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A look back at some of our most-read content from the past year

2013 is drawing to a close, and we're about to begin another year of Android goodness, starting with CES 2014 in the next week or so. So there's just time to reflect on some of our top content from the past year. It's certainly been a busy year, with what seemed like an endless string of high-profile device launches, big reviews every few weeks and more than its share of trade shows and other events. We've had a lot going on, and the pace shows no sign of slowing anytime soon.

The list after the break details Android Central's most popular stories of 2013. These aren't necessarily the most important or the most recent, but they're are what you, the Android Central readers have been clicking on the most this past year. Enjoy!

1. The best free Android games

Games

Mobile Nations gaming guru Simon Sage has been stepping up our gaming content this past year, with round-ups of the top titles for Android in various categories. Although this article is technically from Dec. 2012, it become one of our most read throughout 2013, and with good reason. Check it out for a by-genre breakdown of some of the best Android games available for nothing at all. Read the full article

2. The best Android phone you can buy

Best Android phones

We published several of our semi-regular "best Android phones" articles in 2013. Early in the year the HTC One dominated thanks to its unmatched build, display and sound quality. Later on we were wooed by the Moto X's hand-friendly form factor, useful features, quick updates and near-stock Android experience. In other categories, the LG G Pro ranked as the best oversized Android phone around until the Galaxy Note 3 arrived in September to claim that title. And the Nexus 4 was the best value Android phone you could buy for most of 2013, before being deposed by the Moto G and Nexus 5. Read our latest "best Android phone" feature

3. Megapixels and Ultrapixels: The HTC One versus Galaxy S4 photo shootout

GS4, HTC One

Smartphone camera quality is important. It's one of the key areas in which there's still plenty of room for improvement. So this May we took two of the top handsets of the day, the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4, and compared the image quality on offer. The tl;dr version, which holds true today, is this — the HTC One is the one to beat in low light and in terms of camera features, while the GS4 is the best all-rounder. Check out the full comparison

4. Exclusive first look: Pics and video of the new Nexus 7

Nexus 7 leak

This summer we brought you a world-exclusive first look at what would become the 2013 Nexus 7.  The images revealed a 7-inch tablet running stock Android, with the word "Nexus" plastered across the back, along with some fairly detailed info on the device's specs. Sure enough, a couple of weeks later the device shown in our images and video emerged as the latest ASUS-built Nexus tablet. Check out the exclusive first look and our Nexus 7 review

5. Ten basic Android terminal commands you should know

Console

If you're going to start hacking your Android phone, unlocking your bootloader or running custom ROMs, you'll need to mess around with the command line at some point. In this February 2013 article, Jerry Hildenbrand walks through the drivers, commands and other tricks you'll need to get started. Check out the full article

6. Samsung Galaxy S4 review

Galaxy S4

No surprise to see this one make the list — the GS4 was one of the most important Android phones of the year, and almost certainly the best-selling. For our review this April, I spent the week in New York City getting to know Samsung's latest (and gatecrashing the Talk Mobile 2013 production), and 6,600-words, a few dozen photos and a bunch of video on the GS4 are what followed, in our exhaustive Galaxy S4 review. Read the full review

7. Samsung Galaxy S4 or the HTC One?

GS4, HTC One

This question dominated the Android world throughout much of the year, as buyers tried to decide which of these high-end contenders was worth their phone-buying cash. In this, our first comparison of the two at the New York launch event for the GS4, Phil Nickinson takes us through the differences between these two very divergent smartphones. Check out the full comparison article

8. HTC One review

HTC One

With the 2013 HTC One, HTC flipped the reset switch on its branding, its hardware and its software. What we saw from the Taiwanese company this March was a gorgeous metal smartphone with speedy internals, a flatter, pared-down HTC Sense and a bold new camera experience. As we discuss in our review, the HTC One wasn't a slam-dunk in every category, but there's no denying it was one of the most important Android phones of the year — and arguably a device superior to its better-known Korean rival. Read the full review

9. Nexus 5 review

Nexus 5

Another of the year's big reviews, the LG-made Nexus 5 marked the start of the Android 4.4 KitKat era, the most significant change to the OS since 2011's Ice Cream Sandwich release. Significantly, the Nexus 5 also lets buyers in the U.S. and Europe get hold of a high-end Android phone with the latest OS for around half the cost of rival devices. And while the Nexus 5 falls a little short in battery life and camera software, the overall package offered is unbeatable at this price point. Read the full review

