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Old 11-24-2013, 08:48 PM
 
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As we approach the holiday buying season, there are some fantastic smartphone options to consider.

While I ranked these phones from one to ten, I can honestly state that I could own any of them and be satisfied. It was tough to rank them and I am sure we all may have some slight differences in the order they appear.

We shouldn't see any new major smartphone announcements until Mobile World Congress in February. The only thing I think we might see is further carrier announcements of existing smartphones, such as the Moto X Moto Maker custom service coming to other carriers.

Given that Apple releases very few models, there is one iPhone in my list. I have eight Android phones and one Windows Phone rounding out the list. A couple other Lumia Windows Phones could be in the list and definitely more Android phones, but I limited my list to just ten.

Number 1: Apple iPhone 5s

Number 2: HTC One

Number 3: Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Number 4: Nokia Lumia 1020

Number 5: Google Nexus 5

Number 6: Moto X

Number 7: LG G2

Number 8: Samsung Galaxy S4

Number 9: Motorola Droid Maxx

Number 10: Sony Xperia Z1
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Old 11-29-2013, 12:33 AM
 
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Surprised the Galaxy S4 is ranked that low. The top 5 does make sense though.
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Old 11-29-2013, 02:06 AM
 
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Surprised the Galaxy S4 is ranked that low. The top 5 does make sense though.
It's not really that surprising. The S4 doesn't really stand out at anything besides gimmicky features that hurt performance. If you want build quality, there's the HTC One. If you want something for productivity, the Note looks attractive. If you want Android without any manufacturer-added garbage, there's the Nexus. Motorola also ships pretty close to stock and the X has gotten good reviews for offering an experience that is all-around superior to other phones, despite not being the best at any one thing.
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Old 12-03-2013, 08:44 AM
 
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I'm really digging my Nexus 5. It had one dead pixel so Google is replacing it with no questions asked. Otherwise, it is fantastic. I agree with the top 5, mostly.
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Old 12-03-2013, 02:39 PM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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1. Apple's iPhone 5s & 5c take 9 of Japan's top 10 smartphone sales spots

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"Just over two months after Apple launched its new iPhone 5s and 5c across Japan's three major carriers, weekly sales rankings list various iPhone models split between the carriers took 9 of the top 10 smartphone slots."

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Old 12-14-2013, 02:39 PM
 
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I really like my HTC ONE (#2 on the list) and since I bought a smart phone, not a camera, I find the low (not #1) ranking based on the camera absurd. And some of the raves (article) make me wonder, about the wonders of HTC Sense? WTF, does life revolve around who is banging who in Hollyweird, or which overpaid jock scored some points. Wish it could be shut down, but at least you can set different home pages so at least I never see it.

First days I owned it, I got the battery down to 25% but what the heck, it was new and I was playing, learning, installing stuff all day. Battery life is great.

Speed, this puppy is quick, no complaints on how any app runs, or the almost instant switching between apps.

WiFi - much better performance (range and speed) than my previous smartphone (HTC Thunderbolt) which by the way worked great for almost 3 years. Actually still does, and a grandson now has it as a 'mini-tablet' or game machine.

Screen is great (though I still need my glasses) and I really like that auto-brightness based on ambient light function.

Camera, only 8M pixels , good grief, it that isn't enough, get a camera will real optics.

Aside from all the Apple hype (#1 on the list) I wouldn't have one. I don't know anyone with an 'i'something (iPod or iPhone) that hasn't suffered a cracked screen, from even the most minor drops (3" to 6"). What do they use, the breakaway glass used by Hollywood stunt people.
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Old 12-14-2013, 03:07 PM
 
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Aside from all the Apple hype (#1 on the list) I wouldn't have one. I don't know anyone with an 'i'something (iPod or iPhone) that hasn't suffered a cracked screen, from even the most minor drops (3" to 6"). What do they use, the breakaway glass used by Hollywood stunt people.


Maybe the people you know should stop abusing their electronics. As for 3" drops causing cracked screens, that's just BS. Apple is using the same Corning glass as everyone else. It is true that the iPhone 4 back glass was different and not as tough, though mine managed to survive more than one waist-high fall onto pavement without breaking.

The biggest factor in favor of an iOS device is the app situation. Having owned both iOS and Android devices, the reality is that iOS apps are generally just plain better than their Android counterparts. Even Windows Phone apps seem to have more thought put into them than many Android apps.
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Old 12-14-2013, 03:14 PM
 
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Maybe the people you know should stop abusing their electronics. As for 3" drops causing cracked screens, that's just BS. Apple is using the same Corning glass as everyone else. It is true that the iPhone 4 back glass was different and not as tough, though mine managed to survive more than one waist-high fall onto pavement without breaking.

The biggest factor in favor of an iOS device is the app situation. Having owned both iOS and Android devices, the reality is that iOS apps are generally just plain better than their Android counterparts. Even Windows Phone apps seem to have more thought put into them than many Android apps.
No, I witnessed my grandson drop his iPod about 3 - 4 inches, and the screen literately shattered.

And or course you have never dropped anything? You must be on the ISS in that case.

Can't comment on the excellence of iSomething apps, but I know that many I use don't even exist for iThings. Which is also true for the Windows vs. apple, vs Linux apps debates in the computer world.
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