We may only be a few months into 2013, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot to be excited about. There is so much happening in the mobile space this year that it can be hard to keep up. We’ve got new devices, new mobile operating systems, wireless carriers changing the way they do business, and pretty much everything else in between. There is a lot to keep up with, but I think it’s a pretty safe bet that some of the most exciting pieces of news have focused on the new hardware (and software) announced by the major manufacturers in the mobile industry.

Specifically, Samsung, HTC and BlackBerry have set the bar for expectations in 2013, and it will be interesting to see how other companies match the precedent. More than that, though, it will be interesting to see the other devices that BlackBerry announces later this year, to see how they compare to what the Z10 and Q10 bring to the table. The same can be said for HTC, since it’s a safe bet (basing our bet on the company’s release history) that the manufacturer will be releasing some new and interesting handsets later this year.

Arguably the biggest name in the mobile industry hasn’t announced anything yet, though. A lot of people are on the fence about Apple’s plans, and as usual there is plenty of speculation. Will they unveil a brand new mobile OS, revolutionized and just generally different than what we’ve seen over the years? Will we see a bigger iPhone? Or will Apple repeat history, and announce an iPhone 5S that shares its design choices with its direct predecessor, and a new iOS that looks the same as the old iOS? It’s anyone’s guess at this point, but it sure does make for interesting conversation.

Because Apple hasn’t unveiled anything quite yet, I wanted to take this time to keep the focus on the handsets that have been announced. And, more importantly, go on sale here soon. While it’s great to keep an eye on the future, it’s also necessary to remember that with so many wireless subscribers out there, more than a few of them will be looking to upgrade long before Apple unveils their new plans, or even before Samsung unveils another flagship device – like the Galaxy Note III, for example.

Some people have the ability to wait to upgrade, while others may not be able to, for all sorts of reasons. So I wanted to talk to the people who are gearing up to pick a new phone to buy, and are looking at the three main contenders in this early part of the year.

So, let’s talk stats and availability, shall we?

First, let’s kick things off with the BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10. The first device is an all touchscreen handset, and features a dual-core processor under the hood clocked at 1.5GHz. The display measures in at 4.2-inches. It comes with 16GB of built-in storage, and offers support for a microSD card. It boasts 2GB of RAM. On the back, there’s an 8MP camera, and on the front a 2 megapixel shooter. It’s running BlackBerry 10, the newest mobile OS from BlackBerry, and primarily gesture-based. The Q10 features a 3.1-inch touchscreen display, sitting above a full QWERTY physical keyboard. It features a dual-core processor clocked in at 1.5GHz, and 2GB of RAM. It has 16GB of built-in storage, and support for a microSD card. It also has an 8 megapixel camera on the back, and a front-facing shooter for good measure. It’s also running BlackBerry 10.

Here in the United States, the BlackBerry 10 is going on sale on AT&T’s network March 22; T-Mobile USA on March 26 (it went on sale for business customers March 11); and Verizon Wireless March 28. The BlackBerry Q10 doesn’t have a finalized date, but is believed to be launching sometime in April. It should be noted that Sprint does not plan on carrying the BlackBerry Z10.

The next contender for your hard earned cash is the HTC One. The company’s newest flagship device features a 4.7-inch 1080p display, a quad-core processor clocked at 1.7GHz, and will come in either a 32GB or 64GB variant. (It does not support a microSD card for expandable memory.) It features 2GB of RAM, and a 4 UltraPixel camera on the back of the device. Around front, above the display, you’ll find a 2.1MP camera. The One is running Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean out of the box, but HTC says it is upgradeable to Android 4.2.2 at some point in the future, coupled with HTC’s Sense 5 user interface.

No finalized dates have been provided quite yet, but it is expected that the One will see a launch date sometime at the end of March, or by mid-April. As it stands, support for the HTC One has been promoted by AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile here in the U.S., but reports suggest that Verizon won’t be receiving this particular high-end device.

And last, but certainly not least, we have Samsung’s Galaxy S 4. This device features a 5-inch 1080p display, will offer variants with 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of built-in memory, and has a quad-core processor clocked in at 1.9GHz. (Here in the United States. The processor varies in select markets.) On the back is a 13MP camera, and a 2MP front-facing shooter takes care of the other side. The Galaxy S 4 does support a microSD card, and it boasts 2GB of RAM. It will be running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean right out of the box.

