The Only Smartphones Worth Buying Right Now

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#13 BlackBerry Q10

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The Q10 is BlackBerry’s first device running the company’s new BlackBerry 10  operating system with a physical keyboard.

It’s a good phone, but you should only consider buying it if having a  keyboard is the only feature you really care about. New BlackBerry 10 phones  don’t have a good app selection, and the Q10’s touchscreen is much smaller than  other top-tier phones.

#12 iPhone 4S

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Even though the iPhone 4S is approaching its second birthday, it’s still a  pretty good phone if you’re on a budget. Plus you get access to the best  ecosystem of apps, games, movies, and music from Apple.

#11 Samsung Galaxy S III

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Samsung still sells its flagship phone from last year, the Galaxy S III. The  phone is nearly identical to the current flagship Galaxy S4, but has a slightly  smaller screen and thicker body.

#10 The BlackBerry Z10

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The Z10 is BlackBerry’s first phone to run the company’s new mobile operating  system, BlackBerry 10.

The Z10 is a solid piece of hardware, plus BlackBerry 10 is an impressive  mobile operating system. Unfortunately, the phone has a pretty weak app  selection compared to the iPhone and Android phones. If you like apps and games,  you’re going to be disappointed

#9 Nokia Lumia 928 and Nokia Lumia 920

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Nokia’s flagship 900-series Lumia Windows Phones come in two varieties now:  The Lumia 920 and Lumia 928. On the inside, both are pretty much the same phone.  The only big differences between the two are the design and carrier.

The Lumia 920 is only available on AT&T and the Lumia 928 is only  available on Verizon.

#8 Samsung Galaxy Note II

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Samsung popularized the phablet category (phones with screens so large that  they’re almost tablets) with the Galaxy Note.

The Newest Galaxy Note II is a great phone, assuming you’re OK with the  massive screen.

#7 LG Optimus G Pro

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LG’s new phablet, the Optimus G Pro, is the best device in the category you  can buy.

Its 5.5-inch display is sharper than the Galaxy Note II’s screen, and the  phone is cheaper than the Note II on most carriers. It also has some zippy  internal hardware. If you want a giant Android phone, this is the first one you  should consider.

#6 HTC Windows Phone 8x

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HTC’s Windows Phone 8x is the best Windows Phone you can buy today. It offers  most of the advantages and features as the Nokia Lumia 920/928, but in a slimmer  and more attractive package.

#5 HTC Droid DNA

Verizon and HTC worked together to build the Droid DNA, a gorgeous phone with  a 5-inch full HD display. It’s definitely a solid option if you’re a Verizon  customer.

But!

Verizon is about to release the HTC’s new flagship One phone later this  summer. That phone is a much better phone than the Droid DNA. Hold out if you  can.

#4 Samsung Galaxy S4

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There was a lot of hype surrounding the launch of Samsung’s newest flagship  phone, the Galaxy S4.

But most reviews were pretty lukewarm.

Make no mistake, the Galaxy S4 is a great Android phone, but it’s also full  of a bunch of gimmicky features like touchless gestures that don’t always work  well. The phone is also made out of cheap-feeling plastic at a time when most  top-tier devices are using durable metal. (Some people prefer plastic phones  though.)

#3 Google Nexus 4

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Google commissioned LG to make its current flagship phone, the Nexus 4. If  you’re looking for the best Android experience without any modifications, this  should be the only phone you consider.

The only downside is the Nexus 4 doesn’t connect to 4G LTE networks, so  you’ll be stuck on slower 3G or HSPA+ (a slower kind of 4G) connections in most  cities.

#2 HTC One

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HTC’s newest flagship phone, the One, is simply the best Android phone you  can buy. And if you don’t like the iPhone, it should be the first phone you  consider.

The One has a gorgeous all-metal design, a large 4.7-inch HD screen, and the  latest version of Android. You’ll want one as soon as you hold it.

#1 iPhone 5

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The iPhone 5 is the best choice for most people. You’re guaranteed to get the  best apps before anyone else, plus Apple is really good at making sure iPhones  get timely software updates with new features.

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