Best Smartphones of 2014: Top Trending Smartphones
When Android first appeared on the horizon of Smartphone world, it used to be the poor cousin of Apple or even the Nokia’s and Blackberry’s. It was meant for people who could not afford the premium and costlier Apple Phones. Gone are those days. Now, Android is the undisputed king of the Smartphone market and caters to the needs of buyers in all price brackets and categories and is giving brands like Apple a run for their money. However, Apple still enjoys a bigger brand name than Samsung, HTC or Sony and has its fair share of loyalists.
In the year 2014, there is an Android for everyone. Be it people who are looking for a Smartphone that just gets the job done and costs under $ 200 or people who want their Smartphones to be their style statement and are looking for aesthetics more than functionality and do not bother about the price or be it the people who are looking for a Smartphone that offers value for money without compromising on the features and functionality.
Let us take a look at the Smartphones that are making buyers reach out to their pockets. While some of these phones were only recently launched, some were launched last year and are still doing pretty well.
The HTC One (M8), the latest flagship from the HTC stable, is perhaps the best looking Smartphone in the market today. And if the looks fail to mesmerize you, the One M8 has almost everything you can ask of your phone, a brilliant design, a stunning 5 inches display, solid battery backup, a wonderful camera and it comes with a promise of a guaranteed access to the latest Android version.
The only problem or shortcoming of the HTC One (M8) is its camera. HTC for some reason, emphasizes on using the Ultra Pixel cameras in its phones. It does help in clicking some good images in low light conditions but overall the camera is just decent at best and is not at the same level as the phone itself. However, if you are not too demanding on your phone’s camera, the device should do just fine.
Sony Xperia Z2
The Sony Xperia Z2 looks almost identical to its predecessor the Z1 from a distance. However, Sony has made noticeable improvements in terms of quality and finish, which can easily be noticed if you look closely. The Xperia Z2 like all the other flagships comes loaded with the snapdragon 801, a brilliant display and a premium feel. Sony Xperia Z2 is undoubtedly a good looking and feature packed phone but is not for the size conscious and feels kind of big, even by the screen size standards.
Which one of these do you think is the best Smartphone?
One Plus One
The One Plus is the latest addition to the long list of Android Smartphone manufacturers. However, the One Plus has made its presence felt with its first device the OnePlus One. It is a Smartphone that combines the best of hardware and the software package in an average looking packaging and offers it at a remarkably low price. It certainly has got the Smartphone world by surprise and got the attention that is the driving force for a new company.
The One Plus One is a refreshing device with a huge 5.5 inches display, Snapdragon 801 chipset mated to a quad core processor clocking a speed of 2.5 GHZ. Moreover, it has a 3GB RAM to go with it all, which puts it at an advantage over most of the flagships.
Samsung Galaxy S5
The Samsung Galaxy S5 is a fitting and just successor to the Galaxy S4. It has almost every feature in the book and really top notch hardware including the 801 snapdragon, a quad core processor, little over 5 inches display and a 13 Mega Pixel camera with never heard before DSLR like features that can offer tough competition to the best in the market.
However, where the Galaxy S5 lacks is its outdated design and mediocre build quality that fails to inspire confidence.
LG had been written off by experts when it came to Smartphones and was not even a contender for the best Android manufacturer. However, the LG G2 changed that. The G2 is a stunning piece of hardware that has raised the bar of expectations from the G3.
LG took its time with the G3 and delayed the launch of the G3 compared to other Smartphone manufacturers and it was only launched recently. While Samsung and Sony launched their respective flagships the Galaxy S5 and the Xperia Z2 and got the first mover advantage, LG waited and came out with considerable changes in the G3 as compared to its predecessor.
The LG G3 comes with a 5.5 inches QHD display (1440p) that the Z2 and Galaxy S5 do not have. The G3 also made changes to the camera and shooter on the G3 is a 13 Mega Pixels with phase detection/laser auto-focus, dual LED flash and OIS to name a few. The LG G3 certainly impresses with its specs and is a worthy successor to the G2.
Motorola Moto G
Motorola Moto G is perhaps the best thing to have happened to Motorola in the last few years. Motorola has been in the ruins since last few years and had been completely overshadowed by the iPhones and Androids. However, with the Moto X and Moto G, Motorola seems to have got the formula right under the able leadership of Google.
The Moto G especially has heated the budget Android Smartphone segment like never before. The Moto G comes with a quad core processor, the latest version of Android and a promise of quick updates and a host of other premium hardware features that put it right up there with the Galaxy Grands and Galaxy S4 Minis.
Yet the price makes it fall into the budget Smartphone category. Moto G offers value for every buck spent and is arguably the best Smartphone offered at such a low budget.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3
A big phone should really be big on features and should make no efforts to keep it small in any department. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is one such big phone and no other phablet or big phone comes close when it comes to being big on features including a 5.7 inches screen and a 3 GB RAM.
The sheer size of this phone makes it huge and a bit too big to be used single handedly. Thus the Note 3 comes with a stylus. However, the biggest drawback is that it’s a bit too big for most pockets. If you have big enough pockets for this phone, there should be nothing to hold you back from buying it.
The iPhone has always been an epitome of luxury and best of technology. Ever since the launch of first iPhone, Apple has made its competitors work hard. Although things have changed ever since. Android has made its presence felt and others have caught up on the technology front, Apple still enjoys a brand value that no other phone manufacturer is able to match.
For the Apple fans, iPhone 5s is the best phone in the market today. It indeed is an inspiring piece of technology. The appeal starts from the eye popping design and the premium finish of the phone. The phone has the best in class camera and a 4 inch screen to go with it, which some may feel is small by today’s standards, but is definitely easier to use with one hand and fits into your pocket better.
The biggest flaw of the iPhone 5s still remains its battery backup. It will last one full day on a single charge but never more and leaves a lot to be desired from a brand like Apple. However, this is not enough to put people off and the iPhone 5s still features among the best phone of 2014.
Google Nexus 5
If you are a Google fan or an Android purist, this is the phone for you and if you are looking for top of the line specs at a reasonable price, this is the phone that fits the bill. The Nexus 5 despite being an ordinary looking phone with high end specifications and features has managed to set the cat among the pigeons because of its pricing.
The Nexus 5 comes with the Qualcomm snapdragon 800 chipset and a brilliant 5 inch screen that can give even the best display out there today a run for its money and perhaps the best value for money high end device today.
However, Google had to cut some corners to offer such a high end device at a very competitive price and it really shows when it comes to the Nexus 5 camera. The camera does not really fit with the other high end hardware specifications and is a big letdown.