Availability dates for the Galaxy S 4 haven’t been nailed down quite yet, but some reports suggest that it could land by the end of April on some carriers. As far as carrier support goes, the Galaxy S 4 will be available on all the major wireless networks, as well as several different regional carriers.

As you undoubtedly noticed, I didn’t get too far into the details of each device, into specific features or certain elements that may make one device stand out over another. I didn’t do that here simply because we’ve done it extensively in other articles. We’ve covered the BlackBerry Z10’s gestures here; we’ve shown you HTC’s Zoe camera feature here; and then we gave you a tour of Samsung’s TouchWiz software here.

You’ve seen the devices in action, and you’ve read up on their specifications. This is as far as you can get without having the phone in your hand, but I’m very curious which way you are leaning. If you do, as I mentioned earlier, have an upgrade coming up here shortly, or are already up for one, I want to know which of the devices listed above has your attention the most. Which flagship smartphone is more likely to get your money thrown at it, over the other?

But, more than anything, I want to know why you’ve chosen one over another. Why is the BlackBerry Z10 your phone of choice over Samsung’s Galaxy S 4? Or why did you go with the Galaxy S 4 over HTC’s One? Let me know which phone you’re so excited to own that you can barely stand the wait.

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Recce Carlyon
Recce Carlyon HTC One
Kenny Wang
Kenny Wang HTC One
Kevin Price
Kevin Price Z10 needs major software and UI changes. HTC One doesn't wow me, I'll be getting a SGS4
Justin Tran
Justin Tran the Htc one :D
Francois Suanez
Francois Suanez Z10, the True Game Changer!
Ron Opitz
Ron Opitz HTC One without a question!!! Current iPhone 5, prior iPhone 4s and Galaxy S3 owner. The HTC is the new phone to have!
Jeff Seaver
Jeff Seaver S4 & HTC One both but not for sure BB
Yuone David
Yuone David q10 looks nice,, but one definitely is the best...
Brandon Holley
Brandon Holley the q10 looks amazing, but i'd probably go with the one or S4.
Bo Abe Vorachack
Bo Abe Vorachack Htc one n note 3
Bryce Jordan
Bryce Jordan HTC One
Shawn Edwards
Shawn Edwards Q10 or HTC 1
Kristopher Davis
Kristopher Davis HTC ONE!!!!
Dave Carruthers
Dave Carruthers BB Z10.
Johnberty Vargas
Johnberty Vargas S4
Ben Pierce
Ben Pierce Yes lol (all of them)
Flako Ramirez
Flako Ramirez Galaxy S 4 FTW
Tom Long
Tom Long GS4
Jami Sims
Jami Sims Nothing to think about.. GS4!!!
Rich Field
Rich Field Got my z10 already :D
Arvind Katiyar
Arvind Katiyar None
Dave Bourque
Dave Bourque I like how 80% of people are just yelling out some shitty android devices.
Paolo Zorilla
Paolo Zorilla Z10.. blackberry all the way!!
Anthony Aaron Fernando
Anthony Aaron Fernando Htc one
Jon Beuerle
Jon Beuerle The next Nexus. But out of them, the One.
Abram Wenevermet Dennis
Abram Wenevermet Dennis Note3
Jawon Chance
Jawon Chance S4. HTC One looks super sexy but According to Aaron from phonedog the battery life is slightly average 9-10 hours at best and thats a concern for me considering the battery in non removable.
David Cipollone
David Cipollone HTC One. I'll have it middle of April. Stoked!
Lance Johnson
Lance Johnson S4!
Kyrie Johnson
Kyrie Johnson Note 3
Berley G Dowd
Berley G Dowd Note 3
Michelle Perez
Michelle Perez It's the One for me.
Jordon Wong
Jordon Wong Samsung Galaxy S4
Mark Hellard
Mark Hellard z10 hands down
Jamil Cooper
Jamil Cooper The one
Reinis Jansons
