The last few months proved to be quite lively for the smart-phone industry, and this should not come as a surprise, considering that the Holidays are nearly at our doorstep. Is is usually during this period that smart-phone manufacturers release new devices, because this is the best time for people to invest in gifts.
We also live in a technological age, where speed and performance are top requirements for most business people, teenagers and adults alike. Furthermore, this year was quite fruitful for those looking for new smart-phones, because many interesting features were added to certain models. Who would have ever thought that we would see a 20.3 MP camera or phones that can be immersed underwater?
Apple has recently released the iPhone 5S, HTC created a brand new smart-phone, and Google is rumored to have a brand new Nexus smart-phone up its sleeve. At the moment there is an abundant lineup of Android devices on the shelves of different technology shops, and it can be quite difficult to choose the perfect one. Here are the top five contenders that you should definitely keep your eye on.
1. Samsung Galaxy S4
According to numerous reviews, the Galaxy S3 wasn't all that it was expected to be. As a matter of fact, the S2 is still considered one of the best smart-phones on the market, even if its specifications are a little outdated. The audience was expecting a major update to the Galaxy S3, and they have received it under the form of the Galaxy S4. To be completely frank, it is nearly impossible to not like something about this superb device.
It has one of the most powerful processors, an enormous amount of storage space, it can be used as a remote control for a DVR, the screen quality is outstanding, and the camera very advanced. The full specifications include a 1.9GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 (topped only by Sony's Z1), a 5-inch Super AMOLED high-pixel-density 441ppi display, a 13MP camera, and 16/32/64 internal storage. What more could you wish for?
2. Motorola Razr I
You are probably not used to hearing the name of Motorola too often in the high-end smart-phone department, but it seems that this company never ceases to amaze. Razr I may not be the best, or best made handset around, but it is still a pretty solid smart-phone, that won't empty your pockets. As far as specifications go, it is equipped with a 2GHz Intel Atom Z2460 processor, a 4.3 Inch super Amoled 540x960 display, an 8MP rear camera and 8GB internal storage. It is the perfect gift idea, for tech enthusiasts with down-to-earth budgets.
3. HTC One
HTC One remains one of the most reliable and efficient Android flagships on the market. It benefits from wonderful software and hardware, and it will soon be upgraded to Android 4.3, which means even more options for apps. Although it was released earlier this year (in April), it is still one of the favorite choices for most tech enthusiasts. A great thing about this is the fact that the price has dropped to ridiculously low levels, so it can be purchased by most people.
4. Nexus 4
As we mentioned earlier, it is predicted that the Nexus 5 will make its appearance next month, but its release that has still not been made public. In the meanwhile, its predecessor, the Nexus 4 is still considered one of the best smart-phones on the market.
5. Sony Xperia Z1
As far as tops are concerned, in most cases they are a bit personal. I truly believe that the Sony Xperia Z1 is the most beautiful, powerful and efficient smart-phone on the market right now. The company didn't wait long for the Xperia Z to win the hearts of people, because it has quickly released a better model, the Z1. This superb device may look a lot like its predecessor, but the changes are quite obvious.
The rim is now aluminum instead of rubbery plastic, the edges are more rounded, the camera was upgraded to 20.3 megapixels, and the processor is now a 2.2 GHZ Snapdragon 800, the highest we've seen on any smart-phone. The Z1 is hands-down the best smart-phone. It just seems to have it all, the overall design is remarkable, and the technical features are outstanding. It is true that it will be quite pricey, but it is definitely worth every penny.