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Top 7 Trending Smartphones: Best Smartphones

Updated on August 4, 2014

Smartphones are getting better every year and 2013 was no exception. Increasing competition has pushed top manufacturers to create improved devices and sell them at low prices (Apple being an exception here).

If you are planning to buy a new phone and are confused with the number of options available, behold, this could be your lucky day, the list below could help you reach a decision:


Google Nexus 5

OS: Android 4.4 KitKat

Price: With just $349, Google Nexus is perhaps the best value for money smartphone in the market. It’s rivals are comparatively more expensive.

Nexus offers you a “pure unadulterated” Android experience. It is the new contender in best Smartphone race. So far it was Apple’s iPhone and Samsung Galaxy series.

The Nexus 5 has kind of specs that are second to none and with impressively low price tag attached to it, Google has managed to set the cat among the pigeons. If all this was not enough to tilt the scales in its favour the Google nexus 5 comes with the latest version of Android the 4.4 kitKat.

For me the Google Nexus 5 is the best value for money smartphone that gives tough competition to every smartphone maker's flagship phone in the market.


iPhone 5 S

OS: iOS 7

Price: $649 for 16 GB

The iPhone 5S is the latest smartphone from Apple. New home button of iPhone 5S is the biggest clue to separate it from iPhone 5. This is not the usual square home button, but a brand-new fingerprint reader, Touch ID. So instead of tapping in a PIN to unlock your phone, simply hold the finger over the sensor.

This is a brilliant time-saver that also helps to enforce security. It is incredibly light-weight with an excellent 4-inch screen. Instead of a steep price tag what works for the iphone 5S is the arguably the best build quality in terms of materials used and overall feel and brand value and the feel of status attached to Apple.

Apple has been a trend setter ever since its inception and Apple has once again raised the bar with the iphone 5S being the first smartphone running on a 64 bit platform. Apple has always commanded a premium for being one of the world's top technology brand and arguably the biggest brand that people identify with.


Samsung Galaxy Note 3

OS: Android 4.3

Price: $634 for 32 GB

Naysayers were a bit critical of its ungainly size, but certainly it managed to attract good number of users looking to integrate big screen of tablet with the convenience and portability of a smartphone.

With built-in Stylus Pen and high battery life, it has proved to be the best phablet in the market. However, big size does have its own demons and the galaxy note III is no exception. Pocket-ability is a problem with this phone and is hardly usable with one hand. While size is a disadvantage here what works for the note III is the latest version of Android as compared to other android phones (The only exception being the Nexus series) and the unbeatable performance

Instead of the size issues samsung’s Note 3 has surprisingly, become a huge hit among customers.


Samsung Galaxy S IV

OS: Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean

Price: $542 for 16 GB

Samsung Galaxy S IV is the latest flagship from the Samsung stable.Although the Galaxy S IV looks identical to the previous flagship from Samsung, the Galaxy S III,at first glance, but if you compare them at close quarters, you will notice that the S IV is sleeker and thinner. There is a 5-inch display screen with Full HD resolution.

The major attraction of S4 is its hand gesture and motion driven controls. Air gestures include Quick Glance letting you to have a glance at missed calls, unread message count and time, when you move your hand over phone.

S4 also has voice commands to accept or reject calls and taking pictures.



OS: Android 4.2.2

Price: $ 514 for 16 GB

The LG G2 is an answer to smartphones currently dominating the market including Samsung Galaxy S IV, Sony Xperia Z1 and Apple’s iPhone 5S. It has an amazing screen, solid battery life and excellent camera.

LG counts the positioning of the On/Off key and ‘near zero bezel’ as its distinctive features.While the positioning of the power key passes as acceptable, the near zero bezel is a breakthrough. It gives the LG G2 a unique advantage of a bigger screen with an almost identical overall size as compared to the Samsung Galaxy S IV and a bigger screen with a smaller overall size as compared to the Sony Xperia Z1. The LG G2 also has another first to its name, it has an Optical image stabilization to go with its 13 MP camera.The specifications are impressive with one exception: no Micro SD card for storage expansion.



OS: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

Price: $ 483 for 32 GB

HTC One is one of the best smartphones that HTC has come out with and can compete with any of the smartphones in the market. It is one of the best in terms of hardware specifications and materials used. HTC has been known for its aesthetically pleasing designs and this phone is no exception and its design and physical construction are its distinguishing features.

The overall navigation is extremely impressive with the HTC sense UI v5, there is no switching between apps, scrolling web pages or any lag while playing games. The HTC One has arguably the best PPI of 469.

HTC one like other flagships from HTC has a non removable back cover meaning a non removable battery. What proves to be the nemesis of this phone is its not so impressive battery. Despite its previous phones being criticized for poor battery, HTC has failed to impress with the HTC one on the battery front.


Sony Xperia Z1

OS: Android 4.3

Price: $600 for 16 GB

The design and build quality of Z1 is much better than the Z, no more plastic usage. The biggest highlight of this phone is the camera. It can shoot images in up to 20mega pixels. Sony uses it’s own suite of apps for image browsing, audio and video playback.

The Z1 comes with a 5" full HD screen and has an impractical size as compared to other devices in 5" screen category. However, the aesthetically impressive design and materials makes it one of the best looking smartphones out there. It has a PPI of 441 which is quite impressive considering the screen size of 5 inches and a 3000 mAh battery to go with it makes it a winner.

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Written By Atul Dahiya


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