Poll results: Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Google Nexus 7 (2013) are our readers' top smartphone and tablet

That the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is among the most popular smartphones worldwide is something we have no doubts about. After all, over 10 million units already have already left the company's warehouses. And people do seem to like it quite a lot, judging by the number of votes the Note 3 received in our recent poll. For those who missed it, last week we asked our readers which phone deserved to be named smartphone of the year, and Samsung's phablet got almost a quarter of the votes – 24.31%, to be more specific. With 12.96% of the votes, the LG G2 came in second place, followed closely by the Google Nexus 5, which collected 12.87% of our readers' votes.

When it comes to tablets, however, it is not Samsung at the top spot. As it turns out, our readers' favorite slate this year is the 2013 edition Google Nexus 7, which settled at the top after amassing 25.29% of the votes. Samsung's 2014 edition Galaxy Note 10.1 came in second place with 18.24% of our users' votes. Unsurprisingly, Apple's iPad Air is in the top three as well. It received 16.37% of the votes, which got it the bronze. 

Check out the complete poll results below for more on which phones and tablets won our users' hearts this year.

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



74. TechCrazyedBoy

Posts: 129; Member since: Nov 12, 2013

YES!!!!The 1520 is under the 5S and S4...

73. LiquidGalaxy

Posts: 332; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

So the 'top' device only scores 272 votes?? Hardly extensive is it? Just an indication of fanboy ratio in PA - granted a small percentage will be voting honestly but with the amount of immature postings i've seen here I could never take a PA poll seriously..

71. Andrewtst

Posts: 697; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Yes! Apple is history. ;)

70. GeekMovement unregistered

lmao at the "none of the above" votes. They must love technology so much to participate in this poll.

68. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I'll be honest, I just got a Note 3 on Tmobile, I'm tired of waiting 6mo for Sony to decide the North American market is relevant and release the z1. I have to buy my verizon phone straight up so Moto Droid Ultra it is!

65. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

Phandroid Arena

72. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

80% of world is Android-Arena ... so why complain.

63. box14380

Posts: 43; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

I owned the Exynos version of SGNote3 SM-N900 as a giveaway during a running competition. It's a hell FAST device but least the 4G and 4k video capabilities. Overall I'm extremely happy to be able to own this best beast device to date. As expected many people liked and praised the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. The device become a mainstream in my workplace at Saudi Aramco. People just love to brag that screen that crisp and popped-up colors in the display. I asked to one of my supervisor how does he feel on his new SGNote3 device. He candidly answered that this smartphone is AMAZING and tried to hug his cellphone in very corny way.

62. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

I figured that!! They are the best phone and tablet on the market.

41. Genersis

Posts: 219; Member since: May 29, 2013

I don't think I'm ever going to understand the popularity of phablets.

45. rossumentum

Posts: 48; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

ask yourself why is your laptop 10 or more inches. so you can actually do something productive on it. there is your answer. That wasn't so hard was it?

46. jellmoo

Posts: 2701; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Ask yourself why your laptop isn't 22 or more inches. So that it remains portable and easy to use, kind of the point of a laptop. There is your reasoning. That wasn't so hard, was it?

58. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1778; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Phablets are still portable, now you just look stupid and sound petty. Get your own material LOL

59. jellmoo

Posts: 2701; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

And so is a very large laptop. The point is in how comfortable the item is to carry and use. Anything I can carry is technically portable, but if it's cumbersome to use is the experience worth it? Please explain how I look "stupid and sound petty"? Because I made a comparison similar to the one the poster above me made? Because I used a tongue in cheek rewording of his statement to address the issue with phablets? Please, enlighten me. And just so you know, LOL stands for "laughing out loud". I assume you didn't know that since, you know, you didn't actually state anything amusing, and yet tacked it on the end of your sentence for some bizarre reason.

50. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Own one and you'll see why. *cough* Get a Note 3 *cough*

39. jellmoo

Posts: 2701; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Okay, I wouldn't vote for it, but I can see the Note 3 being a good top pick. I can't, for the life of me, understand why the G2 would come in second. It has an absolute mess of a skin and terrible, terrible software features that hinder the user more than they help.

35. rossumentum

Posts: 48; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

yeah note 3 by far best phone no doubt. And phone arena only gave it a rating of 9. What a joke. Clearly the readers of the site know more then the site itself. From now I will just read the comments on articles since that is where people that have brains are postings and discussing things.

29. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

Big surprise. An Android fansite likes android junk.

32. darkkjedii

Posts: 31807; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Not calling android junk, but you're right in that this sites frequented by way more android fanboys, thus the outcome is predictable. That said the winners are the winners, and I congrat them.

43. tedkord

Posts: 17532; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Like I said above, this site mirrors the world. Over 4x as many people chose Android as iOS. And since this isn't an Apple only site but covers all mobile, there's no reason to think it's readership would vary much from that ratio.

52. darkkjedii

Posts: 31807; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That's true Ted, very true, but c'mon dude. The two that won deserve it as much as any others would, but c'mon man.

48. nasznjoka

Posts: 418; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

and what are you doing here exactly??

57. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1778; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Someones butthurt LOL

26. taikucing unregistered

LG G2 is a beast

25. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

True stars...

23. buccob

Posts: 2981; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

New Asus PadFone Infinity, with or without the tablet station is one of the best phones 2013... Sadly not making it to US rule it out of the list...

67. 777light777

Posts: 63; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

But the good news for "US": It will be here in April (2014), will have top-of-the-line specs, a 1920x1200 res tablet display or higher, have support from a LARGE carrier (AT&T), improved lightweight keyboard dock, and for "US" one data plan (if AT&T doesn't get greedy)! "AS" "US" FTW. :)

69. buccob

Posts: 2981; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I hope you are right!... for what I've seen in youtube reviews they need to iron some minor details, but what you are saying looks promising.... I hated when they dropped the keyboard dock... but now I got a bluetooth Keyboard and I care little... though I loved that it was always more than a keyboard (battery, USB, SD slot, touchpad)... Anyway hopefully build quality, specs and software stays top notch (and price down)

21. darkkjedii

Posts: 31807; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Congrats to the top choices.

49. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I voted for my beautiful Note 3 and iPad Air. iPad Air dominates every other tab (except M2) on the market, even the Note 10.1 and N7. Note 10.1 has multitasking capabilities like no other, but I'd get an iPad for the support, apps, and beautiful, lightweight design. :')

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