Mobile Phones That Made Headlines in 2014

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Mobile phones are soaring high in popularity and there are several of them that made headlines in 2014. The smartphones that debuted this year come from various original equipment manufacturers and are run by different platforms, the most common of which are iOS, Android and Windows Phone. Mobile phones are now bigger and as they go beyond text messaging, calling and Snake gaming, they become indispensable tools worthy as buddies whether the user is at home, on the road, snapping photos or watching movies.

Fortunately, OEMs do not refrain themselves with innovations, and offer mobile phones every year with new features and state-of-the-art functionalities that make the devices hard to resist. With several phones flooding the tech market today, there is just a phone for everyone depending on the buyer’s budget, needs and personal preferences. The following are some of the mobile phones that successfully gained the spotlight, made headlines in 2014 and according to ExpertReviews, are worth-buying this year:

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iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 5s

Apple’s iPhone 6 – The current flagship of Apple is the best smartphone to date by the Cupertino giant. It comes with a bit curvy 2.5D glass, aluminum frame and a higher resolution screen. While it retains the great features of its predecessors like the TouchID, it introduces new ones, such as Apple Pay, Homekit and Healthkit apps.

HTC’s Desire 816 – Taiwanese OEM HTC produced this year a phablet that does not break the bank. While it is common thinking that big mobile phones come with big prices, the Android handset, HTC Desire 816 proves it wrong. The 5.5-inch device with a 1280 x 720 resolution on its screen sells for around $350. The only undesirable side of Desire 816 is its 5MP secondary or front-facing camera, but then it is HTC’s attempt to achieve the right balance between maintaining the company’s unique styling in high-devices at an affordable price.

HTC’s Desire Eye – HTC recently released a smartphone that is best for selfie. Its two cameras, the front- and rear-facing units, both have 13 megapixels and a dual LED flash that make snapping photos and selfies a fulfilling experience. Its hardware is equally as impressive as that of HTC One M8, more so when its unibody chassis gives a comfortable grip. A large phone priced a bit lower than the other flagships, the HTC Desire Eye deserves the desire looks of its would-be owners.

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HTC One M8

HTC’s One (M8) –This year’s version of HTC One M8 bears upgrades of the original One M8 with larger screen, metallic body and faster internals. It is a replicate of its predecessor except for its distinctive dual camera, or Duo Camera and front-facing speakers. It utilizes the 4MP ultrapixel sensor and works with a depth-sensing secondary camera for an amazing photography experience.

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Motorola Moto G

Motorola’s Moto G 2014 – Motorola awed the tech world last year with the offering of the best budget smartphone, Moto G 2013 or first generation. This year, the epic phone gets even better. Motorola is not even bothered by the processes involved in its transfer from Google’s umbrella to Chinese OEM Lenovo. It makes the Moto G second generation adopt a large screen at 5 inches, a microSD card and an 8MP camera.

Motorola’s Moto X 2014 – This year’s best value phone is a great follow up of the original Moto X. While Motorola changed the way the tech world sees budget mobile phones with Moto G, it does the same with mid-range smartphones through Moto X 2014. With a stunning 5.2-inch AMOLED 1920 x 1080 resolution display, 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 quad-core chip from Qualcomm, fantastic image quality and the way it beautifully handles Android KitKat, the Moto X 2014 gives other smartphones a run for their money.

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Nokia Lumia 930

Nokia’s Lumia 930 – Topping in the mobile phones run by Microsoft’s platform Windows Phone 8.1 is Nokia Lumia 930. The Finnish OEM has made the phone well-equipped and powerful with a 2.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chip, 20 MP camera, 5-inch AMOLED screen and a 32GB storage.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 – The recent iconic phablet entry by the South Korean OEM is dubbed as the new King of Phablets. Samsung is the pioneer of oversized phones that even Apple follows suit in its current flagship iteration iPhone 6 Plus. With its titanic 5.7 inches 2560 x 1440 resolution AMOLED display, longer battery life, vibrant colors and a Snapdragon 805 chip, Note 4 processes games, Android and apps quickly and smoothly.

Samsung’s Galaxy S5 – the best phone of the Galaxy line came early this year. Sporting an AMOLED 5.1-inch 1920 x 1080 panel, the smartphone is powered by a 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 and has a battery unit of 2800mAh which makes sure the device is alive, despite the massive processing and heavy use.

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Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

Sony’s Xperia Z3 Compact – Talking about the best Android compact mobile phones ever, the Xperia Z3 Compact is the device to bet. Smartphones are growing physically bigger, but Sony still produces premium Compaq Android handsets. Debuting in September, it is the second small flagship of Sony that has a Snapdragon 801 chip on board that makes Android 4.4 OS amazingly responsive, making it to the list of mobile phones that made headlines in 2014.

By Judith Aparri

Sources:

ExpertReviews
Mobile Geeks
TechAdvisor

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