Top 10 Smartphones of 2013

The year 2013 has been a very eventful year for mobile phones, with consumers being treated to some rather spectacular phones. This Buzzle article lists the top 10 smartphones of 2013.
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According to a survey conducted as part of the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project, about 91% of Americans now own a mobile phone, with smartphones accounting for 56% of it.

2013 has witnessed a steady rise in the demand for smartphones, and mobile phone manufacturers have been more than willing to oblige. The market has been flooded with smartphones, with all the big players releasing their flagship device, each trying to the attention of maximum consumers. The year has seen some real stunning phones being released. Here's a look at some of the very best of the lot.

#1. Samsung Galaxy S4

samsung galaxy s4

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CPUQuad-core 1.9 GHz Krait 300
ChipsetQualcomm APQ8064T Snapdragon 600
GPUPowerVR SGX 544MP3
Display5.0" Super AMOLED
Camera
Rear/Front
13 MP/2 MP
Storage16/32 GB, microSD card slot expansion
RAM2 GB
OSAndroid v4.2.2 Jelly Bean
Battery2600 mAh Li-Ion
Price199/299 USD
(on a 2-year contract)

Samsung, the world's #1 mobile phone manufacturer, has been sitting pretty at the top for quite a while now. Its latest flagship device, the Galaxy S4 puts an even greater distance between it and its many rivals. The S4 packs some of the best hardware available in the market today, and in true Samsung style brings in plenty of software tweaks. The phone has TouchWIZ 5.0 UI atop the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS. It is powered by an Qualcomm APQ8064T Snapdragon 600 chipset (Exynos 5 Octa 5410 on I9500), with a Quad-core 1.9 GHz Krait 300 processor (Quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A15 & quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 on I9500). It also packs 2 GB of RAM. The graphics are handled by a Adreno 320 GPU (PowerVR SGX 544MP3 on I9500). The 5-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display has a pixel density of 441 ppi. The display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The phone is available in 16, 32, and 64 GB variants, with a microSD card slot for another (maximum of) 64 GB of additional storage. The S4 has a very capable 13 MP camera, and a 2 MP secondary camera for video calls. This smartphone has a 2600 mAh Li-Ion battery to power it through the day.

#2. HTC One

htc one
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CPUQuad-core 1.7 GHz Krait 300
ChipsetQualcomm APQ8064T Snapdragon 600
GPUAdreno 320
Display4.7" Super LCD3
Camera
Rear/Front
4.0 MP/2.1 MP
Storage32/64 GB
RAM2 GB
OSAndroid v4.1.2 Jelly Bean
Battery2300 mAh Li-Po
Price199/299 USD
(on a 2-year contract)

The HTC One is by far the best phone to roll out of the stables of the Taiwanese phone manufacturer. A truly premium device, the One is encased in a high-quality aluminum body. The phone is very nifty, thanks to the Qualcomm APQ8064T Snapdragon 600 chipset, along with a quad-core 1.7 GHz Krait 300 processor. The phone has a 4.7 inch Super LCD3 display with Full HD resolution. This gives it a very impressive pixel density of 469 ppi. The display has Corning Gorilla Glass 2 protection. The graphics are handled by an Adreno 320 GPU. The phone runs Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, and has the HTC Sense UI v5. It has a 4 MP camera with a 1/3'' sensor. There is also a secondary 2.1 MP camera for video calling. The phone has 2 GB of RAM. It doesn't support a microSD card slot, but comes with 32/64 GB of internal storage. The phone makes for a perfect multimedia device, with stereo speakers, and Beats Audio sound enhancement. It is powered by a 2300 mAh Li-Po battery.

#3. Apple iPhone 5s

iphone 5s

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CPUDual-core 1.3 GHz Cyclone
ChipsetApple A7
GPUPowerVR G6430
Display4.0" LED-backlit IPS LCD
Camera
Rear/Front
8.0 MP/1.2 MP
Storage16/32/64 GB
RAM1 GB
OSiOS 7.0.1
Battery1560 mAh Li-Po
Price199/299/399 USD
(on a 2-year contract)

No countdown of the best mobile phones is complete without an iPhone. The iPhone 5s is truly worthy of being called 'the greatest Apple phone since the last iPhone'. The latest iPhone has an Apple A7 chipset, and a dual-core 1.3 GHz Cyclone CPU. The phone has a 4-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD, with a resolution of 640x1136 pixels (326 ppi). The screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass, and has an oleophobic coating to keep fingerprints away from the screen. Talking of fingerprints, the phone has a revolutionary fingerprint reader for security, hidden beneath its Home button. The phone runs the latest version of iOS-iOS 7. It has an 8 MP primary, and 1.2 MP secondary camera. All the graphics on the phone are handled by a PowerVR G6430 GPU. The phone comes in 16/32/64 GB versions, and has 1 GB DDR3 RAM. The 5s is powered by a 1560 mAh Li-Po battery.

