Nowadays, shopping for an Android device, be it a smartphone or a tablet, could be a great pain. Manufacturers, big and small, periodically release new devices that are faster, cheaper, and overall better than their predecessors. As such, consumers are inevitably faced with literally hundreds of choices to choose from, with all boasting a number of different and complimentary features.
To help you out, we’ve scoured over the internet to read and understand what reviewers say about the many different Android smartphones available on the market today, and we’ve compiled a short list of what we think gives you the sheer performance, reliability and features that you are looking on your next Droid.
So without further ado, we give you, in no particular order, our Top 5 Android Phones of 2013.
Google Nexus 4
Hands down the cheapest among these five, the Nexus 4 is Google’s next iteration of its flagship smartphone that packs its latest and baddest Android OS to date: Jelly Bean. If you are not very much picky about your smartphone’s storage capacity (as the Nexus 4 only comes with limited 16GB variants), then the Nexus 4 is definitely a bargain for you. With this, you are getting the performance and features of a high-end smartphone for half the price, not to mention timely (and very early) Android updates from Google engineers themselves. If you want the flexibility and simplicity of vanilla Android right out of the box, this one’s for you.
HTC’s flagship smartphone for 2013, the HTC One offers superb performance and excellent build quality. Feature set of the device is at par with the other high-end offerings from other manufacturers, with audio and visual output over and beyond the competition. The downside, however, is that the HTC One’s Ultra Pixel camera seems to be not as competitive as what is found on other flagships. Nevertheless, if you are looking for an elegant and stylish new smartphone, you should definitely take a look at the HTC One.
HTC One X+
Successor to the well-designed HTC One X, the HTC One X+ comes with a newer Android version as well as improved build quality and better battery life. If you are on the market for a reasonably priced handset, balanced with performance and features and a reputable brand name, this could be the best one for you.
Samsung Galaxy S4
Arguably, the king of the Android smartphones of 2013, the Galaxy S4 is a great handset that offers outstanding hardware and sheer performance. However, as with the Galaxy S3, build quality is a bit of an issue, especially considering its price tag. More so, although packing a lot of features out of the box, most of the custom functionalities offered by Samsung in the Galaxy S4 feels a bit gimmicky and unneeded. With that said, if you are on the lookout for a completely future-proof handset, then the S4 should be at the top of your list.
Sony Xperia Z
Alongside the HTC One, the Sony Xperia Z is probably one of the best designed smartphones ever produced. The balance of stylish, desirable and rugged design of the Xperia Z with its excellent overall performance, stunning display and great imaging capabilities makes the handset truly utilitarian and fashionable at the same time. If there is an iPhone of all Android smartphones, the Xperia Z is sure to be the closest to it of them all.
The Numbers Behind
To further help you out, here is the side-by-side comparison of the Top 5’s specifications:
HTC One X+
|Display||4.7”, 768×1280, 320ppi, IPS||4.7”, Full HD 1080p, 468ppi||4.7” LCD touchscreen, 720×1280, 312ppi||5.0” Full HD Super AMOLED, 441ppi||5.0”, 1080×1920, TFT capacitive, 441ppi|
|OS||Android 4.2 Jelly Bean||Android 4.2 Jelly Bean||Android 4.1 Jelly Bean||Android 4.2 Jelly Bean||Android 4.2 Jelly Bean|
|CPU||Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro||Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, quad-core, 1.7GHz||Quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 1.7GHz||Quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A15 / quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7||Quad-core 1.5GHz Krait CPU|
|GPU||Adreno 320||Adreno 320||ULP GeForce 2||PowerVR SGX 544MP3||Adreno 320|
|Memory||2GB RAM,16GB storage||2GB RAM,32GB/64GB storage||1GB RAM,64GB storage||2GB RAM,16/32/64GB storage||2GB RAM,16GB storage|
|Camera||8 MP (main),1.3 MP (front)||4 MP (main),2.1 MP (front)||8 MP (main),1.6 MP (front)||13 MP (main),2 MP (front)||13.1 MP (main),2.2 MP (front)|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Compass, Ambient light, Gyroscope, Barometer, GPS||Gyro sensor, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, NFC||Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass||Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, temperature, humidity, gesture||Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass|
|Size||133.9 x 68.7 x 9.1 mm||137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3mm||134.4 x 69.9 x 8.9 mm||136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm||139 x 71 x 7.9 mm|
If you are looking for your next Android smartphone, we hope we were able to help you out. Remember, though, that more than anything, what should be dictating your choice is not the specifications of the device, or the manufacturer or what reviewers are saying online. What you should be keeping in mind, is that what’s important is the overall user experience you will get from your next big purchase. Anyway, it is you who would be using the smartphone for the months or years to come.