Top 5 best smartphones in US

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What’s the best phone? Our verdict on the best smartphones – constantly updated Sometimes choosing between two cell phones is easy. Just look at the specs and it becomes woefully clear that some phones (even those positioned directly against one another) aren’t created equal. But most of the time it’s not as easy as just reading numbers. A phone is something you’ll use every day for two years (if you’re lucky). It needs to be durable, adequately future-proof and feel right in your hand.

iPhone 5S

The iPhone 5S is a phone that takes everything Apple has learned over the last six and a half years and put it together in an incredibly cohesive manner. There’s always an apathy with any kind of “S” device from Apple, as it’s historically just the same thing made a little bit better, and it’s true the advances on the iPhone 5S are few – but the ones that are there are very impressive indeed.

Below the surface, Apple has put together one of the most cutting-edge smartphones around, imbued with a top-end camera and a really innovative feature with Touch ID. There’s only so much that smartphone manufacturers can do to differentiate these days, and while Apple can’t expect consumers to be wowed by the same shell, it can expect to get some interest in the sharp camera and gives a sense of relief with the new A7 chip. Its performance is consistent, battery life is good and the camera is one of the best – if not the best all around – in the market.

Moto X

The Moto X is a whole lot of first. It’s the first flagship device Motorola has produced since it was snapped up by Google. It’s the first Jelly Bean Android flagship with LTE that’s under five inches. It’s the first mass produced phone that lets you customize its look to a ridiculous degree (which is only through AT&T at the moment). This is one of the best constructed phones around. It’s dense and solid but not too heavy, a lot like an iPhone 5 or an HTC One. Unlike those metal bodied phones however, it’s polycarbonate (read: plastic. Good feeling plastic) body stands up to scrapes and drops with getting mauled. If only the camera were better and Motorola’s apps were a little sharper, we’d give it a no holds barred recommendation. As it is now, the Moto X deserves to be in the conversation when discussing the best Android has to offer, and simply only that.

Nexus 5

The Nexus 5 and Moto X are so close that it’s really more like an equal second place here, and the difference between the two is going to come down to personal preference. It has a large, sharp display and excellent battery life with its 2,300 mAh unit. If there is anything lacking, it would be the camera, but since Google’s latest update to it, it turned out to be a good enough shooter. What really makes the Nexus 5 incredible is the top-tier hardware – 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800, 5-inch 1920 x 1080 display, 2,300 mAh battery, 8MP camera – all at a starting price of just $349 unlocked. You won’t find anything in that pricing realm with these specs these days, which makes the Nexus 5 an even more killer deal. Moreover, you’re running Android 4.4. KitKat, the latest version of Android, and you’ll be getting Google’s updates as swiftly as they come.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is quite similar to its predecessors, the Galaxy Note and Galaxy Note 2; you’re going to get something that looks like a giant phone and a small tablet meaning it’s definitely not a device a lot of people will be clamoring for – but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad phone – in fact, it’s a really great phablet. The Galaxy Note 3 has grown again since the 5.5-inch offering on the Note 2 to a palm busting 5.7 inches complete with a full HD, 1080 x 1920 Super AMOLED display. The Note 3 has also retained the metal frame from the Galaxy S4, which runs around the edge of the device providing a rigid body and a more premium look. The leathery texture adds to the idea of high quality, though it could look a bit tacky to some. But it actually does give the phone a nice grip and solid feel.

LG G2

The LG G2 is the beastly smartphone that is LG’s answer to the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One. It’s a massive, yet not entirely unwieldy, smartphone brimming with great specs. The display and camera are really killer, and performance is incredible. It ate up every benchmark for breakfast, turned out great photos and dazzled us with its high-resolution display. Oh, and on top of that, battery life was a charm. The button placement drove us insane for the first few days, and it wasn’t pretty. It’s incredibly frustrating and takes some time to get used to. Adjusting volume when on a call was relatively easy if you spent enough time feeling around for the volume keys, but adjusting volume for watching videos is a total pain. There aren’t too many flashy bells and whistles with the LG G2 but there aren’t that many issues either, so you really can’t go wrong picking one of these massive phones up.