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Stefan's ranking archives

  1. Apple iPhone 5s
  2. HTC One (M8)
  3. LG Nexus 5
  4. Moto X
  5. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Why I made my choices...
The iPhone 5S = an all-around accepted platform. You don't go wrong if you have wrong, unless your truly rely on extreme customization.

The HTC One M8 is currently my favorite Android device. That beautiful metlal body, updated processor, solid front and back cameras, and KitKat makes the new One a solid contender.

The Nexus 5 = Google's own flagship. What's to go wrong with it? Well, it doesn't have an IR blaster or a fantastic camera, but it does always get Android on-time.

Moto X. Touchless Control. Twist to a take photo. Over 4,000 customizations. Pretty personal.

The Note 3 is a big hunk of a handset, but that S Pen makes everything more precise, plus a great camera, battery life, and decent faux-leather look. Also, the screen is rich.
  1. Apple iPhone 5s
  2. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  3. LG Nexus 5
  4. LG G Flex
  5. Moto X
Why I made my choices...
iPhone all day everyday. That's what millions say to their devices, and is why it remains the most successful current smartphone on the market.

Galaxy Note 3. Its design is much more appealing than that of the Galaxy S 5, with features, S Pen, and internals to boot. Definitely worth taking a look at if you're into big-screened phones.

The LG Nexus 5 is a personal favorite of mine, but given the fact that you need to start a new contract at AT&T, Sprint, or T-Mobile to get it (and first buy the phone from Google),, first-time buyers might be shy.

The G Flex is a phone device. Not the best in any particular category, but definitely a contender. Its speed and battery life, for example, are fantastic.

Lastly, the Moto X. It's due for a refresh, but is a great phone on a budget; technology-speaking, Touchless Control is top-of-class.
  1. LG Nexus 5
  2. Apple iPhone 5s
  3. Moto X
  4. Sony Xperia Z1S
  5. LG G Flex
Why I made my choices...
I've just gotten back to using the Nexus 5, and it's fantastic. Fast, clean, cost-effective, and serviceable on three different carriers. Plus, it's unlocked, so you can travel. Easy!

The iPhone 5S always gets my top consideration considering its appeal, app library, design, camera, and a lot of other positive traits. But, it is getting a tad bit old,m and will be due for a refresh soon, so I'm holding off on it for now.

The Moto X is my favorite technologist smartphone. I have an engraved model, that has a great Touchless Control grasp of my voice,s o i can ask it to many things that normally would take a few seconds -- time I could be using for something else.

The Xperia Z1S is another attempt at Sony to make a compelling Android device; they've done it before, but need a little more work to make it to the very top.

Ah, the G Flex. I just published an in-depth review of it on LaptopMemo. I really grew fond of it, but I also have realized how much I dislike it. however, design is something people look for, and if they're looking for something unique, then this is it.
  1. Apple iPhone 5s
  2. LG Nexus 5
  3. Moto X
  4. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  5. LG G Flex
Why I made my choices...
For once, I'll change my picks around for the week.

First off, the iPhone 5S: it's a tired design pedigree on the outside, but the iOS way of doing things is just so familiar and versatile (yet limited in its own ways) that I can't help but place it first. Also, solid all-around qualities get it the top-spot.

The LG Nexus 5 is still my favorite ANdroid device, by far. Excellent color options, battery life, performance, and the fact that it runs clean and clear, unsullied Android is a great thing.

The Moto X is the now Lenovo-owned company's baby. It's a great phone, but most likely one that won't last. The Touchless Control technology however, we will continue to see in the coming years.

Big phone, big pen, big camera, big battery life, big brand. You like big? You get the Note 3.

The G Flex. The world's first truly flexible publicly-available smartphone. It has its faults, and I'm still testing it, but it seems to pull its weight for enough to be in the Top 5.
  1. Apple iPhone 5s
  2. LG Nexus 5
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  4. Samsung Galaxy S 4
  5. Moto X
Why I made my choices...
The iPhone 5S is a pinnacle of standards. That's why everybody bought one.

The Nexus 5 a niche product, but very capable. It's the suggested Android smartphone of the nerds, and perhaps of the specialist masses.

The Note 3 is an excellent large-screened phone; perhaps the best one out right now.

The GS4 is awaiting a refresh. Steer clear unless absolutely necessary.

The Moto X is quite a technological feat, but it's losing its lust. Especially due to rather poor sales.
  1. Apple iPhone 5s
  2. LG Nexus 5
  3. Moto X
  4. Apple iPhone 5c
  5. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Why I made my choices...
My mantra remains the same: the iPhone 5S remains the most polished of the current smartphones in every category, the Nexus 5 being the best that Android offers (which is in fact, fantastic), the Moto X is a quippy smartphone with plenty of excellent voice control features, the 5C an iPhone on a budget (if you like plastic colors), and finally, the Note 3, a massive smartphone, but also one of precision thanks to the S Pen, and some faux leather for class.
  1. Apple iPhone 5s
  2. LG Nexus 5
  3. Moto X
  4. Apple iPhone 5c
  5. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Why I made my choices...
The iPhone 5S is the most crisp of the current smartphone crop due to its well-rounded feature set and operating system -- iOS.

The LG Nexus 5 is the ultimate Android handset, with lots of Google consideration, a great price, and support for three carriers on one phone.

Think iPhone 4S, restored with a paint job.

The Galaxy Note III is an excellent large-screened device for managing photos, videos, or generally just having a big phone that you can enjoy with a stylus, if that's your cup of tea. A great camera and long battery life add to the insurance policy.
  1. Apple iPhone 5s
  2. LG Nexus 5
  3. Moto X
  4. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  5. HTC One
Why I made my choices...
The iPhone 5S retains my weekly constructive promotion of 'most all-rounded smartphone'. Apps, battery life, camera, form, and speed.

The LG Nexus 5 is Android's Praetorian Guard. A well-rounded device that just got its camera fixed thanks to an update, oyu should see a lot more of the N5 soon.

The Moto X. A scrappy little smartphone that is the most technologically appealing this year, thanks to Active Display and hands-free Touchless Control.

The Galaxy Note 3 = big, stylus, and useful for big hands.

The HTC = a class act, if there ever was one.
  1. LG Nexus 5
  2. Apple iPhone 5s
  3. Moto X
  4. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  5. Samsung Galaxy S 4
Why I made my choices...
The LG Nexus 5 has the best representation of Android. Compatible on AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile, it's the ultimate all-in-one global smartphone.

The iPhone 5S is the consumer phone of the decade. It's extremely successful, great looking, and very versatile. A great camera helps, too.

The Moto X, now laden with Android 4.4 KitKat, is a venerable Android phone, that one that competes directly for recognition of flagship Android device, with the Nexus 5. Plus, Touchless Control and Active Display are pretty sweet features.

The Galaxy Note 3 is a big 'ol phone, but it's capable of some actually worthwhile tasks. Hopefully, it gets KitKat to stay useful.

The GS4. My least favorite Android phone. Not much else to say besides that,plus the build quality is lacking. Great screen, though.
  1. Apple iPhone 5s
  2. LG Nexus 5
  3. Moto X
  4. Apple iPhone 5c
  5. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Why I made my choices...
The iPhone 5S remains one of the greatest smartphones out there. If you can live with the smaller screen size in comparison to the competition, but love great software, go with the 5S.

The Nexus 5 is the greatest Android phone (it's a Nexus, Google's own) with Android 4.4 KitKat to boot. Best part? It's slim and light, but has a big 5-inch screen, and is globally unlocked on AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint.

The Moto X is doing better than ever before. This week, it received the Android 4.4 KitKat update (on AT&T and Verizon), putting on range with the Nexus 5. That, paired with the customized bodies, Touchless Control, and Active Display, and you've got an excellent $99 package.

The iPhone 5C is the budget iPhone. It uses plastic instead of metal, but still passes the bar for good smartphone design and speed. Now, if they only had it in aquamarine....

The Galaxy Note 3 is the best 'big' phone. The S Pen will actually help those that make plenty of signatures and on-the-run work for their company, or just the general road warrior.
  1. Apple iPhone 5s
  2. LG Nexus 5
  3. Moto X
  4. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  5. Nokia Lumia 1020
Why I made my choices...
Having the %S with you changes you. It's not the best smartphone ever created, but ts just about enough so that the rest of the world sees something in it, and decides to buy it. Also, it's a solid smartphone.

The Nexus 5 as been my favorite Android smartphone for the past few weeks. It's light, fast, and full of usable features and stability. KitKat helps too.

