Pocketnow Readers’ Choice 2013 (Poll)

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Update 2: Consider this your double-secret probation, absolute last-chance notice: the polls close tonight. Get your votes in while you can, and check back on Monday to see the winners!

Update: It’s been just about one month since our year-end readers’ poll got started, where we asked you to pick your favorite phone and favorite tablet from 2013. So far the response has been great; we’ve heard from thousands upon thousands of you already. Still, we’re going to have to close the polls sooner or later and actually announce our winners, so we’re setting an end point for this all: you have through the end of Friday, December 20 to cast your votes.

We won’t spoil anything by giving away which devices are in the lead, and while some models are showing huge fanbases behind them, there’s still time to influence the results – for instance, there are fewer than 150 votes separating the second, third, and fourth place spots in the smartphone race, so we can still see devices gain ground.

So place your votes while you can, and see if you can’t just help your favorite models snag those top spots! Then look for us to announce the winners, and show which models fell just a little short of the honor. Thanks again to everyone who’s voted. We couldn’t be doing this without your input!

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We’re really getting into the home stretch of 2013 right now, and after a holiday or two, before you know it we’ll be waking up from our New Year’s hangovers (from all that sparkling non-alcoholic cider… yup) and finding ourselves ready to get 2014 started.

That’s going to mean a year packed full of the highest-end hardware available for mobile electronics to date, a year of jaw-dropping software achievements, and of course, a year of the top-notch reviews, news, and editorials you’ve come to expect from the team here at Pocketnow.

iphone-galaxy-squareBut before we get ready for that new adventure, we wanted to hit the brakes and try something a little different first. All year long, we’ve been telling you about 2013’s smartphone and tablet lineups. You’ve read our reviews, you know what we think about the devices out there, and hopefully you’ve used that information to assist you with your own hardware-purchasing decisions.

This year, we’ve been trying to get you, the reader, especially involved with Pocketnow. Maybe you’ve stopped by Pocketnow Live to say “hi” to us, or you’ve been posting up a storm in our re-launched Pocketnow Forums. It’s been great connecting with you all in ways like those, but now we’re going to step back for a moment and really let your opinions be heard.

It’s not going to be the Pocketnow editors telling you about the best smartphone and tablet in town this time around: we want you to choose them for us.

Throughout the rest of the year, we’re inviting readers to participate in the first annual Pocketnow Readers’ Choice awards, letting you decide the smartphone to end all smartphones… for 2013, at least.

Starting within the next few days, you’ll see a couple polls running in the site’s sidebar over to the right, as we collect your votes. They’ll keep running for the remainder of the year, before we tabulate everything and announce the winners you chose.

In order to keep things manageable, we haven’t included every smartphone or tablet to launch in 2013, but we think we hit all the important notes. Familiarize yourself with the candidates below – think things over for a while if you need to – and then cast your votes. We can’t wait to see just which models you guys end up crowning 2013’s best. smartphones-choice-banner

Android

HTC One HTC One Max LG G2 LG Optimus G Pro Google Nexus 5 Motorola Moto X Samsung Galaxy S 4 Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Sony Xperia Z Sony Xperia Z Ultra Sony Xperia Z1

This year’s been a great one for Android, and we’ve seen noteworthy models emerge from all the major players. 1080p was a a big deal in display advancements, and camera performance was placed front-and-center for quite a few devices. Waterproofing also made a bit of a splash (wah-wah) as a feature, with Sony especially taking advantage of it.

In fact, there have been so many new Androids this year that it was hard even putting together this short list. That’s meant having to skip some very interesting phones (sorry, Galaxy S 4 Zoom – if you are technically a “phone,” anyway) but hopefully you’re favorite’s among them.

Windows Phone 8

Nokia Lumia 520 Nokia Lumia 925 Nokia Lumia 1020 Nokia Lumia 1520 HTC 8XT Samsung ATIV S Neo

Without being careful, this very well could have ended up a Nokia-only list. To be fair, chances are that if a Windows Phone handset is your favorite this year, we’re talking about one of the MANY Lumia models to launch.We’ve pared those down to a few key devices here, and also threw in some of the new models from Samsung and HTC – those may be essentially last year’s models, but they help round-out the selection a little.

iOS

Apple iPhone 5S Apple iPhone 5C

At least with the iOS list, the candidates are perfectly obvious: this is the first year Apple delivered two new iPhone models, and both are in our running for phone of the year. The obvious choice may be the higher-end 5S with its 64-bit chip and fingerprint scanner, but perhaps you’ve gotten jealous of all the crazy color options Moto X or Nokia users have enjoyed, and the selection of 5C case options really speaks to you.

BlackBerry

BlackBerry Z10 BlackBerry Q10 BlackBerry Z30

It’s probably safe to say at this point that BlackBerry 10 has failed to go over in quite the way the company hoped. We wait to see how this year’s stumbles will affect BlackBerry going forward, but it still managed to put out quite a few new models in 2013, and we want to make sure that the three most compelling among them get a chance to compete. Will they at least hold their own against the big boys? Vote to show your support.

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Android

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 Google Nexus 7 LG G Pad 8.3 Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 Sony Xperia Tablet Z

Samsung once again opened the fire hose, delivering tablet after tablet – though just how worthwhile some of those Tab 3 models are, especially, is up for debate. While a lot of the tablets we got this year were refreshed versions of previous designs, we did see some new blood, like LG and its G Pad 8.3.

We also saw a nice split between really affordable tablets, delivering a ton of value for the price, and some decidedly premium tablets with the prices to match – just look at Sony’s super-thin, waterproof Xperia Tablet Z. Which type wins out in the end? It’s up to you to let us know.

Windows 8

Dell Venue 8 Pro Dell Venue 11 Pro Microsoft Surface 2 Microsoft Surface Pro 2 Nokia Lumia 2520 Samsung ATIV Q

Nokia makes its first appearance on the Windows tablet scene this year with its 2520, as Microsoft comes back with a new pair that shies away from that “RT” name. We’ve seen cheap tablets, expensive tablets, and models that sound incredibly interesting and have launched, but have been complete no-shows (we’re looking at you, Samsung ATIV Q).

iOS

Apple iPad Air Apple iPad mini 2nd gen

Once again, iOS makes things easy: new full-sized iPad or new iPad mini? Apple really stepped-up its tablet game this year, and both new iPads are running the very latest hardware, making either a force to be reckoned with. Then again, their competition is as fierce as ever, so they may need to fight if either wants the tablet top spot.

All right, enough with the formalities; who’s ready to start placing some votes? If you’re still on the fence about a few, click through on those product links to see what we’ve had to write about them lately, and get the info you need to decide on your top smartphone and tablet picks.

And don’t forget, while you can place your vote here, we’ll be running both these polls on the site’s sidebar in the coming days (hence, the preposterously tall-and-thin appearance), so you can always wait until then if you still need to think on things.

Thanks to everyone who decides to participate! We’re going to love finding out just which smartphones and tablets really won you over in 2013.


  Image: Poppy

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Stephen Schenck
Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!