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Smartphones To Get Near End of 2013

With the iPhone 5C and 5S out, the shares of Apple has dropped by 5% last Wednesday…and I am not surprised. I have had my first smartphone for three years, HTC Desire HD has served me well (apart from that one time where I accidentally spilt sauce on it). So, I was thinking of getting a new phone soon (the current one also eats up too much battery) and there are a few phones in mind.

I checked the iPhone 5C and 5S prices and my jaw dropped. They weren’t cheap, which was the opposite of what was anticipated. iPhone 5C  and 5S costed around $800 in Australia; I thought I would be better off with Samsung Galaxy S4 considering that it was around that price but with better specs.

iPhone 5C: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-57602938-37/the-iphone-5c-and-the-youth-factor/

With the iPhones crossed off my list, here are other phones that I will be considering:

Samsung Note 3http://www.knowyourmobile.com/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-3/19041/samsung-galaxy-note-3-release-date-specs-and-official-features

It uses Snapdragon 800, a new processor which I’m looking forward too. I’m not too keen on the size though (Why do they keep getting bigger and bigger?!). Where one gets bigger and bigger, iPhone couldn’t make up its mind with sizes (a nano-sim, seriously?!). Soon, they will be so small, I would need a magnifying glass to look for it. Apparently, Motorola’s Moto X decided to join the bandwagon.

LG Nexus 5http://www.knowyourmobile.com/google/google-nexus-5/19767/new-nexus-5-release-date-rumours-specs-and-price-updated

Rumoured to be out in Oct 14, I have only heard of praises for its predecessor, Nexus 4. I am hoping that some of the missing features in Nexus 4 will be available in Nexus 5 but with the rumoured price, it is a bargain.

HTC Onehttp://www.pocket-lint.com/review/73156-htc-one-review

Unlike some of my friends, I have had no problems with HTC.  So, this phone is also on the list but probably not the top as it is quite pricey. I will also have to check out the latest, HTC One Max.

Sony Xperia Z1http://www.whistleout.com.au/MobilePhones/News/Sony-Xperia-Z1-and-Z-Ultra-coming-to-Australia-soon

Sony Xperia Z1 has just been released and is around the same price ($779). I have not heard much about this phone but it is quite camera-heavy, a feature that is not too important for me as I use a separate camera.

Samsung Galaxy S4http://reviews.cnet.com/smartphones/samsung-galaxy-s4/4852-6452_7-35627724.html

This is probably the phone which I have done the most research in as I even went to the local stores to test it out. If only it wasn’t so pricey and always out of stock.