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Top 5 Android Phones of 2013

At the end of each year, it’s easy to find ourselves both looking back at all that happened over the past 12 months, trying to reflect on it, and then looking forward to what’s ahead. The “what’s ahead” is about to hit us with a right-cross in a couple of weeks when CES arrives, so I’d say that I’m still very much in the reflection stage at this point. Which brings me to this post and my thoughts on the top 5 Android phones of the year.

The year 2013 was filled with the most incredible smartphones the world has ever seen. 1080p displays became a standard (for the most part), cameras grew increasingly better, battery life is now measured in days instead of hours, customization was introduced, and prices may have started to decline across the board. Phone manufacturers also seem to have figured out winning formulas for the most part in terms of hardware, but only one still has the marketing side (or budget) on lock. All of that helped shape this list. 

And speaking of this list, it is 100% my opinion, an opinion I hope you are open to disagreeing with in the comments below. The whole point here is to spark conversation, so let’s get to it.

moto x

1.  Moto X

No surprise here, right? Even though I handed the top phone award to the Nexus 5 in our last DL Show, that was mostly just to give a different answer from the across-the-board opinion of the team, which was the Moto X. Back when this phone first launched, I penned an article stating that the Moto X would be my daily phone until the next Nexus came out, because I assumed that the next Nexus would supplant it on my desk. And you know, that actually happened. The Nexus 5 arrived and I loved it for the most part, outside of a camera that would later be fixed. But the entire time, a wandering eye always seemed to focus on the Moto X, as it looked for a way to get it back into my pocket. And then Bamboo happened and it has returned, probably for good.

The Moto X tops this list for many reasons, but there are two in particular that make it stand out to me:  choice and Active Display. With the Moto X, you have a choice in how it looks, how much storage it has, which carrier it works on, and if it’s a developer edition. You can’t say that for any other phone on the planet. The Moto X that sits on my desk today has a one-of-a-kind Bamboo back and works on Verizon because that’s the carrier I wanted it on. But I could have gone green with yellow accents, chosen T-Mobile, and unlocked the bootloader to tinkerer to my heart’s desire. No matter what, the customization of phones is a ground-breaking idea that Motorola brought to life. I just hope they have seen enough success with it to keep it going.

The other reason I can’t get enough of the Moto X is Active Display. I’ve talked about this feature a lot, but having my phone show me timely information every single time I pick-up my phone or pull it out of my pocket without having to hit a button is the single greatest software invention of the past couple of years for smartphones. I no longer have to interpret blinking LED lights or fumble over the power button thousands of times per day. Whenever I pick-up another phone to test, this is the first thing I miss.

The Moto X may not have the best display or camera, but I’m willing to deal because everything else it offers I can’t live without.

If you haven’t yet, be sure to read our Moto X review.

nexus 5

2.  Nexus 5

Just because I show constant love for the Moto X doesn’t mean that the Nexus 5 is somehow a distant 2nd place. In fact, because of its display, power, and ties to Google, it is closer than you might think. Nexus phones will always rank very high in lists like this from me because they are Google’s vision of Android, they ship open (SIM unlocked and unlockable bootloader), seem to work on more wireless frequencies each year, and sell at unbelievably low prices for the hardware involved. I gave you two major reasons why the Moto X tops this chart, but for the Nexus 5 at a close 2nd, there is one:  price.

At $350 off-contract, you can have a phone that works almost everywhere (just not Verizon), matches the most powerful phones available spec-for-spec, and runs the newest version of Android before anyone else has even sniffed it. Other phones that compare to the Nexus 5 all sell through carriers at almost double that price without a contract. When the Note 3 first debuted, it was selling for $299 on-contract.

If you want another reason outside of price, I’d say that Google came oh-so-close to creating the perfect smartphone. With last year’s Nexus 4, Google gave us a poor camera, awful battery life, and no LTE. This year, they tried to step their game up in all of those areas with the Nexus 5, while producing a hardware design that feels and looks as good as anything on the market. Battery life is good enough and LTE is included on a variety of bands. The only issue I still have to do this day is the camera, even after its latest camera-fixing update. You were almost there, Google.

If you haven’t yet, be sure to read our Nexus 5 review.

galaxy s4 google play edition

3.  Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition

Before the Moto X entered my life, I was using a Google Play Edition Galaxy S4 and loving every second of it. I 100% despise Samsung’s TouchWiz Android skin, but actually enjoyed the build of the Galaxy S4 when it was released with its svelte body that feels as good in hand as the Nexus 5. So with a GPE phone, there is no OEM skin, only 99.9% stock Android with regular updates. What’s then not to like?

With the Galaxy S4, Samsung packed in best-of-the-best specs, an amazing mobile camera, and probably 2013’s best smartphone display until the Note 3 came along. Couple all of that with a guarantee of updates and TouchWiz’s bloat out of the way, and you have yourselves an amazing smartphone. It really was my phone of choice from the minute it was released until Motorola handed me a white Moto X in late August. Had the Moto X not existed, it would have remained my phone until the Nexus 5 arrived.

At $649 without a contract, the phone is by no means a deal. But if the Nexus 5 and Moto X aren’t fulfilling your every need, this is a great choice.


4.  LG G2

I have got to admit that from the moment the LG G2 was announced to the minute I finished my review, I did not think this phone would make my top 5 list for 2013. I was so put off by the rear button placement and greasy backside, that even though it offered so many other positives, I just had to push it aside. And then one day I realized I needed to pick-up a phone to use on my Verizon line (Moto X was on AT&T at the time), so I grabbed the VZW LG G2 through a ridiculously timely Amazon discount (screw-up).

Once my SIM was inserted, I immediately remembered what I’d loved about the phone and quickly looked past the two negatives. If you want the ultimate performer, I’m not sure there is a speedier or more powerful phone than the LG G2. Its touch sensitivity is the best in the game, it sports a class-leading FHD LCD panel, and probably houses my favorite smartphone camera with its insanely speedy, multi-point autofocus. Sure, it has a questionable Android skin and doesn’t yet have Android 4.4, but you know what, I’d take it any day over Samsung’s TouchWiz. LG also included useful multi-tasking tools and has dropped the price regularly since launch.

The LG G2 is a great phone.

If you haven’t yet, be sure to read out LG G2 review.

HTC one

5.  HTC One (Unlocked or Developer Edition)

To wrap up this short list, I’d have to go with the unlocked or developer editions of the HTC One. Not the carrier versions, I’m talking specifically about the versions sold directly through HTC’s store. These make the list because in 2013, updates rule the world. I own the unlocked HTC One, and it is already running Android 4.4 “Kit Kat.” The carrier and global models could be weeks if not months away from receiving a similar update. With no middle man, HTC has been able to update their 2013 flagship in the timeliest of manners, which Android enthusiasts like myself can appreciate.

You may remember that I also claimed this was my phone of the moment at one time, that was until the GPE Galaxy S4 came along of course. But the HTC One has a lot to offer. With its amazing sound experience (BoomSound), set of specific stand-out camera tricks (Zoes and Highlights), performance with high-end specs, and all-metal body, it set a standard for 2013 smartphones that seemed to have raised the game to a new level. You’ll still find techies to this day that will claim the One as the best available phone, even with its successor a few months away and phones like the G2 and Moto X out.

2013 may have been a terrible year for HTC, but I don’t think anyone can deny the quality of the One.

If you were looking for a full top 10, here is how mine would play out:

6.  Galaxy Note 3
8.  Galaxy S4
9.  …ummm
10.  …ummm

And now, it’s time for you to give us your top 5. Who you got?

  • J R Tur Pineda

    This post should be titled Top 5 android phone BACK COVERS of 2013 :-))

  • Eric Hong

    I’m a techophile. My family has HTC One, iPhone 4S, IPhone 5 and Note 2 (me). I just got a Moto X few weeks ago and honestly I can say that Moto X tops all those deices. It has amazing cell/WiFi/BT radios and GPS (much better than my Note 2). Touchless control and active notification are fantastic Moto assist and trusted devices are very useful. I used all the Moto X features every day. Now I’m really appreciate the stock android experience compared to the sense 5 and heavily skinned TouchWitz. I tried to duplicate Moto X’s features on my Note 2 with apps and mods but they are just not comparable to the real thing. Moto X is the best smartphones I’ve ever laid my hands on!

  • MartinH

    How does the motto x make #1 on your list and the Droid maxx #7? The maxx has all the features of the x and adds the best battery on the market along with built-in Wireless charging? And is the bamboo back really betterthan the kevlar back of the maxx? I understand the x customization features are nice, but it is not better than the maxx!

    • Steve B

      The Maxx looks like a turd. The X doesn’t.

  • John T. Wildman

    S4 crushed every other phone on this list, combined!

  • Orlando

    I replace my GS4, for my moto x, best move ever.

  • Orlando

    I love my moto x, best phone ever….

  • Cesar

    I just got my Moto X on Verizon, and I couldn’t love it more! Definitely smartphone of the year!

  • courtland

    I own a moto x and must agree it is hands down the best phone I have ever owned and love every second of it, in fact I am writing this review of it. I also love the almost vanilla android experience

  • Grasshopper239

    Your #1 phone doesn’t even have wireless charging, Fail. It is a nice phone, I bought one for the wife, but any flagship phone made this year should have wireless charging.

  • Dirk Wangston

    I disagree with the Moto X being on this list. It took me all of a week to decide it wasn’t worth the money even with the black friday discount. The main points that people want to argue that make it better are just garbage. First, the screen is awful. My Nexus 4 screen is nicer than it. The active display was ok, but my phone is in my pocket the majority of the time therefore rendering it useless when it came to missing notifications. Plus I tried to schedule it to turn off while I was sleeping but that option never worked so it just sat there and flashed all night. The “Ok Google now” with the screen off NEVER worked. I looked like a damn fool trying to get it to work. The battery life on it was terrible. I used it right along my Nexus 5 and at the end of the day, the Moto X was nearly dead & my Nexus always had over 40 percent left. Plus I used my Nexus for most internet browsing & gaming. Motorola tried to burn me again with the moto x. I swore I would never buy another moto phone after what they did to me with the Bionic but after all the rave reviews of the X I thought I would give it a chance. Happy to say I shipped it back and am just waiting for my refund so I can get a high end smartphone.

