Apple is about to release its new flagship and it’s pretty sure to make a killing like they always do on the smartphone market.
Although the iPhone series are top of the line tech, they’re not the only alternative out there for consumers. 2013 has brought more colors to the screens, an increase of functionality and faster processing power.
Next up, we enumerate the top 5 smartphones that can go head to head with the iPhone 5 and that you won’t regret having it with you until the next generation comes.
HTC began it’s corporate life as a original design manufacturer, so it’s no wonder some consumers found this model better than the S4; the metal unibody case does that with success. It integrates Android smoothly and with the addition of HTC Sense 5, the customized skin/launcher, this smartphone shines with features. It was delivered in April and it’s probably the best of 2013.
It’s not without flaws. All its editions, except the „Google Nexus” one, have some little problems that might put you off from buying one. There’s the „Blink Feed”, an app for news that won’t go away only after you install a third party launcher. The „Zoe” isn’t any better; it’s a photo sharing feature. The camera is not far from Ones problems; it’s pretty good in normal and low-light, but it could have been better.
Nokia Lumia 1020
What you first notice about this smartphone is the camera because it’s the best one on the market today. It has a whopping 41 megapixels, excellent optics, put together with the software to match it to produce a camera that beats anything. And if you’re tired of Android or iOS, Windows Phone 8 is a great change, especially with the new interface design.
Although the Lumia 1020 camera is the best, its construction puts a lump on the already big body design. Then there’s the cluttering of the OS, although it’s a decent option. The Windows Phone Marketplace is another drawback that the Lumia 1020 is facing; it can’t rival the Google Play or the App Store. There aren’t that many top app publishers, it has way less apps from where to choose and those aren’t that well-built as the Android or iOS ones.
Motorola Moto X
The pride of Motorola’s smartphone line is a device that integrates perfectly in your life. You feel comfortable with it in your palm or in the pocket. It’s an Android device and Google is using it to propose a new proprietary system called „ X8 Mobile Computing System”; it’s an aggregation of their advanced Touchless Control voice features, Active Notifications and gesture based controls. It’s not stock, even if it comes from Google and Motorola. And it also has a customizable look.
The voice controls, even if they are the best around for smartphones, are not that great. You got to say „OK Google Now” just to activate the system and can be cumbersome in certain social situations. The camera doesn’t impress, it’s fairly good, with a certain lagging. With all that in mind, if you disconsider the voice controls, the Lumia 1020 is the second best on the market these days.
Samsung Galaxy S4
Besides the fact that you can wave your hand at the screen to answer a call or that a video is paused when you look away, the S4 comes with high end hardware, a battery you can replace and a 13 megapixel camera. Also, the battery life is probably unmatched by any other smartphone.
Those features that Samsung loves to incorporate in everything are cool, no doubt about it, but when you put them all in a smartphone, things can get pretty hectic and could impede you from using the device. Also, Samsung tends to complicate things in a needless manner; the TouchWiz skin sums that up pretty good, with the preinstalled apps that are hard to uninstall being just a layer.
LG Optimus G Pro
A bit smaller than the Galaxy Note 3, this „phablet” (phone tablet) houses a 5.5 inch screen, making it a tad ridiculous, albeit it has a sturdy construction. Its main feature, that differentiates it from others, is called QuickMemo; it lets you make a screenshot at any time and write on it without using a stylus. And it really helps if you’re a frequent media creator. Because the Optimus G Pro is so user friendly, it’s a good choice, if you also like big phones.
The size. It’s way bigger than any smartphone and it looks fairly unearthly walking with it by your ear. His dull design doesn’t help, even if it’s practical and sturdy.
Galaxy Note 3: Immense and not that easy to use, Samsung’s new phablet is better than the Note 2.
Blackberry Z10/Q10: One of the few smartphones with a physical keyboard, the new line from Blackberry has a new and improved operating system.
iPhone 5: A great device in its own right, although will be much cheaper after the release of the 5S.
Droid Maxx: Coming only from Verizon, this Motorola old gen houses the best battery out there.