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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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Shouldn't the lack of FM radio be considered a cons in the case of the S4?

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  • 2013-11-06 12:02
  • 8xvW

from this article i got told that not only the s4 is in a cheaper category but also that it has no cons at all.

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  • 2013-11-06 11:32
  • 9Jx2

You failed to include Thus years BlackBerry offerings which I believe are still quite capable smartphones and can easily compete with the smartphones you've included in thus article. I just find it disappointing that you would disregard BlackBerry in the belief that "Blackberry's dying anyway" and that is wrong.

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  • 2013-11-06 09:05
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> In reply to Anonymous @ 2013-11-06 06:12 from t1$I - click to readProbably due to availability. They said they were leaving out phones that were region specific. Sadly the K900 falls victim to that.

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  • 2013-11-06 08:45
  • 4QSR

Thank you so much for this article. Much appreciated!

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  • 2013-11-06 08:07
  • 9E0L

Say the Z10 Blackberry is equal to 310 Euros in Indonesia. That is great value compared to many mobiles around that price.

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  • 2013-11-06 07:56
  • uEAZ

Thanks for comparison GSMArena....
Is there a phone with Normal keypad not QWERTY, with wifi, and has applications like whatsapp, viber, with expandable memmory, and main criteria, does not hang.

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  • 2013-11-06 06:16
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> In reply to Allanitomwesh @ 2013-11-05 18:11 from fnkq - click to readLenovo didn't make the list, though... That's weird, because the K900 is an awesome phone, and the P780 just has to be mentioned...

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  • 2013-11-06 06:12
  • t1$I

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2013-11-05 04:39 from PGXj - click to readHahahaha.. You should be.

GSMARENA already added the ZR to the shop list

Thanks GSMarena. Kudos (n_n)

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  • 2013-11-06 05:54
  • uSN$

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2013-11-06 00:57 from GT6G - click to readYup, Apple is going to be like BlackBerry down the road. iPhone 5c is a mistake as no one is buying it.

Some of their solid Apple users are switching as they see so much potential aspects of other devices. Meanwhile a majority of them are just want a simplified device with the notion that it's the best out there because they don't know better. Apple emphasized of the iPhone's image as premium with the golden iPhone 5s -just more expensive with no difference internally. Effing hipsters feeling superior because of packaging.

Diehard iPhone fans are just in their zone that their devices works flawlessly smooth because it does not have true multi-functions, and they think whatever new features Apple adds is innovation without knowing that they're in Android devices for years. They pay $100 more just to get an increment of 16GB or 32GB internal memory. They don't know that a 64GB micro SD card just cost $56.

Just recently a friend of mine who is a serious Apple aficionado of 4 years just gave in to getting a Galaxy Note 3. He's pass the hype about Apple products.

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  • 2013-11-06 03:39
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> In reply to popye @ 2013-11-06 00:43 from vj1k - click to readIt clearly it's if it hasn't been unbeaten yet in reviews.

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  • 2013-11-06 03:00
  • kCbp

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2013-11-06 00:57 from GT6G - click to readAbsolutely spot on comment! I would also humbly add worst email client going around - bit of a joke actually.
BlackBerry was a smartphone giant not so many years ago - look at where they are positioned today.
You can only keep on fooling the punters for so long before they wise up...and market share slide backs up exactly what I am saying.
Take note Apple. Stop playing with fire. Give the consumer what they want, not what you think they should get.

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  • 2013-11-06 02:50
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> In reply to James @ 2013-11-05 02:25 from uEAZ - click to readHmm - what sort of work do you do? A lot of what you say makes good sense though we mostly buy a mobile on price with hopefully a reasonable screen and camera. I would like to see Blackberry survive as well and hopefully they will. I also agree security is an issue like here in the UK.

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  • 2013-11-06 01:18
  • uEAZ

"Finally, we come to the Apple iPhone 5s. Don't get us wrong, it's an amazing smartphone but the pricing gets harder to swallow each passing year, especially when you can have good Androids and WP8 phones at half the cost."

Adapt or die Apple. Next year you need to release 2 phones, one 5+" and one the same size as 5s, 12+mp camera and 1080p display and both with new designs. Open the filesystem to the extent that people can manage their own media files and folders. Drop your silly pricing strategy and silly memory storage models (64GB/128GB - no more 16/32).

Or keep following your current strategy and continue to lose market share.

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  • 2013-11-06 00:57
  • GT6G

> In reply to amirali elmi @ 2013-11-05 12:25 from dQKR - click to readApart from the camera, HTC One is the best of the last generation (not running S800 processor) of Android phones. I have one and it's fantastic. I don't think I'll ever upgrade to the latest smartphones anytime soon.

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  • 2013-11-06 00:45
  • vj1k

> In reply to ZarateJohnny @ 2013-11-05 15:24 from t7XH - click to readAndroid is a pain in the ass to a lot of people and Touchwiz is the slowest and bloated custom UI so Note 3 cannot be the best phone.

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  • 2013-11-06 00:43
  • vj1k

> In reply to Chunkybeats @ 2013-11-06 00:38 from UFIJ - click to readMicrosoft employees have iPhone and iPads in their shop. They use those for work instead of their own products.

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  • 2013-11-06 00:41
  • vj1k

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2013-11-05 13:52 from m77L - click to readhow did you factor that in? Are you an IT professional? I think your wrong sir, the iphone is a big pain when it comes to IT especially with Microsoft. I work in a large corporation in NZ and our IT staff either have windows or android phones, not iphone. We do give the sales / marketing etc iphones because they are dumb and simple but our IT prefer and will always use WP8 or Android.

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  • 2013-11-06 00:38
  • UFIJ

How about the GSMarena editors also provide a footnote about how many staff members own and use each of the phones listed and overall satisfaction rating 1-10?

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  • 2013-11-06 00:34
  • GT6G

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