Best & Worst Smartphone Brands 2013

best worst smartphone brands 2013
Whether you’re upgrading your existing smartphone or buying one for the first time, there are lots of factors to consider. Screen size, operating system and other considerations come into play, but, ultimately, the brand behind the phone is most important. That’s why we set out to name the Best & Worst Smartphone Brands for 2013.

Each smartphone maker has its own set of strengths and weaknesses, from design and camera capabilities to special features. So, how do you know which one is best? For our first annual Best & Worst Smartphone Brands report, we rated nine companies (Apple, BlackBerry, Google, HTC, LG, Motorola, Nokia, Samsung and Sony) across nine categories to separate the winners from the also-rans.

Best and Worst Smartphone Brands 2013


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  1. Skipper Says:

    Yeah, the best, apart from the fact it looks pig-ugly.

  2. Loren Says:

    Google Nexus is better than last place. I would agree the camera is not so hot. The battery life seems fine so far for me, unless you have a ton of things going on in the background, or did movie streaming or something. So far it has lasted the day for me. As for reviews, they vary wildly, so I take it much has to do with opinion, more-so than facts. The user interface is so clean and easy to customize. The notifications work well. Not sure what it takes to be better. I am sure Samsung has so extra fluff. Love the Nexus4 display wise — turn up the brightness and it pops. Feature wise, it just works great with all the apps I have found for free – nothing I find lacking at all, though the camera is not so good and a dedicated button for camera would be a welcomed thing. The looks of the Nexus is clean and awesome to behold, though you need the bumper on it right away, as glass back can be fragile. All in all, just a classy and clean design, one would think it to be more costly than $299. The audio is great – clear, and people sound natural on the other end of conversations. Using Sherpa for playing songs, the audio seems fine to me. As for selection, well duh, it is ONE phone, but really now it is one of many LG phones. Does anyone expect Google to have a half dozen. The idea is for clean and pure Android phone interface and it hits the mark.

  3. Jared Says:

    You guys forget that Mark Spoonauer thinks everything is crap compared to Apple. Even when Apple makes a subpar iOS, he gives it at least 4 stars and an Editor’s Choice, just because you know, it’s Apple. This site is pretty predictable when it comes to “reviews”

  4. Hmm Says:

    You just lost credibility. Nokia is #1 when it comes to camera but you gave it 6 while giving Samsung 8 and Apple 9. Ridiculous!

  5. Just a Guy Says:

    All you so called experts on smart phones come up with different “best” smart phone.
    That sort of tells me either your paid to rate one better or none of you truly know which is best but instead base it on what YOU LIKE in each phone.

    So sad as I have special requirements and seems no carrier or phone company cares what we the consumer truly wants.

  6. 1234 Says:

    “Audio (5 points)

    Each of the flagship phones for all nine brands were compared side-by-side both with and without any extra features turned on. We also examined the general call quality and built-in technologies.

    Special Features (15 points)
    Design (10 points)
    Camera (10 points)”

    so a cool looking, 9999megapixel with 3328642 apps that you will probably use just once too see what they do, value more than a PHONE that actually makes good PHONE-calls. just incredible what people value in a phone this days. anything but what the device is meant to do. what is next? a 9.99/10 review of a refrigerator that can;t keep your food cold just because it has 19″ amoled display 99terapixels and you can post what food you have on instagram and facebook. gj

  7. Cashy Says:

    galaxy gear seemz really cool…

  8. CHARLES Says:

    WE INTERESTED IN YOUR PRODUCTS.KINDLY SEND US YOUR PRODUCTS DETAILS INCLUDING YOUR PRICE-LISTS.

  9. Najmul Says:

    Xperia sl is the best and blackberry z10.

  10. WTF Says:

    How much did Samsung pay you guys for the #1 ranking?

    I see you didn’t even bother adding case design/materials/durability to your scores… how ridiculous.

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