The best Android phones to buy in 2014

| March 25, 2014

What are the best Android phones to buy this year?

Every year we get blessed with a brand new batch of Android phones that just prove that technology is capable of anything. Spring is already here, the sun is shining, love is in the air and whatnot so why not consider investing into the next generation of Android phones? You might think to yourself what can this new generation of devices bring that can make the older one seem obsolete. Well the answer is a somewhat complicated yes and no.

What is the difference between generations?

There are many differences regarding design, hardware, performance, camera, etc. but the thing is that they are sometimes subtle. We get rarely blessed with an Android phone that is so innovative it makes the other seem like a piece of scrap heap, but every year technology is advancing and smartphones keep getting better and better. Last year the dual-core processor ruled the market, now we have quad and even octa-core processing units. Displays are getting crisper and clearer with each passing year, cameras are getting improved and many, many, many more advances. Think of it like this, compare the best Android phones that come out this year with their predecessors, you might think that it’s just a tiny difference in performance, but take the same 2014 gen and compare it with the ones released in 2012. Now you see the huge gap that two years of improvement can make, it’s like comparing the Galaxy S4 with the S2, in the end you get a one sided battle. So, without further ado, here are this year’s smartphones that you can put your money on.

The 2014 generation of Android phones

The Galaxy S5, top contender when it comes to Android phones

The Samsung Galaxy S5, the most wanted of Android phones

Samsung released their brand new flagship device at MWC February this year. Amongst Android phones the Galaxy line is known to be one of the best and is tremendously feared by competitors. It will be released in April and it will come with a brand new set of features that will make it worth the cost.

  • KitKat (Android 4.4)
  • 5.1-inch Full HD Super AMOLED with a pixel density of 415 pixels-per-inch
  • 2.5GHz quad-core processor with Adreno 330 GPU
  • 16MP rear camera
  • 2MP front camera
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • Air Gesture support
  • Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, temperature, humidity, gesture, and heart rate sensors
  • 16/32GB internal storage
  • microSD card support

Sony Xperia Z2

Sony's next flahship model is one of the best Android phones

Another device worthy of mentioning in this Android phones list is the Sony Xperia Z2. Just released six months after the Z1, Sony’s flagship device brings a new lists of improvements to the table, making the Z2 feel like a supercharged version of its predecessor.

  • KitKat (Android 4.4)
  • 5.2-inch IPS LED display with a pixel density of 424 pixels-per-inch
  • 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdradon 801 processor with Adreno 330 GPU
  • 20.7MP rear camera
  • 2.2MP front camera
  • 16/GB internal storage
  • microSD card support

HTC One

Android phones

Now granted, this doesn’t fall into the best Android phones of 2014 category but it’s still a pretty awesome device. I don’t know yet when the new HTC M8 will hit the market but this will serve as a very nice replacement. It’s incredibly similar to the Galaxy S4 in both hardware specs and performance, so we’ll have to settle for this till the Taiwanese company decides when to release their new flagship.

  • Jelly Bean (Android 4.2) with HTC’s Sense user interface
  • 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600
  • 4.7-inch Super LCD, Full HD, high-pixel-density (468ppi) display
  • 4MP rear camera
  • 2.1MP front camera
  • 32/64GB internal storage

Google Nexus 5

The Google Nexus 5, the Android phone of Android phones

This is literally the Android phone of Android phones. It’s made by Google, well… technically Google ones the patents to the device and it’s made by another company, but still you can’t get more “Android-er” than this. Every Nexus device has been proven to be reliable and really well made, and cheap too. You get every bang for your buck if you decide to buy a Nexus, cheap, fast, high-tech and everything you’d want in a high quality smartphone.

  • KitKat (Android 4.4)
  • 2.23GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU
  • 4.95-inch 1920×1080 display with a pixel density of 445 pixels-per-inch
  • 8MP rear camera
  • 1.3MP front camera
  • 16/32GB internal storage

Round up of this year’s Android phones

I’ve made this list to help the undecided buyer to make a more informed decision when buying a new smartphone. Everybody is entitled to their own opinion and I’m not here to change that, if your favorite device is not here then feel free to post in the comments section below what is it and why do you like it. Hope you’ve enjoyed the read and let’s keep our fingers crossed for better Android phones till the year ends.

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