Stuff Gadget Awards 2013: The LG G2 is our Smartphone of the Year

With incredible battery life, a stunning display and a fantastic camera, LG's flagship sails off with the prize
Stuff Gadget Awards 2013

Stuff Gadget Awards 2013

2013 has seen all the big smartphone players rip the wrappers off excellent phones – Android, iOS and Windows alike.

It was a tough call to make, but after much rumination, we've pinned the blue ribbon to the giant screen of the all-round impressive LG G2.

Winner: LG G2

A stunning near-bezel-less 5in HD screen, a 13MP camera with optical image stabilisation for detailed low light shots and a battery that refuses to die all make the quad-core G2 a do-it-all smartphone that'll have your back no matter what you throw at it. Watch out Samsung and Apple: the G2 is proof positive that LG means business in the smartphone world.

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Runner-up: Apple iPhone 5S

Apple iPhone 5S

Apple iPhone 5S

The world's first 64-bit smartphone showcases Apple's unrivalled attention to detail and ability to innovate in meaningful ways. Apart from a new gold colour scheme (it looks much better in person, honest), the iPhone 5s comes rocking the much-improved and far more beautiful iOS 7, future-proof internals and the truly useful Touch ID fingerprint sensor.

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Runner-up: Nokia Lumia 1020

Nokia Lumia 1020

Nokia Lumia 1020

The Lumia 1020 is the best cameraphone ever made, thanks to its incredible 41MP sensor with clever superpixel tech. Throw in a zoom that won't make your photos look like they were taken with a Vaseline-covered lens, and you can finally ditch your compact for good.

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Runner-up: Google Nexus 4

Google Nexus 4

Google Nexus 4

With a glittery glass rear, gorgeously slick stock Android and powerful quad-core innards – all available at a ridiculously low price – the Nexus 4 is the Android fan's ultimate dream phone, offering unbelievable bang for your buck.

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Runner-up: Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

The phablet came of age in 2013. The Note reached its third iteration and it's blazing fast thanks to its quad-core processor and 3GB of RAM. Its 5.7in 1080p screen is bright and punchy and its camera is up there with the best. And then there's the S Pen stylus. Unrivalled in the smartphone world, it offers accurate handwriting recognition, unique interface tweaks and drawing options for doodlers on the go.

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Runner-up: Sony Xperia Z Ultra

Sony Xperia Z Ultra

Sony Xperia Z Ultra

The Z Ultra's gargantuan, humungous, huge, 6.4in 1080p display blew our eyeballs away with its tablet-like size and pleased our hands with its solid glass build and ultra-thin dimensions. You can even write on it with a regular biro. In the shower, if the need overcomes you.

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Runner-up: Samsung Galaxy S4

Samsung Galaxy S4

Samsung Galaxy S4

The Galaxy S4 builds on the success of its predecessor with a stunning 5in full HD display, a boatload of Samsung's software smarts and a 13MP camera that captures enough detail to make you regret ever uploading Friday night's snaps to Facebook.

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Runner-up: HTC One

HTC One

HTC One

If Apple made an Android phone, it would probably look something like HTC's stunningly beautiful One - the best-looking Android phone ever made, thanks to its aluminium unibody construction. Its sharp 4.7in full HD display will massage your eyeballs while the all-new HTC Sense 5 serves up BlinkFeed smoothly thanks to its quad-core insides. With a light guzzling Ultrapixel camera thrown in for good measure, it's as smart as it is beautiful.

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