A couple of days ago, unofficialmobotpollguy put the obligatory call out for Best smartphone of 2013 votes from Mobot readers, and the results are really quite interesting.
There’s nary a mention of the Samsung Galaxy S4, or the HTC One, or even the HTC First (ahem), and the three most popular phones are actually available for less than £100 each. What the…?
I present these three smartphones unto thee in reverse order by number of “Useful answer” nods. If you feel your phone of choice has been short changed, by all means kick off in the comments section below.
Frequent commenter corgi74 said: “I'd go Lumia 520. Probably the phone that saved Windows Phone and actually a decent little bit of kit.” Three people felt compelled to click in agreement.
With the geeky focus tending to be on the higher end of the market (though this countdown appears to contradict that notion somewhat), it’s easy to forget that much of the smartphone battle is played out at entry-level – a notion evidently not lost on Nokia.
The Nokia Lumia 520 was announced at Mobile World Congress this past February, with specs including a 4in display (480 x 800, 233PPI), dual-core Qualcomm processor, 512MB of RAM, a 5MP rear camera, 1,430mAh battery, and – of course – Windows Phone 8 on operating system duties.
Fancy it? The Nokia Lumia 520 is currently going for £59.95 (obligatory £10 top-up for new customers; not required if upgrading) on PAYG at Carphone Warehouse.
Moderator Matt yelled: “Has to be the Moto G for under £100 from Tesco. You can't get more phone for less money. No high end phone is worth paying 5 times as much for; they're simply not 5 times better... the Moto G is, in my opinion, a better buy than the Nexus 5.” Six people agreed.
If you’d told us – any of us – that US-focused Motorola would produce a wildly popular phone even just a few months ago, we would’ve smacked you upside the head and sent you packing.
Moto G specs are entirely decent, including a 4.5in 720p display (326PPI), quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor and 2,070mAh battery, but the thing that really sets Moto’s handset apart is price.
Specifically, when it’s in stock, you can grab the 8GB Moto G for £99 from Tesco. Incroyable.
Our pet troll, Treab, kept his nomination short and sweet: “Huawei Y300 nice phone well priced and runs actually really well.” Nine people agreed.
To our shame, it doesn’t look as though we penned anything announcing the Huawei Ascend Y300’s arrival, but it touched down, er, a few months ago, maybe?
In any case, Huawei Ascend Y300 specs include a 4in display (480 x 800, 233PPI), dual-core Qualcomm processor, 5MP rear camera with flash, and a 1,730mAh battery.
As I was saying yesterday, the Huawei Ascend Y300 is available from £39.95 at Carphone Warehouse.