Smartphones today are the essence of modern living, allowing us to keep up with the frenetic pace, global connectivity and information overload that threatens to overwhelm us.
Here are the best pocket monsters of 2013, your vehicles to staying ahead of the curve
The HTC One is a stunning smartphone with sleek looks that belie the top-end hardware powering it. HTC's flagship of 2013, HTC One checks all the right boxes, from build, to performance and style.
The flagship smartphone from the biggest smartphone manufacturer in the world, the Samsung Galaxy S4 had a lot to live up to, and according to us, managed to tick all the right boxes, and stand tall amidst other flagships.
The most awaited smartphone launch of the year, Apple somehow managed to live up to the insane expectations people had for the fruity giant's next-generation smartphone. The iPhone 5s introduced several innovative features, such a fingerprint scanner, and 64-bit processor.
The Galaxy Note 3 is the latest iteration of Samsung's game-changing Note series of smartphone-tablet hybrids, and as expected, is the best yet. Those looking for a large screen smartphone with innovative and intuitive features, need look no further.
The Nokia Lumia 1520 is the Finnish company's first phablet, and its new flagship
smartphone, featuring a 6-inch full-HD display. It is also the first Windows Phone 8 device with a top-end quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor.
Said to be the first customisable smartphone, the Moto X made its mark globally as a solid-performing Android smartphone with innovative hardware, available at an exceptionally affordable price.
The LG G2 is the South Korean manufacturer's flagship smartphone of 2013, and features top-end hardware and solid performance, as expected from a flagship. However, it also brings in an innovative new feature - buttons on the back - for more intuitive single-handed operation.
The Sony Xperia Z Ultra is a very novel smartphone, featuring a massive 6.4-inch display, and exceptionally thin (at the time of launch, the thinnest) frame, apart from top-end hardware specifications and great performance. Certainly one of the best phablets in the market.
The BlackBerry 10 OS device for QWERTY purists, the BlackBerry Q10 is the quintessential smartphone from the Canadian manufacturer, and its flagship offering to its long-standing enterprise customers.
While the concept of a curved display smartphone is not especially new, the LG G Flex is making waves across the world, with its top-end specifications and performance complementing its innovative form factor. It also features the G2's buttons on the back design, and a self-healing back panel - a sign of things to come.
Also see, our Top 10 value for money smartphones of 2013 list.