Estimates portend that 1.28 billion smartphones were shipped in 2014. That is a huge number by any standard, and only goes to show how important cell phones are in our everyday lives. The best cell phones of 2014 have it all, the best silicon under the hood, the best user experience and individually push the limits of mobile computing to an all new level.
Before we get down to the list, it’s worthy of note that a significant majority of the best cell phones of 2014, are newer iterations of the best cell phones of 2013, produced by the same manufacturers. In no particular order, here are the best smartphones of 2014:
The Apple iPhone 6/6 Plus
For years, Apple had a simple ideology, nobody wants large screen phones that cannot be operated comfortably with one hand. That all changed in 2014 with the release of the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 plus. With a 4.7 inch screen size, the iPhone 6 is a beauty to behold. It is elegant, stylish, and most importantly efficient for everyone from a teen to an Inc. 500 company CEO.
The iPhone 6 plus, with a 5.5 inch display, is targeted to those who want all the beauty of iOS 8 and the Apple ecosystem to be displayed on a large screen estate. With enthralling features like Touch ID, 64-bit iOS 8, iHealth and a very diverse app store; either of both iPhones can easily snap the top spot in the smartphone industry; and are worthy buys.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Technically referred to as a Phablet (a phone/tablet hybrid); the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 boasts of a large display and very promising internals. There’s virtually nothing that’ll be thrown at this device with 3GB RAM, 8 cores, and a QHD screen that it wouldn’t handle. Coming straight with the Android OS version 4.4, there’s a lot to look out to with the device in terms of functionality.
There are tons of accessories to extend the functionality of this smartphone including the S Pen, S-View Covers, and Wireless-Charging-enabled phone cases. And let’s not forget the extensiveness of the Android Operating System.
The LG G3
With a reputation for having the largest bang-for-buck retail value, the LG G3 is the most affordable smartphone in this list. A very compact build allowing for a large screen size of 5.5 inches, 3 GB RAM, and being the first device to sport a QHD screen; are some of the obvious draws for the LG G3.
User experience is also of the highest quality with the flat design of the Optimum UI. Knock code is also a quality addition, and you are never going to get enough of taking photos with the 13 MP camera and 2.1 MP front-facing camera for selfies, and video chats.
The Sony Xperia Z3
At just 7.3 millimeters, this is Sony’s thinnest flagship till date. Sony has a reputation for premium design, eye-catching UI, and a knack for entertainment. The Z3 is all of this and more. You’re definitely going to enjoy surfing the web on its 5.2 inch display, taking a family reunion photo with its 21 MP camera, playing Dead Trigger 2 thanks to its 3GB RAM processor, and not having to worry about the elements as it is IP certified as a dust- and water-resistant device.
The HTC One M8
I am a winner in the design segment, I have BoomSound and I have Sense UI? What am I? The HTC One M8.
A best smartphones of 2014 list will not be complete without including this gamut which was the first flagship in this list to hit the shelves in 2014 but presently still give others a run for their money. It is worth noting that the next iteration which promises to be an even better device, the HTC One M9, will be released in a few months from now. Also, if you’re not a fan of the Android OS, it’d interest you to know that an exact copy of the HTC One M8 has been released with Windows Phone 8.1 as the supported OS.
The Blackberry Passport
You didn’t just say: Really?! True, only about a year ago, Blackberry wrote off $4 billion in losses, and now they have a cell phone in a best cell phones of 2014 list. Well if you’re still skeptic, I introduce you to the Blackberry Passport that sold off 200,000 units in 3 days. Not all of us are cutout for the spec-sheet war in the smartphone industry but instead want a productive device to use on the go, the Blackberry Passport is that device and trumps every other device in this list on that count.
With an unusual but terrific 4.5 inch square screen for optimum viewing of business documents like charts; a 3 GB RAM processor to handle multitasking effectively; and being able to last for 72 hours (3 days) in a 24 hour smartphone battery life world; there’s no reason why this wouldn’t be the first pick for business users. It’s not all work though, as it has a 13 MP main camera for quality photographs and a 2 MP front-facing shooter for communicating with those that matter most to you. Furthermore, being able to side load 90% of Android apps in the Google Play store is another perk you will find useful should you get this device.