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PhoneArena Awards 2013: Best Smartphones
This is it, guys! It is time for the culmination in our PhoneArena Awards of 2013. We're pleased to announce the final and most exciting category in our series, and as you can probably tell already, today we'll be announcing the year's best smartphones. Before we get to it, we have to admit that picking today's winners was a pretty difficult task. That's because we got to play with a ton of smartphones over the past 12 months and we did like many of them. Only a few of this year's smartphones, however, truly stood out. 
 
Drumroll, please...

LG G2


PhoneArena Awards 2013: Best Smartphones
In 2013, LG had an uneasy task on its hands. The company had to develop a top-notch smartphone to challenge its competitors with; a smartphone that could outpace all other Android-based high-end offerings. This led to the launch of the LG G2, and boy was it a remarkable phone! And it still is, of course, ranking among the best handsets money can buy. Seriously, there's a lot to like about it. For starters, the LG G2 is a phone that feels surprisingly compact and wieldable for something that sports a pretty large (and gorgeous) 5.2-inch display on its front. Then there's the performance. The G2 is a true powerhouse with its top-tier hardware configuration. At the same time, few other smartphones can come close to beating the G2's battery life. Simply put, if you want a smartphone that has it all, then the LG G2 would be a worthy pick.


Google Nexus 5


PhoneArena Awards 2013: Best Smartphones
Last year, Google made headlines with the launch of the Nexus 4, which was more that just reasonably priced. It was a steal considering what it had to offer. And the phone was so good that it got honored as our favorite phone of 2012. Fast-forward 12 months into the future and the Google Nexus 5, powered by Android 4.4 KitKat, is now walking in the footsteps of its predecessor. It is an amazing device no matter how we look at it – a device that performs like an Android flagship, yet costs only half as much. And what's no less important, in charge of its powerful hardware is Google's software in its pure, unaltered, bloatware-free form. 


Apple iPhone 5s


PhoneArena Awards 2013: Best Smartphones
The year 2013 saw the launch of the Apple iPhone 5s. Visually, it wasn't very different from its predecessor, and its specs didn't seem as droolworthy as those of Android flagships, but nevertheless, Apple's smartphone did sell by the truckloads. And why wouldn't it? The iPhone 5s is still a top-of-the-line smartphone worthy of giving any Android flagship a run for its money. Without a doubt, it is not any less capable than any of them. It has a great camera, solid construction, beautiful screen, and the performance of its A7 chip is outstanding. Plus, the iPhone 5s is one of the very few high-ends that come in a truly compact form factor. And these are just some of the reasons why the iPhone 5s is loved by millions of people worldwide.

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posted on 06 Dec 2013, 14:39 18

1. GeekMovement (Posts: 1497; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


Surprised that the Note 3 is not here.. really surprised actually.

posted on 06 Dec 2013, 14:41 8

2. amats69 (Posts: 830; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


It is already choosen as best phablet by PA..maybe PA give chance to others..lol

posted on 06 Dec 2013, 14:44 7

3. GeekMovement (Posts: 1497; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


Good point, I totally forgot about that. Anyway the phones mentioned above are truly remarkable. My next wish would have been the Lumia 1520, but that was also in the phablet category. I guess my favorite phones are now no longer smartphones, but phablets lol.

posted on 06 Dec 2013, 15:23

25. amats69 (Posts: 830; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


Oh dude..me too..i dont like wp but the lumia 1520 got my attention....but 2013 is about to end in a couple of days..so anothers sets of flagships is coming and for sure some of them are more powerful than the 1520...so maybe ill wait and check the 2014 flagships before i buy my next phone.

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 02:28 5

76. abdane (Posts: 471; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


in my experience i tried the HTC One, GS4, G2, Z1 and the 5S

HTC One tops them all...

HTC One > G2 > Z1 > 5S > S4

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 05:27 2

82. in_core (Posts: 80; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)


Yup HTC One is "almost the best phone ever made", just let down by its camera.
I hope HTC leads in 2014, trashes Samsung as they dont like to just repeat last years phone with improved hardware only.
And obviously I hope HTC this time uses a camera that can compete with todays smartphone, not 2005's phones.
Best wishes HTC

FYI: I bought G2 3weeks back. Had the choice of HTC One and G2, ditched the One only for its camera. IF it were better would have blindly got it.

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 07:53 1

85. DKJnr (Posts: 22; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)


Totally agree with you save for the camera but everything else kind of makes up for the camera shortfall especially BoomSound.

