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Best Android phones to get this spring

Best Android phones to get this spring
Spring is in full bloom and as everything starts to get green and cheerful, you may look at your old phone and think it’s about time to bring change into your life. Luckily, this is one of the best times to get a new device.

Some of the biggest phone manufacturer have just released their brand new 2013 flagship devices, and it just so happens that all of them run on Android. Apple’s iPhone traditionally gets a refresh much later in the year, and the same goes for Windows Phone.

And while previously picking between say iOS or Android was a choice between style and geekery, Google’s ecosystem has evolved so much in the past 12 months that it’s perfectly safe to say that you can get gorgeous devices on it.

We have listed our top five picks for new devices that are already available or coming in just a couple of days. Take a look at them, and let us know - which one would you get?

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Which Android phone would you get this spring?
35.62%
1730 votes
(1730 votes) HTC One
39.35%
1911 votes
(1911 votes) Samsung Galaxy S4
3.29%
160 votes
(160 votes) LG Optimus G Pro
7.95%
386 votes
(386 votes) Nexus 4
13.79%
670 votes
(670 votes) Sony Xperia Z

4857 votes




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posted on 17 Apr 2013, 09:53 44

1. Troysyx (Posts: 132; Member since: 30 Jul 2012)


Have the Nexus 4 now and the developer edition of the One on preorder. The S4 didn't impress me at all when it was announced, the new features just seemed too gimmicky and I wasn't a huge fan of touchwiz on the S3. Haven't had a Sony phone yet, but I wouldn't count it out.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 10:05 14

7. rihel_95 (Posts: 193; Member since: 21 Mar 2012)


I would buy the next Nexus! [not Nexus 4]

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 10:26 35

18. dan86 (Posts: 298; Member since: 17 Mar 2012)


Samsung Galaxy S IV will be the as usual expected winner. And its not a crime to support and buy a champion which brutally kills every single droid in competetion.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 11:51 13

48. omar300 (Posts: 171; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)


i think when company is being b*tch to its consumer, consumer need to tell inform them. one way to do it but not supporting them. so dont buy s4, force samsung to make s5 newer design.
the only NEW hardware feature on samsung is digitizer. which we can use even after wearing gloves. That is all.
processor, camera, battery, screen res these things have age and samsung HAD to put new one. if they had old technology that would make s4 worst.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 15:05 16

73. teerex42 (Posts: 127; Member since: 14 Jun 2012)


Omar300 u r an idiot, the S4 is far more advanced than the S3, bigger screen, full hd screen 1080p not 720p...you virtually don't have to touch the screen to use it which for a person like me who doesn't like to put any screen protectors or case on my phone since it takes away from the beauty of it. IR blaster remote control for your tv...I could go on and on and on and on and on and on and on...the S4 will be the best smart phone period!!!

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 19:05 7

114. jan25 (Posts: 383; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)


Teerex, you are saying that you are not planning to touch the screen on your S4 ever and your expecting a pleasant experience? Using the S4 without a case is great you know, makes you appreciate its plastic construction. I could probably say Samsung ruled the competition with the S3 and the Note 2 last year, but the S4 has serious competition this year that you have to acknowledge. The One looks to be as reliable and featured packed as the S4. Samsung didnt offer "the best smartphone period", not this year.

posted on 24 Apr 2013, 09:03 1

177. iami67 (Posts: 318; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Sorry I have to agree with teerex and it seems a lot of others do as well. WHy would anyone want a metal phone. They dent ive never seen one that didnt dent. Everyone complains about plastic even tho its not a plastic its a diferent material all together that si more flexible and reliable. And last but not least. If the phone is not on all major carriers then there is no way it will come close to being one of the best phones of the year and the One not being on vzw is a big flaw especially since vzw is the biggest carrier in the US.

posted on 25 Apr 2013, 01:39 2

181. KennethP4V (Posts: 33; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


with the s4 who said u can use the phone without touching it? that only goes as far as flipping home screens or pages. lets say if u have to text, how would u text without touching the keyboard? or lets say u have to enter an address of a website. Dont brag beyond the realistic point! And who said if u touch ur phone then u need screen protector? screen protector is only good for old phones without gorilla glass, nowadays the screen glass is good enuff to resist scratches. If ur talking about dropping and breaking the screen, a screen protector doesnt help either, it's just a piece of plastic.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 16:20 5

82. taz89 (Posts: 2008; Member since: 03 May 2011)


mpion which brutally kills every single droid in competetion.

