20 top mobile phones to buy right now

Apple, Nokia, HTC, Sony, LG, Blackberry, Samsung, Microsoft or even Facebook - which smartphone is best for you?
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With handset manufacturers and operating system designers releasing more and more impressive devices into the market there has never been a better - or more confusing - time to by a new phone.
\nMarket reserach and analysis firm IDC reprted that 660 million smart phones were shipped worldwide in 2012 and estimates this figure will surpass 1.1bn in 2016.
\nChoosing the right phone can, to say the least, be difficult. Arabian Business rounds up 20 of the best mobile phones and looks at the features making the different models stand out from the crowd.

\n\n\nApple iPhone 5
\n\nBest for: Apps
\n\nPrice: From $650

\n\nBilled by Apple as the “biggest thing to happen to iPhone since iPhone”, the latest iteration of Apple’s wildly popular range of smartphone devices packs a 1.3 Ghz dual core processor and 8MP camera.
\n\nBuilt on the US vendor’s new iOS 6 operating system, the iPhone 5 supports better Facebook integration, speedier internet browsing and an enhanced edition of the Siri personal assistant software. The phone is sold in models starting from 16 Gb memory upwards.
\n\nIf that’s not enough, it all comes packaged in the sleek, uber-cool form factor that Apple is renowned for.
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\n\nBest for: Camera
\n\nPrice: From $400

\n\nHTC One is the latest effort from the Taiwanese vendor that attempts to topple the smartphone dominance established by Samsung and Apple.
\n\nHTC has staked much in the Android-based device’s camera, whose 4 MP resolution is nowhere near the best on the market, but more than makes up for it with its ‘ultrapixel’ technology, which works best when taking photos indoors.
\n\nAt 1920 x 1080 pixels, the One’s generous screen-size is well-suited to users with big fingers.
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BlackBerry Z10
\n\nBest for: Email
\n\nPrice: From $650

\n\nSeen by many as last chance saloon for ailing BlackBerry, the Z10 is the smartphone maker’s first based on the BlackBerry Z10 operating system.
\n\nThe device is also one of the few by BlackBerry to be purely touch screen (tantamount to sacrilege for many hardcore users).
\n\nElsewhere, the device boasts an 8 MP camera, a 1.5 Ghz dual core processor and BlackBerry Hub, an all-in-one messaging and social networking platform.
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BlackBerry Q10
\n\nBest for: Messaging
\n\nPrice: From $650

\n\nAnnounced alongside the BlackBerry Z10, the upcoming Q10 features many of the same features in addition to a physical keyboard, in a move made no doubt to appease the die-hard users.
\n\nAs a result, the device’s display is compromised to a more modest 3.1-inch, 720 x 720 SuperAMOLED display.
\n\nWhile the device is not likely to attract a legion of new fans, it will no doubt appease long-time fans of BlackBerry’s phones.
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Nokia Lumia 920
\n\nBest for: Applications
\n\nPrice: From $450

\n\nKnown informally as the ‘Windows 8 phone’, the Lumia 920 is one of the first Nokia devices to ditch the Symbian operating system, instead featuring Microsoft’s software.
\n\nA big, colourful 4.6 inch display sports crisp, high resolution colours, while the Microsoft store is stuffed with enough applications to keep even the most ardent Apple fan happy. Who needs Symbian anyway?
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Samsung Galaxy S3
\n\nBest for: Video
\n\nPrice: From $400

\n\nWith its enormous screen and solid battery life, the Samsung Galaxy S3 is the perfect mobile device for watching movies and YouTube clips.
\n\nThe S3’s other fancy features include Smart Stay, which means the display will never dim nor turn off as long as you’re looking at it, as well as S-Voice, which lets you control the phone’s key functions via voice.
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Sony Xperia Z
\n\nBest for: Camera
\n\nPrice: From $600

\n\nSony’s tagline for the Xperia Z is that it has “reinvented the phone”, and while this is pure hyperbole the handset does have much to offer.
\n\nWith a 1.5 Ghz, quad-core Snapdragon processor, the Xperia packs all the punch required for all the latest applications and high-definition movies. Video looks great on the phone’s 1080p HD screen.\nThere is also something for photographers, with a 13 MP camera capable of rivalling many dedicated high street cameras.
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Google Nexus 4
\n\nBest for: On a budget
\n\nPrice: From $300

\n\nBuilt on the winning combination of LG hardware and Google’s Android operating system, the Nexus 4 offers a great all-in-one package for buyers on a budget.
\n\nAmong its smarter features are voice activated Google search and a huge, crisp 4.7 inch display.
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Motorola Razr i
\n\nBest for: Thinking you’re cool
\n\nPrice: From $500

