5. iPhone 6 Plus
Not as impressive as the smaller version, the iPhone 6 Plus takes all the best bits of the iPhone 6 which includes, design, beautiful UI, strong camera performance – and improves upon them by packing an even better camera, a Full HD screen and much larger battery.
One of the biggest drawbacks of this phone is that it is a little harder to hold in one hand thanks to the little too wide screen. It’s very, very expensive and you’ll have to really be up for a phone of this calibre, and really want the extra space to merit a purchase.
4. Samsung Galaxy Note 4
The main thing about the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 that made it to the top 5 smartphones of 2014 is the screen (Super AMOLED technology combined with QHD resolution means a pin sharp display, and one that we just can’t take our eyes off) and also it is backed up by the ever more useful S Pen that helps you clip and jot all day. This phone is good for users who multi task a lot.
3. LG G3
LG did a good job on their phone, the LG G3 which was a strong, well made phone that didn’t cost a lot of money. It has a QHD screen which means it’s got four times the pixels of some phones on this list, and it also comes with a number of other enhancements too
It also has a 5.5 inch screen so we are placing under the phablet category (same goes to the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and iPhone 6 Plus).
2. iPhone 6
Finally an iPhone 6 that is competing in terms of size compared to the other models we see on androids over the years.
It’s got all the same ingredients that make iPhones special: while it doesn’t excel in any given part of the smartphone recipe (except perhaps when it comes to the interface, which with iOS 8 is probably the best out there with it’s clever mix of intuition and simplicity) it just works.
The camera is lower-res but fast and bright and easy to use. The screen is too low-res compared to the phones around it, but pops and fizzes with colour and brightness.
1. HTC One M8
Well why the HTC One M8 is the best smartphone to get in 2014? We love the speed of the camera, the Duo Camera is smart as a tack, the Boomsound upgrade is impressive and the design – you gotta hold it.
The Snapdragon 801 processor has boosted battery dramatically compared to the 600 of last year, and that means that photos also process much more quickly as well – even the front-facing camera is much better.
It performs well when gaming, watching movies, taking pictures and browsing the net. The iPhone 6 still suffers on price and inexplicably, a lower resolution screen.