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Lumia 920, Xperia Z, iPhone 5 are most-wanted smartphones

Matt Egan | March 27, 2013
The top 5 most desirable smartphones revealed

Nokia Lumia 920

The Nokia Lumia 920 is the phone most people would choose if money was no object, followed by the Xperia Z and iPhone 5. What smartphone would you choose?

The Nokia Lumia 920 is the phone most people would choose if money was no object, according to a PC Advisor poll.

The flagship Windows Phone 8 handset, the Lumia 920 proved most popular with the 28,750 respondents to a poll in which we asked: If you could have one smartphone, regardless of price and contract, which of the following would you choose?

Most popular smartphones: Lumia 920

Just short of one third of respondents, 32 percent, said they'd opt for the Nokia Lumia 920. This is a boost to the Windows Phone 8 platform, adoption to which has been slow. The Lumia 920 is a very desirable smartphone. We love the fantastic screen and decent camera, and it is jam packed with features. But it has a somewhat big and chunky design, and Windows Phone 8 still lacks great app support. However, those who use and like Windows Phone tend to love it, which may in part explain why the Lumia 920 has garnered such support in our poll.

At around £400 SIM free or PAYG the Lumia 920 can be found a lot cheaper than other high-end phones such as the iPhone 5 and the Sony Xperia Z, and our poll suggests that there is a lot of latent support for Windows Phone. Perhaps Windows Phone is due a boost in popularity?

Most popular smartphones: Xperia Z

The runner up in our smartphone desirability poll with just under a quarter (24 percent) of the votes is the Sony Xperia Z.

Just ahead of the iPhone 5 and HTC One the Xperia Z is, in our view, the best smartphone on the market right now. The Xperia Z is the first smartphone which Sony has really nailed. We love the stylish, desirable and rugged design. The combination of excellent performance, a stunning screen and great cameras make the Xperia Z a force to be reckoned with. There is very little to say about this phone that is negative.

Most popular smartphones: iPhone 5

As is the case with the third most popular phone in our poll: the iPhone 5. Despite some disappointment with what was seen as a minor upgrade, the iPhone 5 really is much more than a tall iPhone 4S with a new plug. And although the competition has finally caught up, iPhone handsets remain a benchmark against which the others must test themselves.

The iPhone 5 has unsurpassed build quality, top-level performance, and a unique form factor that allows for widescreen movie watching and single-handed operation. And with just under one fifth of the vote, it seems that 18 percent of smartphone users would like an iPhone if cost was no consideration.

 

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