  • Newton Nganda

    Moto G 🙂

  • Rob Schoenfeld

    S4 Hands down. With the exception of some gimmicks and touchpiss, the replaceable battery and sd card expansion slot wins hands down.

  • JMonkeYJ

    I’ll just give my top 3 since these are the only ones I’ve recommended or bought this year. In case it isn’t obvious, I’m highly biased towards a vanilla Android experience.
    1. HTC One GPE. As a phone addict I’ve been eager to replace my One with something better, but in my mind nothing beats the combination of its features for my uses. And I can’t live without vanilla Android and quick updates, so GPE is a must.
    2. Moto X. The physical customizability and extra features put this *barely* above my #3 choice.
    3. Nexus 5. You can’t go wrong with a Nexus.

  • joejoe5709

    I’ve modified some choices of mine and come up with this:

    Looking for the undisputed biggest and the baddest? Note 3 (non-phablet: LG G2)
    Looking for the best bang for buck? Nexus 5 (Verizon? Droid Maxx or LG G2 on-contract)
    Looking for the best for the average consumer? LG G2 or Galaxy S4
    Looking for the best for Android newbies/non-techy? Moto X or Nexus 5
    Looking for the best for tinkerers/enthusiast? LG G2 or Nexus 5 (GS4 is popular choice)
    Looking for the best for business use? Note 3 (smaller: Droid Maxx/Moto X)
    Looking for the best performance/specs? LG G2 or Note 3
    Looking for the best future-proof choice? Nexus 5 (Verizon: LG G2 or Note 3)
    Looking for the best (out-of the-box) software? Any new Motorola (Nexus 5 for stock)
    Looking for the fastest (non-Nexus) software updates? Any new Motorola (kudos!)
    Looking for the best camera? LG G2 or Note 3
    Looking for the best screen? LG G2 or HTC One (oversized: Note 3)
    Looking for the best speakers/multimedia? HTC One
    Looking for the best battery life? LG G2, Note 3, or Droid Maxx
    Looking for the best ergonomics? Moto X
    Looking for the best build quality/design? HTC One
    Looking for an SD Card slot? Note 3 or GS4
    Looking for the best/most accessories? GS4 (Moto X closely behind)
    Looking for the best phablet/large screen: Note 3 (duh)

    Worst bang for buck: Moto X, Note 3 or GS4 (GS5 is right around the corner)
    Worst screen: Moto X and Droid Maxx/Ultra (720p at 4.7″+)
    Worst battery life (still 12+ hours though so should be fine for most): HTC One or Moto X
    Worst camera: HTC One (and pre-update Motorola/Nexus phones.)
    Worst (out-of-the-box) software: Anything Touchwiz or HTC Sense (LG not far behind)
    Worst for software updates: Ummm well anything other than a Nexus or Motorola
    Worst specs/future-proof (among flagships): Moto X and HTC One
    Worst build quality: LG G2 (controversial rear keys, greasy plastic, and larger size)
    Worst for newbies/non-techy: Note 3
    Worst universal availability on all carriers: Nexus 5 & LG G2 Verizon-only Qi charging

    Looking for the best jack-of-all-trades/all-around package/least compromises?
    LG G2 (Nexus 5 tied for first if not on Verizon)

    Honorable Mentions: Droid Maxx worth a look if on Verizon. Obviously Note 3 if you want a phablet. Galaxy S4 is still solid, but it’s worth waiting a couple more months if you can.

    My personal choices:
    LG G2>Nexus 5>Note 3>Galaxy S4>Droid Maxx/Moto X>HTC One>any GPE or Developer Edition (buy a Nexus or learn to ROM if you want stock)

  • Bionicman

    whats important to me (and i understand that these things may not be that important to other folks), is 1.) battery 2.) call quality and 3.) features 4.) build quality. The note 3 does all of these really well. i get that the Moto X has a great form factor and is buttery smooth even with its mid-range specs but for me there are too many compromises. btw i also love the Active Notification feature on the Moto X and thats why i use Dynamic Notifications from the Play Store on my Note 3.

  • kayne

    Note 3>everything else

    • JeffColorado

      Too bad it is polluted with Touchwiz. Vendor skins need to die.

  • Bruce Kraft

    Majority of reviewers as well as you guys spoke well of the note 3. I’m surprised its not on your list.

    • TowelieMeBanana

      It’s #6…

      • Bruce Kraft

        lol thanks now i feel like such a dolt lol i scrolled down to the bottom after i saw your response twoeliemebanana

        • TowelieMeBanana

          No worries! I watched a review on the Note 3 last night out of curiosity. That thing is a beast but way too large for my taste. Love my Moto X. The features are absurdly nice.

          • Bruce Kraft

            If you dig deep enough, the majority of the features are the same, but the note 3 has more features. The only feature that the moto x has is active display. but there is more feature spam on the note 3. Like voice assistant (that is on both). But the stylus and the scrapbooking and writing features are unparalled, especially for sharing socially.

          • TowelieMeBanana

            Yeah but S voice has nothing on Google Now. And I’m not lugging a giant around. Active display is incredible.

  • Steve

    Not sure I understand, you have Moto X as your number 1 and Droid Maxx as numerous 7. This confused me a little. Other than the ability to customize the look of the phone, they are nice same phone, only Maxx has much better battery life. Does the ability to change look of phone really make it that much better than Maxx????

    • JMonkeYJ

      Off the top of my head, some differences besides the ones you mention are: different from factors, higher DPI on Moto X, faster updates on Moto X. You might disagree on how important those differences are, but there are several differences.

      • akhnaten

        Can’t you just side-load the Moto X updates onto the Droid Maxx, since they are the same phone underneath?

        • needa

          you for sure cannot with a locked bootloader.

          • akhnaten

            Thanks for the clarification.

      • Steve

        While I do agree that the X did receive Kit Kat faster than the Maxx, what good does it do to have any of the things that differentiate the Maxx or the X if the the battery life isn’t as good. I know there are some differences and the X may have slightly better specs but the fact that the battery life on Maxx is that much better and the main features most will care about are built into both phones it doesn’t make sense that if you are going to make the X number 1 then the Maxx should be obvious choice for at least number 2.

  • TowelieMeBanana

    Got my Moto X on Monday. All I need to say is wow. Anyone that is focused on specs is not paying attention. Absolutely love it.

  • paul_cus

    Almost forgot the Sony Xperia ZL.

  • Jeff C

    note 3 is considered by DL to be a niche phone. so im not even that butthurt that it’s out of the top 5. that topped with touchwiz wont win over their hearts. although if it’s your #1 (or 2 or w.e.) then thats all that counts. i have one and it’s my #2 only cuz i wish i could get an N5.

    • crazed_z06

      Ridiculous that they’d consider the Note 3 a niche device when this happened.. http://www.engadget.com/2013/12/10/samsung-note-3-10-million-sold/

      On the other hand, the Moto X which was the phone that was supposed to bring balance to the force only did this, http://www.theverge.com/2013/11/12/5097532/moto-x-only-500000-devices-reportedly-sold

      Which one is really the niche device?

      • joejoe5709

        Sure, the Note 3 is selling well and that’s great. But phablets in general are still considered to be a little bit on the outside of mainstream. Anything beyond one-handed usage and you almost have to start making compromises for the phone when compared to phones like the LG G2 and the GS4. You wanted a screen that large because you love media. Or you’re a business jet setter and the Note 3 helps you daily. Or the stylus holds some appeal. Or you want a ridiculous phone just for the sake of being ridiculous. Whatever the case, the Note series is a flagship beyond other merely mortal flagships. In some ways that’s awesome but in other ways it keeps the phone from being #1 in a lot of lists.

  • Erich

    Xperia Z1, nobody?

  • Timothy Robinson

    I am really happy to see all the G2 love on here. I recently had to switch carriers (Verizon from Sprint) and the G2 has made my transition great. Even without root and 4.4, if you throw a good launcher on the phone then it is near perfect to me. I agree the buttons can be frustrating and the back is greasy and gross but the display is just immense and the camera is by far the best out there, and my god the battery life is life saver. It seems like there is a good number of these phones making there way into peoples pockets and long may it continue. I love this phone and I am happy to see others agree.

  • jim

    and head and shoulders about all those phones is the Note 3

  • Dave

    Traded my G2 for a Note 3 and never looked back. #noregrets

  • jzwerlz43

    i don’t see what all the touch wiz hate is about 0_0 i have had zero lag issues with my samsung device. its true that its not the lightest oem skin but i still dont mind it, i actually like the way it looks more then LG personally and enjoy multi window and other samsung features, but to each their own though thats the beauty of android. that being said i still agree with this list!

    • crazed_z06

      Ammusing that there’s so much hate for Touchwiz and so much love for LG. The LG skin looks like a cheap knockoff of Touchwiz. Even the LG Weather/Clock Widget looks like a janky version of the Samsung Widget..

      • jzwerlz43

        i completely agree lol they look extremely similar to one another, although both of them have really improved in features throughout time. it doesnt change the fact that neither of them are the best looking skins but for the average consumer they wouldnt be able to tell the difference. Phones like the G2 and the note 3 are both fantastic phones, it really just comes down to personal choice

  • Pat Leck

    I have got to say they all do look very appealing, but are they really any good. They claim to be the best but you never know until you get the phone itself.