What about the Lumia 925 or 1020?

posted on 11 Dec 2013, 07:56

115. findinghomer (Posts: 12; Member since: 11 Dec 2013)


whats your advantage on the HTC one over the G2? Im huge HTC fan its usually all i buy, but i chose the G2 over the HTC one soley on hardware specs.. i really wanted the one, but at this point in the year, 1.7 ghz 600 snapdragon is dated. but i have never used it before. i am still getting the One for my wife, ill be waiting on the next HTC release.

posted on 06 Dec 2013, 15:00 19

12. Damitel (Posts: 65; Member since: 21 Apr 2013)


Iphone 5s is in almost in every award that a phone receives. Phonearena pls why? Personally, I like Samsung product but for HTC one to be ignored is sad. I don't want to talk about S4 or note 3...

posted on 11 Dec 2013, 07:58

116. findinghomer (Posts: 12; Member since: 11 Dec 2013)


that is the exact same question i have been wondering for years. Apple has marketed the iPhone very well is my only conclusion.

posted on 06 Dec 2013, 17:05 7

49. danny_a2005 (Posts: 114; Member since: 06 Oct 2011)


Honestly I think they should do this awards thing by votes.. this site is driven by us, the users.. so we should be the ones picking our favs

posted on 06 Dec 2013, 17:26 1

51. bucky (Posts: 1222; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


This website is 95% hardcore fandroids. I'm pretty sure you would know the tesults

posted on 06 Dec 2013, 21:21

69. jaychildz (Posts: 104; Member since: 31 May 2013)


Samsung (woooo)
HTC (YAAAAAAY)
nokia-windows-BB-sony

then apple

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 01:34 2

75. amiroomg (Posts: 7; Member since: 07 Dec 2013)


really surprised is Absence HTC ONE when all majer sites like t3 elect one for best 2013..
PA PLZ check your rate,

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 15:08

101. Ashoaib (Posts: 635; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


I am totally not surprized that they included apple and didnt included samsung... all major website seems jealous from sam's success

posted on 06 Dec 2013, 14:44 9

4. chaosnightmare (Posts: 31; Member since: 20 May 2010)


smartphones and phablets should be in the same category since they both work as phones

posted on 06 Dec 2013, 16:14 14

42. Physicist (Posts: 5; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


If they made smartphones and phablets into one category with 3 phones, the iPhone wouldn't make the list. That's why they didn't do it.

posted on 06 Dec 2013, 14:45 8

5. greathero1 (Posts: 443; Member since: 13 Jun 2008)


Nice to see the Nexus 5 on the list. Weird how the HTC One nor the S4 made the list. Both were powerhouses and I did enjoy my 5 month run with the One.

posted on 06 Dec 2013, 14:47 3

6. darkkjedii (Posts: 9316; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Ip5S note 3 g2

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 08:30 1

88. JerryTime (Posts: 468; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


Make your own site with your own awards and that's what it would be.

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 10:06

94. darkkjedii (Posts: 9316; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


No need to, I don't have any issues with the rankings, nor do I complain, whine, b***h and moan about everything. You loser fanboys do enough of that, I simply enjoy all 3 of my flagships. Ip5S retina mini, note 2, life is good.

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 09:48 2

93. Wiki_jaan (Posts: 661; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)


loool
g2 is a beast
note3 is a phablet
iphone is a sh.... ..... nothing

posted on 06 Dec 2013, 14:51 8

7. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 845; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


Note 3 > G2 > ___

posted on 06 Dec 2013, 15:15 18

19. emadshiny (Posts: 1091; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


My ranking
Note 3 > Z1 > G2 >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> iP5

posted on 06 Dec 2013, 20:05

61. Kaiser2007 (Posts: 132; Member since: 16 Nov 2013)


Z1 6903 has multiband LTE (3, 7, 20 and 4), Note 3 doesn't.

posted on 06 Dec 2013, 20:47

65. wilsong17 (Posts: 265; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


doesnt the note 3 has lte

what the benefit of multiband

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 09:19 1

90. Kaiser2007 (Posts: 132; Member since: 16 Nov 2013)


All the high-end devices nowaday have multiband LTE. What I mean is Z1 (and Z Ultra) has LTE for USA and Europe. Note 3 has LTE but it's for either USA or Europe, not for BOTH.

Anybody know how to put my reply to be in-line with the comment I reply to? It seems I can't find the way. I using desktop PC with Mozilla Firefox.

posted on 06 Dec 2013, 14:51 8

8. datphoneguy (Posts: 122; Member since: 15 Sep 2013)


No HTC One?? HUH????!!!!!!!

posted on 19 Dec 2013, 09:23

125. dirtydirty00 (Posts: 244; Member since: 21 Jan 2011)


my thoughts exactly

posted on 06 Dec 2013, 14:55

9. dorianb (Posts: 335; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Wow. LG on the come up

posted on 06 Dec 2013, 14:55 20

10. Diezparda (Posts: 104; Member since: 23 Oct 2013)


Xperia Z1 anyone?

posted on 06 Dec 2013, 19:26 1

57. pyradark (Posts: 712; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)


Z1 is great but let down by screen quality and too huge for 5inch phone(I know its for water proofing)

posted on 06 Dec 2013, 14:58 24

11. MrKoles (Posts: 278; Member since: 20 Jan 2013)


Where is Galaxy s4? Anytime over iPhone...

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 04:16 1

80. adecvat (Posts: 79; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


It is failed, due problems, cheap plastic, bugs and etc.

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 07:16 1

84. MrKoles (Posts: 278; Member since: 20 Jan 2013)


Oh yes? Tell me about the bugs you experienced personally and didn´t hear from butthurted haters, please. Plastic, at least it´s more durable against everything and doesn´t look like a phone that was used since 2007 after 3 weeks.