#4. Sony Xperia Z1

sony xperia z1

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CPUQuad-core 2.2 GHz Krait 400
ChipsetQualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800
GPUAdreno 330
Display5.0" TFT LCD
Camera
Rear/Front
20.7 MP/2 MP
Storage16 GB, microSD card slot expansion
RAM2 GB
OSAndroid v4.2 Jelly Bean
Battery3000 mAh Li-Ion
Price730 USD

The latest in the line of Xperia phones, the Z1 is one impressive beast. The phone looks extremely robust, and is built to endure the elements with an IP 58 certified body. The body itself is made of glass and metal elements, giving the phone a premium feel. At the heart of the Z1 is a Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 chipset with a quad-core 2.2 GHz Krait 400 CPU. The phone has a 5-inch Full HD Triluminos display, with a pixel density of 441 ppi. The display is shielded by a protective layer of shatter-proof and scratch-resistant glass. The graphics on the phone are powered by an Adreno 330 GPU. The graphics are further enhanced by Sony's X-Reality Engine. The phone runs on Android, 4.2 Jelly Bean. The phone features a massive 20.7 MP camera, along with a 2 MP camera for video calling. The 3000 mAh Li-Ion battery has enough juice to comfortably power the device through an entire day. The Z1 comes with 16 GB of internal storage, and can be expanded up to 64 GB via a microSD card. It also has 2 GB RAM to handle all operations smoothly.

#5. LG G2

lg g2

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CPUQuad-core 2.26 GHz Krait 400
ChipsetQualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800
GPUAdreno 330
Display5.2" True HD-IPS + LCD
Camera
Rear/Front
13 MP/2.1 MP
Storage16/32 GB
RAM2 GB
OSAndroid v4.2.2 Jelly Bean
Battery3000 mAh Li-Po
Price610/760 USD

The G2 is by far the most powerful smartphone in the market today. Under the hood, the phone has a mighty Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 chipset with a quad-core 2.26 GHz Krait 400 processor. There is also 2 GB of RAM to handle even the most demanding tasks. The phone ventures close to phablet territory with a 5.2 inch True HD-IPS + LCD, with a Corning Gorilla Glass 2 sheet on top. The dazzling screen, with a pixel density of 424 ppi, is perfectly complemented by the Adreno 330 GPU. It features Dolby mobile sound enhancement for superior audio quality. The phone also has three buttons on its back to navigate, that can be assigned other functions as well. LG equipped its flagship phone with 13 MP shooter with optical image stabilization. The phone also has a 2.1 MP secondary camera for video calling. It runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS. It comes in 16/32 GB variants, without a microSD card slot. The G2 is powered by a 3000 mAH Li-Ion battery.

#6. Samsung Galaxy Note 3

samsung galaxy note 3

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CPUQuad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 800
GPUAdreno 330
Display5.7" Super AMOLED
Camera
Rear/Front
13 MP/2 MP
Storage16/32/64 GB, microSD card slot expansion
RAM3 GB
OSAndroid v4.3 Jelly Bean
Battery3200 mAh Li-Ion
Price199/299/399 USD
(on a 2-year contract)

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 takes the legacy of the popular Note 2 forward, and is every bit cut out for the task. Powered by a quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400 on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset (Quad-core 1.9 GHz Cortex-A15 & quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7 processor, and Exynos 5 Octa 5420 chipset on N9000), the Note 3 sure is a heavyweight. It also has a massive 3 GB of RAM. The Super AMOLED 5.7 inch Full HD display boasts of a pixel density of 386 ppi. Gorilla Glass 3 protects the display from scratches and major damage. Graphics on the phone are handled by the Adreno 330 GPU (Mali-T628 MP6 on N9000). The phone has a 13 MP rear camera which shoots at an incredible 4K resolution, and a 2 MP front-facing camera for video calling. It runs on the latest Android OS v4.3 (Jelly Bean), and has the latest TouchWiz UI. The Note 3 is available in 32/64 GB variants, and has a microSD slot to expand the storage space by a maximum of 64 GB. The S Pen stylus from the Note 2 finds its way to the new Note, and sees some improvements in functionality. The phone has a 3200 mAh Li-Ion battery to see it through the day.

