Top 5 Performance Smartphone of 2014
1) Samsung Galaxy Note 4 @ Top 5 Performance Smartphone of 2014
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is the latest and the most powerful iteration of Samsung’s Note series lineup. Launched at IFA Berlin on 3 September 2014, Note 4 is the successor to Note 3. It looks exactly like its predecessor, but has reduced some weight and is a bit smaller in size. It also gets a metal frame, which makes it feel a bit more premium.
The upgrade brings a lot of improvements to the Note 4, it’s got a more snappier, quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor, clocked at 2.7 GHz. It also gets massive 3 Gigs of RAM.
Note 4 has also received a new 5.7 inch QHD Super AMOLED display with a pixel density of 515 pixels per inch (ppi). Camera of Note 4 also gets an update, Note 4 features a 16 Megapixel Camera with Optical Image Stabilization, which lets it take some stunningly beautiful shots. It also has a 3.7 Megapixel front facing camera with wide angle lens for all those selfie fans out there.
Apart from these specifications, the awesome multi-tasking features that are embedded into Note 4’s UI, have always have been the forte for a Note Phablets, and the main reason for us to choose Note 4 as the King of smart-phone of 2014. Besides that, S-Pen stylus with its ability to sense 2048 different pressure levels, takes its utility and productivity to a different level.
2) Apple iPhone 6 Plus @ Top 5 Performance Smartphone of 2014
Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus marked the much awaited, Apple’s entry into the phablet territory. Along with increase in its dimensions, iPhone 6 Plus brings a lot of new updates, like the new superior camera with Optical Image Stabilizer, longer battery life and better form factor along with a faster and more efficient Apple’s A8 processor. Even though the size of the new iPhone has been increased but, it still retains the premium feel and ergonomics of its predecessors.
It’s 1920 X 1080 pixels, 5.5 inch LED Backlit IPS Display, with 400 ppi (pixels per inch) is Apple’s first display with Full HD resolution and like any other display from Apple, it’s got a great sunlight visibility and perfect viewing angles. Color rendering and contrast ratio are also great. We won’t be wrong if we say it is one of the best smart-phone displays out there in the market.
Apple in the past has always argued against large screen phones, because of their reduced single handed usability. Hence, to retain the single handed use Apple has introduced a Reachability mode, which reduces the screen size by readjusting everything on the display to lower half of the screen, therefore maintaining iPhone 6 Plus’s single handed usability.
Other features include Apple pay, better connectivity between Apple devices, iOS 8, support for landscape mode, single hand keyboard, health app etc. All these features help iPhone 6 Plus to be labeled as the best iPhone, build till today.
3) Motorola Nexus 6 @ Top 5 Performance Smartphone of 2014
This is the first time that a Nexus device can in true sense be called a Google flagship device. Before Nexus 6 all the devices of Nexus series, were not in the true sense, the latest devices with latest hardware specs, but were rather outdated previous generation devices, when compared to what other manufacturers offered. This time Nexus 6 brings all the latest and most efficient hardware under its skin. This is also the first time that a Nexus device is being made by Motorola.
The form factor of Nexus 6 is very much similar to that of outgoing Motorola Moto X. On the hardware front, Nexus 6 features best available specs in the market today. It boasts a 6 inch QHD (2560 X 1440) pixel AMOLED Display taking the pixel density to 493 ppi. The brightness and contrast ratios are impressive and viewing angles are also greatly improved from previous versions, although still nowhere close to Apple’s display. Nexus 6 gets a 13MP snapper with dual LED flash and Optical Image Stabilization.
Nexus 6 gets the best snapdragon 805 chipset and a 2.7 GHz quad core krait 450 processor, along with 3 GB of RAM. Graphic processing is taken care by the Adreno 420, again the best available in market.
Being a Nexus device, it features android the way Google meant it to, without any tweaks from manufacturers and, ships with Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box. It will also get updates to latest versions of Android as soon they are launched, the major advantage of a Nexus device.
4) Sony Xperia Z3 @ Top 5 Performance Smartphone of 2014
Successor to the Sony’s Xperia Z2, Z3 is almost identical to its predecessor, with a few minor changes. It now gets rounder edges for better grip, is slimmer now and has lost some weight. It also gets 3 GB of RAM, Full HD Display.
Main advantage of Sony smart phones, has always been the sturdy nature of it devices, and Xperia Z3 is no exception. Sony Xperia Z3 gets IP 68 certification, which gives it dust proof and water proof characteristics for 1.5 meters deep water up to 30 minutes, therefore making Xperia Z3 a perfect underwater snapper.
Sony Xperia Z3 gets a 5.2 inch Full HD LED Backlit LCD Display with a resolution of 1920 X 1080, taking its pixel density to 424 ppi. It also gets some Sony patented technologies like the Live Colour LED’s and the TRILUMINOS display technology with X-Reality Engine. All these help Xperia Z3 posses one of the best LCD Displays out in the market. Performance is taken care by Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801 chipset with Quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400 cores. Adreno 330 is there to take care of the graphic processing. Xperia Z3 features the same 20.7 MP camera, which was introduced in Xperia Z1.
Sony has also included the Stamina Mode which helps to improve battery life. Sony has also used its expertise in sound and other technologies, like the one used in Walkman, Album and Movies apps. All in all Xperia Z3 is a complete package that may not impress you with fancy features it has to offer, but by the quality of features it has on offer.
The reason for it being at the 4 spot even after so much utility features being the fact that flagship models of other manufacturers, offers a lot more features like QHD displays, fingerprint scanners and other such features and that to at cheaper prices. Apart, from that the form factor is pretty large for a display of this size.
5) HTC One M8 @ Top 5 Performance Smartphone of 2014
HTC One M8 is the successor of the HTC’s last year’s flagship HTC One. We won’t be wrong if we say that HTC has a lot at stake, to bid for success of HTC One M8. Last year HTC One was acclaimed for it build quality and the technology used in the camera it featured, but it failed to convert it into sales figures. HTC One M8 looks almost identical to its predecessor, but HTC has improved the build quality even further which is perfectly matched by an equally capable hardware.
HTC One M8 features a Snapdragon 801 chipset with a quad-core Krait 400 CPU clocked at 2.3 GHz and mated to 2 gigs of RAM. It features a rather unusual camera setup, which HTC calls the dual camera, it is based on the ultra pixel camera that HTC introduced last year in HTC One. Its rear camera contains two cameras, where the second one acts like a view finder, adding to depth of images.
HTC One M8 has a 5 inch Full HD 1920 X 1080 pixel Super LCD Screen with a pixel density of 441 ppi. HTC’s Sense 6.0 UI is also a delight to use. It is the first smart phone which has got a larger Mega Pixels in its front facing camera rather than the rear one. The dual camera setup also means, the absence of Optical Image Stabilizer.
The reason it ending last on our list is absence of QHD display which other manufacturers offer, image quality although quite brilliant in itself, is still not on par, when compared to other flagships. No fingerprint scanner and no 4K and slow motion video recording modes. Most of other flagships offer these features.
Source: Electronic Province