Expert Spotlight - David Beren - 5-17-13
It's been an eventful week for the Official Smartphone Rankings. It has gained some new competion in the likes of smartphones such as the Sony Xperia Z and L, the BlackBerry Q10, and the Nokia Lumia 928. Will any of these devices make it into the top five of our expert's selections next week? We will soon find out!
It's another week and with that comes another top five that introduces a new device and reminds us that four other devices continue to reign supreme.
The introduction of the LG Optimus G Pro at the number five spot may seem like it's the 'worst' of the top five, but that would be a mistake. It's in the number five spot because it's the least proven of all the new devices to launch lately. As an LG device it doesn't have the pizzazz or marketing power of Samsung, but it certainly has enough horsepower to stand on its own as a smartphone.
The HTC One and HTC First mark one of the first times I have two HTC devices in the top five and only one Samsung. The HTC One is my vote for the best all around Android device currently on the market with top notch hardware, decent enough software and a great overall experience. The HTC First may be having a hard time finding its way into consumer hands, but that's the fault of Facebook Home and not the device itself. It's fantastic for a 4.3' Android device, even with what is arguably mid-range specs, it performs like a device much higher on the totem poll.
The Galaxy S 4 takes the number two spot and will likely continue battling for the number 1 spot with the HTC One for the foreseeable future.
The iPhone 5 is a staple device and with iOS 7 right around the corner its likely we'll see a different (and sorely needed) version of iOS. Will it be enough to thrust older hardware back into the top spot or will we have to wait for a next-gen iPhone?