Evan is a Contributing Editor for PhoneDog. He's been in the mobile industry for more than seven years, in one capacity or another. He's always had a passion for technology as a whole, but smartphones will always hold a special place of interest for him. He's a father, a student, and a lover of food. His other passions include hockey, soccer, baseball, video games, and movies. He'll talk your ear off about all of those things, if you give him the chance.

 

 

Why I made my choices

Apple's iPhone 5s is still at the top. Its lightweight design, beautiful display, and access to iTunes and the App Store make it second to none.

HTC's One M8 is a close second, though, with its industrial design, big display, and features like BoomSound and the new Duo Camera feature.

Samsung's Galaxy S5 replaces the Galaxy Note III finally. With its updated specs under the hood, a gorgeous (if not large) display, and a solid frame that's water resistant to boot, the Galaxy S5 is an iterative update but one that stands on its own.

LG's Nexus 5 is the best way to get your hands on a vanilla Android experience, while also avoiding expensive carrier contracts.

Sony's Xperia Z2 is a big, beautifully-designed handset with a gorgeous display, a great camera, and powerful internals.


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  1. Apple iPhone 5c
  2. HTC One (M8)
  3. Samsung Galaxy S5
  4. LG Nexus 5
  5. Sony Xperia Z2 (unlocked)
Why I made my choices...
Apple's iPhone 5s is still at the top. Its lightweight design, beautiful display, and access to iTunes and the App Store make it second to none.

HTC's One M8 is a close second, though, with its industrial design, big display, and features like BoomSound and the new Duo Camera feature.

Samsung's Galaxy S5 replaces the Galaxy Note III finally. With its updated specs under the hood, a gorgeous (if not large) display, and a solid frame that's water resistant to boot, the Galaxy S5 is an iterative update but one that stands on its own.

LG's Nexus 5 is the best way to get your hands on a vanilla Android experience, while also avoiding expensive carrier contracts.

Sony's Xperia Z2 is a big, beautifully-designed handset with a gorgeous display, a great camera, and powerful internals.
  1. Apple iPhone 5s
  2. HTC One (M8)
  3. Samsung Galaxy S5
  4. LG Nexus 5
  5. Sony Xperia Z2 (unlocked)
Why I made my choices...
Apple's iPhone 5s is still at the top. Its lightweight design, beautiful display, and access to iTunes and the App Store make it second to none.

HTC's One M8 is a close second, though, with its industrial design, big display, and features like BoomSound and the new Duo Camera feature.

Samsung's Galaxy S5 replaces the Galaxy Note III finally. With its updated specs under the hood, a gorgeous (if not large) display, and a solid frame that's water resistant to boot, the Galaxy S5 is an iterative update but one that stands on its own.

LG's Nexus 5 is the best way to get your hands on a vanilla Android experience, while also avoiding expensive carrier contracts.

Sony's Xperia Z2 is a big, beautifully-designed handset with a gorgeous display, a great camera, and powerful internals.
  1. Apple iPhone 5s
  2. HTC One (M8)
  3. Samsung Galaxy S5
  4. LG Nexus 5
  5. Sony Xperia Z2 (unlocked)
Why I made my choices...
Apple's iPhone 5s is still at the top. Its lightweight design, beautiful display, and access to iTunes and the App Store make it second to none.

HTC's One M8 is a close second, though, with its industrial design, big display, and features like BoomSound and the new Duo Camera feature.

Samsung's Galaxy S5 replaces the Galaxy Note III finally. With its updated specs under the hood, a gorgeous (if not large) display, and a solid frame that's water resistant to boot, the Galaxy S5 is an iterative update but one that stands on its own.

LG's Nexus 5 is the best way to get your hands on a vanilla Android experience, while also avoiding expensive carrier contracts.

Sony's Xperia Z2 is a big, beautifully-designed handset with a gorgeous display, a great camera, and powerful internals.
  1. Apple iPhone 5s
  2. HTC One (M8)
  3. Samsung Galaxy S5
  4. LG Nexus 5
  5. Sony Xperia Z2 (unlocked)
Why I made my choices...
Apple's iPhone 5s is still at the top. Its lightweight design, beautiful display, and access to iTunes and the App Store make it second to none.

HTC's One M8 is a close second, though, with its industrial design, big display, and features like BoomSound and the new Duo Camera feature.

Samsung's Galaxy S5 replaces the Galaxy Note III finally. With its updated specs under the hood, a gorgeous (if not large) display, and a solid frame that's water resistant to boot, the Galaxy S5 is an iterative update but one that stands on its own.

LG's Nexus 5 is the best way to get your hands on a vanilla Android experience, while also avoiding expensive carrier contracts.

Sony's Xperia Z2 is a big, beautifully-designed handset with a gorgeous display, a great camera, and powerful internals.
  1. Apple iPhone 5s
  2. HTC One (M8)
  3. Samsung Galaxy S5
  4. LG Nexus 5
  5. Sony Xperia Z2 (unlocked)
Why I made my choices...
Apple's iPhone 5s is still at the top. Its lightweight design, beautiful display, and access to iTunes and the App Store make it second to none.

HTC's One M8 is a close second, though, with its industrial design, big display, and features like BoomSound and the new Duo Camera feature.

Samsung's Galaxy S5 replaces the Galaxy Note III finally. With its updated specs under the hood, a gorgeous (if not large) display, and a solid frame that's water resistant to boot, the Galaxy S5 is an iterative update but one that stands on its own.

LG's Nexus 5 is the best way to get your hands on a vanilla Android experience, while also avoiding expensive carrier contracts.

Sony's Xperia Z2 is a big, beautifully-designed handset with a gorgeous display, a great camera, and powerful internals.
  1. Apple iPhone 5s
  2. HTC One (M8)
  3. Samsung Galaxy S5
  4. LG Nexus 5
  5. Sony Xperia Z2 (unlocked)
Why I made my choices...
Apple's iPhone 5s is still at the top. Its lightweight design, beautiful display, and access to iTunes and the App Store make it second to none.

HTC's One M8 is a close second, though, with its industrial design, big display, and features like BoomSound and the new Duo Camera feature.

Samsung's Galaxy S5 replaces the Galaxy Note III finally. With its updated specs under the hood, a gorgeous (if not large) display, and a solid frame that's water resistant to boot, the Galaxy S5 is an iterative update but one that stands on its own.

LG's Nexus 5 is the best way to get your hands on a vanilla Android experience, while also avoiding expensive carrier contracts.

Sony's Xperia Z2 is a big, beautifully-designed handset with a gorgeous display, a great camera, and powerful internals.
  1. Apple iPhone 5s
  2. HTC One (M8)
  3. Samsung Galaxy S5
  4. LG Nexus 5
  5. Sony Xperia Z2 (unlocked)
Why I made my choices...
Apple's iPhone 5s is still at the top. Its lightweight design, beautiful display, and access to iTunes and the App Store make it second to none.

HTC's One M8 is a close second, though, with its industrial design, big display, and features like BoomSound and the new Duo Camera feature.

Samsung's Galaxy S5 replaces the Galaxy Note III finally. With its updated specs under the hood, a gorgeous (if not large) display, and a solid frame that's water resistant to boot, the Galaxy S5 is an iterative update but one that stands on its own.

LG's Nexus 5 is the best way to get your hands on a vanilla Android experience, while also avoiding expensive carrier contracts.

Sony's Xperia Z2 is a big, beautifully-designed handset with a gorgeous display, a great camera, and powerful internals.
  1. Apple iPhone 5s
  2. HTC One (M8)
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  4. LG Nexus 5
  5. Sony Xperia Z2 (unlocked)
Why I made my choices...
Apple's iPhone 5s is still at the top. Its lightweight design, beautiful display, and access to iTunes and the App Store make it second to none.

HTC's One M8 is a close second, though, with its industrial design, big display, and features like BoomSound and the new Duo Camera feature.

Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 improves everything about the Note II, and offers even more features in the S Pen, which gives it an even bigger boost.

LG's Nexus 5 is the best way to get your hands on a vanilla Android experience, while also avoiding expensive carrier contracts.

Sony's Xperia Z2 is a big, beautifully-designed handset with a gorgeous display, a great camera, and powerful internals.
  1. Apple iPhone 5s
  2. HTC One (M8)
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  4. LG Nexus 5
  5. Sony Xperia Z2 (unlocked)
Why I made my choices...
Apple's iPhone 5s is still at the top. Its lightweight design, beautiful display, and access to iTunes and the App Store make it second to none.

HTC's One M8 is a close second, though, with its industrial design, big display, and features like BoomSound and the new Duo Camera feature.

Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 improves everything about the Note II, and offers even more features in the S Pen, which gives it an even bigger boost.

LG's Nexus 5 is the best way to get your hands on a vanilla Android experience, while also avoiding expensive carrier contracts.

Sony's Xperia Z2 is a big, beautifully-designed handset with a gorgeous display, a great camera, and powerful internals.
  1. Apple iPhone 5s
  2. HTC One (M8)
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  4. LG Nexus 5
  5. LG G2
Why I made my choices...
Apple's iPhone 5s is still at the top. Its lightweight design, beautiful display, and access to iTunes and the App Store make it second to none.

HTC's One M8 is a close second, though, with its industrial design, big display, and features like BoomSound and the new Duo Camera feature.

Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 improves everything about the Note II, and offers even more features in the S Pen, which gives it an even bigger boost.

LG's Nexus 5 is the best way to get your hands on a vanilla Android experience, while also avoiding expensive carrier contracts.

LG's G2 is a powerhouse of a device, with a unique button layout, a big beautiful display, and plenty of storage under the hood.
  1. Apple iPhone 5s
  2. HTC One (M8)
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  4. LG Nexus 5
  5. LG G2
Why I made my choices...
Apple's iPhone 5s is still at the top. Its lightweight design, beautiful display, and access to iTunes and the App Store make it second to none.

HTC's One M8 is a close second, though, with its industrial design, big display, and features like BoomSound and the new Duo Camera feature.

Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 improves everything about the Note II, and offers even more features in the S Pen, which gives it an even bigger boost.

LG's Nexus 5 is the best way to get your hands on a vanilla Android experience, while also avoiding expensive carrier contracts.

LG's G2 is a powerhouse of a device, with a unique button layout, a big beautiful display, and plenty of storage under the hood.
  1. Apple iPhone 5s
  2. HTC One (M8)
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  4. LG Nexus 5
  5. LG G2
Why I made my choices...
Apple's iPhone 5s is still at the top. Its lightweight design, beautiful display, and access to iTunes and the App Store make it second to none.

HTC's One M8 is a close second, though, with its industrial design, big display, and features like BoomSound and the new Duo Camera feature.

Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 improves everything about the Note II, and offers even more features in the S Pen, which gives it an even bigger boost.

LG's Nexus 5 is the best way to get your hands on a vanilla Android experience, while also avoiding expensive carrier contracts.

LG's G2 is a powerhouse of a device, with a unique button layout, a big beautiful display, and plenty of storage under the hood.
  1. Apple iPhone 5s
  2. HTC One (M8)
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  4. LG Nexus 5
  5. LG G2
Why I made my choices...
Apple's iPhone 5s is still at the top. Its lightweight design, beautiful display, and access to iTunes and the App Store make it second to none.

HTC's One M8 is a close second, though, with its industrial design, big display, and features like BoomSound and the new Duo Camera feature.

Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 improves everything about the Note II, and offers even more features in the S Pen, which gives it an even bigger boost.

LG's Nexus 5 is the best way to get your hands on a vanilla Android experience, while also avoiding expensive carrier contracts.

LG's G2 is a powerhouse of a device, with a unique button layout, a big beautiful display, and plenty of storage under the hood.
  1. Apple iPhone 5c
  2. HTC One (M8)
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  4. LG G2
  5. LG Nexus 5
Why I made my choices...
Apple's iPhone 5s is still at the top. Its lightweight design, beautiful display, and access to iTunes and the App Store make it second to none.

HTC's One M8 is a close second, though, with its industrial design, big display, and features like BoomSound and the new Duo Camera feature.

Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 improves everything about the Note II, and offers even more features in the S Pen, which gives it an even bigger boost.

LG's Nexus 5 is the best way to get your hands on a vanilla Android experience, while also avoiding expensive carrier contracts.

LG's G2 is a powerhouse of a device, with a unique button layout, a big beautiful display, and plenty of storage under the hood.
  1. Apple iPhone 5s
  2. HTC One (M8)
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  4. LG Nexus 5
  5. LG G2
Why I made my choices...
Apple's iPhone 5s is still at the top. Its lightweight design, beautiful display, and access to iTunes and the App Store make it second to none.

HTC's One M8 is a close second, though, with its industrial design, big display, and features like BoomSound and the new Duo Camera feature.

Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 improves everything about the Note II, and offers even more features in the S Pen, which gives it an even bigger boost.

LG's Nexus 5 is the best way to get your hands on a vanilla Android experience, while also avoiding expensive carrier contracts.

LG's G2 is a powerhouse of a device, with a unique button layout, a big beautiful display, and plenty of storage under the hood.
  1. Apple iPhone 5s
  2. HTC One (M8)
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  4. LG Nexus 5
  5. LG G2
Why I made my choices...
Apple's iPhone 5s is still at the top. Its lightweight design, beautiful display, and access to iTunes and the App Store make it second to none.

HTC's One M8 is a close second, though, with its industrial design, big display, and features like BoomSound and the new Duo Camera feature.

Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 improves everything about the Note II, and offers even more features in the S Pen, which gives it an even bigger boost.