#7. Moto X

moto x

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CPUDual-core 1.7 GHz Krait
ChipsetQualcomm MSM8960Pro Snapdragon
GPUAdreno 320
Display
4.7" AMOLED
Camera
Rear/Front
10 MP/2 MP
Storage16/32 GB
RAM2 GB
OSAndroid v4.2.2 Jelly Bean
Battery2200 mAh Li-Ion
Price199/299 USD
(on a 2-year contract)

The first real Motorola phone with a Google touch, the Moto X is a truly beautiful device. The phone does not have a high-end spec sheet, but is still one of the most popular smartphones of 2013. Moto X comes with a dual-core 1.7 GHz Krait processor and a Qualcomm MSM8960Pro Snapdragon chipset. The phone has a 4.7 inch AMOLED display with 720p resolution (312 ppi pixel density). There is also Gorilla Glass to protect the display. The phone has an Adreno 320 GPU to render all the graphics. It features a 10 MP primary camera, and a 2 MP secondary camera for video calling. It is available in 16/32 GB versions, and has 2 GB of RAM. It has a 2200 mAh Li-Ion battery powering it. It runs on Android v 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, and offers an almost unadulterated Android experience. Marketed as a true US-made phone, the USP of the phone is the high level of personalization that it offers.

#8. BlackBerry Z10

blackberry z10

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CPUDual-core 1.5 GHz Krait
ChipsetQualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon
GPUAdreno 225
Display4.2" LCD
Camera
Rear/Front
8 MP/2 MP
Storage16 GB, microSD card slot expansion
RAM2 GB
OSBlackBerry 10 OS
Battery1800 mAh Li-Ion
Price99 USD
(on a 2-year contract)

BlackBerry goes out with a bang with the Z10. The Canadian company has all but exited the handset business, but not without leaving us with a couple of really nice handsets. A dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait processor on a Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon handles all the operations of the phone. The phone features a 4.2 inch TFT screen, with a maximum resolution of 768x1280 pixels, and a pixel density of 355 ppi. For its graphics, the phone relies on an Adreno 225 GPU. The phone features an 8 MP primary, and a 2 MP secondary camera. It has 16 GB of internal storage, expandable via microSD cards. The Z10 runs the all new BlackBerry 10 OS, and is upgradable to v10.1. An 1800 mAh Li-Ion battery keeps the phone ticking.

#9. HTC Butterfly S

htc butterfly s

Image Source: htc-press.com

CPUQuad-core 1.9 GHz Krait 300
ChipsetQualcomm APQ8064T Snapdragon 600
GPUAdreno 320
Display5.0" Super LCD3
Camera
Rear/Front
4 MP/2.1 MP
Storage16 GB, microSD card slot expansion
RAM2 GB
OSAndroid v4.2.2 Jelly Bean
Battery3200 mAh Li-Po
Price850 USD

The HTC Butterfly S is all that its predecessor, the hugely popular Butterfly was, and a lot more. Powered by a quad-core 1.9 GHz Krait 300, on a Qualcomm APQ8064T Snapdragon 600, the Butterfly S makes short work of even the most demanding of tasks. The phone has a Full HD 5-inch Super LCD3 screen, with a mind-numbing pixel density of 441 ppi. It also comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection for the screen. Graphics on the phone are powered by an Adreno 320 GPU. The phone is fitted with a 4 MP 1/3'' sensor for superior low-light photography, and a 2.1 MP front-facing camera for video calling. The phone comes with 16 GB of internal storage, and a microSD card slot for expansion. It has 2 GB of RAM to handle all operations with ease. It runs on Android OS v4.2.2 Jelly Bean, with HTC Sense UI v5 on top. The Butterfly S also has Beats Audio sound enhancement for unmatched audio output. The phone has a 3200 mAh Li-Po battery to power it through the day.

#10. Nokia Lumia 1020

nokia lumia 1020

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CPUDual-core 1.5 GHz Krait
ChipsetQualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon
GPUAdreno 225
Display5.0" Super AMOLED
Camera
Rear/Front
41 MP/1.2 MP
Storage32 GB
RAM2 GB
OSWindows Phone 8
Battery2000 mAh Li-Ion
Price760 USD

Probably the last major 'Nokia' phone to be produced by the Finnish giant, the Lumia 1020 packs in quite a punch. The latest Lumia is powered by a dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait processor, on a Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon chipset. It has a 4.5 inch AMOLED PureMotion HD+ ClearBlack display, with a resolution of 768x1280 pixels, and a pixel density of 332 ppi. The display is protected by a sheet of Corning Gorilla Glass 3. For its graphics, the phone has an Adreno 225 GPU. The USP of the phone is by far its imaging capabilities, with a massive 41 MP camera with a 1/1.5'' sensor, and Nokia's proprietary PureView technology. It also has a 1.2 MP camera for video calling. The phone is available with an internal storage of 32 GB, and 2 GB of RAM. It features Dolby Digital Plus audio enhancement, and draws power from a 2000 mAh Li-Ion battery.

This year saw the release of some truly spectacular devices, and the implementation of new and fascinating technology. With even better phones in the works, 2014 too, is set to be another glorious year for tech savvy people the world over.
Disclaimer: Prices mentioned in this article are subject to change according to location, and offers.
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