The Moto X is the Android hpoenis anyone. Easy to use, Touchless Control makes things a little more interesting than say, the 5S or the N5, but then again, having a customized phone on any one of the four major carriers is a big deal ,too.

The Galaxy Note III. A big phone, with a big pen, and a big camera. If you like things big, then get this. Otherwise, not that important.

The Lumia 1020. Massive camera, not much else. Would rather wait for the 1520, or ditch Windows Phone altogether.

  1. Apple iPhone 5s
  2. Moto X
  3. Samsung Galaxy S 4
  4. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  5. HTC One
Why I made my choices...
The iPhone 5S has been selling at a fantastic pace. Rightly so; it may lack the innovation seen in iPhones past, but it makes up for all of with new colors, a fingerprint sensor, and improved internals. And who can't forget iOS 7?

The Moto X is not the most spec-laden of the Android phones -- we all know that -- but it does feautre the most aspiring software. And that counts for everything.

The GS4 is a Samsung phone, holding its place at #3 like a mercenary -- not faithful, not worthwhile, but it's there.

The Galaxy Note 3 is an excellent large-screened 'phablet', with a stylus and great hardware. Software is heavy with Samsung's Touchwiz offering, but otherwise, it's pretty great.

The HTC One is the dying flame of the famous brand. Perhaps the best Android smartphone ever designed, it lacks the conviction of its parent company, and as a result, isn't as successful as it should have been.
  1. Apple iPhone 5s
  2. Moto X
  3. Samsung Galaxy S 4
  4. HTC One
  5. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Why I made my choices...
iPhone 5S is Apple's biggest iPhone success, but it's the least daring. That's the embodiment of the current iPhone.
The Moto X is my favorite Android device overall, with excellent tech and a solid body.

The GS4 is the lead Samsung offering. But since it's not the best, stays 3rd.
The HTC One has a spot fo number 4 on my list not because it's not amazing (it is), but tis parent company needs to figure out how to thrive, not survive.

The Note 3. More of the same, only bigger and slightly more refined. Thus, not the same.
  1. Apple iPhone 5s
  2. Moto X
  3. Apple iPhone 5c
  4. Samsung Galaxy S 4
  5. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Why I made my choices...
The iPhone 5s continues to dominate. The slickest software (with need of patches) and a the App Store makes the 5s a very commendable smartphone.

Having used two different Moto X devices (one consumer, one customized), I feel in love with Active Display and TOuchless Control. But these features have to come to high-end hardware for Motorola to see extended success of the new technology.

The iPhone 5c is a colorful, cheaper iPhone, with a sense of originality. That's good enough, for most people, actually.

The GS4 is a Samsung winner, but on e personal level, it's one of the least interesting of Android devices, despite having the most features.

And the Galaxy Note III. A big phone, for people that need a stylus. That's that, really.
  1. Apple iPhone 5s
  2. Moto X
  3. Samsung Galaxy S 4
  4. HTC One
  5. Apple iPhone 5c
Why I made my choices...
The iPhone 5S is now the best-selling iPhone. Incremental updates are all you need, plus a champagne paint job, to get the people into your device.

The Moto X is the hands-on down coolest Android phone. Not the most specced-out, or the most attractive, but definitely the coolest. And that's the only reason to go Android over iOS: the revolution of individuality.

The GS4 is the spokesperson that no one likes, but has to back anyway because it's the best you've got. That sums up the Galaxy S 4, on all LTE American carriers.

The HTC One is built with metal. Its parent company, HTC, is falling like stone walls. Not a good backbone for this one, if you care about brand image.

The iPhone 5C is a colorful iPhone 5. Good enough reason to buy it, especially since it's budget priced.
  1. Apple iPhone 5s
  2. Moto X
  3. Samsung Galaxy S 4
  4. HTC One
  5. Apple iPhone 5c
Why I made my choices...
Boom! The iPhone 5s has appeared and is the dominate smartphone on the market, despite only being launched a few days ago. It maintains an excellent pedigree for the iPhone line, while also introducing a better camera, processor, and new finger print sensor.

The Moto X is the smartest of the Android phones, while remaining pocket-able enough to whisk away iPhone users. Having color options and upcoming laser engraving sweetens the package, while being available on all major U.S. carrier, like the new 5S.

The Galaxy S 4 is famous for going feature-crazy. Whether or not everyone enjoys them is arguable, but the fact that it's a very functional phone isn't. However, after testing 5 different versions, I've never grown fond of it.

The HTC One is the masterpiece in design, photo technology, and ability to be ultimately unique. However, that has not been saving HTC as a company recently, with layoffs being rampant.

The iPhone 5c is an iPhone 5 with a colored polycarbonate case and iOS 7. Need I say more?
  1. Moto X
  2. Apple iPhone 5
  3. HTC One
  4. Samsung Galaxy S 4
  5. Sony Xperia Z
Why I made my choices...
The Moto X now available on Verizon and AT&T continues to be my favorite Android phone by far. It's got a bit of everything to make you happy, plus customization options for the body makes it even better. With worth of a price drop, maybe that's even better.

The iPhone 5 is the undisputed alternative to any other smartphone choice you may have. But, with a refresh hot on our heels in the Fall, there's not much reason to buy the current and soon-to-be-outdated model.

HTC's One is the best phone they've ever designed, and one of the best phones, period. However internal trouble at the company is actually a cause for concern for some; just FYI.

The GS4 is a quick succession to the GS3, and a decent one at that. Not my first choice for a phone, but one of my choices, regardless.

The Xperia Z is the only waterproof phone that also happens to look pretty good. The software however, is another matter, and not really worthy of much admiration.
  1. Moto X
  2. Apple iPhone 5
  3. HTC One
  4. Samsung Galaxy S 4
  5. Sony Xperia Z
Why I made my choices...
I've been waiting to rank the Moto X #1 for a long time. It's a beautiful device, that finds said beauty through simplicity. Plus, Touchless Control, Active Display, and a nearly-stock version of Anddroid makes it highly formidable. Available on all four carriers in the coming days and weeks, I think it's the best Android phone ever made

The iPhone is an industry-standard device, but since it is due for a refresh, its chops are starting to ebb away, just a bit. You need to be committed to Apple as a company to buy one of their products, whereas with Android devices it's a straight take-away.

The HTC One is the best Android phone ever designed, but not the best ANdroid phone ever made. A release on Verizon has just gone live, so the One is now available on all carriers.

The GS4 continues to go down on my lists. I've been through too many models that either completely failed or just couldn't take a simple fall, unlike every other device in this list. It's an excellent phone, but not one you can live with forever -- and by that, I mean a 2-year contract.

The Xperia Z is a waterproofed device in a regular smartphone's body. Hardware aside, which is good, the Xperia Z gets my bottom suggestion due to the fact that its Sony customized software is baffling.
  1. HTC One
  2. Apple iPhone 5
  3. Samsung Galaxy S 4
  4. Sony Xperia Z
  5. Samsung Galaxy S4 Active
Why I made my choices...
The HTC One remains the best Android phone on the market -- for the next two weeks.

The iPhone 5 is a status symbol to the same degree that it is an excellent gift to mankind. You just need to find your own reason why to buy it.

The GS4 is a compilation of all the best parts, within the least attractive body. It's a strange mix.

The Xperia Z is at the forefront of waterproof and slim, yet attractive phones. And that's a great thing.

The GS4 Active is a rugged GS4. That's about it.
  1. HTC One
  2. Apple iPhone 5
  3. Nokia Lumia 1020
  4. Samsung Galaxy S4 Active
  5. Samsung Galaxy S 4
Why I made my choices...
The HTC One and iPhone 5 are at eachother's throats in terms of battery, camera quality, and design. But they are both excellent.

Nokia's Lumia 1020 is the best cameraphone there is. The only question left to answer is: why a Windows Phone?

The GS4 Active is a rugged version of the original device, albeit exclusive to AT&T. As much as I like the rugged design, it's not exactly appealing.

Ah, the GS4. It's an excellent device, not too hit-and-miss. Available on all carriers, it's versatile. But in the end, I've never been a fan of all plastic smartphones.
  1. Samsung Galaxy S 4
  2. Apple iPhone 5
  3. HTC One
  4. Sony Xperia Z
  5. Nokia Lumia 1020
Why I made my choices...
The GS4 remains the best all-around Android smartphone on every carrier.

The iPhone 5 remains the most popular smartphone of the year, with the most apps and userbase.

The HTC One is by far and wide, the best phone ever designed, but popularity is not in its favor.

The Xperia Z is the future of smartphone technology: sleek, but waterproof.