\n\nThe Motorola Razr was the darling of the phone industry in the early 2000s, with the line’s Dolce & Gabbana-inspired models to helping to instill a newfound sense of fashion in consumes’ mobile choices.
\n\nThe latest iteration of the Razr is another one in a seemingly neverending line of smartphones built around Android, and while its dinky form factor is a definite plus, there is not much to make this stand out from the crowd.
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Samsung Galaxy Note II
\n\nBest for: Battery life
\n\nPrice: From $450

\n\nDepending on who you believe, Samsung is quickly catching up with Apple to become the undisputed daddy of the smartphone market.
\n\nLooking at the Galaxy Note II, it’s difficult to argue with this. Featuring a huge battery life, ultra-fast performance for applications, and a big, bright screen, this smartphone is a great all-round choice.
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HTC 8x
\n\nBest for: Applications
\n\nPrice: From $400

\n\nThe HTC 8x is the second smartphone on this list to run on the Windows 8 mobile operating software, along with Nokia’s recently released Lumia.
\n\nThe similarities do not stop there either, with both packing a meaty processor that’s great for the latest applications and a high-specification camera that will keep any budding photography enthusiast on side.
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Apple iPhone 4S
\n\nBest for: Applications
\n\nPrice: From $549

\n\nAlthough now outshone by the more recent iPhone 5, Apple’s previous smartphone model is still easily one of the nicest on the market.
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Nokia Asha
\n\nBest for: On a budget
\n\nPrice: Around $100

\n\nNokia’s Ashaa redefines ‘cheap and cheerful’, with this sub $100 smartphone including many of the features seen in pricier models, including and LCD touchscreen and 3G support.
\n\nThe 3.2 MP camera is hardly the snappiest on the market, but at this price, who’s complaining?
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Fujitsu Stylistic S01
\n\nBest for: Technophobes
\n\nPrice: TBA

\n\nNever in a million years will the Fujitsu Stylistic win any awards for its cutting edge technology or state-of-the-art user interface.
\n\nWhere this phone does excel though is in its ease of use. Using a simplified version of the Android software and a robust exterior, the Stylistic is perfect for those unfamiliar with the trappings of more advanced models.
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LG Optimus 4x
\n\nBest for: Video
\n\nPrice: From $300

\n\nLG handsets have featured heavily in this list and for good cause. The Optimus 4x, like other devices from the Korean manufacturer, features a crisp, high-resolution screen and impressive 1.5 Ghz quad-core processor.
\n\nThe newest Ice Cream Sandwich of Google’s Android operating system leave a open a huge array of the latest applications.
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ZTE Open
\n\nBest for: On a budget
\n\nPrice: Less than $200

\n\nOpen, made by Chinese manufacturer ZTE, is the first handset to be based on the Firefox internet browser software.
\n\nZTE is marketing Open as a device for younger people in emerging markets, but it still comes with an impressive set of technical specifications, including a 3.5-inch touchscreen, a 3.2 MP camera and solid battery life.
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Samsung Galaxy S4
\n\nBest for: Everything
\n\nPrice: TBA

\n\nThe all conquering Samsung Galaxy S4 is almost here.\n\nThis Apple iPhone beater boasts some of the hottest specifications available yet.\n\nSome of the device's most striking assets include its huge 5-inch screen, the latest version of Android Jelly Bean and, perhaps most excitingly, eye control.
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LG Optimus G Pro
\n\nBest for: Performance
\n\nPrice: TBA

\n\nThe third LG phone to feature in this list, the Optimus G Pro effortlessly combines features and performance into one appealing package.
\n\nUnder the hood, the Optimus G brims with power as a result of 1.7 Ghz Snapdragon processor, while the inclusion of the latest edition of Android ensures compatibility with a galaxy of the latest mobile applications.
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Huawei Ascend P2
\n\nBest for: On a budget
\n\nPrice: From $400

\n\nThe Huawei Ascend P2 boasts many of the features of its better known rivals, albeit at a price point likely to cause less pain to your wallet.
\n\nThe 4.7 inch display is clear and bright, while the 13 MP camera is more than sufficient to keep enthusiastic snappers happy.
\n\nThe Ascend comes bundled with the latest version of the Android application and comes pre-loaded with household favourite applications like Facebook and YouTube.
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Facebook Phone
\n\nBest for: Social networking
\n\nPrice: N/A

\n\nNot a physical phone as such, Facebook Home is a new dedicated app that place’s everyone’s favourite social networking site at its core.
\n\nFeatures include Cover Feed, which transforms a phone’s home screen into a rolling list of friends’ status updates, and instant messaging application Chat Heads.
\n\nTaiwanese phone maker HTC has designed its HTC First phone especially for use with Facebook Home. Watch this space for details on the release.\n
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