The G2 is a turbo-charged smartphone with an excellent-quality screen that really comes into its own in this handset. LG's latest top-of-the-range smartphone is a first-rate multimedia machine for games, videos, photos, web browsing and more. The G2 sets a new standard! Plus, battery life is particularly impressive.
The Apple iPhone 5s is best iPhone yet—no surprises there. It may not have a huge-sized HD screen, a quad-core processor, NFC or a pixel-packed camera, but who needs all that when the iPhone is still such a stylish, lightweight, compact handset that's fast, powerful and runs a stable, user-friendly OS. Plus, it takes great-quality pictures and offers access to a richly stocked world of apps and content. It's just a shame that the SAR level is quite high.
Best of the rest
Samsung Galaxy Note 3
The Galaxy Note 3 is a worthy inheritor of the GS4's awesome power and capabilities. It's the ideal follow-up to the Galaxy Note 2 and, while it doesn't revolutionise the genre, it refines a number of its predecessor's best features, exhibits fluidity rarely seen among the competition and is incredibly versatile. The camera may not be anything special, but the Note 3 is a fine device that will satisfy any big-screen mobile fans.
Sony Xperia SP
What a surprise! Between the gorgeous screen, the nice responsiveness, the manufacturing quality and the multimedia capabilities, the Sony Xperia SP has a lot more to offer than the average mid-range smartphone, enough to suit most users' needs.
Nokia Lumia 1020
Hailed by many as a compact camera in the shape of a smartphone, the Lumia 1020 isn't 100% there yet but it's certainly a massive step in that direction. Its' an excellent camera phone—the 5 Mpx images are fantastic—but a number of imperfections prevent the sensor from competing at the 41 Mpx level, which is the resolution Nokia advertises. As always with Nokia, the design and finish are impeccable.
High-End Finish With Waterproofing
Sony Xperia Z1
The Xperia Z1 doesn't necessarily outperform its competitors but it's an interesting alternative in the world of Android smartphones. The built-in camera isn't quite the revolutionary update promised but the Z1 is still a decent and pleasant-to-use handset. It may be a tad large, but it's fast, powerful and has a top-quality finish.
Budget Windows Phone
Nokia Lumia 625
The Nokia Lumia 625 is a good smartphone that gives smooth, responsive performances and has a decent-sized screen. Battery life is impressive too. It's a good choice for anyone looking for a 4G handset that doesn't break the bank. For the performances on offer, it's a great-value buy.