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The best Android phone out there now: which one is it? (poll results)

The best Android phone out there now: which one is it? (poll results)
Last week changed the mobile landscape at one fell swoop with two great new devices - the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the Sony Xperia Z1, and a few weeks earlier the LG G2 was announced. These are the freshest three cream of the crop Android devices money can buy, and they clash with the current best-selling flagships, the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One.

1080p displays have now become common, but with these latest devices we saw a leap in camera quality, performance and storage. Sony and LG upped the camera stakes, and Samsung brought performance galore with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage for the most basic version of its phone.

All this must have gotten your attention because the majority of you have new favorites. So which one is the best Android phone money could buy right now in your opinion? The LG G2 wins that title. The G2 grabbed 28.3% of your votes. The G2 is the first device to feature a 13-megapixel optical image stabilized camera, and it comes with a huge 5.2-inch 1080p display with close to zero bezel and the latest Snapdragon 800.

It was a close race, though. The Galaxy Note 3 was the runner-up, and the Sony Xperia Z1 ended up third. This goes to show that even half a year old devices like the HTC One (4th) and the Samsung Galaxy S4 (5th) don’t stand much of a chance against the new arrivals. Only 7.2% of voters opted for other devices than the big 5. These would include phones like the Motorolo Moto X, the Sony Xperia Z Ultra, and all other Androids you could think of.

Take a look at the results right below, are you surprised?

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Which phone would you get?
1901 votes
(1901 votes) Samsung Galaxy Note 3
1477 votes
(1477 votes) Sony Xperia Z1
2237 votes
(2237 votes) LG G2
676 votes
(676 votes) Samsung Galaxy S4
1040 votes
(1040 votes) HTC One
571 votes
(571 votes) Another device

7902 votes

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posted on 09 Sep 2013, 04:07 20

1. PunyPoop (Posts: 752; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)

Smartphone and Phablet should be in different categories..

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 04:08 8

2. eli577 (Posts: 84; Member since: 29 Jun 2010)


posted on 09 Sep 2013, 04:09 4

3. _Bone_ (Posts: 2154; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)

Which one is the G2? I mean it has practically the same screen size of the OG Note, which is a phablet, but the overall size of the S4 which is a phone...

Also, there are phones from 3,8" thought 4", 4,2", 4,3", 4,5", 4,7", 4,99", 5", 5,2", 5,3", 5,5", 5,7", 5,9", 6", 6,2", 6,3", 6,44", this year pretty much rendered the short-lived "phablet" name useless. If you can make a call and it has phone UI, it's a phone.

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 05:35 2

21. eli577 (Posts: 84; Member since: 29 Jun 2010)

G2 is almost the same size as the S4, and the Z1 is bigger than the G2, halfway between the G2 and the Note 3.

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 05:51

25. JMartin22 (Posts: 1969; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)

\\\"Phablet\\\" is now officially recognized as a word. In an ironic way, you can say \\\\\\\"phablets\\\\\\\" are going to become the new high-end phones, while \\\"smartphones\\\" start taking a backseat to the mid-range section. That\\\\\\\'s if, you want to look at it that way.

As camera modules, battery packs, screen resolutions get more sophisticated and bigger, will the physical phone unit itself will have to grow to accommodate these sizable increases.

Edit: PhoneArena is doing something weird to the body of my text.

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 06:42 5

30. janus (Posts: 1; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)

What do you expect ? The One and S4 have been around since March..People want these phones because they are new..What a stupid piece of writing.. S4 and the One are two of the best phones ever made..We will see if anyone even remembers the Z1 in 6 months time

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 11:03

47. hortizano (Posts: 292; Member since: 22 May 2013)

Yep, most likely the results reflect the results of a novelty race.. Everyone understood WOULD LIKE TO HAVE the phones instead of ALREADY HAVE THEM, and vote on that...

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 15:52

61. akki20892 (Posts: 3901; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)

well said dude..........!!!

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 04:12 17

4. wicpromd (Posts: 266; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)

Xperia Z1

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 04:16 9

5. asingha94 (Posts: 295; Member since: 08 Apr 2012)

lol!LG G2!

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 05:46 1

23. Lyngdoh (Posts: 264; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)

Is this the first time PA left iStone out of the table?

