Wondering what the top smartphones of 2013 are? With everything from the iPhone 5S to the Samsung Galaxy S4 releasing this year, trying to settle on the top smartphone for you or a loved one this holiday season can be tough. To help you decide on the best choice we've pulled together 10 of the most well-reviewed smartphones on the market from a wide variety of makers and for a wide variety of platforms, including Apple's iOS, Android, Blackberry and Windows. Check out the pros and cons of the top 10 smartphones of 2013 along with some of the best deals and sales prices currently available.

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#1 Top Smartphones 2013: iPhone 5S (Apple/iOS) - Definitively the hottest and most anticipated smartphone of 2013, the iPhone 5S is at the very top of our best smartphones of 2013 list. Sporting the powerful new 64-bit processor, and revolutionary fingerprint scanner security feature, the iPhone 5S has had record-breaking sales numbers this fall and interest is not waning. In addition to the increased speed, security and beauty of the iPhone 5S, the phone also comes with Apple's latest operating system, iOS 7. iOS 7 is a fresh new take on the classic user-friendly iOS platform, while adding a number of new welcome features, including a powerful new lock screen and control center, as well as some amazing new camera features. The iPhone 5S is number one on a list of top smartphones for 2013. The iPhone 5S is available for service on all major carriers including Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile, either with or without a contract. A few cons of the iPhone 5S are the smaller screen size (just 4 inches) and a somewhat shorter battery life than leading competitors, with the average user getting about 8-10 hours of constant use before needing to recharge.

Here are a few sales deals and prices available for the iPhone 5S:

1) Best Buy is offering Apple's iPhone 5S for just $124.99 for the 16GB model with a two-year contract from AT&T, Verizon and Sprint. This deal lasts Dec. 24 so get in and buy one today!

2) Walmart is also offering a deal on the Apple iPhone 5S for just $127 on the 16GB model with a two-year contract from AT&T, Verizon and Sprint.

3) T-Mobile offers a contract free plan for the iPhone 5S with $0 down and just $26.25 for 2 years until the phone is paid off. This deal only applies to the 16GB model.

4) The Apple store offers the unlocked iPhone 5S for $649.00 and up depending on storage selection. Storage ranges from 16GB to 64GB

 #2 Top Smartphones 2013: Samsung Galaxy S4 (Android) - Samsung Galaxy S4 definitely figures high on the top smartphones of 2013 list, as it is the leading Android smartphone on the market. The Galaxy S4 features a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon quad core processor, incredible camera with a plethora of exciting features and a recent update to the latest Android operating system, KitKat 4.4. This top Android smartphone features a 5-inch screen and up to 64 GB of built-in storage. The Galaxy S4 is available on every major network including Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile In terms of battery life, it out performs the iPhone 5S with the average user reporting 12 hours of talk time before needing to recharge. The best thing about this device is the plethora of fun features and ability to modify the device to your own personal tastes. However, the make and feel of the Galaxy S4 is cheap and plastic-y, which can be a turn off to some.

Here are a few sales deals, prices and plans available for the Samsung Galaxy S4:

1) Best Buy is offering Samsung's Galaxy S4 for just $49.99 for the 16GB model with a two-year contract from Verizon.

2) Walmart is also offering a deal on the Samsung Galaxy S4 for just $99 on the 16GB model with a two-year contract from AT&T.

3) T-Mobile offers a contract free plan for the Samsung Galaxy S4 with $0 down and just $25 for 2 years until the phone is paid off. This deal only applies to the 16GB model.

 

#3 Top Smartphones 2013: HTC One (Android) - The HTC One is a great choice for users who love to consume media. The Android smartphone makes it on the top smartphones of 2013 list for its gorgeous pixel-packed screen and excellent front-facing stereo sound. This phone is ideal for those who love watching movies on the go. The HTC One sports a 4.7-inch, Full HD 1080p, 468 PPI display and has an OK camera, with very cool software features, though the photos don't come out as a nice as some competitors. The make of this device is solid with a metal chassis and feels more expensive than the Galaxy S4. In addition, the battery life is pretty decent boasting 18 hours of life before needing a recharge. The HTC One has recently received the Android operating system update 4.3.

