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Best Android Phones of the season [May 2014]

The first quarter of this year has seen many new top end Android smartphones being launched. Currently, with so many flagship phones in the market consumers are spoilt for choice. We will try to figure out what are the best smartphones that your money can buy right now. We will just not focus on the costliest and carrying the latest hardware, but also consider their performance and value for money.

Samsung Galaxy S5 – The most feature packed device your money can buy.

The latest flagship from Samsung is packed to the brim. While it is not the best looking device out there, it has all the latest features available for mobile devices, with the top end hardware. Taking inspiration from Sony, Samsung has made the device IP67 water and dust resistant. It contains fingerprint sensor, like the HTC One Max and iPhone 5S. To make the health conscious users happy it has a heart rate monitor and step counter one board.

samsung galaxy s5

  • 5.1 Inch Super AMOLED display with FHD resolution
  • 2.5 GHz Quadcore Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor
  • Adreno 330 GPU
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16/32 GB internal memory with microSD support
  • 16 MP camera with LED flash
  • 2MP front camera
  • Android 4.4.2 Kitkat with TouchWiz
  • 2800 mAh Battery

HTC One M8 – The sexy all rounder

While Samsung Galaxy S5 might have all the bells and whistle it doesn’t mean it can provide the best user experience. HTC has always produce great looking handsets and HTC One M8 is no exception, with brushed stainless steel finish and sleek body, making it the benchmark for industrial design for smartphones. Along with great looks, HTC One M8 too packs the latest hardware, but misses out on some of the features like water resistance, fingerprint sensor and step counter. On the innovation part it comes with duo camera which allows the imaging setup to capture depth and allow refocusing of images after they have been taken. Boom sound front speakers inherited from it’s predecessor provides rich sound. Sense 6.0 on top of Android Kitkat and Blinkfeed seems a much gorgeous UI compared to Samsung’s TouchWiz.

HTC-One-M8

  • 5.0 inch Super LCD3 display with FHD resolution
  • 2.3 Ghz Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor
  • Adreno 330 GPU
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16/32 GB internal memory with microSD support
  • 4 MP ultra pixel camera with dual LED flash
  • 5MP front camera
  • Android 4.4.2 Kitkat
  • Non removable 2600 mAh battery

Nexus 5 – The no-nonsense performer

The Google Flag carrier from last year, Nexus 5 doesn’t have any fancy features like fingerprint scanners, heart rate monitors, waterproofing, front speakers, dual camera or custom skin, but it is the device that just works and performs without any hitch. It also costs almost half of what other latest flagships that were launched this year. Even though Nexus 5 is relatively old, it still packs a punch and it’s off contract pricing of around $350 makes the deal even sweeter. If you do not like all the gimmicky features and bloated software, Nexus 5 should be the ideal choice for you.

Nexus5

  • 4.95 inch True HD IPS+ display with FHD resolution
  • 2.3 Ghz Quadcore Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor
  • Adreno 330 GPU
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16/32 GB internal memory
  • 8MP camera with OIS
  • 1.3MP front camera
  • Android 4.4.2 Kitkat
  • Non removable 2300 mAh battery

Sony Xperia Z2 – Style meets substance

Products of Sony has always attracted the fashion conscious consumers. The Sony Xperia Z2 just like its predecessor features omni balance design with glass front and back, while aluminium band runs along the edge. The phone feels luxurious and sleek, rivaling the HTC One M8 with metal casing. Sony tries to blend all it’s proprietary technologies in its products, so Xperia Z2 comes with a brilliant FHD display featuring “Trilumious” technology and X-Reality engine employed in Bravia TVs. The Xperia Z2 carries Sony’s 20.7 MP Exmor RS sensor and ‘G’ lens for very high resolution images and capturing videos in 4K resolution. While the camera hardware might be top notch, it has issues on the software side, especially with the automatic mode and auto focus. Xperia Z1 too comes packed with the latest hardware internally and beats the Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8 with an extra gig of RAM. There’s no heart beat monitor, step counter or fingerprint sensor on board though.

xperiaz2

  • 5.2 inch IPS LCD Display with FHD resolution
  • 2.3 Ghz Quadcore Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor
  • Adreno 330 GPU
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 16GB internal memory with microSD support
  • 20.7 MP Sony Exmor RS camera
  • 2.2 MP front camera
  • Android 4.4.2 Kitkat
  • Non removable 3200 mAh

OnePlus One – The wild card entrant

Just like Moto G disrupted the lower end smartphone segment, OnePlus, a new entrant in the smartphone war is trying to shake up the high end smartphone market with it’s debutant OnePLus One. It boasts of specifications similar to the latest flagships like HTC One M8, Samsung Galaxy S5, Sony Xperia Z2 but costs around half what the top contenders do, even lower than last years’ Nexus 5. What sets OnePlus One apart is that it runs the highly customizable community powered CyanogenMod 11S ROM. Coming loaded with CyanogenMod out of the box, eliminates the need to root the phone and void any warranty and there is official support from CyanogenMod. Design wise the phone is blunt, but tapered edges makes the device look sleek, unlike the Nexus 5 which has flat edges. It also features Sony’ Exmor RS sensor equipped 13 MP camera and big 3100 mAh battery pack. At 5.5 inch It is also has the largest screen size compared to others, with Full HD resolution. OnePlus ONe users will have option of StyleSwap back covers too. Even though OnePLus is not yet available in the market, it has been priced at $299 for 16GB version, making it one of the most value for money flagship smartphone.

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OnePlus One

  • 5.5 inch FHD JDI Display
  • 2.5Ghz Quadcore Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 Processor
  • 3GB of RAM
  • Adreno 330 GPU
  • 16GB/64 GB internal memory
  • 13MP f/2.0 Sony Exmor IMX214 camera
  • 5MP front facing camera
  • Android 4.4.2 Kitkat
  • 3100 mAh battery

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