What’s the best Android phone to buy as of October 2013?

The summer is over, and one of the biggest seasons for new technology is upon us. Our best phones list looks a lot different compared to last month, with some new game changers joining the party. It’s our best phones list for October 2013 — let’s hop right into it!

5 – Motorola Moto X

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The Moto X still has a special place in our hearts — so-much-so that it was able to creep back into our top 5. The dual-core chipset inside has been optimized to bring unique features like the always listening “Touchless Controls” and Active Notifications.

Our review has all the deets you need about this American-assembled piece of machinery, so be sure to give it a good read. A quick primer on the specs would show you that it has a 4.7-inch 720p display, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage and more. It’s no muscled up maniac, but the device holds its own in more than one way. And for some added fun.

4 – LG G2

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The LG G2 is a new kid on the block, with several carriers now offering LG’s latest handset. This juggernaut is tasked with bringing LG to glory in the competitive smartphone race. It hopes to do that by offering up a powerhouse of an experience:

  • 5.2-inch 1080p display
  • Snapdragon 800 processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 13 megapixel camera and more

Specs aren’t everything, of course, so LG has improved their Q-Slide user interface with some new features and apps that will take advantage of any decent stylus. Oh, and the buttons all sit on the back of this thing — talk about uniqueness. This is definitely one to keep on your radar.

3 – Samsung Galaxy S4

Samsung Galaxy S4 Camera

Samsung’s flagship for the first half of the year has had to slide back a bit, but it’s because Samsung has another handset taking up a spot higher up on the list (we’ll talk about that in a second). The Galaxy S4 is still as springy of a chicken as a spring chicken can be, though.

2 – HTC One

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While the HTC One is still a fine phone, it’s being outclassed by more compelling offerings. Its combination of style and features is enough to keep it high up on our list, though it has to drop to #2 this month to make way for more exotic desirable handsets.

1 – Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 is a 5.7-inch 1080p smartphone that pushes the boundaries with 3GB of RAM, Samsung’s Octa-Core processor (quad-core processor in certain markets), 13 megapixel BSI camera sensor, 2 megapixel front camera, S Pen and more.

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Available in just a few days at AT&T and Sprint, and on October 10th via Verizon, the device is already being fondled by members of the media and other lucky souls. In fact, Phandroid’s review went up this morning. Rob Jackson was the lucky soul who got to handle it. Be sure to read why he thinks it’s one of the best smartphones to launch this year (yes, even up against that bitten fruit thing).

The streak starts here, and it’ll be interesting to see how long the Note 3 will control the coveted #1 spot on this list.

Runner-ups

  1. Motorola DROID Maxx — it was hard not giving this phone a spot in the top 5, but it definitely deserves one in the top 10. Motorola hits it out of the ballpark with a 5-inch 720p device with a 3,500mAh battery that literally lasts all day long. Be sure to read our full review on this bad boy.
  2. Nexus 4 – We’re just about ready for the Nexus 5 at this point, though the Nexus 4 is still one of the top devices (especially for the price you can find it for). Good luck trying to find one once Google fully takes them off the market, though.
  3. Sony Xperia Z1this beautiful smartphone by Sony is ready and able to take on all-comers.
  4. Motorola DROID Mini — when it comes to “mini,” affordable phones, there’s not much touching the DROID Mini right now. To all the pretenders: this is how you provide a powerful smartphone in a smaller form factor.
  5. Motorola DROID UltraIt’s a weaker version of the DROID MAXX, but it’s still a great phone. Hit the review to see if it’s worth buying.

Phones to look forward to

These phones aren’t available yet, but we know they’re on their way and we know we’re anticipating them a great deal. Said to be out at some point this summer, let’s take a look at two of  the most exciting devices on the horizon.

Oppo N1

This device has a lot of firsts attached to its name. It’s one of the first phones with a rotating camera, giving you a suitable camera for both front and rear facing shots. It’ll also be the first phone that will come with the ability to flash CyanogenMod out of the box. (There will also be a special edition of the device that comes with CyanogenMod pre-installed.) Its specs will include 2GB of RAM, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and more.

