In Pictures: 10 best Android smartphones of 2013

2013 was a big year for the Android smartphone ecosystem.

In 2013 smartphone hardware became consistently great. Flagship smartphones run at about 2GHZ or better and are compatible with LTE 4G, displays are full HD, and GPS is finally power-efficient.

Smartphone maker competition shifted from hardware to user interfaces (UI) and design because faster hardware isn't a significant differentiator. And nowhere did this competition pick up more than in the Android world, different handset makers battled to differentiate their products from others in the Android ecosystem. Here are the 10 best Android phones released in 2013.

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