  • Chuck wilson

    I have to go with the Samsung Note 3. I had Moto DROID RAZR for little over 2 years. It was great phone. Biggest thing ticked me off was not even 2 weeks of having it the RAZR MAXX was out & I know there is always something newer & better just around the corner. But after doing some research I was struggling with Decisions. It was close race then I walked into my Verizon store & the Note 3 just grabbed my attention. It was like it was meant to be. The salesperson at Verizon for some reason was trying his hardest to get me to go with LG phone. Telling me what all it could do how it could be turned on by just a tap which I got a laugh because he tapped it about 8-9 times before it finally worked. Well I wasn’t impressed because that seams like but dial non stop! Believe me I don’t want anymore easily made but dials because long story short my last but dial ended my relationship because I but dialed my ex & was talking to a friend about how I couldn’t stand my girlfriends mom she was the wicked witch of the west. But not in such nice terms. Anyways I’m still learning all the nice tricks & pluses this phone has. It’s nice noting my phone won’t be dead in 8 hours or less & that’s with hardly using it. Regardless I’m super happy with the Note 3 but everyone is different with different tastes. So it may not be phone for you. But I give it to thumbs way up!!!

  • crazed_z06

    This list is a joke. Note 3 is at least in the top 3 if not #1… It has more and does more than every phone out there right now.

    • needa

      if you purchased your phone to make number one on every list you are doing it wrong. i waited and waited until the perfect phone for ‘me’ was released. that is all that matters to me.

  • Matthew Rosidivito

    More like “The Only 5 Android Phones of 2013”

    Anyway, Moto X deserves #1 for innovation and new features, but N5 kills it with value and performance. I guess it really depends on your credit line and your carrier.

    • epps720

      N5 doesn’t kill it with value. They were selling the X for the same $350 as the N5.

      • Matthew Rosidivito

        The full retail price of the Moto X is not $350. That was a limited time offer. N5 is a better value. Not looking to start an argument here, just stating the fact.

        • needa

          im not looking for an argument either. i just want to put a different likeness on the word value. sometimes value means corners are cut in many places in order to have one or two high end parts. for me… this is not real value.

          • Matthew Rosidivito

            Sometimes, but I don’t think we’re talking about either the N5 or the X in this regard.

          • needa

            i kinda am. if you look at the teardowns of nexus devices vs other phones/tablets… you can see what i am talking about. you can also dive in a bit deeper and pay attention to the mics and speakers, shielding, audio amps etc. its night and day difference. luckily… great hardware is coming in cheaper and cheaper as time goes. so its not as noticeable as it used to be.

  • Here’s my list:

    Samsung Galaxy Note 3
    LG G2
    Google Nexus 5
    Sony Xperia Z1
    HTC One

    Usability and specs-wise, GN3 is my top choice. The LG G2 comes behind because of the unorthodox design, solid performance and specs. Nexus 5, simply the best bang-for-buck phone. Xperia Z1, the “anywhere” phone. HTC One, the “alternative premium” phone that is not Apple.

  • callumshell1

    Putting the Moto X and Nexus 5 at the top is just google dick sucking IMO. The One beats them.


    Any phone that doesn’t let me use an sd card can eat a dick.

    • yep because apps sure do like to store on an sd card…

      • crazed_z06

        Maybe not Apps, but MP3s, pictures, and all manner of other things have no issue being stored on a SDCard. Google even added SD support to Play Music so it caches and pre-loads to the SD Card now.

  • Mike Sims

    This is the ONLY site that doesn’t have the Note 3 as #1 or #2…. amazing.

  • beng8686

    1. DROID Maxx (Because of battery life, features, performance, and screen size)
    2. Moto X (Love this phone… Just love three days of battery much more.)
    3. LG-G2 (beast of a phone. Big battery. Beautiful big screen. What’s not to love?)
    4. Note 3
    5. Galaxy S4 GPE
    10. Nexus 5 (because not offering a Verizon edition is just not that cool.)

    Don’t get mad. All opinions of course.

  • alamoe

    I would call this more of the “android fanboys”list. Every other list I’ve seen has had the Note 3 either at number one or two. Most reviews I’ve seen have said LG’s skin is a copy of TouchWiz, but WORSE. And the first phone on this list that isn’t a Google backed phone is the S4……Google Play Edition? LoL Samsung hate is real.

  • superg05

    the best stock phones of 2013 is what this should be called

  • Taylor Evans

    I would have liked to get a Moto X, but due to budget issues I went with the Mini. Not gonna lie, after having a Galaxy Nexus for 2 years this thing is amazing. Looking forward to 4.4

  • Sambit Biswas

    2 LG devices in Top 5! Congrats LG!

  • David Dudovitz

    Top 5:
    1. HTC One
    2. Nexus 5
    3. Moto X
    4. HTC One GPE
    5. Droid MAXX

    P.S. I don’t like anything Samsung

  • Michael Bell

    The Note 3 beats all these phones and by a mile. The Moto X? LOL

  • feztheforeigner

    My humble list…

    1. LG G2
    2. Galaxy Note 3
    3. Nexus 5
    4. Moto X
    5. Oppo N1

  • N8shon

    My Note 3 is the clear winner for me for my personal wants and needs. I actually like Touchwiz. While I may be alone in that regard in this site’s community opinion, I have a alot of similarly bent company when the audience spectrum widens.

  • Ian Dunn

    Being an S4 owner for almost 7 months now I have a hard time seeing it as being #8 on your list. Yes it has a ton of bloatware. Disable all of the apps you don’t like. It sold like crazy because it is rock solid. I have been so impressed by the camera and the battery life and even the speed with touch wiz in the way. For the first time I haven’t wanted to root and mod my phone.

  • S.Scott Turgeon

    I think the Droid Maxx is better than the Moto X especially on Verizon with the customization not available for atleast 3 months after its initial implementation.
    I would not have bought it without customizing that was foolish!
    To me battery life is the most important thing in the Droid Maxx for me does it,it’s basically the same phone with a larger screen!

    • bobukcat

      If only they had left off those damn hardware navigation buttons I would agree with you!

  • synplex

    In my Opinion –
    1.Nexus 5
    2.LG G2
    3. GS Note3
    4. Google HTC
    5. Google S4
    6. Google Droid Maxx

    1.Qualcomm Toq
    2.Sony Smartwatch 2
    4.G-Shock bluetooth
    5. ….Galaxy Gear

  • Corey Smith

    All I want for Christmas is a Moto X Developer CDMA version…

  • flyingpuck

    Personally I think the Droid MAXX makes more sense than the Moto-x at number one, as it is virtually the same phone with a big honking battery. And at the end of the day I’m NEVER looking for a place to charge my phone as it STILL has plenty of battery life left! Also I think it is handsome enough as it is without 10,000 ways to personalize it!

    • bjssp

      This is what I’ve been wondering about Motorola phones, basically the Droid series, that can use the same features as the Moto X but aren’t engineered in the same way: is there some noticeable difference in how features like AD and TC work?

  • 2legit2quit

    The DROID MAXX is to me, number 1. The battery blows away all the phones up here. And im all about the battery life

  • 213ninja

    most people probably aren’t in a position to create a legitimate top 5 because most people [on here] only buy a few phones in a years time (and most regular people buy one every 2 years). sure there are some folks who buy all of them, but not many at all. if you don’t own a phone, how can you accurately rate it in a top 5? i mean, i guess playing with your friend’s phone or spending time with the demos can give you a feel for it, but by no means can you accurately place it into a top n list of any kind….at least not one that i care about.

  • Richard Yarrell

    Pretty typical for the stock android fanboys. I can’t help but laugh Moto X flop, Moto G more humorous nothing else needs to be said.

    • squiddy20

      Too bad the Moto G isn’t even mentioned in the article, and the fact that the Moto X sold out quite few times in the span of a few hours means it is far from a “flop”. Just another fanboy blinded by his own insecurities/wishful thoughts.

    • Diablo81588

      Go away Dick.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    the Moto X was just something new that took it to the next level. Its almost unbelievable to know the moto x uses an s4 pro. And then hand comfort was always in the picture but i never took it so seriously. We already know next years phones (chip makers) will have the always listening features, the Moto X just got a head start, and will have a reliable product with the next gen X. (taking pictures of my pocket pains me) Besides the htc one and note 3, nothing had anything new or special. The g2 was the perfect package but…idk.

  • NexusMan

    I almost have the same list as Kellen: 1. Moto X, 2. Nexus 5, 3. HTC One, 4. Galaxy S 4, 5. Galaxy Note 3…And I agree…Active Display is my SHIZNIT!

  • T B 718

    On VZW and recently broke the LCD on my S4. Used one of the $150 off promotions and bought a Moto X and have loved every second of it. Far superior to the S4 IMO.

  • WickedToby741

    Moto G should be somewhere 6-10 for price alone. And Moto should get the OEM of the year award.

  • schlanz

    Looking forward to the day people stop fapping over their Moto X and shouting from rooftops that “it’s not about the specs!”

    Get over your mediocre device already

  • mike

    Have a few hours to decide on using a promo code on a Moto X, and want to put it on Straight Talk w/ ATT. Has anyone else done this yet? If so, any clues about what I’ll need to set it up? This would be my first smart phone purchase. (2nd pick would be Nexus 5 – no surprise.) Thx in advance!

  • Ruel Smith

    1- Galaxy Note 3… 2- Galaxy S4… 3 – HTC One… 4 – Nexus 5… 5 – Moto X

  • sski66

    HTC ONE, the ONE for me.

  • jcorf

    I love my Moto X. I had thought about the Nexus 5, but I wanted to stay on Verizon.

  • F22

    SGS4 — I NEVER use manufacturer interface — I use Apex launcher, so the crappy TouchWiz interface is completely irrelevant to me. Great screen, fast, removable battery, and good value — since there are so many of these around, you can snag great deals when they are barely used — I bought a mint condition one off Craigslist for $380 when it was only 3 months old.

    • Diablo81588

      TouchWiz is not just a launcher…

  • hatboysam

    Droid Maxx is so underrated by most people. Imagine a Moto X with 2x the battery, a larger screen, wireless charging, 32GB storage, and a higher quality build. It even has Kit Kat 4.4 before almost any other phone out there! I know it’s not as sleek as the X, but as a piece of hardware it is superior and the software is 99.5% the same.

    • joejoe5709

      I could definitely agree with that. Droid Maxx>Moto X if you’re on Verizon.

