1. LG G Pro 2
While the G Pro 2 is not available globally, it is currently retailed in South Korea. The device features a Snapdragon 800 CPU, 3 GB of RAM, a 5.9 inch 1080p display, a 13 MP camera with OIS and a new TouchWiz UI from LG, featuring Knock Code.
2. Google Nexus 5
While the Nexus 5 has been available for months, it’s still the best choice for those who want to benefit from Google’s full support. It packs a 5 inch 1080p display, a Snapdragon 800 CPU and the latest version of Android KitKat.
3. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
The Note 3 defines the “phablet” market, and all because its S Pen stylus combined with the wide range of productivity software tools offered by the Samsung TouchWiz UI. Hardware-wise, it’s also one of the most powerful smartphones available, up to par with LG’s G Pro 2.
4. HTC One
The HTC One is one of those smartphones that have aged very well. Its premium quality design remains one of the greatest high points, and the front-facing speakers are helping the device as well. The One comes with a unique Sense user interface, and a 4.7 inch 1080p display, resulting in a very high pixel density of 468 ppi.
5. Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
While the high-end market usually revolves around large-screen smartphones, Sony came along and launched a 4.3 inch device that boasts top-tier internals, including a Snapdragon 800 SoC and a powerful 20.7 MP camera. Perfect for those who want a small but powerful smartphone.
6. Motorola Moto X
While the Moto X isn’t necessarily the most powerful device around, it certainly stands out from the crowd thanks to its customization options, and through the dedicated chip that handles all the sensors and contextual awareness.
7. LG G Flex
The G Flex isn’t one of the most popular smartphones. It’s actually rather underrated in our opinion. Nevertheless, the device packs a flexible screen that allows the smartphone itself to be flexible to a certain degree (hence the name). It also boasts a self-healing coating on the back panel, making it quite resilient.
8. Sony Xperia Z1s
If you want the full power of the Xperia Z1 Compact wrapped up in a larger body, then the Xperia Z1s fits the bill. It features the same overall specs as the Compact, but boasts a larger 5 inch display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920.
9. Samsung Galaxy S4
Until the Samsung Galaxy S5 hits the market in April, the Galaxy S4 remains the top of the Galaxy S line-up. While the S4 remains a powerful beast, we would advise you to wait for the S5 to hit the market. Either that, or snag an S4 at a much lower price.
10. Oppo N1
While the list is mostly comprised of brands that you’re most likely very familiar with, we should mix it up a bit. Oppo is one of the most promising emerging smartphone manufacturers, and the Oppo N1 impressed the crowd with its 1080p display, touch-sensitive back panel and a rotating main camera.