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 07:14 6

31. bucky (Posts: 2574; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

Best android

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 05:58 7

27. cezarepc (Posts: 714; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)

Results are RIGGED!

No question, it's the Z1.

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 06:24 5

28. gazmatic (Posts: 795; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)

the people have voted

g2 won

suck it up and dont have a coronary

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 07:28 5

34. thunderbird1984 (Posts: 9; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)

voting is nothing, LG is a plastic cheap stolen design and materials, its even cheaper look than S4, plus nothing better than z1, Z1 much better quality, water and dust proof, unique design, much better and advanced camera, same price, so what u r talking about?

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 08:56 2

40. Sauce (unregistered)

I believe he's talking about how the G2 won, and how you should suck it up, which you aren't. Rabble Rabble Rabble! Pipe the fack down.

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 11:37

51. thunderbird1984 (Posts: 9; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)

im saying the facts, real facts why Z1 better than ur LG, because LG never update the phones plus the Z1 better for the reason I mentioned up, looks like u r so hurt from the truth and going to cry, go sleep kido

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 09:20 2

42. techspace (Posts: 1036; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)

if every person in the world likes the same thing, then it would become a monopolistic competition...
to each his own...

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 11:00

46. RomeoJDR (Posts: 244; Member since: 09 Dec 2011)

Funny how people get all fired up just because the majority don't share their opinion. Out of the phones with the latest processor, the Note 3 has the most features and the most RAM, Sony brings the highest quality look and monster MP cam, and LG has all the shared latest specs, but with a generic design and worst of all limited storage with no sd slot. I'm suprised how many like the G2, but could care less my opinion isn't in line with the majority.

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 11:10

50. nxl2610 (Posts: 49; Member since: 14 Aug 2013)

\"Don\'t do fanboyism kids ,It\'s bad for your butt\"

Did your mother ever tell you that ?

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 04:20 14

6. amansingal14 (Posts: 309; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)

Can't agree less, I still don't consider G2 to be phone worth buying. IMHO Sony Z1 and Note 3 are currently the best devices on the market. It's just my opinion though, and I agree that LG has proved to be an extremely good rival for the Samsung's pride, S4.

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 13:01

57. zachattack (Posts: 621; Member since: 31 Jul 2013)

Ignorance is bliss~ G2 is on a different level than the S4 so you can't even be serious with that statement

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 04:25 2

7. bodzio1809 (Posts: 356; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)

Check this video and look at Z1 screen youtube.com/watch?v=Pa0w4fphCEE It looks like they still use TN matrix instead of IPS.

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 04:27

10. roldefol (Posts: 4242; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

There is no best phone; every one of them has some flaw. To make my perfect phone, you'd need to put the G2's screen and camera in the Droid Maxx.

I agree that phablets should be in a separate category though. I can't see someone choosing between the 4.7" One and 5.7" Note 3.

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 05:53

26. ollienightly (Posts: 37; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)

I would though. Actually deciding between 4.3~4.7 and >5.5 as of now.

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 04:40 2

11. scriptwriter (Posts: 396; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)

Best phone out there? The note 3 and G2 havnt been released yet. So how can they fairly be included in this poll?

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 14:23

60. KillgoreTrout (Posts: 53; Member since: 04 Sep 2013)

Because 'best phone' is an opinion poll? Why do you think fairness is required for an opinion poll?

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 04:53 2

12. lee480 (Posts: 197; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)

Who remembers previously, where PA deleted one-third of Sony\'s and Nokia\'s vote claiming it due to \"spam\". :)

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 08:41 1

39. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)

I remember that. Alos not too long ago PhoneArena.com were posting a lot of content market as sponsored by LG. So I won\'t trust these voting results.

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 04:55

13. ihatesmartphone (unregistered)

We all already know which one will sell a lots.... XD

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 04:57

14. speckledapple (Posts: 892; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)

Very surprised that the Note 3 did not win out against LG.

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 04:58 6

15. ebubekir26 (Posts: 318; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)

It's the Note 3, you know it, but than your fanboy spirit kicks in and you just can't admit it

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 05:00 2

16. rizevnarastek (Posts: 347; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)

HTC One still. It\'s the best phone till date and the best smartphone of 2013.

