weeks. All Specs are at the best.
Updates cleared many minor bugs and made the User-Interface very smooth. In terms of look, it is slim and smooth, easy to handle. Even it weighs very less and ease to carry in.
Multi-tasking is very smooth and its camera clarity is simply outstanding. In a simple sentence, it can be undoubtedly said as “The Most preferable and Best Smartphone of 2013”
- Latest KitKat 4.4.2 interface
- New and Rich look
- Screen and Display
- Ultimate Battery Life
- Affordable price.
- Many Apps are not updated for 4.4.2
- Gets heated a little bit while playing high graphic games.
2) Sony Xperia Z1
Ruled in 2012 with its water and dust feature in Xperia Z, Sony camera came back with advanced features in its new release Sony Xperia Z1. Sony is back with a vengeance in 2013, and the Sony Xperia Z1 definitely deserves to be called one of the best smartphones of the year.
Released in September 2013, this 5 Inch phone hit above the expectations. With a normal TFT Touchscreen, where AMOLED screens are ruling, made the display go somewhat disappointing.
The Sony Xperia Z1 has a massive 3000 mAh battery powering all of those powerhouse internals. Sony Xperia Z1 is the first phone to be equipeed with 20MP camera! A high Megapixel count is not the be-all and end-all of a great smartphone camera. It is also one of the best Smartphones of 2013
- Great camera in good light conditions
- The premium build quality, Good look
- A light touch on the TimeScape UI with features that you’ll actually use
- Waterproof (up to 1.5m for 30 min)
- Fantastic battery life
- Screen protectors aren’t scratch proof
- Viewing angles aren’t up to the mark
- Poor low light camera performance
- Huge size when compared to other 5-inch smartphone
- Not for budget minded smartphone buyers
3) Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Samsung, one of the best companies in Smartphone Technology is ruling the entire world with Galaxy Series.
Galaxy Note 3, out in September has a popularity of 85% all over the world and 8.2/10 for its performance, a website review said.
Equipped with S Pen, created a magic for users with its new interface. Note 3 has a 5.7 Inch display, 1080 x 1920 pixel screen and with Super AMOLED capacitative screen and is the first Octa core smartphone out in market.
With 13 MP rear camera, the picture clarity is simply amazing. Many internal features like Muti-task, Multi window, Geo Tagging have been updated by Samsung.
Li-Ion 3200 mAh Battery, 3GB RAM, Available in all the three storages like 16/32/64 GB are signs of one of the best smartphones this year
- User friendly
- High speed interface as 3GB RAM
- Expandable storage of 64GB
- Many updates internally
- Great Display
- S Pen features
- Octa-Core processor
- Battery back up is not upto mark
- Design is not good
- 168 grams weight
4) HTC One
Exclusively designed for brilliants, HTC One smartphone ruled out the market during the first Quarter of 2013.
Released in 2013 February HTC One has corning gorilla glass 2 with HTC sense Ul and Beats audio sound enhancement.
Out with android OS v4.1.2 Jelly bean, got its new update to v4.3. Software news speaks that there will be 4.4 very soon for HTC One.
Display in high video and gaming is a major aspect of this phone. Rear Camera is 4UP (Ultra Pixel) and 2.1MP front camera, 2GB RAM are highlights to be specified in this HTC One smartphone.
- Beats Sound system and Boom Bass Speakers
- Optical image stabilization
- User friendly camera
- Rich Aluminium Look
- No external card slot
- Non removable battery
- Heating problems
- Multi task is not flexible
5) Moto X
Motorola, gaint smartphone producer is out with budget oriented phones like Moto X, Moto G, Motorola Razr this year.
Out in Late November with fewer expectations, Moto G hit the US market with its ultimate specs and low cost.
This Smartphone came with Android OS v4.3 Jelly Bean, got update for 4.4 very soon.
Corning Gorilla Glass 3 as protection glass, Moto X is with its best screen (4.7 Inch) and display (720 x 1280 pixels), have got many fans all over the globe.
With Chipset Qualcomm MSM8960PRO, GPU Adreno 320, the Li-Ion battery (2200 mAh) made the phone work efficiently. All the specs remained the same
- Excellent Sound Speakers
- Easy User Interface
- Very Cheap
- 10 Megapixel Camera
- Non Removable Battery
- No External storage
- Less Camera options
6) Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung, giant producer of smartphones came with Samsung galaxy S4 in the first quarter in competition with HTC One. Not as much sales expected from S4, is same in specs as compared with Samsung galaxy S3 released earlier in 2012.
