HWM+HardwareZone.com Tech Awards 2013: Editor's Choice - Part 1


Best Mainstream Smartphone

Best Mainstream Smartphone

In the recent years, we see manufacturers branching into mid-tier phones that have close to top-tier specs but are priced more affordable than their flagship devices. Somewhat between a best value and best high-end smartphone, the best mainstream smartphone typically costs about S$700, and comes with all-round performance with a more affordable price bracket than the latter. In no order of merit, this year's nominees includes:

Nominees: 

 

  • HTC One S
  • Huawei Ascend P1
  • Nokia Lumia 820
  • Samsung Galaxy Beam (2012)
  • Sony Xperia P

 

And the Winner Is...

The Nokia Lumia 820 is meant to be an affordable companion to its higher-end 920 sibling, but thankfully, it doesn’t feel that way. The point being, it's actually armed with the same speedy Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz and 1GB RAM as the 920, along with a fluid Windows Phone 8 OS and Nokia's suite of extra applications and wireless charging accessories. To add on, it is the only device in this group to come suited with LTE connectivity.

On the multimedia side, its 4.3-inch AMOLED screen with ClearBlack Technology exhibited good color reproduction with deep blacks and its 8-megapixel camera performed well. Its reduced internal storage capacity of just 8GB might be low for some users, but thankfully, it features a dedicated microSD slot for storage expansion.

Scoring Breakdown
Criteria/Model HTC One S Huawei Ascend P1 Nokia Lumia 820 Samsung Galaxy Beam (2012) Sony Xperia P
Design 9.0 8.5 8.0 8.0 8.0
Features 8.5 8.5 8.5 8.5 8.0
User-Friendliness 8.5 8.5 8.0 8.0 8.5
Performance 8.0 9.0 9.0 8.0 8.0
Value 7.5 9.0 8.5 8.5 8.0
Overall 8.0 8.5 8.5 8.0 8.0
Price S$748 / S$948 (with headphones) S$648 S$699 S$648 S$688

*Note: Prices listed in this article are accurate at the time of product evaluation.

For more details on how we selected our winners, check out the full reviews and articles listed at the References section at the end.