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Top Smartphones For Gaming

Mobile gaming has its ample share in the productivity which smartphones offer, and you can say that the smartphones today are needfully resourceful for absolute gaming experience. And the games have been developed on multiple mobile platforms catering different kinds of smartphone gamers. This article focuses on the latest and best smartphones useful for all your gaming needs.

The rankings for top smartphones for gaming on our website are based on the ReviewGist Score – which combines ratings from expert reviewers from around the web to give you a single quality score from 1 to 100. Further, we narrowed down the selection to some of the latest Android smartphones which have been top rated by many authentic review sources around the web.

1. Nokia Lumia 928

Nokia Lumia 928 has been released very recently in to the market which is exclusively available from Verizon. Lumia 928 is a mid-range Windows Phone which can be afforded without digging deeper into your pockets. The strong feature set of Lumia 928 apart from its 8 Megapixel PureView camera include 1.5 GHz dual core processor, 1080p video recording capability and AMOLED display which complements Windows Phone user interface.

For gaming, Lumia 928’s 4.5 inch screen size, access to large collection of Xbox and other games available on Windows Phone Store, and dual-core 1.5 GHz processor come to your assistance. About the processor, CNET review mentions that the Qualcomm’s 1.5Ghz dual-core Snapdragon S4 Plus (MSM8960) processor gives no reason to complain. Speaking of the performance, PhoneArena review concludes that it processor works handsomely with nearly all tasks, as every action is accompanied with that tangible level of responsiveness that the platform is known to deliver.

For its price, Nokia Lumia 928 is the best in the market with all its specifications. But on the other hand, watch your step: you may be disappointed by the limited number of apps availability from the Windows Phone Store. So, those of you who are specific about highly customizable user interfaces and expecting a lot more from the application usage: try Android or iPhone offerings. And when it comes to gaming, Windows Phone Store may not offer some of the most popular games which are running on Android and iOS platforms right now, but definitely has unique and very good collection of games.

2. Samsung Galaxy S4

Samsung Galaxy S4 is the newest and most advanced Android smartphone from the manufacturer. When compared with Galaxy S3, the previous year’s flagship model, S4 is touted to be a more powerful 5-inch smartphone with Full HD Super AMOLED display hosted by a robust 1.9 GHz quad-core processor and the latest version of Android operating system.

The superfast processor deployed on Galaxy S4 is suggested to be the fastest and perfectly acceptable for gaming, viewing HD videos or any other multimedia and multitasking needs, which is why CNET highlights the blazing speed and powerful performance of the Galaxy S4 smartphone as one of the fastest handheld machines available anywhere. PhoneArena review specifies that the powerful, cutting-edge chipset is clocked at 1.9 GHz to offer unsurpassed performance no matter what task is being executed. Added to this, on the 5 inch Full HD screen, you have the access to download and enjoy a plethora of games available on Google Play Store.

Galaxy S4 offers great things: best display, optimum camera, latest Android OS and a blazing processor. Galaxy S4 should be your best choice if you are looking for an high-end smartphone for gaming which has some very useful and customizable options like UI, expandable memory slot and, removable battery.

3. Sony Xperia Z

Xperia Z is the Sony’s flagship smartphone released earlier this year with a premium spec sheet which any of the earlier Xperia phones didn’t have. The unique feature of this 5 inch Xperia smartphone which runs the latest Android OS and 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, is the water and dust resistant body. Added to that, the SD card slot caters to those of you who need extra storage space apart from the existing built-in memory. Read on to know how well this Sony smartphone can assist you in enjoying your gaming.

For the first time, Sony has tried out implementing the quad core processor on this Xperia Z smartphone for better performance of all your multimedia and multitasking needs – especially gaming. This smartphone can allow you to access and enjoy the every other game available game on Google Play Store, since the phone can run 4.2.2 Jelly Bean version of Android operating system. PhoneArena remarks that the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor which Sony has deployed offers a clock speed upto 1.5 GHz adds up to the strong spec sheet which the Xperia Z has. TechRadar review also concedes that the processor was quick on all but the most extreme of tasks as expected – giving a very less scope to induce a complaint.

