Best Smartphones of 2014: Which Should You Buy This Christmas?

22 Dec 2014
It's easy to say that every year has been the best year in smartphone history - that's just how technology works. But 2014 has been something altogether more special. It was a year which saw a constant stream of world-beating handsets arrive with all manner of prices and screen sizes.

It was a year for change; Samsung finally bid farewell to cheap plastic and fake metal, while even Apple bowed to demand and gave us two huge iPhones. Meanwhile, HTC and LG produced a couple of crackers, Nokia handed over the Lumia reins to Microsoft, and BlackBerry surprised us all with the bizarre Passport.

But which were our 10 favourite phones of 2014? Read on to find out...

1. iPhone 6

Top Smartphones for Christmas

As handsets from Samsung, LG, and others grew ever larger, Apple couldn't get away with producing small phones any more. The iPhone 6 answered consumer demand in September with a screen measuring 4.7in. Apple's obsession with thinness knows no bounds, and despite being much larger than its predecessor, the 6 is Apple's thinnest iPhone ever.

That bigger display also means a larger battery, and finally we can say goodbye to poor battery life. Throw iOS 8, Touch ID and an excellent camera into the mix, and you've got the best iPhone yet. 

2. HTC One (M8)

HTC One M8 as a gift

HTC knocked it out of the park again this year with the M8, a replacement to the year-old One (M7). It features a Full HD screen and powerful quad-core processor, but the real highlights include the gorgeous aluminium body, room-filling Boom Sound speakers, and a rear camera which can adjust the focus of photos after they've been taken.

3. LG G3

LG G3 as a gift

A screen resolution double that of its rivals and a camera with laser-guided autofocus made the LG G3 a standout smartphone of 2014.

Not only does the G3 pack a Quad HD resolution (the first on any smartphone in Europe) into its screen, but that panel is a full 5.5in, yet the phone itself is no larger than the HTC One (M8) and Samsung Galaxy S5, both of which have 5in displays.


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