The best red smartphones - for Christmas 2013 and not only
Unsurprisingly, you'll find more than just one Samsung handset in the list. The South Korean company is well-known for offering various color option for many of its devices, and red hasn't been forgotten. HTC, Nokia, Motorola and Sony are also present.
Missing from the sea of devices that you're about to discover below is Apple. Although Cupertino has diversified its iPhone color range with this year's two new models, it has yet to make a red phone. Sure, we have the pink iPhone 5C, but pink is just not what we're after right now.
We left out the Moto G - because, to get it in red, you need to pay an extra $14.99 for a changeable back shell, while all the other handsets can be had in this color at their regular prices. Yes, we know that even with the extra $14.99 the Moto G remains very affordable, but, still, it does not count as a red smartphone.
All clarifications being made, let's dive in and see what red smartphones you should consider as a gift this Christmas - there's still time! - or as a regular purchase after the holiday season ends (if you really like the color, nothing should stop you from getting a red handset at any time of the year).
The best red smartphones, 2013 edition
1. Samsung Galaxy S4
More than 40 million of all Galaxy S4 variants have been purchased globally since April, making it Samsung's best-selling smartphone ever. And it's no wonder, since the S4 packs the best hardware and software that Samsung had to offer in the first half of 2013.
The red S4 is sold in the US by AT&T and various retailers, while internationally it's available via lots of operators and sellers.
Price: $200 on contract, ~$640 off contract.
Samsung Galaxy S4 review
2. HTC One
In the US, the red HTC One is currently sold only through Sprint.
Price: $200 on contract, $550 to $600 off contract.
HTC One review
3. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
With its powerful processor, 3GB of RAM, the excellent 5.7-inch 1080p display and the S Pen stylus (for which lots of special functions have been created), the Note 3 already established itself as one of the best extra-large handsets money can buy.
Price: $300 on contract, ~$700 off contract.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 review
4. Nokia Lumia 1520
Price: $200 on contract, ~$550 off contract.
Nokia Lumia 1520 review
5. Motorola Moto X
The Moto X is the first smartphone that's manufactured in the US, and it's already running Android 4.4 KitKat. It doesn't have a 1080p display like today's flagships, however, its 4.7-inch 720p AMOLED screen will not disappoint you.
Price: (as low as) $100 on contract, $450 off contract.
Moto X review
6. Samsung Galaxy S III
The red version of the S III can be found in many markets around the world.
Price: $100 on contract, ~$380 off contract.
Samsung Galaxy S III (US) review
Samsung Galaxy S III (international) review
7. Sony Xperia ZL
The Xperia ZL runs Android Jelly Bean at this very moment. It will be updated to KitKat come next year, though. Its price dropped considerably since launch, so it's definitely worth a look.
Price: $500 off contract.
Sony Xperia ZL review
8. HTC One Max
Price: $250 on contract, $600 off contract.
HTC One Max review
9. Motorola Droid Ultra
Price: $50 on contract, $400 off contract.
Motorola Droid Ultra review
10. Nokia Lumia 520
For its price range (sub $100), the Lumia 520 is quite a capable device, featuring Windows Phone 8, a 4-inch WVGA display, dual-core 1GHz Qualcomm processor, and a 5MP rear camera.
Price: as low as $59 off contract.
Nokia Lumia 520 review
11. Sony Xperia L
Price: as low as $280 off contract (in the US, directly from Sony Store)
Sony Xperia L review
12. Alcatel One Touch Idol X
The Idol X offers a frame made out of titanium alloy, a 5-inch 1080p display, quad-core MediaTek processor, 2GB of RAM, and a 13MP rear camera. The handset doesn't seem to be available in the US as we type this, despite the fact that an official Alcatel OneTouch US website exists.
Price: $350 to $400, off contract.
Acatel One Touch Idol X review
1. ihavenoname (Posts: 1506; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)
All look great, but S4 is slightly too dark.
2. Florin.T (Posts: 124; Member since: 16 Dec 2013)
The same can be said about the S III. Samsung seemingly has a darker view on what red means.
19. dratomic (Posts: 475; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)
hes from unwiredview. i think. btw 1520 looks most gorgeous
20. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3561; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
Yes it does look nice. So does the One max.. I'm looking at a 1520 right now.. Lol❕
28. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)
Can they make a Stealth Black version of Galaxy Note 3/S4/Round? I mean that the area around the screen, the border of the screen and the screen should be of the exact same shade of black resulting in a phone that looks like it doesn't have a screen (when it's turned off). It would be really awesome if they could pull it off.
21. -Shadow- (Posts: 26; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)
I have this "aurora red" S4 and in my opinion is the best s4 color. Also better than those bright red colors IMO.
4. ghemanth (Posts: 1; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)
where is the Sony Z1 Red Colour (Limited Edition) ????????
6. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
That's probably fake. If you really want a red Z1, just buy it and put a red color case on it, just like what I did with my Z.
5. N-fanboy (Posts: 538; Member since: 12 Jan 2013)
My girlfriend went and got herself the space grey iphone 5s even though i literally begged her to buy the HTC One lol.
7. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Tell your girlfriend with a rage face: "Y U NO BUY HTC ONE, Y U NO BUY NOKIA LUMIA, ME NO LIKE IPHONE POOP!".
23. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3561; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
Why don't you get the One so you can finally stop bitchin*, whining, and moaning about WP❔
31. SleepingOz (unregistered)
Why don't you just f off and get a life?!
33. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 890; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
You are worse than hardcore android fanboys...
Why don't you get a life so you can stop trying to force Lumias down everyone's throat?
8. Deaconclgi (Posts: 322; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
Just bought my wife a red 1520. She loves it. Also got a 520 for $59 on amazon the other day but it is black. My 1020 and Nexus 5 are white. Does the red Nokia hardcover on my white 808 count? No???
24. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3561; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
Yes, the 1520 is awesome... What a all around awesome device..
9. JerryTime (Posts: 468; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)
Good to see the Motorola make the list.
Love the Xperiz being on there as well.
11. taikucing (unregistered)
All are red hot
18. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)
This one is better than Xperia L
14. amats69 (Posts: 1125; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
I got the red htc one..im a very happy customer...
32. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 890; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
As a black HTC One owner i envy you! The red one is so beautiful :D
15. dorianb (Posts: 422; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
That DROID looks like it was raped by an Italian super-car engineer.
& no.... that's NOT a good thing.
17. xoxoGeorges (Posts: 207; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)
Not including the 920 is almost a crime.
25. DONUT (Posts: 307; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)
i think the Xperia SP should be on the list too
27. jameshoe (unregistered)
Why Nokia Lumia 720 is missing?