    • Chris Hannan

      Not everyone wants a larger screen, and not everyone cares about wireless charging. The Moto X can also be bought with 32GB.

      I would love the MAXX for the battery alone, but I’d still probably choose the Moto X for the size and looks.

    • bprichard

      The Droid Maxx is a nice piece of hardware, but its appearance is, uh, divisive.

    • Samvelavich

      capacitive buttons dude… they’re so 2011

  • joejoe5709

    Moto X – Sorry but the specs kill it. I don’t care what you say. I guarantee you’ll be begging for a new phone within two years. Even at a low price point (which it is not) the Moto X does not have the guts to make it through my contract and I don’t have the cash for a new phone every year. The Nexus 5 is a far far better option. The only points the Moto X has over the Nexus 5 is the compact chassis, the useful software features and universal availability. I don’t think customization is a factor. That’s like saying the iPhone 5c is great because of all the colors. Who. Cares. Plus being a Nexus (which the Moto X is not) means you get a massive dev community to back you up and that’s the only reason we put up with its shortcomings versus other phones.

    Nexus 5- should have been first place. Easily. The only major detractor to the Nexus 5 is the lack of mainstream acceptance and/or the availability on all carriers. Personally the G2 kicks its butt in almost every respect, but here we’re talking out of the box and the G2 definitely needs some tweaks and know how to make it less annoying. Out of the box and pre-aftermarket, the Nexus 5 is practically unmatched. As long as you’re not on Verizon.

    Samsung S4 GPE. What?! Why was this on the list. Give me a break. You pay twice the price of the Nexus 5 for 70% of the capability. Nearly a year later the Galaxy S4 itself is still one of the better smartphones on the planet and that deserves some major kudos.

    LG G2- Now this is a phone. The buttons on the back aren’t a factor. Why? You won’t be using them. The G2 changes the way you hold and use your phone. The software is annoying, but it isn’t as terrible as Touchwiz. It isn’t laggy and once you get over it, it’s actually not half bad. This phone is the (non-phablet) specs beast of 2013 and that’s exactly what I wanted. Universal availability on all carriers. Did I mention it’s a beast? EVERY SINGLE THING ABOUT THIS PHONE KICKS SOME SERIOUS BUTT. Aftermarket – this phone gets even better. Easily rooted, ROM’d, whatever you’d like. I’m on Verizon and I am not the least bit sad we didn’t get the Nexus 5. With XPosed Framework, this phone is seriously impressive and stable. Just buy it already. Though I wish it had an SD Card slot…

    The HTC One is my LEAST favorite phone of the year. Small battery, small(er) screen, giant bezels, terrible software, blah… The list goes on. Want I pretty phone with excellent build quality? Well there’s that. Want front speakers? It’s the only choice. Otherwise… skip it. Oh and once again – developer editions are a waste.

    The Note 3 should have made it to the list. The phablet is still somewhat niche, but this phone is seriously impressive. It’s got the best specs of 2013. Too bad it’s running Touchwiz. Which could be fixed aftermarket, but from what I hear the dev community is somewhat weak.

    Here’s my Top 5: Nexus 5>LG G2>Galaxy S4>Moto X>Note 3

  • Jolly Smith

    Samsung is better today
    via: codingbrains dot com

  • Russell Spaulding

    Good list but I would have the Droid Maxx as #1b since it is essentially the same phone as the Moto X but has a bigger battery, bigger screen, and wireless charging. The moto enhancements/apps along with the overall smoothness of the phone make it a clear winner.

  • SeanPlunk

    We’re spoiled. Every phone on the list is light-years ahead of what what we had access to only a couple years ago. It’s amazing how fast tech moves.

    I like large factor smartphones, so my list would be:
    1) Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Developer’s Edition – Awesome screen, top notch specs, very good camera, fantastic battery life, lots of useful features/s-pen
    2) Motorola Moto X – Experience over just raw horsepower, customizable, almost stock Android with useful additions, fast updates, great form factor
    3) LG G2 – Awesome screen, future proof specs, top notch camera, incredible battery life, large screen in relatively compact chassis
    4) HTC One – Most premium Android phone ever, amazing design, awesome screen, boom sound
    5) Google Nexus 5 – Great specs, stock Android, cheap price

    That’s not even mentioning the Samsung Galaxy S IV, Droid Maxx or Sony Xperia Z1.

    2013 was an awesome year for smartphone 🙂

    • joejoe5709

      Well said. Agreed on most accounts.

  • Christopher Moore

    This is not the top-5 android phones of 2013. This is “kellex’s” top-5 android phones of 2013. No way I would put the G2 about the Note 3. Here is my ranking.

    Nexus 5 (price vs features is outstanding. If on Verizon I would have got this.)

    Note 3 (Feature packed big phone with specs to match) This is my phone.

    Samsung S4 (good all around phone)

    Moto X (customizable but should have been $350 off contract from the beginning)
    LG G2 (the verizon version has smaller hard to push buttons. The IR blaster is useless. I had this phone and returned it.)
    HTC One (the only dislike is the button layout and the fact that it came out way too late on Verizon)
    Moto G. ($180 gets you a lot)

  • skinja

    Please put the photos UNDER the title

  • imaletufinish

    I love these year-end template articles that are always just subjective opinions of one person meant to get as much reaction as possible. Instead of a “My phone is better than yours” comment, go give your family a hug on this Holiday Eve. That’s what I’m going to do. Here’s to a great tech year and to the excitement of things to come!

  • Petro Dragoumanos

    The only thing I would change on the list is I would make #5 the HTC One Google Play edition.

  • Alexander Garcia

    Good choices Sir Kel!!! My list would’ve been identical except I would’ve had the G2 ahead of the GPE S4. 😉

  • Data

    My list would be topped by the Galaxy Note 3, followed by the Moto G, Nexus 5, HTC One and Galaxy S4. I want to put the Moto X on my list but it simply not available outside the Americas…Damn!

  • phekno

    GS4 is ranked ahead of the HTC One? WTF? I’d rate the One GPE ahead of the GS4 any day. Also, why rate the GS4 GPE, and not the HTC One GPE? The HTC One GPE != HTC One “Developer or Unlocked version”

  • Nathaniel Otto

    Love the LG G2. with a case i don’t get greasy back, I also actually like the rear facing buttons though with knock on i hardly ever touch them.

    • Budman

      I want to hear from all you Moto X’ers in 6 months when your 2300 ma batteries, don’t last past 3:00 pm. And you have to add the Mophie pack, I wasn’t going to get sucked in by the Moto hype, like I did with the last flagship phone of 2 years ago DROID RAZR, only to see Motorola 6 month later installs a 3200 ma battery, and calls it the RAZR max. I went with the G2, at least it’s battery has some balls.

  • Greg Morgan

    Which is best of 2013?
    Android Fanboys: ZOMG Moto X; no ZOMG HTC One; No ZOMG Nexus 5
    Apple Fanboys: OMG which is the best phone; ZOMG iphone; No ZOMG…wait, iPhone?
    Android Wins

  • Allen Byrd

    I was trying to decide between the Moto X, the Nexus 5, and the G2. Ended up going with the Nexus 5. I’m so glad I did. Perfect battery life for me, great experience, etc. I don’t think I would be able to stand LG’s terrible software, the sticky, glossy back, and the weird buttons. The back of the Nexus 5 is so soft. I love it.

    1. Nexus 5
    2. Moto X
    3. Unlocked HTC One
    4. Note 3 (as much as I despise TouchWiz)
    5. G2

    • xzero425x

      Knock knock is an awesome feature, i barely use the buttons. Put a case on it. and Lgs software actually is that bad at all. Its pretty solid.

      • Allen Byrd

        Yeah, it’s really up to personal preference. I know some people like it, but I personally wouldn’t be able to stand it.

        • Nathaniel Otto

          even after I bought mine i was skeptical about the buttons n such. but given i use a case the back is fine, and honestly i rarely use any buttons. when i do it turns out to be quite easy and my buttons are always int he same orientation regardless of the ear i use the phone on. lg’s software is actually ok you can get rid of most of the crap in the notification drawer and i use nova launcher anyway, and would even on a stock phone like a nexus. though on vzw the n5 wasn’t even a choice.

        • CoreRooted

          I thought the same thing when I got the G2. TBH, the buttons are kind of annoying, but the hardware and display more than make up for it. With knock on/knock off, I have yet to really use the power button and for volume, those buttons are easy to get to. I don’t regret it being my daily driver at all.

      • Christopher Moore

        Sometimes Knock Knock was more like

        knock knock knock


        knock knock (wait) knock


        knock knock knock knock

        Maybe they fixed it since I got rid of it.

  • zapote21

    Note 3
    Galaxy S4
    Nexus 5
    HTC One max
    LG G2

  • SilentSpring

    1. LG G2 (Powerhouse with 48+ hour battery life)
    2. Moto X (ergonomic King + Moto Quality, just needs MOAR battery)
    3. Note 3 (Just because it’s enormous makes it cool)
    4. HTC One (Would have made it mine but needs MOAR battery and better camera)
    5. Nexus 5 (Sorry Nexus fans, it is the best nexus to date, but besides being totally stock and cheaper nothing substantially differentiates it)

    • joejoe5709

      I love my G2, but that 48 hours must be pretty light usage. If I actually tried, I think 36 hours is pretty attainable. I routinely make it 18 hours (one whole day) with fairly heavy usage. The weekends are tough because Dead Trigger 2 eats this battery by dinner but even that’s 12+ hours. Lol.

      • SilentSpring

        Yes, but it’s just nice to be able to go that long if needed just checking email, sms, mms and some phone calls….while sleeping it maybe drops 3 percent which is just wonderful. I think the worse I have done so far with it is about 10 hours because of a bad update to an app.

  • Tim Aries

    could you guys be a little bit less boring? those phones are flagships from their brands right? Xperia anyone?

  • MikeSaver

    I think .,,uummm should’ve been ranked higher

  • bassman418

    Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Love love love it.
    I know some will shoot it down because if it being larger than the other on the top 5. But I’m bigger and handle it like I handled my Galaxy Nexus.

