iPhone 5S, Google Nexus and other top smartphones of 2013
Sun Dec 22 2013, 14:40 hrs
Smartphones are the most sought-after gadgets in today's world. Here is our list of best smartphones launched in 2013. Apple iPhone 5S (Rs 53,500+): It may not be the best phone for watching HD movies, but it is twice as powerful as almost all phones in the market today. The revolutionary fingerprint scanner and great app ecosystem make it our top pick for this year.
LG Google Nexus 5 (Rs 29,990+): If you want a fast, bloat-free Android smartphone, get the Nexus 5. It ships with the latest Android OS (4.4 KitKat) and outperforms many costlier smartphones.
Nokia Lumia 1020 (Rs 46,999): The mythical PureView Lumia phone became a reality in 2013. Lumia 1020's 41-MP camera can capture stunning, DSLR-grade pictures and videos. The Windows Phone app ecosystem has improved quite a bit too.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (Rs 44,900): The Note 3 may not fit in one hand, but it is the best bet for those who seek great all-round performance, be it sketching, watching movies or gaming. Artists will use its stylus a lot.
HTC One (Rs 42,000): It has been around 10 months since the HTC One's launch but it still remains one of the best smartphones around. Its build quality is right up there with iPhone 5S. It has a great display and speakers for video addicts.
Apple iPhone 5C (Rs 41,900+): It's the iPhone 5 in a colourful plastic body and it still makes for a great purchase. The reasons: a great operating system (iOS 7), lag-free user experience and a great app ecosystem.
Nokia Lumia 520 (Rs 8,900): The best smartphones don't have to be expensive. The world's best-selling Windows Phone device – Nokia Lumia 520 – proves that. Wildly popular among those who don't want laggy Android phones.
Micromax Canvas 4 (Rs 17,000): Indian manufacturers are best known for making phones heavy on specs and low on price. But the Canvas 4's build is unlike the cheap plastic we usually have to deal with when buying these phones. Others followed suit.
Nokia Asha 501 (Rs 5,199): With Asha OS, Nokia showed the world that tight pursestrings are not a barrier to a good smartphone experience. Asha 501 looks good, feels great, has a fluid interface and now supports WhatsApp too. If you want 3G, wait for Nokia Asha 503.
Sony Xperia Z1 (Rs 39,000): It's sleek, water- and dust-resistant and its a pretty good smartphone overall. It has flaps to seal all ports, so make sure you don't leave any of those open in case you plan to take it for a swim. (Text: Pranay Parab)