The hottest phones for the year 2014!

Top 10 smartphones 2014

Here it is, an honest breakdown of the best smartphones for the year, counting down from 10 to 1.

10. OnePlus One

Based on value for money alone, this would would easily make it into the top 3 section of this list. Coming in at $300, the OnePlus One offers higher specifications than some of its elder cousins, most notably the 3GB of RAM this bad boy has under the hood.

OnePlus One

Cyanogen Mod powered OnePlus One

Sadly however, there are real world shortcomings with this phone. For one, it does not offer a microSD card slot. If you’re lucky enough to get your hands on the 64GB variant this won’t be a problem. Those finding themselves with the 16GB version however will likely suffer storage constraints.

Pros:

  • At $300, the OnePlus One is excellent value for money
  • Runs CyanogenMod 11 out the box.

Cons:

  • Lack of memory card expansion slot
  • Limited availability

09. Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

The big 3 cellphone manufacturers (Apple, Samsung and Sony) all have 2 phones each on this list. One is for smaller hands and pockets, and the bigger brother for those who think size is important.

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

When it comes to size, they don’t come smaller than the Xperia Z3 Compact. It sports a 4.6 inch 720p display, slightly smaller than the iPhone 6. The phone is also designed and built to Sony’s very high standards and has IP68 certification, making it dust and water resistant.

Pros:

  • Premium build quality
  • Excellent battery life with fast charging (60% in 30 min)

Cons:

  • 720p screen feels dated
  • Non-removable battery

08. iPhone 6

It was bound to happen, Apple bowed down to consumer pressure and delivered a bigger iPhone. While there’s nothing wrong with a bigger iPhone, one has to wonder if this could be a turning point for the Cupertino company. Will consumers have a greater say in future releases?

Anyway, back to the phone. It’s beautiful, elegant and everything you’d expect from Apple. Choosing between an iPhone 6 and an iPhone 6 Plus will depend on one’s preference, with the most distinguishing factor being size. Previous users of iPhones will feel more comfortable with iPhone 6 while those moving from large Android handsets may opt for the larger iPhone 6 Plus which is covered later.

Pros:

  • Flawless, lightweight design.
  • Magnificent camera

Cons:

  • No user-replaceable battery
  • No memory expansion
  • 720p screen should be 1080p at this level

07. Motorola Moto X (2014)

Motorola was almost onto a winner here with their Moto X (2014) edition. The screen is fantastic and so is the phone’s dual-led flash system for taking pictures in low light.

Motorola Moto X (2014)

Motorola Moto X (2014)

However, for all their excellent design and build quality, they disappoint in not providing a memory card expansion slot. This is especially a problem when you consider the phone only comes in 16 and 32 GB variants.

Pros:

  • Screen and design
  • Camera

Cons:

  • Average battery
  • Limited storage space

06. Samsung Galaxy S5

In typical Samsung style, the Galaxy S5 was given everything but the kitchen sink. From a heart rate monitor and fingerprint scanner to an IR blaster which allows the phone to function as a remote control, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is not short on features.

Sadly however, Samsung refuses to switch to a more premium material to house their flagship. The plastic used on the Galaxy S5 is unbecoming for a phone carrying such a heavy price tag. Owners of the international variant will appreciate that it comes with 2 years of ADH-Premium, which allows for up to 2 free screen replacements or repair from water damage.

Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy S5

Pros:

  • Crisp, vivid Amoled display
  • Excellent camera
  • ADH-Premium

Cons:

  • Build quality feels cheap
  • Samsung’s TouchWiz feels bloaty

05. Sony Xperia Z3

It’s easy to say the Sony Xperia Z3 is simply an inflated version of the compact but that would ignore the magnificence of this beauty. You’d have to be a serious Apple fanboy (or girl) to say an iPhone is noticeably better designed than the Xperia Z3, it’s that good!

Sony Xperia Z3

Sony Xperia Z3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pros:

  • Magnificent 1080p screen
  • Design and build quality

Cons:

  • USB 2.0 could have been 3.0

04. HTC One (M8)

No phone had phone enthusiasts plucking out their hair this year more than the HTC One (M8). For all its excellent design decisions, HTC made some serious blunders with this phone. Most notable here is how the Taiwanese company opted for an excellent unibody design, but only fitted it with a 2600mAh battery.

HTC One M8 Gold

HTC One M8 Gold

With HTC’s main competitors Samsung and Sony both offering flagship devices with some level of protection from the elements, it was also disappointing to find that HTC omitted this from the One (M8).

Pros:

  • Premium build quality and design
  • Front facing speakers

Cons:

  • Non-removable battery should have larger capacity

03. iPhone 6 Plus

Apple went Samsung this year, introducing two phones for two very different consumers. While the smaller iPhone 6 made it to a respectable number 8 on this list, number 3 belongs to the bigger, much bigger, brother.

Not only is the iPhone 6 Plus paper thin, it’s also feather light. The screen is something to behold, with incredible viewing angles and excellent daylight visibility. Apple has also implemented a bit of NFC technology (also in the iPhone 6) in what they are calling Apple Pay. The service promises to kick start the use of the technology to process payments with cellphones as major partners such as Visa and MasterCard are on board.

Apple iPhone 6

Apple iPhone 6

With all this said, there is one hashtag Apple won’t want to see again in a hurry… #Bendgate

Pros:

  • Large crisp screen
  • Snappy performance

Cons:

  • #Bendgate
  • Price

02. Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Samsung’s Galaxy Note series is known for being the trendsetter in the mobile phone market. When the first version came out a few years ago, people mocked the company and gave the first Galaxy Note the nickname “phablet”. Fast-forward a few years and now even the mighty Apple has a phablet in their iPhone 6 Plus.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

The qHD screen on Samsung’s latest phablet is second only to the LG G3, literally. In fact, if you’re a heavy user of the stylus, then you should definitely go with the Note 4. From ridiculously long battery life to some amazing camera quality (capable of shooting video at 4K), there’s little one would not like about the Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

Pros:

  • Unbelievable Super Amoled qHD screen
  • High end specs

Cons:

  • Camera can get a little too over saturated

01. LG G3

This year we have a new king, topping the list for the top 10 smartphones 2014 is the LG G3. Not only do you have the best screen on the market, you also get one of the best cameras, battery life and pretty much anything else you’d expect in a phone.

LG G3

LG G3

The G3 comes with some quirky features such as LG’s knock feature and their laser camera focus. What you have here is the most complete of any phone produced in 2014, bar none!

Pros:

  • Screen, you have to see it to understand.
  • Camera
  • Performance

Cons:

  • Too many adverts

 

Thanks for reading. What do you think about this list?

Disclaimer: Blackberry and Windows phones were not considered.