Guest Post: The Smartphones of 2013

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13.03.14-Galaxy_S4We all live by our smartphones to keep us in touch with the world. And… as soon as we get a shiny new one, fall in love with it, and get used to using it… it new one hits the horizon! This has become life. We are used to the ever evolving world of technology. Smartphone manufacturers keep improving their operating systems, features, cameras, and more. Phones seem to hit the UK before we get them in the US. Here are a few that we are hearing about right now.

 

Smartphones keep evolving, and anybody who wants to have the latest tech in their pocket needs to stay up to date with the new releases. Below we’ve laid out the details of some of the most exciting upcoming launches, with UK release dates if they’ve been made available, so you can start looking at contracts from providers like E2Save straight away.

 

Samsung Galaxy S4 (Released April 26th)

The Galaxy S3 is one of the best-selling smartphones of all time, so the S4 has a lot to live up to – but going on the New York unveiling last month, that shouldn’t be a problem. The new Galaxy phone features a five-inch, full HD screen, a 13-megapixel rear camera and new features such as Group Play, eye-controlled video pausing and dual camera modes. Sadly, customers in the UK won’t get the benefit of the blistering Exynos 5 Octa processor, and will have to content themselves with Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 instead.

 

HTC First (Summer)

Also known as the “Facebook phone” thanks to its deep integration with the popular social networking site, the HTC First will be made available this summer as an EE exclusive, using the carrier’s superfast 4G service. It comes with a 4.3-inch screen, a five-megapixel camera and Android’s Jelly Bean 4.1 OS, as well as a Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core processor. It’ll also be the first Android device to come pre-loaded with Facebook Home, a user interface layer that replaces the home screen with a constant stream of updates.

 

LG Optimus G Pro (rumoured Summer)

The LG Optimus G Pro looks set to be the main rival to the Galaxy S4, with a full HD, high-resolution 5.5-inch screen, a 13-megapixel rear camera and a Qualcomm quad-core processor. LG’s QSlide feature, which allows multiple apps to run together, will certainly make the best use of the phone’s comparatively large screen, and early indications suggest that it could outperform the S4 on battery life. The screen size tips it further into “phablet” territory, and this could be the one to watch for anybody in the market for something a bit bigger than a phone but smaller than a tablet.

 

Jordan Peck is a freelance writer who writes on various technology related topics, including mobile phones, laptops, tablets and the internet.

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