LG's Nexus 5 is the best way to get your hands on a vanilla Android experience, while also avoiding expensive carrier contracts.

LG's G2 is a powerhouse of a device, with a unique button layout, a big beautiful display, and plenty of storage under the hood.
  1. Apple iPhone 5s
  2. HTC One (M8)
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  4. LG Nexus 5
  5. LG G2
Why I made my choices...
PhoneDog OSR

Apple's iPhone 5s is still at the top. Its lightweight design, beautiful display, and access to iTunes and the App Store make it second to none.

HTC's One M8 is a close second, though, with its industrial design, big display, and features like BoomSound and the new Duo Camera feature.

Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 improves everything about the Note II, and offers even more features in the S Pen, which gives it an even bigger boost.

LG's Nexus 5 is the best way to get your hands on a vanilla Android experience, while also avoiding expensive carrier contracts.

LG's G2 is a powerhouse of a device, with a unique button layout, a big beautiful display, and plenty of storage under the hood.
  1. Apple iPhone 5s
  2. HTC One
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  4. LG Nexus 5
  5. LG G2
Why I made my choices...
PhoneDog OSR

Apple's iPhone 5s is still at the top. Its lightweight design, beautiful display, and access to iTunes and the App Store make it second to none.

HTC's One is a close second, though, with its industrial design, big display, and features like BoomSound.

Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 improves everything about the Note II, and offers even more features in the S Pen, which gives it an even bigger boost.

LG's Nexus 5 is the best way to get your hands on a vanilla Android experience, while also avoiding expensive carrier contracts.

LG's G2 is a powerhouse of a device, with a unique button layout, a big beautiful display, and plenty of storage under the hood.
  1. Apple iPhone 5s
  2. HTC One
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  4. LG Nexus 5
  5. LG G2
Why I made my choices...
Apple's iPhone 5s is still at the top. Its lightweight design, beautiful display, and access to iTunes and the App Store make it second to none.

HTC's One is a close second, though, with its industrial design, big display, and features like BoomSound.

Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 improves everything about the Note II, and offers even more features in the S Pen, which gives it an even bigger boost.

LG's Nexus 5 is the best way to get your hands on a vanilla Android experience, while also avoiding expensive carrier contracts.

LG's G2 is a powerhouse of a device, with a unique button layout, a big beautiful display, and plenty of storage under the hood.
  1. Apple iPhone 5s
  2. HTC One
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  4. LG Nexus 5
  5. LG G2
Why I made my choices...
Apple's iPhone 5s is still at the top. Its lightweight design, beautiful display, and access to iTunes and the App Store make it second to none.

HTC's One is a close second, though, with its industrial design, big display, and features like BoomSound.

Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 improves everything about the Note II, and offers even more features in the S Pen, which gives it an even bigger boost.

LG's Nexus 5 is the best way to get your hands on a vanilla Android experience, while also avoiding expensive carrier contracts.

LG's G2 is a powerhouse of a device, with a unique button layout, a big beautiful display, and plenty of storage under the hood.
  1. Apple iPhone 5s
  2. HTC One
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  4. LG Nexus 5
  5. LG G2
Why I made my choices...
PhoneDog OSR

Apple's iPhone 5s is still at the top. Its lightweight design, beautiful display, and access to iTunes and the App Store make it second to none.

HTC's One is a close second, though, with its industrial design, big display, and features like BoomSound.

Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 improves everything about the Note II, and offers even more features in the S Pen, which gives it an even bigger boost.

LG's Nexus 5 is the best way to get your hands on a vanilla Android experience, while also avoiding expensive carrier contracts.

LG's G2 is a powerhouse of a device, with a unique button layout, a big beautiful display, and plenty of storage under the hood.
  1. Apple iPhone 5s
  2. HTC One
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  4. LG Nexus 5
  5. LG G2
Why I made my choices...
Apple's iPhone 5s is still at the top. Its lightweight design, beautiful display, and access to iTunes and the App Store make it second to none.

HTC's One is a close second, though, with its industrial design, big display, and features like BoomSound.

Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 improves everything about the Note II, and offers even more features in the S Pen, which gives it an even bigger boost.

LG's Nexus 5 is the best way to get your hands on a vanilla Android experience, while also avoiding expensive carrier contracts.

LG's G2 is a powerhouse of a device, with a unique button layout, a big beautiful display, and plenty of storage under the hood.
  1. Apple iPhone 5s
  2. HTC One
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  4. LG Nexus 5
  5. Nokia Lumia 1020
Why I made my choices...
Apple's iPhone 5s is still at the top. Its lightweight design, beautiful display, and access to iTunes and the App Store make it second to none.

HTC's One is a close second, though, with its industrial design, big display, and features like BoomSound.

Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 improves everything about the Note II, and offers even more features in the S Pen, which gives it an even bigger boost.

LG's Nexus 5 is the best way to get your hands on a vanilla Android experience, while also avoiding expensive carrier contracts.

The Lumia 1020 from Nokia is the best camera in a smartphone to date, and it also offers a great physical design, beautiful display, and plenty of internal storage.
  1. Apple iPhone 5s
  2. HTC One
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  4. LG Nexus 5
  5. Nokia Lumia 1020
Why I made my choices...
Apple's iPhone 5s is still at the top. Its lightweight design, beautiful display, and access to iTunes and the App Store make it second to none.

HTC's One is a close second, though, with its industrial design, big display, and features like BoomSound.

Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 improves everything about the Note II, and offers even more features in the S Pen, which gives it an even bigger boost.

LG's Nexus 5 is the best way to get your hands on a vanilla Android experience, while also avoiding expensive carrier contracts.

The Lumia 1020 from Nokia is the best camera in a smartphone to date, and it also offers a great physical design, beautiful display, and plenty of internal storage.
  1. Apple iPhone 5s
  2. HTC One
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  4. LG Nexus 5
  5. Nokia Lumia 1020
Why I made my choices...
PhoneDog OSR

Apple’s iPhone 5s is still at the top. Its lightweight design, beautiful display, and access to iTunes and the App Store make it second to none.

HTC’s One is a close second, though, with its industrial design, big display, and features like BoomSound.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 improves everything about the Note II, and offers even more features in the S Pen, which gives it an even bigger boost.

LG’s Nexus 5 is the best way to get your hands on a vanilla Android experience, while also avoiding expensive carrier contracts.

The Lumia 1020 from Nokia is the best camera in a smartphone to date, and it also offers a great physical design, beautiful display, and plenty of internal storage.
  1. Apple iPhone 5s
  2. HTC One
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  4. LG Nexus 5
  5. Nokia Lumia 1020
Why I made my choices...
Apple’s iPhone 5s is still at the top. Its lightweight design, beautiful display, and access to iTunes and the App Store make it second to none.

HTC’s One is a close second, though, with its industrial design, big display, and features like BoomSound.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 improves everything about the Note II, and offers even more features in the S Pen, which gives it an even bigger boost.

LG’s Nexus 5 is the best way to get your hands on a vanilla Android experience, while also avoiding expensive carrier contracts.

The Lumia 1020 from Nokia is the best camera in a smartphone to date, and it also offers a great physical design, beautiful display, and plenty of internal storage.
  1. Apple iPhone 5s
  2. HTC One
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  4. LG Nexus 5
  5. Nokia Lumia 1020
Why I made my choices...
Apple's iPhone 5s is still at the top. Its lightweight design, beautiful display, and access to iTunes and the App Store make it second to none.

HTC's One is a close second, though, with its industrial design, big display, and features like BoomSound.

Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 improves everything about the Note II, and offers even more features in the S Pen, which gives it an even bigger boost.

LG's Nexus 5 is the best way to get your hands on a vanilla Android experience, while also avoiding expensive carrier contracts.

The Lumia 1020 from Nokia is the best camera in a smartphone to date, and it also offers a great physical design, beautiful display, and plenty of internal storage.
  1. Apple iPhone 5s
  2. HTC One
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  4. LG Nexus 5
  5. Nokia Lumia 1020
Why I made my choices...
The iPhone 5s remains at the top of the list, with its industrial design, changes to iOS 7, and access to iTunes and the App Store.

The HTC One is a close second, and it's still the best physical design for an Android device. With features like BoomSound, Zoe, and that big, beautiful display, the One is still a stand-out device.

The Galaxy Note 3 is a great upgrade from the previous model, with an even bigger and better display, new S Pen features, and impressive hardware specs.

LG's Nexus 5 is the best bet for someone not looking to spend a lot on a contract-free phone, but still wants a high-end handset.

And finally, Nokia's Lumia 1020 has the best camera in a smartphone, a great hardware design, and a big, bold display.
  1. Apple iPhone 5s
  2. HTC One
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  4. LG Nexus 5
  5. Nokia Lumia 1020
Why I made my choices...
Apple's iPhone 5s is still at the top of the list. With its physical design, changes to iOS 7 across the board, built-in features and access to iTunes and the App Store, the iPhone 5s is still the best all-around handset.

HTC's One is a close second, with its new hardware design, big beautiful display, and features like BoomSound.

Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 is the best combination of a smartphone and a tablet, and really shines with features build into the S Pen accessory.

The Nexus 5 from LG and Google is a device meant to be purchased without a contract, and offers that opportunity without a high price tag, as well as high-end specs and a new, compelling design.

Nokia's Lumia 1020 is the best Windows Phone-based device on the market, with a big beautiful display, light frame, and the best camera on the smartphone market.
  1. Apple iPhone 5s
  2. HTC One
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  4. LG G2
  5. Nokia Lumia 1020
Why I made my choices...
Apple's iPhone 5s sits at the top, thanks to its thin and lightweight design, beautiful display, and iTunes with the App Store.

HTC's One is a close second, with an amazing design, big, beautiful display, a big change to Sense UI, and features like BoomSound.

Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 is the perfect combination of a phone and tablet, and the features with S Pen are too good to pass up for anyone who wants a device with a big display and a stylus.

LG's G2 is a powerhouse with a beautiful display, unique button design, and top-tier specs under the hood.

Nokia's Lumia 1020 is the best camera phone on the market, it's also got a solid design, beautiful display, and specs worthy of the mobile platform it runs.
  1. Apple iPhone 5s
  2. HTC One
  3. LG G2
  4. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  5. Nokia Lumia 1020
Why I made my choices...
Apple's iPhone 5s gets the nod for the top spot again. The industrial design, coupled with the seamlessness that is iOS 7's UI with the hardware, and overall stability, make it still one of the best options to get your hands on. Plus, add to that the collection in iTunes and the App Store, and its content is second-to-none.

The HTC One is still a close second, and it's still the best Android device thanks to its hardware design, the big, beautiful display, specs, and features like BoomSound.

LG's G2 is a beast of a device with its own big beautiful display, speedy processor, plenty of RAM, and a worthy camera on the back.

Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 is the perfect combination of a smartphone and tablet, thanks to the included S Pen and its bundled features.

And finally, Nokia's Lumia 1020 is the best camera available on a smartphone, and Microsoft's Windows Phone is a remarkably stable platform with plenty of great features behind it.
  1. Apple iPhone 5s
  2. HTC One
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  4. LG G2
  5. Nokia Lumia 1020
Why I made my choices...
Apple's iPhone 5s still rests at the top of the list, with its industrial design, new hardware features like an even more impressive camera, and the iOS 7 software that's been totally redesigned. Plus, with software from iTunes and the App Store, its content is second-to-none.

HTC's One is a close second, thanks to its new hardware design, big beautiful display and new features like BoomSound.

Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 surpassed its predecessor in every way, with a slightly new design aesthetic, new and improved camera, a beautiful display and new features for the S Pen.

LG's G2 is a powerhouse with a unique design, with a big and gorgeous display, plenty of power under the hood, and an impressive camera on the back.

Nokia's Lumia 1020 is the best Windows Phone you can buy, with a lightweight design, a big display, and a camera that's probably one of the best cameras in any smartphone ever.
  1. Apple iPhone 5s
  2. HTC One
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  4. LG G2
  5. Nokia Lumia 1020
Why I made my choices...
Apple's iPhone 5s sits at the top of the list, due to the hardware, and stability and speed of the software that Apple has cultivated over the years.

HTC's One is firmly in second place, thanks to its metal and glass construction, beautiful display and features like HTC BoomSound.

Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 offers a big, beautiful display and functionality to boot thanks to the included S Pen.

LG's G2 is a powerhouse with a big, gorgeous display, a unique button layout, and powerful internals that would make any spec-hound happy.

Nokia's Lumia 1020 offers up a ridiculously good camera, with a beautiful display, light body weight, and plenty of stability and speed with Windows Phone.
  1. Apple iPhone 5s
  2. HTC One
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  4. LG G2
  5. LG Nexus 5
Why I made my choices...
Apple's iPhone 5s continues the company's tradition of marrying hardware and software, and with the latest updates to the mobile platform, it's more stable than ever before. Add to that the amount of content available through iTunes and the App Store, and the iPhone is the perfect match for anyone who wants a stable OS and plenty of apps and content.

HTC's One is the best Android device when it comes to hardware, thanks to its aluminum and glass design, with the gorgeous HD display around front. Features like BoomSound and Zoe really make it stand out against the competition as well.

Samsung's Galaxy Note has a huge, beautiful display, a thin frame, and a top-of-its-class camera on the back. Plus, the S Pen has been upgraded with new features that make it easier to use, making the total package certainly worth a second look for anyone on the market for a new phone.

LG's G2 is a powerhouse with a big, gorgeous display, a unique button layout on the back of the device, and all the specs a phone lover could want.