10. Moto X review

Moto X

The Moto X's hardware wasn't as flashy as its competitors, but the new Motorola — now a Google company — soon won us over with speedy performance, a hand-friendly design and some genuinely useful software features. Touchless control and always-on listening allowed the Moto X to react to voice commands, even when asleep. And active notifications offered a new way to view alerts without unlocking the phone. In the U.S., too, buyers had the option to customize their Moto X through the Moto Maker site. Read the full review

Blast from the past

 
There are 67 comments

moosc says:

And no love for the best dam android phone of 2013. Lg G2. Typical

Posted via Android Central App via bad azz VZW LG G2 ROOTED!

ScottColbert says:

Apparently it wasn't one of the most read.

Everyone thinks the phone they have is the "best" phone.

samxool says:

Agreed. I have the Sony Xperia Z, and wouldn't trade it for S4, HTC One, G2, Moto X, Nexus 5, etc.
Shame sony don't get more attention, as I love the phone and the tablet z!

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NoNexus says:

Sony brings it on themselves with limited availability

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eahinrichsen says:

Well, considering that people (well, readers here, anyway) typically buy what they think is the best, that should probably be expected.

Which is fine, but thinking you have the best phone for yourself versus preaching that your phone is THE BEST for EVERYONE are two different things.

NoNexus says:

BUT I DO AND EVERY ONE NEEDS TO AS WELL!

/JK

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Hand_O_Death says:

I was thinking the exact same thing while scrolling down.

HalizDad says:

Second...And I agree with the above post...

mcgowan398 says:

LOL, I'm surprised you didn't get hammered by the above Android fanatics.

~ Nexus 5X™ by Motorola®

AlwaysSmile says:

Seriously? You guys won't even bother mentioning the LG G2??? Don't tell me that you guys aren't honest and you are making money from Samsung to ignore the fact that the LG G2 was better than the S4, cuz if that's the case than we can't trust this site any more!!! And as far as it looks like now that's the case

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wunderbar says:

Apparently you failed to read the fact that this is a top 10 list of visited posts on AC this year. This has nothing to do with the AC staff and everything to do with what the readers actually looked at.

Geez you fanboys and anti-company X people make me sick. Can't even be bothered to read the article and comprehend what's being discussed before jumping at the gun to defend your plastic rectangle.

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eahinrichsen says:

BUT SAMSUNG IS PAYING ANDROID CENTRAL TO SUPPRESS LG COVERAGE. IT'S A CONSPIRACY. THEY'RE ALL IN ON IT.

/WAAAAAAARGHARBL

return_0 says:

AND OMG JERRY IS PAID BY MOTOROLA

/tantai

Posted from my pure Google Nexus 4 using the AC app.

flipponater says:

And Richard Yarrel is paid by everyone!!!!

posting while eating gummybears in your girlfriends bedroom

MERCDROID says:

SHUT UP AND FINISH YOUR DAMN GUMMY BEARS!!

Posted from my "Gift from God" Nexus 5

flipponater says:

Yes ma'am

posting while eating gummybears in your girlfriends bedroom

MERCDROID says:

Lol

flipponater says:

so your licking otters lips?

posting while eating gummybears in your girlfriends bedroom

MERCDROID says:

¿Que?

Posted from my "Gift from God" Nexus 5

flipponater says:

Whats that mean...my 1st grade vocab cannot comprehend that....i wonder what comprehend means

posting while eating gummybears in your girlfriends bedroom

wtf is going on?!?!?

flipponater says:

Me and yo mama

posting while eating gummybears in your girlfriends bedroom

MERCDROID says:

Go home, you're drunk lol

Posted from my "Gift from God" Nexus 5

MERCDROID says:

I think we're still in the Matrix...

Posted from my "Gift from God" Nexus 5

flipponater says:

I am sure am drunk...ON DR. PEPPERS

posting while eating gummybears in your girlfriends bedroom

HalizDad says:

While I agree that AC is pretty slanted from time to time, this article is, as mentioned, about the most read articles...Of course, it is hard to read an article a lot, when a particular phone is barely covered. I read the reviews, and pick the best phone for ME. Once I pick the best phone for ME, well, it becomes the best phone on the planet. So fuckin' deal with it. Period.

