Creme de la Creme: Google Nexus4 Vs Sony Xperia Z Vs LG Optimus G Pro Vs Samsung Galaxy S4


To ease out the purchase making decision for our readers, we have listed down top 20 best smartphones you can easily go out and grab.

Read on to know our judgment on some of the best smartphones available in the market today. Starting in descending order, stay tuned for our verdict.

20. Huawei Ascend G330

With 4-inch display, the Ascend G330 boasts resolution of 400 x 800 pixels.

19. Samsung Ativ S

With great build, innovative specification and sturdy storage, the Ativ S is a 4.8-inch Windows 8 Phone.

18. Motorola Razr HD

With 4.7-inch 720 x 1280 display, the Motorola Razr HD sports dual-core 1.5GHz processor and 1GB of RAM.

17. Sony Xperia S

This 4.3-inch device holds 12MP Exmor R camera, DLNA and Android Gingerbread 2.3.

16. Motorola Razr i

At 4.3-inches, the Motorola Razr i sports a 540 x 960 pixel display (256ppi density) with Super AMOLED panel.

15. Samsung Galaxy S2

Thin and light, this 4.3-inch device boasts Android Ice Cream Sandwich with dual-core 1.2GHz processor and Super AMOLED plus screen.

14. Sony Xperia T

The Sony Xperia T is a 4.6-inch device that has 13-megapixel camera, running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

13. HTC One X+

The 4.7-inch HTC One X+ comes equipped with Android 4.1, Sense 4+ UI updates and Super LCD 2 display.

12. BlackBerry Z10

Sporting a 4.2-inch 1280 x 768 display, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, the BlackBerry Z10 is strong and stylish.

11. LG Optimus 4X HD

Holding 8-megapixel HD camera, the LG Optimus 4X HD comes with Ice Cream Sandwich and a quad-core processor.

10. Nokia Lumia 920

Sitting at 4.5-inch, this smartphone holds an 8-megapixel camera and has a resolution of 768 x 1280 pixels.

9. HTC One S

With 16GB memory cap and non-HD screen, this 4.3-inch device ships with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

8. Nokia Lumia 520

Sleek and slim, the Nokia Lumia 520 comes with a big screen and a large battery.

7. Samsung Galaxy S3

Made of brushed polycarbonate, this 4.8-inch device runs in with dimensions of 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6mm and sports a Super AMOLED HD screen.

6. Samsung Galaxy Note 2

Faster and stronger, this 5.5-inch device comes with S Pen and Super AMOLED panel.

5. Google Nexus 4

Made of Corning Gorilla Glass 2, the 4.7-inch Nexus 4 sports the latest version of Android 4.2.

4. iPhone 5

With two-tone finish and high-resolution screen, the iPhone 5 sports updated iOS 6.

3. Sony Xperia Z

Dust and water proof, the Xperia Z comes packed with a microSD card slot and a 13-megapixel camera.

2. Samsung Galaxy S4

With Full HD resolution, the 5-inch Samsung Galaxy S4 brags Super AMOLED HD screen.

1. HTC One

Made of aluminum body, the HTC One sports the simplified version of Sense 5.0 with Android Jelly Bean.

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HTC One vs. BlackBerry Z10: Which One Makes Us Fall in Love at First Sight?

Both HTC and BlackBerry have brought out strong flagship smartphones to up the ante in 2013. If it was the BlackBerry Z10 that wowed us first with its revamped BlackBerry 10 OS experience, the HTC One made us fall in love at first sight itself. But when you put these phones side by side, which of them do we lean towards when looking at the design and features on offer?

Design: There’s no doubt why we pick the HTC One to be a clear winner in the design category. With its all aluminum body, its sleek and sharp body will guarantee a second and even third glance, until you just won’t be able to take your eyes off it. Also, we prefer the HTC One’s 4.7-inch full HD screen over the BlackBerry Z10’s 4.2-inch screen with a resolution of 356 ppi.

Features: If you’re looking at just the tech specs, again, you would be tempted towards the HTC One for its quad-core 1.7 GHz processor and 2 GB of RAM. The Z10 has a dual-core 1.5 GHz processor and 2 GB of RAM, so if you’re looking to run heavy apps and multitasking, you’re better off with the HTC One. There’s also the gorgeous Ultrapixels camera in the HTC One which could let you click sharper, clearer, and more true-to-life images.