Amazon’s Best Sellers

These phones are selling like hot cakes on Amazon. Note that these aren’t necessarily Amazon’s true best-sellers, but best sellers out of the ones we haven’t already mentioned. Take a look and see if some of these other hot phones are worth your time and money:

  1. Samsung Galaxy S3
  2. HTC DROID DNA
  3. LG Optimus G
  4. Samsung Galaxy S4 Active
  5. Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro
  6. HTC EVO 4G LTE
  7. HTC DROID Incredible
  8. HTC Sensation
  9. Motorola DROID RAZR Maxx HD
  10. LG Mach

What say you?

This is the time of year that most manufacturers are looking to bring out the flagships that will help capture sales in the aggressive holiday shopping season. The list this month is vastly different than ones prior, so take a look and let us know if you agree in the comments section below!

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  • Alexandre Plante

    Waiting for the Nexus 5 before taking my decision!

    • donkeykong85

      wait for it. these phones are not good.

      • Big_EZ

        This coming from someone who would prefer a GNex.

        • Anon

          He’s simply talking about having a phone without a custom overlay on top of vanilla android. Other than the Nexus line, I believe there is a custom UI and added software from the company that made the phone.

          • Big_EZ

            But the GNex is a horrible phone, and doesn’t even come close to any of these phones with bloat or not. The GNex was a horrible phone when it launched, stock Android wasn’t enough to make that phone worth using.

          • Anon

            I don’t think the phone itself was horrible. Just that Big Red did not update or patch it well. If the radios and OTAs were updated in-line with every other phone, it would’ve been okay. Instead, VZW needed to have everything run by them before releasing it. Epic fail. IMO, biggest reason why the N5 probably won’t go to Verizon, or any future Nexus phone, any time soon.

          • ratnok

            The GNex was and is not a horrible phone. The Verizon meddling for their version messed up a good phone, but the phone is 2 years old. It was top of the line at that time.

          • Big_EZ

            Unless you needed a phone. Samsung had horrible radios, maybe not for GSM, but for CDMA they did. It wasn’t until they started using qualcomm radios that they started having decent reception.

      • Anon

        Wait for it. Root and rom.

    • Bryan Mordt

      As soon as I found out the Nexus 5 was getting a 2300 mAh battery I decided to go with the G2. I was tired of swapping batteries in my GN.

      • C-Law

        that battery will last a long time if the phone is done right. Look at the moto x.

        • Bryan Mordt

          That is very true and if it had a larger battery it would even be better. :-)

          • ChristianMcC

            I imagine it will get at least 6 hours screen on time(SOT) and up to 10 hours, both at 50%, based on similar tech from the G2 and using ratios(Vzn’s G2 got over 9 hrs SOT and Tmo’s got over 13 hrs). So, yeah I’m pretty happy!

          • ratnok

            The G2 doesn’t even have Android 4.3. On my N4, I got 2 more hours on 4.3.

      • veccster

        I swap 2 or 3 times a day with my Gnex. Hate it. Note 3 in my near future.

        • ratnok

          The GNEX has absolutely nothing to do with the Nexus 5 other than the fact that it will get KitKat.

          • veccster

            Well, they are both Nexus devices so that’s something. And it’s a VZW GN so it probably won’t see KK.

          • Anon

            I would think most people that still use the GNex have it rooted especially those that use the VZW version. 4.4 on the GNex would be a non-issue. :)

  • Ed G

    Grabbing a G2. Would wait for another Nexus but I am on Verizon and we know how that story ends.

    • egern

      What do people see in the G2? Not trying to start a fight, I just really don’t get it. If specs is all that matters, maybe it’s a good choice, but LG seems to be known for shoddy software and a bloated version of Android.

      I’d be going Moto X / Droid MAXX if staying on Verizon, but will end up leaving Verizon for N5.

      • Ed G

        I love the design. Also it is already rooted so I will soon turn it into a pure Android experience.

