The LG G3 is a more-than-worthy follow-up to the fantastic G2. We love the way it handles, the big display's picture quality, the flawless performance and the camera's ability to quickly snap photos in any lighting. Both highly competent and versatile, the G3 is easily one of the best smartphones of this year, if not the best!
The HTC One (M8) delivers on practically every front. Inside its stylishly designed body is one of the best Full HD displays on the market. We love its impeccable performance, its remarkable sound quality, its great battery life and its fun camera function. That said, the camera could be sharper. All in all, HTC has hit its mark for 2014!
Best of the rest
Apple iPhone 5s
The Apple iPhone 5s is the best iPhone yet—no surprises there. It may not have a huge-sized HD screen, a quad-core processor, NFC or a pixel-packed camera, but who needs all that when the iPhone is still such a stylish, lightweight, compact handset that's fast, powerful and runs a stable, user-friendly OS. Plus, it takes great-quality pictures and offers access to a richly stocked world of apps and content. It's just a shame that the SAR level is quite high.
Google Nexus 5
The Nexus 5 gives loads of bang for your buck. It has a superb screen, it's flawlessly responsive and it runs Android KitKat. The camera and sound quality aren't the best, but they're nothing to gawk at either. Our biggest complaint is the battery life, which frankly can't compete. This is definitely a phone for anyone who wants fun, convenience and high performance without breaking the bank.
Motorola Moto G
The Moto G hits hard for a handset at this price. It has a great screen and a responsive interface; you'd almost forget it's a budget phone. The camera and storage are always there to remind you of its caste, but otherwise it's a rare feat for an entry-level smartphone.
Sony Xperia Z2
With the Xperia Z2, Sony has corrected a good deal of the issues encountered on the Xperia Z1, given it an even more sophisticated design and included just as many outstanding extra features, all without overcrowding the phone. It's a responsive device in all circumstances, even with intensive usage. It's just too bad the camera is a little slow and has the same lens issues as previous models, making it not quite the all-circumstance shooter it's made out to be.
Dual-SIM Windows Phone
Nokia Lumia 630
For fans of Windows Phone or anyone who fancies getting to know Microsoft's mobile OS without breaking the bank, the Nokia Lumia 630 is an excellent choice. A higher screen resolution would have made it even better, especially considering what you get with certain Android competitors at around the same price. Still, this phone's screen does the job and the Lumia 630 is smooth and responsive to run. It also comes with plenty of Nokia apps pre-loaded and runs the freshly and highly successfully updated version 8.1 of Windows Phone.