Well, look at the handsome HTC, still heading up this fop 10 in the wake of our Supertest pitting it against the Xperia Z and Samsung’s hotly anticipated Galaxy S4. The One is a masterclass in smart phone craft, from its impossibly clear 1080p screen to its stokable aluminium body, clever Sense 5 skin and Ultra Pixel camera. The S4 might be better for power users, and the xperia Z for mobile movie buffs, but the One finally drags HTC out from under the also-rans.
Super-stylish, ultra-smart and a pleasure to use, the HTC One is a masterclass in smartphone design
Samsung Galaxy S4
The S4 Is like a Deep Fill sandwich of tech: a 5in 1080 p screen, 13MP camera, 4G and quick quad-core processor. But once the novelty of tasty fillings such as Air Gestures and Smart Scroll wear off. you’ll long for the handmade panini taste of the HTC One.
Sony Xperia Z
You’ve got to feel for the Xperia Z — Just a few months In the game and it’s been demoted twice. Still. while it narrowly loses out to both Samsung and HTC this month, Sony’s water-resistant flagship remains a gorgeously monolithic slab of a phone,
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Google Nexus 4
Our champion ‘budget smartphone’ is finally in stock on Google Play. The Nexus 4 represents astonishing value, it runs vanilla Jelly Bean: packs a lovely 320ppi screen and is getting more accessories than almost any other Android smartphone
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Apple iPhone 5
It’s got the best app store, the subtlest design and continues to offer the smoothest smartphone experience out there, but iOS looks increasingly dated next to Android and the technical superiority of flagship rivals means the iPhone 5 is no longer top dog.
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BlackBerry’s Z10 may have initially grabbed the headlines, but it’s the Q10 the QWERTY faithful have been waiting for. They won’t be disappointed: the Combination of great little screen, lovely big keyboard and lots of grunt makes it a productivity powerhouse.
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Nokia Lumia 920
It’s a photofinish, but Nokia’s flagship edges out HTC’s 8X as our favourite Win 8 phone. They share the same dual-core processor, but the 920’s superior 4.5 in screen and battery give it this victory. But it needs more apps to take on Android and iOS.
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Huawei Ascend P1
The P1’s successor, the cleverly-named P2: will be arriving in summer 2013 for a SIM- free price of €399 (UK price £tba). It’ll pack a larger 4,7in screen, 16GB storage and the potential for extra-fast 4G speeds thanks to a Category 4 LTE chip. Review soon.
The 8X takes the title of ‘world’s best-looking phone’ and positively glows in its blue, red and yellow hues — as does its gorgeous 4. 3ln, sharper-than-Retina LCD display. The dual-core chip performs well too, but a thin apps catalogue loses it a crucial star
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