Finally, LG's and Google's Nexus 5 makes it possible to get a high-end device, with plenty of specification prowess of its own, without the contract and without a steep price tag.
  1. Apple iPhone 5s
  2. HTC One
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  4. LG G2
  5. LG Nexus 5
Why I made my choices...
Apple's iPhone 5s keeps up the tradition of the perfect combination of hardware and software, with the latest update to the mobile platform bringing it up to the familiar stability we've known in the past.

HTC's One is still the best hardware when it comes to an Android device, thanks to the aluminum and glass, and the UltraPixel camera is great for low-light shots. The new additions to Sense 5.5 are great as well.

Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 is a great addition to the family, with a bigger, beautiful display and new additions to the S Pen make the stylus even more functional than ever before. It's the perfect device for anyone who's looking for the best way to do two things at once.

LG's G2 is a fantastic device with a lot of power under the hood, a big beautiful display, and a unique button layout.

LG's Nexus 5 is the perfect option for anyone who doesn't want to stick to a contract, but also doesn't want to break the bank buying a new device.
  1. Apple iPhone 5s
  2. HTC One
  3. LG Nexus 5
  4. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  5. Nokia Lumia 1020
Why I made my choices...
Apple's iPhone 5s has climbed back to the top of the list, due to the recent 7.0.3 update that allows for users to disengage the 'zoom-in, zoom-out' transitions that slowed the whole show down. With those gone, and the parallax effect toned down quite a bit in other areas, the iPhone 5s has returned to its former glory days as one of the most stable, functional mobile operating systems out there.

Still in second place is HTC's outstanding One, thanks to its industrial, high-end design, the gorgeous display, and high-end specifications tucked inside.

LG's Nexus 5, while brand new, already stands out among the crowd as one of the best ways to get your hands on Android, thanks to its cheap, off-contract price tag. Plus, with its high-end specifications, it can put any top-tier Android-based (or any other device, for that matter) on their heels.

Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 is a great device for work and play, thanks to the ways that the company combined tablet functionality with a smartphone. The large screen is beautiful, and the added benefits of the S Pen shouldn't be missed.

Nokia's Lumia 1020 is still on the list thanks to its lightweight, stand-out design, beautiful large display, ample storage, and the second-to-none camera on the back.
  1. HTC One
  2. Apple iPhone 5s
  3. LG G2
  4. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  5. Nokia Lumia 1020
Why I made my choices...
HTC's One is still one of the best devices on the market, and one of the best Android devices on the planet. With a beautiful, big display and features like BoomSound and Zoe, the One stands out on all fronts.

Apple's iPhone 5s is a iterative upgrade, and yet it packs quite a punch under the hood. With updates to the camera, the processor, the RAM, and with new features like TouchID, the 5s is a worthy successor.

LG's G2 is a powerhouse in a plastic shell, with a bold and beautiful display, with hardware to take on the biggest of competition at any turn.

Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 packs all the power and storage you'd need, plus adds the benefit of the S Pen and tablet-like features, like dual-screen running apps.

The Lumia 1020 is the best Windows Phone on the market, with a camera that's second-to-none, a lightweight and thin body, and a gorgeous display.
  1. HTC One
  2. Apple iPhone 5s
  3. LG G2
  4. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  5. Nokia Lumia 1020
Why I made my choices...
At the top of the list, HTC's top-tier One. With its large 1080p HD panel, features like BoomSound and Zoe, along with an industrial build, the One stands out among the Android crowd.

Apple's iPhone 5s is a worthy upgrade from the iPhone 5, with its new processor, new camera, and upgraded iOS 7.

LG's G2 is one of the best Android devices on the market, with its 1080p HD panel, unique button design, and high-end specifications under the hood.

Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 offers a new design for the smartphone, added functionality built into the S Pen, and upgraded specifications under the hood.

And finally, Nokia's Lumia 1020. With a camera second-to-none, and a lightweight build with a display that's beautiful in motion.
  1. HTC One
  2. Apple iPhone 5s
  3. LG G2
  4. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  5. Nokia Lumia 1020
Why I made my choices...
At the top of the list is HTC's One. It's still the Android device to beat in terms of hardware design, and with its 4.7-inch 1080p HD Display, it's still gorgeous to look at. Features like HTC BoomSound and Zoe really make the device stand out in the crowded market.

In second, Apple's iPhone 5s. With an external frame that looks like the iPhone 5, the internals have been given a significant upgrade with a new processor, a little bit more RAM, and an upgraded camera in front and back. Plus, with iOS 7, you get a fresh coat of paint over iOS.

LG's G2 is a workhorse of a device, with a unique button layout on the back plate, and a huge 5.2-inch HD IPS display. With internals that would make the most tech-savvy person drool, this is a device that should get us well into the future.

Samsung's Galaxy Note 3, with its large display, thin frame and S Pen, make it easily one of the best devices for anyone who wants to combine work and general use in one device.

And finally, Nokia's Lumia 1020. With a stable mobile operating system, huge, beautiful display, and the 41-megapixel camera on the back, the Lumia 1020 is easily the best Windows Phone device on the market.
  1. HTC One
  2. LG G2
  3. Apple iPhone 5s
  4. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  5. Nokia Lumia 1020
Why I made my choices...
The HTC One has made its way to the top of the list. With its large 1080p HD display, industrial design and features like BoomSound, HTC's flagship device has definitely earned its place at the top of the list.

LG's G2 shows a new fight in LG's side of the world, and with its high-end specifications and unique button layout, the G2 can stand on its own against the competition.

Apple's iPhone 5s is a worthy upgrade from the previous year's model, but the transitions in iOS 7 may make the phone seem a bit slower than older models.

Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 is another worthy upgrade, and with new features tucked inside the S Pen, it's worth its weight this holiday season.

Nokia's Lumia 1020 makes it to the list thanks to its light build, large, beautiful display (thanks to the colors in Windows Phone), and the camera on the back of the device.
  1. Apple iPhone 5s
  2. HTC One
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  4. LG G2
  5. Sony Xperia Z1 (unlocked)
Why I made my choices...
At the top of the list, Apple's iPhone 5s. With the new processor, slight increase in RAM, as well as the the TouchID, the new device is the perfect replacement for the original iPhone 5.

HTC's One is still in second, with its industrial design, HTC features like BoomSound and Zoe, and the 1080p HD display.

Samsung's Galaxy Note II is still in the running, with its large display and additional features tied to the S Pen.

LG's G2 is climbing the ranks, with its large 1080p HD display, high-end spc sheet, and unique button layout on the back of the device.

Sony's Xperia Z1 offers up a 20MP camera, high-end build quality, and a large gorgeous display, with a high-end build quality.
  1. Apple iPhone 5s
  2. HTC One
  3. LG G2
  4. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  5. Nokia Lumia 1020
Why I made my choices...
Apple's newest iPhone, the iPhone 5s, has usurped its predecessor from the ranking altogether. With the iPhone 5s, we get a new, faster processor, a brand new camera system, as well as other bells and whistles to make the annual upgrade worth the cost of an upgrade.

The HTC One is still in second place, with its high-profile design, and features like BoomSound and Zoe.

LG's G2 rockets up to the third this week, as its now available, and with its HD display, unique button layout, and powerful internals, it deserves to be at the top of the list. Samsung's Galaxy Note II is still in the running, with its large display and S Pen functionality.

Finally, the Lumia 1020 makes it to the list with the departure of the Nexus 4. With the 41MP camera, thin and light body style, as well as large, beautiful display, the Lumia 1020 is a great device for anyone who wants to take photography seriously.
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. HTC One
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  4. Google Nexus 4
  5. LG G2
Why I made my choices...
Apple's iPhone 5 remains at the top of the list, thanks to its industrial build and 4-inch Retina display. Add to that combination access to iTunes and the App Store, the iPhone 5 is the device that offers up incredible hardware as well as a vast online store.

The HTC One is a close second, and is the only Android device that can honestly give Apple's hardware a run for its money. The 1080p 4.7-inch display is big enough and sharp enough, while its metal frame is incredible to hold.

Samsung's Galaxy Note II is still the best way to bridge the gap between a phone and a tablet, thanks to Samsung's S Pen and the software features tied to it.

Google's and LG's Nexus 4 is the best bet for anyone who wants to get a cheap phone without a contract, but still wants a device that's high-end enough, while not breaking the bank.

And finally, LG's G2 has some strong competition, but it's own spec sheet and unique button design give it a strong competitive streak.
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. HTC One
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  4. Google Nexus 4
  5. Nokia Lumia 1020
Why I made my choices...
The iPhone 5 from Apple is still at the top of the list. It's industrial design is still one of the best, and while it's 4-inch Retina Display may not be the biggest, it's still one of the sharpest and clearest. Add iTunes and the App Store to the mix, and you've got hardware that is accompanied by an exhaustive list of software.

The HTC One is a close second, with a build that can easily give the iPhone 5 a run for its money. With its large 4.7-inch 1080p display, it's gorgeous to look at, and with features like BoomSound, even better to listen to.

Samsung's Galaxy Note II may have just been announced, but it's not quite available yet, which is why the Note II is still third on my list. It's got that massive display, but with the S Pen it makes sense, and adds tablet functionality to a device that's still fun to use on a daily basis.

The Nexus 4 from Google, too, is about to be replaced, but with a sharp price cut and still that lack of a contract, plus easy updates to the newest version of Android, it's still one of the best bets for anyone looking to skip a contract.

And finally, the Lumia 1020 makes it onto my list, thanks to the camera and the overall build quality of the device. There's no doubt that this is a phone for someone who wants to take photos, and that's primarily it. But, it's not a bad phone, either.
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. HTC One
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  4. Google Nexus 4
  5. Apple iPhone 4S
Why I made my choices...
At the top of the list, still, is Apple's iPhone 5. With the larger 4-inch Retina Display, coupled with the high-end industrial build of the phone itself, it really is worthwhile to use. Add to that the access to iTunes and the App Store, the iPhone 5 still stands on its own.

The HTC One is a close second, as usual. With its industrial build, 4.7-inch 1080p HD display, plus features like BoomSound, the One is easily the best Android device available right now.

Samsung's Galaxy Note II is still the best bet for someone who wants a device that truly ties a smartphone and tablet together, thanks to the S Pen.

The Nexus 4 just saw a price cut, which makes it the same price as an on-contract device, minus the contract.

The iPhone 4S is the best bet for someone who doesn't want the larger 4-inch display, but still wants access to iTunes and the App Store.
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. HTC One
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  4. Google Nexus 4
  5. Apple iPhone 4S
Why I made my choices...
At the top of the list, Apple's iPhone 5. While it may not have the biggest display, its sharp Retina Display, along with its industrial lightweight design still stands out. Add the software available through iTunes and the App Store, the iPhone is second-to-none when it comes to app selection.

At a close second, is HTC's One. Easily the best piece of Android hardware in the smartphone world, its large 1080p display is beautiful to look at. Just as beautiful as the rest of the hardware.

Samsung's Galaxy Note II is still in the Top 3, with its huge display, and S Pen functionality.

Google's and LG's Nexus 4 is the perfect option for anyone who wants to get a high-end device, but doesn't want to pay a steep price tag -- and anyone who doesn't want to sign a new contract.

And finally, the iPhone 4S. It still features iTunes and the App Store, and still has a high quality build, but it's the perfect device for anyone who doesn't want to switch to a larger display.
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. HTC One
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  4. Google Nexus 4
  5. Apple iPhone 4S
Why I made my choices...
At the top of the list, Apple's iPhone 5. While it's set to be replaced soon, the 4-inch Retina display is still amazing, coupled with the high-end architecture of the phone's assembly. iOS 6 may be long-in-the-tooth, but it's still stable, quick and responsive, and has access to the App Store and iTunes, which are second-to-none for app selection.

In a close second, thanks to its amazing build quality and hardware features like BoomSound, HTC's One. This is by far the best (built) Android-based device to land in the market in a very long time, and that 4.7-inch 1080p HD display is simply stunning to look at.

Samsung's Galaxy Note II is also set to get replaced here soon, but it still holds its own against devices released this year. It's huge 5.5-inch display is actually useful thanks to the S Pen, and the added functionality is too good to pass up.

LG's and Google's Nexus 4 is the best bet for anyone who wants to skip a lengthy contract, and doesn't want to pay an arm and a leg for a phone with high-end specifications (last year).

And finally, the iPhone 4S sits at the bottom of the list. It's design still stands out to this day, and it's the perfect device for anyone who doesn't want to switch to the larger iPhone 5, but still wants to access the iTunes Store and the App Store.
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. HTC One
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  4. Google Nexus 4
  5. Apple iPhone 4S
Why I made my choices...
Apple's iPhone 5 still sits high on the top of my list. With its industrial, thin and light design, the iPhone 5 manages to stand out even with its relatively small 4-inch display. The real value comes from the combination of hardware and software with iOS, especially with iOS 7 around the corner. Plus, the content available for the iPhone 5 through iTunes and the App Store is second-to-none.

HTC's One is still a close second, though. It's the best Android-based hardware available on the market today, thanks to that 4.7-inch 1080p HD display. And features like BoomSound and Zoe make the One really stand out against the competition.

Samsung's Galaxy Note II is still the best combination of the smartphone and tablet market. With the S Pen, you get real added functionality and benefits to the large display. Plus, the Galaxy Note II's huge battery life makes using the phone for the whole day a possibility, and not just a pipe dream.

LG's and Google's Nexus 4 sits cozy in my number four spot. With its high-end specs (for last year) and a relatively cheap price tag sans a contract, the Nexus 4 is a great option for anyone who doesn't want to spend a lot of money to get their hands on a device at full retail value.

