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GSMArena smartphone shopping guide: November 2013

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GSMArena smartphone shopping guide: November 2013 - read the full textOne of the most common questions we encounter as writers and editors for mobile tech revolves around which phone to buy. We've taken it upon ourselves to share our insight with more than just our friends, so we're starting a recurring article...


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> In reply to ISJ5 @ 2013-11-09 10:01 from UNA6 - click to readSo you sold your iphone for around 250 i guess and you bought a 50 galaxy y,nothing to comment.

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  • 2013-11-09 15:26
  • mtj5

I'm not so convince that my galaxy y is the top of gsmarena low cost review cos I own it and its really annoying! I sold my iPhone 4s just to try the android world! I really dont get it gsma!

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  • 2013-11-09 10:01
  • UNA6

Great article. Please do this once a year. Thanks.

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  • 2013-11-08 18:56
  • jrbB

Good guide, some phones are missing but that is inevitable when you think how many are out there.In the end everything boils down to what everyone need small or big multitask or not security crazy or not(althou you should only buy a blackberry if you use BES).I think the best allrounders are androids and as the market look the best price/quality looks like sony xperia sp and if you dont mind wp it is lumia 720 or 625 if you want a bigger screen.Iphones are just way overpriced that is also true for Htc one mini,i would also like to point out that difference between Samsung Galaxy S4 and S4 mini is around 50,Nokia 920 is way too big and heavy to be considered even at a cheaper price,the Oppo brand is not very known in Europe and you wont find too many.You could have also add Galaxy S2 plus ,LG L9II and Note 2 and maybe Huawei g510 each in his category of course.

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  • 2013-11-08 10:47
  • nCEB

very good guide gsmarena, pretty spot on with each pros and cons.
this will be the definite smartphone guide for year end 2013.

as for me, only Sony xperia zr and Samsung galaxy note 3 worth of mention.
xperia zr for compact without compromise.
note 3 for complete feature set, a truly complete flagship.

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  • 2013-11-07 12:30
  • txj3

> In reply to popye @ 2013-11-06 00:45 from vj1k - click to readGood...And best to your liking and opinion...but not best. And LMFAO about the MS comment and the Note3 comment...Sounds like someone needs to let go of some bias

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  • 2013-11-07 12:02
  • 4QSR

> In reply to popye @ 2013-11-06 00:45 from vj1k - click to readAs far as simplicity or "just works" Android fits very well also...What the Iphone does have like you said is size factor. Where most smaller Androids are lower end.

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  • 2013-11-07 12:00
  • 4QSR

> In reply to Luyou @ 2013-11-05 21:05 from gIx@ - click to readOh yeah...Saying looks is subjective and that they do not really like the look a something that is essentially a large glass brick makes them a troll......

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  • 2013-11-07 11:53
  • 4QSR

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2013-11-05 13:52 from m77L - click to readFor the same eluded reason the general public has always bought it. However that is changing now and it is extremely feasible to see things shift from that view...In fact it happened long ago and is increasingly happening.

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  • 2013-11-07 11:51
  • 4QSR

> In reply to nikhilthegeek @ 2013-11-06 20:46 from PEm% - click to readLOL....quite right indeed. On the other side of things, look how far we have come since those 3310 days :). I remember it was (probably) year 2009 when I purchased SONY CYBERSHOT camera 12.1 megapixels. Now we have much much better camera in phones like Note 3, S4, HTC One etc.

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  • 2013-11-07 11:51
  • mI6q

Good job gsmarena, well done.

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  • 2013-11-07 08:04
  • M}JE

> In reply to Shabbir @ 2013-11-06 13:20 from MVg6 - click to readYes I agree the Blackberry Z10 is exceptional value, and in many ways better than the HTC One mini (apart from looks, which is stunning) and the S4 mini (which is S4 in name only). The New BB OS 10.2 is a cracker OS and far better to operate than Android.

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  • 2013-11-07 01:10
  • uEAZ

I love the idea behind the article but some blatantly obvious choices are left out. For example the razr i should definitely be a a contender in the 100-200 euros category

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  • 2013-11-06 21:04
  • NqwA

@Ixon2001 If you want a phone go get an nokia 3310 lol it works great simple UI efficient *It just works*

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  • 2013-11-06 20:46
  • PEm%

Apple cater for the masses, millions of people don't want over complicated smartphones, they just want something that work & with the iPhone they get just that.

Yeah they are expensive for what they offer compared to an Android smartphone but alot of people don't buy them off contract so the cost is spread out over 2 years.

As a fan or both iOS & Android i actually prefer using my 5s as a my daily as it does everything i need it to do quickly and efficiently, plus the size also makes it more comfortable to use & it's compact size doesn't scream mug me when using it on the street.

Android now is solely used on my Nexus 7 2013 edition these days & will be for the forseeable future.

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  • 2013-11-06 20:39
  • mx}m

But I have one question: where is Sony xperia z ultra??

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  • 2013-11-06 19:11
  • s0G4

finally. wanted these types of articles since February.

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  • 2013-11-06 17:12
  • PI%W

> In reply to GVera @ 2013-11-06 12:02 from 8xvW - click to readno because its not a feature that the masses(people in large quantities) request. thats like buying a Home Entertainment system that has a VHS player. Almost nobody uses it. People have FM radios in order electronics, like in Radios, or Cars which have Radios...

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  • 2013-11-06 16:58
  • j8wI

Alcatel one touch idol mini deserves to be on the list.

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  • 2013-11-06 15:50
  • v0qJ

This is a commendable effort GSM, thumbs up for it.

The best budget phone IMO for the average user is the Galaxy S4 mini or the HTC one mini, both are brilliant devices that aren't going to be outdated atleast for another year. They give performance as well as good aesthetic without being laggy, both have wonderful screens and are a joy to play with it.

One phone that you did miss out is the Blackberry Z10 which has dropped down in its pricing considerably, Recently available for as low as 200£ this device is great value for money and blackberry still has a small niche in the market.

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  • 2013-11-06 13:20
  • MVg6

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