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Top 3 Android Smartphone’s of 2014

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The mobile phone market is growing at a fast pace with frequent launches of the latest high-end models by various manufacturers.  After performing extensive research and reviews and finally making up your mind and deciding upon the latest handset for yourself, suddenly you are confronted with promises of something even newer and bigger. So now what? Do you wait for the next best thing or purchase your existing choice? This is one of the greatest dilemmas faced by mobile users today.

Luckily, thanks to Android, the present day user does not have to make a choice between different phone operating systems because a majority of the high end smart phones on the market are based on the Android OS.  Android has become a hot favourite among users as well as manufacturers due to various factors including:  it’s easy to customize, it provides a whole world of interesting apps, it is highly accessible, and it contains better hardware then many of its competitors.

There are dozens of manufacturers who are trying to create a niche for themselves in the growing mobile market by launching Android based smart phones as well as tablets. If you are also an Android fan and look forward to having one of those high-end devices in your pocket, but you’re confused by the plethora of options available,  we have shortlisted the top 3 Android smartphones of 2014 for you to make your decision making a bit easier.

1. Samsung Galaxy Note 3:

 Call it a phablet or a smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 stands at the top position in the list of best Android devices of 2014. When launched, this smartphone got too many raised eyebrows due to its ungainly size, but gradually it was wholeheartedly accepted by users who were looking for a device that can offer the functionality of a tablet along with the convenient use of a phone. One of the most striking features of this smartphone is the S-Pen which is an intelligent stylus that allows the user to perform multiple functions including scribbling notes, navigating the user interface, and supporting pen-customized apps in the Google Play Store.  Let’s delve into some of the details of the Galaxy Note 3.

Design and Display of the Phone:

Though the appearance of the Galaxy Note 3 resembles the earlier first generation Note model, it sports a premium feel and finish.  Physically measuring 5.95 X 3.12 X 0.33 inches in size, the device has a notebook design which gives it a look that sets it apart from other phones.  The front panel of the handset comes with a chrome frame while its edges have a ribbed pattern with a faux metal finish. Even with its large size and weight of around 168 grams, the handset does not appear bulky and will easily find a place for itself in your pockets.

The front side of the phone sports a full HD Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen measuring 5.7 inches in size and supporting a 1080 X 1920 pixels resolution along with 16 M colors. With one of the most impressive displays, the images, text, and videos appear crystal clear to the viewer.

User Interface and Software of the Phone:

Running the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean Operating System is Samsung’s Exynos 5 Octa 5420 processor.  The TouchWiz interface of the device is further optimized for the S-Pen stylus functionality and it also features a skinned interface along with custom applications.

Camera:

In terms of multimedia, the phone comes loaded with variety of options to take total care of all your entertainment needs.  Photography enthusiasts can practice their skills, even on the go, with the presence of a 13 MP rear camera that is capable of capturing impressive images in daylight as well as artificial light.  The camera features AF, LED Flash, HDR, geo tagging, dual shot, and is also capable of high quality video recording.

The 2 MP front camera allows the user to video chat with their friends and family.

Connectivity and Storage:

The phone comes with multiple connectivity options including DGE, WiFi 802.22 a/b/g/n/ac with a Wi-Fi hotspot , Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP+EDR, NFC, an Infrared port,  MicroUSB 3.0 , and GPS with AGPS and other protocols.

In terms of storage, the device comes packed with 3GB of onboard RAM, 16/32/64 GB of internal memory and it also allows for external memory expansion of up to 64GB through a microSD card slot.

Battery Life:

The giant Galaxy Note 3 is fueled by 3200 mAh of battery that is capable of delivering around 420 hours of standby time and 21 hours of talk time. A power horse, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has all the ingredients to make it the best Android device on the market and a perfect choice for the present day tech-bies and data centric users.

2. HTC One:

The next phone that finds a place for itself in the list of topmost Android device is the HTC One. The handset can be considered a perfect blend of design and performance.