48. omar300 posted on 4 hours ago 3
i think when company is being b*tch to its consumer, consumer need to tell inform them. one way to do it but not supporting them. so dont buy s4, force samsung to make s5 newer design.
the only NEW hardware feature on samsung is digitizer. which we can use even after wearing gloves. That is all.
processor, camera, battery, screen res these things have age and samsung HAD to put new one. if they had old technology that would make s4 worst.

posted on 18 Apr 2013, 11:49 1

159. Steebie (Posts: 9; Member since: 16 Apr 2013)


*snort* It's fine to say you like it...it's silly to say it "brutally kills every single droid in competition"

I think the best you can (honestly/accurately) say is, "It has the features that appeal most to me"

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 03:09 2

169. kboo1995 (unregistered)


I will admit that The SGS3 was the best phone of 2012
But this year will be a different story
The GS4 will sell well ,but only because of the brand name
HTC One is the one for me :)

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 13:32 19

61. samsunggalaxylover (Posts: 37; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)


I'll get the galaxy s4 without thinking a lot.
cause simply it's the best.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 14:04 21

68. amiroo (Posts: 269; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


htc one for sure..definitely one..
i was waiting for a complete handset for a long time..
only one can bring my expect ..
i like its design/body/ui/sound/screen/camera..
everything is perfect ..
s4/z/g pro then good enough for every taste but i pick up one..
tnx for this case PA.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 16:31 11

85. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


HTC one camera is garbage, the device takes FOREVER to charge, the device runs above average hot, poor battery life for 3d games. I expect a lot of returns. HTC can bring good design but when it comes to hardware/software they are behind.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 16:54 5

101. amiroo (Posts: 269; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


garbage??what do u see other site except gsm??it was best in technobuffalu and some many other also in youtube u can search and see one`s camera is best night shot and best video record and sound record with to many option abilies.
http://www.slashgear.com/slashgear-101-htc-ultrapixel-camera-technology-20270335/

s4 then will be so hot when u use it for too long time.
its reality of 4core handset.
http://www.phonearena.com/news/Thermal-imaging-of-stressed-Samsung-Galaxy-S4-shows-the-chassis-rarely-gets-hot-and-bothered_id42013

but at least aluminum is soooo better than cheap plastic u dont think so?

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 18:03 7

106. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


Did you even read that article it says "Rarely gets hot and bothered." You obviously know nothing about phone heat and need to learn how to read, that article is saying the s4 runs cool compared to other phones.

If you want to talk alumnium vs the polycarb on the s4 I would prefer the polycarb. Alumnium is a weak metal, it is very easy to scratch/dent and it is a conductor of head.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 18:36 2

111. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Stainless Steel 18 is much better™

posted on 18 Apr 2013, 00:26 3

140. Piyath.droid (Posts: 14; Member since: 12 Apr 2013)


aluminum is not stainless steel bro.. And plastics don't stain, scratch, dent, and heavy as aluminium. And S4 is not made of cheap plastics but with high quality plastics called poly-carbonate, which is a heavy duty durable carbon polymer..

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 22:31

131. RomeoJDR (Posts: 237; Member since: 09 Dec 2011)


Despite random stories read about phones exploding followed by some lawsuit, I have never had any or know anyone else having a heat problem with their phone.

posted on 18 Apr 2013, 11:51

160. Steebie (Posts: 9; Member since: 16 Apr 2013)


"it is a conductor of head."

- I've got to get me one of those phones!!!

posted on 24 Apr 2013, 07:01

176. Trex95 (Posts: 540; Member since: 03 Mar 2013)


Actually The verge rate the S4 8 out of 10! and they mentioned that the best things on S4 the screen and camera unless if your not going use the S4 camera at night cause htc one win at night shoot.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 17:27 7

105. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Every electrical products gets hot, when pushing it to its limits!