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 09:40

92. adecvat (Posts: 79; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


Octa-version overheating and has low battery life, games run on low (mali gpu poor optimization) and it looks like other of 50 galaxies.

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 13:31

97. MrKoles (Posts: 278; Member since: 20 Jan 2013)


I don ´t care, I´ve got the Snapdragon one, cause I live outside USA...

posted on 08 Dec 2013, 04:11

109. adecvat (Posts: 79; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


No matter, S4 failed.

posted on 08 Dec 2013, 07:30

110. MrKoles (Posts: 278; Member since: 20 Jan 2013)


Okay, I just leave you alone in the pit of misery.

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 08:05

86. superfans (Posts: 34; Member since: 30 Jul 2012)


dual core 64 bit > quad core processor

posted on 08 Dec 2013, 07:32 1

111. MrKoles (Posts: 278; Member since: 20 Jan 2013)


Honestly you can pull it over your head with a single Gb of RAM.

posted on 06 Dec 2013, 15:03 4

13. Shatter (Posts: 1766; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Only thing that belongs there is a G2. Nexus 5 is good but it is not in the top 3 phones for 2013. It is a developer phone for experienced users or for people who want lag free pure android.

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 10:49

127. networkdood (Posts: 5562; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


lol, your last sentence shows you why it belongs - powerful processor with great resolution, lag free, smooth experience...and for the price, hard to beat it...

posted on 06 Dec 2013, 15:03 8

14. ferdeenand (Posts: 1; Member since: 06 Dec 2013)


What about Galaxy S4? Come on guys! iPhone 5s? You shouldn't take phone arena as your name!

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 01:02

124. number29 (Posts: 129; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


Sounds like you'd rather they be called Android Arena.

posted on 06 Dec 2013, 15:04 3

15. Jphones (Posts: 230; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


How LG get on here twice? Have never seen anybody witha G2.

So my S4 which millions have and you scored as one of the best is discarded.

The iPhone which just added a Apple sell my identity theft me please button. This equals the best?

posted on 06 Dec 2013, 15:55 2

38. chrislars (Posts: 77; Member since: 11 Apr 2013)


"Have never seen anyone with a G2" Haha! I almost choked on my pizza!

posted on 06 Dec 2013, 17:27

52. bucky (Posts: 1222; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


Lol a google user preaching about information security......now I truly have seen it all.

posted on 06 Dec 2013, 20:33

64. Commentator (Posts: 2184; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


"Really? Have you ever seen a man eat his own head?"

(Sorry, had to say it!)

posted on 11 Dec 2013, 08:04

117. findinghomer (Posts: 12; Member since: 11 Dec 2013)


thats bc the galaxy line (while is a great flagship) was marketed very very well, its a "household name" for androids. so Its automatically instilled in everyones brain by default that its the best droid on the market. Well Its not. It was back when the G3 was released, but the competition has surpassed Samsung since then. Dont be mad, its a good thing, competition means more/better opitons for the consumer.

posted on 06 Dec 2013, 15:11 3

16. mrvid (Posts: 73; Member since: 02 Oct 2008)


Had an LG2, from Verizon, didn't like. Having the buttons on the back was a pain! Sold it on eBay and got a Sammy S4 and couldn't be happier!

posted on 11 Dec 2013, 08:06

118. findinghomer (Posts: 12; Member since: 11 Dec 2013)


agree with the button on the back, i upgraded from the Droid DNA and really found the key placement wrong.

posted on 06 Dec 2013, 15:12 14

17. emadshiny (Posts: 1091; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


I suggest one new category to PA.
The most EXPLODING phone!
then all three spots will be for iPhone for sure. lol

posted on 06 Dec 2013, 15:17 3

20. darkkjedii (Posts: 9316; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


S4, Htc one, and s3 would be in that category too. Do your research...lol that.

posted on 06 Dec 2013, 15:22 4

24. emadshiny (Posts: 1091; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


they would be but,
1. iP5
2. iP4S
3. iP4
.
.
.

posted on 06 Dec 2013, 22:13

72. Diezparda (Posts: 104; Member since: 23 Oct 2013)


BURN!!

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 02:52

78. Bernoulli (Posts: 1402; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


That is so true, that's why they're called samsuck yet people overtaken by gimmicks and no personal opinion buy their products, so sad but such tactics work on American people

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 10:51

128. networkdood (Posts: 5562; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


I have 5 people in my family with a Samsung phone - 3 of them were iphone users - and they are are happy to switch - any phone exploding is a rarity. At least Samsung markets to show you what the phone can do, while Apple just shows you some pretty stuff, some apps, etc. Samsung actually shows you what the iphone cannot do...and does it honestly, unlike Microsoft...

posted on 06 Dec 2013, 18:24 2

54. GeekMovement (Posts: 1497; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


True, iPhone did have some exploding issues, but Samsung did as well so I call forth a new category...

Best Electrocuting Phones.

1. iPhone
2. iPhone
3.rd Party Accessories

posted on 06 Dec 2013, 15:13 9

18. ArtSim98 (Posts: 1156; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Z1 should be there! Not iPhone

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