top of page

Latest Tech on the Market in 2014: Smartphones

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