Top Android Smartphones
The current smartphone market is dominated with Android devices more than ever because of its open-source nature, which has led to the arrival of highly competitive and innovative products from the manufacturers. And the productivity of the Android smartphones is continually improving with the access to huge number of supported apps (games, books and movies too) available on Google Play Store.
The rankings for Android smartphones on our website are based on the ReviewGist Score - which combines ratings from expert reviewers from around the web to give you a single quality score from 1 to 100. Further we narrowed down the selection to some of the latest Android smartphones which have been top rated by many authentic review sources around the web.
1. Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4 is definitely a solid contender in the smartphone market right now. Along with a bunch of software features under the abstract categories: Fun, Relationship, Life Task and Life Care, things like the big and impressive Full HD screen, a quad-core processor and a pretty good camera have been pretty well packed into this smartphone unit. The device runs the latest stable and customized version of the Android operating system, i.e., the 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with the TouchWiz UI.
TouchWiz is the touch interface developed by Samsung for Android smartphones and other devices and the same has been deployed on Galaxy S4. Abstaining the discussion over the stock Android, CNET review states that GS4 proudly runs Android 4.2.2 beneath its very highly customized Touch Wiz interface. But at the same time, the review criticizes about Touch Wiz’s long looked and outdated appearance. About the reskinned version of Jelly Bean 4.2.2, PhoneArena review fondly proclaims that the OS runs extremely fluidly – allowing the user to tweak almost all of its aspects.
Surely, the 4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating system which runs on Galaxy S4 supports every app and game available on Google Play Store. But also, this Android smartphone overly hosts some of the technically innovative features such as eye tracking and gesture controls under the Life Task segment. Smart Scroll and Smart Pause features sense your eye movement to scroll through or pause when you are accessing multimedia content on your screen. And with the Air Gesture feature you could literally operate some of your smartphone just by hovering your hands (as commands) on your screen. These futuristic options can definitely change the way you access the interface and consume the multimedia on a Full HD display which a device like Galaxy S4 features.
Galaxy S4 offers the finest things and the smartphone should be your best choice if you are looking for an high-end smartphone which has some very useful and customizable options like UI, expandable memory slot and, removable battery. Given its features like 4.2.2 Android Jelly Bean and faster processor, this smartphone with a plastic body can turn out to be too expensive; and you have many bargain smartphones out there if you are too specific about the price.
2. HTC One
HTC One is one of the most acclaimed flagship smartphones released this year. The impressive smartphone which runs the latest version of Android operating system, does offer some of the most needed features like Full HD 4.7 inch screen with 468 ppi and a quad-core processor. Encasing all the other features with a sleek aluminum body, HTC One has also embedded the dual frontal stereo speakers for a great sound output. And finally, the standout feature of HTC One is the HTC UltraPixel Camera which offers an excellent image quality just with a 4 Megapixel resolution.
HTC One is preloaded with customized 4.1.2 Jelly Bean version of Android operating system but is ready to be upgraded to the latest 4.2.2 Jelly Bean Android version. And this customized Android is showcased with the outlook of HTC Sense user interface for enhanced usage. The smartphone also incorporates the proprietary HTC BlinkFeed technology into One, which streams all your favorite content on the home screen. About the modified UI, TechRadar specifies that overall, UI is incredibly pleasing and impressed at the same time with the Blinkfeed. In a similar fashion, PhoneArena review imparts that the HTC’s customized skin is leaner and meaner than before, and it just flies on the quad-core Snapdragon 600 chip.
HTC One can be recommended as the best smartphone in the market which gives a head to head competition to the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Xperia Z. Adding to the advantageous gorgeous dual frontal stereo speakers of this phone, if you want to experience the sleek interface of HTC’s Sense and if your choice of design leans towards aluminium body, HTC One should your choice. But if you would prefer to use a phone with a removable battery and if you prefer expandable memory slot for extra space, Galaxy S4 can stand as the very next option.
3. Sony Xperia Z
Sony Xperia Z has been released into the league of top contenders among brand specific flagship smartphones this year. The Xperia smartphone is thinnest among all its competitors amd like HTC One, Xperia Z ships with the 4.1.2 Jelly Bean version of Android operating system but supports the latest version with manual upgradation. Xperia Z features some of the generous features like 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, 13.1 Megapixel camera, 5 inch Full HD screen with 441 ppi. Water and dust resistance is the most differentiating feature which the smartphone sports.
Sony Xperia Z has a custom skin as the UI for the Android operating system, and the UI is less altered when compared with HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4. PhoneArena reviewer feels that the UI is quite unobtrusive which should be good for the purists out there and also notes that this is one of the most polished custom UI for Android. CNET review has nothing more to say specifically about the Android deployed on Xperia Z, but throws some light on the series of exclusive UI embellishments which the Sony offers
Xperia Z is a recommendable phone which has premium features with the thinnest body and a beautiful design. And if you are a thorough smartphone camera user, Xperia Z’s camera may not be acknowledged as the best in terms of image quality, even though it has a 13.1 resolution camera. But overall, with least drawbacks, Sony delivers you the performance with Xperia Z with high-end specs of display, processor and OS, which you would expect from a typical high-end smartphone..
4. LG Optimus G Pro
Optimus G Pro is the LG’s attempt to offer a near-perfect Android smartphone, or rather a phablet with premium set of features which stand on par with the most dominant smartphone models in the market right now. The most striking feature of Optimus G Pro is its 400 ppi, 5.5 inch display screen with advanced IPS LCD display technology which advantageously consumes less power. Also this device tops our list of top smartphones with best battery life with its hefty 3140 mAh battery capacity.
The 1.7 GHz quad-core processor which runs Optimus G Pro is abundantly sufficient for the new 4.1.2 Jelly Bean version of Android operating system hosted by the phone. LG has used its own Optimus UI for more customizability. TechRadar review indicates that the phone’s large screen is backed up by a beefy 1.7GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM which sees Android Jelly Bean zip along at a rate of knots, making for a pleasing and efficient user experience. PhoneArena too speaks about the easy customizability features which the smartphone offers.
With a gorgeous 5 inch Full HD screen, the display of LG Optimus G Pro stands as one of the main reason to buy the smartphone. The other being its great battery backup which assists in you performing all day activities without plugging the phone to a power source. But if you cannot handle this large smartphone with your hands, you could opt some really cool smartphones with lesser screen sizes. And it is a little inconvenience too that LG doesn’t offer a stylus with this phablet.
This list of the top Android smartphones was compiled in June 2013 and for an ever updated list of the best smartphones at ReviewGist, check out the link here. We continuously update our cellphone selection from the latest cellphones by the top manufacturers, match them to the expert reviews from around the web to give you the most updated list of the best cellphones to buy.
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