Sent from my LG G2.

NoNexus says:

I am just gonna leave you guys to this line of commenting. I have zero to add.

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itr themes says:

I think you guys are missing the point on what this article is about.

mcgowan398 says:

It obviously states that Apple® is better than Android™.

~ Nexus 5X™ by Motorola®

Hunter Petit says:

jwyche007 says:

That was uncalled for Hunter Petit! What did the Portuguese ever do to you?

Posted via Android Central App

I'm going to give the ignorant posters above a couple of minutes to read the article title and introduction again.

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moosc says:

Well if they didn't flood the site with Samsung love. It wouldn't be read so much

Posted via Android Central App via bad azz VZW LG G2 ROOTED!

So Samsung articles affect your reading ability?

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brendilon says:

Which is why they picked the Moto X as the best device...?
or why they've been pushing the HTC One over the S4...?

MERCDROID says:

Just. Give. Up. It's. Pointless. Lol.

Posted from my "Gift from God" Nexus 5

HalizDad says:

I did read it...Change your tampon.

NoNexus says:

Moosc have you not been on AC this year?

The one from HTC gets all kinds of love because it is made from a single engine block, the X because of 'OMG I can hover over it' and the Nexus because, well Nexus. Let's not forget the G because of cheap.

This year has been decidedly less Samsung than other years.

Outside of the note 3, the sgs4 and the other Samsung phones were not all that noteworthy.

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SEGROUKIN says:

Read before you comment.

Season Greetings!

abdo pac says:

a fuck...!!! what about sony ???

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A895 says:

Sony wasn't popular enough obviously.

Posted Via VZW Moto X on the Android Central App

samxool says:

Yep. Strange though, as the Xperia Z & Z1 are awesome phones. And the tablet Z is the best 10 inch android tablet imho!
Still, there is something nice about pulling out my Sony phone and tablet and knowing it's virtually unlikely anyone else has the same device. Then again, Sony are probably not happy about that!

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TonyHove says:

I know what you mean! Got the Sony Tablet Z and the Xperia Z1. It's The ultimate tradeoff : wanting your phone to be known as the best whilst at the same time wanting to feel special (unique) that you are one of the few with that phone when you take it out..

Posted via Android Central App

jlczl says:

Yup. I know the feeling because I have one of the best rated Android phones of the year but it's rare at the same time....... a blue HTC One.

:-)

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slapshot486 says:

I think some of the people commenting missed a couple of key words in the title.

Incitatus says:

+1

HeyImAlexD says:

Something told me the "Best Free ______ " stories would be the top read stories. Lol.

Posted through my Nexus 7!

Jlav78 says:

Or competition : Giving away X to a lucky reader (region/international)

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JC93780644 says:

I got one loved the Nexus 5 Review and top Android Phones to pick. :)

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Synycalwon says:

What??? The Google Glass series didn't rank? What the @#$&! ;)

NoNexus says:

Same as Sony, limited release so no one really cares.

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Synycalwon says:

Yeah, I was trying to be sarcastic there. :D Those Glass articles put me to sleep.... don't know why I even read them. Only one that was somewhat interesting was with the CMO from MiKandi. =)

NoNexus says:

I still haven't read them, might one day when they make a Nexus glass for less than $1.

:-)

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deeb215 says:

LOUD NOISES!

drokssilva says:

And above all these, all the contests.

Posted via my defective Nexus 7(2013)

TonyHove says:

So true! Hahaha!

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hcane466 says:

I like to assure everyone that I posted this from my Android phone.

Thank you

ultravisitor says:

Butthurt and illiteracy make me laugh.

MERCDROID says:

Butthurt and Illiteracy are your friends, lol.

Seriously, these weren't the kinds of comments that I was expecting about articles that are several months old, lol.

Posted from my "Gift from God" Nexus 5

NoNexus says:

I know right? But then again, if it wasn't for butt hurt we wouldn't have some of the best comments ever

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blackbyrd says:

The phone I currently own is because of one of these very articles. Jerry was right!

Posted via Android Central best phone available: moto x

NoNexus says:

Shhhh.. Don't tell him that

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