BEST & MOST ATTRACTIVE
SMARTPHONE TO BUY IN 2014
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
We’ve rounded up the best smartphones to help you
choose which one to buy. Whether you’re after a top-ofthe-range handset or a mid-range option, we’ve got you
NOKIA LUMIA 1520
There are big phones, and there are BIG phones and the
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 20megapixel 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 they did 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
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
Samsung Galaxy S4 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 1 is doing wonders and hence is one 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
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