There was a time when web developers and programmers all had no choice but to do all of their work in front of a desktop PC, as laptops didn't provide the power they need and phones were, well, just phones and don't have any other uses outside of making calls and sending text messages. But these past few years, the advent of smartphones that are almost as powerful as desktop PCs, not to mention new mobile apps that lend themselves well to working remotely means that mobile phones are now an indispensable tool in a developer's arsenal.
One Thing to Keep in Mind Regarding the Top 10 Developers’ Mobile Phones
When shopping around for the top 10 mobile phones for developers, it is important to keep in mind that these devices will complement the computer that you're using for coding. They also provide extra features, such as remote access to your files via the cloud, but these are mostly reliant on the apps instead of the phones. In a way, this list represents the top mobile phones that will be appreciated by developers. First on the list is the Samsung Galaxy S4.
10. Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung's Galaxy S4 is well known for being suited to viewing multimedia and game content, thanks to its 5-inch screen powerful processor. But outside of entertainment purposes, it's also a very decent workhorse that developers will appreciate. For instance, it has a new eye tracking technology that lets you scroll the screen simply by tilting your head. It also lets you preview an email or a photo simply by hovering your finger above it. About the only downside to the S4 is its price. It's still fairly new, and is one of the leading models right now so you can expect to shell out a pretty large amount just to get one. You can expect it to go down in price once it gets replaced by newer models, but people on a budget should move along.
9. Blackberry Q10
The Blackberry line of phones, while capable devices, was not really popular among people who wanted phones that double as entertainment devices, mainly because they runs on the Blackberry OS instead of Android, and because it has a very small screen compared to most Android or iOS phones. However, Blackberries are well known among people who need to use their phone for work, and that includes developers. The Q10 has a few advantages for developers. One is that the small screen ensures that the battery drain is kept to a minimum, meaning it lasts longer and they can use it for a long time without requiring a recharge. Next is that it has a QWERTY keypad, which facilitates fast typing of text compared to virtual keyboards.
8. HTC One
HTC has been struggling to regain their market share these past few years, but their HTC One seems to be the phone that will mark their return to form. The key advantage of the HTC one is its excellent UI, which has the ability to aggregate all your social media and news feeds in one place.
7. Samsug Galaxy Note 2
With a 1.6 Ghz quad core processor, it's pretty much a given that Samsung's Galaxy Note can hang with the best of them, power-wise. But its true advantage lies in its 5.5" screen and its unique S-Pen technology, which ensures that it can work well as both a smartphone and a tablet.
6. Nokia Lumia 920
Nokia is another former giant that seemingly lost their market share once the iOS and Android mobile phones solidified their foothold on the market. But like HTC, they seem to be on the verge of regaining their past glory, especially with the Lumia 920, which is one of the first few phones to take full advantage of Microsoft's Windows 8 OS.
5. Sony Xperia Z
Sony knows their way around hardware, and the Sony Xperia Z is no exception. It has the requisite gorgeous HD screen that's big enough to not require you to squint, and hardware that's powerful enough to run console-level games. Additionally, it has a waterproof design that makes you feel safe that spilling your coffee or soda accidentally on it during one of those marathon coding sessions will not cost you a new phone.
4. Samsung Galaxy S3
Samsung's Galaxy S4 has been mentioned above, and was kept lower on the list because of its price, which is still steep because it's still new and top of the line. It's the same reason why the Galaxy S3 is so high up on the list. It's only slightly weaker and less featured than the S4, but it still dominates other phones on the market. The fact that it's showing its age means that it's also going to drop further in price.
3. Google LG Nexus 4
The LG Nexus 4 has direct support from Google, which means you get the pure Google experience - meaning all of Google's applications, from the play store to gmail and even their Google Code, is supported well. Users can also feel safe knowing that it will run the latest Android OS and will receive updates directly from Google, including feature sets that have not made their way to other handsets yet.
2. Apple iPhone 5
Even in the desktop arena, Apple has proven itself to be the platform of choice for many web developers. The same is true in the mobile phone arena, and while the iPhone 5 proved to be underwhelming based on standards set by its predecessors, it is still one of the best smartphones out there when it comes to the perfect combination of form and function.
1. Apple iPhone 4S
The reason why the iPhone 5 was a disappointment is because the iPhone 4S was really excellent, and right now there are only a few things the iPhone 5 has that the 4S lacks, and very few of them are important when it comes to developers. What's even better is that the iPhone 4S is substantially cheaper, meaning you get the best of both worlds.