But, if you’re looking for something different, the BlackBerry 10 OS features a completely fresh design and a much smoother and fun experience than Android. You can use so many more gestures than you can on an Android smartphone, making it more entertaining to play around with the Z10. Sure, there are fewer apps, but if you can live with that, then the Z10 ought to be your pick.… Read the rest

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HTC One vs. BlackBerry Z10: It is the Fierce Battle of Interface, Which is More Convenient?

Now that the HTC One and BlackBerry Z10 have been around in the market for a while, we’ve managed to spend considerable time analyzing and comparing the overall experience they have to offer. So, which of these is the leader in terms of user interface? Read on to find out.

The BlackBerry Z10 has a 4.2-inch screen, while the HTC One has got a much bigger 4.7-inch screen. The HTC One runs Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with a Sense 5.0 UI overlay. It gives a smoother experience of Google’s most popular Android version. HTC has spent quite some time reworking the Sense UI, because this one doesn’t lag or hang, even when running heavy apps.

We especially like the Blink Feed feature of the HTC One – which posts regular updates from social networks and news sites onto the home screen. It could get a little overwhelming, but it’s convenient because it becomes a one-stop destination to know about all the latest happening in your online world. But of course, it consumes considerable power, so if you’re looking for energy efficiency, you could keep it turned off. The only downside of the HTC One – it’s still Android and essentially it doesn’t look very different from the other Android smartphones.

On the other hand, the Z10 runs on BlackBerry 10 – a freshly redesigned OS which looks amazingly different. It’s new, it’s innovative, especially the number of gestures the phone lets you use to navigate about. It could take some time to get used to all the ways to get around, but once you do, it’s pure fun. The Z10 also have a very convenient keyboard, we especially love how you can flick words onto the screen.

Like Windows Phone, BlackBerry 10 also lets you pin apps to the home screen, so when it comes to multitasking, you’d love the Z10. You can even close the apps directly from the home screen. So if you’re looking for something Bhaidifferent, you can opt for the BlackBerry Z10.… Read the rest

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Samsung Galaxy S4, BlackBerry Z10 Gets a Heads Up From U.S. Government to Apple iPhone 5’s Dicomfiture

In what could be yet another huge blow to Apple’s falling stock prices, the U.S. government’s Department of Defense has approved the use of Samsung Galaxy S4 and BlackBerry Z10 within Pentagon, while it still waits to sign off on Apple’s iOS 6.

This means that DoD employees can choose to use the Samsung Galaxy S4 or BlackBerry Z10 as enterprise mobile devices and connect to the DoD networks to access their work. It’s a huge market share – there are at least 600,000 mobile device users in Pentagon. Among these, BlackBerry accounts for the lion’s share of over 470,000 users, followed by 41,000 Apple users, while Android ranks a distant third with just about 8,700 takers.

But thanks to Samsung’s Knox, which is a secure version of Android, the tables could possibly turn in favor of the Galaxy S4. Knox was developed in collaboration with the NSA, making it an even more appealing option from a security standpoint. With multiple layers of security, it lets Galaxy S4 users set individual privacy levels for each app on the device.

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Apple iPhone 5 vs. BlackBerry Z10: In Terms of Viewing Pleasure

Yesterday, we wrote a feature comparing the interfaces of the iPhone 5 with the BlackBerry Z10. Today, we’re bringing you an in-depth comparison of the displays of these two popular smartphones. If viewing convenience is one of your most important criteria in deciding which gadget to pick, read on to see which of them is better.

Apple iPhone 5: The iPhone 5 has a slightly smaller 4-inch screen in comparison with the 4.2-inch offering of the Z10. Apple’s Retina Display technology gives the iPhone 5 a gorgeous resolution of 1136X640 pixels, which works to a ppi count of 326. It’s bright, colors are displayed quite well, and looks good overall.

BlackBerry Z10: The Z10’s 4.2-inch screen pips iPhone 5 not just in terms of screen size, but also when it comes to resolution. BlackBerry has put in a screen with a resolution of 1280X768 pixels, which is 356 pixels per inch. It’s sharp, it’s bright, and leaves us quite impressed.

In terms of screen brightness, the Z10 wins over the iPhone 5 – colors look more alive on the former when you keep the phones next to each other. Even the Z10’s color reproduction is more accurate. But when it comes to reading text or viewing videos, the performance of both these phones is pretty much tied. Of course, the extra 0.2-inches of the Z10 do make the phone’s screen a tad more comfortable.

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BlackBerry Z10 vs. Apple iPhone 5: The Battle of Interfaces Gets Bitter

Given how BlackBerry was said to be losing its enterprise consumers to Apple, the comparison between the new BlackBerry Z10 and the Apple iPhone 5 was but inevitable. So when we got our hands on these devices, we couldn’t help pit them against each other and find the one we liked.

