Best unlocked Android phones, June 2013

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In America, you mostly buy phones from a carrier at a discounted price in exchange for a monthly bill, which usually comes out at about $70 a month or even more if you want extra features or added data on the plan.

What many Americans don’t realize however, is that most of the world elsewhere buys phones at a full outright cost and then pays a much smaller monthly amount.

There is still the option to buy unlocked SIM-free phones however. Google has been pushing this idea recently, with the ridiculously low priced Nexus 4 and the Google Play editions of Samsung’s Galaxy S4 and HTC’s One. Other companies such as Sony and Oppo have also decided to sell their devices unlocked in the US, instead of through carriers, and, with T-Mobile’s “Uncarrier” move, unlocked phones are increasingly becoming commonplace.

Worldwide however, unlocked phones are the norm. Let’s take a look at the best unlocked phones available across the globe.

Samsung Galaxy S4

Samsung got a lead on the smartphone market when it introduced the original Galaxy S three years ago. Since then, the Galaxy line has dramatically increased in popularity, becoming the number one smartphone brand in the world, selling even better than the iPhone in many countries.

When Samsung introduced the fourth iteration of its bestselling line, it wasn’t met with a particularly strong amount of positivity. Many people saw the phone and immediately crossed it off as a no because it features mostly the same plastic build as last year’s Galaxy S3. It is still a sturdy phone however and the plastic won’t affect the end experience.

On the software side, the Galaxy S4 is, by far, the most feature-packed phone available on the market. In fact, the handset is so full of features, that it actually might actually confuse some less savvy users. There are features such as “Air View” and “Smart Scroll” which, in theory, should make the device easier to use, but in reality, you don’t really need. However, many Galaxy S4 users will be delighted with the variety of software features, and even if you don’t care about them and decide to turn them off, you’ll still be left with an amazing phone.


HTC is in a bad situation, and there’s no denying that. Their smartphone line got polluted and people basically left them in the dark for Samsung. There is still a glimmer of hope though, as their profits increase over previous quarters.

HTC’s 2013 flagship, the HTC One is a device that caused a lot of tension in the smartphone industry, being one of the first non-iPhone devices to have a beautiful, aluminum body. Although that statement is exaggerated, it is true that the HTC One is a gorgeous device and one of the best built phones ever made. HTC is almost managing to outmanoeuvre Samsung and its plastic builds with this device.

HTC also redid things on the software side, presenting …read more

Via: Android Authority

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