  • Bruce Wayne

    My number one is the n5120 with the Xperia z ultra behind it.

  • Richard Giordano

    2.Nexus 5
    3.HTC One GPE edition
    4.Sony Z Ultra GPE edition
    5.Galaxy S4 GPE edition.

  • Richard Giordano

    if it wasn’t for the moto x would the DROID MAXX have made the top 5 cause it got updated fairly quickly after the moto x to kit kat along with its close to stock android and its massive battery?

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 hands down is the device that reigns supreme over all smartphones, and should be #1 on this list!

    • joejoe5709

      It’s a great phone (I ranked it #3) but unless you need an SD Card, the G2 is likely a better package. Plus the S5 is right around the corner. Better off waiting a couple months.

  • Bharath Kannan

    1. Moto X
    2. Nexus 5
    3. HTC One GPE
    4. LG G2
    5. Galaxy note 3

  • Jacob Ignagni

    The Moto X is redefining android.
    1. Fast updates
    2. Customization
    3. Available on ALL US Carriers! (This is huge)
    4. Consistent specs and price among versions (Which allows for competitive accessories)
    5. Software additions that were thought out and match the design philosophy and vision of Android

    Hopefully, the second Moto X will do to Android what many people are waiting for: A consistent and competitive phone to the iPhone that “just works.”

    I’m really wanting to give up my iPhone, so hopefully when my upgrade is up and the Moto X 2 (or whatever it is going to be called) is out, Motorola can pull it together and create a more refined version of their vision. I’m in.

    • grumpyfuzz

      The one thing moto messed up on is the motomaker exclusivity to AT&T. If it was available on all 4 major U.S carriers, I feel
      like it would have sold a lot more.

      • Jacob Ignagni

        Yeah, agreed. That’s why I’m excited for next year. Customization will be locked in from the launch of their next phone.

  • Eric Cappa

    My top 5 list:
    1. LG G2 – best battery and camera from an Android phone by far. And the knock knock feature puts it over the top.
    2. Note 3
    3. HTC One
    4. Nexus 5
    5. S4

    • Mitchman

      I like your list, but no love for Moto X?

      • Eric Cappa

        Nope. It has a dual core processor. The specs are outdated. Battery, gpu, cpu, camera and etc are specs from last year

        • AaronDeVante

          And a downvote for you. You misunderstand the point of the Moto X if you are talking about specs.

          • Eric Cappa

            Camera and battery life are the two major reasons for the lg g2 best phone imo. I can use the phone the whole day (surging the web and texting) without running for a charger. The redesigned buttons is a must. Love how I’m not touching any buttons. Double tap for the win. Coming of the s3, thought about going to the note 3… but couldn’t be happier the phone.

          • Diablo81588

            Knock knock is retarded. Active display is better in every way. True innovation.

          • Droid 1967

            there are apps that mimic active display and with the battery life of the g2 the added battery usage doesnt affect it at all. just fyi. i do like that and why i use the app might be slightly different from moto’s version but its fine here and hasnt caused me to worry about battery anymore than before. what app adds the s800 processor to the moto x?

          • joejoe5709

            “What app adds the Snapdragon 800 to the Moto X?” Haha. Exactly. Software can be fixed. Hardware is for life.

          • Diablo81588

            If you used active display as much as you would on the moto x then it with definitely affect battery life. The g2 has a LCD display, which means the entire screen turns on every time it’s activated. That doesn’t even include the cpu being active all the time due to the lack of the low power cores. As for the snapdragon 800, it’s largely unnecessary. The moto x runs a dual core variant of the 600, with the same GPU. I never experience any sort of lag or hiccup, so outside of benchmarks I’d much rather have the x8 SoC, with the many benefits it brings. Not to mention, quad core is used only in benchmarks, so it’s a giant waste of battery.

          • Droid 1967

            the s800 does indeed pull 2 processors to low power so that is not an issue. the apps turn on and off so its not constantly on. they turn back on when the phone senses you move it. the low power cores of teh s800 that are also able to be full speed cores when needed cause this to not be that battery intensive. so yes when not using the newer processor you are correct but with the 800 its not a big issue. so the 800 mimics the ability of 2 full cores and 2 low powered cores while also having the advantage of 4 high speed cores if needed or used. Not saying the moto x is bad but the amount of push this site has done for it is really ridiculous. Its unfortunate the droid serious put the buttons on them or the top droid would really be a competitor and if you are gaging phones in general the top droid out does the moto x in so many ways there is no way the moto x should outweigh it in a top phone of the year. I believe the note 3 or g2 are the top phones of the year. The moto x is not a bad phone but I do not believe it is the phone of the year and lags behind the Note4,G2,Nexus5 and the top droid line of the moto x hardware in any order you choice. In all im saying software can be obtained hardware cant be changed so id rather have the better hardware and use software that mimics whatever i need if its not exactly the same. Its all opinion for most… unless someone is paid to push and advertise a phone than its opinion and im sure we all have different ones.

          • maxx1987

            still doesn’t make any more sense of your previous description of the moto x.

          • AaronDeVante

            Your comment did not have anything to do with I just said.

        • bored_guest

          Moar super OMG! spec people are so ignorant these days.

          • joejoe5709

            K. Tell me how that screen looks in two years compared to 2K resolutions. And when gaming soon catches up to quad core processing let me know how that goes. Oh and I’m glad they finally made the camera a little better than the HTC One’s camera. But by all means… Specs don’t matter. I get it.

        • maxx1987

          just so you know…the GPU in the moto x is the same one that is in the S4 and the HTC one…Adreno 320. CPU is a dual core processor built on Krait 300 architecture…released this year. Battery capacity of the Moto X is the same amount that is in the One and N5, and only slightly smaller than the S4. And how might I ask is the camera in the moto x outdated? You make zero sense.

          • joejoe5709

            Dual core processor? Meh. 4.7″ screen? Could be better but at least the bezels are small. 720p screen? Deal breaker. I’m out. Specs-wise the Moto X is barely a step above my Gnex. No thanks.

  • dk1golf

    I have the HTC One and the wife has the Moto X. I’d have to give the edge to the HTC one, however the Moto X form factor is nice.

  • keeley991

    The moto g needs to be on there, no other phone cost that little and runs Kit Kat

  • skynet11

    One couldm ake an argument for Sony’s Xperia Z and Z1

  • Mitchman

    1. Moto X
    2. Nexus 5
    3. Note 3
    4. S4
    5. G2

    • Mitchman

      I’ll revise because Note 3 and S4 are similar in software aspects. I love the HTC One front facing speakers, but the button layout was stupid.

  • Matt Blake

    Ordered the G2 and it should be here on Thursday.. My first LG smartphone, anybody have one? How do you like it??

    • skynet11

      I’m due to receive mine today

    • D

      Like it? I love it. You won’t be disappointed.

    • CharlesJorgenson

      The battery life is pretty astonishing and the phone never feels slow. Combine that with an awesome camera and really its my most favorite phone ive had yet.

      • joejoe5709

        Yup. Just an average day for the G2. Love it.

    • CoreRooted

      I’ve had my G2 for about 2 weeks now. I have owned nearly every flagship Android phone to date and the G2 has been the most impressive. It’s the *FIRST* Android phone that I’ve owned that I don’t want (or need) to throw a custom ROM on it. LG *finally* got it right this time. As long as they make good on their 4.4.2 KitKat promised update, I’ll have to stop telling people to never buy LG again. 🙂

      • joejoe5709

        This phone is amazing and KitKat will only make this phone even better. I can’t wait.

    • Matt Blake

      Feeling real good about this phone now, I was nervous to buy an LG but it sounds like they’ve seriously stepped it up

      • joejoe5709

        If the software doesnt bother you or if you’re fluent in rooting, do it. No more questions. If the software bothers you, then get a Nexus 5. If you’re on Verizon, get a G2 and start learning how to root. It’s not hard and this phone begs for it.

  • Phillip Bee

    From a pro Verizon & stock Android blog .. This is what I would expect. Any device that’s stock, close to stock, or a Verizon fan fave will be on the list. & in true Verizon fashion snubbing a Samsung device.

    Sammy’s motion gestures, multitasking & S-pen fts are far & beyond any competitors. The Note 3 is first with USB 3.0, BT 4.0 & 3gb RAM .. Absolute beast mode !! They are pushing the bounds more than Google themselves who is supposed to set the bar for everything Android every yr.

    Sammy deserves more respect than 6 !! Top 2 with no questions asked !!

    • skynet11

      If you want a Verizon-snubbed phone, I submit the Droid DNA for consideration

      • jimt

        Gnex would be another and Nexus 5

    • Jacob Ignagni

      Samsung is doing interesting things, but the truth is, many of their software improvements are half baked and not supported well. The Galaxy S3 won’t get many of these features and we will see when that phone finally gets the latest Android OS, and the Note 3 is a great phone spec wise, but it has a faux leather back. It also has fake stitching, and in a year where skeuomorphism is on it’s way out, Touchwiz and the Note 3 are a step backwards from a design standpoint. The Nexus 5 isn’t number 2 because it runs stock android. It is a cheap, beautifully designed powerhouse that doesn’t hiccup and runs better voice actions and software.

    • Kevin

      I don’t know about the first with BT 4.0, I’m pretty sure other phones have had that already. As far as the gimmicks, you can do that on any android with the right app. And Samsung isn’t pushing boundaries they’re pushing specs. Octa-core? Are you serious? I’d rather take a well optimized phone rather than a phone that has lag with big specs and a horrible skin running and bloatware taking up your space. I don’t see the iPhone running a quad-core and look how it’s doing. And if you actually think about it Samsung is ripping you off with all that bloat they’re getting paid to put in their phones and still leaving it at the same price as other competitors.

