Following up on our top 5 smartphones released so far in 2014 we thought we look into the future at the 5 best smartphones still to come in 2014. If you are the type of person who likes to have the latest technology then keep reading, or feel free to visit our latest deals page.
There is always a lot of hype, leaking and guessing going on with potential new phones, so trying to cut through the noise to get to what might actually be real can sometimes be difficult.
So here are the 5 best smartphones still to come in 2014:
5. Blackberry Passport – We all know that Blackberry have been struggling over the last few years. Their market share of the mobile industry collapsed rather suddenly when the business community left for the iPhone and Samsung models. Blackberry however is not done, they still have some dedicated followers thanks to releasing smartphones with keyboards and with the Passport they hope they have a winning phone. Due out in Q4 this rather strange and late 1990s looking phone will come with a 4.5 inch screen, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and 3GB. Interestingly enough the phone does not come with a camera.
4. HTC M8 Prime – rumours of a tidied up M8 with slightly improved spec to be released later this year. Rumoured to be launching at the end of August or early September this phone is quite clearly aimed at people waiting for the iPhone 6. It should be launched with a 5.5 inch screen which is up from the 5 inch screen on the M8. Other specs are not yet known, and there is even rumours that it has been pushed back to launch next year now as the M9. Watch this space to find out is all we can say.
3. Nexus 6 – Things seem to have quietened down for Nexus recently. The excitement of when Google first launched a phone and tablet has gone away, and they are generally just seen now as an alternative choice to Samsung, HTC or LG. Perhaps the fact that the Nexus products are made by one of these three each times will prevent them from ever really standing out. Generally however they are good phones and always worth considering. The Nexus 6 is to be made by HTC and is rumoured to have a 5.2 inch screen and at least the quad-core Snapdragon processor that has made its way into almost every top end phone this year. As for a release date, well your guess is as good as ours at the moment. We are hoping to hear more news soon though.
2. Samsung Galaxy Alpha – Also known as the S5 premium. Just like HTC, Samsung appear to be about to launch a better spec version of the S5, however recent reports suggest that it may be limited due to supplier issues. Just like the Nexus 6 there is no official word on a release date, but we would guess that it will likely be around the same time as the iPhone 6 launch. The phone is likely to have a better screen and slightly improved performance justifying it as a premium phone and one of our 5 best smartphones.
1. iPhone 6 – Love it or hate it the iPhone 6 will likely be the biggest selling phone of the year and best of the 5 best smartphones 2014. As ever people will be camping outside the Apple store nights before launch desperate to be the first to own what is seen as probably the coolest piece of tech available. It is expected that two phones will be launching in September both with bigger screens; one with a 4.7 inch, the other 5.5 inch. Other than that all the other features such as NFC or improved Sapphire Glass screens are just rumours and we will have to wait and see. It would nice to see a true leap in technology from Apple, whether there will be one is yet to be seen but the Apple converts are unlikely to be swayed.
So that is our list of the 5 best smartphones….oh hang on no it’s not.
As an extra little bonus we wanted to quickly talk about Project Ara. This project being run by Google has really caught our attention.
Essentially Motorola is building a modular smartphone (Google own the concept and run it within the Advanced Technology and Projects division (ATAP)), whereby you can build the phone you like with the components you like.
As technology advances you simply replace a module rather than having to go out and buy a completely new phone. We see this as a potential game changer. The concept was originally created under the name Phoneblocks by Dave Hakkens before Motorola Mobility persuaded him to build the phone for them. For more information please have a look at the Project Ara Website, but personally we can’t wait until it launches in January.