Here are a few sales deals, prices and plans available for the HTC One:

1) The HTC official website, is offering The HTC One for just $49.99 for with a two-year contract from Verizon or Sprint.

2) The HTC official website, is also offering a deal on the unlocked HTC One through T-Mobile or AT7T for $0 down and $25 dollars a month for 2 years.

3) T-Mobile offers a contract free plan for the Samsung Galaxy S4 with $0 down and just $25 for 2 years until the phone is paid off. This deal only applies to the 16GB model.

 #4 Top Smartphones 2013: Nokia Lumia 925 (Windows) - The Nokia Lumia phones belong on a list of top smartphones for 2013 because of their brilliant and luminous displays, variety of color choices for the devices and a very stable operating system. However, the devices fail to impress in that processing speeds can sometimes be a bit slow and the Windows operating system has far less apps available to it than the competing Android or iOS operating systems. For business use, the Nokia Lumia models may be attractive as they integrate useful Windows features such as Microsoft Office apps and easily syncs between your Windows operating system machine and your device. The phone also has a remarkable camera that takes gorgeous and colorful photos. The phone is available for use on all major carriers including T-Mobile, Verizon, AT&T and Sprint.

Here are a few sales deals, prices and plans available for the Nokia Lumia 925: 

1) Microsoft Window store is offering the Nokia Lumia 925 for just $49 for with a two-year contract from AT&T

2) Amazon is also offering a deal on the Nokia Lumia 925 for just $79 with a2-year contract from AT&T

3) T-Mobile offers a contract free plan for the Nokia Lumia 925 with $0 down and just $21 a month for 2 years until the phone is paid off. Plus a free $20 app credit.

#5 Top Smartphones 2013: iPhone 5C (Apple/iOS) - More details on sales deals, prices and specs coming soon. Check out Apple's official write up here.

#6 Top Smartphones 2013: LG G2 (Android) - More details on sales deals, prices and specs coming soon. Check out LG's official write up here.

#7 Top Smartphones 2013: Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (Android) - This phablet definitely belongs on a list of top smartphone choices, though, for those uncomfortable about looking obvious in their mobile device use, this would not be the one we'd recommend. The Galaxy Note 3 is plenty spacious with its 5.7-inch screen, but for some, this is just a little too much of a good thing. While definitely not suited for putting in the pocket, the Note 3 does make a great note-taking phablet and comes equipped with an S pen that has a wide variety of functions. The Note 3 also comes with a decent 13mp camera as well as the latest Android operating system, KitKat 4.4 and plenty of features to impress.

Here are a few sales deals, prices and plans available for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3:

1) T-Mobile offers a contract free plan for the Google Nexus 5 with $0 down and just $17a month for 2 years until the phone is paid off.

2) Best Buy offers the Google Nexus 3 for $149.00 with a two-year contract at AT&T, Verizon or Sprint

#8 Top Smartphones 2013: Google Nexus 5 (Android) - The Nexus 5 has the latest and greatest internal specifications, including a Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB RAM, Qi wireless charging, and more. On the downside, it has a sub-standard camera and really terrible battery life. It does, however, come with the latest Android operating system, KitKat 4.4.

Here are a few sales deals, prices and plans available for the Google Nexus 5

1) T-Mobile offers a contract free plan for the Galaxy Note 3 with $0 down and just $29.50 a month for 2 years until the phone is paid off.

2) Amazon offers the Galaxy Note 3 for $149.00 with a two-year contract at AT&T or Verizon

 

#9 Top Smartphones 2013: Blackberry Z (Blackberry) - More details on sales deals, prices and specs coming soon. Check out Blackberry's official write up here.

  

#10 Top Smartphones 2013: Sony Xperia Z(Android) - More details on sales deals, prices and specs coming soon. Check out Sony's official write up here.

 

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