2013 has been a great year for smartphones. We have had a lot of hits this year. There are so many choices. So if you know a little about the person you’re shopping for; such as their preferences when it comes to display, features, and camera options we hope this list can help you narrow down a choice.

Check out the top smartphones to shop for this holiday season!

Samsung Galaxy Note 3:

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The phone to master productivity and entertainment, the Galaxy Note 3 takes efficiency to the next level with the featured accessory, the S Pen (stylus). With a beautiful 5.7 inch full HD screen, 3 GB of RAM, and a 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, you can have multiple apps open at once allowing you to get more done smoothly. The Galaxy Note 3 has great battery power and it charges wirelessly as well. It doesn’t disappoint smartphone photogs with its 13 megapixel camera and built-in editing features.

PRICE: $199.99 and up (with 2 year contract)

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 – BUY IT!


Google Nexus 5 (by LG):

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One of the most anticipated phones of the year because it would be the first to come with Android KitKat 4.4, the Nexus 5 is an Android lovers dream. You have the choice of two colors, all black and a two-toned white and black version; both a solid build. It also comes with built-in wireless charging. The phone is one of the most affordable smartphones out there (without a contract). The phone is available (unlocked) for Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T.

PRICE: $349 and up (with 2 year contract)

Google Nexus 5 by LG – BUY IT!


HTC One:

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This is HTC’s best phone to date! Why? It has a stunning aluminum body and two front facing speakers for the ultimate G Style combo. It packs a full HD 4.7 inch screen and a 4 ultra pixel rear camera and a wide angle front-facing camera. Available on all 4 major carriers, the HTC One is a phone a nice size with a beautiful body to show off.

PRICE: $199 and up (with 2 year contract)



Nokia Lumia 1020:


If the camera is the feature you’re mostly concerned about when purchasing a smartphone, the Lumia 1020 is the smartphone to get! This phone which is exclusive to AT&T, packs a 41 megapixel camera with Zeiss optics and great low light capture capability. It also has manual controls or auto, whatever the preference. Windows Phone 8 has also gotten the popular apps, such as Instagram. A great 4.5 inch display and a dual-core Qualcomm S4 Snapdragon processor, the Lumia 1020 packs in all the necessary features for a great smartphone.

PRICE: $99.99 and up (with 2 year contract)

Nokia Lumia 1020 – BUY IT!


iPhone 5S:

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A major step up from past phones, the iPhone 5S has a 64-bit A7 processor ready to take on all of your multitasking needs. The newest feature; the Touch ID home button allows you to unlock your phone with just your fingerprint. The 4-inch screen is bright, the camera works great and iOS 7 brought a lot of needed updates. There are 3 color choices: black, white and gold.

PRICE: $199.99 and up (with 2 year contract)

iPhone 5S – BUY IT!



Nokia Lumia 1520:

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Taking notes from the Lumia 1020, the Lumia 1520 is phone that focuses on both the display and camera. With a massive 6-inch full HD screen, the Lumia 1520 is for those who enjoy big displays (some might find it too big). The camera on this smartphone is no joke, a 20 megapixel pureview sensor is ready to work. The Lumia 1520 is a powerhouse with a quad-core 2.2 Ghz Snapdragon 800 processor and Windows Phone 8 made for everyday tasks.

PRICE: $99.99 and up (with 2 year contract)

Nokia Lumia 1520 – BUY IT!


Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active:

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For the person on your list who isn’t too careful with his/her smartphone. The Galaxy S 4 Active is waterproof and dustproof. With most of the great features of the original Galaxy S 4, the Active version (an AT&T exclusive) allows you to take pictures underwater (with the 8 megapixel camera). It has a bright 5-inch LCD display and accessible physical navigational buttons.

PRICE: $99.99 and up (with 2 year contract)

Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active – BUY IT!


LG G2:

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The LG G2 smartphone wowed everyone with its fluidity and gorgeous screen. The most innovative feature of the LG G2 is the rear button placement. Allowing for easier handling of a large phone, the rear main button and volume buttons help you navigate through the phone easily one-handed. You’ll be using the phone often with 5-inch full HD IPS display. The 13 megapixel camera is equipped for great shots with optic image stabilization. The 3,000 mAh battery promises for a long use without having to charge up.

PRICE: $99.99 and up (with 2 year contract)



Motorola Moto X:

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The first phone released from Motorola after being acquired by Google, the Moto X pleasantly surprised everyone. With near stock Android Jelly Bean 4.3, the Moto X has innovative features that make the phone useful and practical. With Active Display, you can get notifications only when you ask for them. With Motorola Assist, you get assistance when driving, or in a meeting. The best thing about the Moto X, you can customize it from the outside in with the Moto Maker. Choose the color of the backplate, and button accents to make it your own.

PRICE: $99.99 and up (with 2 year contract)

Motorola Moto X – BUY IT!


Samsung Galaxy S 4 Mini:

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Not everyone is into big screens and top features. There are plenty of decent phones out there such as the Galaxy S 4 mini. Yet another variation of the Galaxy S 4, the S 4 mini brings many features in a small mid-range package. It has a 4.3 inch qHD display and runs 4.2 Android Jelly Bean. This phone still has the IR blaster like the original model and boasts an 8 megapixel camera. With a dual-core 1.7 Ghz processor, the Galaxy S 4 mini can handle the simple tasks you throw at it.

PRICE: $0.00 and up (with 2 year contract)

Samsung Galaxy S 4 Mini – BUY IT!


Two Bonus Picks:

iPhone 5C:

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If you have someone on your list who isn’t an Android fan, the iPhone 5C is an affordable alternative to the iPhone 5S. With many of the specs of the iPhone 5, the 5C also comes in different color choices (white, pink, yellow, blue, and green). It rocks a 4 inch retina display and has a sweet 8 megapixel camera. The iPhone 5C is also available on all major carriers.

PRICE: $99 and up (with 2 year contract)

iPhone 5C – BUY IT! 


ZTE Nubia 5

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For the person on your list who enjoys an affordable, unlocked Android phone; the ZTE Grand Nubia is another great choice. It has a nice 5 inch IPS HD display, a 13 megapixel rear camera (with Sony CMOS chip sensor) which records HD video, and a 1.5 Ghz quad-core Snapdragon processor. This unlocked phone is affordable off contract and it still brings many high end features.

PRICE: $420 and up (no contract)

ZTE Nubia 5 – BUY IT!




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