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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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Great work GSMarena
But where is Note II LTE?

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  • 2013-11-05 12:06
  • JxSk

Great article! Well done!

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  • 2013-11-05 11:25
  • uCnM

Please add up the Dollar pricing alongside the Euro pricing so as to give a better glimpse to all the viewers :-)

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  • 2013-11-05 11:12
  • uNW{

wow the samsung galaxy s4 got only 1 cons because of the tired design, so it's the best smartphone with just only 1 cons and the rest of the smartphones got more than 1 cons. Hehe

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  • 2013-11-05 10:59
  • H0rM

Thanks :)

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  • 2013-11-05 10:30
  • mI6E

My first android phone was Huawei Ascend P1 before switching to the nexus 4. Both are great phones except that the Huawei Ascend P1 suffering from poor audio quality. Nexus 4 will be perfect if it has FM radio. I'm thinking of getting the Huawei Ascend P6.

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  • 2013-11-05 10:01
  • KZ8A

This is really good work,

People would really be benefited by shopping guide,

We would be happy if you could do this often, as you guys know the time for a guide like this.

Love the work you are doing.

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  • 2013-11-05 09:56
  • vIfw

Pls don't mention iphone. i don't care about it greatness. Greatness come with great money.

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  • 2013-11-05 09:37
  • IVxC

I think nexus 5 is the combination of best value for money and top notch specs.. Although note 3 is my favorite

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  • 2013-11-05 09:34
  • KSid


Basically they can't find any cons! :-)

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  • 2013-11-05 09:08
  • vuEm

Very good article. I like the G2 a lot (except the OS design and execution).
And I agree, the biggest con of the iPhone is the insanely monumental huge pricetag. In my country, the 16 gb one is 1000 $ !!! THAT IS MENTAL. Except that, the iPhone has the best user experience any of this phones has to offer.

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  • 2013-11-05 08:16
  • 0CaJ

> In reply to kris. @ 2013-11-05 03:12 from s82p - click to readI think now a days iPhone 5 better than any other smartphone.......

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  • 2013-11-05 06:54
  • tjJ9

> In reply to Anomynous @ 2013-11-05 04:53 from Kg$C - click to readI think your the one smoking here..Here at my country(Philippines)
ZR cost 16K to 18K(less than or equal to 300). No worries for an 8gig internal storage coz you caN Expand it using microSD card. For the battery test ZR beat Z.
Check it out sir. :)

and xperia z is on different price category.

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  • 2013-11-05 06:48
  • uSN$

Great article but I would put the Xperia S there as well. 720p screen of 4.3 inches resulting in 342 PPI. That and a good 12 mega camera with a camera key. Being a 2012 phone it's cheap. But still a great general smartphone. And I'm a S4 user.

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  • 2013-11-05 06:46
  • g5h4

Great article GSMArena, as always. :thumbs-up:

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  • 2013-11-05 05:52
  • Kg}W

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2013-11-05 04:39 from PGXj - click to readWell, my android is NOT slow at displaying PDF files, its so close to instant that I will approve the use of the word Instant in this case.

And who cares about office files anyway, except people who love to pretend that they use their phones only for "important work" stuff? I don't even need an office file reader on the phone, far less an editor, like I would start editing spreadsheets and write documents? Those who scream loudest about the need for editors are also the ones who don't really need it at work, they just like to feel important.

Yeah that's right, I was once new to working in an office myself and recognize your behavior, after a wile we stop pretending we need everything like this and hthat. Think, who is it who always run to the bosses and asking this and that, and telling them "we really need to buy this software", who are those people? Yes, the inexperienced and overly enthusiastic ones with the lowest salary.

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  • 2013-11-05 05:41
  • Kg$C

If I needed a phone now, at once, I think I just get the Xperia Z again, not too big for the pocket, well tested, stable and reliable with the most perfect ui. Updates has improved the camera significantly as well.

On second place I have the Lg G2, but lack of card slot is a disadvantage, and the most serious shortcoming is the lack of an appswitch button. I have used the G2 and the missing appswitch was really my biggest problem, made it almost as inefficient and cumbersome to operate as a Samsung. Nexus 5 has appswitch button ofcourse but is not available here and never will be (except from suspicious webshops that sell without official warranty and all)

Z1 and Note 3 are too big, I know because I used Note 2 for several months. Z1 size is just sad, Sony displayed very poor judgment in constructing the Z1. Note 3 is even more sad, a saleslady gave me a thorough demonstration and only managed to make me laugh, those features are absolutely not productive at all, its cumbersomeness redefined.

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  • 2013-11-05 05:12
  • Kg$C

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2013-11-05 04:37 from uSN$ - click to readWhat? The ZR is a useless POS, highly overprized, does not belong on anyones shopping list. A phone at that high price with only 8GB storage is outrageous. I would have been shocked if ZR made it to the list, one of the poorest buys on the market now.

Go for Xperia Z, gorgeous sharp display, slimmer and better looking, and has 3 times more available internal storage for just a few bucks more. I cant imagine having a "high end" phone with 4GB available storage, wtf were the guys at Sony smoking when they made the ZR?? Even the 11.73 GB available in Xperia Z is low for many people.

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  • 2013-11-05 04:53
  • Kg$C

Android have trouble displaying PDF / Office files. Load so slow.. do not use it if you are into business. You have better productivity with Lumia series or iDevices then you have from a junk android flagship phone.

You can scream at your management to make better android apps.. but they are always stuck with microsoft windows /office or iOS apps.

Instead of going against the wave.. just spend abit more and ride it.

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  • 2013-11-05 04:39
  • PGXj

Where is the Xperia ZR..

It is a great device and very cheap

Should post this to the 300 to 400

category 300 to 400


IP58 certified - dust and water proof

Android OS, v4.1 (Jelly Bean), upgradable to v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)

13.1 MP

The only cons is the bad viewing angles and bezel

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  • 2013-11-05 04:37
  • uSN$

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