      • Bryan Mordt

        The G2 has a nice minimalist design and the processor, display, OIS camera and battery are fantastic! I don’t care for the LG skin but it is customizable without rooting and if you use Nova Launcher and Holo Locker you get a very nice experience. There are a lot of things LG did right with this phone.

      • malcmilli

        nice camera, best in class battery life (even more so than the maxx/note), and I think you are referring to LGs skin from 2011. optimus G was smooth as hell and that was pre project butter.

        • ratnok

          What are you talking about? The batter life doesn’t come anywhere close to the MAXX.

          • malcmilli

            are you basing your information/perceptions based off of last year’s Maxx or actually battery tests done this year with these specific models?

            “Even phones that exist solely to have long battery life (I’m looking at you, Droid Maxx) can’t keep up with the G2.” – The Verge

            “[Droid Maxx] numbers are great… …until this past week, when we discovered that theLG G2 — with its smaller, 3,000mAh battery — actually lasts longer in real-world use and our standard video rundown test”- Engadget

          • socarwolverine

            I understand your argument, but you shouldn’t bother quoting The Verge. That review was one of the worst I’ve read, they simply disliked the phone because it is a “Droid” branded product.
            Also, quoting two sources that have no scientific battery test procedures is also a faulty argument.

          • malcmilli

            correct those reviews arent scientific, there is no battery benchmark… niether do benchmarks even perfectly reflect real world usage, however i personally do put stock into a standardized video test that all phones a ran through vs “light and moderate usage.” Sure it’s not the be all end all, but the same video looping on multiple devices is essentially similar to browser or gaming benchmarks. So if one phone lasts for 10 hours of Die hard 4 on loop while another phone lasts through 12 hours of Die hard 4 on loop; then that means something, and if we completely discredit tests like this then we run into the waters of “battery life comparisons between 2 different phones is impossible.”

          • socarwolverine

            I hear what you’re saying, and I agree, though I’ve personally put more stock into AnandTech’s battery test simply because they take more time to test the battery and set all conditions equal beforehand. Take brightness as an example, most sites will say “We ran the test at 60% brightness” when for each phone that could mean a different level of actual brightness. Anand calibrates each screen to 200 nits, so despite what the software percentage is, we know what the actual output brightness is. That’s my idea of a more scientific test.

          • malcmilli

            agreed, all of these things should be taken into account. We need more effort in battery tests than we are getting most of the time.

      • C-Law

        I’m considreing leaving too if I don’t like the moto x i just bought. I bought the gnex on launch day so my contract is over on 12/15

      • Anon

        For me, it’s ALL about the hardware because I know I’ll be installing a custom rom in a few months anyways. The stock software on the phone will be manageable until then.

        The only phone that may prevent a custom rom install would be the Moto X. Active Notification and Touchless Control implemented in the X8 chip are awesome. If CM could implement those two in a rom for moto x… *orgasm*

  • egern

    Not sure how three phones crippled by bloatware and mostly useless features trumps the Moto X.

    • http://twitter.com/gamercore Chris Chavez

      Some would say shaking a phone to activate the camera and/or voice commands are useless as well. Not saying, I would say that….. just some. Some. O_o

    • PhoenixPath

      Probably because what you consider “mostly useless features ” . . . aren’t.

      …at least not to an apparently large number of people buying and using smartphones. :)

      Glad you like your X though.

    • malcmilli

      camera, design, screen?

    • shooter50

      Not sure how phone with middle of the road specs even makes this list. Moto X…fail

      • Big_EZ

        Have you used one yet? I’m guessing not by that statement.
        I’m not sure how all those phones with middle of the road software makes the list.

        • shooter50

          actually i ordered one and returned it. hard to believe they are selling at all when compared to so many other phones

          • Joe

            Since you are here posting I assume you had already read all the specs before ordering the Moto X so why did you return it knowing what you already knew? Did the “middle of the road” specs make it slower than the others? Because according to most reviews it is as snappy as anything out there.

    • C-Law

      I cant’ say much for 3 of the phones but I left my s4 for a moto x and will not be looking back

    • Blkegk

      maybe useless to you but not others.

