Following our Reader’s Choice award, which crowned the HTC One as the best Android smartphone of 2013, we decided to do some internal polling to find out how our editors rank this year’s crop of phones. Rather than a standard poll, we asked our editors to list their favorite five Android phones for the year and rank them from 1-5. The numbers were then reversed to tabulate a score for each device.
With nine people on the Android and Me team submitting their votes for the top five Android phones of 2013, only eight devices were named. While there was some consensus around which phones deserved to be listed, finding a clear winner was harder than expected; our editors assigned the number spot to five different Android phones.
In the end, the Motorola Moto X was named as the Editor’s Choice for best smartphone of 2013. When it comes to performance, the Moto X is clearly a mid-range device, but sometimes specs aren’t all that matter. Motorola delivered an incredibly balanced device that offers an exceptional software experience with unprecedented customization options to offset the Moto X’s lackluster spec sheet. If Motorola manages to release a successor to the Moto X in the first half of 2014, it could easily be a contender for next year’s Reader’s Choice award as well.
Second place on the list was hotly contested between the HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, but the HTC One’s BoomSound speakers, zero-gap aluminum construction and UltraPixel camera simply couldn’t hold off Samsung’s S Pen toting phablet and its Snapdragon 800, 3GB of RAM and gorgeous 5.5-inch display. The Nexus 5 came in at number four while the Samsung Galaxy S 4, LG G2, Sony Xperia Z1 and Motorola Moto G grabbed the same spots as they did on the Reader’s Choice Awards.
This has certainly been an incredible year for Android, but all of us here at Android and Me are looking forward to what manufacturers have in store for us in 2014.