The holiday season is just around the corner, meaning smartphone buyers can expect the next line of smartphones to be released in time for the Christmas shopping season. Android devices have become very popular and with the recent release of the Android 4.4 KitKat, consumers can expect new functionality and innovative designs from some of the major players in the industry. Here’s a look at five smartphones worth paying attention to this holiday season:
LG Nexus 5
Google’s highly anticipated Nexus 5 caused quite as buzz over the last few months mainly thanks to unofficial rumors, “leaked pictures”, and “leaked videos” of the device, which popped up all over the Internet. The truth was Google never made any official announcement on the release date, specs, or price of the device, but diehard fans still believed the unconfirmed rumor.
The good news is that the Nexus 5 does indeed exist and it was finally unveiled to the public on OCtober 31. The new model boasts a 4.95 inch screen with a 1920 pixel by 1080 pixel resolution, a primary 8 megapixel camera and a secondary front facing 1.3 megapixel camera, the new KitKat operating system, and a Snapdragon 800 2.3GHz quad-core CPU with 2GB of RAM and either 16 or 32 GB internal storage. Unlike its predecessor, the Nexus 5 officially supports LTE networks where available.
At less than $500 and with such great specifications, it is not hard to see why this particular Android smartphone is definitely something worth buying this holiday season.
HTC One Max
The next generation of the hugely successful HTC One, the HTC One Max is bigger and better with much more functionality. Jumping on the “tablet” bandwagon and trying to cash in on the success of the Samsung Galaxy Note series, HTC decided to give their new model a much larger 5.9 inch screen. Coupled with the HTC’s new Sense 5.5, this smartphone is a powerhouse that’s guaranteed to perform every task you could want from a smartphone. In addition to a host of new features like; a fingerprint sensor in the back, expandable storage, and a bunch of new software tricks, the Max also has great battery life compared to previous models.
Sony Xperia Z1
Sony has been lagging behind the smartphone race since it dumped Ericsson but the new Sony Xperia Z1 is expected to change all that. It features a large 5 inch full HD display, Snapdragon 800 quad- core processor, 2.2GHZ, and 2GB RAM. The crowing glory of this model is its camera which boasts a whopping 20.7 megapixels.
Sony did not forget users who prefer smaller and more manageable devices. Along with the Z1, Sony plans to release the Xperia Z1 Mini. A smaller version of the Z1 with a scaled down display of 4.3 inches, but with all of the functions and hardware components of its bigger brother.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3
The king of all tablets, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 was recently unveiled to great fanfare on September 4 this year. The new model features a 2.3 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 chip, 3GB RAM, a 5.7 inch 1080 pixel display with a 13 megapixel primary camera, and 32 or 64 GB internal storage. The Note 3 also features an S Pen Stylus, LTE network support, and it is the first smartphone to include support for USB 3.0.
Other minor perks include a free one year subscription to Evernote Premium, a new app known as My Magazine, and Samsung’s proprietary Touch Wiz user interface and software.
Motorola Moto X
The Moto X is Motorola’s crowning glory for 2013. It promises to change the game in the smartphone arena with technology that uses on-board sensors and cloud based services to give users a completely new experience. The Moto X is truly unique in many ways and its features are designed to make the lives of its users much easier. It also has good solid specs which include a 4.7 inch AMOLED capacitive display with a resolution of 720 by 1280 pixels, a 10 megapixel camera, a 1.7GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, and 16GB internal storage.