Even Labtops and PC get hot. So what if it gets hot?
You dont have to touch that part! Its the Cpu and Gpu that gets hot when playing highend games that take up 120-200Mb of Ram!

What Htc one should'ev had was side air vent holes so the heat will force out of the side vents and not get contaminated! Just like the iPad4, which reaches 55 degrees!

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 18:37 1

112. lyndon420 (Posts: 1684; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


If the aluminum body is acting like a heat sink and cooling the cpu, it might not be a bad thing. Most likely would be putting a case on that beast anyways so that probably might help some with it getting hot to touch.

posted on 18 Apr 2013, 11:52

161. Steebie (Posts: 9; Member since: 16 Apr 2013)


FWIW, I've had the One for a week and it's never gotten hot...not once, even while conducting head.

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 20:51

174. techonolodge (Posts: 4; Member since: 01 Apr 2013)


Coming from someone who looks for the features first, followed by a close second...overall phone life, the HTC loses immediately. I hope everyone has fun complaining about the One's battery failing and having to get the whole phone sent in for repair, while the S4 is just one small online purchase away from a much longer lifespan. I've been through 2 Inspire batteries before I got smart and bought an Anker online for $8. NOT going through that with a non-removable battery. And have I mentioned the horrible updates from HTC? Going from my old Inspire to the S4 will be breathtaking.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 17:02 14

102. akki20892 (Posts: 3232; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Only stupid people will get S4......!!!

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 18:26 11

109. highonandroid (Posts: 18; Member since: 06 Mar 2013)


so your're calling people who buy the best smartphone
(at the moment) stupid?
man I don't know what to say, you haters are so stupid,
just vote what you like,

posted on 18 Apr 2013, 12:57 1

165. akki20892 (Posts: 3232; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


your profile photo saying that you r hater.....ho ho ho

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 18:48 5

113. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Not stupid, but everyone, geeks spec users and fans©

Cant wait to root this device and overclock the Cpu to a max 2.3Ghz. And install custom Kernels, which then you can have all 8Cpus active. and those PvrSgx543 to a massive700Mhz, all 3 cores running at 700Mhz will make sure that highend games will have no lag and much higher frame rates and have more details™

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 19:30 4

119. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


That phone will melt or explode !

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 22:06 2

128. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


It wont melt, it will reach around 55 degrees.
Ignore touching that part, or use a phone cover simple!
Why the complain? So what if it reaches that high!
I dont see a big deal in that™

posted on 18 Apr 2013, 05:04 2

156. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


The thing about overclocking is that it might damage other parts of your phone . I overclocked my GS2 to 1.35 . But what you said is a little too much .

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 20:34 1

122. bayusuputra (Posts: 941; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


ok, then i'll wait for your "S4 exploded when playing game after overclocking and running on all 8 cores" report.

posted on 18 Apr 2013, 12:56

163. akki20892 (Posts: 3232; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Lol......

posted on 24 Apr 2013, 22:48

180. moroninc (Posts: 169; Member since: 14 Jul 2012)


then i'm stupid, because i need a replaceable battery, a MicroSDcard slot, a 4.99 inch goodness and above all a 13MP shooter!

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 19:22 7

117. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Ive voted for all of them, cause thier all great devices™

posted on 18 Apr 2013, 15:46

168. jcarrigan (unregistered)


i chose the xperia, i have the gs3 and i love it but the gs4 isnt worth it, the htc one isnt anything new really, and the lg optimus g pro looks exactly like the samsung galaxy note 2. the nexus 4 isnt worth mentioning really because its last years phone.

posted on 04 May 2013, 06:22

187. serporys (Posts: 16; Member since: 20 Apr 2013)


Yes, S4 is too similar to S3, which I never liked design wise.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 09:54 13

2. Shinydesert (Posts: 56; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


After having the S3 and keeping the LG Optimus G I wll go with the LG Optimos G Pro. There is something about LG that I like better.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 16:18 7