Finally, Apple's iPhone 4S is still in fifth place, only because it offers the best of iOS, but makes it possible for those who don't want to switch to the larger display quite yet.
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. HTC One
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  4. Google Nexus 4
  5. Apple iPhone 4S
Why I made my choices...
The iPhone 5 is still at the top of the list, with its high end design aesthetic, and access to the App Store. The One is in a close second, though, with its industrial design, features like BoomSound, and amazing display. The Galaxy Note II is still one of the best 'big phones' out there, due to the S Pen functionality. LG's Nexus 4 is in fourth, with its cheap no-contract pricing and true vanilla Android experience. And finally, the iPhone 4S, with its glass design, App Store connectivity, and smaller display, it could be the perfect device for anyone who doesn't want to switch to the larger iPhone 5.
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. HTC One
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  4. Google Nexus 4
  5. Samsung Galaxy S 4
Why I made my choices...
At the top of the list, Apple's iPhone 5. With its lightweight, industrial design, the iPhone 5 still stands out in a crowd almost a year after it's launch. With the larger 4-inch Retina display, looking at all the software you can download from the App Store and iTunes has never looked so good. HTC's One is sitting strong at second place, as it's one of the only Android devices out there that can genuinely take on the iPhone 5 with its physical design. The large 1080p HD display is gorgeous, and features like BoomSound and Zoe are great in use. Samsung's Galaxy Note II is still high on my list of devices, as it offers up the best combination of a smartphone and tablet. Adding functionality to the table with the S Pen only makes the total package even better. Google's and LG's Nexus 4 is still in fourth place this week, as it offers up a stock Android experience without breaking the bank, and sans any contracts. And finally, I've accepted the Galaxy S 4 into my Top 5. The device offers up a plethora of software features, way more than any other manufacturer out there right now, and that can't be ignored. While the plastic body isn't my first choice, it's also not terrible. Plus, the 5-inch HD display is beautiful, even with the saturated colors.
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. HTC One
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  4. Google Nexus 4
  5. Apple iPhone 4S
Why I made my choices...
The iPhone 5 remains at the top of the list for me. With its large(r) 4-inch Retina display, industrial and lightweight design, and the combination of iTunes and the App Store, the iPhone 5 just offers more than enough content to keep me going day in and day out. HTC's One is my second choice, though, and it's a close second, as it's easily the best Android phone available on the markets. The One's design is second-to-none, and the large 1080p HD display is amazing. With features like HTC BoomSound, Zoe, and the UltraPixel camera, the One is definitely a standout device. Samsung's Galaxy Note II combines the best of the smartphone world, and key features from a tablet. The S Pen functionality is amazing when in use, and for anyone looking to pick up a larger phone, it's the best option in my opinion. LG's and Google's Nexus 4 is the best option for anyone not looking to tie themselves down to a contract, and who don't want to spend an arm and a leg to get their hands on a new phone. Plus, with stock Android and the Nexus brand, it'll get updates faster than other Android-based devices. Finally, i've got the iPhone 4S rounding the bottom, as the smaller display, and its glass body, may be the perfect option for anyone who wants to use iOS, but doesn't want to switch to the larger display on the iPhone 5.
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. HTC One
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  4. Google Nexus 4
  5. Apple iPhone 4S
Why I made my choices...
The iPhone 5 still sits at the top of the list, thanks to the industrial hardware that is still one of the best available on the market, and iOS's stability. Adding iTunes and the App Store to the mix just make the iPhone's longevity make sense. HTC's One sits comfortably at second place for me, though, with the title of 'Best Android Device' not just for 2013, but for every year before it, too. Features like BoomSound, Zoe, and the beautiful 1080p HD display make the One easily one of the best phones ever made. Samsung's Galaxy Note II may be getting ready to be replaced with a newer model, but that doesn't mean it's still not one of my favorite devices, and offers up the best of the tablet world with the smartphone world. Features like the large display, huge battery, and S Pen support all make for the perfect device if you need to really bridge the gap between work and play, or really any other gap imaginable. Google's and LG's Nexus 4 is the perfect example of skipping the contract and still getting a nice phone for cheap. Plus, the ability to get stock Android, without paying an arm and a leg, is still impressive. And finally, the iPhone 4S sits at the bottom of the list for its design, and access to the App Store and iTunes -- for the people who don't want to switch to the larger display on the iPhone 5.
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. HTC One
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  4. Google Nexus 4
  5. Apple iPhone 4S
Why I made my choices...
The iPhone 5 from Apple remains at the top of the list, thanks to its industrial, light weight frame. It's bigger 4-inch Retina display make using the contents within the App Store and iTunes worth it. HTC's One sits high and mighty in the second slot, as it's still the best piece of Android hardware to date, especially with features like BoomSound and HTC Zoe. Samsung's Galaxy Note II offers up the best combination of a phone and tablet, and adds even more functionality thanks to the included S Pen. LG's and Google's Nexus 4 is the cheapest way to get your hands on a stock Android device, with the newest version of Android out of the box, and avoiding the contract altogether. Finally, for those who don't want to switch to the larger 4-inch display, the iPhone 4S still offers up a top-tier design, but keeps the Retina display size small.
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. HTC One
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  4. Google Nexus 4
  5. Apple iPhone 4S
Why I made my choices...
The list has changed (finally)! Granted, the top spot is still taken up by the iPhone 5, and for all the likely reasons: the larger 4-inch Retina display; the faster processor; the thin and light industrial design; and access to a plethora of digital content via iTunes and the App Store. And, in second place, HTC's One sticks around, as it features a high-end industrial design that makes it easily the best Android hardware available to date. The huge 1080p HD display, HTC BoomSound, and HTC Zoe make the device stand out even more amongst the competition. Samsung's Galaxy Note II still offers up a ridiculous amount of content in its thin package, including the huge battery, and the S Pen functionality that brings a whole new level of user interaction. LG's Nexus 4 has risen to the challenge, offering up the stock Android experience with a very cheap price tag, even without a contract. And, finally, Apple's iPhone 4S has dropped to the last rung. It still offers up the best way for someone to switch to iOS for cheap, on a contract, if they don't want to switch to the larger iPhone 5.
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. HTC One
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  4. Apple iPhone 4S
  5. Google Nexus 4
Why I made my choices...
The iPhone 5 from Apple sticks at the top of the list this week. It's industrial design, 4-inch Retina Display, and iOS 6 still make it one of the best smartphones on the planet. Add the ability to download software from the App Store and iTunes, and you've got a device that can wear many different hats at any given moment.

HTC's One is the best Android-based smartphone to see the light of day in several years. The device's hardware is second-to-none in the Android market, and its large 1080p display is amazing to look at. With features like BoomSound, the 4 UltraPixel camera with HTC Zoe, and BlinkFeed, the One stands out on all fronts.

The Galaxy Note II from Samsung is the best combination of a smartphone and tablet, as it offers up a large, gorgeous display, and software that actually makes the combination of devices makes sense. Add support for the S Pen, and you've got a device perfect for work and/or play.

Apple's iPhone 4S still sits in the Top 5 rankings for me simply because it's the best way to get iOS on a cheap, yet high-class device. It's the best option for anyone who wants to use iOS, but doesn't want to switch to the larger 4-inch display.

And finally, LG's and Google's Nexus 4. Offered up without a contract, it still boasts a ridiculously cheap price tag, and is simply the best way to experience a stock version of Android.
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. HTC One
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  4. Apple iPhone 4S
  5. Google Nexus 4
Why I made my choices...
While I'm keeping Apple's iPhone 5 at the top of the list for all the previous reasons, which include the industrial design, larger 4-inch Retina display, and access to the App Store and iTunes, there are some changes to the list. The One remains at the second spot, for the most obvious reasons: it is still the best Android hardware available on the market. The Galaxy Note II has usurped the iPhone 4S for the third spot, though, as I believe the Note II's features will stand the test of time as a perfect device between work and play, while the iPhone 4S is showing its age. The final spot is still filled with the Nexus 4, with its cheap price tag sans a lengthy yearly contract.
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. HTC One
  3. Apple iPhone 4S
  4. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  5. Google Nexus 4
Why I made my choices...
Apple's iPhone 5 still sits at the top. With the industrial design and connection to iTunes and the App Store, there's just nothing better.

The HTC one is the best Android device on the market, with its all-metal design, huge HD display, and BoomSound front-facing speakers it stands out among the plethora of other Android devices.

The iPhone 4S is the best bet for anyone out there who doesn't want to switch to the bigger iPhone 5, but still wants to get their hands on iOS, iTunes and the App Store.

Samsung's Galaxy Note II is the perfect combination of work and play thanks to the S Pen and the bundled software. It's thin profile, light weight, and ridiculously huge battery make an amazing package.

And finally, Google's and LG's Nexus 4 is the best option for someone who wants a stock Android experience, along without needing to sign a new, two-year contract to get a cheap price.
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. HTC One
  3. Apple iPhone 4S
  4. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  5. Google Nexus 4
Why I made my choices...
Apple's iPhone 5 remains at the top. With its light-as-a-feather, thin industrial design, coupled with the iOS mobile operating system, the iPhone 5 is as good a combination of hardware and software that you'll find. Add that to the ridiculous list of software provided through iTunes and the App Store, the iPhone 5 offers a lot more than it takes away.

HTC's One is the best Android device available to date, especially when it comes to hardware. With it's large 1080p display, curved back, and BoomSound speakers on the front of the device, the One offers up plenty of hardware improvements over other devices.

The iPhone 4S is the best bet for anyone who wants to get their hands on iOS, but doesn't want to switch to a larger display on the iPhone 5.

Samsung's Galaxy Note II offers up the perfect combination of size and functionality, thanks to the S Pen and the added features it brings to the device.

And finally, LG's and Google's Nexus 4, which is the best option to get your hands on stock Android without having to pay an exorbitant amount of money to do so. All without a contract.
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. HTC One
  3. Apple iPhone 4S
  4. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  5. Google Nexus 4
Why I made my choices...
The iPhone 5 still reigns at the top of the list, with its industrial design, and the marriage of the iOS software. The icing on the cake is the App Store, along with iTunes, making for a full experience no matter how you look at it. The HTC One is simply the best hardware when it comes to any Android device on the market, and features like HTC BoomSound are unique and bold enough to stand out amongst the crowd. The iPhone 4S is the perfect option for anyone who wants to get their hands on iOS, but does not want to switch to the larger iPhone 5. Samsung's Galaxy Note II is the perfect combination of a tablet and phone, with the large display and S Pen support. The LG Nexus 4 is an easy option for anyone who doesn't want to sign a new, two-year contract to get a cheap phone. It's an added bonus that it runs vanilla Android.
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. HTC One
  3. Apple iPhone 4S
  4. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  5. Google Nexus 4
Why I made my choices...
The iPhone 5 still holds the top spot, with its industrial design, beautiful 4-inch display, and the marriage between hardware and software. Add that with the iTunes Store and App Store, and the iPhone is the perfect device for someone who wants a wealth of software applications.

HTC's One is a close second. The hardware is easily the best Android device currently available. The slight tweaks that HTC has made to the Sense user interface are welcomed, even if they do have a few quirks. The hardware more than makes up for it.

The iPhone 4S is still the best bet for someone who wants access to Apple's iOS, but does not want to make the switch to the larger display.

Samsung's Galaxy Note II is the perfect device for anyone who needs a nice combination of work and play, with its 5.5-inch display and the S Pen functionality included out of the box.

The Google Nexus 4 from LG is the best bet for anyone who wants stock Android, and doesn't want to pay a ridiculous amount through a carrier to get a phone sans contract.
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. HTC One
  3. Apple iPhone 4S
  4. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  5. Google Nexus 4
Why I made my choices...
Apple's iPhone 5 is still the king of the land as far as I'm concerned, thanks to the industrial design and perfectly complimented software. While iOS may be essentially the same aesthetically to what we've seen since 2007, it still works, and the application options is second-to-none courtesy of the App Store.

The HTC One, though, is a close second, and shows a new life to HTC. Their hardware is amazing, with aluminum and glass, and a comfortability in the hand that's rare in our top shelf smartphones.

The iPhone 4S is aging, but gracefully. It is the perfect device for anyone who wants to get their hands on iOS, the App Store and iTunes, but doesn't want to switch to the larger display on the iPhone 5.

Samsung's Galaxy Note II offers up a huge 5.5-inch display, but the large display makes sense courtesy of Samsung's S Pen support. This stylus provides a new way to use the device, and marries a nice combination of work and play on one device without any extra software 'sections.'

Finally, Google's and LG's Nexus 4 is the best bet right now for anyone who doesn't want to buy a new phone with a two-year contract, and wants to get in on the vanilla Android action.
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. HTC One
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  4. Apple iPhone 4S
  5. Google Nexus 4
Why I made my choices...
Apple's iPhone 5 still takes the lead with its marriage of hardware and software, along with its massive collection of applications via the App Store, and digital library through iTunes.

HTC's One is a close second, though, thanks to its 1080p display, BoomSound, and premium design.

Samsung's Galaxy Note II is still one of my favorites, thanks to the huge display and S Pen support. It allows for the balance of work and play, without much effort.

Apple's iPhone 4S is still a good bet for anyone who wants the iOS experience, but doesn't want to switch to a larger display.

