The time has come to have your say in crowning the king of smartphones for this year.
The usual suspects, such Samsung’s Galaxy S4 and Note 3 are neck-to-neck with Apple’s refreshed iPhone 5S. But dark horses such as the LG G2 and even the Nokia Lumia 1020 are also in the running.
So it’s up to you, our discerning readers, to acknowledge the best smartphone of the year. And win for yourself some attractive prizes too. Start voting for your favourite smartphone and while you’re at it, choose your favourite gadgets from nine other categories in this year’s Readers’ Choice Awards.
Apple iPhone 5s
Why: Due credit has to be given to Apple for the new iPhone 5S. Though it lacks a major design overhaul, the addition of a Touch ID sensor plus a blazing fast A7 processor with a simpler iOS 7 interface is still the key draw for any smartphone hunters.
Click here to vote for the Apple iPhone 5S
Asus PadFone Infinity 2013
Why: Is it a smartphone, or a tablet? It’s both, and for the last two years, Asus has done a fine job with this hybrid device. The Asus PadFone Infinity gets a speed bump with a brand new Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. Oh, did we mention it’s thinner and lighter, so you won’t have to use it for dumbbell exercises anymore?
Click here to vote for the Asus PadFone Infinity 2013
Why: We love the HTC One. So much, we think it is the One on our Top 10 Smartphones for nearly four months. The beautifully crafted unibody of the Android smartphone and HTC’s re-imagining of its Sense user interface drew a lot of thumbs-up from tech pundits, including us.
Click here to vote for the HTC One
Why: The South Korean company proved that smartphones stil have room for innovation. Design-wise, the number one smartphone on our Top 10 list LG G2 made us put on our thinking caps with the rear placement of its power and volume button. We were duly impressed by this design concept, and the convenience of knocking on the screen to wake or sleep the phone.
Click here to vote for the LG G2
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Why: LG is on a roll with Google’s Nexus smartphones. Its vanilla Android user experience is well-complemented by LG’s clean and simple design of the Nexus 4. If you need any further proof, the rumoured Google Nexus 5 will be made by LG once more.
Click here to vote for the Nexus 4.
Nokia Lumia 1020
Why: Shutterbugs, we perfectly understand if you are trying to gather more votes for the Nokia Lumia 1020. The Windows Phone device’s trump card gave it a tremendous advantage against other smartphones - its amazingly insane 41-megapixel camera and PureView imaging technology. In short, don’t dismiss Nokia’s Lumia series or Windows Phone just yet.
Click here to vote for the Nokia Lumia 1020
Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Why: No other companies can overtake Samsung’s huge lead in the phablet sector. By far, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is the defining phablet, with the same features that made its smaller (by phablet standards) sibling the apple of everyone’s eye. And who doesn’t love to watch their favourite Korean dramas on a crystal clear, gigantic, 5.9in Super AMOLED full HD display.
Click here to vote for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.
Samsung Galaxy S4
Why: Need we say more? Samsung is doing a fine job at keeping Apple in check with its flagship Galaxy smartphones. Its Samsung Galaxy S4 has attained the same cult status as Apple’s iPhone, and for good reason - powerful hardware, mind-boggling high definition screen and smart gestures that lets you go hands-free.
Click here to vote for the Samsung Galaxy S4.
Sony Xperia Z1
Why: The Sony Xperia Z1’s 20.7MP 1/2.3in Exmor RS sensor and f/2.0, 27mm equivalent lens is second to Nokia’s PureView camera. But what makes it stand out is its perfect blend of design finesse, smart features and great hardware. which includes a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, full HD 5in display, and a massive 3000mAh battery.
Click here to vote for the Sony Xperia Z1