Best Smartphones 1st half of 2014 has to offer
Today people are getting obsessed with gadgets like iPods’, tablets, laptops, and smart phones, the age where these gadgets are keyboard operated were slowly coming to end, it’s being replaced by the now modern technology of touch screen phones, air shuffled, voice commanded, and in the near future? Holograms will be the next one to amaze us, here we gathered ten most advance smart phones ever created today,
One plus One
The display is 5.5-inch Full HD and has a pixel density of 401ppi. Operating system wise it runs on CyanogenMod 11S which is based on Android 4.4 Kit Kat. There’s a 3,100 mAh Li-Po battery inside to power it all and the camera is a powerful 13MP. The design of the handset as a whole is pretty stunning as well, there’s a full metal body encompassing the handset with dimensions of 152.9 x 75.9 x 8.9mm. Right at the bottom there’s some specifically designed JBL stereo speakers to boost the sound. To top it all off you can get both 16GB and 64GB versions but unlike other manufacturers there’s not a massive price jump between the two; the 64GB model costs just £40 more than the 16GB. Manufactures such as Apple will charge at least £100 for that kind of storage bump.
G’s G2 was a stronger contender for the best Android handset of 2013 and the company has only improved it with the next iteration. An even larger 5.5-inch beautiful display is provided giving a fantastic screen resolution making pictures and video look gorgeous. The camera is pretty nifty and arguably takes better photos than some of the other flagship devices you can pick up today. Plus LG has entirely redesigned the look of UI with an even flatter but more colorful design. There’s still those buttons on the back which was a innovative new feature on the LG G2 and the Knock On/Knock Code features to turn your handset on have also made the jump. It’s not the cheapest phone on the market but if you’re looking for high performance, a gorgeous display and an interesting design the G3 could be for you.
HTC One M8
When HTC released the HTC One in 2013 it did an impressive job in terms of design, but didn’t manage to shift the phone in the quantities it wanted. As a result, the successor model is kind of a big deal for the company. Fortunately, with the HTC One M8 HTC really has stepped up to the plate. There’s an enlarged 5-inch Full HD 1080p display and a top of the range Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor to power it. RAM is still rated at 2GB to keep it ticking over and you get Android KitKat 4.4 out of the box. On top of that is HTC’s own user interface, Sense 6.0. It’s had an entirely new redesign with a handful of extra functionality, but most importantly it looks great. The whole handset is now one aluminum uni-body which feels great in the hand. To top it all off, it’s arguably the best looking mobile phone on the market.
Samsung Galaxy S5
Samsung’s latest flagship handset hasn’t broken the mould but instead built upon what was already an impressive piece of kit. Functionality is the aim of the game here and Samsung’s brought in a load of new features for its latest device, including a heart-rate monitor and a power-saving mode you can activate when you’re running low on battery. The Galaxy S5 has an impressive 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 but still only has 2GB of RAM which is a bit of a shame. The display is fantastic though, at 5.1-inches many are calling it the brightest and most impressive display available right now. We aren’t fans of the design, but it may appeal to some. It now has a dimpled back panel, but if it’s not your thing you can always get a case for it.
Sony Xperia Z2
Announced at Mobile World Congress 2014, Sony’s Xperia Z2 comes only six months after the release of the Xperia Z1, a phone we really took a liking to. This time it’s a gentle upgrade in most areas but it’s all for the better. There’s an even more powerful Snapdragon 801 processor with an impressive 3GB of RAM included for good measure. Android KitKat 4.4 comes pre-installed and there’s the same 20.7-megapixel camera included with extra features such as a slow-motion mode and 4K video capture. The display has been ramped up from 5-inches to 5.2-inches and bezels have been slimmed down to give more room for the display on the handset. It’s lighter and slimmer than the previous device as well. Some may still find it unwieldy in the hand, but if that’s you, Sony has you covered with another handset nearer the end of this list.
Nokia Lumia 1520
If you like your Windows Phone, this could be the handset for you. Nokia has created something truly special here. We warn you, it’s a big one. With a 6-inch display, this is Nokia’s first ever phablet and some with easily find it too big for their hands. Others however, especially if you want a lot of video content, with find it a godsend. Being a Nokia Windows Phone it also has some impressive imaging tools, but not as strong as its sibling the Lumia 1020. The 1520 has a 20MP camera on the back which creates some great shots. Inside there’s a strong 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 chip backed up with 2GB of RAM. Customization key here once again and you can get the handset in that stunning yellow. If you’re a fan of the Windows Phone OS and larger displays the Nokia Lumia 1520 has you more than covered.
The BlackBerry Z10, The new BlackBerry brand, And BlackBerry 10 – three new things that the company formerly known as RIM ushered into being in the first quarter of 2013. Expectation was high ahead of launch, networks committed early, and initial reviews – although not exactly glowing – were generally pretty good. Is BlackBerry back? Our initial conclusion of the handset was that it was good, but not great. BlackBerry 10 is very much a work in progress, and that’s evident when using the Z10. Teething issues aside, the Z10 has a lot going for it with its excellent keyboard, crisp display, easy-to-develop-for platform, and expansive multimedia support.
Huawei Ascend P7
Huawei isn’t creating the most revolutionary handsets on the planet but its products are going down an absolute storm in emerging markets. The China based manufacturer is now trying its best to break into western markets and this could be the handset to do it. We think the Ascend P7 looks something akin to a mix of the original couple of iPhones and Sony’s Xperia Z series. There’s a beautiful glass backed square design with metal edges. It looks quite similar to a Sony Xperia Z handset but there’s a rounded bottom instead of all being square and it’s a good deal svelter than Sony’s offering. The display is gorgeous with some ultra-thin bezels around the sides. In our testing so far, battery life has left something to be desired as it only has a 2,500mAh unit, though power saving modes do help somewhat. The processor seems capable enough but it’s not a powerhouse on the same level as the current crop of Snapdragon 800/801-based flagships. It’s also only available in China, Italy and the UK – sorry American fans. You’ll get Android 4.4 KitKat straight up though and there’s also an impressive 13MP camera to take your photos with.
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
Introducing the Sony Xperia Z1 Mini, One of the main criticisms of the original handset is the large screen; it could easily be a pain for smaller hands. Sony has listened and created the Compact handset, a small downgrade in only a few specs for a much smaller and tighter handset. First off the battery and display resolution have taken a bit of a hit, but that will always happen on smaller models. It’s down to a 720p resolution and a 2,300mAh battery cell. Secondly the handset is a little bit thicker but because of a smaller display it means it’s easier to fit in your pocket in general. However, the high-end processor remains the same super-fast Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, the design is still eye-catching and there’s still plenty of storage, microSD support and a potent 20MP camera on the back. It’s a great design feat that Sony has managed to keep such high end specs inside a smaller handset like this. We’re very impressed. Expect a review very soon.
Google’s fifth generation Nexus has been about for a few months now, but it’s still bloody good. At only £299 (via Google play) it’s also a bargain, As our review put it: “The Nexus 4 was slippery in the hand and as fragile as an osteoporotic 93-year old. Reviews pointed this out and Google and/or LG took note, swapping out the Nexus 4’s glass back panel in favor of something more grippy and durable. If it looks familiar it should: it’s the same rubberized material used on the Nexus 7.”