Smartphone industry is booming, and you can expect one or two flagship devices launched every month. Here in this article we will discuss about Top 5 Smartphones of 2014 (We are writing this article on February, hence phones announced/launched till today were in consideration). We will try to update this Top 5 Smartphones list later on (maybe on September) for possible better smartphone launches.
There are more than hundreds of smartphone company and platforms in the world. But only a handful of them are dominating the entire smartphone market. Smartphone manufacturers like Samsung, Apple, Nokia, LG, HTC, and Sony are holding more than ¾ of the whole smartphone market. For the rest local companies are fighting. Whereas in the OS market Android is dominating the smartphone world with around 60% of market share, Apple’s iOS is holding around 25%, and Microsoft’s Windows Mobile platform holds around 8% of the market share. Rest is being shared by Palm OS, Symbian, Firefox OS etc.
Top 5 Smartphones of 2014 (quarter 1)
While preparing this list we have taken in consideration several factors such as design, processor, Camera, RAM, Operating system, Ease of use, After sales software updates, Battery life, responsiveness and overall customer satisfaction in account. We haven’t considered Price while preparing this list. Let’s start the list of Top 5 Smartphones of 2014.
5. iPhone 5s
When it’s comes to build quality, simplicity, and form factor iPhone comes in mind. Latest addition to the iPhone series is iPhone 5s. This phone comes with a dual core A7 chip which is not that much fast (compared to other phones in the list), but more than enough to smoothly run HD games on iOS 7. Keeping one-handed operation in mind Apple had never increased the screen size above 4.0 inch (which is great, but sometime specifically while gaming it feels small). it’s 8MP iSight camera and dual Truetone flash produced quality images. Along with that iPhone 5s can also record 1080P full HD videos.
Best part of iPhone 5s is Touch ID fingerprint sensor which enables you to lock the phone with your fingerprint. It also creates an additional layer of security for financial transactions in iTunes. Due to this initiative and overall user satisfaction iPhone 5s is in the 5th spot of our list of Top 5 Smartphones of 2014 (Q1)
4. Sony Xperia Z1
Sony Xperia Z1 is the continuation of Xperia Z series which was introduced in CES 2013. Sony Xperia Z1 comes with a 5 inch full HD display, 4G networking, 2.2GHz quad-core processor, stunning 20MP camera. Along with latest Android software, and hardware it’s best feature is water and dust proof. You can dip this phone into swimming pool or even take underwater photograph without any damage.
3. Nokia Lumia 1020
Nokia Lumia 1020 is Nokia’s flagship for 2013 (announced in late 2013), comes with a unique design and colors. It is powered by 1.5 GHz, quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor which smoothly runs windows 8 mobile OS. It’s 4.5 inch display (with Gorilla Glass) is best for one-handed operation. Best feature of Lumia 1020 is it’s camera. It comes with a 41MP auto-focus camera with ZEISS lens. To make it’s camera even better it’s camera is supported by a Xenon flash (yes real xenon flash not LED). If your primary goal is photography then Nokia Lumia is the best phone for you. And for it’s camera, form factor and design Nokia Lumia is in the 3rd position of our Top 5 Smartphones of 2014 list.
2. Google Nexus 5
Nexus 5 is Google’s continuation of it’s flagship Nexus Series. Nexus lineup is popular for it’s aggressive pricing, speedy software update and cutting edge hardware. Nexus 5 is also not breaking that rule. Nexus 5 is packed with a 5 inch Full HD display which produces crisp and clear views.Nexus 5 comes loaded with latest Android 4.4.2 kitkat, and 2.26GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor runs this smoothly. Optically stabilized camera takes blur free images even in low light. 4G and 802.11 b/g/n/ac ultrafast WiFi keeps you connected to the internet. Overall design, build quality, battery life and user experience is great. and for the price it comes you cannot get a better smartphone at that price segment.
1. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Some more Great Smartphones
Along with these phone there are some more smartphones which didn’t make in our Top 5 Smartphones of 2014 list but we cannot leave them unnoticed:
- HTC One : More Details
- LG G2 : More Details
- Moto X : More Details
- Samsung Galaxy S5 (Just announced) : More Details
If you are planning to buy a smartphone then it’s better to choose from these Top 5 Smartphones. There are several other phones in the market but for overall user satisfaction these Top 5 Smartphones are best choice to buy in Q1 2014.
Hope you enjoyed reading this article. We have included smartphones which are available in the market till the publication date. If you think any smartphone deserve a spot in Top 5 Smartphones of 2014 list, please let us know in the comment section.