The 10 Coolest Smartphones Of 2013, Plus A Bonus


Atop the leaderboard with Google's Nexus 5 is the LG G2, which shares many of the same innards, including its Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core Krait 400-based SoC running at 2.26GHz. But outside, the two's likeness diverges in a number of important ways. Like the Nexus 5, G2 faces the world with a full-HD IPS display, but its larger 5.2-inch panel spreads its 1,920-x-1,080 resolution at 423 ppi. LG also builds in a beefier 13MP front camera with two-axis stabilization, multipoint focus, sapphire crystal-covered lens (for scratch resistance) and 1080p capture. Taking a queue from Samsung, the G2 adds an IR emitter to permit control of electronic A/V components, and its "slide-aside" feature mimics the company's multiwindow feature. A rear key is a nice touch; it simplifies picture taking and left- or right-handed operations. The G2 runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. Pricing starts at $99 for 32 GB with an AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile or Verizon contract or around $499 without.

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