When the year began, here were promises about a better design from the brand that had the highest market share. Yes, Samsung it was and there were huge expectations from it. We were disappointed, with Samsung doing nothing innovating with the design part. The year ahead gave some tough time for the company, due to the new entrants from China and some aggressive strategies from the other well settled ones. Sony, HTC, Motorola and Lenovo had some decent launches during the year.
Here’s the list of my favorite high-end smartphones of the year 2014.
No wonder why I rated this the best of the year. Top-notch specs added by the options that enhance the user experience. There are several other large screen phablets, but is only Samsung who gave options for a good usage, with multi window, one-handed operation and such. The cameras as well are excellent, and the metal frame on the side is indeed, a perfect change although the company never has impressed with the material and overall looks.
While I would safely say that now I am certainly disappointed with the battery life of this device, the Moto X 2nd gen is exceptional with the performance, display and the OS. And yeah, it’s going to be Lollipop OS in the devices of year 2015, and Moto X is the only flagship that has got the update already.
A different and refreshing device from Samsung, who finally got something at the right spot, away from the standard designs and stuff. The Edge Screen is not really productive or practically useful in every way, but you at least has just something extra and interesting, with no compromise in the specs.
One of the best designed smartphones of 2014, for me. The glass is there, but the curved side panels set the deal for me. Sony had power packed the Z2 already, but very soon after that, the Z3 came in with all the mistakes rectified and the Z2 itself looked like something pointless. The only issue I had with this waterproof device was its excessive heating on gaming or usage.
No Apple fan will forget this device. Some might curse Apple for bumping the size, and coming up with two variants, both larger than the 4-inch screen size that Apple has used always, while some might thank them for finally coming up with something that could challenge every phablet out there, especially the Galaxy Note series. The Apple iPhone 6 Plus was a brilliant smartphone, in every way, and it can be one such worthy purchase if you don’t have an issue with its height and curvy sides.
Some other worthy mentions, which do not make it to the list of best devices, but I had used for a considerable amount of time, only to check how good they are, include these:
- Motorola Nexus 6
- Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro
- LG G3
- Samsung Galaxy S5