Manufacturers of smartphones are constantly trying to outdo each other and win the hearts of consumers. And many of the phones that are currently being released offer a list of savvy and techy treats — with nearly all the top devices featuring high-resolution screens and chipsets that fluidly power software like immersive games and media players.
The tech companies’ fight for consumers’ hearts and dollars involves the continuous upgrade of smartphones, and all one really needs to do is just wait a few months for something “bigger and better.”
So, with 2014 drawing to an end, let’s have a look at a few of the top smartphones of the year.
The Galaxy S5 offers features such as a built-in fingerprint sensor and heart rate monitor that works with an improved S Health app. This smartphone also boasts great display, water-resistant chassis, long battery life, useful fitness app, and a sharp and feature-rich camera.
On the downside, the fingerprint sensor is inconsistent, and some might find the flap door for charging a bit annoying.
iPhone 6 Plus
Apple gave its latest iPhones a sleek redesign, faster processors, newer sensors and cameras, as well as the ability to pay for things via NFC. The iPhone 6 Plus, which comes with a 5.5 inch display, has a camera that offers optical image stabilization – and the smartphone also packs a strong performance with a bright display.
The downside of this phone is that it does not have an expandable storage, the battery life is low, and some issues have been reported with the camera.
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 offers great multitasking capabilities and a powerful processor. The 16-MP camera is one of the best currently out there, and it’s a huge upgrade from the Note 3’s sensor, though it suffers in low light and action shots. The colorful display will be appreciated by gamers and movie buffs – and though the Note 4 offers above average battery life, users looking for the best possible endurance may prefer the iPhone 6 Plus and Samsung Galaxy S5, both of which lasts more than an hour longer.
HTC One M8
The HTC One M8 for Windows offers a powerful performance, long battery life, and fast 4G LTE. This smartphone will give you more than 10 hours of battery life, as well as a stunning design, excellent audio quality, and compelling camera effects.
The most unimpressive thing about the One M8 is that it does not carry the wide array of apps that’s available for Android and iOS.
Motorola Moto X (2014)
The Motorola Moto X offers powerful performance, a spectacular display and compelling voice commands in a sleek design. The smartphone also carries a stunning 1080p display and is highly customizable. Unfortunately, competing smartphones have better cameras and the battery life could be better.