      • CoreRooted

        Could not agree more. I had the chance to get the Note 3. Passed on it quickly. From a specs perspective, it’s a powerhouse for sure. But, as we all know, Android (and apps) will never take advantage of a quad-core architecture, much less an octa-core. Plus, considering the price point for an unlocked Note 3 is damn near $750 (US), I just don’t see the value considering that there are much better (and cheaper) alternatives out there.

    • LionStone

      Don’t believe all the hype with the Not 3…the DNA came with BT 4.0, 1st 1080p display, 88° FFC and better rear camera lens f/2.0

  • EYEsee

    While I agree that touchwiz is a disaster, you can’t overlook the Note 3 for sheer power and battery performance on a phone housing such wild specs. The great part of android, rooted or not is that you can add your own custom interface easily and free through the market. I personally use Nova Launcher and this phone is a beast…point blank. And this is coming from a man that doesn’t even really like Samsung at all. Have to give credit where it is due. I can understand not having it at number 1, but not in the top 5? Nuts.

  • The_Omnix

    From the limited experience I’ve had with the phones of this year, I would have to rank them like this:

    1) Moto X
    2) LG G2
    3) Nexus 5
    4) Note 3
    5) HTC One

    I know my list probably doesn’t make a lot of sense, but as I said I haven’t had much experience with them. The Nexus 5 would be above the G2 if the battery was better. I can’t live with crummy battery life. The Moto X is hands down my winner though. I just got mine last week and it is fantastic! It’s such a good phone it makes me want to keep using it. Even my fiancee really likes the phone, since she uses it a lot while I drive. I sadly couldn’t get a MotoMaker one, but I’m perfectly happy with my black one. I know everyone on here who owns a Moto X has probably already posted saying how great it is, but it really is a great phone.

  • Bobby Cornwell

    1. Nexus 5
    2. Moto X
    3. HTC One GPE
    4. LG G2
    5. Note 3

  • jak_341

    1. Note 3
    2. S4
    3. Nexus 5
    4. LG G2
    5. HTC One

    • Phillip Bee

      I like the nexus or G2 over s4 .. But This !! ^^^^

      • Christopher Moore

        I agree. N5 over S4.

    • Diablo81588

      Your opinion doesn’t count.

  • EvanTheGamer

    Why isn’t the Galaxy Note 3 in the top 5? I demand you re-do the top 5 list immediately damnit…respectively! 🙂

    • Phillip Bee

      #mandatory !!!!

  • Rodeojones000

    The questionable skin of the G2 is easily remedied. Root the device (very simple) and flash one of the many ROM choices (both AOSP and stock LG based). Quite a few 4.4.2 based ROMs that are very stable – including PA, AOKP, and CM. Or root but keep the stock ROM, debloat the crap out of it, and use Xposed framework to mod the UI to your liking.

    Now you’ve got what is probably the most powerful device on the market out of the box looking and performing even better. And with a battery that’ll get you 5+ hours of screen on time everyday.

    • Joeygueez

      You could say this about other devices too, but the fact here is most people don’t root phones or know what Aokp is. Remember we are just a small % out of a big crowd of smartphone users. I think he’s rating these out of the box.

    • grumpyfuzz

      This list is based on the out of the box experience, not after you tinker with it.


      Rooting, unlocking, and modifying is never a plus. It’s great that you can do all of that, but having to do all of that means it’s flawed. The Moto X and the Nexus line are great right out of the box. Try to explain to my parents or my sister or my girlfriend how to unlock their phone and get the right firmware for their phone, and then maintain that software. You and I can handle that. Most people can’t. The Moto X (I haven used the Nexus 5) just works amazingly out of the box.

      • joejoe5709

        Still… for the average consumer LG’s UI isn’t bad. They don’t know any better. It’s actually pretty similar to the S4 which has sold zillions. In fact a lot of people probably think Touchwiz is the standard for Android – not stock Android. My wife thinks stock Android is boring and she much prefers a skin because of its added features. So think of it this way – take an S4 and beef up the internals. Awesome phone, right? Yeah that’s the G2.

        And for the techy… XPosed Framework all the way. No more flashing nightlies and you still get the best of the ROM’s and the best of the stock software. The only thing I miss is the custom kernels.

        • ERIFNOMI

          Being like TouchWiz isn’t a selling point. I can’t stand TouchWiz. Lot aside, it’s too busy and looks like GB/Froyo.

          Have you heard about xposed and ART? The Xposed Framework devs said it would require a complete rewrite and they weren’t going to do it. I hope Google ditches Dalvik soon, but when they do, xposed is gone too.

          • CoreRooted

            And something else will take it’s place. Happens all the time…

          • joejoe5709

            Not that it’s a selling point per se but the general public doesn’t seem to mind. And the G2 should be marketed as an S4 killer. Because it is. For those who do root, the phone is unbelievable.

      • R

        How do you figure ‘rooting, unlocking and modifying’ means it’s flawed? If a phone isn’t capable of being modified, then it is flawed. With the ability to unlock a bootloader, a person is able to flash a radio firmware that is more compatible with his or her area (this is just one example). With the ability to unlock we have the ability to change and modify our roms to our content, not what the manufacturer thinks is our content. By simply changing a rom, it’s almost like having a different device.

        Everyone is different, therefore these large companies…LG, Samsung, HTC….cannot create something that is going to work for all. So they come out with a stable version, skin it with their own tastes and sell the product. Doesn’t mean it’s flawed

        • ERIFNOMI

          Don’t try to lecture me on the benefits of unlocking a phone. What I said was HAVING to dig into your brand new, shiny phone to get it to work properly is a flaw. If you have to unlock the bootloader, thereby making your phone less secure, just to get rid of the ugly skin that’s eating up all the resources or remove bloatware that’s ruining the experience, then the phone is flawed. When it’s an OPTION it’s great. When it’s a REQUIREMENT, it’s a major flaw.

    • bearwithabeard

      whats that weather app? its gorgous

      • joejoe5709

        Eye in the Sky? Right?

      • Rodeojones000

        It’s Eye In The Sky

    • joejoe5709

      Dude. You are my favorite. I agree completely. Especially on Verizon the G2 is the best deal. If you know how to tweak it, it’s even better. I think we all agree this list is out of the box or perhaps what’s best for the average user. In that case, I think the G2 falls slightly behind the Nexus 5. Here’s what I’ve come up with for the G2:

      • Rodeojones000

        Did we just become best friends?

        • joejoe5709

          Yup! Lol.

      • Rob Schoenfeld

        Rolling the the Stark Icon Pack I see. Good choice. Good Choice Indeed.

    • Rafy286

      That looks amazing. I owned the G2 and also bought the Note 3 and to me the Note 3 beat it out after using both. I now sold the G2 but miss it dearly. Just bought my mom the G2 in white and fell in love with it even more.

    • CoreRooted

      Right there with you… I actually have both the stock ROM (rooted) and a 4.4.2 build backed up in nandroid and flip between the two a lot. LG did really well on the stock ROM (minus the bloatware). The skin, meh, easily rectified. Having 4.4.2 on it is simply the best Android experience I have ever had (and this is from someone starting with the G1 all those years ago).

    • bprichard

      Eh, it’s not like rooting and flashing are going to make the industrial design any less hideous. Looks of phones matter too.

    • cbreezy95

      may i ask what weather widget you’re using?

    • darioqqo948

      My Uncle Declan just
      got Fiat 500 C Abarth by working part time off of a macbook air… Look At This

  • bored_guest

    I find it funny when people say the LG G2 is the closest phone to a Nexus 5 on Verizon when its the complete opposite. BTW I agree with this list.

    • Rodeojones000

      It can be made to be the closest thing to the Nexus 5 on Verizon. At least this is how I feel about it.

    • CoreRooted

      The hardware base is extremely similar. They share a lot of the same components. So, how is it not closest to the N5 beyond the stock AOSP experience?

      • bored_guest

        I guess by hardware but I was mainly thinking software.

        • CoreRooted

          LG had to sell the G2 with their skin otherwise it would have been direct competition with the N5 and Google and the Nexus brand. The reality is that the G2 actually surpasses the N5 on most benchmarks. If you can get past the LG UI (which is easily done with launchers and such), or actually even like the LG UI, the G2 is a better buy than the N5 (in my opinion). With that said, obviously the quick Android updates are still an issue. But, strictly hardware-wise, the G2 trumps the N5.

  • Eric

    Kellen as much as I love this site ur opinion changes faster than my underwear. Don’t base ur opinion off of what others say. Go with ur gut and stick with it. No offense just saying.

  • Douglas Passmore

    LG Optimus G Pro would have to make the list.

  • Tony

    This review doesnt exactly say why the GPE S4 is #3? The contents of the article focuses really not much on the GPE. Im surprised the HTC One did not make a higher appearance on this list. The information written even about the One is more detailed than the S4. I love DL but foronce I couldnt disagree more/agree less with this ranking.

  • Big_EZ

    He Droid Maxx should be before the Moto X, and the Note 3 Development Edition should be on the list also.

  • love the LG G2 makign the list!

  • Kevin Gallagher

    I am so confused that the problem with the Nexus 5 is the camera when in my opinion it currently dominates the Moto X’s shooter.

    I had the X for 13 days and am switching back to the Nexus 5. I think the camera is worse on the X (by a lot) and the screen is sometimes too dark. However I will miss the sculpture of it and the active notifications.

  • Ben Murphy

    The G2 really is a great phone. The closest you can get to a Nexus 5 on Verizon without actually being a Nexus.

  • DJyoSNOW

    Well any rate I’ll still be rocking my droid dna for quite some time!

  • Rodeojones000

    1) Nexus 5
    2) LG G2
    3) Moto X
    4) Droid Maxx
    5) HTC One GPE

    Somewhere at the very bottom of a list of all devices released in 2013 – anything running TouchWiz.

    • jimt

      I would swap the Moto-x and the Droid Maxx. Then the list would be right.

      • Samvelavich

        The only thing that made me not get the Droid Maxx was its capacitive buttons. If it had on-screen buttons it would be much more appealing to me.

