PhoneArena Reader's Awards: vote for best smartphone and tablet of 2013

Have you ever noticed how even a simple, straightforward question can be quite challenging to answer? You probably have. Here's a couple of relevant examples: what is the best smartphone of 2013? What about the year's best tablet? 

Giving a proper, justified answer to these questions is tricky due to the number of factors one has to consider – popularity and sales figures, price to performance ratio, design and build quality, hardware specs and software features, how innovative a given device is... and the list goes on. Alternatively, one can simply listen to their geeky inside voice and cheer for the phone or tablet they find most deserving – to follow their techy instincts, in other words. 

Regardless of which method you'd rather stick with, we'd love to have your input in today's two polls. Cast your votes below and let us know which you think are the best smartphone and tablet of 2013! In a few days' time, we'll follow up with a new post presenting the winners as chosen by our readers. 

Note: both polls are open to registered PhoneArena users only.

Which is the best smartphone of 2013?

Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Google Nexus 5
Sony Xperia Z1
Nokia Lumia 1520
Apple iPhone 5s
Samsung Galaxy S4
Motorola Moto X
Nokia Lumia 1020
BlackBerry Z30
HTC One Max
Sony Xperia Z Ultra
Motorola Droid Ultra
None of the above

Which is the best tablet of 2013?

Google Nexus 7 (2013)
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 edition)
Apple iPad Air
Sony Xperia Tablet Z
Nokia Lumia 2520
Microsoft Surface Pro 2
LG G Pad 8.3
Apple iPad mini 2
Microsoft Surface 2
Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9
None of the above




Posts: 99; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

Best phone. LG-G2. Tablet - G-PAD. Others - Samsung Note 3 and Samsung S4. Motorola Moto X is still the best value of the year. LG,MOTOROLA,SAMSUNG and GOOGLE will continue to build a larger customer base while APPLE will continue its slide into oblivion.Nexus 5 is over-rated. Washed out screen and terrible battery life make it a non-contender.Smart companies will stop making the lions share of accessories for the IPHONE. When you look at market share it makes no sense. The party is over for APPLE. Say hello to Chromebook as an easy replacement for the MAC AIR. For most it is all we need and so much less pertaining to cost. 2014 will be a real game changer with new innovators and leaders being born. APPLE gets left in the basket.

114. alifastin

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 15, 2013

For me I will choose Samsung Galaxy Note 3 for phones and Apple Ipad Air for tablets. This two gadget is awesome. I love Android and iOS


Posts: 99; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

Hard to believe the MOTO X is not higher on the list. much superior in so many ways compared to many on the list. Future phones will reinforce the mighty MOTOROLA BRAND is back and strong. To see the NEXUS 5 and G2 neck and neck is absurd. The N5 is not even close in quality. One of the most obvious issues is the screen on the N5. 10 years ago it would have been a good screen. Knocking off the G2 is going to take some work.

115. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

don't forget quality isn't the only variable in choosing !

112. hulk_14

Posts: 72; Member since: Dec 14, 2013

Lumia 1520 and Surface 2 pro. Surface 2 pro is definitely the best tablet on the market.

110. mehdi.moha

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 14, 2013

galaxy NOTE 3 , N9005 WIN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! that is really really #1 , you even can't compare any other phone with that !! also tablet 10.1 2014 edition is #1

107. Edward_bly

Posts: 278; Member since: Dec 11, 2013

Go LG and Samsung!

106. omaar97

Posts: 14; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

Phone: Nexus 5/Note 3 (voted for Nexus 5, still Note 3 is amazing for me) Tablet: Nexus 7 2013

105. juliaann

Posts: 10; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

very goooood

104. sanyamjain75

Posts: 14; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

I think best tablet should be xperia Z tablet Excellent design Awesome screen Good chipset Waterproof Also the playstation dualshock 3 support which makes it a all-round performance tablet

101. 4.1.2

Posts: 11; Member since: Oct 30, 2013

Why are people voting for the S3? I guess being original is pointless. Innovation is just something Samsung can't comprehend that's why they where sued 640 million.... For shame samsung for shame...

96. steedsofwar unregistered

LG G2 tie with Experia Z1. Then the nokia windows tablet tie with Surface Pro 2. The G2 is amazing. This is coming from a nexus guy. iPhone is very good but never for the top spot. Too many compromises to list here.

95. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

LG FANS were DIVIDED Between these two LG G2 & LG Nexus 5 I voted LG G2 as The OVERALL BEST SMARTPHONE! LG G pad for Mini tablet. Life's Good...

93. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2282; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Note 3/Z1.

92. Rmito92

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

Phone: Galaxy note 3 Tablet: Nexus 7 (2013)

91. Marwanbalu

Posts: 14; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

My vote Xperia z1 the first

90. Marwanbalu

Posts: 14; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

My vote Xperia z1 the first

89. number29

Posts: 185; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

I voted for iPhone 5S and iPad Air. I just don't think iOS has any serious competition yet (an opinion formed after using plenty of high end Android smartphones).

80. HockeyDood

Posts: 80; Member since: May 14, 2010

The Note 3 is hands down the best phone I've ever owned. This may be the first phone I actually finish my contract out on and may not upgrade straight away when it's finished.

79. Caukerzee

Posts: 36; Member since: Jul 02, 2013

Phone: Note 3 Tablet: Note 10.1 (2014 edition)

77. mishooo111

Posts: 30; Member since: Nov 22, 2012

smartphones: 1. moto x 5 3. iphone5s tablets: 1.ipad air 7 3.ipad mini

76. Finest

Posts: 90; Member since: Aug 16, 2013

The Z family by Sony anyday more reliable than others, take note the water resistance and the outstanding design

75. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

I thought there would be more HTC and Nokia lovers rigging the polls. I guess even they finally realize that their devices are nothing special.

74. skyline88

Posts: 702; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

personal opinion: Separate category for smartphone and phablet / smartphablet (or whatever u wanna call it). I voted for G2 because its a bit unfair to consider Note 3 as a smartphone even though obviously Note 3 is better than G2.

73. Assa7inKing

Posts: 26; Member since: Feb 23, 2013

So there are still people who voted for iPhone ? u guys are truly i SHE*P and deserve to be...

72. Achilis

Posts: 65; Member since: Oct 05, 2013

Note 3 and I pad Air..... Note 3 is the best smartphone ever.

70. garimuta

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

G2 totally surpirsed me by being such a great handset. OMG....getting this one goodbye two charges a day

69. Adithya7184 unregistered

Galaxy Note 3 FTW!!

66. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Oh... There are no multiple choices. Coz most of people love more than 1 phone or there should be voting according to OSs. What say? :) I voted 1520 and confused between Note 3, Z1 and G2. And Nexus 7 for no doubt.

64. Lakuta1978

Posts: 64; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

iP5s 32g and ipad mini ^^

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