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Top 5 Smartphones for Hardcore Gamers 2013

Smartphones are fast becoming the most preferred platform for games. This Buzzle article gives you an in-depth look at some of the best gaming smartphones in the market today.
Top 5 smartphones for hardcore gamers 2013
Game on, USA
According to popular news website newszoo, 2013 saw the number of mobile gamers in the US rise to more than 100 million. That is about 1/3rd the population of the United States.
With the onset of powerful smartphones with internals that could easily put the supercomputers of the yesteryears to shame, a lot of stand-alone devices seem to be dying a slow but certain death. Most noticeable in this list of fallen heroes are handheld game consoles. Sure, they still have their dedicated user base of faithful followers, but their numbers are dwindling fast. The main advantage that smartphones have over these game consoles is the high level of customizations they offer and the seemingly endless choice of games at their disposal. Both Android and iOS, the most popular mobile platforms, have an endless treasure trove of games (free and paid) in their app stores. These easily outnumber the limited paid games available for handheld consoles. So, which smartphone heavyweights are leading this charge? Here's taking a look.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3

samsung galaxy note 3

CPU Quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
GPU Adreno 330
Display 5.7" Super AMOLED
Camera
Rear/Front
13 MP/2 MP
Storage 16/32/64 GB, Micro SD card slot
RAM 3 GB
OS Android v4.3 Jelly Bean
Battery 3,200 mAh Li-ion

A larger-than-life gaming experience.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is an absolute giant amongst smartphones, both figuratively and otherwise. The phone easily dwarfs even the otherwise large 5-inch phones in the market. Its size, however, plays to its advantage as the gorgeous 5.7-inch Full HD Super AMOLED screen makes gaming an absolute delight. The phone also has a top-of-the-line Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset with a 2.3 GHz Krait 400 processor. This is complemented by an extremely generous 3 GB of RAM. The Adreno 330 GPU ensures that graphics look crisp and there is no lag whatsoever, even while playing demanding HD games.

If you are a gamer, this phone is bound to leave you with tears of joy as there is not a dull moment while playing games on this fantastic device. The high contrasts and deep blacks of the Super AMOLED screen help games pop out of the screen, and the loudspeakers too do a decent job. What truly impresses us about this phone is the ample storage (32 GB internal + Micro SD card up to 64 GB) that comes along with it for all your heavy game files. In the form of the Note 3, the Koreans surely have given us a device that truly lives up to its larger-than-life image.

We love ...
  • - the fantastic 5.7-inch Super AMOLED screen
  • - the powerful hardware
  • - the 3 GB of RAM
  • - the great battery life
  • - the Micro SD card slot
We rue ...
  • - the unyielding size of the device
  • - the over-saturation of colors
  • - the dim display

iPhone 5s
iphone 5s
CPU Dual-core 1.3 GHz Cyclone
Chipset Apple A7
GPU PowerVR G6430
Display 4.0" LED-backlit IPS LCD
Camera
Rear/Front
8.0 MP/1.2 MP
Storage 16/32/64 GB
RAM 1 GB
OS iOS 7
Battery 1,560 mAh Li-Po

A perfect game launchpad.
No smartphone battle is complete without the inclusion of an iPhone. There is so much to talk about the iPhone 5s, that people often tend to overlook its gaming potential. Apple fitted their latest phone with an A7 chip with a revolutionary 64-bit architecture coupled with a dual-core 1.3 GHz Cyclone processor that screams past the competition. This is ably supported by 1 GB of DDR3 RAM and a PowerVR G6430 (quad-core graphics) GPU which makes short work of even the most graphic-intensive games. What makes the deal even sweeter is Apple's proprietary M7 motion coprocessor, which opens up a whole new world of gesture-controlled gaming. While the 5s may not have a pixel density that matches up to that on the latest Android phones, the 4-inch Retina display surely is one to behold.

The 5s has a great advantage over all other smartphones as it sits pretty at the top of the iOS ladder, with a plethora of games designed specially for it. Games play buttery smooth on the phone with no glitches whatsoever. It is no secret that gamers tend to prefer titles released on this platform opposed to the very same titles on Android. There simply is something extremely likable about gaming on an iPhone. We, however, are let down by the fact that we might be faced with a severe space crunch on the phone as it offers no expandable memory options; hardcore gamers would be well advised to go in for the 32 or 64 GB variants of the phone.

We love ...
  • - the beautiful Retina display
  • - the powerful hardware
  • - the m7 motion coprocessor
We rue ...
  • - the small screen size
  • - the dim display
  • - the huge price tag
  • - lack of a memory card slot

Google Nexus 5

nexus 5

CPU Quad-core 2.26 GHz Krait 400
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
GPU Adreno 330
Display 4.95" True HD-IPS + LCD
Camera
Rear/Front
8 MP/1.3 MP
Storage 16/32 GB
RAM 2 GB
OS Android v4.4 KitKat
Battery 2,300 mAh Li-Po

The ultimate budget gamer.
The Google Nexus 5 is probably the most affordable high-end gaming phone in the market today. Made by LG, the phone packs the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset with a 2.26 GHz Krait 400 CPU. This heavy artillery is backed up by 2 GB of RAM and a very capable Adreno 330 GPU. The pixel rich 4.95-inch IPS screen makes gaming a truly incredible experience. Even HD games are handled by this beast of a machine without a lot of fuss.