    • veccster

      No interest in a 16gb phone with a small battery. Also, I like some of those “useless features”.

  • Raj Bhatt

    Right now the LG G2 is far and away the best device I’ve ever used. Looking forward to the nexus 5 though!

    • leocal79

      agreed I love the g2

  • OMFCody

    Excluding the note 3 with it’s hardware improvements, the One is holding up exceptionally well! Now software the One is still king!

  • Kishan

    G2 best bet. Not too big like Note 3 and Not too small like iPhones. Somewhere in the middle with nice specs.

    • leocal79

      people forget the G2 is the same screen size as the original note yet it’s smaller than the droid DNA which has a smaller screen. totally not unwieldy at all

    • simpleas

      I am still amazed by the G2′s battery life. If that is translated over to the Nexus.. wow, just wow.

      • Anon

        The battery is supposedly smaller in the N5 compared to the G2. Still though, one can hope..

    • SB16-Professional Actor=Frank

      I honestly LOVE my G2. Got it on monday. I have had Galaxy Nexus for almost 2 years, so it was a huge improvement. And the battery? AMAZING

  • Lennatron

    Samsung Galaxy Note 3, hands down!

  • donkeykong85

    I didnt realize people care for non nexus devices. I think these are all terrible. nexus 4 and gnex are the last two phones i would consider owning.

    • MrMLK

      You didn’t realize that the people care for the best selling devices? That doesn’t make a lot of sense.

      • donkeykong85

        i didnt realize people wanted bloatware.

        • MrMLK

          Apparently, they do. By a very, very wide margin.

        • PhoenixPath

          Apparently, what you consider bloatware, most people consider at least somewhat useful.

          I know, right?

          They also apparently want phones you don’t.

          (How rude of them…)

          I’m not knocking the n4…I’d probably own one had it been on VZW when I got my last device from them.

        • MrMLK

          Again, the fact that a bunch of the machines with “bloatware” are outselling the Nexus 4 and gNex should have clued you in to the fact that people don’t mind the bloatware.

          What’s next? You didn’t realize that people wanted larger screens? You didn’t realize that people wanted newer hardware? You didn’t realize that people wanted MicroSD slots?

          Here’s a clue. People buy the phones they want.

    • C-Law

      I’m on VZW and have started realizing I don’t enjoy many phones anymore because of the issues they sometimes have when running custom roms or aosp roms.
      I wanted to wait just to be sure that the nexus 5 wouldn’t be available on vzw but took a chance on the moto x dev edition. HOpefully it will be close enough that I can handle it over my gnex and s3 bc I did not like the s4.

      • lynyrd65

        I love my TW Galaxy S4. It runs smoothly and Touchwiz does add useful features in my opinion. If you love stock roms you can always flash google play edition roms or (if you had the MDK baseband) AOSP builds like anything else.

        Moto X developer editon is one hell of a phone though. A phone made in the USA by Google itself that will receive timely updates and exclusive features, pretty awesome

        but for me my S4 does a great job and I actually have grown to appreciate Touchwiz. I used to flash CM10 on every device I’ve owned but after using it for years now the whole ICS-JB UI has gotten super old. Touchwiz is refreshing for me because its different. I hope Key Lime pie (whoops, kit kat) is a major departure from the rest of android 4.x because I’m sick of it.

    • xanok

      For the Nexus 4: the camera sucks, the glass back sucks, and the battery life is unimpressive and non-removable. The internal storage is a weak 16gb max, with no SD card slot.
      I have a T-Mobile HTC One, rooted running stock Android. The camera is great. There’s no going back from front-facing speakers. The audio quality is amazing. I could have gotten one w/ 64gb of storage if I wanted to.

      What about the Nexus 4 (or even the upcoming Nexus 5) would entice me to change phones? Every year people get their hopes up, and half those people end up disappointed. The Nexus devices are smooth as hell and a great deal money-wise but are just so-so at many things.

