We’re rushing towards the end of 2014. This year served to prove a boon to the Gadgets industry, with numerous devices released under the ‘smartphone’ tag. The trend that was followed in the making ‘flagship devices by OEMs worldwide included larger displays (around 5 inches), faster quad-cored SoCs, improved optics, better connectivity options and improved (more minimal) software.
Here we take a look on the 10 best smartphones debuted in 2014.
Sony has never let us down in terms of design from the Xperia Z series. This amazing piece of smartphone comes with a powerful 2.5 GHz processor and 3 GB RAM. The phone has a 5.2” full HD display. How can we forget the 20.7 MP Sony camera with Exmor R sensor at the back and 2.2 MP front facing camera. The phone is dirt and water resistant. Z3 offers 16/32 GB of internal storage which is expandable up to 128 GB. No doubt this awesome and powerful device tops our list of best smartphones.
An elegant phone with high end features and amazing build quality, HTC One M8 is one of the best smartphones out there. The M8 comes with a brilliant 5” full HD display. It is packed with a 2.3 GHz quad core processor and 2 GB of RAM. M8 has a dual 4 UltraPixel rear camera with depth sensor and dual LED flash, and 5MP front-facing camera. Of course the HTC Sense UI 6 is everyone’s favorite. The phone offers 16/32 GB internal storage expandable up to 128 GB.
Nexus 6, the latest device in Nexus line-up, was the first smartphone running on Android Lollipop 5.0. The huge 6” with Quad HD display feels amazing with the new Material Design and the stock Android experience. The device is powered by a 2.7 GHz quad core processor and 3 GB RAM giving you an experience with no lags. The best feature is that it accompanies the turbo charging technology (charging with a turbo charger for 15 mins gives you up to 8 hrs of battery life). The phone features 13 MP rear camera with dual LED (ring) flash and 2 MP front facing camera.
Though LG came up with their flagship device a bit late, they didn’t let us down in terms of features and design with the G3. This gorgeous device comes with a 5.5” quad HD display. The volume buttons and the power button at the back and the curved design gives it an amazing look. The phone comes with a 13 MP rear camera with laser auto focus which makes it the fastest focusing smartphone accompanied with a 2.1 MP front facing camera. G3 is powered by a 2.5 GHz processor, a 2 GB (16 BG variant)/ 3 GB (32 GB variant) RAM and 3000 mAh battery.
OnePlus One or as they call it Flagship Killer is one of the best smartphone with incredibly low price. The phone runs on CyanogenMod, which is among the headlining feature. It is powered by 2.5 GHz quad core processor and 2 GB (16 GB model)/ 3 GB (64 GB model) RAM. OnePlus One has amazing build quality and awesome design with a 5.5” full HD display. This device comes with a 13 MP camera with dual LED flash at the back and a 5 MP camera to take selfies. The only hitch is the invite system to buy the phone.
Samsung Galaxy Note series which is considered to be the best business phones came up this year with the new 5.7” Note 4. Over the years, Samsung has improved its build quality and design. The device features a quad HD display, a 16 MP rear camera and a 3.7 MP front facing camera. The famous S Pen exclusive to the Note series is vastly improved improved. Note 4 is powered by a 2.7 GHz quad core processor and a 3 GB RAM. The device features a fingerprint scanner and a heart rate sensor. This amazing phablet provides a 32 GB internal storage which can be expandable up to 128 GB.
The 2nd Generation Moto X is one of the best phone with stock android experience with the latest android update Android 5.0. The 5.2″ full HD AMOLED display with beautiful curved design and wooden and leather back panels adds to its uniqueness. Moto X is powered by a 2.5 GHz quad core processor and a 2 GB RAM. Moto voice, exclusive to the Moto X lets you control your device without even touching it! The phone features a 13 MP rear camera with dual LED (ring) flash and 2 MP front facing camera.
After the iPhone 5s, iPhone underwent through an incredible change in design. iPhone 6 has design with curved edges and awesome build quality. iPhone 6 comes with a 4.7″ display and a lovely glass front. The device is powered by a 1.4 GHz processor and 1 GB RAM still providing amazing multi-tasking. The device features an 8 MP rear facing iSight camera with dual LED flash and 1.2 MP front facing camera. The latest update of iOS 8 runs well on the device. For the first time Apple came up with a 128 GB variant too.Of course the best feature of the device is that it’s an iPhone!
The best device for developers, Nexus 5 is loved by people. This brilliant phone with a 4.95″ full HD display, runs on the stock Android OS. The device has a decent design with good build quality. Nexus 5 is powered by a 2.26 GHz processor and 2 GB RAM providing a lag free experience. The device features a 8 MP rear camera and 1.3 MP front facing camera. The only downside to this device is that it does not support a external storage and only 16/32 GB internal storage.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 comes with a 5.1″ full HD AMOLED display. This device comes with a great 16 MP at the back with LED flash and 2 MP front facing camera. This water and dust resistant device comes with a fingerprint scanner and a heart rate sensor. S5 is powered by 2.5 GHz quad core processor, 2 GB RAM and a 2800 mAh battery. The design of the phone is improved over its previous S4. The phone offers a 16/32 GB storage which can be expanded up yo 128 GB