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 07:33 1

35. thunderbird1984 (Posts: 9; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)

hehehehe, u r so funny!! its even can't match the new flagships so how it will be the best??? its very good phone but cant be the best in any way.. its ur opinion only, but even when it was very new and should be the best, it couldn't sell good and now it will disappear, and HTC should bring the latest features..

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 05:10

17. rizevnarastek (Posts: 347; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


posted on 09 Sep 2013, 05:13 2

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

1-one(one max in future)
3-note 3

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 05:13 11

19. yasir-921 (Posts: 81; Member since: 02 Oct 2012)

Go LG Go.....
G2 will kill every other device.....

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 06:31 1

29. roldefol (Posts: 4242; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

Forget about killing. I just want solid competition out there. A sea of Galaxies and iPhones bores me to tears!

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 07:36

36. thunderbird1984 (Posts: 9; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)

it will kill any one who will buy it with a heart attack!! when LG will never update ur plastic G2 for years and u see others flying with new updates, u will cry then die.. go kill ur self before u say it will kill others, it doesn't even have half of Z1 features, where is water and dust proof? where is the metal and glass materials? where is the best camera in the market? why it coping Samsung boring designs? why its made of cheap plastic? and why we will buy it with very high price if its much lesser than Z1??

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 09:55

43. roldefol (Posts: 4242; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

Settle down, son. Hey, maybe you can read up on market share and carrier support and then get back to us all on why the Z1 will even make a tiny little dent in the Android market.

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 11:43 1

52. thunderbird1984 (Posts: 9; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)

r u serious kid?? LG is becoming a good company now? its a shadow of Samsung and it will never innovate or do something more than copy Samsung, with worse quality, we all know that LG is the slowest in updating software, so why to fool readers?? plus u look very hurt because Z1 better in all aspects, but LG and Samsung will sell because there is million tasteless people like u choose non gorgeous devices like Z1 or HTC one, sales is not a prove so go sleep

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 11:50 2

53. roldefol (Posts: 4242; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

I own an HTC. I may buy an LG or Motorola. I will never buy another Samsung, and the fact that everyone and their grandmother buys them makes me even less likely to. As for Sony, who knows who they pissed off, but my carrier has not offered an Xperia in 2 years, so the Z1 is moot. But raving fanboys like you are fun to play with.

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 12:57

56. thunderbird1984 (Posts: 9; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)

its not about fan boy or not, im so impressed about what sony did with this Device, it take it to next level and differentiate it from the boring Korean million devices which have same design and concept, LG not doing something special, just added latest hardware but didn't impress me, after I see the camera features of the Z1, plus all in one features, I can say its the best..

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 13:22

59. roldefol (Posts: 4242; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

But the fact is that it impressed YOU, not the masses. It's a tough thing to take when you realize other people have tastes and opinions that differ from yours.

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 11:49

65. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 1116; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)

You are indeed a fanboy, quite an obvious one, as someone has had owned an Xperia X10 and an LG Optimus 2X (currently on the HTC One) both the Z1 and G2 have their strong points, the most obvious being the LG having the bigger screen in a smaller and lighter body and OIS on the camera, the Z1 has the upper hand in the camera besides OIS and the better build quality. Besides both are running 4.2 right now and you are probably right about LG being a little bit late with updates as Sony has improved a lot in this regard.

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 10:15

44. thunder18 (Posts: 126; Member since: 06 Aug 2009)

I have the LG Optimus G and it received an upgrade from ICS to Jelly Bean. Every Android manufacturer has had a right of passage involving pushing out supposed \"smartphones\" using the old dumb phone model and expecting to succeed without providing any future updates. Samsung, Sony, LG, HTC, they\'re all guilty of this, but seem to have learned their lessons.

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 05:29 1

20. Eonnaydra (Posts: 217; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)

HTC One ! It is unique.

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 05:39 3

22. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)

I have voted for Sony Xperia Z1.

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 05:49 3

24. OpTiMuS_BlAcK (Posts: 418; Member since: 04 May 2012)

I\'m with the G2, but if there was an S800 version of the One then I\'ll consider.