        • LiterofCola

          Just the opposite with me, I prefer capacitive buttons, just wish the ones on the Maxx were like the ones on the Razr Maxx and not be visible unless the backlight is on. Anyways the list is:

          1. Droid Maxx
          2. Sony Xperia Z1
          3. Moto X
          4. Galaxy S4
          5. Nexus 5

  • Chris

    I’ve only had my G2 for two weeks but I’m loving the camera and how smooth it runs, plus I’m lazy so the KnockOn feature is perfect for me 😀

  • Jared Denman

    People who bash the moto x are the people unwilling to try it. I was one of those ppl until my wife got one. Then I sold my HTC one and bought the x. Enough said.

    • AbbyZFresh

      Let’s wait until the Moto X2 gets up-to-date specs and especially the camera. Then we can say it’s really deserving of a top 5 phone.

      • Cameron E Nelson

        I don’t even care about the up-to-date specs. I want a 5″ screen and a wood back and I will be making sure I have one instantly! They make that phone and they have a winner.

        • AbbyZFresh

          You should care. Because those optimizations will only get you so far. They’re great now could start acting up badly all of a sudden by next year for all we know. Plus Android will only continue to evolve and require more demanding hardware to run smoothly on the apps. The Moto X won’t last that long as a N5 in that regard.

          • Joeygueez

            Yet KitKat uses less memory to run…

          • AbbyZFresh

            You guys act like Motorola has created the iPhone or something that can stay smooth for years. I love Android but nothing i’ve seen over the past 3-4 years to now using it can last as fresh and slick as iOS through multiple updates. Not even Motorola.

          • JayMars84


          • Kevin

            That’s because 4.3 wasn’t introduced 3-4 years ago. which introduced trim.

          • Allen Byrd

            With the iOS 7 update, the iPhone 4 turned into an almost unusable brick. The 2 year old 2012 Nexus 7 is just as smooth as ever with 4.4.

          • EdubE24

            Not true…son has one and it works fine.

          • adudeapart

            My iPhone had no problems with stutter or lag until I received my iOS 7 update, same as a few of my friends who use iPhones. I feel that the current developments in iOS are going to be a detriment to older devices going forward, while Kit Kat looks to be giving a longer shelf life to devices that would have been reaching the end of their usability under previous Android iterations.

          • ryanballer

            Because KitKat is so much more demanding then Jelly Bean.

          • ERIFNOMI

            The moto X specs are all great. The only things that aren’t top of the line, bleeding-edge new are the screen and the processor is only dual-core. The screen is only 720, but that’s a tradeoff for battery life. It really isn’t too big of a deal. The SoC, while only having a dual-core CPU, has the same GPU as the very best, and two additional cores to offload background tasks which makes things buttery smooth without putting a strain on the battery.

          • Cameron E Nelson

            Up-to-date specs in this day in age is overkill. The processors and everything else in the phone is years ahead of what we need right now. Yes the Moto X won’t last three years but in three years the Nexus 5 will be an afterthought. The massively over pixelated screens make no sense after a 1080p on a 5″ so you save power there. Motorola optimized their phones to do everything that all of these other high end devices can’t. I would rather have a useful phone that I can customize than a phone with overkill specs and still lags. I am using a G2 so I have one of those overkill phones and would very gladly give it up for a customizable 5″ phones with Moto X specs, a slight upgrade would be nice , but that will do everything I need and most people need unless you are running 4 apps and trying to surf the interwebs etc etc..

          • CoreRooted

            So obviously you have not been keeping up on where Android is going. Part of the new 4.4 base is the ability for Android to actually scale itself down for older devices. Things like TRIM support and ART will allow much older devices to run Android as smoothly as flagship devices can and will. Therefore, the whole point of the MotoX was not specs. It was to prove that a phone with the proper hardware and software tuning can run as well (and in many cases, better) than phones with higher specs.

          • AbbyZFresh

            Then what would be the point of buying a high-end phone if the low-end phone can run just as well?

          • CoreRooted

            Exactly. That is what Motorola set out to show people. We as consumers have gotten so caught up in the spec war that we have forgotten that specs don’t always make the device. It’s a combination of hardware and software working together and tuned properly to make a great device. The MotoX does that. Companies like Samsung, LG and HTC have been selling us on specs and we happily buy them up thinking that Android NEEDS those high specs to run well when in reality, it doesn’t.

      • The whole idea of the X is that you don’t need super amazing OMG specs to have a great user experience and day to day usage. My only gripe is the camera which IMO the problem lies within the software, not hardware.

      • Jason Brown

        I want to upgrade from the gnex but I’m thinking maybe I should wait for the x2

    • Joeygueez


    • KleenDroid

      I tried one at the store and it was awesome. I got my daughter one for Christmas on the Moto deal.

    • joejoe5709

      Well… coming from an HTC One… Yeah of course it’s better.

    • Ryan

      I am constantly surprised by the live that the moto x gets. I tried one at the Verizon store while trying to decide which phone would replace my aging gnex and I was immediately disappointed in the display. It seems like everyone says your eye really can’t differentiate, but it seemed very poor to me. I long for active display and customization, but for me the display was too much to get past.

  • AbbyZFresh

    The Moto G should also get a place on this list. Or at least top 10.

  • jmich

    LG G2 is amazing and glad to see it made the top 5. Not sure why this phone hasn’t seen the love it should.

    • middlehead

      Because everyone (justifiably) expects LG to drop the ball on it any day now. I’ll be shocked if the US version gets 4.4 before summer.

  • Michael

    Honestly this lineup didn’t surprise me.

  • Steve

    1. One (my phone haha)
    2. Nexus 5
    3. Note 3
    4. Galaxy S4
    5. G2

    • Phillip Bee

      Close but One isn’t 1st .. at least with this crowd

    • Cameron E Nelson

      Honestly anything that isn’t Samsung should be ahead of them. Touchwiz is terrible and their phones do nothing useful. All gimmicks now and it’s a let down. Although if you are going on specs you probably have it close (outside of the One of course :P)

  • Sjschwar

    sony xperia Z or Z1?

    • Sjschwar

      Or Z ULTRA?

  • BrandonWhite116

    I have both the Droid Maxx and Nexus 5. All I can say is Droid Maxx > Nexus 5. Its not even close.

    • Joeygueez

      If the Maxx had software keys, 1080p display and a better updates design it easily be #1. As it stands it should be top 5.

      • BrandonWhite116

        No the bottom bezzle of the maxx with the hardware keys is the same size as the bottom bezzle of the n5 without hardware keys. The hardware keys are exactly like the native android keys and since they are not on screen you get 5 inches of screen real estate all of the time. Not just sometimes like on the n5.

        • Joeygueez

          I’m not knocking the hardware keys, but I personally love software keys. Especially with immersive mode

          • BrandonWhite116

            I just dont see the advantage of them when the phone still has a large bottom bezzle.

          • Daeshaun Griffiths

            The moto x bottom bezel is near perfect.

    • jimt

      I would say it was close with nexus 5 on top. The speaker on the nexus 5 is less than great. I find the camera OK. The battery is fine but I always have a 10,000 mah battery in my pocket that will beat the Maxx anywhere. I don’t see why the Maxx isn’t better than the Moto-x.

  • Daniel Walsh

    This list is a complete joke. HTC One, Galaxy Note 3, LG G2, Nexus 5, SGS4.

    • Rodeojones000

      TouchWiz is the joke here.

      • geocab

        I’m getting the sense that you don’t like Touch Wiz.

        • Rodeojones000

          Indeed. But to each his own.

          If you likelike, it great. It’s what makes Android such a great platform – choices.

          Merry Christmas!

          • Mitchman

            Note 3 w/Nova Launcher – no complaints here.

    • Phillip Bee

      Right phones just wrong order for a general consensus to agree with u

    • aQuickBit

      Fanboy me would definitely say my HTC One is the best of 2013. The realist me would agree with Kellens list except I would swap the Nexus 5 to number 5 and push everything up one.

    • Joeygueez

      Too bad the Moto X out performs in speed, features and creativity than most of your choices.

  • Alec

    Kellen, I can’t disagree with your list. Except the Note 3, which definitely deserves to be in the top 5, if not behind the Nexus 5. Even if you don’t like Touch Wiz, you can’t deny its features and superior power.

    • Rodeojones000

      TouchWiz (and accompanying lag), insane amount of bloat (isn’t there like 3GB of it on there), idiotic look of someone using a phone the size of a tablet… All are excellent reasons to leave it off of any Tops of 2013 list.

      • Cameron E Nelson

        Agreed. Plus the features are never used. The S Pen is but even then when are you going to use the S Pen? I never did when I had it because I wasn’t taking notes or anything that wasn’t easier to just use the keyboard. If you’re going off specs then LG G2 would be the #1 phone. This includes user experience, which is the most important part (in my opinion). Moto X is the most user friendly phone plus woob backs. Hard to argue against it.

      • Mitchman

        But of course the One Max and Xperia Z Ultra, phones that are actually are close to the size of a tablet, bottom out your top 10 because they aren’t running Touchwiz.

  • Moto G should be a top-tenner just because of the price and updates. I would give #10 to the Xperia Z1, cause I have one. 😛

    • aQuickBit

      Totally agree with the moto g. Curious, what’s your favorite feature about your Xperia Z1?

      • Probably the camera.

        Snapdragon 800 and build quality are top notch though, so it’s a tough choice.

        • aQuickBit

          Thanks for the answer!

  • Joeygueez

    I agree about 1 and 2, Even though it’s more like 1A and 1B, But both phones are ALMOST perfect. I Had the N5 and now i own the Moto x and i am actually going back to the N5 after the fixes and I am ok with this. Google needs to make sure the next Nexus has Active Display, This feature is HANDS DOWN the best invention for a phone in the last 5 years. For those who haven’t used it may not understand, But once you use it you will start to. I would put the Droid Maxx and Galaxy note 3 in the top 5 and remove the G2 and GS4. Remember the Maxx is essentially a bigger Moto X, But with a Massive battery and better durability.

    • You know, I almost did a 1a and 1b heh.