And, finally, Google's and LG's Nexus 4: the perfect vanilla Android experience, thanks to its cheap price tag, and unlocked availability.
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. HTC One
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  4. Apple iPhone 4S
  5. Google Nexus 4
Why I made my choices...
For the last two weeks, I've set the HTC One as my number one device. That's changed, reverted back to Apple's iPhone 5. While the iPhone 5 may have a smaller display, it still offers just as crisp colors as the One, and iOS is still one of the smoothest experiences around when it comes to a mobile device. If not the smoothest. The application offering, along with their overall polish, are second-to-none. Apple's iPhone 5 climbs back to the top of the list thanks to its perfect combination of hardware and software.

HTC's One slips to second, but not by much. The device is still the best Android-based handset on the market, with its 4.7-inch 1080p HD display, industrial metal-and-glass design, and major tweaks to Sense UI. However, some decisions that HTC went with within Sense UI are annoying, and add too many steps to the daily usage.

Samsung's Galaxy Note II climbs to third place due to its large 5.5-inch display, coupled with the S Pen functionality. This device is the perfect combination between fun and work, as it offers the note taking, picture-altering, and software manipulating all thanks to the Samsung stylus.

Apple's iPhone 4S is the best bet for someone who may not want to switch to the larger 4-inch display on the iPhone 5, but still wants an industrial design, Retina display, Siri, and access to all the apps available in iTunes and the App Store.

Google's and LG's Nexus 4 is easily one of the cheapest devices, sans a contract, on the market, especially with its top-tier specifications. Also, the fact it is running vanilla Android is a huge bonus.
  1. HTC One
  2. Apple iPhone 5
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  4. Apple iPhone 4S
  5. Google Nexus 4
Why I made my choices...
As in previous weeks, HTC's One manages to stay at the top of my list. With the device's industrial design, 1080p 4.7-inch display, curved back, and thin profile, it isn't hard to suggest the One is easily one of the best designed phones on the market. Or ever. The top-tier internals, including its quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM help keep everything smooth and steady, but Android 4.1 Jelly Bean helps in that regard, too. Battery life is good, even if it can't compare to the Galaxy Note II.

Apple's iPhone 5 may have dropped to second place, but that doesn't make it any worse for wear. It's 4-inch Retina display is still one of the best available, and its high-end design aesthetic makes it fun to hold and use. Combine the iOS software with services like the App Store and iTunes, and you've got yourself a device with all the software you could ever want.

Samsung's Galaxy Note II is still high on my list due to its resourcefulness, aided by its large 5.5-inch display, and its S Pen support. The thin, plastic frame helps, too, as does the large battery tucked inside.

If you aren't a fan of Apple's 4-inch display but still want to go with iOS, then the iPhone 4S is your best bet. With Siri, and everything you could want in iOS 6, it's the best option for anyone who doesn't want to go to a larger phone, but wants Apple's ecosystem.

The Nexus 4 has made a return to my list, simply because of the cheap price tag, and its vanilla Android option. It's a good bet for anyone who doesn't want to necessarily sign a new, two-year contract to get a phone for cheap.
  1. HTC One
  2. Apple iPhone 5
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  4. Apple iPhone 4S
  5. Nokia Lumia 920
Why I made my choices...
And just like that, the HTC One has usurped the iPhone 5 from the top spot on my list, a feat that I truthfully never thought would happen.

It isn't until I got the phone in my hand, and felt the design that HTC has implemented here in this particular flagship device, that I knew it was the number one phone for a reason. The display, the build quality, the forward-facing speakers, and the tweaks that HTC has made to their Sense UI all come together to make a phone close to perfect. The battery life could be better, yes, but it's a small gripe when you compare it to the laundry list of positives this phone brings to the table. HTC Zoe is a great feature, especially when coupled with the 4 Ultrapixel camera. My one drawback? It's running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Apple's iPhone 5 is still in the top five, of course. The device's top-tier design quality, its Retina display, and digital library through the App Store and iTunes still make the iPhone a perfect device for anyone who's looking for a phone that seamlessly blends software and hardware.

Samsung's Galaxy Note II offers up a huge display, but not just for the sake of going bigger. The company's S Pen offers a whole new way to get things done on the large display. Along with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on the handset, providing access to Google Now, the Galaxy Note II's 5.5-inch display doesn't feel too big when you include all the software features in there.

For anyone who doesn't want a large, 4-inch display (or bigger, if you choose something other than an Apple product), the iPhone 4S is still a perfect option. With its 3.5-inch Retina display, it is still one of the best displays on the market, despite its small size.

Nokia's Lumia 920 is simply the best Windows Phone 8-based device you can pick up right now. It's got a large, beautiful display with a unique hardware design that feels great in the hand, albeit a little heavy. The camera's low-light shots are second to none, and thanks to Nokia providing their own updates for their hardware, you get a few extra features that many other Windows Phone devices won't receive.
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  3. HTC One
  4. Google Nexus 4
  5. BlackBerry Z10
Why I made my choices...
Apple's iPhone 5 still reigns at the top of the list, with its marriage of top-tier industrial hardware and second-to-none application support through the App Store. Samsung's Galaxy Note II is a close second thanks to its huge display and S Pen support. HTC's One is finally an Android device able to compete with the iPhone in build quality, but the battery life may not be the perfect match for some people. The Nexus 4 by LG is the best, and cheapest, bet to get your hands on stock Android. And BlackBerry's Z10 is a bold new step for the company, with a camera and build quality that warrants plenty of attention from anyone looking for a new phone.
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  3. Google Nexus 4
  4. HTC One
  5. Nokia Lumia 920
Why I made my choices...
Apple's iPhone 5 still sits at the top of the list for me, with its larger 4-inch Retina display, its industrial, thin and light design, and the smooth software. While iOS may be getting long in the tooth, it still works ridiculously well, and offers up a plethora of amazing applications through the App Store. Add the extensive library of content from iTunes, and you have a perfect smartphone. Samsung's Galaxy Note II offers up a huge 5.5-inch, beautiful display, but its real winning feature is the S Pen. With the stylus, writing on the large device is simple and easy, and using Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on the handset and Google Now makes it a perfect combination of work and fun. For anyone who wants a cheap device without a contract, and doesn't want to get stuck using a proprietary skin, the Google Nexus 4 from LG is the perfect device. HTC's One offers up a beast of a device, with a gorgeous 1080p 4.7-inch display, an industrial design to rival Apple's iPhone 5, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The 4 UltraPixel camera may be worth taking a look at, too. And finally, Nokia's Lumia 920, with its unique design, large display, and camera that's second-to-none in low-light situations, it's easily the best way to get acquainted with Microsoft's Windows Phone 8.
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  3. Apple iPhone 4S
  4. Nokia Lumia 920
  5. Google Nexus 4
Why I made my choices...
Apple's iPhone 5 is still hitting high and mighty at the top of the list, with its 4-inch display, industrial design, and connection to Apple's App Store and iTunes. The Galaxy Note II is at its respectable second spot, thanks to the large 5.5-inch display, but mostly because of its S Pen support. The iPhone 4S is the perfect device for anyone who wants to get their hands on iOS, but doesn't want the larger 4-inch display. The Lumia 920 is the best Windows Phone 8 device available, thanks to the unique design and second-to-none camera. Finally, Google's and LG's Nexus 4, its unique design and stock Android make it the perfect option for anyone looking to escape proprietary software, all thanks to its cheap price tag.
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  3. Apple iPhone 4S
  4. Google Nexus 4
  5. BlackBerry Z10
Why I made my choices...
Apple's iPhone 5 remains at the top of the list, with its industrial design, Retina Display, and connection to Apple's App Store and iTunes. Samsung's Galaxy Note II is a solid second, with its large display and S Pen features. The iPhone 4S is the perfect choice for someone who wants iOS, but doesn't want the larger display with the iPhone 5. The Nexus 4 from LG is the best option for someone who wants a vanilla Android experience, plus a cheap price tag. BlackBerry's Z10 ushers in a new era for BlackBerry, with a great new gesture-based OS.
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  3. Apple iPhone 4S
  4. Google Nexus 4
  5. Nokia Lumia 920
Why I made my choices...
Apple's iPhone 5 still takes the cake at the top of the hill, with its industrial, lightweight design, beautiful 4-inch display, and plethora of software available through the App Store and iTunes. Samsung's Galaxy Note II offers up the best world between a smartphone and tablet, coupled with the S Pen make it one of the best devices for both work and play. Apple's iPhone 4S is the best bet for someone who doesn't want to switch to the larger display, but still wants to get their hands on iOS. LG's Nexus 4 is the best way to get Android 4.2 in a vanilla, completely stock fashion, especially with a cheap price tag. Nokia's Lumia 920, with its unique design, large beautiful display and amazing camera, make it the best Windows Phone 8 device on the market.
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  3. Apple iPhone 4S
  4. Google Nexus 4
  5. HTC 8X
Why I made my choices...
The iPhone 5 still stands at the top of the tower, with its high-end hardware, stable and quick software, and exhaustive application options. The Galaxy Note II is inching closer, though, with its huge display, along with the S Pen support and thin and light frame. The iPhone 4 S is the perfect bet for anyone who wants to get their hands on iOS, but doesn't want the larger display. The Nexus 4 by LG is the best bet for anyone wanting stock Android, especially with its cheap, no-contract price tag. The Windows Phone 8X has replaced the Lumia 920 as my bet for best Windows Phone 8 device, as it is comfortable in the hand, with a beautiful display, and light form factor.
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  3. Apple iPhone 4S
  4. Google Nexus 4
  5. Nokia Lumia 920
Why I made my choices...
Apple's iPhone 5 sees the introduction of a larger Retina display, an even thinner and lighter body, but still the same access to all the digital content you could ever want through the App Store and iTunes. The only drawback is iOS's inability to change its look and feel since 2007, but for anyone who can get passed that, iOS and the iPhone is still the best device on the market for anyone who wants the best combination of hardware and software. Samsung's Galaxy Note II, coupled with the company's proprietary TouchWiz UI and the S Pen, is easily one of the best skinned Android devices on the market, if not the best. It's large, 5.5-inch display, along with its thin-and-light frame, offer up a device that's huge, but also easily transportable. For anyone who doesn't want to make the transition to the larger iPhone 5, Apple's iPhone 4S is the best bet for someone who wants to use iOS 6, without upgrading the hardware. The Nexus 4 by LG is easily the best stock Android experience in the market, with its crisp display, high-end hardware, and non-altered version of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. And Nokia's Lumia 920 is the best option for anyone who wants to pick up a new Windows Phone 8-based device. It has a unique, large feel, a big and beautiful display, and one of the best cameras on the market -- second-to-none in low-light situations.
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  3. Apple iPhone 4S
  4. Google Nexus 4
  5. Nokia Lumia 920
Why I made my choices...
Apple's iPhone 5 offers up a beautiful combination of hardware and software, with the larger 4-inch Retina display, and Apple's iOS 6. With its exhaustive application library courtesy of the App Store, along with a plethora of digital content from iTunes, the iPhone is the perfect choice for anyone who needs a device with a thin profile, stable software, and an expansive library of software options.

Samsung's Galaxy Note II is the best themed Android option available to date, even with its large 5.5-inch display. Couple that with Samsung's S Pen, and the software tweaks to bring several tablet-like features to the smartphone, the Galaxy Note II really is the best combination of phone and tablet.

Apple's iPhone 4S is the best option for anyone who wants to get their hands on Apple's iOS 6, with Siri, the App Store and iTunes, but not have to upgrade to a larger display.

The Nexus 4 by LG is the best option for anyone wanting to get their hands on an Android device without any proprietary skins attached to it. With its cheap price tag from the Google Play Store, it's also the best option for someone who doesn't want to sign a new, two-year contract to get a cheaper device. With its large, crisp display, top-tier internals, and two options to choose from, the Nexus 4 is a great option for someone who wants a cheaper, high-end Android option.

The Lumia 920 by Nokia is the best Windows Phone 8-based device on the market, even with its thick construction. The hardware is phenomenal, with its large and beautiful display, along with a camera on the back that takes low-light photos that are second to none.
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  3. Apple iPhone 4S
  4. Nokia Lumia 920
  5. Google Nexus 4
Why I made my choices...
Apple's iPhone 5 is still the best option for anyone looking to pick up the perfect combination of hardware and software. With Apple's newest iPhone, it incorporates a taller, 4-inch display, but with an even thinner profile. It offers up the largest collection of apps, courtesy of the App Store, along with a huge library of digital content through iTunes.

Samsung's Galaxy Note II is the best themed version of Android on a device to date, made possible with the large, 5.5-inch display, and Samsung's S Pen. With its combination of smartphone functionality, along with tablet features, the Galaxy Note II really is the best bet for anyone looking to get their hands on a device somewhere between work and play.

The iPhone 4S is still the best bet for anyone who wants a phone that's still a high-profile handset, without picking a larger display, but still offers a smooth and stable mobile operating system, with an unprecedented amount of application options.

Nokia's Lumia 920 is the best option for someone looking for a Windows Phone 8 device. With its large, beautiful display, and its unique design, it stands out amidst the competition.