The Lumia 1020 has the best camera ever put on a smartphone. Experiencing it first-hand, it's truly amazing.
  1. HTC One
  2. Apple iPhone 5
  3. Samsung Galaxy S 4
  4. Samsung Galaxy S4 Active
  5. Sony Xperia Z
Why I made my choices...
HTC's One is now the best device to represent Android. besides being laden with Ultrapixel technology and a super pixel density rich screen, along with LTE service, it's an unstoppable phone. Google's Play Edition model takes this farther, making it an excellent unlocked global device.

The iPhone 5 remains a fantastic phone for use by almost anybody. In fact, its ease-of-use combined with availability on almost every carrier makes it a winner for those interested in the App Store.

The GS4 remains the best alternative to the One for those who prefer a bigger screen and slightly more battery life, give or take on how it's used. An excellent camera, with a simple design that appeals to some people also rounds off its appeal-set.

The S4 Active is the rugged variant of the traditional S4. Locked exclusively to AT&T, we'd go for this model on that network over the softer, regular GS4 any day.

The Xperia Z makes the beginning of waterproof and dust-resistant smartphones that actually look fantastic. It will make a debut on the T-Mobile LTE network this month, which gives it plenty of spotlight for would-be customers.
  1. Samsung Galaxy S 4
  2. Apple iPhone 5
  3. HTC One
  4. Samsung Galaxy S4 Active
  5. BlackBerry Q10
Why I made my choices...
The Galaxy S4 represents a new dynasty. It functions, appears, and works like a powerhouse -- totally what a new smartphone should be.

Apple's iPhone 5 is getting a little bit old at this point -- but still manages to outperform most smartphones with its App Store. In that case, it's a dealbreaker.

The HTC One is my favorite design for a phone -- ever. With a Play Edition available, it gets even better, with worldwide usage and LTE.

Think a Galaxy S4 that is water-resistant and can take falls easily.

The Q10 is a business phone. But what's business without some fun?
  1. Samsung Galaxy S 4
  2. Apple iPhone 5
  3. HTC One
  4. Google Nexus 4
  5. BlackBerry Q10
Why I made my choices...
The GS4 continues its reign of class, ability,and popularity. It's a good phone, period.

The iPhone 5 continues to amaze, but with a new model coming later this year, keep your sights clear.

The HTC One is probably my favorite, but not the first in my list. All-metal, good looks, performance,and software. If you really feel like you want a great standout phone, the One is the one (pun intended).

The Nexus 4. Meh.

The BlackBerry Q10? Corporate suit and tie. Light web browsing, email, messaging; all it's good for.
  1. Samsung Galaxy S 4
  2. Apple iPhone 5
  3. HTC One
  4. BlackBerry Q10
  5. LG Optimus G Pro
Why I made my choices...
I ranked the GS4 as the best-in-class because of its availability on every carrier you could think of, and its wide range of features. It has everything you need, and everything you probably don't. The advantage is that future-proofs itself in a way -- until Samsung refreshes it next year.

The iPhone 5 will get better with iOS 7, but a new iPhone is due soon, so unless absolutely vital, don't get an iPhone 5. It still is the baseline comparison for all other smartphones however; it's just great.

The HTC One is one-of-a-kind. Literally. Think everything the Galaxy S 4 can do, but with better design, and a better software interface. You like that? Then go ahead and get it.

The Q10 has been faithful to me in use. It's still behind other smartphones, but tries hard to stay relevant to both consumers and enterprise users.

I kind of hate this phone. Tested it for a few weeks; found it to be trying too hard or tying too little. The only thing good about it is the screen, and even that is hindered by a large bezel. Also, only comes on AT&T.
  1. Samsung Galaxy S 4
  2. Apple iPhone 5
  3. HTC One
  4. LG Optimus G Pro
  5. BlackBerry Q10
Why I made my choices...
The Galaxy S 4 has been my child for weeks now. Having gone through three different handsets on different carriers, I know the pros and cons of the device. There are many pros, like LTE, a great screen, wicked speeds, and lightweight design, then there are cons, like Samsung's Touchwiz at times. But like a great marriage, it's defined in its greatness by the ups and downs..

The iPhone 5 is getting a refresh, ASAP. Avoid buying one now.

The HTC One is the finest Android phone in terms of design, ever created. I love it, but the S4's popular appeal can make dents into its resume.

The Optimus G Pro has been a pain in the arse for the past few days. Tried taking it to Webster Hall in NYC, and couldn't take photos without grimacing at the LG UI. LTE on AT&T is great, and so is the screen, but I can't justify getting it.

The BlackBerry Q10! I haven't actually used it, but am going to on Monday. It seems like a decent QWERTY contender (probably the last of its kind), so I look forward to using it, actually.
  1. HTC One
  2. Apple iPhone 5
  3. Samsung Galaxy S 4
  4. Google Nexus 4
  5. Nokia Lumia 928
Why I made my choices...
HTC One is the one smartphone to beat. Top of the link materials and a well-compiled software interface makes it even better than it first seems. Beats Audio and LTE on nationwide carriers is a plus.

The iPhone 5 retains its place as a heavy contender, with LTE, the App Store, and the famous Retina display. It is aging however and due for a refresh later this summer, so buying it now would mostly be a folly.

The Galaxy S 4 is one of my favorites. It's everything an Android phone should be, and then some. While it misses the mark in materials (it's made of plastics), LTE, Super AMOLED HD, quad-core, and lots of pixels makes it one of the best smartphones ever made.

The Nexus 4. A grandpa. Leave it be. Coming in white. Showing its age.

Not a fan of the Lumia 928. It lacks 'oopmh', and only being on AT&T restricts possible user base. Also, its design is getting old.
  1. Samsung Galaxy S 4
  2. Apple iPhone 5
  3. HTC One
  4. LG Optimus G Pro
  5. Nokia Lumia 928
Why I made my choices...
After using the Galaxy S 4 for weeks, I have to say it's one of the most-rounded out smartphones on the market. WIth Verizon boosting the S4 hype thanks to their late release, Samsung is en route to galactic sales.

The iPhone 5 is aging, but still is the pinnacle of smartphone design and function, thus, always a good choice.

The HTC One is an amazing Android phone. But, for now it settles at the third spot.

The Optimus G Pro by LG is a strange attempt at making a Galaxy Note competitor. It has solid hardware, but bloated software.

The Lumia 928 is completely vying for life, but that doesn't mean it should be ignored, so it's scored #5 on my list.
  1. Samsung Galaxy S 4
  2. Apple iPhone 5
  3. HTC One
  4. Google Nexus 4
  5. Nokia Lumia 928
Why I made my choices...
The GS4 has the best all-around specs of any smartphone, plus an amazing feature-set.

The iPhone 5 is the industry-standard, so it's only fitting for it to have a high-ranking.

The HTC One is a heavy contender, but somehow lacks the popular vote of consumers who would actually buy it.

The Nexus 4 is Google's own device. A grandfather of the greats.

The Lumia 928 is another effort by Nokia to achieve more relevance. Time to see what it's capable of, if it will even last on the market.
  1. Samsung Galaxy S 4
  2. Apple iPhone 5
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  4. HTC One
  5. Google Nexus 4
Why I made my choices...
The GS4 is best-in-class. At everything.

The iPhone 5 is best-in-apps. At everything.

The Note II is best in large, behemoth size. Not for everyone.

The HTC One is a class act. For everything, everyone, all the time.

The Nexus 4 is a great smartphone, till the end of time. But not in everything.
  1. Samsung Galaxy S 4
  2. HTC One
  3. Apple iPhone 5
  4. Google Nexus 4
  5. Samsung Galaxy Note II
Why I made my choices...
It finally has dawned: the Galaxy S 4. The best Android phone, by far, with the most features (in which cases can be a good thing), with availability on just about every carrier there is, plus excellent all-round performance. There isn't anything the GS4 can't do unless Android can't support it.

The HTC One takes the crown for most beautiful Android device, and is stiff competition for the GS4. While HTC has to win customers while Samsung just rakes them in, if they succeed, it would be for the benefit of all future smartphone designs.

The iPhone 5 is coming across so much competition that it just has to get a refresh, or become simply obsolete. With the App Store however, the iPhone is going nowhere, anytime soon.

The Nexus 4 is your geek's Android phone; somewhat outdated. Only buy it if you need the bleeding edge edition of Android but are willing to sacrifice some hardware choices.

And lastly, the Note II. Outdated, need of a refresh, and outclassed. Still a great handset; just make you sure have real reasons for snagging one when the S4 is just .5' smaller in screen size.
  1. HTC One
  2. Apple iPhone 5
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  4. Google Nexus 4
  5. HTC First
Why I made my choices...
The HTC One has been the best Android phone I've had extended hands-on time with. While HTC hasn't been keen on getting me review unit on the spot, it's totally awesome in its design and function.