      • MITM

        correct me if Im wrong but I dont think Tmobile sells the 64GB HTC Ones

        • xanok

          This is correct, but since I was buying my phone outright, I could have bought a 64gb version and used it on T-Mobile’s network.

    • malcmilli

      some people like cameras, battery life, storage space, and better looking screens…. n this is coming from a Nexus 4 user… I love my nexus 4, but it has numerous drawbacks.

    • Knobskin

      Some people have what’s called lives, they work, raise families, contribute to society! Therefore we want a solid phone that works with LTE! A solid battery, and a a solid camera…. Now go hack your phone and watch my little pony! I hate people who can’t just enjoy their phone for what it is! Worst thing about some android users!

    • Arieos

      You know that allot of people don’t care updates. To be honest Google didn’t ad much interesting futures for me in the last few updates.

  • leocal79

    tried the note yesterday was totally unimpressed. it seems like a rehash of the note 2 and the screen wasn’t that great. I think they need to go above and beyond on the note for and really slim down the bezel. If the galaxy F note comes out we will see but the UI is still horrid

  • Patrick Bateman

    Droid maxx?????

  • unashamedgeek

    The Oppo N1 will have a Snapdragon 600 -> http://en.oppo.com/products/n1/specs/

  • MrMLK

    Does anyone know what game is being played on the HTC One? Thanks.

    • alexguitar

      Dungeon Hunter 4

      • MrMLK

        Thanks.

    • BELIEVEinMYTH

      LOL i was going to ask the same question.

  • alexguitar

    I still thoroughly enjoy my HTC One.

  • flashfast2000

    The Note is too big. The HTC One is my choice.

    • Blkegk

      The HTC One is too small. The Note is my choice.

      • flashfast2000

        Interesting statement. Very original.

    • Knobskin

      Htc one is beautiful but it’s just too fragile! I hated it! Plus sense was pretty bad! I hear the update is going to add more features but that phone was great for the speakers and taking and recording concerts and taking low light pics!

      • flashfast2000

        It’s all aluminum thus not fragile. It’s tough alright and elegant to boot.

  • Marcus

    LG G2 should be Nro1, I dont undestand why there is that order… weird.

    • SB16-Professional Actor=Frank

      Phandroid are biased as fu*k. They didn’t even review G2 even thought they said they would weeks ago in their preview article. No love for LG i guess.

  • C-Law

    I can’t disagree enough unless you guys are strictly going by specs. I just sold my s4 for a moto X. I had a vzw s4 on the mdk build so I could root, rom, change kernels, and radios. I was NEVER happy on any rom. I tried many CM10.2 nightlies, Notta’s 9/17 build of PA, hyperdrive(tw based), bone stock rom(tw based), and jellybeans build 6(tw based). I also tried faux’s and ktoonzes kernels. I was never happy with the performance of that phone. I even bought extended 3000mAh batteries and still wasn’t happy. In fact, the whole time I had the s4, I was wishing i hadn’t sold my S3 for it because the S3 never gave me problems and battery life was great.
    As far as the LG G2 I can’t judge it because I havn’t touched it but I did have a Note 2 and it was way too big for me so I can’t even think about the Note 3. I played with an htc one once and it’s size to screen ratio turned me off to even considering it.

    • malcmilli

      you disagree with an entire list based off your bad experience with one device on it?

      • Knobskin

        It’s called opinion that’s all

        • malcmilli

          i’m not saying he cant have an opinion, i’m just saying the logic behind his opinion seems to be pretty unsound.

  • JaswinderSinghJammu

    The article didn’t say OCT what? Isn’t Nexus 5 suppose to be released by the end of OCT 2013, if so I would say Nexus 5. I am just trying to sell my T Mobile S4 now..Smile

    • No_Nickname90

      I’m actually thinking that too; from what they’re saying about the Nexus 5.

    • Kyle Cordiano

      This is probably based on phones that are already released and can be bought right now.