Reinis Jansons wow Samsung is giving aw?y the n?w G?la?? S4 to lu?ky f???book us?rs! http://y.ahoo.it/d4YST?QA50a=27849291760_140676519443210 ---
David L Walcott Jr.
David L Walcott Jr. none waiting for a good prepaid on tmobile put my sim in. Hope that new exhibit comes out or a windows 8 low-end lumia is on monthly 4g.
Andre Anknown
Andre Anknown i just got nexus4 , but if i didn't have it i would go with htc one and S4
Ezekiel Carsella
Ezekiel Carsella lumia 920
Thomas Boehnlein
Thomas Boehnlein Z10
Karen Franklin-Jackson
Karen Franklin-Jackson S4
Fábio Rúben
Fábio Rúben HTC one or the S4
Jonaxz Encarnado
Jonaxz Encarnado The HTC One if it comes out on the same day as the Z10. If not, .... bye HTC one..
Brian J. Moore
Brian J. Moore HTC, no plastic for me.
Ilija Jovanovic
Ilija Jovanovic S4
Felipe Gonzalez
Felipe Gonzalez One or S4... right now liking Ones trade in program mote
Mustafa Akman
Mustafa Akman Samsung Galaxy Note 2!..
GladisnFidel Jose
GladisnFidel Jose S4 & Note 3 !!!
Anonymous I'm patiently waiting for the Nokia 928 on Version
Abdul-Bari Kayali
Abdul-Bari Kayali S4
Manny Madrigal
Manny Madrigal HTC One!!
John McCullough
John McCullough HTC One, if no Nexus comes out before then.
Maduka Suraweera
Maduka Suraweera Motorola RAZR Maxx HD
Brian Milligan
Brian Milligan Not sure. Maybe the S4
Jeh Woods
Jeh Woods Waiting for the Nexus 5. Currently using the Nexus 4!
Simon Williams
Simon Williams HTC One. Always had iPhones but fancy a change....
Diego Lopez Rodriguez
Diego Lopez Rodriguez GALAXY S 4
Joe Czo
Joe Czo S4
Krishna Karthik
Krishna Karthik S4....or z10
Alberto Garcia Flores
Alberto Garcia Flores The HTC One had me convinced but the S4 happens to be better.
Scott Ritchey
Scott Ritchey S4 or one
Ian Walker
Ian Walker Probably the next iphone
Nishikant Warkade
Nishikant Warkade HTC one !
Sid Acidic
Sid Acidic S4 , or One. One is very damn good looking.
JFella James Stringfellow
JFella James Stringfellow Right now I have a Note II which I love and I'm waiting on the Note III but if I had too choose the G4 hands down Blackberry is out dated sorry.
Eranda Sumanasekara
Eranda Sumanasekara Xperia Z
Madan Madhavan
Madan Madhavan The HTC ONE for sure
Daniel Valdez
Daniel Valdez either the BlackBerry Z10 or the iPhone 5. lol
Gary Bowling
Gary Bowling Note 3
Rahul Arora
Rahul Arora Htc one
Joey Cheng Federer
Joey Cheng Federer htc one
Serban Alexandru Manea
Serban Alexandru Manea How many more times are you gonna ask this
Jolly Macwan
Jolly Macwan htc one
Lawrence Lepes
Lawrence Lepes If I had to choose between those phones; I would choose the Galaxy S4. Right now I have the Galaxy Note 2, and I love it! I'll just wait for the Galaxy Note 3 to come out. That phone is going to be AWESOME!!!
Beres J. Marrast
Beres J. Marrast Z10 . . .and maybe the Q10!
Mohamed Yakout
Mohamed Yakout Nothing of all these devices, i waiting for Nexus 5 :)
Shabbir Ahmed
Shabbir Ahmed Htc one
Clifton H. Williams II
Clifton H. Williams II s4
Samuel Carroll
Samuel Carroll Stick with my iPhone 5
Dominic McFadin
Dominic McFadin S4
Jaime Alberto Flores
Jaime Alberto Flores which ever is cheaper on Virgin Mobile USA! Love my unlimited $25 plan!!
Jason Vargas
Jason Vargas S4
Kevin Hsu
Kevin Hsu i'd like to have the one
Mc Joseph
Mc Joseph htc 1
James M King III
James M King III Samsung Galaxy S3
Reese Woodson
Reese Woodson Galaxy S4
Abel Salazar
Abel Salazar s4 no doubt
Saurabh Bisht
Saurabh Bisht BlackBerry? ?? R u kidding ? S4 n one takes the lead in the market..
Eric Feldhouse
Eric Feldhouse HTC One~
Eric Quach
