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Best smartphones available in the market

Last updated on: April 4, 2013 08:21 IST

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With mobile phones of various prices, specifications and brands in the market, it's not easy to choose the best one.

Let's take a look at some of the best available mobile phones.

Source: Business Insider

NOTE: All prices are estimated only

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iPhone 5

Overall rank: 1

Price in India: Rs 45,500 (16 GB internal memory)

The iPhone 5 is a touchscreen-based smartphone developed by Apple. It's the sixth generation of the iPhone and succeeds the iPhone 4S.

The phone is a slimmer, lighter model that introduces a higher-resolution, 4-inch screen to the series with 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio.

It also includes a custom-designed ARMv7 processor called the Apple A6, an update to Apple's mobile operating system known as iOS 6, and support for LTE.

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Google Nexus 4

Overall rank: 2

Price in India: Rs.28,000 (16 GB internal memory)

Nexus 4 is Google's fourth Nexus-branded Android smartphone. The phone was designed with and manufactured by LG Electronics.

The phone is equipped with a 1.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2 GB of RAM, 8 or 16 GB of internal storage, front facing 1.3 megapixel camera and an 8 megapixel rear camera and a micro-SIM card tray.

The phone was launched with the new Android 4.2 operating system, titled "Jelly Bean" (as was Android 4.1).

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HTC Droid DNA

Overall rank: 3

Price in India: Rs 35,000 (16 GB internal memory)

It's the most advanced smartphone from HTC in 2012. It features a full HD screen, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS and quad core processor.

HTC Droid DNA's front and rear cameras make it easy to take picture-perfect portraits every time. Its exclusive built-in amplifier for Beats Audio offers deeper bass, sharper vocals and more detailed high notes than ever before.

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LG Optimus G

Overall rank: 4

Price in India: Rs 30,990 (16 GB internal memory)

The LG Optimus G is a flagship smartphone designed and manufactured by LG Electronics. It was announced on September 19, 2012.

On January 18, 2013, LG announced that the device reached one million sales in four months after its release in South Korea, Japan, Canada and the US.

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Samsung Galaxy S III

Overall rank: 5

Price in India: Rs 30,600 (16 GB internal memory)

Samsung Galaxy S III is a multi-touch, slate-format smartphone running the Android operating system. It is designed, developed and marketed by South Korean company, Samsung Electronics.

It has additional software features, expanded hardware, and a redesigned physique from its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy S II.

The S III employs an intelligent personal assistant (S Voice), eye-tracking ability, increased storage and a wireless charging option. Depending on country, the 4.8-inch (120 mm) smartphone comes with different processors and RAM capacity, and 4G LTE support.

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HTC Windows Phone 8x

Overall rank: 6

Price in India: Rs 34,250 (16 GB internal memory)

The Windows Phone 8X by HTC (codenamed Accord) was announced by HTC Corporation on September 19, 2012.

It's also the signature Windows Phone 8 device, and is related to the Windows Phone 8S, which is also by HTC.

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Samsung Galaxy Note II

Overall rank: 7

Price in India: Rs 35,600 (16 GB internal memory)

The Samsung Galaxy Note II is an Android smartphone manufactured by Samsung and noted for its combination of a large display, 5.55-inch (141 mm) measured diagonally, and software optimised for an integral self-storing stylus.

Because the display places the device at the large end of the smartphone and small end of the tablet size ranges, the Galaxy Note II has been called a hybrid of a phone and tablet.

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Nokia Lumia 920

Overall rank: 8

Price in India: Rs 38,000 (32 GB internal memory)

Nokia Lumia 920 is a smartphone developed by Nokia that runs the Windows Phone 8 operating system. It was announced on September 5, 2012, and was first released on November 2, 2012.

It has a 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Krait CPU and a 114 mm (4.5″) IPS TFT LCD display, as well as a high-sensitivity capacitive touchscreen that is covered by curved Gorilla Glass.

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BlackBerry Z10

Overall rank: 9

Price in India: Rs 42,899 (16 GB internal memory)

The BlackBerry Z10 uses the BlackBerry 10 mobile operating system. The user interface of BB 10 is based on the concept of direct manipulation, using multi-touch gestures.

Interaction with the OS includes gestures such as swipe, tap, pinch, and reverse pinch, all of which have specific definitions within the context of the BB10 operating system and its multi-touch interface.

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HTC One X+

Overall rank: 10

Price in India: Rs 38,550 (64 GB internal memory)

The HTC One X is a touchscreen-based, slate-sized smartphone designed and manufactured by HTC. It runs the Android 4.1.1 mobile operating system with the HTC Sense 4+ graphical user interface.

By date, it was the first HTC phone to be equipped with a quad-core processor and made it the fastest HTC phone.

The One X was announced on February 26, 2012, at the Mobile World Congress, and considered as a flagship product of HTC One series.

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iPhone 4S

Overall rank: 11

Price in India: Rs 26,500 (8 GB internal memory)

The iPhone 4S is a touchscreen-based smartphone developed by Apple Inc. It is the fifth generation of the iPhone, succeeding the iPhone 4, and was announced on October 4, 2011.

The phone retains the exterior design of its predecessor, but hosts improved hardware specifications and software updates.

It added a voice recognition system known as Siri from which the "4S" designator came, and a cloud storage service named iCloud. Some of the device's functions may be voice-controlled through Siri.

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HTC One

Price in India: Rs 49,990 (32 GB internal memory)

HTC One is an Android smartphone released by HTC in mid-March for pre-orders and widely released in April. Serving as a successor to the One X, emphasis has been placed by HTC on its hardware and software design, along with its unique camera implementation.

At its launch, HTC said the One would be available in March in 80 countries and with 185 carriers.

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Galaxy S4

Price in India: Rs 48,100

The Samsung Galaxy S4 is a smartphone manufactured by Samsung Electronics. It was announced in New York on March 14, 2013.

It is the successor to the Samsung Galaxy S III. It has new software features such as Smart Alerts, Smart Stay, and Smart Scroll, a 13-megapixel back camera, and a 4.99-inch (127 millimetres) 1080p display.

The international version features an Exynos 5 Octa (octa-core) chip containing the first big.LITTLE architecture central processing unit.


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