The iPhone 5 is an infallible smartphone, of amazing quality, design, function, and apps. You can really go wrong with an LTE iPhone, there's just no way.

Samsung's Galaxy Note II can still bring quite a fight to the emerging crop of top-tier smartphones. Availability on all major nationwide carriers (like the iPhone 5 and GS3) are also great factors.

The Nexus 4 is an unlocked Android phone that gets the latest of Android, first. Is that bad? Kind of. Is that bad when you're actually using one? No problem; I have, it's great.

The HTC First is only included on my list because it becomes the $99 smartphone with compelling design, features, and operating system (Facebook Home with Android Jelly Bean). LTE is great, but exclusivity on AT&T is somewhat limiting.
  1. HTC One
  2. Apple iPhone 5
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  4. Google Nexus 4
  5. Nokia Lumia 920
Why I made my choices...
The HTC One is my favorite Android phone out there right now. Top-of-the-line design, specs, and software make it the best that Android has at its arsenal.

The iPhone 5 is a hallmark of excellence. It's literally a noun in the English language, and with availability on all major U.S. carriers, there is no reason for it to be in your pocket.

The Galaxy Note is on all the networks that the iPhone 5 is on. It's the best Galaxy device currently available until the GS4, but it's unique.

Nexus 4. Google. It's pure. Nothing changed. The flagship Android device. But only if you're into 'geeky' phones.

The Lumia 920 is a Windows Phone with LTE exclusively on AT&T. End of story.
  1. HTC One
  2. Apple iPhone 5
  3. Google Nexus 4
  4. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  5. Nokia Lumia 920
Why I made my choices...
The HTC One is the best ANdroid smartphone on the international market, despite not yet being available in the U.S. An unheard of design, latest specs, great screen, and new software makes it very formidable.

The iPhone 5 is the tested classic. Soon due for a refresh in the Summer or Fall, it will be outdated, but that doesn't stop it from coming to T-Mobile for the first time this month, and into the hands of many more consumers.

The Google Nexus 4 is the way Android should look like, according to Google. It's their own device, built by LG, and is quite awesome, but its battery life can be lacking.

The Galaxy Note II is a massive 5.5' smartphone. That means with Jelly Bean and a great stylus, it's totally cool to use, despite being large.

Nokia's Lumia 920 is another attempt to make WIndows Phone relevant. Should you buy it? Only if every other smartphone on my list doesn't fit your needs. But if they don't, they why go with something lesser?
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. HTC One
  3. Google Nexus 4
  4. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  5. BlackBerry Z10
Why I made my choices...
Apple's iPhone 5 represents the technology standard for smartphones. Now (soon) available on T-Mobile, the iPhone 5 will be available on all four major carriers. It's due for revision, but right now, it's the best there is.

The HTC One is a fantastic quad-core smartphone with a unique design and 4G LTE connectivity, but with a delayed American release, we all have to wait a bit longer to see if it's worthy.

The Google Nexus 4 is current primary smartphone -- Google's official and finest. But, quickly it's being superseded by other Android device, so stay clear unless you want to stay with a stock version of Android.

The Galaxy Note II is a very niche device, but very successful -- like a director's clapperboard. It's a great device, albeit it is humongous.

The BlackBerry Z10 is the last BlackBerry to be put on major display, and with good reason: BlackBerry needs a savior, but initial reports don't suggest that's happening. Basically, think twice before getting it.
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. Google Nexus 4
  3. Nokia Lumia 920
  4. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  5. BlackBerry Z10
Why I made my choices...
The iPhone 5 is a great smartphone. Top-of-the line in all sections.

The Nexus 4 is an Android star, but is slowly aging.

The Lumia 920 is the greatest Windows Phone out there right now -- that's saying something.

The Note II is a massive Android phone, reserved for only the biggest of users.

The Z10 is mostly unsure about its identity. We'll know more in the coming weeks.
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. Google Nexus 4
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  4. BlackBerry Z10
  5. Nokia Lumia 920
Why I made my choices...
Apple's iPhone 5 continues complete dominance of this week's smartphone rankings -- only because the opposition is going through a period of transitions. It tells true to the tale that Apple devices tend to stay at the top, but nowadays everything is hot on the iPhone 5's heels, or on its back. Basically, you'll want something else sooner or later.

The Google Nexus 4 maintains a sort of unicorn-like status. It's a great smartphone, with some of the best combinations of hardware and software that have been seen for a few months, but it is quickly aging.

The Galaxy Note II is a smartphone with a massive screen, but not much larger than the Galaxy S 4. Does that mean it's obsolete? By all means, no. Just wait for the S4.

The BlackBerry Z10 is the final push for BlackBerry in the main smartphone space. It has completed stages of change that would require ti to be a top-market smartphone, but as usual, it maintains a sort of stagnant development that can only be accelerated by the the desire of the consumer.

The Lumia 920 is a Windows Phone. Not much else to say. Oh, and it has a nice design, but is half a pound. But it has LTE. But only on AT&T. You catch the drift here.
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. Google Nexus 4
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  4. BlackBerry Z10
  5. Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD
Why I made my choices...
The iPhone 5 continues its dominance as an all-around smartphone with great performance in every area, with one of the best designs ever created. LTE on American carriers makes it even sweeter.

The Nexus 4 is the best Android phone currently available -- only if you can settle for T-Mobile 4G HSPA+.

The Galaxy Note II is a very niche, but creative and useful device. Most can't handle the size; but those who can tap into the awesomeness that is a 5.5' HD screen.

The BlackBerry Z10 brings back the dying brand. But will it be enough for you to score one?

The DROID RAZR MAXX HD is aging, like every smartphone in this list, but it requires a good glance at its soul: there's a lot of power and battery life to be had on a 4G LTE device.
  1. Google Nexus 4
  2. Apple iPhone 5
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  4. Samsung Galaxy S III
  5. Nokia Lumia 920
Why I made my choices...
These rankings won't change until the third week of March, it seems. The Nexus 4 is still the best Android phone currently available, but it's safe to say that all Android phones are due for some sort of refresh this month and in summer, so hold off the Nexus 4, the flagship.

The iPhone 5! Reliable, everybody and their sister has one, and it has amazing apps with 4G LTE to back it all. No reason you shouldn't get it, unless you don't want to. Trivial, huh?

The Galaxy Note II is a big Galaxy S III. That is to say, it's better in some cases, but loses the great form factor of the smaller S3. And also, due for a refresh due to an upcoming Galaxy successor

The Nokia Lumia 920, exclusive to AT&T. Want a Windows Phone? This is probably your best bet right now. No kidding. .
  1. Google Nexus 4
  2. Apple iPhone 5
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  4. HTC DROID DNA
  5. Samsung Galaxy S III
Why I made my choices...
Google's Nexus 4 is the prime example of Google engineering -- new technology turned practical and hard to beat. Despite a lack of LTE instead going for HSPA+, the Nexus 4 has everything to win a prizefight -- high-res display, quad-core processor, sleek looks, and completely unlocked GSM bands.

The iPhone will always have a spot on the market. And despite the iPhone losing some 'coolness' to Galaxy competitors, nothing beats Apple's attention to detail and the massive App Store. And there's LTE to boot, too.

The Galaxy Note II is a creationist's device. Big screen, LTE, S Pen stylus, and lots of battery life, there's little not to love. In fact, the only thing wrong about it could be that it's too big!

The DROID DNA sports some of HTC's more recent tech.But with an impending press event in NYC, HTC may have something newer (and better) up their sleeves.

The Galaxy S3. A tried and true smartphone. I'd hold off on it for now, and get something a little more recent, or perhaps even brand new?
  1. Google Nexus 4
  2. Apple iPhone 5
  3. Samsung Galaxy S III
  4. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  5. BlackBerry Z10
Why I made my choices...
The Google Nexus 4. Having just reviewed it on LaptopMemo, I can attest to its awesomeness. There's not much wrong with it, and if you really can look past HSPA+ and the glossy glass, then you're in for a heck of a phone.

The iPhone 5. So crisp, so clear. It's refined and fantastic in many ways. Plus LTE on major networks in the United States makes it very -- dare I say -- unstoppable.

Samsung's Galaxy S III is the most popular Android phone for quite a few months. It's cool to support the opposition of Apple, but it's even better when there's an amazing list of color variants available.

The Galaxy Note II is everything about the Galaxy S III, just bigger. For some that's great.

