DEVICE DEVOTEE

Device Devotee: What is your choice?

2013-08-20T17:36:00Z Device Devotee: What is your choice?Travis Kipper nwitimes.com
August 20, 2013 5:36 pm  • 

This column was started using the ultra portable Asus Nexus 7 from Google and then completed using the highlights of Apple’s iPhone. Who says that they can't be friends?

This week will feature the most overdone column idea among technology reviews: who has the best smartphone? I will let you on a secret; it really comes down to what you're going to be doing with it.

Apple iPhone 5

The iPhone features a dual core processor and a high clarity screen they call the retina display. While the operating system has been called a bit dated, the phone still holds place as one of the best selling smartphones. In addition to the thousands of applications in its app store, the phone features one of the best build qualities on the market.

Samsung Galaxy S4

A new addition to the smartphone market this year is the Galaxy S4 from Korean manufacturer Samsung. Samsung in recent years has been making big advances in not only home entertainment with its line of smart televisions, but now has overthrown the California giant Apple as the most popular smartphone in the world. The device features a pixel-dense 5-inch super AMOLED HD 1080 screen, beating even Apple in resolution. The Galaxy S4 has a quad core processor and so many features no other phone even comes close to overall available functions. Samsung's heavy hitter has the ability to pay for objects at the local supermarket with its NFC (near field communication). Another feature is it's ability to cater to users’ needs without ever really touching the phone. The phone has multiple hands-free gestures stemming from its eye identification software and wave motions.

Motorola X

Just announced August 1, the new flagship phone from the makers of the Droid has custon features in mind for its buyer. The process of ordering phone allows the buyer to go online and pick even the smallest of color options for the construction of the phone. How many combinations could this one phone giant have for its consumers? The answer is 504. The device it's not a spec phone; the company is instead focusing on the design of the phone and how the consumer holds and sees the product. The Moto X features a. 4.7 inch 720 AMOLED screen with a pixel per inch count of 316. The release date of the phone has not been made available yet, but it has been made clear that all carriers will be able to use phone if the consumer wants it.

Nokia Lumia 1020

This phone features one of the most unique designs of all smartphones. The designers had to come up with a way to place a 41 megapixel camera in a compact, sleek phone. Yeah that's right, 41 megapixels, but the camera has its limits. The sensor is square and the lens is round which means the camera is can only do so much. The operating system is powered by Windows 8. Needless to say the device is tile laden with features. The design mainly mimics that of their other Lumia phone the 920. The 4.5 inch screen itself comes from their other phones and is not the sharpest or clearest compared to other phones available.

HTC One.

What appears to be the final hurrah of what was the best manufacturer of Android based smartphones is the HTC One. The One features a unique camera just like the Nokia Lumia 1020. There is only one problem; instead of piling the pixels on the figurative plate of its smartphone, they made it an appetizer. The phone only features a 4 megapixel ultrapixel camera. The camera features a larger sensor allowing for better low light conditions. HTC instead banked on the fact consumers did not want the most pixel dense pictures, but instead a camera that could take photos better in low light conditions and then easily upload them to social websites. Another feature HTC focused on was build quality. The phone is on par of Cupertino's think tank, Apple.

So with everything said and done, do you want a glorified camera, a powerhouse, ease of mind, a piece of art or a social networker in your pocket?

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