The advanced features included a screen size, Camera (13MP – autofocus), and many Samsung in built features. Out to stores with Android OS v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) got v4.3 (Jelly Bean) in less than a month of its release, will get an update to 4.4 KitKat very soon. Same as HTC One, it also has 2GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory and 2.1MP front camera.
Samsung tried Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 chipset, it’s a Quad core CPU 2GHz krait 300 is also the major points to be specified for this Smartphone.
- User-Friendly phone
- S Voice
- Group Play
- Video pause
- Camera (Dual shot)
- Less weight
- Long Battery back up
- RAM Consumption is high
- Volume keys get loose after use
- High price
7) Nokia Lumia 1020
Nokia, boosting up back with LUMIA series has released many smartphones in name of LUMIA this year.
Released in second quarter of 2013, in July, Lumia 1020 was the most awaited phone especially designed for 41MP Camera. All the remaining features were just upto the mark but camera was the main aspect all over.
Chipset used was Qualcomm Snapdragon with a Dual core 1.5GHz krait and 2GB RAM, priced a lot and are not opted by budget minders.
NOKIA LUMIA 1020 WINS THE BLIND TEST FOR THE BEST SMARTPHONE CAMERA OF 2013
- 41MP Camera
- Pure motion HD+ clear black display
- Multi-touch not efficient
- Strucks a lot
- Background apps gets killed when minimised
- No external storage
- Non removable battery
8) Apple iPhone 5S
Lack of Steve Jobes presence made Apple iPhone 5S not a worth smartphone. Not more than 3 upgrades from iPhone5 to iPhone5S, Apple is very busy in patent rights than in developing.
Introduced iPhone 5S along with iPhone 5C, didnot attract the world much.Yet, Sales were simply mindblowing till date. Fans created a havoc during the first week of its release though it has no special updates
Also IOS 7 in many aspects, resembled the Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread, Notification bar was just shifted from top to bottom. But the tagline “Eye of the Beholder” sets a lot.! iPhone 5s is the first 64‑bit smartphone in the world.
- AirDrop file transfer
- Siri Update
- Apple Maps
- A7 chip with 64-bit architecture
- No USB Mass Storage mode
- No FM Radio
- Non Removable Battery
- No External Memory Card
- Screen Size is only 4-inch
- Very expensive
- No NFC connectivity
9) LG G2
Releasing its Google Nexus 4 last year in November, LG came to market with its Optimus G2, G Flex, Pro Lite and Nexus 5 this year.
As expected in 2nd Quarter, out in markets during mid week of August 2013, many innovative features have been added in this gaint smartphone. LG went a bit crazy while developing this phone. Some of the special features included
- Knock on
- Guest mode
- Rear key sensor
- OIS Camera
- Audio Zoom
The Specifications included Non-removable Li-Po 3000 mAh battery, Camera of 13 MP, Autofocus, optical image stabilization, LED flash which are of great standards
When in matter of display, LG G2 smartphone has True HD-IPS + LCD capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 1920 pixels and screen size of 5.2 inches
- The design is nice
- Special features are attractive
- Ease in use
- Battery back up
- Entirely Plastic body
- Haptic feedback
- Screen size
- The most discerning geeks drool.
10) BlackBerry Z10
While everyone was busy with 2012 latest high end phones like HTC One X, Samsung Galaxy S3, Iphone 5, BlackBerry released its new Z10 touchscreen phone in January 2013. Came with a lot of expectations, also with a new year, new brand interface, could not attract the users.
A Basic capacitative touch screen of 4.2 Inches was a good aspect during the first quarters of 2013. With 16GB internal memory and 2GB RAM, has also an expandable storage upto 64GB. The New BlackBerry Keyboard was one of the important aspects to be mentioned on this touch screen smartphone
Compared with Apple iPhone 4S, it is very good in both usage as well as interface. But this is not the correct time to opt it. 8MP Rear Camera has an efficient Time Shift mode.
- Touch Screen interface
- Touch Keyboard
- Sharp, Responsive Display
- Lags a lot when HUB opens
- Poor Battery back up
- Camera options
- Auto brightness response is poor
*Pic Sources : All are from their respective official websites.