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Top smart phones 2013

Updated on May 27, 2013

First of all I must say: If you choose any of these devices, you will not regret it. Here we have some of the best examples of what the latest technology can do in terms of smartphones.

So you can rest assured, whatever your choice is, you will be pleased. Each one has its strengths and weaknesses, but the differences are small, and often the choice between one or the other will have more to do with personal preference than technical criteria.

So, let's start with what first draws attention in any device ...

Screens of the top smart phones 2013

When business is display technology, there are devices for all preferences. iPhone 5, Lumia 920, LG Optimus S and Xperia opt for LCD technology. The only difference here is that the Xperia S is the only one that does not use IPS technology, which provides superior performance to the LCD.

Galaxy S3 and Motorola remain loyal to Super Amoled technology. In practice, and in our tests, this meant the following:

- S3 and Motorola draw the attention due to contrast. The black colors on the screen are deep, and therefore the other colors are super vibrant. Images are eye popping. But, the Super Amoled has a tendency to "greening" the images slightly.

Accordingly, the devices that have opted for IPS LCD are slightly better. Despite the contrast is not as high, the colors seemed more natural and more precise. Here, who went ahead was the iPhone 5, with most natural reproduction of colors, among all. Just an aside in favor of Nokia: Nokia screen was the best adapted to light variations, offering good visibility, even in super bright environments with sunlight, for example. Additionally, Nokia is the only one that allows you to adjust the sensitivity of the touch screen, ie, you can use the device even when wearing gloves. If one device stayed a little behind here it was the Xperia. The Sony LCD has presented the weakest performance in relation to color and contrast.


If there is an item in which personal preferences matters, this is it. So, I do not classify the devices in terms of design. I simply analyze the facts, such as screen size and weight.

For whom size matters, Galaxy S3 comes out ahead, no doubt. Its amazing 4.8 inch screen is the largest of all. It´s closely followed by LG, Motorola and Nokia, which offer 4.7 inch screens. Soon after comes the Xperia S with 4.3 inch and finally the iPhone 5, with its 4 inch.

So if your business is big screen, the S3 is your choice.

Of course, a larger screen also means more weight. But here again, the S3 does well. Despite its size, the device is super lightweight with only 0.29 lbs. The same weight of the LG Optimus.

In terms of weight, the verdict is:

The lighter one is the iPhone, with 0.25 lbs. Then comes the S3 and the LG Optimus, with 0.29 lbs. A little heavier, the Xperia S appears then with 0.32 lbs, closely followed by the Motorola Razr HD, with 0.321 lbs. The one that draws attention by its weight is Nokia - nothing less than 0.41 lbs. You'll never forget it in your pocket.

If you prefer lighweight smartphones, than the iPhone 5 is on top, with Nokia coming last.

Still in the design area, there are large differences in the materials used. And here, all picture changes. The Galaxy, the LG Optimus and the Sony Xperia S are constantly criticized for their plastic body. In fact, the other competitors are "betting" on materials, let´s say, more noble.

But, the plastic used in the Galaxy, the Optimus and Xperia does not disappoint in terms of touch. Instead, the devices are comfortable to hold and they don´t deliver the feeling of weaker completions as some may assume. This is especially true for the Xperia S, which brings a matte plastic completion.

On the other hand, it´s important to notice that the other devices invested in finest completion materials. The Nokia, for example, it´s made of polycarbonate material, a super resistant material and pleasant to the touch.

The Motorola seduces with its Kevlar completion - a super tough synthetic fiber, that does not suffer from risks and offers a super comfortable touch.

Seduction is also the word for the iPhone 5, with its combination of aluminum and glass. But despite the beauty, the aluminum of the iPhone brings one disadvantage: if you're not careful, it scratches easily.


Over disputed!

The good news is that all devices provide optimal results when taking pictures or recording videos.

Xperia S is the one that stands out first. Its rear camera offers nothing less than 12 megapixels. But ... in our tests, it did not meant better performance. Actually, to be honest, I was kind of disappointed with the outcome of this camera: I expected more from these 12 MP.

I noticed disabilities especially in environments with less light ... Here, the one that performed well was Nokia. Its 8.7 megapixels back camera is complemented by the Pure View system. If you´re not familiarized, the Pure View it´s an image rendering system created by Nokia that tries - and succeeds - to give more quality to the photos. But, despite the slight advantage of Nokia, the Galaxy S3 and iPhone 5 were not far away. In fact, the advantage of Nokia became more evident only in environments with less light. In environments with natural light, for example, the S3 performed better. When taking close photos, iPhone 5 was the champion. Here Motorola was the great defeated. And it´s becoming tradition. Motorola does not seem to get it right with the cameras on their smartphones lately ... On the issue of photos, the winner is Nokia, closely followed by Samsung and Apple.

But the cameras also serve to capture videos, of course. In capture mode there was a technical tie between virtually all models. They all capture images in Full HD with the rear camera and images in 720p with the front camera.