LG's Nexus 4 is the best option for a vanilla Android-based device, with a high-end hardware design, thin frame, and beautiful display.
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  3. Apple iPhone 4S
  4. Google Nexus 4
  5. Nokia Lumia 920
Why I made my choices...
The iPhone 5 is the best iPhone since the original, in that it features a new, taller Retina display, a thin industrial frame, and access to Apple's abundant App Store. Couple that with iTunes for movies, usic and podcasts, it's simply the best hardware to offer up the best software options. The Samsung Galaxy Note II offers up a large display, with their proprietary S Pen for taking notes, captioning pictures, or other tablet-like uses. With the multi-window update, the Galaxy Note II makes multitasking even easier. For those who want to use the latest version of Apple's iOS, but don't want to switch to a larger display, the iPhone 4S offers up the best option. The Nexus 4 by LG is the best option for anyone who wants to pick up a stock Android experience running the newest version of Google's mobile operating system. With its high-end hardware, large display, and quad-core processor, the Nexus 4 is a great option for anyone who can get their hands on it. Nokia's Lumia 920 offers up the best Windows Phone 8 experience, with its thick, unique form factor, a camera that is second-to-none in low-light situations, and a large, beautiful display.
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  3. Apple iPhone 4S
  4. Google Nexus 4
  5. Nokia Lumia 920
Why I made my choices...
Still sitting at the top of the list is Apple's iPhone 5. With its larger 4-inch Retina display, it may not be the biggest on the market but it's still one of the best available. The new frame is ridiculously thin and light, but feels great in the hand. The camera on the back is one of the best on the market, and it packs enough power inside to keep your experience running smoothly day in and day out. The combination of iOS with the hardware is perfect, providing owners with a plethora of digital content through the App Store and iTunes.

Samsung's Galaxy Note II is the perfect device for anyone who needs a smartphone with tablet features, along with the perfect usage of the company's S Pen. With a large 5.5-inch display, it's big enough to watch movies on comfortably, and provide plenty of space to get work done when needed. It's thin frame holds a huge battery, providing an all-day charge for those unable to be near a charger at all times.

The iPhone 4S is the older model, but it's still a great device for anyone who wants to use iOS 6, have access to Apple's exhaustive digital content storefronts, but doesn't want to switch to the larger display on the iPhone 5.

LG's Nexus 4 is the best option to use the latest version of Android, 4.2 Jelly Bean. It is unhindered by proprietary software, providing the best vanilla Android experience.