BlackBerry. I'm only listing it here, because it deserves a chance. Let us see if anyone will really adopt it.
  1. Google Nexus 4
  2. Apple iPhone 5
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  4. Nokia Lumia 920
  5. Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD
Why I made my choices...
Google's Nexus 4 has been the best Android device in years. It's also the phone I've been hooked on using for the past few weeks.

The Apple iPhone 5 is the baseline of quality in all technology. LTE, tons of apps, and a vast popularity boost of people who use it make the iPhone 5 a clear-cut choice for people not willing to use the Nexus 4 on HSPA+.

The Galaxy Note II is a productivity/artistic device.A big 5.5' HD screen, LTE, S pen stylus, and lots of great feature unique to the Note II allows it to be very -- noteworthy.

The Lumia 920 is a Windows Phone. That's all.

The DROID RAZR Maxx HD is an increasingly aging handset. Don't get it, unless it's on sale or something.
  1. Google Nexus 4
  2. Apple iPhone 5
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  4. HTC One X+
  5. Nokia Lumia 920
Why I made my choices...
Having just (finally) been able to get my hands on a Nexus 4, I found out just how awesome it really is. The best Android phone, coupled with the cleanest software, design, and a super awesome 320ppi screen makes it the smartphone to get. And even though T-Mobile can be unreliable, the 42MBps HSPA+ connection can be so speedy, you wouldn't even notice!

The iPhone 5 is the closest competitor to the Nexus 4, with good reason. Unlike the Nexus 4, it does have 4G LTE, a serious error on Google's part. Other than that, great battery life, camera, and the App Store makes the iPhone 5 one of your best choices.

The Galaxy Note II is a massive smartphone for the undecided people who want both a tablet and a smartphone, but all in one package. LTE plus the S Pen further bolster this synergy. Of course, that is if you can fit 5.5' worth of screen into one hand -- like I can.

The HTC One X+ is a turbo-charged version of the original One X on AT&T. Exclusive to that network it may be, but it is pretty scrappy.

The Nokia Lumia 920 has been saving the Finnish company for the past few months, but for how long? Windows Phone 8 is missing a lot of key apps that would make it an uber-popular OS, but LTE can sometimes make up for that, along with the awesome Pureview camera.
  1. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  2. Apple iPhone 5
  3. Nokia Lumia 920
  4. HTC DROID DNA
  5. Google Nexus 4
Why I made my choices...
Every week, same devices, different story: I always recommend the Galaxy Note II. Large screen, immense processing power (quad-core), and the S Pen makes this a productivity machine.

The iPhone 5 is another great addition to my top 5 list. Popularity, sleek design, tons of apps from the App Store, and LTE on some of America's best wireless carriers. The iPhone 5 has it all -- or at least, most of it.

The Lumia 920 is a Windows Phone savior. But for how long? No one knows. But it is worth considering.

HTC's DROID DNA is a versatile Verizon smartphone. Is it really an upgrade to yourself? No. But it is an upgrade worth considering, especially if you're into a 'cool' smartphone instead of a just 'powerful' smartphone. The DROID DNA is both.

Google's Nexus 4 is a timid T-Mobile device with the latest base high-end Android specs. It's the geek's phone.
  1. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  2. Apple iPhone 5
  3. HTC DROID DNA
  4. Samsung Galaxy S III
  5. Google Nexus 4
Why I made my choices...
As a user of the Galaxy Note II for months now, it's become obvious: it's an amazing smartphone. Sales figures have now passed a million, and people are just getting it: a 5.5' screen plus a quad-core processor and Android 4.1 makes you feel like you're using a tablet, phone, and computer, all-in-one sexy package -- with a pen.

Apple's iPhone 5 is the de facto phone of the masses. It is sleek, filled to the brim with features and class, and is downright cool. With LTE and a bigger screen than ever before, it's hard not to like the iPhone 5 in some, weird, fantastic way.

HTC's DROID DNA is a Verizon-exclusive device that supposedly is the best in its class: the Galaxy Note II trumps it easily, but the DNA does have some worthy attributes.

Samsung's Galaxy S III is aging, but it's a time-tested smartphone with extremely high sales, is on almost ever carrier in the United States, and is fit for almost any job.

The geek's phone: a Nexus. The Nexus 4 is a T-Mobile exclusive, unlocked smartphone that always gets the latest version of Android first. It's worth it if that's your thing.
  1. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  2. Apple iPhone 5
  3. Google Nexus 4
  4. Nokia Lumia 920
  5. HTC DROID DNA
Why I made my choices...
The Galaxy Note II on T-Mobile, Verizon, and AT&T is the best smartphone of the year for Android users who want large screens to watch the latest funny YouTube video or text while watching that video, using Multi-Window. Google Now is an added plus to the already amazing and huge Note II.

The iPhone 5 is your popular choice of smartphone going into the new year. Believe me when I say it's polished, has all the apps you need, and almost nothing you don't. Of course, there's always specifics, but the iPhone has indeed come a long way.

Google's Nexus 4 can only be used on T-Mobile in the States, killing the possibility of using LTE and having great reception, but on its own, it's the best Android phone that isn't from Samsung. It's from LG, if you care about brand image.

Nokia keeps on making Lumias to save their skins, and the Lumia 920 is no different. Hopefully it will hold up to the other devices going into the new year, but you don't want to be uncertain about buying an expensive smartphone, do you?

The DROID DNA is HTC's take on a large-screened Android handset. It's a good one, actually. Full of Verizon DROID branding, it can do what most other Android 4.1 devices like the Nexus 4 and Note II can do -- isn't that all what a DROID does?
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  3. Samsung Galaxy S III
  4. Google Nexus 4
  5. Nokia Lumia 920
Why I made my choices...
The iPhone 5 represents exquisite hardware for the masses. It may be a fragile device, but what keeps it in the loop is 4G LTE networking, a nearly endless App Store, and the ease-of-use. Its downsides are the fragile materials, and high cost of having it unlocked, sans contract.

The Galaxy Note II is one a few of the best carriers in the United States. With the latest of everything, the Note II is not only a behemoth, but fast, intuitive, and useful. A 5.5' HD screen, S Pen, 4G LTE, and Android Jelly Bean makes the Note II is a sure pick.

The Samsung Galaxy S III is a smaller version of the Note II. Which also constitutes its great success. A clean slate design, 4G LTE, Android 4.1, dual-core processor, great battery life and a variety of colors make the GS3 the most balanced smartphone on the market.

Google Nexus 4. It's the latest from Google, all the time and always. Lack of LTE is a downside, but using it as a global phone on 4G HSPA+ is also a great feature. Dual-core processor, HD screen, one-of-a-kind design, and cheap price unlocked makes the Nexus 4 a great tech savvy smartphone.

The Lumia 920: the white knight of Windows Phone. Only on AT&T in the States, with some high-end hardware. However, it falls short in many areas, or goes too far in others (it weighs 6.2 oz).
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  3. Samsung Galaxy S III
  4. Google Nexus 4
  5. Nokia Lumia 920
Why I made my choices...
The iPhone 5 has never been as heavily criticized -- or praised -- as it has been now. Available unlocked and in almost all major US carrier with 4G LTE, plus the iOS 6 software, and compelling design with amazing speed, it's the phone for others to beat -- and the one to buy.

The Galaxy Note II is the executive's (or artist's) smartphone. Planning, editing, designing, and browsing: the Note II does it all, with an amazing battery life, quad-core processor, and large 5.5' HD screen with S Pen. I have one on AT&T, and I can't wait to always use it.

Google's Nexus 4 is a clever play on current devices in the Android ecosystem. On top of all the 'Googely' hardware and software, it is rather cheap when unlocked, but lacks LTE. So, it's your call.

Having had a Lumia 920 for the last few weeks, I've come to pass two kinds of judgement on the Lumia 920: great battery life, crisp and clear screen, well-designed software, a solid LTE network, but no apps to speak of that would warrant it a position higher than a #5. Only get it if you want a different experience, outside of the Android/iOS ecosystems.
  1. Samsung Galaxy S III
  2. Apple iPhone 5
  3. Google Nexus 4
  4. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  5. Nokia Lumia 920
Why I made my choices...
The SGS 3 is a very capable handset, with dual-core processing technology, 4G LTE connectivity, and an amazing HD Super AMOLED screen. It's my top choice for the quarter.

Apple's iPhone 5 suffices for the second-ranked smartphone. Lots of apps, interesting design, and capable hardware, and ease-of-use makes the iPhone 5 popular, and for good reason.

Google's Nexus 4 is the cutting edge of Android software, not of hardware. So, if you don't want to settle for the Nexus 4, go for another device on my weekly list, mainly due to lack of LTE.

