The smartphone market is the most competitive in the world. Every quarter there are new and, arguably, better devices released. There are a plethora of options when purchasing one and they are basically pocket computers these days.
Everyone has a contract these days and users often get an upgrade every 12 months. From the list on offer, these are my personal favourites for fall and winter 2013:
- Lenovo P780 – China’s most popular smartphone brand is now coming to the rest of the world. Apple and Samsung have dominated the market for a long time but the Chinese company is aggressively coming and rising in global popularity already. With the likes of Vibe Z and K900 showing the potential of the brand, this is the latest addition. A brushed metal, plastic and chrome design gives it a premium feel, the 8 megapixel sensor gives you the chance for good images while the 5-inch LCD display gives you a crisp display to use. Powered by Android, it is a benchmark for Lenovo and well worth a look this FW 2013.
- LG G2 – Many have said that LG has struggled to really make a mark on market share but this smartphone really does give you a reason to consider switching from iPhone or Samsung. It feels great, works quickly and is aesthetically pleasing. The camera might leave a bit to be desired but the battery is decent.
- Apple iPhone 5S – Some say that iPhones aren’t changing but in some ways it’s the familiarity that is so popular. This so called ‘forward thinking’ smartphone holds similar promise to previous models but with an altogether cleaner experience. It’s not quite got the display of its competitors but the tweaks plus the new operating system means that it will still be one to get this FW.
- HTC One Mini – The HTC One has been a complete triumph. Arguably the phone of the year, it was stunning and sharp. However, as is the trend in technology, they felt the need to create a smaller model. It’s a good design, display with a great interface. It doesn’t have the power or battery but it’s a great option.
- Samsung Galaxy S4 – Samsung are the giants worldwide and their S4 is a great addition to a popular range. The innovative device allows memory expansion and battery access with a 5-inch full HD display which makes it crisp to work with and manageable in size. Battery life isn’t a patch on Lenovo and the price hits hard but it is an improvement with plenty of new features.
These are five of the best on the market right now. It’s often hard to distinguish which smartphone is the best but there are plenty of new features coming out all the time. Other options include the Sony Xperia Z1, Huawei Ascend P6 and Nokia Lumia 720.