The Lumia 920 by Nokia is the best Windows Phone 8 option on the market, with its large beautiful display, unique physical design, and camera that is second to none especially in low-light situations. It may be bulky, but for anyone who doesn't mind a little weight to a phone in their hand, that isn't a bad thing. With Microsoft's new push in the Windows Phone department, the content should grow to match the potential soon, which will make the phone even better.
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  3. Apple iPhone 4S
  4. Nokia Lumia 920
  5. Google Nexus 4
Why I made my choices...
Apple's iPhone 5 is the leading smartphone, with its larger 4-inch display, thin industrial frame, light weight, it's the best combination of hardware and software. Samsung's Galaxy Note II offers up a huge, gorgeous display, which is bolstered by the company's S Pen stylus. With a huge battery, the Galaxy Note II can keep on going all day long, no matter what you throw at it. The iPhone 4S is the best option for anyone who doesn't want to switch to a large display quite yet, but still wants a high-end industrial design, Retina display, and access to a plethora of software options through the App Store and iTunes. Nokia's Lumia 920 is the best Windows Phone 8 device on the market, with a huge, gorgeous display, and a stand-out hardware design that adds bulk, but does so with gusto thanks to the impressive camera on the backside. LG's Nexus 4 is the only vanilla Android option worth the money, as it offers a cheap price tag sans a contract, and the newest version of Android: Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  3. Apple iPhone 4S
  4. Nokia Lumia 920
  5. Google Nexus 4
Why I made my choices...
Apple's iPhone 5 is still the best marriage of software and hardware. With its larger 4-inch Retina display, it's one of the best options for anyone who needs, or wants, to look at their phone for extended periods of time. Along with the top-tier internals, the 8MP rear-facing camera, and Apple's iTunes and App Store, the iPhone 5 is the best of both worlds. Samsung's Galaxy Note II is the device for anyone who needs to get a lot of work done, thanks to its large 5.5-inch display, and Samsung's S Pen. Android 4.1 Jelly Bean makes the device as up-to-date as non-Vanilla Android devices can be, which provides access to Google Now -- adding to the device's productivity. Apple's iPhone 4S is still the best option for someone who doesn't want to switch to a larger display, but still wants a phone with a top-of-the-line hardware design, and access to a plethora of apps, music, movies, and other software treats. Nokia's Lumia 920 is the best Windows Phone 8-based device available. Its large display, along with its camera that flourishes in low-light situations, makes it the best option for anyone who wants to partake in Microsoft's newest mobile operating system. And then there's Google's and LG's Nexus 4, the latest stock Android device from the Mountain View-based company. With its glass-covered display, its large screen, and the latest version of Android without being weighted down by any proprietary software skins, it is the best option for anyone wanting to get a taste of stock Android.
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  3. Apple iPhone 4S
  4. Nokia Lumia 920
  5. Google Nexus 4
Why I made my choices...
Apple's iPhone 5 is a remarkably thin and lightweight device, with a 4-inch Retina display that is amazing to look at. Its new hardware is supplemented by its expansive digital content, both within Apple's iTunes and the App Store. While iOS 6 may be getting too long in the tooth, it is still a great, stable and fast mobile OS that should keep a wide range of users happy. Samsung's Galaxy Note II is a powerful, huge, and S Pen-equipped device that finds a nice place between smartphones and tablets, with its 5.5-inch display. The device's huge battery will keep even the hardest worker going on their phone throughout the day, which is a huge bonus in this day and age. Apple iPhone 4S is an older device, for for anyone who wants to have access to Apple's robust iOS platform, without bumping up to that 4-inch display, it's still the best device to choose. Nokia's Lumia 920 is the best Windows Phone device on the market, with a huge, beautiful display, and a unique physical body. The Nexus 4 from LG is the best unlocked device you can get your hands on, if you can get your hands on it. With a high-end display and body, along with a truly vanilla version of Google's Android mobile OS, the Nexus 4 is the perfect device for someone who doesn't want to pay a lot for an off-contract device.
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  3. Apple iPhone 4S
  4. Nokia Lumia 920
  5. HTC One X+
Why I made my choices...
At the top of the list sits Apple's iPhone 5. With its larger Retina display, its ridiculously thin frame, and new aesthetic, it's easily one of the most attractive devices from a hardware perspective. Couple that with iOS 6, and its access to iTunes and the App Store, the software's staleness in its own approach can easily be overlooked. In second place, Samsung's Galaxy Note II, with its huge display, S Pen, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean make it one of the best devices on the market, especially for someone looking for a large display. The iPhone 4S is third simply due to some people wanting a smaller display, but still want access to Apple's exhaustive digital libraries. The Lumia 920 by Nokia is the best Windows Phone 8 device available, with a large, top-tier display, a high-end camera, and a unique hardware design. The One X+ by HTC is the perfect follow-up to the original One X, even if it did come out too early. With a huge, gorgeous display, more memory inside, and a faster chip, the One X+ is a great device for anyone wanting to get their hands on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  3. Apple iPhone 4S
  4. HTC One X+
  5. Nokia Lumia 920
Why I made my choices...
Apple's iPhone 5 easily takes the throne as the king of smartphones, especially with its large 4-inch Retina display, it's ridiculously thin and light-weight frame, and the plethora of applications courtesy of Apple's App Store. Coupled with iTunes for music, movies, and podcasts, the iPhone 5 is the perfect phone for anyone who wants a fantastic marriage of hardware and software. The Samsung Galaxy Note II offers up a huge, long-lasting battery, a gorgeous display, and Samsung's proprietary S Pen, with stand-out features like Airview, and S Note. The iPhone 4S is the perfect device for someone who still wants an industrial phone, light form factor, but a smaller 3.5-inch display. The One X+ by HTC offers up a huge display, thin body, and the latest version of Android for the mainstream phone. It also offers up a faster processor, along with more memory out of the box. The Lumia 920 by Nokia is the best Windows Phone 8 device on the market, with its large, beautiful display and top-tier camera.
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  3. Nokia Lumia 920
  4. Apple iPhone 4S
  5. HTC One X+
Why I made my choices...
Apple's iPhone 5 is the iPhone with the larger display, thinner frame, and yet still bears access to Apple's expansive iTunes and App Store digital catalogs. For anyone looking for a high-end device without a huge display, a ridiculously thin frame, and a plethora of applications, the iPhone 5 is the best bet in the smartphone industry. Samsung's Galaxy Note II is truly the best device for anyone who wants a device that fits between a smartphone and a tablet. With the S Pen, the Galaxy Note II offers up plenty of new, accurate features to make the device stand on its own, even without the huge, 5.5-inch display. The Lumia 920 from Nokia is the best Windows Phone 8 device available to date, with its large, super-responsive display, large on board storage, and a top-tier camera, it is the go-to device for anyone wanting to try Microsoft's Windows Phone 8. The iPhone 4S by Apple is the handset for anyone who doesn't want the larger display on the iPhone 5, but still wants a high-end handset with access to the App Store and iTunes. The One X+ by HTC is the improvement to the original One X that people wanted. A faster processor, more memory, and yet still tucked inside that amazingly attractive and thin shell.
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. Nokia Lumia 920
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  4. Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD
  5. HTC One X
Why I made my choices...
The iPhone 5 from Apple is a pinnacle of design, with its physical aesthetics breaking the mold for what a smartphone should feel like in the hand. With its larger, 4-inch Retina display, but a ridiculously thin and light frame, the iPhone 5 feels great in every day usage. With its tether to iTunes and the App Store, the iPhone 5 is still the best option for anyone who is looking for the best combination of hardware and software. The Lumia 920 from Nokia is the best Windows Phone 8 device on the market, especially for the price. With 32GB of onboard storage, a large, beautiful display, and an amazing camera, the Lumia 920 is the best choice for anyone looking to enjoy Microsoft's latest version of their mobile OS. The Galaxy Note II is thin and light, while still offering up a huge 5.5-inch display. Coupled with the company's S Pen, the Note II perfectly combines the usage of a smartphone with that of a tablet, offering up the best of both worlds. The Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD offers up a new, HD display, along with that huge battery. This is the device for anyone who wants to use their phone all day, without having to worry about their battery dying mid-way through. The One X by HTC is the perfect phone for anyone who wants a thin device, a huge display, and LTE-connectivity on AT&T's network.
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. Nokia Lumia 920
  3. Apple iPhone 4S
  4. HTC One X
  5. Samsung Galaxy Note II
Why I made my choices...
The iPhone 5 from Apple offers up a larger, 4-inch display over previous models, as well as a thinner and lighter frame. The phone's connection to the App Store and iTunes still makes it one of the most powerful devices for digital media, whether it's apps, games, music or movies. The Lumia 920 is a highly crafted device, with a large and beautiful display, and a unique construction. It is a bit thicker than most high-end devices, but that is due to the amazing camera housed inside. Along with Windows Phone 8, the Lumia 920 is easily one of the best devices on the market. The iPhone 4S offers up iOS in the small package most people have come to love, still making it one of the best devices with a 3.5-inch display to choose. The One X from HTC offers up the best construction of a device from the company in a very long time, along with the newest version of Sense UI. With a ridiculously thin frame, a huge and gorgeous display, the One X is a top-tier Android smartphone for anyone looking to avoid vanilla Android. The Galaxy Note II by Samsung offers up a ridiculously large display, but one that is still crisp to look at. With a battery measured in over 3,000mAh, it can last you all day with significant usage and keep on going.
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. Nokia Lumia 920
  3. Apple iPhone 4S
  4. HTC One X
  5. Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD
Why I made my choices...
The iPhone 5 from Apple is the best iPhone since the device's initial launch. It now offers a larger, just as crisp display, a thinner body, and a light-as-a-feather feel. Still connected to the world's best digital app store, the App Store, along with the digital content within iTunes, the iPhone 5 is the best of the physical and digital. The Lumia 920 from Nokia offers up the most memory, the largest display, and that distinguishable Lumia design all running Windows Phone 8. The iPhone 4S still offers up the best hardware for those who like a smaller display, along with iTunes- and App Store-connectivity. The One X by HTC offers up a thin, light frame, and a large, gorgeous display with a fast processor and a large amount of memory. The DROID RAZR MAXX from Motorola brings an HD display to the already top-tier hardware of the DROID RAZR MAXX, and offers up a huge battery for those who need to keep on going throughout the day without worrying about charing their device.
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. Nokia Lumia 900
  3. Apple iPhone 4S
  4. HTC One X
  5. Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD
Why I made my choices...
Apple's iPhone 5 bends to the masses, and offers up a thinner frame with an even larger, 4-inch Retina Display. Coupled with the expansive App Store, along with iTunes for music and other digital content, the iPhone 5 is still the best option for a smartphone for anyone who wants the total package in their phone. The Lumia 900 from Nokia is the best Windows Phone-based device available on the market at this point, with its large display, unique construction, and color options. The iPhone 4S, still packing internals and a smaller display for those who don't want to switch to the larger version of Apple's phone, is still one of the best options for a smartphone available. The One X by HTC offers up a huge, beautiful display with a ridiculously thin frame, along with HTC's newest (and best) version of Sense UI since its initial release of the software. The DROID RAZR MAXX HD offers a brand new HD display on the original DROID RAZR MAXX's body, along with its still best-in-class battery.
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. Nokia Lumia 900
  3. Apple iPhone 4S
  4. HTC One X
  5. Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
Why I made my choices...
The iPhone 5 offers up a new, high-end frame, along with a larger display. With the larger display, enjoying apps purchased from the expansive App Store, or other media through the huge iTunes categories is better than ever. The Lumia 900 is the best Windows Phone device on the market, with its large display, and top of the line construction. The iPhone 4S offers up a smaller display for those who enjoy it, but still connects to Apple's exhaustive digital libraries. The One X by HTC offers up one of the best skinned Android experiences, with HTC's best Sense UI since its inception, and hardware that is thin enough to make holding its large display worthwhile. And the DROID RAZR MAXX offers up the best battery life for a smartphone, while still boasting a large display.
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. Nokia Lumia 900
  3. Apple iPhone 4S
  4. Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
  5. HTC One X
Why I made my choices...
The iPhone 5 ups the ante with its new, thinner design, yet packing an even larger 4-inch display. Along with the top-of-the-line hardware, the iPhone 5 is connected to the App Store, which has access to the largest number of apps, many of which are second-to-none. The Lumia 900 by Nokia is the best Windows Phone on the market, with a unique and interesting design, and running the latest version of Microsoft's mobile OS. The iPhone 4S, now a year old, is still the best option with its cheaper price tag and smaller 3.5-inch display, for someone looking to avoid larger phones. The DROID RAZR MAXX offers up the best battery life in any smartphone, which will come in handy for anyone wanting to stay away from charging their phone too often. The One X by HTC is one of the best Android phones available, with a huge, crisp display, and a ridiculously thin body, with the newest and best version of HTC's Sense UI to boot.
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. Nokia Lumia 900
  3. Apple iPhone 4S
  4. HTC One X
  5. Samsung Galaxy Nexus (global)
Why I made my choices...
The iPhone 5 by Apple offers up a larger, 4-inch display, an even thinner body, and LTE-connectivity when compared to the 4S. With those additions, it also adds new features within iOS 6, like Passbook, and still offers the best available applications through the App Store, and a juggernaut of media options through iTunes. The Lumia 900 by Nokia is the best Windows Phone device on the market, with a distinct and unique form factor, and running the most recent version of Microsoft's Windows Phone. The 4S, while over a year old now, still offers up a firm body, the smaller 3.5-inch Retina display, and connection to the App Store and iTunes. The One X by HTC is remarkably thin, and offers up a huge display for those who don't want to squint. The Galaxy Nexus, global, offers up the best vanilla Android experience.
  1. Nokia Lumia 900
  2. Apple iPhone 5
  3. Apple iPhone 4S
  4. HTC One X
  5. Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
Why I made my choices...
The Lumia 900 by Nokia has taken my top spot for the best smartphone available. With its firm build, bold colors, gorgeous display, and Windows Phone 7.5, the Lumia 900 is easily one of the best, if not THE best smartphone available. With future access to Windows Phone 7.8, it will become even better. The iPhone 5 from Apple offers up the 4-inch Retina display, and the wide access to the App Store and iTunes, providing it with the best library of applications for any platform. The iPhone 4S still ranks right below it, with the 3.5-inch Retina display, and industrial build quality that is still top-of-the-line to date. The One X by HTC is strikingly thin, offers up a huge, gorgeous display, and the best build of HTC's Sense UI ever. The DROID RAZR MAXX by Motorola offers up the best battery within a smartphone, allowing users to go for a full day with usage and not needing to worry about finding a charger.
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. Apple iPhone 4S
  3. Nokia Lumia 900
  4. Samsung Galaxy Nexus (global)
  5. Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
Why I made my choices...
The Apple iPhone 5 packs in a larger display, with that unparalleled display, a brand new, even better hardware design, and the same access to the world's top-of-the-line mobile applications courtesy of the App Store. That, makes the iPhone 5 the best smartphone available. The iPhone 4S still offers up a form factor to crave, with a display that, while on the smaller side these days, is still untouched in comparison to other handsets (other than the iPhone 5). The Lumia 900 is still the best Windows Phone device on the market, with its large display, top-tier hardware, and fast internals coupled with Microsoft's mobile operating system. The Galaxy Nexus offers up the best vanilla Android experience available to date, offering up Android 4.1 on a silver platter for those who dismiss proprietary software. The DROID RAZR MAXX offers up the best battery in any smartphone available on the market, which is perfect for anyone who can't be near a charger at any given moment during a day.
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. Nokia Lumia 900
  3. Samsung Galaxy Nexus LTE
  4. Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
  5. Samsung Galaxy Note
Why I made my choices...
The newest iPhone, the iPhone 5, manages to make every detail from previous iPhones even better. A larger display, with 4G LTE connectivity, and even more socially-connected services embedded within the mobile OS, the iPhone 5 takes the king's seat immediately after its launch. The Lumia 900 by Nokia is still the best Windows Phone device available on the market, with its large display, colorful hardware, and proprietary software features within Windows Phone 7.5. The Galaxy Nexus LTE by Samsung is the best option for Android fans who love their Android flavor without any customized software, and want to connected to Verizon's (or Sprint's) 4G LTE network. The DROID RAZR MAXX from Motorola offers up the best battery in any smartphone on the market, easily allowing for a user to go all day on just one charge. The Galaxy Note offers up a large display, S Pen support, and top-tier hardware to get the job done for anyone looking for a device caught somewhere between a phone and a tablet.
  1. Apple iPhone 4S
  2. Nokia Lumia 900
  3. HTC One X
  4. Samsung Galaxy Nexus (global)
  5. Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
Why I made my choices...
At the top of the list, Apple's iPhone 4S still resides. As it stands right now, just days away from the official release of the iPhone 5, the previous version of Apple's smartphone is still the best device on the market. With its unmatched display, top-tier hardware, and the App Store, the iPhone 4S offers the best of hardware and software. The Lumia 900 by Nokia is the best Windows Phone device on the market. Offering Microsoft's mobile OS in a physical shell that's truly unique and attractive. The One X by HTC is the result of HTC's new focus on their One series, with hardware and software coming together in a new way for the company. The Galaxy Nexus, with its vanilla version of Android 4.1, makes it the best option for anyone who wants Android without the proprietary skin. And the DROID RAZR MAXX has the best battery of any smartphone on the market, offering up an all-day experience.
  1. Apple iPhone 4S
  2. Samsung Galaxy Nexus (global)
  3. Nokia Lumia 900
  4. Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
  5. Samsung Galaxy Note
Why I made my choices...
The iPhone 4S is set to get usurped from the market soon, with the upcoming launch of the iPhone 5, but that doesn't mean it has lost its place at the top of the list. Considering its hardware, the immaculate display, the speediness of its mobile operating system, and the seemingly endless list of applications via the App Store, the iPhone 4S is still the best smartphone available. The Galaxy Nexus, global edition, has replaced the 4G LTE version, simply because it has been running stock Android 4.1 Jelly Bean for quite some time. The Lumia 900 by Nokia is the best Windows Phone-based device on the market, with its top-tier hardware and smooth mobile OS. The DROID RAZR MAXX offers up the best battery life of any smartphone currently available, making it the perfect device for someone who can't be around a charger all the time. The Galaxy Note, with its huge 5.3-inch display, is the perfect Android-based device for anyone who needs a handset that blurs the line between smartphone and tablet.
  1. Apple iPhone 4S
  2. Samsung Galaxy Nexus LTE
  3. Nokia Lumia 900
  4. Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
  5. HTC One X
Why I made my choices...