The Galaxy Note II could easily take over the Nexus 4's spot. Amazing display, useful stylus, and high MP cameras with quad-core processor, all on top of Android 4.1 make this the most powerful smartphone on AT&T.

Lumia's 920. It's very heavy (6.2 oz.), but it carries its weight with performance, beautiful aesthetics (however lacks ergonomics), and Pureview cameras. Go for it, but just know only AT&T offers LTE service for the Lumia 920.
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  3. Samsung Galaxy S III
  4. Google Nexus 4
  5. Nokia Lumia 920
Why I made my choices...
Best on the market: the iPhone 5! For ease-of-use, multitude of apps, and LTE coverage. It does have spaces to be filled, but of the smartphones for the 'average' consumer, it's the best.

The Galaxy Note II is an executive-esque smartphone with S Pen stylus, designed to be a tablet and phone in one. Considering that, and LTE on AT&T, that's very convenient.

The SGS 3. A super popular Android smartphone, it's a smaller version of the Note II, but is worth it. In fact, it's currently Android's most popular handset.

The Nexus 4 is Google's latest shot at getting a new Nexus device out there. It's built by LG, is sleek, and sports the latest version of Android. If you want to be unique, then get this.

Nokia's Lumia 920 is the last hurrah for Windows Phone. Beautiful, versatile, but heavy, there's few phones out there like it
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  3. Samsung Galaxy S III
  4. Nokia Lumia 920
  5. Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
Why I made my choices...
When you think 'smartphone', what comes to mind? To millions it's an iPhone. Sporting some of the latest technology into an attractive design and software that works, backed-up with LTE coverage, there's a reason why it's so successful -- because once you hold it, you'll want it.

The Note II has been my driving device for a month now -- it's fantastic, has Android 4.1 with Google Now, LTE on AT&T, and is useful to me -- no matter how huge it really is. That all being said, its size is really something that can bring you on board, or throw you over.

The GS3 is the same thing as the Note II -- just smaller. And that may justify you buying it.

It's Nokia's last hurrah (again) for Windows Phone 8. It has to be!? If this beautiful, updated, and very functional Lumia 920 doesn't work, what will?

The DROID RAZR MAXX. I'm not enthusiastic about it. But it may be worth your time; but it's not the DROID I'm looking for.
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  3. Samsung Galaxy S III
  4. Motorola DROID RAZR HD
  5. HTC One X
Why I made my choices...
Apple's iPhone 5 is the cream of the popular crop. Popular doesn't always mean best, but the iPhone 5 is more than capable of doing everything you'd ever want on a smartphone, one way or another, all the while on 4G LTE.

The Galaxy Note II. I've had the enormous pleasure of using it for several weeks now, and I have to say it's Android battleship. Literally. It's the biggest, has the best specs, but unlike a battleship, is incredibly fast. Wicked fast.

Also tested for several weeks, the Galaxy S III is simply a smaller version of the Note II. That's actually a great thing if you're into that enormous size.

Apparently, the DROID RAZR HD is a great phone. Just hopefully you can trust Google (who now owns Motorola) to update the phone to Android 4.1, 'this holiday season'.

Finally, the One X. It's an old phone by today's standards. But it is incredibly well-suited for any modern task. In fact, it's a great Android smartphone.
  1. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  2. Apple iPhone 5
  3. Samsung Galaxy S III
  4. Motorola DROID RAZR HD
  5. Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD
Why I made my choices...
The Samsung Galaxy Note II is a large, yet practical smartphone. With 4G LTE service on some of the best carriers, a quad-core processor, and HD screen -- all with amazing battery life, it's hard not for me to recommend it.

The iPhone 5. Apple Maps may be its lowest point, but it's still an iPhone, and therefore the industry standard. And it rightly places itself as a handset that anyone should be comfortable in buying.

Samsung's Galaxy S III, little brother of the Galaxy Note II. It's the go-to smartphone to go up against an iPhone 5. Why? Because it's just that good.

The Motorola DROID RAZR HD and MAXX HD are both identical, except with different batteries which contributes to their thickness. This translates to some of the best hardware Moto has ever produced, but not great enough in my eyes to give it a higher ranking.
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. Samsung Galaxy S III
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  4. Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD
  5. HTC One X
Why I made my choices...
The iPhone 5 is Apple's best effort. 4G LTE, a larger HD screen, refreshed design, and an uber-thin design. Apple has it all.

The Galaxy S III is the best Android phone ever produced. Its sales, reviews, and how it works proves it so. Plus, LTE coverage on 3 of the four nationwide carriers it's on helps, too.

The Galaxy Note II is coming to the United States via storm, and it will be an epic behemoth of a phablet.

This is Motorola's fastest roll-out of high-end smartphones ever, and the Droid Razr Maxx HD is worth the Verizon-exclusive contract.

Meh. HTC One X. Outdated. Meh.
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. Samsung Galaxy S III
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  4. Samsung Galaxy Nexus (global)
  5. HTC One X
Why I made my choices...
The iPhone 5 is a smartphone to outlast those for another year. Bundled with LTE, a 4-inch screen, and fantastic App Store makes the iPhone 5 the prime smartphone of the season.

Samsung's Galaxy S III is the face of Android right now. Larger and more versatile than the iPhone 5, it could very well be fighting the iPhone 5 on the same carriers with LTE, until the very end.

The Galaxy Note II is coming to the U.S., and with it, quad-core, 5.5-inch Super AMOLED HD, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. On T-Mobile and AT&T, the Note II will be hard to reckon against.

It's the flagship Google smartphone. But it won't be for long.

HTC's One X, like the Galaxy Nexus, will be soon superseded. So, avoid it.
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. Samsung Galaxy S III
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  4. HTC One X
  5. Motorola DROID RAZR M
Why I made my choices...
The iPhone 5 may have had a shaky start, with Maps and purple lens flares, but it remains the best iPhone ever -- and that's saying it's the most-rounded phone on the market.

The pinnacle of the Android force, the Galaxy S III is an epic smartphone on four carriers, versus the iPhone 5's three in the United States. With lots of RAM, screen space, processing power, and a great design, the GS3 is a clear-cut winner.

The Galaxy Note II is the best phablet out there. It also is the only phone you should consider if you want a large screen, with a quad-core processor, Jelly Bean, and an S Pen.

The One X. It's getting old, it has a One X+ successor, and just isn't worth considering.

Motorola's RAZR M? Best budget 4G LTE smartphone out there with a dual-core processor, Kevlar, and a sub-HD screen.
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. Samsung Galaxy S III
  3. HTC One X
  4. Motorola DROID RAZR M
  5. Samsung Galaxy Note
Why I made my choices...
Apple's iPhone 5 is the impeccable winner in all categories of a smartphone. It's the best on the market, but other smartphones do have a better-rounded package.

The Galaxy S III is an army of a device. With 4G LTE, a great screen, design, and battery life, there is not a doubt that the Galaxy S III has a brilliant execution, and it functions as a great competitor.

HTC's offering is getting old, and with an aging design, it may not hold to par if you buy it now.

The RAZR M is the best budget 4.3-inch smartphone out there, and it keeps Motorola looking bright.

Samsung's Galaxy Note is a fantastic smartphone, but keep an eye out for the Note II.
  1. Samsung Galaxy S III
  2. Apple iPhone 4S
  3. Motorola Atrix HD
  4. Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
  5. HTC One X
Why I made my choices...
The GS3 is available on all four major networks, and with this , makes for the best Android experience money can buy.

Apple's iPhone 4S may be on its last days, but a smartphone with such an app store and Retina display is worth long after the next iPhone is announced. Just think iPhone, from here on out in case things get sketchy at Samsung.

The Atrix HD is a decent AT&T 4G LTE budget device. Decent is its forte.

Motorola's DROID RAZR MAXX has last year's specs with a very promising battery, but wait for the coming offerings of September and the holiday season.

Oh boy, the HTC One X. It's nice, beautiful, but in the long run, may be superseded soon. Still, it is the prime of HTC's design career -- not of their profits, though.
  1. Samsung Galaxy S III
  2. Apple iPhone 4S
  3. Motorola Atrix HD
  4. Nokia Lumia 900
  5. HTC One X
Why I made my choices...
Despite what the courts could pull off against Samsung, the Galaxy S III remains an original, well-built, and great to use smartphone. The best on the market in terms of raw power.

The iPhone 4S is the iconic smartphone of the past few years. What can possibly usurp it? A next-gen iPhone successor, of course.