Design and Display of the Phone:

One of the most striking features of the HTC One is its design and construction. The thin profile of the handset with its thin bezel gives it a premium and stylish look. Made up of aluminium casing the phone is solid and its rounded corners make it easy to handle. Measuring 5.41 X 2.69 X 0.37 inches in size, it has a weight of around 143 grams.

The front of the phone is dominated by its super LCD 3 capacitive touch screen that measures 4.7 inches in size and is made up of corning Gorilla Glass 2. Supporting 16M colors along with 1080 X 1920 pixels resolution, the images on the display appears to be vibrant and colourful.

User Interface and Software of the Phone:

Powered by a 1.7 GHz quad core processor the smartphone runs the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean OS.  The Adreno 320 GPU delivers fine graphics and its HTC Sense 5 UI offers an impressive user experience with its custom apps and skinned interface.  Along with a default browser, Chrome is also offered on the HTC one. The overall performance of the smartphone is impressive and smooth.

Camera:

The HTC One can be differentiated among all the other smart phones on the market with its new and unique feature of its Ultrapixel camera. Though the pixel count of the camera is 4MP, its latest ultrapixel technology is capable of taking up to 300% more light and therefore producing better images.  Other features of the camera include a 1/3 inch BSI, a dedicated HTC ImageChip 2, 1080 p video recording,  an f/2 aperture, 2 microns of pixel size, geo tagging, and more.

A front 2.1 MP secondary camera is also present on the phone that enables 1080p video calling as well as wide angle shots.

Connectivity and Storage:

As far as connectivity is concerned, The HTC One is as good as it gets. It’s loaded with all the latest options including 4G, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, WiFi Direct, 3G, GPS with AGPS, NFC Connectivity depending upon the market and microUSB 2.0.

Packed with 2GB of RAM, the handset comes with internal storage options of 32GB and 64GB. There is no card slot for external memory expansion, like the Samsung.

Battery Life:

The 2300 mAh of battery on the phone is capable of fueling the device for around 18 hours of talk time and 480 hours of standby time.

To sum things up, with a sleek and stylish body and power packed features, the HTC One can be considered a perfect choice for your Android device.

3. Google Nexus 5

Google Nexus 5 is another name on the list of top Android smart phones of 2014. With smart design and strong performance, this device is definitely a hot favourite among Android fans.

Design and Display of the Phone:

If simplicity is your choice, then Nexus 5 is an apt choice for you. Although the phone has a sleek, plain, and simple design, it feels great to hold as it features a soft matte finish.  The front side of the phone does not have any buttons, which gives it a sharp and a clean look. With a slightly curved back, the phone is easy to handle as well as operate.

There is 4.95 inches of a full HD display on the front side of the smartphone that offers vibrant and bright quality of content through its support of 16M colors and a 1080 X 1920 pixels resolution. Made up of Corning Gorilla Glass 3 the display is resistant to scratches and has good viewing angles.

User Interface and Software of the Phone:

The Google Nexus 5 comes packed with the latest version of the Android OS KitKat 4.4, and comes with Stock Android without any UI skinning that will surely bring a smile on the face of true Android fans.  The latest OS comes along with an array of improved features so as to enhance the overall user experience.  Powered by 2.3 GHz of quad core processor the device also features an Adreno 330 GPU.

Camera:

Google Nexus 5 sports an 8 MP rear snapper that features Optical image stabilization, AF, LED flash and other camera enhancements that allow the user to capture impressive quality images even on the go. Along with still images, the camera can also capture 1080p videos at 30fps.  For video chatting and taking selfies, the handset features a 1.3 MP front camera that also supports 720p video recording.

Connectivity and Storage:

All the latest connectivity options come packed on the Nexus 5 including 4G support, WiFi Direct, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2Dp, NFC support and microUSB 2.0.  With 2GB of RAM, the phone comes with in-memory options of either 16GB or 32GB. Like the HTC (and unlike the Galaxy) there is no card slot for expanding memory.

Battery Life:

Though the 2300 mAh battery on the smart phone is not an extraordinary one, it offers decent back up. So if you are looking for a handset that allows you to multitask smoothly and offers pure Android functionality at a pocket friendly price, then the Google Nexus 5 may be just the right choice.

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