At GSM Nation we publish a ton of reviews. We weigh the pros and cons and see how they stack up to the other phones in the market. But what about how they stack up to your needs? How do you find the right phone for you?
Reading this guide is a great start. We’ve boiled the top smartphones on the market down to their most distinctive aspects: the specs that separate them from the pack and make them great for someone just like you. Read through the list to see if you can find yourself among the phone models.
The iPhone 5
What people like best about the iPhone is really the apps. The App Store has the most apps available — full stop. And all of those apps are perfectly safe. If you’re not very web savvy but love to play Angry Birds, Words With Friends and Draw Something, this is the phone for you.
Do other phones have those apps? Yeah. But they don’t have the Game Center. When you get past the hype and the advertising, the Game Center is Apple’s real claim to fame. It is hands down the best phone for sharing your stats and experiences with friends. And that’s a major selling point on a phone that already has a lot of perks.
The Samsung Galaxy S3
The Google Play Store has a few less apps than the App Store. But it has everything else that tech enthusiasts love: NFC that allows you to tap phones to transfer files. If you can’t resist clicking on articles about the next new phone tech then this is the handset for you.
One of the most impressive features of the Samsung Galaxy S3 is the AI available through apps like Google Next, Maluuba and Nina. These apps are designed to be personal assistants that predict what you want. Ask Maluuba what’s playing and it will bring up movie times and a link to buy tickets.
Always late for work in the morning? Google Next knows your morning route and will tell you exactly what time to leave to spend the shortest amount of time on your morning commute and remind you to pick up donuts on the way. And you can find it unlocked for several hundred dollars less than you can find the iPhone 5.
The Nokia Lumia 920
This is a great phone for people whose Facebook and Instagram accounts have more than 1,000 pictures. The Nokia Lumia 920 takes the best pictures of any phone on the market today. It outclasses both the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the iPhone 5. Even lowlight photos look really sharp. And there’s an image stabilizer and Carl Zeiss lens that means your pics always look pro-quality.
It also has a great screen and a fast processor which makes watching videos or scrolling through pictures a lot of fun. The resolution falls slightly behind the iPhone 5 and the Galaxy SIII. But, it has a special engine that increases the screen brightness as the surrounding light gets brighter which makes for great outdoor viewing. And speaking of outdoors, the Nokia Lumia 920 is embedded with a secret engine that finds free Wi-Fi access when you step outside.
The Samsung Galaxy Note II
Are you having trouble deciding whether to buy a new phone or a tablet? The Samsung Galaxy Note II offers the best of both worlds with a giant 5.5-inch screen. If you have a lot of downtime while you’re out and about, you’ll love watching movies and playing games on the Galaxy Note II’s HD screen.
Just remember to always bring your purse or messenger bag with you. What you gain in size you lose in pocket portability. But that’s one of the only drawbacks to a phone with great specs, a big screen and a stylus that makes games and note-taking more fun.
So, that’s our list of the top four high-end phones listed by their best specs. Once you get away from those stand-out specs, they all have fast processors great screens and other specs that make them worth the price. To save even more, consider buying them unlocked. Once you’re free to go with the carrier of your choice you’ll make your money back in plan savings in no time.