A cheap, budget, well-designed smartphone with 4G LTE service and an HD screen. That's the Atrix HD. That's good enough.

The Lumia 900 remains as the last great Windows Phone. With stronger, dual-core promising in the future, it simply acts as a placeholder for what Nokia has up its sleeves next.

HTC's One X is the company's only hurrah on the American market worthy of beating any other smartphones. However, like the Lumia 900 and Atrix HD, it's only on AT&T, while the iPhone and Galaxy S III are on at least 3 carriers.
  1. Samsung Galaxy S III
  2. Apple iPhone 4S
  3. HTC One X
  4. Nokia Lumia 900
  5. Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
Why I made my choices...
Same thing every week for these five phones.

The GS 3 is the best Android phone there is to buy. Period.

The iPhone 4S is the longest lasting of any smartphone. Period.

HTC may be hurting, but it's not because of the One X. If the GS3 didn't exist, it would be the best smartphone to buy, butility its lack of supreme adoption could be that it's only on one network.

It's the best Microsoft and Nokia can offer for less than a Benjamin. Hey, it makes the list.

Long lasting battery and great design with a reliable network makes Motorola's a winner.
  1. Samsung Galaxy S III
  2. Apple iPhone 4S
  3. HTC One X
  4. HTC One S
  5. Nokia Lumia 900
Why I made my choices...
The SGS III is an impeccable solution on all carriers, bringing powerful technology, speed, and looks to an affordable package.

Apple's iPhone 4S is the most highly regarded smartphone of the 21st century, and rightly so. Siri could probably tell you so.

HTC One X. It's nice, it comes in two different colors, and has the 'Burn Notice' feel about it -- it's cool and lethal.

A budget smartphone on a budget network with premium looks and power. Great idea.

It's Windows Phone's last hurrah. It may not be worth saving, but at such a low price, could be worth buying.
  1. Samsung Galaxy S III
  2. Apple iPhone 4S
  3. HTC One X
  4. Motorola Atrix HD
  5. Samsung Galaxy Nexus LTE
Why I made my choices...
The SGS 3 is a best-of-class smartphone -- and it looks fantastic with LTE coverage on 3 of the 5 carriers it's on in the States.

The iPhone 4S is on 3 carriers and is due for a replacement, but still fascinates many. Plus it has the largest App Store known to man.

HTC's bet at beating the Galaxy S III is here, and it does that in style. However, it's only on AT&T.

Budget dual-core Android 4.0 4G LTE smartphone? Check. Motorola's got this one.

The Galaxy Nexus always has the latest and greatest versions of Android (usually). Plus, on its own, it's a winner of mid-range smartphone power.
  1. Samsung Galaxy S III
  2. Apple iPhone 4S
  3. HTC One X
  4. Motorola Atrix HD
  5. HTC EVO 4G LTE
Why I made my choices...
The SGS 3 is the best Android smartphone, and the hottest smartphone of the summer.

The iPhone 4S, with its amazing App Store, has the most possible functions of any smartphone -- coupled with Apple's elegance.

The HTC One X is the company's finest on AT&T. And it's powerful, with a fantastic screen.

The Atrix Hd is cheap, useful, and reliable.

The EVO 4G LTE takes a bit to love, but can be loved nonetheless.
  1. Samsung Galaxy S III
  2. HTC One X
  3. Apple iPhone 4S
  4. Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
  5. Motorola Atrix HD
Why I made my choices...
The best of the best, the Galaxy S III is not only model, but future-proof. And it's LTe speeds combined with looks makes it top notch.

Each and every One X is just as fantastic as the next. It is also a smartphone you'd notice while walking, and would be covered in the warmth of its 4G LTE radios.

Apple iPhone 4S. The Braun phone of the century. Beautiful, fast, and with the best apps, it can be hard to go wrong. Siri says so.

The DROID RAZR Maxx is Moto's best shot at having a top shot of a phone. And it gets very near that.

The Atrix HD is the best $100 Android 4.0 dual-core smartphone out there with 4G LTE data speeds. That's all there is to it.
  1. Samsung Galaxy S III
  2. HTC One X
  3. Apple iPhone 4S
  4. HTC EVO 4G LTE
  5. Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
Why I made my choices...
The One X has all the requirements to be your next smartphone: rich app library, looks, battery life, great camera, screen, and processing power. All on the fastest 4G LTE network in the country.

The Galaxy S III is the hottest Android phone on the market and my favorite. It has an AI assistant, ergonomic design, a striking HD screen, 4G LTE on most carriers, and is thin, something the One X is lacking ny a millimeter.

Apple's iPhone 4S. A product so monumental and reliable I need not explain, it's just for you to experience it.

The EVO 4G LTE is all that is great about the EVO line, only bigger, faster, and better looking.

It would be wrong not to mention Motorola. Unlike HTC and Samsung, Moto can blend the formulas from its history to make great, fast, thin, and even Kevlar-backed smartphones like the RAZR Maxx, with long battery life.
  1. Samsung Galaxy S III
  2. Apple iPhone 4S
  3. HTC One X
  4. HTC EVO 4G LTE
  5. HTC DROID Incredible 4G LTE
Why I made my choices...
The SGS III is the best Android smartphone on the market. Great design, power, battery life, and 4G LTE connectivity.
The Apple iPhone 4S is the best jump in the phone structure for the longest while. The App Store has the best app ecosystem ever seen, and it adds to the importance of the iPhone 4S.
HTC's One X is the classiest paring of design and power seen in the business, on top of amazing 4G LTE networking from AT&T.
Sprint's upcoming LTE network, a quality One series design, and added kickstand makes the EVO 4G LTE a worthwhile competitor to all of Sprint's other devices.
The Incredible 4G LTE on Verizon takes the spot of a small, capable smartphone, with a strong display, fast processor, and striking design.
  1. Samsung Galaxy S III
  2. Apple iPhone 4S
  3. HTC One X
  4. HTC EVO 4G LTE
  5. HTC One S
Why I made my choices...
Samsung has managed to design a mass market Android phone wiith some of the latest technology, and making it both ergonomic and pleasing to the eye. And 4G LTE on 3 of the nation's largest carriers doesn't hurt, either.
Apple's marvel and the oldest successful phone on the market right now, the iPhone 4S has both the design, power, and operating system to be the best smartphone on the market, but it always will have a hard time with the GS 3.
The HTC One X has a beautiful screen, body, operating system, and 4G LTE network. And that makes it just as strong of a contender as the iPhone 4S and the GS 3.
The EVO 4G LTE is currently a 3G only device, but the LTE network will soon be deployed. The dual-core tech, flashy appearance, and great kickstand makes the EVO stand out from the crowd -- by being a little evil.
The One S is the least aspiring smartphone of the HTC One series, but makes quite a big bang for your buck, considering its price on the T-Mobile network.
  1. Samsung Galaxy S III
  2. Apple iPhone 4S
  3. HTC One X
  4. HTC One S
  5. HTC EVO 4G LTE
Why I made my choices...
Having reviewed the Galaxy S III, I can safely say it is the smartphone you should buy right now, and is the best Android smartphone there is, but also the most convenient: it's available on all 5 major carriers.
The iPhone 4S remains the pinnacle of class and application, and despite being rather aged, it outperforms many of the failed attempts to beat it.
The One X is the hard-hitting contender to the Galaxy S III, but is outnumbered 4 to 1 in availability. That does not take away the fact that it is HTC's finest product, and has better build quality than the Galaxy S III. The One X is a proud superphone.
The One S is a downgraded, but still very competent HTC dual-core, Android 4.0, and 4G smartphone. It is the best mid-range Android phone on the market (and one of the thinnest).
The EVO 4G LTE again crosses paths with the Galaxy S III LTE on Sprint, but it too has things the GS III doesn't, compared to the One X and AT&T GS III, as well. It's all out war, but more often than not, the EVO can come out on top.
  1. HTC One X
  2. Apple iPhone 4S
  3. Samsung Galaxy S III (global)
  4. Samsung Galaxy Note
  5. Nokia Lumia 900
Why I made my choices...
The One X is the best combination of great looks, fast LTE speeds, and dual-core superpower.
The iPhone 4S is Apple's child: the best of all the iPhones, combined with the power of innovative apps from the App Store.
The Galaxy S III is Android's biggest gun, from their biggest producer: Samsung. Until its formal debut in the United States against the One X, it will take more than the global edition to take on HTC's finest.
The Galaxy Note is another great contender. In fact, with the best stylus and screen combo on the market, LTE network speeds, dual-core technology, and an HD Super AMOLED screen, it gains the renowned title of the only 'phablet' on the planet -- a combo between a tablet and a phone.
Windows Phone's only true smartphone contender: the Nokia Lumia 900. It does sport LTE AT&T 4G speeds in the States, but with the least powerful specs of all the modern smartphones, it will need to rely on Windows Phone's subset of features to try and gain a market foothold.
  1. HTC One X
  2. Apple iPhone 4S
  3. Nokia Lumia 900
  4. Samsung Galaxy Note
  5. HTC EVO 4G LTE
Why I made my choices...
Each and every One X is the epitome of smartphone evolution: svelte profiles, futuristic and reliable software, and incredibly fast LTE networking.