  • Delmar

    im upset xperia z wasn’t even mentioned …its a fantastic phone unless the z1 trumps it

  • Nick

    I’d like to add to this list the Note 2. Other than it not getting a major update since it’s release, is still one of the best devices out. I haven’t owned any of the devices mentioned in this article, and I’m sure they’re all great. But the Note 2 is so good still!! It takes great pictures, fast, amazing battery life and can handle anything I throw its way. I usually switch up phones every 5 to 6 months, but I’m hanging on to this one for a little while longer.

  • blue720

    What about the Sony Xperia Z Ultra? The screen, camera and side alone would blow these phones out of the water.

    • M0nk

      I was very interested in the ZU, but after the reviews I’m not sure. The lack of led flash, bad camera performance in the current software version, not great battery life and big bezels up and down is a concern for me. Currently using a note 1 since almost 2 years and note 3 seems not that big for me…

  • Sean

    Wow you put the S4 and ONE above the G2? The fanboyism never stops does it. You can prefer one phone over another for your own personal use, but to make a list of top phones… in order to put one above the other, there has to be something TANGIBLY better about it. Not a software gimmick that only certain people would even use. The G2s specs blow those phones out of the water, and since it’s not ALL about specs anymore, it’s got more features than you can shake a stick at. Maybe you prefer Zoe over the G2s OIS camera, but how does that make the ONE a better phone?

    Oh and BTW, I’m not even getting the G2, but I recognize a cold hard fact when I see one. And the fact is the G2 is overall the best phone currently on the american market. Maybe not the best for everyone, but when you’re counting things that are countable, it wins. Stop being bias.

    • demmo86rt

      Wow, you did your own side by side comparison between these phones? Good to know that someone else does that in addition to tech sites. But then again, specs do tell the whole story.

      • Sean

        Is it your reading that needs work, or your comprehension? I would bother to explain myself further if I thought you were capable in either area.

        • demmo86rt

          Don’t bother, I’ve probably read all the same articles you have.

    • Knobskin

      Ugh I thought the same! The G2 IMO is much better than the S4! But right now it’s all about the note 3! I will need to hold it and compare it to the note 2 and my g4! For out of contract price you can’t beat the g4…the HTC one is solid but wow did it get old! To fragile! Beautiful but again you drop it, it’s a tin can!

    • Steve

      The HTC One had OIS too. Just pointing that out to you.

      • Tim242

        Digital, not optical. Regardless, 4MP is fail.

        • Steve

          The HTC does use OIS. The Galaxy S4 uses digital OIS. You should do some research.

    • chris_johns

      i actually liked the moto x over the g2…played with them both at at&t store…im kinda over moving my hand about to grab the top left of the screen of a phone

  • bluegreen343

    Well… I’m rocking my Droid DNA

    • Ste Mach

      Yeah, no mention of its 1080p screen and ultra slim profile.

  • Knobskin

    For now the G2!

  • barondebxl

    Note 3 no question unless the size is too much, then G2 or HTC One.

  • Sway Medina

    Xperia Z Ultra. ya know, if your into that kinda stuff..

  • DavidB23

    Moto X; unless you want a huge phone; then the Note 3. Moto X is just so smooth, fast, and nice to hold. The active notification should be standard android; cant go back to a phone that doesnt have them. And no; the app mock ups of it dont work nearly as well and they drain the battery; unlike the moto x.

  • mike livingston

    moto x for buttery smooth UI and great battery. Other UIs are uninspiring, add no value, waste of time

  • rudyy

    HTC One has outstanding specs, especially the Google Play edition without all the bloatware y’all are complaining about.
    Add the aluminum body, and to top it off stereo front speakers.
    No other phone comes close.

    • jack black

      It also has crappy camera and poor battery life, and who can forget nav buttons that refuse to respond.

    • ChicagoBob

      Why dont more people do the front speakers? Seems stupid for them to be in the back.

      • Tim242

        DAT bezel.

    • Big_EZ

      I love the aluminum she’ll, and the speakers. However I couldn’t get over it being so huge for such a small screen.

  • Ketu Patel

    moto x, but i need more opinion so i post this question on “Hammer social network” and i got good opinion from hammer user.