The iPhone 4S from Apple still constitutes the best in smartphones. It has an industrial, high-end construction, with one of the best displays on the market, even as it nears being replaced. It's bolstered by an unmatched collection of media through iTunes, and an unequaled collection of applications within the App Store. The Galaxy Nexus LTE is the best vanilla Android option for Verizon, which will be made better when its eventual update to Android 4.1 finally lands. Coupled with Verizon's 4G LTE network, it's a phone not to be missed if you dislike proprietary user interfaces. The Lumia 900 is the best Windows Phone device available on the market, with Nokia's focus on the high-end hardware, and Microsoft's top-tier mobile software. The DROID RAZR MAXX offers up the best battery in any smartphone currently available, which is a must-have for anyone who needs to have their phone ready to go at any time in the day without having to worry about charging it. And finally, the One X by HTC, which showcases the companies new focus on both hardware and software. Sense UI is much lighter on resources, even if it does still look familiar to previous versions. The hardware, along with the rear-facing camera, make it worthwhile to anyone who loves showing off their phone.
  1. Apple iPhone 4S
  2. Samsung Galaxy Nexus LTE
  3. Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
  4. Nokia Lumia 900
  5. HTC One X
Why I made my choices...
The iPhone 4S by Apple is still the best of the best, with unmatched quality in hardware, and an ever-growing collection of apps within the App Store. The Galaxy Nexus LTE is the best vanilla Android option available today, coupled with Verizon's 4G LTE network. The DROID RAZR MAXX's battery is unmatched by any other smartphone available, making it the perfect option for anyone needing a phone that needs to last all day. The Lumia 900 by Nokia is the best Windows Phone, matching top-tier hardware with Microsoft's newest mobile operating system. The One X by HTC is a sign of the changing times, as the company looks to put a focus on hardware as well as a new focus on software.
  1. Apple iPhone 4S
  2. Samsung Galaxy Nexus LTE
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note
  4. Nokia Lumia 900
  5. Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
Why I made my choices...
The iPhone 4S from Apple is still the best smartphone on the market. Offering up the perfect combination of hardware and software, while also tapping into the expansive App Store and iTunes for digital content. The Galaxy Nexus LTE is the best Android device on the market for anyone who wants to run a stock Android device, especially tied with Verizon's 4G LTE network. The Galaxy Note's size offers up the perfect device between a smartphone and a tablet, while also throwing in S Pen support. The Lumia 900 by Nokia is the best Windows Phone on the market, with Nokia's high-end hardware and Microsoft's mobile software. The DROID RAZR MAXX offers up the best battery in a smartphone, lasting a full day with usage, and that's a feature impossible to pass up.
  1. Apple iPhone 4S
  2. Samsung Galaxy Nexus LTE
  3. Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
  4. Nokia Lumia 900
  5. HTC One X
Why I made my choices...
The iPhone 4S from Apple is the best combination of hardware and software. With its top-tier display, beautiful hardware, and access to Apple's App Store, the iPhone 4S is still the best smartphone for the money. The Galaxy Nexus LTE is the next best, with the only stock Android device available on Verizon's network, tied to the carrier's LTE network. The DROID RAZR MAXX offers the best battery in a smartphone, which is great for any owners who need the battery life. The Lumia 900 by Nokia is the best Windows Phone on the market, combining Nokia's high-end hardware and Microsoft's mobile OS. The One X by HTC offers up top-tier hardware, the lightest version of Sense UI to date, and an amazing display.
  1. Apple iPhone 4S
  2. Samsung Galaxy Nexus LTE
  3. Nokia Lumia 900
  4. Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
  5. HTC One X
Why I made my choices...
The iPhone 4S by Apple still brings the best in top-tier hardware, the best display even for its size, and the best library of software within the App Store. The Galaxy Nexus LTE is still the best vanilla Android device to buy, made better with Verizon's 4G LTE network. The Lumia 900 by Nokia is the best Windows Phone device to date, with its Nokia high-end hardware, and Microsoft's smooth mobile platform. The DROID RAZR MAXX by Motorola offers up a thin profile, big display, and the best smartphone battery on the market. The One X by HTC replants HTC as a kind of the Android army, with its focus on hardware, and a new, lighter Sense UI.
  1. Apple iPhone 4S
  2. Samsung Galaxy Nexus LTE
  3. Nokia Lumia 900
  4. Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
  5. Samsung Galaxy Note
Why I made my choices...
The iPhone 4S embodies top-tier hardware, while also showcasing the world's best in application development. The Galaxy Nexus LTE by Samsung is worth the purchase thanks to stock Android, and connected to Verizon's 4G LTE network. The Lumia 900 by Nokia is the best Windows Phone on the market, with Nokia high-end hardware and Microsoft's smooth mobile OS. The DROID RAZR MAXX boasts the best smartphone battery on the market, easily able to last a whole day with heavy usage. And the Galaxy Note's huge display, with the S Pen functionality, makes it one of the most adaptable 'smartphones' on the market.
  1. Apple iPhone 4S
  2. Nokia Lumia 900
  3. Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
  4. Samsung Galaxy Nexus LTE
  5. HTC One X
Why I made my choices...
Apple's iPhone 4S is still the best smartphone to date, as it features the highest build quality, still the best display, and the best/largest collection of apps within the App Store. The Lumia 900 is the best Windows Phone device, bringing together Nokia's high-end hardware with Microsoft's most unique mobile platform to date. The DROID RAZR MAXX by Motorola has the best smartphone battery of any device out there, easily letting you power through a day with ease. The Galaxy Nexus LTE, tied with Verizon's 4G LTE network, is the best way to experience vanilla Android in a smartphone. The One X by HTC is the company's best effort at an Android handset to date, with the brand new Sense 4, it's light and less intrusive as previous devices, and the One Series sets a new standard for smartphone hardware for Android handsets.
  1. Apple iPhone 4S
  2. Samsung Galaxy S III
  3. Nokia Lumia 900
  4. Samsung Galaxy Nexus LTE
  5. Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
Why I made my choices...
The iPhone 4S by Apple provides the customer the perfect combination of hardware and software, while also having the best library for applications. The Galaxy S III by Samsung proves that Samsung has the right spot at the top of the Android hill, as the device is perfectly sized, has top-tier hardware, and features the best version of TouchWiz UI to date. The Lumia 900 is the best Windows Phone device on the market, combining Nokia's high-end hardware with Microsoft's latest version of Windows Phone. The Galaxy Nexus LTE, tied with Verizon's 4G LTE network, is the best vanilla Android experience you can find. The DROID RAZR MAXX by Motorola offers up the best battery life of any smartphone on the market.
  1. Apple iPhone 4S
  2. Samsung Galaxy Nexus LTE
  3. Nokia Lumia 900
  4. HTC One X
  5. Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
Why I made my choices...
Apple's iPhone 4S is still the best combination of hardware and software, even as it approaches its one year birthday. The Galaxy Nexus LTE is the only option for vanilla Android coupled with Verizon's LTE network, and now with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, makes it even better. The Lumia 900 from Nokia is the best Windows Phone on the market. The One X is a testament to HTC's resilience in the market, with its brand new Sense UI on board, and focus on top-tier hardware. The DROID RAZR MAXX by Motorola offers the best out-of-the-box battery for any smartphone out there, and is perfect for the power user.
  1. Apple iPhone 4S
  2. Nokia Lumia 900
  3. HTC One X
  4. Samsung Galaxy Nexus LTE
  5. Samsung Galaxy Note
Why I made my choices...
The iPhone 4S by Apple is still the best smartphone for the money, combining the best hardware, screen, and software for the end user. The Lumia 900 by Nokia is the best Windows Phone on the market, with Nokia's high-end hardware and Microsoft's unique mobile OS. The One X by HTC's top-tier hardware, and the brand new Sense UI, make for one of the best Android devices on the market. The Galaxy Nexus LTE by Samsung is the only vanilla Android experience on Verizon's network currently, while also being able to connect to the network's 4G LTE network. The Galaxy Note by Samsung uses an S Pen and huge display to differentiate itself against all other Android-based devices.
  1. Apple iPhone 4S
  2. Nokia Lumia 900
  3. HTC One X
  4. Samsung Galaxy Nexus LTE
  5. Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
Why I made my choices...
The iPhone 4S by Apple leads the pack with its top-tier hardware, unmatched display, and collection of applications. The Lumia 900 by Nokia is the best Windows Phone device available on the market, combining Nokia's top-of-the-line hardware with Microsoft's new mobile OS. The One X by HTC brings HTC back into the limelight of Android's stage, with a new Sense 4 and a focus on high-end hardware. The Galaxy Nexus on Verizon's network matches vanilla Android 4.0 and Verizon's 4G LTE network. And finally, the DROID RAZR MAXX's battery makes it one of the best devices for power users.
  1. Apple iPhone 4S
  2. HTC One X
  3. Nokia Lumia 900
  4. Samsung Galaxy Nexus LTE
  5. Samsung Galaxy Note
Why I made my choices...
The iPhone 4S by Apple remains at the top of the list, even as more phones are released. It still features the sleekest and most comfortable hardware, and packs the best of all worlds in app content and software usability. The HTC One X is probably the best Android device on the market as it stands, as it features HTC's latest iteration of Sense UI, and a form factor that is certainly top of the line. The Lumia 900 by Nokia is the best Windows Phone you can get right now, featuring Nokia's top-tier hardware, and the streamlined software from Microsoft. The Galaxy Nexus LTE is still the best vanilla Android 4.0 experience you can buy, coupled with Verizon's 4G LTE network. And the Galaxy Note, with its huge screen and S Pen, find the perfect harmony between a smartphone and a tablet.
  1. Apple iPhone 4S
  2. HTC One X
  3. Nokia Lumia 900
  4. Samsung Galaxy Nexus LTE
  5. Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
Why I made my choices...
The iPhone 4S still sits at the top of the hill as the best smartphone for your money. With top-tier hardware, still one of the best displays out there, and software that is unmatched in both usability and application support, the iPhone 4S will keep you entertained and connected while looking good doing it. The One X by HTC is the best looking, both in hardware and software, Android device out there. HTC's Sense UI version 4 is the best iteration of the proprietary skin to date. The Lumia 900 is the best Windows Phone you can buy, with Nokia hardware leading the features card. The Galaxy Nexus by Samsung on Verizon's network is the best way to make full use of Verizon's 4G LTE network, while getting the purest Android experience possible. And finally, the DROID RAZR MAXX by Motorola's battery, easily the best battery in any smartphone to date, will keep you powered through a full day.
  1. Apple iPhone 4S
  2. HTC One X
  3. Nokia Lumia 900
  4. Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
  5. Samsung Galaxy Note
Why I made my choices...
The iPhone 4S from Apple is still the best smartphone available to the general consumer. Offering up the best hardware, software, and access to the best applications developers are creating, the 4S is the top-tier handset to date. The One X by HTC, though, is a close second. It features high quality hardware, and the latest version of Android covered with HTC's best version of Sense, their proprietary user interface. The Lumia 900 by Nokia is the best Windows Phone money can buy, and tied with its relatively cheap price tag, makes it a quality purchase for anyone. The DROID DRAZR MAXX's battery life is perfect for anyone who doesn't like to keep their phone constantly connected to a charger. And the Galaxy Note by Samsung, with its huge display and S Pen, make for the perfect device somewhere between a smartphone and tablet.
  1. Apple iPhone 4S
  2. HTC One X
  3. Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
  4. Samsung Galaxy Nexus LTE
  5. Nokia Lumia 900
Why I made my choices...
The iPhone 4S from Apple is the best combination of hardware and software, even if it is making the rounds towards its yearly anniversary. The One X by HTC is one of the premiere handsets featuring Android, combining top-tier hardware and reworked software to make the best of Android 4.0 in a skinned version. The DROID RAZR MAXX's battery is still the best battery of any Android device out there, offering up all-day life while on the go. The Galaxy Nexus LTE is the best way to get your fix with vanilla Android if you're looking for Verizon's 4G LTE network as well. And the Lumia 900 from Nokia is the best Windows Phone device available now, matching high-end hardware with Microsoft's mobile OS.
  1. Apple iPhone 4S
  2. Samsung Galaxy Nexus LTE
  3. Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
  4. HTC One X
  5. Nokia Lumia 900
Why I made my choices...
The iPhone 4S is the perfect embodiment of both hardware and software, making it still the best device on the market for someone looking for the best all-around device. The Galaxy Nexus LTE is the best Android experience you can find, coupled with Verizon's expanded network. The DROID RAZR MAXX's all-day battery life makes it one of the best, and most practical, Android devices on the market. The One X by HTC is one of the best android handsets available, thanks to the new ImageSense technology, and brand new Sense 4 UI. The Lumia 900 by Nokia is the best Windows Phone handset you can buy at the moment, making the best of Microsoft's mobile software with top-tier hardware.
  1. Apple iPhone 4S
  2. Samsung Galaxy Nexus LTE
  3. Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
  4. HTC One X
  5. Nokia Lumia 900
Why I made my choices...
The iPhone 4S is still the best device available for purchase, melding the best of hardware and software. The Galaxy Nexus LTE is one of the only pure vanilla Android 4.0 experiences out there, and definitely worth the top spot. The DROID RAZR MAXX makes up for its faults in software with the huge battery, which powers the phone throughout the day. The One X by HTC is one of the premiere Android devices out there, with an almost perfect combination of hardware and skinned software. And the Lumia 900 by Nokia is easily the best Windows Phone handset on the market today.
  1. Apple iPhone 4S
  2. Samsung Galaxy Note
  3. Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
  4. HTC One X
  5. Nokia Lumia 900
Why I made my choices...
The iPhone 4S from Apple is still the premiere handset, combining the best hardware and software possible to make the perfect smartphone. The Galaxy Note by Samsung has a massive display, which coupled with the S Pen makes for a very unique and rewarding experience somewhere between a smartphone and a tablet. The DROID RAZR MAXX from Motorola's battery is amazing, and makes it easily one of the best Android devices out there for power users. The One X by HTC is a premiere handset, focusing on top-tier hardware with a new focus on software, with an amazing camera to boot. And the Lumia 900 by Nokia is the best Windows Phone you can buy, with the Nokia-branded hardware we've come to expect over the years.
  1. Apple iPhone 4S
  2. Nokia Lumia 900
  3. Samsung Galaxy Nexus LTE
  4. Samsung Galaxy S II (T-Mobile)
  5. Samsung Galaxy Note
Why I made my choices...
Apple's iPhone 4S is still the best smartphone available, combining the perfect combination of hardware and software. With its quick internals, exhaustive supply of applications in the App Store, and one of the most beautiful displays to look at, the iPhone 4S is still standing strong at the top. The Lumia 900 by Nokia is easily the best Windows Phone out there, with its big, gorgeous display and top-tier hardware. The Galaxy Nexus for Verizon by Samsung is still the best vanilla Android experience out there, especially if that's what you're looking for on Big Red's network. The Galaxy S II by Samsung for T-Mobile is one of the best premiere devices out there, even if it is a year old. And the Galaxy Note by Samsung, with its huge display and S Pen technology, makes it one of the most elaborate and handy handsets out there.
  1. Apple iPhone 4S
  2. Samsung Galaxy Nexus LTE
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note
  4. Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
  5. Samsung Galaxy S II (T-Mobile)
Why I made my choices...
The iPhone 4S is still the best marriage of hardware and software, offering up the top-of-the-line hardware and the best software in applications, user experience, and games. The Galaxy Nexus by Samsung for Verizon is the best vanilla Android experience you can buy. The Galaxy Note's combination of large display and S Pen technology make it one of the most powerful devices out there. The RAZR MAXX by Motorola has one of the best batteries we've seen in a high-end smartphone to date, which makes up for its limited and unsatisfying software. The Galaxy S II for T-Mobile is still one of the best Android devices out there, with a perfect mix of top-tier hardware and software.
  1. Apple iPhone 4S
  2. Samsung Galaxy Nexus LTE
  3. Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket
  4. Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
  5. Samsung Galaxy Note
Why I made my choices...
Apple's iPhone 4S is still the premiere device when it comes to hardware, even if it does boast a small display. The Retina display more than makes up for it. The app selection and ecosystem, along with iCloud, makes the iPhone 4S still the best of the best. The Galaxy Nexus for Verizon by Samsung is the best vanilla Android experience you can get, especially with that HD display and 1.2GHz dual-core processor. The Galaxy S II Skyrocket for AT&T is a great combination of screen technology, size, and form factor. Samsung's TouchWiz UI isn't a detractor, either. The DROID RAZR MAXX features the best battery for an Android device, made even better that it has 4G LTE-connectivty. The Galaxy Note is super popular, but at 5.3-inches, it doesn't climb the ladder. However, the HD display and S Pen technology make it one of the best devices on the market.
  1. Apple iPhone 4S
  2. Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
  3. Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket
  4. Samsung Galaxy Nexus LTE
  5. Samsung Galaxy Note
Why I made my choices...
Apple's iPhone 4S is the complete package with hardware and software, also featuring the most robust and complete way to download applications, music, and video. The Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX may be a skinned device, but the battery and future update to Android 4.0 make it one of the best Android devices out there. The Galaxy S II Skyrocket is the perfect size, and offers impressive internals, along with the latest version of TouchWiz, and a beautiful display. The Galaxy Nexus for Verizon is the best vanilla Android experience out there. And the Galaxy Note's large, beautiful display, coupled with the S Pen make it the best device for those looking for a handset with a 5.3-inch display.
  1. Apple iPhone 4S
  2. Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket
  3. Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
  4. Samsung Galaxy Nexus LTE
  5. Nokia Lumia 800 (unlocked)
Why I made my choices...
The iPhone 4S is still the definitive smartphone option, with the best in software and hardware. It's perfect size means one-handed control is easy, but it isn't too small. The Galaxy S II Skyrocket is a skinned Android device that stands out within the crowd, using a large screen and a fast processor to propel Android forward. The DROID RAZR MAXX may not have the best proprietary software, but the battery more than makes up for that. The Galaxy Nexus is still the best Android experience you can buy, especially if you're looking for that stock Android 4.0 feel. The Nokia Lumia 800 is the best Windows Phone out there, expertly showcasing the marriage between Nokia's outstanding hardware and Microsoft's top-tier software.
  1. Apple iPhone 4S
  2. Samsung Galaxy Nexus LTE
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note
  4. Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
  5. Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket
Why I made my choices...
Apple's iPhone 4S is still leading the charge in many ways, including display and form factor. Despite it's relatively small size in relation to the other smartphones on the market, it still leads the charge as far as content and hardware goes. The Galaxy Nexus is by far the best Android phone on the market, with its vanilla Android 4.0, large curved display, and fast internals. The Galaxy Note's huge display finds a nice spot between a smartphone and tablet, with the S-Pen showcasing that the stylus isn't dead, it was just waiting for a great device to bring it back. With its incredible display and super-fast processor, the Note is stand-out Android device. Motorola's DROID RAZR MAXX may have been the center of some controversy when it launched amidst other DROID RAZR handsets, but that doesn't mean its battery doesn't speak for itself. Touting the best smartphone battery out there, it keeps users on Verizon's 4G LTE network powered on for hours while other phones fall flat. And finally, Samsung's Galaxy S II Skyrocket finds a nice mix with its large display and quick processor, showing that TouchWiz isn't a loaded mess and that a proprietary software can actually further the Android experience again.
  1. Apple iPhone 4S
  2. Apple iPhone 4
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note
  4. BlackBerry Bold 9900/ 9930
  5. Samsung Galaxy S II (T-Mobile)
Why I made my choices...
The iPhone 4S is still the best phone on the market, as it provides the best form factor, software and content that's available in the industry today. The iPhone 4 takes the second spot due to the fact that it is only limited by its single-core processor. The Galaxy Note by Samsung manages to rake in the third spot with its high-end specifications, huge and sharp display, and the S-Pen stylus. The Bold 9900 series is the best BlackBerry in the last three years, only hindered by its dated software. And finally, the Galaxy S II is the pinnacle of Android hardware, and software when coupled with a proprietary user interface.

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