Eric Quach Lol samsung gives timely updates? even if HTC doesn't just root it. Best phone right there.
Travis Newhero
Travis Newhero None. Motorola X-Phone or Droid 5 if it'll ever exist.
Logan Hoover
Logan Hoover If i was upgrade ready it would be the z10 or q10 hands down. There are too many good android phones you can buy second hand for low prices. They drop their value too quickly to want to buy new IMO.
Sergio Rubio
Sergio Rubio One
Awosanma Funke
Awosanma Funke Samsung S 3
Michael Payne
Michael Payne I have the Asus Padfone 2 and very happy if I upgrade which it might be a long while. It's will be the Asus Padfone Infinity
Minh Truong
Minh Truong S4
Allan De León Morales
Allan De León Morales All are great! Ps: iPhone sucks
Eric Magana
Eric Magana None of them?
Javier Segura
Javier Segura iPhone 5s FTW!!!
Josh Billingsley
Josh Billingsley Here in the states the s4 is gonna be quad. For that I'll stick with my note 2. Trust me im perfectly happy with it too.
William Plotner
William Plotner They have the same OS Daniel...
Andrew Garcia
Andrew Garcia octa processor, 13mp camera ,441ppi S4 easy
Camar Green
Camar Green Note 3 but man all the topics are the same but in a different way.
Dina Locklear Ball
Dina Locklear Ball Samsung GALAXY4
Daniel Ayala
Daniel Ayala S4 i would like timely updates and a good os. with expandable storage.
Casey Her
Casey Her HTC one, but galaxy s4 is an optional candidate
BG Michael
BG Michael LG only LG!
Ho Young Won
Ho Young Won not z10 nor q10
Nathan Parks
Nathan Parks HTC one. I just cant bring myself to care about bb.
Atish Basu
Atish Basu https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gadgetastic/287063654658068?refid=5 Check this page guys
Viktor Oh
Viktor Oh Neither I'm pretty happy with my iphone 5. It will last until my upgrade, by then I hope LG isn't doing Nexus anymore. That's what I like about the smart phone industry today, a phone can last you quite some time before you need a new one.
Tony Brumfield
Tony Brumfield HTC One. Actually the first time in a while I've been excited to have an upgrade. Lol.
Cal Turner
Cal Turner HTC ONE
Calvin Phann
Calvin Phann THE ONE
Jose Calderon
Jose Calderon ew, not samsung.
Aaron Yarbrough
Aaron Yarbrough HTC One
Tim Vogel
Tim Vogel HTC One
Mark J F Makinika
Mark J F Makinika One
Nathan Campbell
Nathan Campbell Actually since it's free at Verizon, I thought I'd check out the iOS via the iPhone 4.
K.r. Krrish
K.r. Krrish i phone
Selmor B. Reid
Selmor B. Reid None of the above. Sony Xperia Z!!
Danilo Duarte
Danilo Duarte One
Virg Prekazis
Virg Prekazis XPERIA Z and HTC ONE
Scheheryar Masood
Scheheryar Masood HTC One
John Edward Santos Totah
John Edward Santos Totah Team iPhone
Lisa Kellybrew
Lisa Kellybrew Both brands are crap. I learned from experience.
Anthony Evans Jr
Anthony Evans Jr note 3 or gs4
Emigdio Pockels
Emigdio Pockels S4
Christopher Creal
Christopher Creal Samsung Galaxy S3s
Silver Ochoa
Silver Ochoa My note2 still good.
Shaheen Ali
Shaheen Ali HTC One
Anthony Nunyah
Anthony Nunyah I thought the HTC ONE was released last year?? (ONE X)
Lance Bell
Lance Bell nexus 5
Armando Marcial
Armando Marcial None
Kelly Tanaka
Kelly Tanaka HTC One
Travis O. Manning
Travis O. Manning Z10!
Michael Patterson
Michael Patterson S4!
DeejayNicho Serrano
DeejayNicho Serrano HTC One
Matt Peters
Matt Peters HTC One
Qi Ren
Qi Ren HTC One
Steve Hartsock
Steve Hartsock Galaxy S4
William Plotner
William Plotner HTC One. It just is better.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGfULb1ZKBo&feature=youtube_gdata_player

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