  • AnGeLFaCe77

    Moto x is the best device of the year. It was the only one with innovating features :)

    • ChicagoBob

      I am not sure about that. I tried one out quickly and it just did not respond as well as the G2 in the interface. It felt sluggish. I guess this is all perception but it really did not feel as good as the G2 from that point of view.

  • Solid_State_Drive

    Got a new LG G2 (AT&T) and I must confess I am in love with the phone: fast, killer screen, and the buttons at the back plate are second nature to my hand and the size is just perfect, not smallish not note-like. Very very very satisfied with my purchase.

  • Bryan Jun H

    Whoever LG has hired recently, oh man that was brilliant recruit!!! I’m from Korea and cannot believe LG has done a catching up this well. Two nexus devices from LG is no coincidence!

    • Rikard Jerner

      indeed.. to bad the ui still sux donkeyballs… i could stand 2 days with it then i returned it. horrible experience worse than touchwiz

  • SB16-Professional Actor=Frank

    LG G2 no contest

  • jbernste03

    You said “let’s take a look at two of the most exciting devices on the horizon.” Wheres the second one? All i see is the oppo

    • ChristianMcC

      It’s definitely the N5 that is being referred to, but yeah there’s a typo.

  • big

    wow no windows phone i guess windows will never take off

    • jaredgreenwald

      You clearly didn’t read the article’s title.

    • chris_johns

      lol so full of fail your comment…and i have nothing against windows phone in fact i actually think their a nice alternative…if i wasnt an android guy id be a windows phone guy

  • jaredgreenwald

    I so want to like the G2, but the button placement is just too much for me to handle.

  • flyinggerbil

    wow, i could not disagree with your rankings more.

  • arshagarbon

    This list looks like someone went to the “recommended” section and just picked the first 5 phones off a cell phone company. I disagree with almost this whole list.

  • chris_johns

    you guys are so biased to over sized phones…i still think the moto x is the best “phone”…i think the note3 is a the dirty off spring of a low quality built s4 and a sammy tablet..not really a phone per se

    • barondebxl

      You don’t know what you’re talking about.

      • chris_johns

        No neither of u do…go splurge n buy nice clothes drive a nice car n put on a nice watch bc obviously u know nothing about quality…Korean phones are just like their cars…look sleek n fancy but made of second rate material

    • Tim242

      Low quality built S4? Since when is Gorilla Glass 3 and poycarbonite low quality? The Note 3 is small enough to fit in my jeans pockets, and big enough to be my primary computing device. No tablet necessary.

      • chris_johns

        What i said below

        • Tim242

          I have noticed in the last several days, nothing you say makes sense. Gorilla glass 3 is top notch. Polycarbonate is used on 99% of phones. It’s a durable material.

    • jgemberton

      I’m sure Chris is trying to explain that build quality is more than what’s on the outside. Chips, speakers, batteries, etc… can all be either high or low quality, too, and adversely affect the overall build quality of a phone. Compare audio clarity and the ability to pull down and hold onto a signal (wi-fi and cellular) of a Samusung phone to a Motorola or even an iPhone. The Samsungs don’t even come close.

  • xdapao3

    1. Note III
    2. Note II
    3. you are not a knowledgeable poweruser

  • ChicagoBob

    I think you are spot on. I played with the G2 yesterday and it is crazy responsive and fast. It just snaps from one screen to another. Screen text very clear, swype was great etc. I am not sure about the camera or other features but the Snap Dragon 800 is awesome.

  • Harold Goldner

    I understand the appreciation for the Note but it’s just too damn big, and moving to a stylus-based device is a step backwards. I had a Palm for years; it’s time to move on. Plus, the trend towards no removable storage is disturbing. The carriers obviously want us all to chomp up massive data to replace media that could just as easily be stored locally. I’m not buying.

