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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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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$

Are the dual-core LG L series (or similar) phones not widely available? Krait duals and qhd-to-720 screens with external storage at $199.

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  • 2013-11-05 03:54
  • YbjT

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2013-11-05 01:54 from w0Pt - click to read920 is nokia's last year flagship.

this year flagship phone are lumia 1020 and 1520.
there's 1020 on the list.
so what lol about?

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  • 2013-11-05 03:15
  • 61QT


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  • 2013-11-05 03:12
  • s82p

As review states, there was no office suite in Note 3, There is a Polaris Office 5 pre - installed. We won't be able to see in the menu. But it is in hidden state. If you open any MS - OFFICE file, it will prompt. :)

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  • 2013-11-05 02:26
  • t}wU

No Blackberry Z10 and Z30, both of which are very relevant in todays world where Android can pose corporate security risks. In fact the Z30 is a great mobile by any standards (yes, I have one)
No mention of RAM for low end Android - a must because they are very poor performers with low 512 RAM and useless for upgrading - Windows is a far better low RAM performer.
Even 1 of RAM is now out of date for Android os.
No mention of best support base for Android for updates which are critical - some manufacturers have been very tardy with updates.
No mention of likely resale value which is important for upgrading mobiles.
No mention of simplicity and easy of use.
No mention of superfluous software and unnecessary bloatware.
No mention of mobile phone security, which is now critical.
In my opinion there is just too much focus on so called specs and not enough focus on function, security, camera (yes) and will the mobile let you down in 12 months time with updates and resale value.
By nearly everyone's preoccupation on specs, these mobiles are already out of date with the ranting about 8 cores etc.
There is a need to get back to basics with real quality and efficient operating systems devoid of spyware and bloatware, wrapped around sufficient specs to last the distance all at a decent price point.

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  • 2013-11-05 02:25
  • uEAZ

putting every oem's flagship s4, Z's ,One's, meanwhile, a 920 lol

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  • 2013-11-05 01:54
  • w0Pt

A great article. Although, the order of those phones in each category is random, it should be noted. Anyway, a great idea. Just make sure to keep it updated or remove once it becomes dated.

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  • 2013-11-05 00:42
  • 3ZH5

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2013-11-04 22:41 from kegw - click to readYes, an expensive limited device.

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  • 2013-11-05 00:23
  • v0qJ

Haha, no office suite (easily remedied with an app from the Play Store) and big size were the only cons for the Note 3?

No matter how you explain how is not water-resistant, or is back and sides are plastic, or lack of finger print scanner, or how funny you'd look putting the Note 3 against your ear during calls, it has the most features, versatility and power efficiency.

It has the best to offer in one package.

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  • 2013-11-05 00:18
  • v0qJ

What is Xperia zr ? It should have been around 300 to 400.:-/

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  • 2013-11-04 23:49
  • PBTX

This is a very useful article. Thenks! Could gsmarena provide a continuation for tablets?

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  • 2013-11-04 23:37
  • mNF1

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2013-11-04 21:30 from dQen - click to readI can assure that the Note 3 faux-leather design appeals to business people than Iphone. No matter what u say Iphone is just an over priced piece of sh*t, is it about gaming? taking notes? multi-tasking? Watching video? Taking videos? Note 3 rains supreme over them all, by the way size is no issue, since u can resize the screen area to a smaller side and use one hand easily, not to mention the stylus

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  • 2013-11-04 23:24
  • 3sE3

Great article but I don't understand why Office Suite is spelt "suit" all over the place.

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  • 2013-11-04 23:13
  • y%yy

Awesome idea and very good article GSMArena, you should be doing this kind of article at least every 2-3 months

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  • 2013-11-04 23:12
  • Pw6a

Great ideea and great article.
Also iPhone 5s insanely expensive is brilliant!

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  • 2013-11-04 22:49
  • ajTH

iPhone 5S is the only phone I can recommend to my family and friends ;)

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  • 2013-11-04 22:41
  • kegw

Those were some pretty lame cons on the note 3, " phablet is not everyone's cup of tea" I mean come on really, that's a con? LOL

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  • 2013-11-04 22:31
  • 6P$I

In the 400-500 price range, you are recommending a Galaxy S4, even though the Nexus 5 is a better and more powerful phone? Stupid no? Nexus 5 should be recommended in all price ranges above 300..

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  • 2013-11-04 22:16
  • 3@jh

very good idea of shopping guide .... please add some more phones in each category.

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  • 2013-11-04 21:47
  • fs5M

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