Sweet torments are when the best should be chosen from the best. The current year is slowly coming to an end, which means that it is time to summarize the results of the leading smartphone manufacturers and to see which of them have achieved the most. Of course, the smartphone segment is a real mirror of reality, so you can see the hits and misses made in 2014 on this field. Somehow, according to an unwritten rule, several manufacturers are competing for the list of the top 5 smartphones in 2014, and these are, of course, Apple, HTC, Sony, Motorola, and Nokia (or Microsoft, whichever you prefer).
A list of the top 5 smartphones in 2014 was made on the pocket-lint.com portal and includes models that appeared during this year, and which have screens up to 5.3 inches, so that only phones are considered, and not phablets. Also, the order of the phone does not determine the “placement”, but is given at random.
Apple iPhone 6
Apple’s latest phone has aroused a lot of passion, like any of its predecessors. The larger screen (and for the first time the bigger brother of the iPhone 6 Plus) brought a new iOS experience to the larger screen in a standard fantastically designed body and with the new Apple Pay option. For many, the iPhone was and remains the standard, while others will still resent it (except for the high price) for the lack of the option for wireless charging, microSD memory expansion, and the like. Still, the new iPhone brings both a better and faster processor and some more improvements that can silence opponents.
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HTC One M8
This is a Taiwanese toy for big boys, who, in addition to a deeper pocket, also have a deeper sense of aesthetics, which is somehow the point of this phone. An unsurpassed metal body, with a bright screen, always interesting and unusual UltraPixel camera, and the loudest BoomSound speakers is a combination that gives HTC hope to be able to go a step further and closer to Samsung and Apple, and recently to LG, which stood out with its model. G3. At the same time, the HTC One M8 is a real example of how the existing model (HTC One) can be improved and brought to the threshold of perfection.
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Sony Xperia Z3
Sony’s latest flagship model is pretty fresh on this list and the iPhone 6 certainly among the last to qualify for the 2014 rating. The Sony Xperia Z3 comes just 6 months after the fantastic Sony Xperia Z2 saw the light of day. Like its predecessors in the Xperia Z family, the latest member is hitting our aesthetic receptors. When they get fed up, the Sony Xperia Z3 sets out to charm those for power, screen, camera, and of course battery life. And what about the recognizable water resistance that Sony is used to!?
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Motorola Moto X
Since Motorola passed into the hands of Lenovo, things are getting better. However, contrary to many expectations, the new owner did not turn things upside down but continued where the previous owner, Google, left off. After solid success with the Moto X model, Motorola has introduced the second generation with the same name and the same sense for personalizing the look, which will definitely become a new trademark of this manufacturer.
The main advantages of this phone compared to competitors will certainly be the lower price, software very close to the original Android, and the mentioned Moto Maker option that will allow anyone (in certain parts of the world) to create a Moto X to their liking.
Nokia Lumia 930
This is without a doubt the best Windows Phone smartphone. With the top specification, the Nokia Lumia 930 shows its lavish talent on the Windows Phone 8.1 platform. It is helped by a great screen, always a good camera and top quality workmanship. While Windows for mobile phones still doesn’t provide enough apps like Google Play or the App Store, the Nokia Lumia 930 has plenty of room to compete with the best. And finally, don’t forget that this is a combination of an operating system that works much “smoother” than the other two mentioned and the name Nokia, which meant a lot in the world of mobile phones.
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Samsung Galaxy S5 and LG G3
We mentioned that this is a list for devices with a limited screen diagonal, so the best LG could not compete, while the editors of the mentioned portal somehow “forgot” the best Samsung phone. Either way, it’s a real shame not to put the two of them on this list because there are certainly some among you who would rather give preference to them than the phones listed above.