There’s no lavish awards show for the best smartphones of the year. However, after testing more than twenty current smartphones on the market, Wall Street Journal says these are the ones you should consider.
Best overall smartphone: iPhone 6
It’s no surprise Apple’s iPhone 6 reigns supreme in 2014 as the best smartphone overall. While the iPhone 6 may not have a particular ‘wow’ factor, it is still the most well-rounded smartphone money can buy. With an enlarged 4.7-inch screen, this device drove Apple to a record quarter and is forecasted to significantly contribute to record-breaking smartphone shipments in 2014.
Not only making record breaking sales, the iPhone 6 excels in design for disassembly.
Best Android smartphone: Moto X
Some people are just Android people. Dubbed the best Android smartphone, the Moto X sports exceptionally well-designed Android 5.0 Lollipop.
Samsung users also enjoy having a slightly larger screen than iPhone users. This smartphone has a 5.2-inch HD display.
Unfortunately for Samsung, its Galaxy S5 was an unexpected flop. According to Wall Street Journal reports, Samsung sold 4 million fewer of its Galaxy S5s than the Galaxy S4s. The S5 is said to have sold 12 million units in its first three months on sale, which was overall 40 percent fewer than projected.
Samsung was so confident the device would be a blockbuster it increased production by 20 percent, which now has left the company with warehouses packed to the brim with Galaxy S5s.
Best mini Android smartphone: Galaxy Alpha
The smaller Android smartphones don’t get much credit. The Galaxy Alpha, with a screen about the size of an iPhone, is Samsung’s first smartphone to incorporate a metallic frame and has been said to be the company’s most beautiful phone yet.
Best Phablets: iPhone 6 Plus & Galaxy Note 4
All phablets have great battery life. iPhone 6 Plus owners need not worry about battery replacement for a while. Based on the phone’s battery volume alone, it will be no slouch when it comes to battery life, giving this model almost 14 hours of continuous video streaming; a huge increase over both the iPhone 5S and its iPhone 6 counterpart.
The iPhone 6 Plus has a 5.5-inch display and, as always, Android’s Galaxy Note 4 is slightly larger with a 5.7-inch screen. Basically these two phablets come down to preference of operating system.
Best low-cost smartphone: Moto G
iPhone 5C didn’t do too well with its release in 2013. However, Moto G exemplifies a budget Android phone. The new Moto G isn’t a game changer, and it doesn’t have to be. Between the price and performance, the Moto G is one of the best cheap smartphones to own to date.