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All these phones were launched 10 years ago (yes, we are old)


We review some historical mobiles that, surprisingly, were launched ten years ago.

All these phones were launched 10 years ago (yes, we are old)
The Google Nexus 5, one of the mythical smartphones that will be 10 years old this 2023

Ten years ago, in 2013, TikTok didn’t exist yet. Bitcoin had passed the $1,000 valuation for the first time. To Playstation 4 it lacked several months to be presented, WhatsApp was about to be a paid app for everyone (a change that didn’t last long, by the way) and one such windows phone It was trying to compete with Android and iOS to become the mobile operating system par excellence globally.

Things have changed a lot since then in every way. In the field of mobile telephony, specifically, the progress technologically they have brought us to a point where smartphones have reached a impressive level in aspects such as Photographythe charging speed or the versatility in usethanks to formats such as folding smartphones.

But, What was the mobile landscape like at that time? We wanted to look back ten years, and see what were the most popular smartphones that were launched on the market in 2013. If you were looking for your daily dose of nostalgia, here it is.

Samsung Galaxy s4

Android 12 on a Samsung Galaxy S4

The mythical Samsung Galaxy S4 is receiving Android 12 thanks to third-party ROMs

For many, one of the best samsung galaxy ever. The Galaxy S4 was introduced to the world in March 2013 as the flagship of the South Korean company for the first half of the year, with a 5-inch Super AMOLED screenFull HD + resolution and Gorilla Glass 3 glass protecting your screen.

included a processor Exynos 5410 Octa designed by Samsung accompanied by 2 GB of RAMand it was possible to buy it in configurations with 16, 32 or up to 64 GB of internal storage, figures that are currently reserved for the cheapest mobiles on the market.

It went on sale with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and it was updated to Android 5 Lollipop several years later. Regarding its camera system, it must be said that it had a 13 megapixel main sensorand a 2 megapixel front camera.

It has to be said that the reception of the Galaxy S4 in the market could not be better. It surpassed 10 million pre-orders in the first 2 weeks after its release. In total, 4 million units were sold in 4 days and 10 million in 27 days, which led it to become one of the best-selling smartphones in history, reaching more than 80 million units.


LG G2 next to a laptop

The mythical LG G2, one of the best smartphones in the history of the South Korean brand

To see how the world of mobile telephony has changed in the last ten years, you only have to look at LG. The South Korean company went from creating some of the best smartphones on the marketto have completely abandoned the telephone market.

The LG G2 It was one of those mobiles that marked an era. He was one of the first to have a 5.2 inch screen with technology True LCD IPS and Full HD + resolution, in addition to smaller margins than its rivals.

equipped processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 with 2 GB of RAM, a large capacity 3000 mAh battery and a 13-megapixel main camera.

It was the mobile that prompted LG to fight head-to-head with firms like Apple and Samsung in the high-end segment, by offering a Top notch experience in every waywith a design that many considered ahead of his timewhose main virtue was the inclusion of the volume and power buttons located at the back, leaving the sides completely free.

Google Nexus 5

Google Nexus 5

The Nexus 5 from LG and Google is one of the best smartphones created by Google in its entire history

We cannot talk about the LG G2 and forget about the mythical nexus 5, created in collaboration by Google and LG. The fourth generation of Google’s smartphone shared many of its features with the G2, such as Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 processor or 2 GB of RAM. However, he had a completely clean software based on Android 4.4 KitKat, and ended up being updated to Android 6.0 Marshmallow before being abandoned.

The Nexus 5 is considered by many to be one of the best Nexus ever, combining high-end specs with a original design (especially in its striking red color) and a very tight price, only 349 euros in its most basic version. Such was its success that to this day, ten years later, it is still in the minds of many people when they think of the best android smartphones ever.


Close-up of the Oppo N1 CyanogenMod Limited Edition

The OPPO N1 had a striking camera capable of rotating

In the middle of the year 2023 we are more than used to seeing smartphones that use the most extravagant solutions to hide or disguise the front cameras of the devices. Since modules that appear and disappear until hidden cameras behind the screen. What not many people know is that ten years ago, OPPO already tried something similar.

