Best Phones of 2014

Best Phones of 2014 – 2014 has been a year of evolution rather than revolution in the Smartphone market. Device makers have all now converged on the rectangular touch-screen design that Steve Jobs unleashed on the world when he pulled the iPhone out of his pocket in January 2007, leaving only a few key points of differentiation between the major players.


One persistent trend is the pursuit of thinner, lighter devices with larger displays. People used to laugh at the unwieldy ‘phablets’ coming out of Asia in 2013, but now the iPhone 6 Plus, LG G3 and Samsung Galaxy Note 4 are some of the most sought-after Smartphone on the market. An all-metal chassis has also become the hallmark of a premium Smartphone.


Screen technology also has become a key differentiator. Samsung is a trailblazer in this area, with the stunning 2K display on the Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge, while the LG G3 is the first Smartphone with a ‘Quad HD’ display, offering four times the number of pixels on a standard HD panel.


Meanwhile, Smartphone cameras are developing quickly, with features such as image stabilisation, dynamic range and 4K video recording. CCS Insight predicts that 3D cameras will take off in 2015, along with other capabilities such as being able to change the focus of a picture after it is taken, and ‘scan’ an object for printing on a 3D printer.


However, the biggest change is that consumers are now getting more banks for their buck when it comes to buying Smartphone, and this trend is set to continue next year. “2015 will see high quality Smartphone at mid tier prices – particularly from some of the Chinese companies such as Huawei and rising star Lenovo,” said Ben Wood, chief of research at CCS Insight.

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