80. snowgator (Posts: 3187; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


I just can't trust them. Too many LG devices have had poor performances and durability in my circle of friends. Glad someone has had good experiences with them.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 09:57 15

3. iluvsmartphonexpdx (Posts: 48; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)


Though the s4 didnt surprise people with its features and design, its still a tad better than one anyway

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 10:00 12

4. iluvsmartphonexpdx (Posts: 48; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)


The reason why one is more welcoming is because of its so called ultrapixel camera and boomsound and the fact that htc hasnt been the best recently

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 12:00 5

50. omar300 (Posts: 171; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)


i dont know why you are getting dislikes but i fully agree. its time we get a change and
htc has brought that. a slicker desgin, FINALLY! front speakers! let alone them being stereo! and
they didnt make an awesome camera because 4mp is only good for object less than 10 feet away.
BUT they atleast brought the knowledge to consumer about how cameras work(sensor being bigger means better lightening. and then there is the aperture(smaller is better).).

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 16:33 6

87. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


HTC One loses to the S4 camera, the S4 has an Exmor RS 13mp camera in it, it is no slouch.

posted on 26 Apr 2013, 09:51 1

183. chocolaking (Posts: 428; Member since: 22 May 2012)


Incorrect. YOu don't s**t about camera.
you are just a die hard sammy fan boy.

posted on 18 Apr 2013, 00:28

141. Piyath.droid (Posts: 14; Member since: 12 Apr 2013)


Very true!!

posted on 21 Apr 2013, 11:21

173. kboo1995 (unregistered)


Brand Name #

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 10:01 6

5. ProblemSolver15 (Posts: 79; Member since: 14 Jun 2010)


I'm on Verizon, so I don't have very many options to replace my S3 with (S4, iPhone 5 or 5S, Moto X hopefully). Having said that, I hope the One comes to Verizon, and if not, I'll hold out for the Moto X.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 13:51 2

65. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Yea I'm on verizon as well. It would be sweet if the ONE drops on vzw. Love that body just hate the speakers. Plastic on the S4 bugs the hell out of me.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 16:34

88. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


The One isn't coming to Verizon because the Droid DNA is a slightly worse HTC One.

posted on 18 Apr 2013, 00:28 1

142. Piyath.droid (Posts: 14; Member since: 12 Apr 2013)


aluminum is not stainless steel bro.. And plastics don't stain, scratch, dent, and heavy as aluminium. And S4 is not made of cheap plastics but with high quality plastics called poly-carbonate, which is a heavy duty durable carbon polymer..

posted on 18 Apr 2013, 12:28 1

162. vodka (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Apr 2013)


"poly-carbonate,...carbon polymer" -- fancy way of saying plastic

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 10:03 2

6. blueriverclay (Posts: 5; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


If Sprint carried the 64gb HTC one out of the gate, I probably would have gone with it, but I am going for the S4 based upon the expandable storage and reuse of my existing g3 phone kit, docks, etc.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 10:07 19

8. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5042; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


I voted Sony Xperia Z, and I'm using it right now!

I must say that it is the best smartphone I've ever used! Gorgeous, durable, best!

I love it! Sony always make me believe! :)

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 10:19 16

14. wendygarett (unregistered)


Sony is the worst among all these tbh...

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 10:23 16

16. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5042; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


None of these are the worse! These smartphones are the best!

I'm not trying to be mean, but, you are a fanboy!

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 16:22 5

84. taz89 (Posts: 2008; Member since: 03 May 2011)


Exactly All these phones are great its all about what's great for you.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 21:41

126. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5042; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Yup, I agree! That's what I said, these phones are great!

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 10:27 11

19. eliasafram7 (Posts: 83; Member since: 18 Mar 2013)


man no need to be aggresive i like samsung too but the truth must be said all this phones are great each one of them has his advantages and disadvantages there's no perfect smartphone yet so relax and choose whatever u want

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 10:35 13

24. lee480 (Posts: 171; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)


Wendy. I noticed when articles talks about LG, you say HTC, Sony rocks. When posts talks about Sony, you say Samsung, Apple are awesome. Is there something wrong with you?

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