    • xdapao3

      You don’t know what you are talking about.
      The Note 3 is actually overall SMALLER (and much LIGHTER to boot) than the Note 2 and it’s not “stylus based” like in the old days, the stylus on the Note series is an *optional* control method, very useful for the tasks for which your fingertip is just too big and imprecise. This BS about it being too big is annoying, folks have been saying the same since the first 4″ displays appeared on the market… The Note 3 is very close to the ideal size.
      As for “no removable storage”, the Note 3 has 32gb built-in AND a microSD slot.
      Samsung is one of the very few remaining companies still giving us removable batteries (A MUST FOR ME) and expandable storage (on my Note II I have 16GB integrated storage + 64GB microSD and I use and need it all, can’t wait to have 32+64 on my upcoming Note 3).

      • Harold Goldner

        Really? There is an ideal size for a cell phone? Pray tell what would that be? Don’t think so. I do give them credit for removable batteries and removable memory. I just don’t want a “phone” that big and I already have a 10″ tablet. That’s why it’s good that we have choices.

        • xdapao3

          You could have written (and people did) the same for 4″ (and 4.3″ and 4.5″ and so on…) display phones and then people realized it still fits where they usually keep their phones and the infinitely more usefulness of a bigger display more than made up for the manageable added size… Yeah, sure, that isn’t true for everybody but it is for the average customer.

    • Tim242

      I am a small dude. I’m 5’6, weigh116#. I wear 28 30 jeans. The Note 2 fits in my pockes with plenty of room to spare. The S pen is nice, but you don’t have to use it. It’s a good phone/tablet hybrid regardless.

      • demmo86rt

        Miniature!

        • Tim242

          I know. What’s a boy to do?

  • JRomeo

    Nexus 5

  • jgemberton

    Was any consideration given to how the phone actually operates as a phone, or was the list merely constructed based on the “Smart” aspects of Smart-phones? Would be nice to know the criteria used. Thanks.

    • Tim242

      These are no longer phones. They just happen to have a phone app. They will all make and receive calls just fine.

      • jgemberton

        Apparently you’ve never owned the Galaxy Nexus.

        • Tim242

          Yep, for a whole year. My usual time is 6 months per phone, it was the exception to the 6 month rule.

  • Brenda@BrendaTrott.com

    I still can’t find a smart phone I can live with. None of them seem to hold enough battery juice to last an entire day…even when I use battery saving aps.

    • veccster

      I thought battery saving apps actually reduce battery life??? Android OS should do a well-enough job at closing apps when necessary and saving battery.
      BUT…you are right, battery life sucks in phones – apple and android. I look forward to future battery technology. Instant charge would be great – tap your phone and it’s fully recharged.

      • Brenda@BrendaTrott.com

        Now that would be technology to invest in!

    • Tim242

      Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy Note 3, Droid Max, LG G2…those all have 3000+ mAh and will last 1.5-2 days on moderate to heavy use.

    • Droid22

      G2

    • Fel Pe

      I always had that problem until I finally found the Galaxy Note 2. Now I have the Note 3 and it’s even better.

  • sophia

    Samsung S3 to the world

  • Rob Wilcox

    All of these are MEGA expensive :(

  • ratnok

    That’s interesting. The Moto MAXX is CNET’s #1 overall phone.
    And in case you’re wondering, here’s their list:

    1. Moto MAXX
    2. Note 3
    3. Galaxy S4
    4. HTC One
    5. iPhone 5S
    6. LG G2
    7. Nokia Lumia 1020

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    no matter what phone you get, check out Electronix Lox on Play Store to lock apps that you don’t want others using

  • true talk 000

    HTC One = phone of the year.

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  • phinn

    Lol at putting a massive device like the Note 3 at the top of the list. It’s not even an option for someone like me who uses their phone every day one handed while walking around the city.

    • Fel Pe

      The note 3 has single hand use friendly interface if u really need it and have the hands of a gnome. I guarantee u that after a week anyone can master handling the note 3 and will never ever go back to a smaller screen phone cause the screen vantage and beauty is just too good.

  • feztheforeigner

    How is the G2 behind the S4 and HTC One?? Like really?

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  • Fel Pe

    I just can’t get enough looking at my new Note 3 screen!!!