2014 has been a highly competitive year in the fast evolving world of Smartphones, with manufacturers churning out new models every few months offering improved aesthetics, higher processing speeds, not to mention the occasional highly aggressive pricing. That said, the following is an outline of five of the best:
The Apple iPhone 6
The iPhone is one of the few phones in the industry with a significant number of diehard fans. Starting with the design, the Apple iPhone 6 features a 4.7 inch screen, which is bigger than the previous model, is dramatically thinner, and has a smooth metal finishing that exudes elegance. On storage and performance, it comes with a I GB RAM, and a generous internal space capacity, with the top end version boasting some 128GB worth.
Sony Xperia Z3
The Sony Xperia Z3 is the Z2 successor. Some of the notable changes include a body that is definitely a bit svelter than the previous model, a better battery capacity, super fast performance, and sharper display, which, with 424 pixels per inch makes it one of the sharpest on the market. Moreover, its aluminium finish looks similar to that on the iPhone 6. The Sony Xperia Z3 is also dust and water resistant. On to performance and storage, it supports up to 128 gigs of external memory and comes with 3GB of RAM.
Motorola Moto X (2014)
The first Moto X version was released about a year ago, and one of its most unique aspects was that it could be customised differently for each customer, something which no other Smartphone has been able to achieve. That said, buyers were not impressed with the low res display and slow performance, which resulted in a flop in sales. However, the latest model is superbly upgraded and features 1080p AMOLED display for crisp images, and a 13 megapixel camera with an LED flash. About performance, it comes with snappy a Quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400 CPU and 2 gigs of RAM.
The LG G3
The LG G3 is a great Smartphone and an excellent successor to the G2. It features a 5.5-inch QHD screen with a 1440 x 2560 resolution, and a unique laser focusing camera. It weighs just 149g, and has a tapered edge design. Moreover, it is slim, measuring a mere 8.9mm, but at 75 x 146mm dimensions, it is certainly bigger than its predecessor. On to the performance, the G3 features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, and a chip that clocks to 2.5GHz that promises great performance.
Samsung Galaxy S5
Few phones can stand up to the iPhone when it comes to market popularity, but this flagship phone is a serious contender. It features Super AMOLED display that supports up to 16M colours, a fingerprint scanner certified by PayPal, is water –resistant, and has the capacity to undertake image recording and capture HD video simultaneously. It is powered by a 2.5GHz quad-core CPU and 2 gigs of RAM, and comes with a 2800mAh removable battery. It is also available with 16 or 32 gigs of internal storage.