The 5 Best Verizon Smartphones [January, 2013]

As we ring in the new year, there are already a number of high profile upcoming smartphones that have leaked to the surface. The iPhone 6, the Samsung Galaxy S4, and the HTC M7 to name just a few. And while those devices could be heading to the nation’s largest 4G LTE carrier, Verizon, those who can’t sit around and wait for a new smartphone on Big Red will fortunately find some top tier talent already available.

Last year proved very kind to Verizon Wireless as it cemented its standing as the United States’ largest 4G LTE service provider with more than 400 markets across the U.S. covering hundreds of millions of Americans in the process. AT&T and Sprint, its biggest competition, both currently sit well below the 200 LTE market mark making Verizon a tempting destination for many consumers.

Read: The 5 Best Android Smartphones [January, 2013].

What’s more is that 2012 proved fruitful as far as smartphones go as well. Verizon boasts one of the biggest and best selections of smartphones amongst U.S. carriers which makes it an even more attractive option to those looking to pair a powerful device with powerful 4G LTE data speeds.

2013 will likely be more of the same as Verizon plans to finish its 4G LTE roll out by mid-2013, well ahead of its competitors, and it will more than likely offer a host of high-end devices that customers will be able to choose from.

But what about for those people who either want or need to pick up a new smartphone right now. Those people who don’t wish to wade through the Galaxy S4, iPhone 6 and HTC M7 rumors? They’re in luck because, as we’ve said, Verizon currently has a number of high-end devices available for its 4G LTE network and many of those were released in the last part of 2012 which make them viable options for 2013 as well.

Of course, the devices that are atop this months list are similar to December’s as Verizon didn’t launch anything new during the final month of the year. That doesn’t mean that the devices have lost their luster though.

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Here now are the five best Verizon smartphones for the month of January, 2013.

iPhone 5

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In September of last year, Apple took the cover off its latest creation, the iPhone 5 smartphone, which became the first iPhone with a larger display and the ability to pull down 4G LTE data speeds.

Read: iPhone 5 Review.

And like the past two iPhone models, the iPhone 5 showed up on Verizon, running on its massive 4G LTE network, offering a host of other enticing features to consumers as well.

The iPhone 5 possesses one of the best all-around designs of any smartphone combining glass, aluminum and metal, it features a fantastic camera, a large 4-inch Retina display, several storage options and iOS 6, Apple's most current operating system.

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The device is currently available starting at $199.99 and while that price might get temporarily discounted, it's unlikely ever to see a permanent drop until the next iPhone, the iPhone 6/iPhone 5S, arrives.

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Comments

  1. Jason Matheson (@jmath679) says

    I am thinking that I want my upgrade from my bionic to be a 5″ 1080p, quad core, minimum 2g ram, internal and removable storage, behemoth with a removable battery somewhere around 3000 mah. I have really liked the bionic so I would consider another Motorola and the galaxy series has always been good so I wouldn’t mind an s4 with those specs. I am not sure about an HTC though the dna looks great and almost got it right. I could live without the removable storage but as long as I have a choice I will never buy a non removable battery. I am excited to see the next wave of phones. All of those specs assume the most current OS, of course.

    • Alex Schechter (@axschech) says

      The ONE reason I wouldn’t buy the HTC DNA… the friggin power button is in the top middle… JUST like the bionic. Seriously… the industry standard now is to put it on the right side where your finger or thumb can easily reach it!

  2. corleyman says

    From my research, the Note 2 blows away the S3! I’m surprised you rank the S3 better. Anyway, get any of these phones (including iPhone 5) unlocked for GSM networks like T-Mobile and you can sign up for unlimited 4G data/talk/text, be faster than your friends and spend less $$ than your friends! Check it: http://www.PenniesOverDollars.com

  3. Zachary Palmer says

    Me being a left handed person(one of the few) Find the power button situated on the top middle on the HTC DNA quite reachable. The biggest turn off is the lack of additional memory and lack of battery life. If the battery was removable it would be fine then…

    I personally like the Motorola MAXX HD but its processor is a dual-core. Now there is nothing wrong with that but I would love a little more bang for the buck.

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