The iPhone 4S is old, but the most balanced smartphone of all time. And Siri, its personal AI assistant, a high mark above all the rest.

The Lumia 900 has its rough spots, but it is made of a beautiful polycarbonate, and inside, enough power to make Windows Phone look desirable.

A phablet. One of my all-time favorite devices. The Galaxy Note is a behemoth of fast, dual-core technology and a large 5.3-inch HD screen, with fast AT&T LTE networking.

Take the One X, put it on Sprint's LTE network with a few extra bells and whistles, and you get the best CDMA/LTE device HTC has in the States.
  1. HTC One X
  2. Apple iPhone 4S
  3. HTC EVO 4G LTE
  4. Samsung Galaxy Note
  5. Nokia Lumia 900
Why I made my choices...
As I've said time and time again, the One X is the best Android has to offer, with the best data speeds and design.
The iPhone 4S, while aging, still has the best app ecosystem the world has ever seen, and the most interesting design on the market.
The EVO 4G LTE is the CDMA alternative to a One X, however with more charm in its design and promise of a 4G LTE Sprint network.
The Galaxy Note phablet is not only successful and incredible = it will have Android 4.0 and uses the best S pen HD screen combo ever seen.
The Lumia 900 is the best Windows Phone. Compared to other phones? It has to put up a hard fight, however.
  1. HTC One X
  2. Nokia Lumia 900
  3. HTC One S
  4. Apple iPhone 4S
  5. Samsung Galaxy Note
Why I made my choices...
The One X is a dominant device. It has all to be desired, and can also be self-sustaining in the future -- the specs are top-notch, as well 4G LTE from AT&T providing some of the fastest data speeds in the country. The Lumia 900 is the Windows Phone alternative to the One X. With also fast performance, amazing design, and 4G LTE, the only real decision to be had is Android vs. Windows Phone. The One S is down a notch, but it's the most-balanced mid-range Android smartphone available. Reliable 4G HSPA+ data speeds backed up by the slim and light design makes the One S -- desirable. The iPhone. It's the simplest of them all, but is one of the best. It has been on the market for quite a while, but still hasn't lost its edge. Samsung's Galaxy Note is fantastic. The S Pen, 4G LTE, high-res screen, and dual-core processor makes the Galaxy Note very, very close to the mobile computing concept of years past.
  1. Nokia Lumia 900
  2. Apple iPhone 4S
  3. HTC One X
  4. HTC One S
  5. Samsung Galaxy Note
Why I made my choices...
The Lumia 900 makes WP7 a real contender with its design, power, and price.

The iPhone 4S never fails the user, or at least hardly falters in its design of simplicity and features.

The One X features everything big about a smartphone, plus Android, making it the 'big guy', yet smart and not a dumb grunt.

The One S is everything great about the latest technologies -- just smaller because hand size matters.

The Galaxy Note is the indecisive person's device: it can can both the tablet jig and the smartphone run.
  1. Nokia Lumia 900
  2. Apple iPhone 4S
  3. HTC One S
  4. HTC One X
  5. Samsung Galaxy Nexus (global)
Why I made my choices...
After having a Lumia 900 sent to me earlier this week, I've become enamored with its design, speed, and Windows Phone. It's a marvel, and 4G LTE makes the Lumia 900 a top-tier device -- perhaps of the entire industry?

The iPhone 4S has nearly unlimited applications, strong in its aesthetics and performance, and heck -- Siri is an amazing artificial intelligence assistant.

Each of the One X devic es in North America share something in common: Android 4.0 with Sense 4. What this means is that a truly personal Android phone has been created, with massively powerful and pretty hardware.

Everything about the One X, just smaller with 4G HSPA+ internet speeds. It's the best mid-range smartphone out there.

The Galaxy Nexus remains the trademark device of Google. And why shouldn't it be? It has Android 4.0 without any software 'enhancements' for a pure, undiluted experience.
  1. HTC One X
  2. HTC One S
  3. Apple iPhone 4S
  4. Nokia Lumia 900
  5. Samsung Galaxy Note
Why I made my choices...
The One X has best in-class performance feel. What's there to beat with 4G LTE, Android 4.0, and the best design since the HTC Legend of old?

One S is a slight downgrade from One X. It gives just the essentials, but the essentials in a dual-core, ICS touting, Android phone is just what you need, along with a strong, resilient design.

It's an iPhone. It has iOS. The App Store. One of the most iconic design in the industry. It has it all.

This, I was unsure about at first. The Lumia 900 is the best Windows Phone ever created; but with unknown sales figures, it's still a dream in the clouds.

The Galaxy Note is the best unfocused device out there. It's a tablet. It's a phone. Even call it a PDA. But in the end, 4G LTE, the S-Pen, and a little Gingerbread goes a long way.
  1. Apple iPhone 4S
  2. HTC One X
  3. Nokia Lumia 900
  4. HTC One S
  5. Samsung Galaxy Note
Why I made my choices...
The iPhone 4S blends in one of the highest-res displays in the industry with compelling hardware and the beat app ecosystem in history.

The One X is HTC prodigal child, capable of everything the Nexus phones can, and more, while looking and performing better.

Nokia will either make or break Windows Phone, and the Lumia 900 is no exception. While it has quite a challenge ahead, it is a dream to use, and WP7 is at its peak on a Lumia 900

The One S is everything great about the One X, just a little less. Still, that's pretty great

The oldest selection on this list, the Galaxy Note is the 'phablet' -- a phone and a tablet. Once updated to Ice Cream Sandwich, the Galaxy Note while already successful, will even be more of a milestone device, for the industry at large.
  1. HTC One X
  2. Apple iPhone 4S
  3. Samsung Galaxy Nexus LTE
  4. HTC One S
  5. Nokia Lumia 900
Why I made my choices...
The HTC One X takes everything about Android 4.0 and steps it up with great HTC hardware.

The iPhone 4S is the all-around smartphone -- jack of all trades, master of but a few.

The Galaxy Nexus is effective at being a Google Nexus device. Not much else.

The One S is simply a smaller One X with less power, but still can out-class many smartphones out today. A favorite of mine.

The Lumia 900 is the best Windows Phone of all time. The hardware is fantastic; it's hard to beat on AT&T.
  1. Apple iPhone 4S
  2. Samsung Galaxy Nexus LTE
  3. Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
  4. Samsung Galaxy Note
  5. LG Lucid
Why I made my choices...
The iPhone 4S. Best of the best, better balanced than the rest.

The Galaxy Nexus never fails to appeal the hardcore Android user, always on tab for the latest updates on speedy 4G LTE.

Maxx battery with a RAZR sharp profile. No pun intended.

The Galaxy Note will only get better, come Android 4.0. A good long-term, 2-year investment.

Cheap. Questionable UI and design. 4G LTE. It's a pass -- for this week.
  1. Apple iPhone 4S
  2. Samsung Galaxy Nexus LTE
  3. Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
  4. HTC Amaze 4G
  5. Samsung Galaxy Note
Why I made my choices...
The iPhone 4S is a consumer favorite and the epitome of form and function.

Each and every Galaxy Nexus is built with the future of Android in mind, to some extent. Everything about the GNex is on point.

The RAZR MAXX is everything great about the DROID RAZR, only with longer battery life and a slightly thicker body.

Essentially an overclocked Sensation 4G, the Amaze 4G looks good on the job, with 4G HSPA+ and sharp 8MP camera.

It's a phablet running with 4G LTE. Everything about a phone and tablet the undecided consumer would want.
  1. Apple new iPad
  2. Apple iPad 2
  3. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
  4. ASUS Transformer Prime
  5. Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9
Why I made my choices...
The new iPad. Stellar display, speed, and software, for the right price.

The older-gen iPad 2 is still a heavy contender, and now costs $100 less than a new iPad.

The Galaxy Tab 10.1 remains the most attractive of the Android tablet, really.

The Transformer Prime is a super tablet, laden with all the latest features and Android OS.

The Tab 8.9 is everything good about a Tab 10.1, except smaller, same battery life, and a the same 1280 x 800 display.

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