2013 was an amazing year for manufacturers, developers and consumers. So much innovation and jaw-breaking features made our smartphones even more intelligent. And we have already seen from the CES 2014 held in Las Vagas that the mobile industry isn’t taking a break anytime soon
Samsung teased an Eye Scanner for the hotly anticipated Samsung Galaxy S5 releasing in April 2014 and there were a lot of other remarkable announcements from other mobile vendors confirming that smartphones will continue to evolve, leaving a mark of assurance that the mobile industry is indeed well and alive.
So who were the mobile vendors that pushed smartphones to the extreme in 2013? Here is the list of the best smartphones that truly showed what they are made of.
5. Google Nexus 5
The Nexus 5 is great improvement over its predecessors and was the first smartphone to feature the Android 4.4 KitKat. Weighing only 4.59 oz and thickness of only 8.59 mm, it is precision-built from strong materials, backed by an equally intelligent, simple design.
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Google Nexus 5 comes in a 4.95-inch Full HD LCD display, 8 MP Camera, Quad Core 2.3 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor as well as 2 GB of RAM. It is available in 16 or 32GB of storage.
4. Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4 is one of the most popular smartphones of 2013 created to look like its predecessor with a little modification in internal specifications and not much of a big difference in exteriors.
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It was carefully designed to have an attractive 5-inch AMOLED display, powered by an Octa-core Exynos processor clocked at 1.6GHz. It has an impressive 2 GB RAM, and on top of these lies an impressive 13 MP Camera for taking beautiful pictures. What makes the Samsung Galaxy S4 a monster is its incredible features like the Smart Pause, Smart Scroll and Eye tracking technology.
3. Sony Xperia Z1
Sony is a benchmark in quality and you could expect nothing but quality with its Xperia Z1. The Xperia Z1 is smartphone marvel, housing a 20.7 MP Camera for taking images with the highest of quality.
It is designed with a 5-inch 1080 x 1920 display, utilizing Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2. It is powered by a Quad-Core Snapdragon processor clocked at 2.2 GHz backed by a 2 GB RAM and internal storage capacity of 16 GB (expandable to 64 GB via MicroSD card). It comes with Android OS, v4.3 (Jelly Bean).
Amongst the strongest features that makes the Xperia Z1 a smartphone for the future includes the fingers Protection Shatter proof and scratch-resistant glass. The phone is also water-resistance and dust proof.
2. Nokia Lumia 1020
Nokia Lumia 1020 is arguably one of the best smartphones to be released in 2013. It is the Holy Grail of smartphones images which it does amazingly with its incredible 41MP Camera. The camera is astounding, having a separate button just for making the most out of it, allowing you to quickly take pictures without needing to go through the User Interface.
Nokia Lumia 1020 has a 4.5-inch AMOLED 1280 x 768 display, it runs on Windows Phone 8 OS and is powered by a Dual-Core Snapdragon S4 processor clocked at 1.5 GHz, it has an impressive 2 GB RAM coupled with 32 GB of storage capacity. It is designed with the newest and greatest hardware in advanced software with over 150, 000 apps available at your finger tip to make the smartphone your favorite companion.
1. iPhone 5S
When Apple was named the world’s most valuable brand, there was no doubt that their next smartphone would be a compete monster device. That device is the iPhone 5S released alongside a down-market companion called the iPhone 5C.
iPhone 5S is no doubt the best phone of 2014, showing Apple’s philosophy of excellence written all over the shell of the smartphone.
The iPhone 5S retains the 4-inch display, running on the A7 CPU allowing a significant hardware upgrade for unbelievable gaming performance. It is 64-bit enabled, something that continues to delude the Android family. Being 64 bit, the iPhone 5S is 56x faster than the original iPhone.
iPhone 5S has 8 MP camera and can capture 720 HD footage at 120 frames per second. It also comes with finger print scanning called Touch ID. The finger print sensor is carefully implemented into the home button. This allows you unlock phone securely.
Here is what industry analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said about the iPhone 5S on launch.
“iPhone 5s is the most forward-thinking smartphone in the world, delivering desktop class architecture in the palm of your hand,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “iPhone 5s sets a new standard for smartphones, packed into its beautiful and refined design are breakthrough features that really matter to people, like Touch ID, a simple and secure way to unlock your phone with just a touch of your finger.”
Evidently, Apple is synnonomous with innovation and we can’t wait to see what the iPhone 6 will bring to the industry.
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