The Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play edition topped last week's ZDNET review of the best Android smartphone in the market for September 2013. In its latest review of smartphones, Time Techland also pointed to a device from the South Korean tech giant as the top smartphone on the market.
If the near identical scores make the task of selecting which phone to buy more difficult, Techland gave more tips to help the buyer make a better choice.
With all the top phones having at least 8-megapixel rear cameras, selecting a phone on the basis of megapixel is no longer a chore. The buyer should instead focus on specific camera features such as image stabilisation and autofocus.
Comparing talk time and standby time is also not accurate because advertised numbers assume closed Wi-Fi, 3T and 4G, lesser brightness and volume, which would mean a phone would last for 20 hours in such conditions, but less than half the time given the way most people use their units.
The better point of comparison is battery capacity measured in milliamp hours, which is closer to the actual capacity of a battery to handle the usual usage of phones from texts, calls, browsing, music playing and video streaming.
Since different people have different needs, Techland recommends the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD for the business traveler, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active for the outdoor enthusiast, the Samsung Galaxy S4 for the worshipper of great specs, and the Apple iPhone 5 for the everyday consumer who want a device that is simple and unobtrusive because it is light, thin and compact.
Meanwhile, readwrite.com has a list of top 5 Android smartphone for people who would not want an Apple iPhone at all. The list is made up of: