Find the Best Smartphones Available this Year
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Trying to find the best smartphone can be pretty difficult considering the amount of choices we have nowadays. The past year has seen the release or announcement of a crazy amount of excellent smartphones.
Whether it’s Windows, Blackberry, Android, or iOS, all of the major players found ways to keep themselves in the headlines. We have compiled a list of best smartphones for 2014 that will ensure you get the latest and greatest phone for the new year.
These are the Top 10 Smartphones for early 2014
10.) BlackBerry Z
BlackBerry Z 30
- Modern Touchscreen
- Blackberry 10 OS
- Voice Control, NFC, Photo Editing
- 1280 x 720 resolution, at 295 ppi
- 1080p HD Video Recording
At the top of our smartphone rankings is the BlackBerry Z10. The BlackBerry Z10 did wonders for keeping the BlackBerry name relevant. Finally upgrading to a modern touchscreen interface, the Blackberry Z10 uses the new BlackBerry 10 operating system.
This OS is clean and those that are familiar will BlackBerry will feel right at home. It also has plenty of modern features like voice control, NFC, and photo editing.
9.) Motorola Moto
Motorola Moto X
- 4.7in Display
- 10 MP Camera
- 1.7 GHz Processor
- Android Jelly Bean 4.2
- AMOLED display
The Moto X did something that no phone has ever done. The Moto X allows you to customize the color and wallpaper of your phone. The possibilities are virtually limitless when it comes to all of the different combinations you can try.
In addition to that, the Moto X runs a very near-Stock version of Android. It does have a few bells and whistles to keep things interesting. Active Notifications uses the phone’s AMOLED display to flash notifications on the screen without using up too much battery. Always Listening allows users to access Google Now just by saying, “Okay, Google Now…” and they don’t even have to touch their phone.
8.) Sony Xperia
Sony Xperia Honami Z1
- 16 GB Memory
- 4G LTE
- 20 MP Camera
- Android 4.4 Kit Kat OS
The excellent follow up to the Sony Xperia Z1, the Honami Z1 has a massive amount of hype surrounding it. It has the same G lens as the Z1, but is also going to sport a 3.5 megapixel front facing camera. For front facing cameras, that’s pretty high end. Add that to the 20mp rear camera and you have a great camera phone!
The Honami is also shipped with the latest version of Android, 4.4 Kit Kat. The Xperia Z series is also renowned for being one of the very few waterproof smartphones on the market. It’s very likely that the Z2 is going to follow suit.
7.) Google Nexus
Google Nexus 5
- 4.59 oz and 8.59 mm thin
- 4G/LTE and ultra-fast Wi-Fi
- 2.26GHz Qualcomm SnapdragonTM 800 processor
- 5in Full HD Display
- Android 4.4 Kit Kat OS
A staple in the smartphone market, the Google Nexus is always a great choice for any Android purist. In addition to having Stock Android, the Nexus devices are always the first to get upgraded to brand new versions of Android.
Whether it’s a simple camera update or and overhaul of the entire operating system, Nexus owners will always be the first that are able to show it off.
6.) Nokia Lumina
Nokia Lumina 1020
- 41 MP Camera
- Windows Phone OS
- 4.5 Inch HD AMOLED Display
- 480 Minute Battery Life
- 1.5 GHz Processor
The Nokia Lumia 1020 is the best smartphone overall for people that love the Windows operating system. The Nokia Lumia 1020 houses an astonishing 41 megapixel camera. The camera is so huge, it has it’s own little hump on the back.
While some may dislike the form factor, there is no other smartphone that takes pictures as well as the Lumia 1020 can. The HD AMOLED screen is screen is vibrant and does a great job of showing off the Windows 8.1 operating system.
5.) Samsung Galaxy Note
Samsung Galaxy Note 3
- 5.7inch AMOLED HD 1080p Display
- 13 MP Camera with LED Flash + Autofocus
- 32 GB Storage with 3GB Ram
- 1.9 GHz Cortex-A15 Processor
- Handwriting Input
The Galaxy Note 3 is the newest in Samsung’s line of “phablet” smartphones. The phone has an enormous 5.7 inch AMOLED display. This makes the Note 3 great for watching YouTube, watching NetFlix, using your S-Pen, and multitasking.
Like a desktop PC, more than one app can be on the screen at any given time. That’s how big this screen is. It is also one of the few smartphones that comes with its own stylus. Handwriting input allows you to jot down little notes, draw, and will even convert your handwriting into text.
4.) LG G2
- 2.26 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor
- 4G LTE
- 5.2 Inch Edge to Edge Display
- Loaded with LG Enhancements
- 13 MP Camera
Another phone that can be considered a “phablet,” the LG G2 is another huge phone. With a 5.2 inch IPS display, colors are rich and saturated.
The LG G2 is also one of the few smartphones that has optical image stabilization. This feature is omitted in almost all other smartphones, but the LG G2 shows why it’s important. Photos come out with almost no blurriness and video recording is very smooth.
The G2 also doesn’t have any buttons on the side. LG opted to put the Power and volume buttons on the back.
3.) HTC One
- 4.7 Inch Display
- HTC 5 Ultrapixel Camera
- Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS
- 1.7 GHz Processor
- 4G LTE
The HTC One is the closest thing to an iPhone clone that Android has to offer. The HTC One has a 5 Ultrapixel camera that is perfectly designed to capture more light in low light situations.
The HTC One also has a gorgeous aluminium unibody design that is quite reminiscent of the iPhone 5. The phone also comes with an app called, “Blinkfeed” that puts all of your news sources in one easy-to-reach location.
2.) Samsung Galaxy S
Samsung Galaxy S4
- Quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A15
- 5-inch Full HD 1080p Super AMOLED Display
- Full 1080p Video Recording
- 2 GB of RAM Memory
- 13 MP Camera
The Samsung Galaxy S series is as top of the line as Android gets. There’s a reason why Galaxy phones are the most popular phones on the market. The camera and mobile merger that Samsung did in late 2013 may give a hint to what Samsung is focusing on with the S5.
The S4 had some of the best camera software Android had to offer. Imagine how good it would be now that Samsung’s mobile and camera departments are working together.
The S4 was the fastest selling device in Android history. It’s very likely that the S5 will have the same success.
1.) Apple Iphone
Apple Iphone 5s
- 4.0 Inch Retina Display
- A7 chip with M7 motion coprocessor
- 8MP iSight camera with True Tone flash and 1080p HD video recording
- Fingerprint identity sensor
The best mobile phone for 2014. The Apple iPhone is the reigning king of the smartphone market. As usual, the next iPhone has a lot of buzz surrounding it. As usual, there will probably be another iOS update to coincide with the launch of the iPhone 6. The current iPhone 5S ships with iOS7, the much waited update to the popular operating system.
It’s simple, clean, and looks a lot more modern than the other versions of iOS. It’s also very likely that the iPhone 6 was have an excellent camera. All iPhones before it have been lauded for the excellent quality of the camera, even in low light situations.
Right now, there’s a lot to speculate when it comes to the iPhone 6. However, if it improves even more on the iPhone 5S, expect it to be one of the best phones on the market.
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These are the top rated smartphones for 2014. These phones are top of the line and are sure to last you all throughout 2014 and leading into 2015.
You should be choosing a phone depending on things that you need. Someone who isn’t really interested in a big screen would be satisfied with the iphone 5, but someone looking for a bit more size should definitely go with one of the Samsung phones. Each of those phones is amazing and offers something unique, and its up to you to decide which phone will work best for you.
If 2013 was any indication, 2014 is going to be an even better year for the top smartphone developers.