Nov 25, 2013 01:20 PM EST
Samsung is the number one smartphone maker in the market. According to Gartner, “Smartphones accounted for 51.8 percent of mobile phone sales in the second quarter of 2013, resulting in smartphone sales surpassing feature phone sales for the first time,” said Anshul Gupta, principal research analyst at Gartner. Asia/Pacific, Latin America and Eastern Europe exhibited the highest smartphone growth rates of 74.1 percent, 55.7 percent and 31.6 percent respectively, as smartphone sales grew in all regions. Check out our 2013 current list of best recommended Android smartphones.
2013 Best Android Phones:
Sony Xperia Z Ultra is a premium phones with the first Android™smartphone with a 6.4" HD Reality Display2. The smartphone device is also first to feature a TRILUMINOS™ Display with X-Reality for mobile. The Xperia Z Ultra is an ultimate smartphone packed with many features and accessories. The device is available for $679.99.
Motorola’s Droid Maxx version has outstanding features which stand out such as its attractive battery life, clear phone quality, design, audio and wireless charging. It outperforms in being an ultra thin luxury smartphone. Its back is coated in Kevlar fiber, Maxx holds greater running time with its 3,500mAh battery. Competitors include Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One. Motorola’s Droid Maxx is Verizon’s best selling Android smartphone high priced at $299.99.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 features a large screen with long battery life. The camera is great for taking photos and the phone comes with a powerful quad-core processor. Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has advanced mobile technology making it both wearable and social. Users can also work smarter with the S Pen. The phone is available for $249.99.
Google Nexus 7 is a great combination of power and display. Consumers expect to receive a quality Snapdragon S4 processor speed and impressive seven-inch HD display. The tablet which is built by Asus, also comes slimmer with 2GB RAM and 16/32GB of storage. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera, 5-megapixel rear camera, NFC, LTE and a 3950 mAh battery are also included. Its cost is higher but also $169 less than the iPad mini.
The Google Nexus 5 is a 5 inch phone with long battery life at an attractive price. The Nexus 5 also integrated with Google Now and runs on Android 4.4 KitKat. The high performance smartphone comes unlocked for $349 16GB.
The HTC One has a metal design and 4.7 inch screen. The device features a quad-core processor and it runs on Android Jelly Bean. The smartphone is a low cost device equipped with a camera with many features. Its photo gallery is also an outstanding feature. The camera app is also available. The low cost smartphone retails for $74.99.
The smartphone market is competitive with Google, Samsung, Sony and other devices available. Gartner states, Smartphone Sales Grew 46.5 Percent in Second Quarter of 2013 and Exceeded Feature Phone Sales for First Time Worldwide. Samsung maintained the No. 1 position in the global smartphone market, as its share of smartphone sales reached 31.7 percent, up from 29.7 percent in the second quarter of 2012. Android continued to increase its lead, garnering 79 percent of the market in the second quarter. Flagship devices brought to market in time for the holidays, and the continued price reduction of smartphones will drive consumer adoption in the second half of the year.
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