BlackBerry Z10: To start with, let’s just tell you how impressed we were with the BlackBerry 10 OS. It’s been revamped, is anything but boring anymore, and quite comparable with the likes of iOS and Android. It’s quite intuitive, lets us use a lot more gestures to navigate through the phone, especially like the swiping action that lets users power the phone on, and a couple of swipes to get to the BlackBerry Hub. It’s undoubtedly engaging – a major coup for the company.

And then there’s the multitasking abilities, which reminded us of the Windows Phone’s Live Tiles. Keep your apps running in the background in the form of miniature tiles and they’ll constantly keep getting updated. We also liked the pull-down menu that provided shortcuts to the phone’s settings, and helped us turn on WiFi, Bluetooth, etc. But the best part about the Z10 has to be the keyboard, which is fast, extremely intuitive, and easy to use once we got the hang of it. We especially loved the word flicking feature.

Apple iPhone 5: Apple ended up receiving quite a bit of flak for the iPhone 5 and it hasn’t really been doing too well in the market, unlike its predecessors. In addition to its limited screen size, we think the interface has a really important role to play here.

Let’s face it – there’s nothing drastically different in the iOS interface since the time of the first iPhone. And even Apple loyalists can’t be blamed for getting bored! Sure it’s smooth and has the most number of apps, but we would’ve loved to see the world’s most innovative company bring out something more fascinating in the iPhone 5. Maybe the iOS 7 can turn things around for Apple, but until then, you’re probably better off compromising a little on the specs and sticking with your iPhone 4 or 4S instead.… Read the rest

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Samsung Galaxy and LG Optimus Beat BlackBerry——BlackBerry Z10 Phablet Could Be Phoenix Figure For Makers, The Vanquished Emerges Better Not Bitter

BlackBerry has propped up and got juicier with rumors of a phablet in gestation. Samsung, LG and Apple together seemed to have squeezed the BlackBerry completely dry! With the BlackBerry slated to bury into some grave even six months back, the present speaks a story of its magical resurrection.

If you thought the BlackBerry Z10 would be the zzzzzzzzzzz mode for the makers, you could not have been more wrong.

With the Z having escalated the popularity of the BlackBerry to heights seen ages back, the makers are mulling plans to flesh 5-incher on the Z10 skeleton. The biggest reason why BlackBerry loyalists are beaming is that this could be the ultimate answer to the Samsung Galaxy Note series and the LG Optimus lineup. BlackBerry seems to have lost its hold on the smartphone map after its divorce from RIM. However, now that it has jolted back to activity, a spree of smarties are on cards for this year.

Peter Misek from Jeffries and Co says,  “Based on our checks we believe confirmation that 2-3 additional BB10 models are likely to launch before year end. A mid-range (i.e., ~$400) keyboard, a mid-range touch, and a 5″ Z10-like device (slated for year end launch).”

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BlackBerry Z10 : High Price Does Little To Shed The Elite Tag, Doesn’t Cater To A Wider Audience

Indian customers waiting to get their hands on the BlackBerry Z10 will soon be able to do so. BlackBerry 10 is all set to launch in India and the ads have already started appearing on the TV. But the real question is if it will manage to become a hit in the Indian markets. Is it capable of taking on a market that is predominantly dominated by Android and iOS, to some extent? Or is BlackBerry trying to fight a losing battle with its latest OS?

The phone did garner a bit of positive attention when BlackBerry first unveiled the OS and handsets a few weeks ago. But we think it all boils down to the pricing. The brand value has been slipping considerably over the past couple of years, and the only way the company can turn things around is by having an attractive price tag which could bring back some of its lost market share.

In terms of features, there’s no doubt that the Z10 is right up there with the likes of Samung Galaxy S3, Apple iPhone 5, etc. Even the overall build quality is quite premium and impressive. But to really be able to stand up to Android and iOS, BlackBerry has got to do far more than be appealing to the corporate customer with advanced e-mail and security features. Does it have what it takes?

We had expected the Z10 to be priced at around Rs 39,000, but according to the latest news, the Z10 will set you back by around Rs 44,000 – which is significantly higher than the attractive pricing we were expecting to see. For a phone that has traditionally been known to be ideal for the senior executives in the corporate world, the high price does little to shed the elite tag and cater to a wider audience of potential consumers.… Read the rest

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HTC One Vs Sony Xperia Z Vs BlackBerry Z10: HTC One’s Fate Relies On Ultrapixels?

