Is Samsung Galaxy S4 best phone ever? Consumer Reports compares HTC One, LG Optimis, Apple iPhone

The Samsung Galaxy S4 , one of the most advanced Android smartphones ever, is the new top-rated smart smartphone, according to a comparison by our partners at Consumer Reports Magazine, topping even Apple's iPhone 5.

The Galaxy S4 delivered top-notch performance in the most critical areas of the magazine's tests, including the camera.

Why Galaxy S4 scores so highly

It dethrones the LG Optimus G , which occupied the top spot in the ratings for several months.

The magazine says the S4 has an excellent 5-inch, high-definition (1080p) touch-screen display, as well as oodles of gesture- and sensor-based tools for accessing and sharing content you create and capture on your phone.

A true multi-tasker, the S4 lets you run two apps simultaneously in a split-screen view. For instance, you can watch a video while checking email, or you can use Google Maps and Messaging simultaneously. They did find that battery life and voice quality varied slightly between cell carriers, as with the LG Optimus G.

Couch potatoes should enjoy the Galaxy S 4's built-in IR blaster, which can be programmed to control HDTVs and set-top boxes (and even initiate DVR recordings) from a host of different makers. It also shows you local cable listings, program details, and reminders geared to your preferences.

On May 15, Google announced its own unlocked version of the S4, which will be available in the Google Play Store on June 26 for $649. This unlocked model will run on AT&T's and T-Mobile's 4G LTE data networks.

Other Contenders

The magazine also gives good marks to the new HTC One, which it likes for the fact it can automatically create movies from your photo and video library, complete with soundtrack.

But Consumer Reports says the upcoming iPhone 5S could give the Galaxy a run for the money, when Apple releases its next phone later this year.

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