With the release of the Apple iPhone 6, most smartphone companies are done releasing their flagships for the 2014 season. Here is a summary of the best smartphones one could buy during the holidays.
Apple's new iPhone 6 was just announced, sporting a completely revamped exterior design with smooth curves. Inside, the 64-bit A8 chip delivers faster performance, up to 50x faster CPU and 84x faster GPU. The chip size has also been reduced to an advanced 20-nanometer process, making the chip more efficient. All of this means a smoother, more responsive iPhone with even longer battery life.
The camera was upgraded to be able to record 1080p video at 60 fps, 240-fps slo-mo, and time-lapse video. Also, the new Focus Pixel allows the camera to auto-focus much quicker. Apple also released its best smartphone, the iPhone 6 Plus, which sports a 5.5-inch full HD screen and a much larger battery. NFC and Apple Pay are also new additions to the new iPhone, and iOS 8 will ship on the news phones too.
According to another report from The Inquisitr, Android still holds the majority marketshare even after the release of the iPhone 6. Google currently holds more than 84 percent of the market, while Apple only holds 11 percent. A possibility for this huge difference is the fact that Android phones can be much cheaper than the iPhone, which currently only offers the cheaper iPhone 5c and the expensive iPhone 5s, 6, and 6 Plus.
For Windows lovers, the Nokia Lumia 1520 is best smartphone option. The 20MP camera beats all other camera smartphones in the same market, and the 6-inch 1080p display offers great clarity and excellent outdoor readability. With the release of Windows Phone 8.1, Cortana is the new Siri for Windows Phone. The best Windows phone packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, a quad-core 2.2GHz processor that allows the phone to do everything without lag or stutters.
Last but not least, the Google fanboys. The HTC One (M8) is HTC's flagship, and one of the best Android smartphones on the market. Improving on the popular HTC One (M7), HTC introduced its unique Sense UI 6 on top of Android. The 5-inch 1080p display meets the market standard, but the camera is where the HTC One (M8) stands out. Dual 4MP cameras with the unique 2µm pixel size offers great low-light photos. UFocus allows users to modify the focus point of the photo even after the photo has already been taken. The best Android smartphone also packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, one of the fastest processors on the market, making it a very speedy device.
Each smartphone has its perks, but which device do you think is the best smartphone?