Top 10 best Smartphones of 2013


Smartphones have been evolving ever since it was introduced, it gets better, bigger and of course smarter with time. This year 2013 has been an excellent one for smartphones as many companies launched their products, but only few managed to withstand the competition. As end of this year is around the corner its really the time to announce the top 10  best smartphones of 2013.

Here i have prepared a list of smartphones which based on its rating, features, price and its impact in the market. Every Smartphone in the below list is one of the best in this year and they carry only minor differences. So lets move into the list of our top ten smartphones of the year 2013.


10 . NOKIA LUMIA 1520:


Nokia had a good time with its Lumia Smartphones and this new massive Phablet sized 1520 Smartphone comes as a new arrival in the series. This 1520 measures 6 inches providing a glare free experience and powered by a 2.2 GHz Processor. This device has a RAM of 2GB and 32 GB memory and provides a slot to extend its memory. Since the size of the device is massive, it provides a inconvenient experience to users when coming to one hand usage and reviews say that call quality was not good as other smartphones. These things have created a minor drawback but still 1520 managed to grab a spot in top 10.



Sony achieved a great success with the series of Xperia Smartphones and the uniqueness of these phones was their resistant nature against dust and water. Coming in that Line up this 5 inch Xperia Z1 has really deserved a spot in the top ten smartphones this year. Highlighting feature such as sleek design, battery life and expendable memory really gives the edge over others. But in the other hand it faces some drawbacks with sound quality and expensive finger print magnet. These things have influenced Sony Xperia Z1 to grab the 9th spot in this ranking.

8. NOKIA LUMIA 1020:


Nokia has launched this killer 41 MP Camera Lumia 1020 Smartphone in order to get in to the competition with the other giants and this Smartphone did its job quite well enough. Packed with Monstrous 41 MP camera this phone was a boon to the photograph lovers. This Smartphone provides cool photograph with massive lens and also comes with a  big screen. Talking about drawbacks this phone cost very much than the other standard smartphones and huge also lens at the back spoils the look of this smartphone. But this smartphone break into the top ten and placing itself in the number eight with its cool power of photography.

7. LG G2:


The LG has bring something innovative this year with all new LG G2 in which the device features control buttons which was placed behind the phone instead at the sides. This was considered quite an innovation by some and opposed by others. In addition this device also packed with 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 processor runs in Android 4.2.2 with 13 MP Ultra fast rear facing and 2.1 MP front facing camera. Powerful lightning speed camera, processor and expansive screen was some of the highlights of this device. Absence of memory slot and some softwares are seen as drawbacks of this device. So LG G2 managed to make into 7th spot of this ranking.




This Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is massive like its predecessors. Running in Android 4.3 , this Smartphone measures 5.7 inches.  Powered by a 2.2 GHz quad core processor this Galaxy Note 3 capable of taking good pictures with 13 MP camera and has a long has a long battery life. The S pen comes handy with the device usage like its predecessors. But the faux-leather styling is crafted from cheap plastic and like other big devices it gives inconvenient experience in one hand usage. These things have pushed the Galaxy Note 3 to 6th spot in our ranking.



Google is coming strongly in competition with the other smartphone giants like Apple, Samsung ,LG etc. This Nexus device runs in Latest Android version 4.4 and measures 5.4 inches. This device carries 8MP rear facing camera and 1.3 MP front facing camera. Powered by Snapdragon 2.3 GHz processor Nexus 5 can deliver good performance like other smartphones with reduced cost. But the device screen is reported to be dimmer than other smartphones and no memory slot seems to be a bit of disadvantage. But adding up things the  Cost efficiency, long battery life and sleek build have earned 5th spot in the best ten smartphone list.



The Motorola Droid Maxx comes with a astonishing long battery life, big screen and attractive design. The device measures 5.4 inches powered by 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Processor and runs in Android 4.2.2. It has a 10MP front facing and 2 MP rear facing camera which enables the user to take great pictures with this device. However absence of external memory slot and high cost creates a major drawback. As a result the Droid Maxx stands at number 4 in our ranking.



Apple have managed to make some impact with the latest 5S device, however the users expect more upgrades from the giant. Apple settled with same screen size of 4 inch screen like its predecessors which was less compared to other smartphones in the market. But the 1.3 GHz A7 processor, motion tracking M7 processor and iOS 7 really sealed the deal for  this 5S gadget. The Processor capable of giving fast experience and iOS7 adds up some real cool features to this device. The 8MP rear facing camera probably gave a good advantage for this Apple device. This may not be the update expected from Apple but this was probably the best Apple Smartphone.



S4 was a perfect predecessor to S3 and it manage to create a big impact after Samsung clashed against Apple for patents last year. This S4 device packed with several features such as powerful 13MP rear facing camera enabling it to take cool photos with it. It runs on Android 4.2.2 and powered by a 1.9 GHz quad core processor. The device was reported to have a dimmer screen and more than that the plastic design gives a cheaper look which was quite hated by all the users. But the speed, camera quality , NFC , replaceable battery, software and extended memory slot gave edge to this Smartphone make it a perfect one for multipurpose use. So the Samsung Galaxy S4 stands at number 2 in our top ten smartphones ranking.



HTC One have grabbed the top spot this year for the best smartphone 2013 with its tons of cool features. The device runs on Android 4.1 a bit old one but powered by 1.7 GHz quad core Snapdragon 600 processor which gives a smooth experience to the user without any lag. The HTC One stuns the user with its stunning design and metal finish which multiples the look of this device. The device provides a 4UP (Ultra Pixel camera ) which was very extremely fast enabling user to take instant snaps. And also the camera is capable of capturing 300% more light than the camera of other competing smartphones. 

 This device also have some drawbacks like no expandable memory and no replaceable battery. But this HTC One managed to surpass other smartphones to gain number one spot with its cool features packed at a affordable price and it suits for all kind of applications.


The above rankings depends purely on the rating, performance, features, price and popularity of the Smartphone. Opinions and views may vary based on the needs and expectations of the user.
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Frank Donald

AS i already mentioned HTC one was a great smartphone that comes with a affordable price. The specs and features of this mobile is really cool for such a budget , we cant say that it lacks features


Good list but why HTC one at first spot? I mean it lacks lot of features and specs.