These are devices that do everything, but you may also want to use them to make and receive calls ... and here, the audio quality makes a difference.

Let's start at the top. The best audio experience came from the iPhone. Thanks to a third microphone that is dedicated exclusively to cancel the noise, you can make your calls even in noisy environments, and at the other side, the person will understand well what you´re saying and he/she often will not even notice the external noise.

Other devices also bring noise canceling features, but none as efficient as Apple. The one that screwed up in this issue was LG. The audio quality of the connection is weaker. With sounds sometimes stuffy, and sometimes shrill. Motorola, Samsung, Nokia and Sony all performed well in this regard.

Processor and memory

This aspect is for those who love the technical details. But it must be said, here, not always what is "on paper" is what you have in practice. S3 and Optimus are the only quad-core in this test.

In the case of S3, that meant being almost always in the first position in terms of performance. But ... performance is a result of the integration between the processor, memory, GPU and OS. And then things get complicated. The iPhone 5 uses the A6 processor, designed by Apple itself, which integrates with iOS 6 operating system from Apple, also. The result is that the iPhone 5 was the device that quickly browsed the internet.

The browser speed was almost 20% higher than the S3, which ranked second. The same goes for video playback and rendering of complex graphics. The iPhone 5 graphics unit overcame all competitors. Result: The Galaxy S3 has the fastest processor among those tested, but in the daily performance, the Apple platform eventually overtakes Samsung in internet browsing and graphics capabilities.

When it comes to storage, there are several differences. Nokia and Sony offer 32 GB of internal memory. Apple already offers the traditional 16, 32 or 64 GB. Here comes the class that accepts memory cards. The one that draws attention is the S3 offering the same 16, 32 and 64 GB (as Apple) and the possibility to use memory cards of up to 64 GB. This means you can get up to 128GB of memory with the S3. There is space! LG and Motorola offer similar schemes. Both deliver 12GB of internal memory and they can accommodate cards up to 32GB. That is, with these two you can reach a maximum of 44GB.


When it comes to batteries, I prefer the removable ones.

Only two of the devices have removable battery: LG and Samsung. S3 had the longest battery duration when talking on the phone. In our test, the battery of the Samsung S3 lasted for about ten hours. But when the subject changed to surf the internet, the situation changed figure.

Here the iPhone performed better. Browsing the Web, the Apple phone stood nearly 10 hours. When watching videos, Apple won again with nearly nine hours of viewing HD videos without interruption. In this aspect, the one that performed really well also was Nokia, with the battery lasting nearly nine hours on Internet browsing and watching videos in HD.

Operating System

Here, another battle.

Each of the three operating systems have strengths and weaknesses. And it would take a whole Digital laboratory dedicated to them to explore all the differences.

In resume, I could say that they all are stable, fast and super efficient systems with interfaces that please everyone.

IOS and Android take advantage of Windows 8 when it comes to the number of applications. Once they have more years, their application stores are much larger. But there are already thousands of applications also for Windows Phone. In terms of security, the iOS is by far the winner. Until now almost no one knows of viruses capable of infecting iPhones. The same can not be said for Android. As it is an open platform, Google's system was already victim of various malware. Windows Phone is not yet in sight of virtual villains just because their market share is small. Ie, it may be only a matter of time. Apple´s system of maps had no success, but fortunately for users, Google Maps is now available once again for iPhones.

Windows Phone has the advantage of full integration with the Microsoft Office suite - which can be important, especially for corporate use. Android is by far the most open and versatile, and ends up profiting from Google´s novelties before the others. This is the case, for example, of the GPS navigator, that is still better on Android that it is on IOS.


My personal choice for best smartphone goes to: iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S3!

This is a tie, not by the technical equivalence, but because both are very different.

If you want a compact smartphone, thin, light, elegant, with great battery life for surfing the internet and access applications with high processing speed and with a wide range of applications available, in addition to the operating system more secure - then the ideal device is the iPhone 5.

Now, if you want a larger screen, good battery life for talking, camera with adjustable filters, a great processor, do not bother with the plastic finish, and want a larger storage capacity, reaching incredible 128GB, and an operating system more flexible - then the Galaxy S3 has been done for you.

After all this, we can understand why Apple and Samsung fight for global leadership in this segment.

An honorable mention needs to be made to Nokia. Though heavy, the Lumia 920 actually signals the return of the Finnish Corporation to the "smartphones war". Windows 8 impresses by its speed and stability. The great disadvantage is the low number of applications - this would change over time - and the price, which, for now, it´s a little "salty" ... well above the Galaxy, for example.

Motorola is just out of contention because of its low performance camera.

The LG was shot down by the quality of its audio. And the Xperia S lost points because of its low quality screen image.

What´s you favorite smartphone?

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      4 years ago from north miami FL

      Great article but you need to check out CellAllure's The Vogue and Lite S they are top smartphones for a third of the price of these phones. I'm telling you they are the future.


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