The OPPO N1 was a smartphone aimed at the upper-middle range, which stood out from the rest of the rival models for having a rotating camera module at its top.

This module had an automatic mechanism that allowed it to rotate up to 206 degrees to allow using the only camera on the device as rear or front camera depending on the moment. Years later, companies like Samsung adapted this system with mobiles like the Samsung Galaxy A80.

Nokia Lumia 1020

Nokia Lumia 1020

The striking Nokia Lumia with Windows Phone, considered one of the phones with the best camera in history

In 2013, the vast majority of high-end smartphones had 12 or 13 chambers megapixels and not too large sensors. Most except the lumia 1020.

What would be one of the last smartphones with Windows Phone, hit the market in 2013 equipped with a impressive 41 megapixel resolution sensor and 1/1.5″ wide, with 1.12 µm pixels, f/2.2 aperture, autofocus and optical stabilization, as well as Carl Zeiss optics, and dual xenon and LED flash. A marvel, which even today It is still used as a reference in some mobile photography comparisons.

If it weren’t for the fact that it had software incapable of competing with iOS and Android at the time, there is no doubt that the Lumia 1020 could have become one of the most relevant smartphones in the segment in its day.



HTC One, the smartphone that promoted the use of aluminum as a construction material

In February 2013, during the MWC, htc took one out of his sleeve masterpiece built in aluminum. The HTC One It is still considered to this day one of the best smartphones ever and one of the phones better designed that have been seen to date.

Not only his aesthetic was unique. HTC proved to be capable of refine the construction of the device to the maximumcombining quality materials with a manufacturing process that elevated it above any other phone seen so far.

As if that wasn’t enough, the HTC One was quite a beast of the high-end segment, with a High quality Super LCD3 screena powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor and a quirky UltraPixel camera of 4 megapixels, advanced for its time, and which ended up disappointing in a certain way by not being able to maintain a good balance between pixel size and resolution.

We can’t forget about your excellent sound system powered by Beats (yes, the same Beats that belongs to Apple today) or its Android-based software and customized by SenseUI, the first layer of customization that existed in Android.

Motorola Moto G

Motorola Moto G

The 2013 Motorola Moto G included customizable covers

The Moto G was the smartphone that revolutionized the mid-range at the time. At a time when all eyes were on the innovation that manufacturers focused on their most expensive devices, Motorola (which at the time was part of Google) dared to create a Inexpensive device capable of providing a great user experience in virtually every way.

The truly important thing about this phone was the paradigm shift that it meant in the telephony segment in 2013. It forced the rest of the manufacturers to make an effort to create low-priced smartphones with careful designs, good benefitsthat they received frequent operating system updates and, in short, that they were not disappointing for the simple fact of being “cheap”.

Such was its success that to this day, ten years laterMotorola continues to use the Moto G brand on its devices aimed at the mid-range.

LG G Flex

LG G Flex

The LG G Flex featured a flexible curved screen and a self-repairing back

The foldable smartphones are already a reality, and little by little They are gaining more and more prominence in the market. But long before these types of devices could exist, companies had to experiment with different technologies that would make it possible create phones with screens that bend.

One of the first to enter this world was LG with his series G Flex, that this 2023 has turned ten years old. This saga of devices, which ended up dying after two generations, stood out for equipping displays with P-OLED technology.

This type of screen, which to this day continues to be used by various manufacturers, differs from other OLEDs by be based on a plastic material with great flexibility. As a result, LG was able to create a family of curved phones in the shape of a “crescent”, which in the case of the first generation Flex reached six inches diagonal to become one of the biggest views on mobile to date.

Apart from the specialness of its screen, the LG G Flex also had some other peculiarity, such as the fact of having the side buttons that we already saw in the LG G2a “self-healing” plastic back thanks to the use of a resin that could hide small scratches. This is how we described it in our analysis, published in 2013:

The back of this terminal is covered by a state-of-the-art material (a kind of soft resin) that will allow it to avoid scratches and daily wear and tear, and can recover its smooth surface. He has healing powers, just like a certain mutant.

also had high-end specsincluding a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2 GB of RAM or a 3500 mAh capacity battery. At the time of its release, It cost about 799 euros in Spain.


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