America is celebrating the Fourth of July
today, so we thought that this would be a good time to make a selection of the best smartphones and tablets made by companies based in the US.
We only included recently released device. So, for example, you won’t see any Palm handsets - although, of course, Palm introduced quite a few awesome smartphones over the years before being acquired by HP, which didn’t really accomplish much with WebOS (ultimately selling it to LG).
The list of the best smartphones and tablets made by US companies isn’t a terribly long one. It could have been longer, but Google’s Nexus devices can’t be included here, because they’re actually made by Asian companies (LG, Samsung, Asus). Even so, the list is waiting for you to check it out below. Have a Happy 4th of July, wherever you are.
1. Apple iPhone 5s
The iPhone 5s is the first smartphone that comes to mind when we’re talking about handsets made by American companies. Apple has come a long way since unveiling its very first iPhone back in 2007, and it’s now the world’s second-largest smartphone vendor. We’re pretty sure that you already know a lot about the iPhone 5s - however, if you don’t, reading our iPhone 5s review
is a must!
2. Motorola Moto G
While Motorola Mobility is in the process of being bought by Lenovo (from Google), it’s still a US company at the moment of this writing. So no one should be surprised to see the Moto G in this list. With its very attractive price, nice design, and decent set of features, the Moto G is widely regarded as one of the best mid-range smartphones ever. It was first launched at the end of 2013 for prices starting at $179. This year, Motorola released an LTE version of the Moto G, which costs $219, still representing a fantastic deal. Motorola Moto G review
3. Motorola Moto X
The Moto X was released in mid-2013 as “the only smartphone assembled in the US.” Alongside it, Motorola introduced Moto Maker, which allows users to customize the look of the Moto X (with lots of back cover options to choose from). Compared to the Moto G, the Moto X offers more advanced features, and that’s why it’s a bit more expensive, currently being sold for prices starting at $349.99. A successor to the Moto X, allegedly called Moto X+1, should be released later this year, but this won’t be assembled in the US.Moto X review
4. Apple iPad Air
Launched by Apple shortly after the iPhone 5s, the iPad Air is the company’s fifth-generation 9.7-inch tablet. Just like the latest iPhone, the iPad Air is a hot seller. The slate is only 7.5 millimeters thin, offers an excellent 2048 x 1536 pixels display, and is powered by a 64-bit Apple A7 processor. Apple iPad Air review
5. Microsoft Surface Pro 3
Microsoft’s brand new Surface 3 tablets come in various configurations. You can get the cheapest model for $799 (Intel i3 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of internal memory), and the most expensive one for $1,949 (Intel i7, 8GB of RAM, 512GB of internal memory). According to Microsoft, the Surface Pro 3 can replace your laptop. The tablet certainly has a lot to offer, including Windows 8.1 Pro, a 12-inch IPS display with 2,160 x 1,440 pixels, and a special stylus. Microsoft Surface Pro 3 specs
6. Dell Venue 8 (2014)
The new Venue 8 was announced by Dell in June, and it should be available to buy starting this month. It’s the successor of a similarly-called tablet released by Dell in 2013, and comes with a dual-core 64-bit 2.13GHz Intel Z3480 processor. Other features include an 8-inch display with 1,200 x 1,920 pixels, Android 4.4 KitKat, 5MP rear camera, 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of expandable internal memory. Dell will ask $199.99 for the new Venue 8. Dell Venue 8 specs
7. HP Slate 7 Extreme
The Slate 7 Extreme isn’t the newest tablet around, but its price ($179.99) may convince you to buy it - that is, if you’re looking for a slate with a 7-inch, 800 x 1,280 pixels display. Powered by a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 4 processor clocked at 1.7GHz, the HP Slate 7 Extreme offers an “integrated precision stylus”, 5MP rear camera, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage space, and microSD card support.HP Slate 7 Extreme hands-on
8. Polaroid Q series
Yes, Polaroid makes tablets. Earlier this year, the company announced three new slates, all running Android 4.4 KitKat: Polaroid Q7, Polaroid Q8, and Polaroid Q10. As their names suggest, the new tablets come with screens measuring 7 inches, 8 inches, and 10.1 inches. All feature quad-core processors, though they aren’t available to buy yet. But they should be worthy of your attention when they finally ship, because Polaroid will sell them for prices between $129 and $179.