Last week we asked our readers to name their favorite Android smartphone of 2013 and more than 2,500 of you responded by nominating and voting! While there were quite a few amazing Android phones released in 2013, your votes made it clear that a single device rose above the status quo – the HTC One.
Capturing 31% of the votes, the HTC One is the clear winner of the Android and Me Reader’s Choice award. It’s hard to say why HTC managed to push through with a double digit win, but the handset’s superior design and build quality, front-facing stereo speakers and innovative camera experience (HTC Zoe, Video Highlights and UltraPixel sensor) certainly helped give it an edge.
The Nexus 5 proudly took the number two spot with 21% of the votes, while the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 came in at number three with 11%. Surprisingly, the Samsung Galaxy S 4 came in at number five, losing the number four spot to the Motorola Moto X. Somehow, Motorola has found a way to capture the attention of consumers with internal hardware a half generation behind the curve. The LG G2, Sony Xperia Z1, Motorola Moto G, HTC One Google Play Edition and Sony Xperia Z round out the top 10 spots. The “Other” category picked up 2% of the vote, with the Nexus 4 beating out the other 46 entries submitted by our readers.
As we move into 2014, it’ll be interesting how these top devices will have an impact on the next generation of Android smartphones. The HTC One and Nexus 5 may be at the top of our chart, but HTC and Google need to make significant changes if they want to compete with the likes of Samsung and Apple who seem to have a stranglehold on the market.
Do you agree with the ranking of the best Android smartphones of 2013?