We love the way the phone holds up in our hands while playing games, never once threatening to slip out. This is one ├╝ber-smart phone that believes in the ideology of 'power to the masses' and delivers as well. Perhaps the only chink in the armor of this otherwise incredible gamer device is the limited storage space (16/32 GB).

We love ...
  • - the vibrant display
  • - the powerful hardware
  • - the great grip of the phone
  • - the great value for money
We rue ...
  • - the mediocre battery life
  • - the lack of a memory card slot

LG G2

lg g2

CPU Quad-core 2.26 GHz Krait 400
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
GPU Adreno 330
Display 5.2" True HD-IPS + LCD
Camera
Rear/Front
13 MP/2.1 MP
Storage 16/32 GB
RAM 2 GB
OS Android v4.2.2 Jelly Bean
Battery 3,000 mAh Li-Po

Gaming through the day.
Voted the 'Best Smartphone' and 'Best Gadget' for 2013 by popular tech site Stuff.tv, the LG G2 packs everything and the kitchen sink to go along with it. Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset with a 2.26 GHz Krait 400 processor, this surely is one power-packed device. Graphics almost seem too good to be real thanks to the Adreno 330 GPU and the 2 GB of RAM on board the phone. The almost-bezel free IPS display acts as the perfect icing on the cake, and makes for a truly indulging game playing experience.

The screen on the G2 steals the show for us, thanks to an innovative design that makes the front of the phone seem like all screen. The phone is just the perfect size to hold comfortably in the hands. However, the glossy plastic body of the phone leaves 'quite an impression' as it is an absolute fingerprint magnet. Another fact that we just can't seem to come to terms with is the lack of a Micro SD card slot, although the phone does ship in a 32 GB variant. Gamers, however, can take heart from the fact that this phone is an absolute marathoner when it comes to battery life, and it will not die on you in the middle of an all important mission.

We love ...
  • - the large 5.2-inch IPS screen
  • - the powerful hardware
  • - the relatively small footprint of the device
  • - the great battery life
We rue ...
  • - the lack of a memory card slot
  • - the washed-out colors

Sony Xperia Z1

sony xperia z1

CPU Quad-core 2.2 GHz Krait 400
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
GPU Adreno 330
Display 5.0" TFT LCD
Camera
Rear/Front
20.7 MP/2 MP
Storage 16 GB, Micro SD card slot
RAM 2 GB
OS Android v4.2 Jelly Bean
Battery 3,000 mAh Li-ion

We will play, come rain or snow!
The Sony Xperia Z1 claims to be 'the best of Sony in a smartphone', and it surely lives up to it. The phone with its all-glass construction can easily pass for an exhibit in a fashion museum. Under its hood is a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset with a 2.2 GHz Krait 400 processor on top. Gaming gets a major shot in the arm thanks to the vibrant 5-inch Triluminos display powered by Sony's X-Reality engine. The Z1 also features a Adreno 330 GPU and 2 GB of RAM to ensure smooth screen transitions and zero-lag.

The Japanese conglomerate has gone all out with its latest flagship phone. We love how the phone handles even the most demanding games without breaking a sweat. Images seem to pop out of the screen thanks to Sony's fantastic graphic engine and vibrant display. The large screen though, is a double-edged sword―we love the large screen real estate, but are put off by the additional bulk that it adds to the phone. The all-glass body too, can be rather slippery and cumbersome to handle. The phone, however, hits the ball right out of the park with plenty of storage (16 GB internal + Micro SD card up to 64 GB) for all your gaming needs. Add to that, the fact that the phone is built to weather the elements, and we have on our hands one of the best smartphones for gamers. The best way we would describe this phone would be 'sugar, spice, and everything nice'.

We love ...
  • - the large 5-inch screen
  • - the powerful hardware
  • - the X-Reality engine
  • - the Micro SD card slot
  • - the great battery life
We rue ...
  • - the cumbersome size of the phone
  • - the slippery glass surface

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The Samsung Galaxy S4 (l) and the HTC One (r) are very capable gaming smartphones.

The most notable exclusions from this list are the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One. These devices are probably the most popular phones of the year―one raking in the numbers, while the other impressing with its superb build quality. As extremely capable as these may be, they fail to make the cut mainly because of their last-gen hardware.

This year has been a spectacular year for gamers around the world, with the release of the next-gen game consoles―Xbox One and PlayStation 4. What is most heartening though, is game developers finally realizing the potential of the smartphone platform, and developing games that make use of the powerful hardware at hand. The coming year promises to unleash even more capable phones to satiate the hunger of even the most hardcore gamers. Let the games begin! Cheers.
Which is your favorite phone out of the lot?
Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Apple iPhone 5s
Google Nexus 5
LG G2
Sony Xperia Z1
Other (leave us a comment about your choice)
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Published: December 21, 2013
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