What are some of your most anticipated devices in the latter half of 2013?Anna Scantlin - Contributing Editor
Tomorrow marks the beginning of June, and also the beginning of the second half of the year. This first half we’ve seen some pretty awesome devices come out: the Samsung Galaxy S 4, the HTC One, the BlackBerry Z10 and Q10, the LG Optimus G Pro, and more. But now that the first half is done and out of the way, we’ve got a lot to look forward to in the coming months ahead of us.
I wanted to start my weekend on a positive note, and what better way to do that than to talk about devices that we are interested in seeing released during this last half of the year? We know of several, but there are certain key devices that interest me more than any others (whether they’re rumors or not). On that note, let’s dive in and talk about some of these devices!
Nokia Lumia 925
The Lumia 925 is probably the phone that I’ve done the most research on the past few weeks, and likely my next personal device. The Nokia Lumia 925 is the third to follow the design of its progenitor, the Nokia Lumia 920. The body of the Nokia Lumia 925 is what makes it stand out from both the Lumia 920 and the 928; it sports a toned-down polycarbonate backing but has an aluminum trim, giving it a touch of class compared to its vibrantly colored counterparts. While in the past I’ve praised the Nokia Lumia line for offering more colors than your standard black and white, offering a more professional looking Lumia like the 925 doesn’t seem like a bad idea. Aside from the housing, the only other notable difference is that the camera on the 925 has been slightly improved by adding a sixth camera lens and Nokia’s ‘Amber’ update, which adds new camera algorithms and also improves the phone’s low-light shots (presumably that can compare and surpass that of the praised HTC One).
Motorola’s Moto X seems like a decent enough device, but mostly I’m just glad to see that Motorola is still in the game, despite being criticized by Google earlier in the year. Honestly, seeing that criticism made me think that we couldn’t expect much from Motorola in the near future, so this phone comes as both a surprise and a pleasure. I like Motorola Android devices because the skin isn’t that much different from stock Android itself, so it doesn’t take up a whole lot of space with a lot of extra unnecessary features. Well, at least it didn’t used to; the way Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside described the Moto X was a little sketchy, basically saying that the phone would be all-knowing of its surroundings. I’m not entirely sure how to process that given such vague details, but none-the-less Motorola’s new addition to the smartphone market is definitely one of the models that I will be keeping my eye on for the next several weeks – especially given that it’s said to compete with the Galaxy and the iPhone line of devices. Speaking of iPhones…
While previous releases of the iPhone would lead us to believe that the next device would inevitably be called the iPhone 5S and not feature anything more than a slightly updated hardware and the eloquently described ‘flat’ iOS 7, I’m still wondering if perhaps Apple has something else up its sleeve. Although almost right after my article where I predicted that maybe Apple really was going to start changing things up, the call for a flatter, simpler iOS 7 was discussed by Jony Ive and led me back into believing that the iPhone won’t change – and maybe it won’t. Regardless, I’m still very interested to see what Apple will produce for us this year and whether they happen to come out with the iPhone 5S, the iPhone 6, or perhaps different iterations of the iPhone altogether I’m sure I’ll have something to say about it afterwards.
Although it’s only three phones in a lineup of many, I’m interested to hear what phones you, the reader, are interested in seeing come out for this second half of the year. Are you hoping to pick up a new Nexus? What about a new Galaxy Note? Have you already settled on a device that came out during the first half of 2013? Tell me about your most anticipated devices in the comments!