Smartphones are an important and personal tech purchase, and there are a wealth of great options from different manufacturers to choose from. How do you decide which one is the best for you? ROSE ITSL has compiled the following review of the latest smartphones on the market in 2014.
HTC One M8
If you’re on the market for a stylish, user friendly smartphone, then the HTC One M8 is probably the most stylish Android smartphone around.
Pros: Beautifully refined Android 4.4 KitKat operating system and software, brilliant 5″ display, premium stereo speakers, powerful quad-core processor and a slim, sealed, all-metal unibody chassis.
Cons: Sealed chassis is not water resistant, embedded (not removable) battery and photo quality is less sharp than competitors’.
Apple iPhone 5S
For all you Apple lovers, the Apple iPhone 5S is easily the fastest and most advanced Apple smartphone to date.
Pros: Fingerprint identity scanner, built-in heart rate monitor, powerful 64-Bit A7 processor and M7 motion tracking chip, high quality HD camera that runs the most advanced mobile operating system the iOS7.
Cons: 4″ screen that looks small compared to rival Android competitors, identical external aesthetics design as the iPhone 5 and the fingerprint sensor only works with Apple apps for now.
Samsung Galaxy S5
Here’s why the Samsung Galaxy S5 should grab your attention: it looks good, it performs very well, and it has everything you need to become a fixture in nearly every aspect of your life.
Pros: Dust and water resistant, fingerprint security access, Android 4.4 KitKat OS; 5.1″ Full HD Super AMOLED display; blistering quad-core processor; and an excellent 16 megapixel camera experience.
Cons: Minor upgrade from the Samsung Galaxy S4, high-end purchase and the fingerprint scanner can be a bit confusing to use.
Nokia Lumia 1020
In the Nokia Lumia 1020, Nokia pushes the smartphone camera envelope with a combination of raw image-capturing prowess and close-cropping capability that makes it one of the most artistically able smartphone cameras
Pros: 41 megapixel camera captures extremely high-resolution images with fine detail, and puts creative controls at your fingertips on it’s 4.5″ super sensitive touch, display.
Cons: A niche device, high price point, the camera lens makes it a little bulky, multiple camera apps are confusing and it lacks manual f-stop control and presets for common shooting scenarios.
Sony Xperia Z2
The Sony Xperia Z2 is your choice for the world’s best camera and camcorder in a waterproof smartphone.
Pros: Aluminium-edged design with sleek glass front and back, 5.2″ Full HD display, quad-core processor and impressive 20.7 megapixel camera, completely waterproof, running Android’s 4.4.2 KitKat operating system.
Cons: It’s expensive, camera’s auto focus adjustments during shooting can complicate videos, and the camera throttles resolution when using the full automatic mode.
Google Nexus 5
Google Nexus 5 is fast, gorgeous, and stocked with features and it is the device for showing the true power of the Google universe and the Android operating system.
Pros: Cost-effective, extended battery life, 5″ display, simple and minimalistic aesthetic, powered by Android 4.4 KitKat, full integration of “Google Now” is ever so apparent.
Cons: Basic 8 megapixel camera struggles under auto settings and display is dimmer than it’s competitors’,
Possessing the right blend of features and design, the LG G3 smartphone finally gives LG the right phone with which to challenge Korean rival Samsung.
Pros: Removable battery and microSD card slot, 5.5″ Full QHD screen, 13 megapixel laser auto focus camera, flat user interface running Android 4.4 KitKat operating system, powerful quad-core processor.
Cons: The new QHD display is quite a power hog so battery life barely last you a day without a charge.