Choose the best Smartphone for 2014 with our reviews of ten top models
With high-quality smartphones from Samsung, Apple and Google, and other big names including Nokia, HTC and Motorola also in the running, choosing the right handset isn't easy.
We’ve rounded up the best smartphones to help you choose which one to buy. Whether you’re after a top-of-the-range handset or a mid-range option, we’ve got you covered.
Nokia Lumia 1520
There are big phones, and there are BIG phones and the Nokia Lumia 1520 most certainly falls into the latter category. With its 6in Full HD screen it's even larger than the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and heavier, too. If you can cope with the size and weight, though, it's an excellent smartphone.
As with the rest of the Lumia range, it's beautifully made - slender, with a silky matte finish to its brightly-coloured plastic body. It's the most powerful Windows Phone 8 handset we've come across, featuring a quad-core 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC and 2GB of RAM. It has a great camera - a 20-megapixel PureView unit - and good battery life too. All-round, it's a superb piece of kit.
Motorola Moto G
It's all about the price tag with Motorola's latest Android smartphone. You can pick one up from a very reasonable £120 SIM free, yet it has the specifications and performance of a phone costing much more. The 4.5in 720 x 1,280 display is top notch, and it's topped with a Gorilla Glass front to prevent scratches.
Battery life is superb, and the whole thing is treated with a special coating that makes it water resistant. In short, the Motorola Moto G is a top notch budget smartphone, and it takes over from the Nokia Lumia 520 as our favourite budget model.
Google's Nexus 4 has been a huge success since it launched a year ago, but we think the Nexus 5 is going to be even bigger. It's equipped with a larger, Full HD 4.95in display, and the design now mimics that of the Nexus 7 tablet, with a grippy matte-black soft-touch plastic finish. We prefer it.
It's also equipped with a super-fast, 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU – the same as in the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 – and performance is lightning quick. In addition, there's the latest version of Android – KitKat – on board, all the wireless connectivity you could possibly wish for, and the only weaknesses are a slightly sluggish 8mp camera and battery life that's a little below average.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3
With a huge 5.7in AMOLED display, you might think the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 would be too unwieldy to be practical, but that's far from the case. In fact, Samsung has managed to trim the fat to such a degree that, even though it has a larger screen than its predecessor (the Note 2), the chassis is thinner and narrower.
Incredibly, though, Samsung has still found room for a pressure sensitive stylus, which stows in the phone's bottom right-hand corner. This adds accurate photo editing, note-taking sketch scribbling and handwriting recognition to the Note 3's already broad spectrum of capabilities.
Nokia Lumia 1020
It's all about the camera with Nokia’s flagship Windows Phone 8 handset, the Nokia Lumia 1020. Boasting a 41-megapixel sensor, optical image stabilisation, full manual control and a Xenon flash, it blows every other smartphone’s camera away with its image quality.
It couples that stunning image quality with equally attractive design. The 1020 boasts a solid, high quality plastic body with a silky matte finish and a 4.5in Gorilla Glass 3 screen that’s gently curved at the edges.
Apple iPhone 5s
Apple didn’t change much physically when it updated the iPhone 5 with the iPhone 5s, but boy did it do a good job upgrading the internals. The new iPhone is super fast, outstripping even the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 with its new 64-bit Apple A7 processor.
LG Optimus G Pro
This Smartphone is again Android based (Jelly Bean). 5.5 inches display, 1.7 GHz quad core Snapdragon 600 CPU, 1920*1080 HD, and a lot more features makes this one of the best Smartphones. It has both rear and front camera with resolution of 13 MP and 2.1 MP respectively. With a 32 GB of internal storage and Micro SD Slot this cell phone is best for storing data.
Sony Xperia Z Ultra
This mobile set would never adjust in your pocket as it is like a small tablet. Its specs includes 720p screen with 8 MP camera, slots for micro USB and micro SIM, 1920*1080 of resolution and much more. Its innovative features are that it is waterproof, scratch less, recognizes handwriting and has a quad core processor. It supports videos of 4K. It is based on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
Samsung Galaxy S4
It is an updated version of Galaxy S3. Its processor speed is 1.9 GHz and is quad core. It has a RAM of 2 GB, internal memory of 16 GB, memory card slot, camera of 13 MP and a battery life of 17 hrs. Its display is that of 5 inches with Full HD resolution and other dimensions are 137*70*7.9 mm. It weighs nearly 130 g. Operating system is Android 4.2.2. It is an impressive set with a huge demand.
HTC is doing wonders and hence is on the top in the list of best smartphones of 2013. Its features are similar to Galaxy S4 like it has a quad core Qualcom Snapdragon 600 CPU processor with a speed of 1.7 GHz. It is equipped with RAM of 2 GB, internal storage of 32/64 GB. It has a screen of 4.7 inches and a resolution of 1080p with Super LCD, 468 ppi display and Full HD. Both rear and front cameras are available. Rear camera is featured to be of 4 MP and front camera of 2.1 MP. It is Jelly Bean Android 4.2 based cell phone.
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