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Top Rated Cell Phones 2014

Updated on December 8, 2013

There are hundreds of different cell phones out there. Some are rich in features, others stylish and some cell phones are just plain, but practical. What I recommend you look for is a good blend of design, features and performance.

In 'top rated cell phones 2014' I will shortly review my top 2 picks of 2014.

Best selling cell phone 2014
Best selling cell phone 2014

HTC Inspire 4G

The HTC Inspire 4G, follows the footsteps of the HTC Evo 4G and HD7. Measuring 4.8 inches tall by 2.7 inches wide and being 0.46 inches thick and weighing 5.78 ounces. It’s a bit of a job carrying the device but with time, you get use to it. Considering the features it’s a pretty a slim device.

The inspire features a 4.3 inch WVGA touch screen which gives very high quality sharpness and brightness, though colors do tend to fade a bit in bright sunlight. The massive display makes it great for checking web pages and multimedia. With the inbuilt accelerometer and pinch- to-zoom support, one can easily increase the viewing size. It has a very responsive keypad, immediately registering all my taps and scrolling smoothly through menus and lists.

Under the display are the standard Android shortcuts like; home, menu, back and search. There’s a volume control on the left side and a power button at the top. The 3.5 mm headphone jack is usually situated on top of HTC’s, on most smartphones, here it is on the bottom along with the micro-USB. Unfortunately, there is no dedicated camera button or kickstand, features that would have been welcome.

At the back, you'll find the camera and dual-LED flash, but HTC did come up with something different with the battery door, this time. There are two removable pieces, one at the bottom and one on the right side (when looking at the phone from behind). The one on the right hand side can be slipped off to access the SIM and memory card slots, while the other provides access to the battery.

The Motorola Droid X

Motorola and Verizon definitely like to go big with their android devices, first with the Motorola Droid and recently with the Droid X. At 5 inches tall by 2.6 inches wide and 0.4 inch thick, weighing at 5.47 ounces, it’s taller than the HTC Evo 4G but also thinner and lighter. I was very surprised at how light the phone felt in the hand but at this size, it can be a bit tough if you got small hands and also makes a bit of a tight squeeze in your pockets. There is a small bump on the back, where the camera and flash are housed but I found it wasn’t much of a nuisance. The backside also has a neat soft touch finish making it a solid handset.

The text is easy to read and colors look vibrant, giving a great and unique multimedia experience. It is a multi-touch display, so apart from getting pinch to support, you can also press two keyboard buttons at once (e.g., shift + letter key). There’s a proximity sensor and a built-in accelerometer that was very responsive in changing the screen orientation.

The Droid X offers two keyboards: the standard virtual keyboard and swipe. If dragging your finger from key to key to enter sounds crazy, your not alone. At first, I was skeptical  but after trying it on the Samsung Behold II, it actually became my keyboard of choice. It’s surprisingly accurate and quite quick. If you still don’t like it then don’t worry as the Droid X’s standard keyboard also feels pretty responsive.

Below the display, there’s the standard Android shortcut keys; menu, home, back and search. These are hard buttons and not touch sensitive. Some have preferences towards one or the other but we definitely prefer the physical buttons and Motorola did a nice job in streamlining them into the phone’s design. There are also some controls on the right side, including a volume control and a button for activation and capturing but in all honesty, I found the latter a little too close for my taste.

The Motorola Droid X will ship running Android 2.1 with a revised version of the Motoblur software.

The latter looks very different from anything I have seen on the Motorola Cliq and Backflip. You still get widgets for your social networking updates like the; photo gallery, weather and favorite contacts but they don’t take up huge chunks of space on your home screen anymore and you can even resize the widgets. It gives an overall cleaner experience and best of all, you won’t feel overwhelmed by all the information.

Touch sensitive keyboard on device
Touch sensitive keyboard on device

I hope 'top rated cell phones 2014' was helpful in helping you decide which phone is best, for you.


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      oksoum 6 years ago from ny new york city

      thank you for these great mobile phone shame that the iphone4 is not in the list