The Best Smartphones on the Market for Fall 2014

There are so many smartphones in the world these days that it is nearly impossible to make a choice if you have not done a bunch of research into which phone would be right for you.

Read through this buyer’s guide to find out which smartphone suits your lifestyle and wallet. Photo: CNET/YouTube

Read through this buyer’s guide to find out which smartphone suits your lifestyle and wallet. Photo: CNET/YouTube

This year has been one of the most important in history for smartphone users. Not only have we seen a range of industry-changing technologies from new players in the smartphone market, we’ve also seen a sweep of innovations from the more established mobile makers. Whenever you trying to find that the only one, you want a great mix of speed, features, camera quality and battery life.

If you are looking for a phone that is solely devoted to being as powerful as possible then you cannot go wrong with either the Samsung Galaxy S5 or the HTC One M8 as both of these have incredible quad-core processors that run at Snapdragon’s blazing 2.5GHz 801 processor.

This means that no matter what games you play on the phone, whether it’s the latest console port or a simple game of blackjack at a mobile casino they will always look great on the spectacular screens. This is very important when it comes to mobile gaming as if your phone cannot keep up with the game you will not enjoy playing it and it will almost look like a slideshow.

Samsung Galaxy S5 can be described as evolution with polished design, water-resistant body, best-in-class 5.1-inch 1080p HD AMOLED display, sharper and richer camera, longer battery life, and all that running on Android 4.4 KitKat OS.

Arriving before the Samsung Galaxy S5, the HTC One M8 is the first new big Android phone of 2014 with sleek metal design, bigger 5.1-inch screen a more powerful Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor and now a microSD card tray with support up to 128GB.

LG have gone with a slightly different idea this year and of actually come up with something that is very ingenious in its design. At 160.5 x 81.6 x 8.7mm, the LG G Flex is the first curved phone, actually designed to bend, and it fits your face while you are talking. It also fits into your hand nicely due to the fact that the body can bend and be manipulated slightly.

This allows you to play games for many hours without having tired hands from having them in a strange position. It is something that will no doubt be imitated by other companies in the coming months and years and so will be interesting to watch develop.

The G Flex boasts a 6-inch flexible plastic OLED display, the 3,500mAh curvy battery and curved Gorilla Glass, all designed to offer more stability and better performance. However, the LG G Flex does not have a brand new and interesting camera. It has a 13-megapixel 1/3.2-inch main sensor and an f/2.4 lens.  Nevertheless, the G Flex can be considered a success, as it stands as an experiment with new technologies.

The business-looking LG G3 with a 5.5-inch IPS LCD screen runs on Android 4.4.2 KitKat with a totally reworked Optimus user interface boasting some nifty new features like split screen view and the Snapdragon 801 processor ensures a slick overall performance.  With the new 13-megapixel camera, which features laser autofocus, it is one of the best shooters especially in low-lit spaces.

The phone’s slimmer body (146.3 mm high, 74.6 mm wide, and a depth of 8.9 mm, which is 11% thinner than an average smartphone) feels great in your hand to deal with everyday activities, either playing games or managing work. The LG G3 is a great smartphone just like its predecessor, the G2.

Apple has finally entered the big screen market with its 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus. The iPhone 6 is thinner to  6.9-millimeters, while the iPhone 6 Plus drops to 7.1mm, down from 7.6mm for the iPhone 5s. Both have Retina HD Display, but different resolution. The iPhone 6 Plus has a higher resolution of 1920×1080, leading to a pixel-density of 401 ppi (pixels per inch) that its brother iPhone 6, which has only 1334 x 750 display at 326 pixels-per-inch.

The both devices will run iOS 8 out of the box and boast the new Apple A8 64-bit chip inside, which has 2 billion transistors and is also 13% smaller than its predecessor – the A7. Compared to the original iPhone, the iPhone 6 blazes along, 50 times faster and the integrated GPU is 84 times faster. Despite the gains in speed, Apple managed to architect a chip 50 percent more efficient than the A7.

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