After IPhone 5S and 5C, 3 New Smartphones to Watch For

The iPhone 5 took the market by storm, though it wasn't much of an upgrade from the iPhone 4. The recent releases of the iPhone 5S and 5C have more firmly cemented Apple's place as the leader in smartphone sales, but it's not the only company that makes a good phone.

If you're looking for a good smartphone to give to your Apple-hating friends, it's time to wander away from traditional models and consider the underrated, high-quality counterparts to Apple's 5S and 5C. Here are three great phones to look out for:

1. Samsung Galaxy S4

The Samsung Galaxy has long been one of the iPhone's top rivals, and many people sick of paying top prices for Apple products have turned to Samsung as their next choice. The Galaxy S4 isn't much cheaper than the iPhone 5C, but it's undeniably a device that can rival anything Apple has released.

This smartphone is made without a SIM card, and it's one of the most complete smartphones on the market today. It's as colorful as the 5C, but the reliability of the phone rivals any of the iPhone models.

This one 5 inches long, with a Super AMOLED touchscreen that responds nicely to your touch. It has 2 GB of RAM, 16 to 64 GB of data storage, two processors -- the quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A15 to handle hefty tasks, and the 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 to handle basic ones -- and a beautiful 13 MP camera.

What more could you ask for?

2. Nokia Lumia

Aside from its durability, the Nokia Lumia offers a wide range of sweet features. The 1.5 GHz dual-core processor keeps the phone running at lightning speeds, and the 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of data storage ensures users are happy with their phone.

It's about $200 costlier than the 5C, but the 41 MP camera alone makes it worth the extra charge. The camera is loaded with nifty features like geo-tagging, facial recognition, panorama, dual capture, and even 1080p video at 30 FPS. It's a tough phone to beat!

3. Sony Xperia Z Ultra

The Sony phones have long been ranked as "Top 5" material, and they're right up there with Samsung and Nokia ... but maybe just a fraction behind. The Xperia line of phones has kept them competitive, and the Z Ultra is the latest and greatest.

This device is beautifully sleek and tough as nails, thanks to the scratch-resistant and shatter-proof glass used for the case. It's water resistant up to 1 meter, and has an IP58 certification to ensure that it's also dust-proof.

With a 2.2 GHz processor, 2 GB of RAM, an Adreno 330 GPU, 16 to 32 GB of storage space, and an 8 MP camera with all the bells and whistles, this phone comes ready for hard use. If you're the adventurous type, this is definitely the gift for you.

These three phones are the latest and greatest the market has to offer for the iPhone-averse, so consider them as your best options if you're looking for a sweet gift for that techie boyfriend or girlfriend of yours.

If you're looking for a more traditional gift, why not get him or her a custom photo frame into which he or she can download all of the pictures take with the new smartphone. Letter Perspectives offers customized and personalized photo frames, and they'll make it easy for any smartphone owner to print on-the-go photos in a unique, creative layout.
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