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 07:21 1

32. thunderbird1984 (Posts: 9; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)

I don't know why most people r haters for the companies who is doing best, how the world can be unfair like this? LG G2?? really? ok lets be fair and look closer, what is better about LG, and what better about the best: Z1...

they r same processor, Ram, and other internals, differences:

LG G2: Better by slimmer bizzles , little bigger screen, but we all know LG never update the Android, or maybe after 2 years!! so no way I buy this phone..

Xperia Z1: Better quality by million times, Glass and real metal frame made by one piece, which is very powerful, much better look than the copied design of LG from boring Samsung soap designs.. best mobile by water and dust resistant, 1.5 meter deep for more than 30 mins, LG cant even take a water splash!!
much better Camera, by sensor size, Lens type and Bionz processor, it even defeat Nokia 1020 as we see today from the samples, better camera application by many things especially the manual settings, and we also know that sony UI is the simplest one and closest to orginal android, which means lighter, less problems, much faster updates..
and as the price is same, so why the hell me or any one will buy other than z1??? just for hating the brand? its very special brand and at least not coping any bad design or use very cheap plastic like Samsung and LG, why I will pay premium price for crap products?

finally, if u read what I say!! Sony z1 better than the others by many aspects and this is the truth u like it or no!! its perfect and gathering all the powerful and rugged features with best camera in the market, so its my choice and should be every smart person choice, if u tell me its heavier than the others.. sure it will be, as its made of real materials, not of thin plastic which will be broken from first drop...

wake up people!!

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 21:56

64. heyhi (Posts: 131; Member since: 19 Feb 2013)

man, you\'re whining about people\'s phone choice?? really?? if they choose another phone besides Z1 are they making a bad decision?? how old are you?? are you gonna pay for their phones?? if they like plastic so what?? if they dont like the Z1 UI so what? I dont like stock android UI, but that doesnt mean is bad.
you know that people have different opinions right??
All smartphones has its pros and cons. For you what you consider a pro i could consider it a con.
I agree with you that the Z1 is the most beautiful, but it doesnt fill all of my needs. It fill yours. Nothing wrong with that right?

you should wake up!!

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 07:26 2

33. boosook (Posts: 1437; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)

The Moto X is the best android phone out there, as soon as you stop just looking at how many megapixels or megahertz a phone has and start to consider usability, pocketability, truly useful software features and UI smoothness.

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 08:09

38. yadu004 (Posts: 72; Member since: 26 Apr 2013)

well said, I believe most of the people who voted considered only the specs.
When it comes to the best phone it\'s not just the specs, other factors contribute too. Firstly there is User experience, then there is developer support, Customer support from the OEM side,availability of quality accessories, price worth, etc..
Also releasing flagships from the same company every now and then will make the customer think about buying the phone in the first place.

BUT IN THE END, it all comes down to user experience. What if you have a top tier quad core phone but a simple dual core phone can provide you with a smooth user experience and caters to all of your basic needs? if so then what is the use of having a top tier flagship phone?..

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 07:44

37. majp89 (Posts: 171; Member since: 18 Jun 2013)

Thanks to all these people buying the stupid Note 3, I'm left with one phone that actually caters to my needs for a nice, big vibrant screen on a small form factor. With voice commands that actually work very well and gestures I actually care about, the Moto-X gets my vote. PS: The camera really isn't that bad.

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 09:20 1

41. nodnarb (Posts: 35; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


posted on 09 Sep 2013, 10:42

45. RomeoJDR (Posts: 244; Member since: 09 Dec 2011)

Kinda crazy how big of a flop Googles first Moto phones are shaping up to be.

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 11:06

48. scumbledEGG (unregistered)

gggggggggiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii tooooooooooooooooo.............. .......... ...... ...

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 11:08

49. Kishin (Posts: 704; Member since: 30 May 2013)


posted on 09 Sep 2013, 11:53

54. roldefol (Posts: 4242; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

I want to see the G2 succeed the way the S3 did, because this industry needs more strong players with strong carrier support. A Samsung monopoly on Android sales would be a shame.

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 12:27 1

55. Immolate (Posts: 310; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)

My money is going to the Note 3. The biggest screen, S-Pen and hottest hardware get my vote.

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