  • lackGX

    Love the Moto X… best phone ever…

    • Kevin Gallagher

      Are you on Verizon?

      • AaronDeVante

        I know I am and I`m loving every second with my Moto X. The Active Display is the best thing on android since Google Now debuted.

      • C-Law

        I sure am. Got a dev edition and don’t even need it. I run the phone unlocked and rooted but I don’t even run anything that needs it. I liked using gravity box when the phone had 4.2.2 but on 4.4 I can’t use it bc I don’t wanna turn off ART(and I don’t even mind). I’ve never been happier with a phone in my life. I’ve had the og droid, gnex, s3, razr m, note 2, s4(ran aosp-based roms on all of them) and now the moto x and it blows them all away

      • lackGX

        Nope, ATT


      I agree.

    • dennis laska

      “Best phone ever” and gets over 42 up votes…you guys got to look at some other phones.

      • lackGX

        I have…. and i think Moto X is the best… you need to look at Moto X. I am sure u have never used moto X

        • dennis laska

          Are you sure/ Not.. sent it back

          Ship to: Motorola Mobility Service

          Access label by: 01-16-2014

          Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA) #: 131218-007863

        • dennis laska

          I have. Returned it.

    • James Briano

      I’d say it’s the best phone on Verizon ever.

      • Matthew Rosidivito

        Hands down.

  • Alex Boro

    The note 3 definatly deserves to be in the top 5. It’s way better than the S4 play edition.

    • Apocalypticaly

      It should be #1.

      • Joeygueez

        Nothing that runs Touchwiz or Sense should be #1. I understand you could root or load a launcher, But these reviews are based as they stand out of the box. The Maxx should easily be top 5 and its not.

        • lackGX

          agree… S4 has 3 gb of bloatware in it which boggles my mind.

          compare remaining space of N4 and S4 on a 16 gb device

        • Lee McLaurin

          It seems the Maxx gets no love. This thing is damn near perfect.

          • Alex Boro

            Yeah, I know. Moto X gets so much praise, while the Maxx is the same exact thing with mind-blowing battery life. It’s probably because the thing is on verizon.

          • Big_EZ

            Battery life, and a bigger screen (although 108pp would be nice)

          • Devin Nickle

            Wireless charging too. 😉

          • ryanballer

            My problem with the Maxx is although it has the great features that are on the Moto X (Active Display, Touchless Control), it’s not built for the average consumer. It also strays from what a Droid should be, ridiculously overpowered.

          • LiterofCola

            How is the Maxx built for the average consumer? This phone has one of the best builds in the industry.

          • LiterofCola

            Just about!

          • tuname1t

            Because if you have it that means you are stuck on Verizon. As good as it may be, it alienates everyone not on big red. All the phones on his initial list offer an awesome out of the box experience and are available on at least 2 US carriers and multiple international carriers. Although this site is “Droid Life” many of the readers may have started with the OG on Verizon, but have since moved on to other carriers.

          • moew

            I haven’t had a contract with VZW in years, however I still enjoy the best coverage with them, hands down. I keep looking at the Nexus 5 and GSM variants to go prepaid, etc… but I will lose my unlimited data and I’ll have to put up with the crappy and choppy GSM voice call quality. FWIW, I have an S4 and an X on VZW in hand, right now.

            Now if I got VZW coverage (voice and LTE) for 1/2 the cost, truly unlimited data, with the customer service short wait times….. I might consider a switch!

            AIO for example might be perfect, but they won’t let you try the service first, THEN port your number if you like them. I believe the walmart mvno on ATT will allow this. Then again, this is from their CS reps that may not be telling the truth, and it did take over 20 minutes on hold to talk to them.

          • tuname1t

            Yea CS departments on the smaller carriers is the only downside, as well as certain travel areas with T-Mo.

            However, I have had pretty solid CS with T-Mo themselves, not so much the MVNOs though. Also I have great service so far with T-Mo in Southern California. Voice quality hasn’t been a concern and the areas that I dip down into EDGE service are usually the places I don’t want to use my phone anyway (Mountains/Camping/Snowboarding/ etc.).

            But I understand that in other parts of the country T-Mo simply isn’t an option due to lack of service. My original comment was just to point out that the Maxx might not have as much weight simply because a lot of readers have jumped ship to other carriers, thus leaving the X as the more attractive option.

        • C-Law

          You should see it as the maxx is number one. It’s the same as my moto x but in a different form factor and larger battery, so don’t worry, your phone rocks!

          • keltypack

            Unless you are on VZ, the Maxx is a non-starter. I don’t do Big Red, so Maxx isn’t an option.

        • Richard Yarrell

          Nothing like the Moto X or Moto G should even be on the list as BEST SMARTPHONE who are we trying to really fool here in the android community. The Galaxy Note 3 make the Moto G and Moto x look exactly like they really are 2012 devices. The Nexus 5 isn’t even in the same league as the LgG2 in any fashion. I get some serious laughs coming to this site.

          • briankariu

            But you can buy three and a half moto G’s with the money to buy a note 3. That is win in soo many ways

          • squiddy20

            Wow. At least we all know you’re nothing more than a mindless spec whore who thinks “MOAR IS BETTAAAARRR!!!1!!!” The “plain and simple” truth is that the Moto X, and probably even the Moto G, run just as well as the Note 3 without some octa core processor clocked at high speeds and 3GB of RAM. Get with reality, retard.

          • adudeapart
          • squiddy20

            That’s freaking awesome!

          • Futbolrunner

            Nobody cares what you have to say. Go back to your homeless shelter.

          • keltypack

            I own the Note 3 and a Moto X. My sister-in-law has the Nexus 5. The Note 3 has a nice display, great performance, but it saddled with TouchWiz. The physical buttons and TouchWiz complicate the Android interface and cause it to lose the top position. The S4 has all of the same drawbacks, but the form factor is more appropriate for most people (although I prefer the Note 3). The Nexus 5 is a great phone with top end specs, but it is not a refined at the Moto X. The Moto X works very well in spite of the mediocre specs. I love saying “Okay Google Now” and getting the phone to respond. It is especially helpful when I am driving. I like the G2 better than the Samdung phones, but their overlay is too gimmicky and is a distraction. The G2’s camera is good and the tap to wake up is a nice feature. If there was a Google Play edition, it would be in one of the top two spaces.

          • LiterofCola

            you’re an idiot

        • Justin W

          I agree in part – nothing with TouchWiz should be #1, however, I wouldn’t be against the HTC One with Sense being up there. It’s actually a much better skin that most manufacturers that consistently skin their devices.

      • Rodeojones000

        You are entitled to your opinion. That was the point of this post. With that said, I’d say that absolutely nothing running TouchWiz deserves to be in a top 5 list.

        • jak_341

          30 million S4 and another 10 million Note 3s. Probably more than all other manufacturers combined. How can Samsung not be at the top of the list?

          • Rodeojones000

            High sales numbers doesn’t automatically mean quality product. Look at Lil Wayne. He’s sold millions of albums yet he couldn’t rap his way out of a paper bag.

          • Joeygueez

            That’s your argument? Most people who buy Samsung phones are just like iPhone buyers, they’re only buying it, because of advertisement and familiarity. Google barely promotes the N5 and without a option of a subsidized price, $350 is still a lot to mainstream consumers.

          • Big_EZ

            Yep, even though one has a 2 year agreement (which isn’t even a problem if you plan to stay for 2 years or longer) all that most people see is $199 vs $350. If no subsidized plans were cheaper, then it would make a difference. Most carriers build in the subsidy into their plan pricing, so even if you buy a phone off contract, your still paying the subsidy.

          • mdrag2001

            T-Mobile offers the $30/month prepaid 5GB plan, which seems to be really popular with N5 users. I believe AT&T also has a new, cheaper off-contract plan. http://www.theverge.com/2013/12/5/5177276/at-t-goes-after-t-mobile-with-lower-off-contract-plan-pricing

          • Big_EZ

            T-Mobile is definitely the exception, I hadn’t heard of new off contract pricing on AT&T.

          • Chris Hannan

            I can get a Nexus 5 and use Straight Talk (unlimited talk and text with 2.5GB of full speed data) for $45/month, or $1,430 total over 2 years, OR I can buy any other high end phone for $200 on contract and pay $95/month on AT&T for unlimited talk and text with just 2GB of data, which winds up being $2,480 total over 2 years. That’s over $1,000 more for the same service on the same network but with less data by going with AT&T.

          • Big_EZ

            Almost the same network. Either way it’s a lose, lose, it’s on AT&Ts network.

          • Chris Hannan

            It is the same network. The only downside is that you don’t get roaming, which isn’t a big deal for most people since AT&T has the best coverage of any GSM carrier in the US.

          • Mitchman

            People are buying Galaxy phones because of the those big, bright, over-saturated displays. That is the feature that has been consistent on these devices since the first Galaxy S.

          • Troy Myers

            Sorry, I am on my 3rd Samsung device because I like the screen, removable battery, SD card, great camera. I really don’t like touchwiz ‘s look, but the camera and some other built in features are awesome

          • KleenDroid

            I agree. Not many of the other phones can accept a 64 gig SD card, remove the battery….

      • EvanTheGamer

        I second that notion.

      • sk3litor

        Thank you my friends. 10 million in two months. We need to start clarifying between top 5 “best” and top 5 “favorite”.

    • EvanTheGamer


      What’s up with that?!

    • Richard Yarrell

      On this site the Galaxy Note 3 will never receive the votes for anything this is the stock fanboy site. We all know the Galaxy Note 3 PIMP SLAPS all the rest so easily it’s pretty comical.

      • Joeygueez

        Yes, give me 3gbs of bloat crap and a cheap leather back and you have a winner!

        • bprichard

          A cheap pleather back even! It’s gross, but somehow better than the shiny, disgusting S4.

      • squiddy20

        Too bad 3 of the 5 phones listed here do not run explicitly stock Android…

      • Futbolrunner

        Stop talking. Nobody cares, again.

  • IDLE0095

    I love all those devices