Most Popular Smartphones: Readers’ Picks

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Each month, Brighthand publishes a list of the smartphones and other devices our readers were most interested in over the previous four weeks.

1. HTC One S – (Previously #2) The One S sports a large touchscreen, 4G (HSPA ) capability, and was the first handset from T-Mobile to feature Android OS 4.0. It isn’t HTC’s flagship smartphone, but it is a powerful device that is a bit smaller than the more-expensive One X. That’s why it continues to draw a lot of attention. Read a Review



2. LG Optimus G – (Previously #1) The LG Optimus G offers a 4.7-inch display with a 1280 x 768 (WXGA) resolution. The handset is powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, and it runs on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). In the U.S., both Sprint and AT&T offer the Optimus G. It’s a bit of a “sleeper phone” but those who are really interested in smartphones see the advantes in this one.  Read a Review


LG Optimus G

3. Samsung Galaxy S III – (Previously #4) Although this smartphone has been replaced by the Galaxy S IV, this handset still offers offers just about everything one could want in an Android handset. It sports a 4.8-inch display, the latest version of Google’s Android OS, 4G, and much more. Read a Review


Samsung Galaxy S III

4. Motorola Droid RAZR M – (Previously #3) This Android-based model has a feature-set typical of its mid-range price. It has an average-size screen, 4G LTE, dual cameras, etc. Like all smartphones with the “Droid” name, it is exclusively offered by Verizon. Read a Review


Motorola Droid RAZR M

5. HTC One – (Previously #7) This is HTC’s new flagship model. It runs Android 4.1.2 with the Sense 5 UI on a 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. Other features include a unibody design, 4-megapixel rear-facing camera with “ultrapixel” technology, BlinkFeed, and HTC Zoe imaging software. It is not yet available in the U.S. Read a Review


Google Nexus 4 by LG

6. Samsung Galaxy Note II – (Previously #5) Thanks to its 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display, the Galaxy Note II skirts the line between smartphone and tablet. This device runs Android 4.0 and includes a rear-facing 8MP camera plus a 2MP front-facing one that enables video conferencing when on the go. It even has a stylus. AT&T and T-Mobile both offer it. Read a Review


Samsung Galaxy Note II

7. HTC One X – (Previously #8) The One X was last year’s flagship device from HTC. It has a range of high-end features, including a very large display, 4G, high-res camera, much more. There are actually two versions of this smartphone. The U.S. one supports AT&T’s 4G LTE network but has a dual-core processor. The international (European) version has a quad-core processor, but no LTE. Read a Review



8. Sony Xperia Z (Previously #6) – The Xperia Z is Sony’s flagship handset for 2013, and an important part of the company’s efforts to become a serious player in the world smartphone market. It boasts high-end features like a 5-inch touchscreen and 13 MP camera. Unlike virtually all its competitors, the Xperia Z is water- and dust-resistant. It is not yet available from any carier in the U.S. Read a Review


Sony Xperia Z

9. Samsung Galaxy S IV (New) The Samsung Galaxy S IV has a 5-inch full HD display, 2 GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, and runs Android OS 4.2.2. Samsung’s TouchWiz UI is also present, bringing features such as Air View and Air Gestures to the handset. It’s available from all the top wireless carriers. Read a Review


Samsung Galaxy S IV

10. Samsung Galaxy Player 5.0 – (Previously #9) The Galaxy Player 5.0 is a decent hybrid of a basic media player and a mini-tablet, and would make a good choice for entry-level users who want to play with Android without having to commit to a smartphone. Read a Review


Samsung Galaxy Player 5.0

This report is compiled based on the number of views each product page receives, so every time someone clicks on a product, they’re giving it a vote in these monthly rankings.

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