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Smartphones with the best cameras
Samsung Galaxy S4
Cnet rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
The good: The Galaxy S4 has Android 4.2.2, a fantastic camera, a powerful quad-core processor and software for just about every scenario - including working as a TV/DVR remote. Its also comfortable to hold and has NFC, a user-replaceable battery and a microSD storage slot.
The bad: Its screen is dimmer than those of competitors, its plastic design gives it a cheaper look than its rivals and the power button turns on at undesirable times. Not all camera modes work as promised, and a long list of software features can quickly overwhelm and confuse.
The cost: $100 to $650
The bottom line: Its laundry list of features require time and effort to truly master, but the Galaxy S4 is the top choice for anyone looking for a big-screen, do-everything smartphone.Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom
Cnet rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
The good: The Galaxy S4 Zooms advanced controls and preset modes are easy to use. Top-notch image quality, optical zoom and a tripod mount make it the most flexible smartphone camera there is. Android 4.2 helps keep the device fresh and connected.
The bad: Heavy, thick and asymmetrical, the camera-shaped Zoom is incredibly awkward and uncomfortable to use as a phone.
The cost: Not available in the U.S. until the fourth quarter. (coming in fourth quarter in U.S.)
The bottom line: Buy the Zoom if youd like a flexible two-in-one camera/smartphone, no matter the size. But enthusiasts should stick to stand-alone shooters, and slimmer smartphones will satisfy most photo needs.Nokia Lumia 1020
Cnet rating: 4 stars out of 5
The good: The Lumia 1020 smartphones camera captures extremely high-resolution images with fine detail and puts creative controls at your fingertips.
The bad: A niche device, it is $100 pricier than most high-end smartphones. The lens makes it a little bulky. Multiple camera apps are confusing. It lacks manual f-stop control and presets for common shooting scenarios.
The cost: $300
The bottom line: Avid mobile photographers will love the Nokia Lumia 1020s exact controls, but casual users should stick to cheaper camera phones.HTC One
Cnet rating: 4 stars out of 5
The good: The One flaunts a stunning metal design, a powerful quad-core processor and a beautiful 4.7-inch, 1080p screen. It runs Android Jelly Bean, takes great pictures and has a feature-packed camera app.
The bad: The sealed case means no SD expansion slot or user-replaceable battery. The BlinkFeed software cant be completely removed. The phone isnt available on Verizon.
The cost: $100 to $630
The bottom line: A few quibbles notwithstanding, the powerhouse HTC One is a beautifully crafted, near-ideal smartphone.
These Cnet staff members contributed to this report: senior editors Jessica Dolcourt, Brian Bennett and Laura K. Cucullu. For more reviews of personal technology products, visit

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