The Best of 2014: Flagship Smartphones
Last year brought us a lot of great smartphones into the market from every brand, and we’ve already put a lot of them in this list. To compile everything as 2015 starts, here are the best smartphones of 2014 that you can buy.
Nokia Lumia 930 (Php23,800 – Php29,990)
The Nokia Lumia 930 is the fusion of all the company’s hardware & software, from the design to the specs, and it’s currently the best thing that they offer so far. If you’re down for Nokia & Microsoft’s craftsmanship, there is no other choice.
- Windows Phone 8.1
- 20 megapixel PureView camera
HTC One M8 (Php23,200 – Php31,100)
The company’s presence may no longer be felt here in the country, but this phone is still available for grabs. It may not have a QHD display and a high-resolution main camera, but it does almost everything well, not to mention it is wrapped in wonderful aluminum and it packs mind-blowing front-facing BoomSound speakers.
- Front-facing BoomSound speakers
- Premium metal build
Samsung Galaxy S5 (Php22,800 – Php34,000)
Water-resistance, a beautiful 1080p Super AMOLED display, a 16-megapixel camera, a heart rate monitor, and a fingerprint scanner – those are just a few things that the Galaxy S5 features, and we’re sure there are a lot more that a lot may like. However, not everyone is going to enjoy everything about the Galaxy S5 as well; the design being significantly one of them.
- Fingerprint scanner, heart rate monitor
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (Php33,900 – Php34,500)
The Galaxy Note 4 is Samsung’s polishing of the Note line. It hasn’t changed much design-wise, but it does pack a metal casing now which adds a lot into the new premium feel. It also packs the latest hardware from the company which includes the heart rate monitor, the fingerprint scanner, the 16 megapixel camera, a QHD Super AMOLED display, and of course, the much improved stylus called the S-Pen.
- 5.7-inch 2560 x 1440 Super AMOLED display
- Improved pair of cameras
- S-Pen functionality
- Heart rate monitor, fingerprint scanner
- Better Samsung build
LG G3 (Php20,600 – Php33,990)
The LG G3 wows a lot of people from the QHD display to its other fast internals. It also has laser autofocus for the camera and this plastic design that aims for a metallic look & feel. The QHD display, however, seems to be holding back the performance of the phone at times, but other than that, this smartphone is still one to beat.
- 5.5-inch 2560 x 1440 display
- Laser autofocus
Apple iPhone 6 / iPhone 6 Plus (Php38,500 – Php84,500)
Apple has now given people what they have been wanting for a long time – larger screens, and it’s plural because the company had two phones for you last year, and both do great.
- Touch ID
- Improved 8 megapixel iSight cameras
Sony Xperia Z3 (Php27,700 – Php27,800)
The Xperia Z3 will get you to enjoy PS4 Remote Play, and for the rest of the experience, you’ll be enjoying a better display outdoors, good battery life, waterproofing, a wider angle lens, higher ISOs for shooting in the dark and more.
- Improved 20.7 megapixel Exmor RS camera
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact (Php20,800 – Php21,000)
The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact packs a very capable 720p display, the same waterproof design, the same 20 megapixel camera used in the Xperia Z3, and it’s all in a smaller and much more manageable form factor.
- Improved 20.7 megapixel Exmor RS camera
- Compact construction
Blackberry Passport (Php32,000)
The BlackBerry Passport is unsurprisingly the only flagship smartphone with a QWERTY keyboard, for those that still want the BlackBerry experience.
- QWERTY keyboard
- BlackBerry OS
Starmobile Knight X (Php15,990)
Starmobile ended the year with the Knight X as their flagship phone with an octa-core CPU and a 1080p display.
- 3GB RAM compared to other local competitors
Cherry Mobile Omega Infinity (Php11,999)
The CM Omega Infinity remained as the company’s flagship phone until the end of 2014, packing a 5.5-inch 1080p display and an octa-core CPU.
- Most affordable compared to other local competitors
MyPhone Infinity (Php12,999)
MyPhone tops their own Iceberg phones with the Infinity, and as you’d expect, it packs a 1080p display with an octa-core CPU as well, having a decent balance of all things.
Huawei Ascend Mate 7 (Php27,890)
Huawei continues to push the limits of their own R&D by producing the HiSilicon Kirin 925 in the Ascend Mate 7.
This is also the first smartphone that is dual-SIM, dual-LTE capable in the market today.
- Dual-LTE capability
- Huge 4,100mAh RAM
Xiaomi Mi3 (Php10,599)
The most surprising flagship phone of the year making it to the Philippines is the Xiaomi Mi3. This is because it packs everything you’d expect from a flagship phone above Php20k with half the price of just around Php10k.
- Unbeatable package for its price