So, after much speculation and what seemed like an endless wait, HTC finally unveiled its brand new flagship smartphone, the HTC One. And we are only too pleased with what the company has confirmed to be a truly spectacular and promising new entrant in the Android smartphone arena. But when it goes up against some of the more recent launches like the Sony Xperia Z and BlackBerry Z10, what could be the HTC One’s fate?

HTC One: The latest flagship smartphone to hit the market, HTC One features an absolutely stunning 4.7-inch full HD display with a resolution of 468 ppi – the highest so far in a smartphone. We do wish it had a slightly bigger screen though. It is powered by a quad-core 1.7 GHz Snapdragon 600 processor and 2 GB of RAM. You can choose from a 32 GB or 64 GB internal storage space. The HTC One ships with Android 4.1.2 but can be upgraded to Android 4.2.2. The phone is fitted with a unique Ultrapixels camera which the company claims can reproduce much higher quality images, even in low light conditions. It comes with a massive 2,300 mAh battery.

Sony Xperia Z: Sony’s flagship smartphone was announced during CES 2013 and is ready to hit the markets. The Xperia Z has a gorgeous 5-inch full HD display with a 441 ppi resolution. It is powered by a quad-core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon Krait processor and 2 GB of RAM and runs on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. Sony has put in 16 GB of internal storage in this phone, but has also included a microSD card slot in case you need more space. The Xperia Z is fitted with a 13 MP rear camera with an Exmos RS sensor and a 2.2 MP front-facing camera. Powering the Xperia Z is a 2,300 mAh battery which provides up to 14 hours of talktime. The USP of the Xperia Z is that it is dust and water resistant, making it a sturdy, reliable buy, especially for the extra-clumsy customers.

BlackBerry Z10: The former world favorite smartphone, BlackBerry, sure got quite a nice uplift and the Z10 looks a lot better than the older models. It runs on BlackBerry 10, an OS that is far better than the previous offerings and it looks like it can hold its own against tough competitors like Android and iOS. The Z10 has a 4.2-inch display with a resolution of 356 ppi, so in terms of display, it lags far behind its other two contenders. It is powered by a dual-core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon Krait processor and 2 GB of RAM. Like the Xperia Z, it also has 16 GB of internal storage as well as a microSD card slot. Unfortunately, even in terms of camera, this one’s far behind with its 8 MP rear camera and 2 MP front-facing camera. It is fitted with an 1800 mAh battery, which promises a talktime of up to 10 hours.… Read the rest

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Apple iPhone 5 Vs BlackBerry Z10 Vs LG Optimus L7: Would LG Optimus Take A Jump Ahead Of BlackBerry 10

The Mobile World Congress is yet to begin, but looks like phone-maker LG is getting rather impatient. Even before the event, LG has already unveiled its latest lineup, the Optimus L Series II. The company has mentioned 3 devices in this range – a 3.2-inch L3II, a 4-inch L5II and a 4.3-inch L7II. We’ve decided to compare the L7II today with the iPhone 5 and BlackBerry Z10 to see if it can pull away some customers from these two smartphones.

LG L7II: The LG L7II is a dual-sim smartphone with a 4.3-inch display. It will be powered by a 1 GHz dual-core Qualcomm processor and 768 MB of RAM. The phone will come with 4 GB of internal storage and there’s also a microSD card slot for those who want more space. The L7II may seem on the lower side, spec-wise, but comes with a decent 8 MP rear camera with LED flash. The front camera, however, is just a VGA one. The L7II will run on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and will have quite a powerful 2,460 mAh battery.

Apple iPhone 5: The iPhone 5 has a slightly smaller 4-inch display, but with a resolution of 640X1136 pixels. Powered by a 1.3 GHz dual-core Apple A6 processor and 1 GB of RAM, it runs on Apple’s latest iOS 6. The iPhone 5 has an 8 MP camera in the rear, while the front-facing camera has a resolution of 1.2 MP. In terms of battery, it’s the smallest – just 1,440 mAh. A major downside of the iPhone 5 is the absence of a microSD card slot, so you’re stuck with the limited internal storage space.

BlackBerry Z10: This one has a slightly larger screen than the iPhone 5 – a 4.2-inch screen with a higher resolution of 356 ppi. The Z10 is powered by a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and 2 GB of RAM, and runs on BlackBerry 10. The phone has an internal storage of 16 GB but there’s also a microSD card slot for memory expansion. The Z10 has an 1,800 mAh battery which keeps it running for a long time. In terms of camera, it also has an 8 MP rear camera, but its front-facing 2 MP camera is the best among these three phones.… Read the rest

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