Xperia Z is a recommendable phone which has premium features with the thinnest body and a beautiful design. Overall, with least drawbacks, Sony delivers you the performance with Xperia Z with high-end specs of display, processor and OS, which you would expect from a typical high-end smartphone for gaming.

4. HTC One

HTC One is the one impressive Android smartphone currently available in the market which scores well in the critical areas: design, screen, sound and camera. The phone has an outstanding 4.7 inch display with a pixel density of 468 ppi which is the highest among any other smartphone – which again could be one of the sufficiently apt reasons for buying a smartphone for gaming. Adding to the display, the gorgeous dual frontal stereo speakers of this phone help in  getting hold of immersive gaming experience.

HTC One could be an adept another choice for your gaming needs since the 1.7 GHz quad core processor helps in smoother running of your most Android applications. About the blazing performance of One, PhoneArena notes that this sleek smartphone is accompanied by a stutter-free quad-core processor for versatile usages. CNET review too proclaims that the exceptional processor specification will surely be one of the reasons for trying out this smartphone.

HTC One can be recommended as the best smartphone in the market which gives a head to head competition to the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Xperia Z. Along with its performance, if you want to experience the sleek interface of HTC’s Sense and if your choice of design leans towards aluminium body, HTC One should your choice. But if you would prefer to use a phone with a removable battery and if you prefer expandable memory slot for extra space, Galaxy S4 can stand as the very next option for gaming.

The list of smartphones for gaming in this article were chosen in July 2013 and for the latest list of the best smartphones at ReviewGist, check out the link here. We regularly update our cellphone listing as per their arrival into the market from the manufacturers, and then we match these products to their expert reviews from around the web to give you the most updated list of the best cellphones to buy.

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Hrishikesh is a gadget freak and is your best source to find the best cellphones to buy for your needs. Hrishikesh is a resident editor at ReviewGist and manages the top cellphone category - ReviewGist helps you find the best gadgets to buy and is your trusted source for the most upto-date recommendation on the top cellphones to buy.



  1. harshi

    July 10, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    S4 has no competition in the gaming arena ! thats it and no doubt !

  2. raj

    July 11, 2013 at 4:37 am

    Haven’t had a hand on Nokia Lumia 928 but seems to be a good choice. For me Galaxy S IV is the best phone for gaming as it has one of the strongest processor of its time, It doesn’t has the best looking outerbody but is one of the best when it comes to features & performance.

  3. Rohit

    July 12, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    nice article pal, i would prefer htc one among all of these phones, because of the innovative ultrapixal technology and the all new htc sense 5 UI

    • Raj

      July 18, 2013 at 5:21 am

      hello rohit, Having Ultra-Pixel technology doesn’t suggest that phone will be good for gaming.Overall HTC one is the best phone available in the market not just because of its Ultra-pixel technology but because of all its features, Outer body, & HTC sense.

  4. Jacksmith

    July 14, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    If cost doesn’t matter then Samsung galaxy s4 is great phone for gaming due to the big screen size and latest android..

  5. sanjay

    July 15, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    gaming is always fun, n gaming in smart phones has loads of fun….. luv gaming in smart phone n nw i hav 1 of my own smart phone

  6. Adam

    July 17, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    As a gaming freak, I found this article very interesting. Thanks for the share:)

  7. nicks

    August 2, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Wow, all are super cool mobile phones.. It seems specially built for Gaming..! cool.

  8. paul

    August 2, 2013 at 10:32 am

    among all of this Sony Xperia Z is the best, its best for play game specially for me i give it 5 out of 5 star 🙂 Also suggest top game for it

  9. Mukesh Agarwal

    August 9, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    I had access to a Nokia Lumia and I must say that the makers of XBox know how to run games on small devices. Was a great experience even though the game could use some love itself.

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