The Best of 2014: Flagship Smartphones

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.

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Nokia Lumia 930 (Php23,800 – Php29,990)

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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.

Noteworthy elements:

  • Windows Phone 8.1
  • 20 megapixel PureView camera

HTC One M8 (Php23,200 – Php31,100)

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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.

Noteworthy elements:

  • Front-facing BoomSound speakers
  • Premium metal build

Samsung Galaxy S5 (Php22,800 – Php34,000)

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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.

Noteworthy elements:

  • Water-resistance
  • Fingerprint scanner, heart rate monitor

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (Php33,900 – Php34,500)

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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.

Noteworthy elements:

  • 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)

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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.

Noteworthy elements:

  • 5.5-inch 2560 x 1440 display
  • Laser autofocus

Apple iPhone 6 / iPhone 6 Plus (Php38,500 – Php84,500)

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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.

Noteworthy elements:

  • Touch ID
  • iOS
  • Improved 8 megapixel iSight cameras

Sony Xperia Z3 (Php27,700 – Php27,800)

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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.


 

Noteworthy elements:

  • Waterproofing
  • Improved 20.7 megapixel Exmor RS camera

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact (Php20,800 – Php21,000)

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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.

Noteworthy elements:

  • Waterproofing
  • 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.

Noteworthy elements:

  • QWERTY keyboard
  • BlackBerry OS

Starmobile Knight X (Php15,990)

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Starmobile ended the year with the Knight X as their flagship phone with an octa-core CPU and a 1080p display.

Noteworthy elements:

  • 3GB RAM compared to other local competitors

Cherry Mobile Omega Infinity (Php11,999)

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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.

Noteworthy elements:

  • Most affordable compared to other local competitors

MyPhone Infinity (Php12,999)

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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.

Noteworthy elements:

  • Dual-LTE capability
  • Huge 4,100mAh RAM

Xiaomi Mi3 (Php10,599)

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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.

Noteworthy elements:

  • Unbeatable package for its price



Bob Freking occasionally contributes articles to the website. He is a UST Graduate of Commerce & Business Administration, Major in Marketing Management, and a full-time Sith Lord with three dragons.

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14 Responses

  1. a says:

    SM KX for the win!

  2. asd says:

    huh Knight X? lol nabayaran nanaman kayo para isingit yan

    dapat nanjan din yung Honor 6 di hamak na mas maganda pa yung sa Mi3

    • Pat says:

      Just because you have a different opinion doesn’t mean you’re right and they’re wrong

    • asd says:

      @asd hindi ko naman sina sabi na tama ako. opinion ko lang din naman ang sinasabi ko
      and if you have a different opinion, it doesn’t mean that you’re right and I’m wrong.

    • chari says:

      yan din iniisip ko tol
      panis ang Knight X sa Honor 6
      pero flagship narin yung Knight X hindi nga lang da best

  3. es21 says:

    Knight X? what a joke

  4. benj says:

    sayang laos na ang Mi3…
    Yung Mi5 kaya aabos sa pinas?

  5. Ex-Alodian Knight says:

    Filthy other flagship peasants, MyPhone Infinity Superior master race!

    tl;dr – bili kayo ng MyPhone infinity.

    • quirkyalone says:

      It’s Octacore but the processor MediaTek MT6592 processor and Mali 450MP GPU doesn’t make it superior. The quadcore Snapdragon 801 with Adreno 330 GPU are more stable and much faster. Hindi lahat ng bagay ay binabase sa dami ng cores iho :)

  6. DeCelle says:

    Please correct the Huawei’s Battery, Huge 4,100mAh RAM… RAM? :)

  7. a says:

    How is Knight X a joke? 3gb ram, octa core (though meditek), nfc / gps / fm, lte at half the price of most flag ships.

    • a says:

      Starmobile Knight X specs:
      5.5-inch Full HD IPS display @ 1920 x 1080 resolution
      Scratch-resistant glass
      MediaTek MT6595M octa-core CPU (2.0GHz quad-core Cortex-A17 and 1.7GHz quad-core Cortex-A7)
      PowerVR IMG Rogue G6200 GPU
      3GB RAM
      32 GB internal storage (non-expandable)
      13MP rear camera with Sony Exmor RS IMX135 sensor, dual LED flash, and F2.2 aperture
      5MP front camera
      Dual-SIM
      3G, LTE
      Bluetooth, Wi-Fi
      GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
      NFC
      USB OTG support
      IR blaster
      3,350mAh battery
      152 x 77.7 x 8.9 mm

      srp Php15,990.

    • a says:

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      Starmobile Knight X specs:
      5.5-inch Full HD IPS display @ 1920 x 1080 resolution
      Scratch-resistant glass
      MediaTek MT6595M octa-core CPU (2.0GHz quad-core Cortex-A17 and 1.7GHz quad-core Cortex-A7)
      PowerVR IMG Rogue G6200 GPU
      3GB RAM
      32 GB internal storage (non-expandable)
      13MP rear camera with Sony Exmor RS IMX135 sensor, dual LED flash, and F2.2 aperture
      5MP front camera
      Dual-SIM
      3G, LTE
      Bluetooth, Wi-Fi
      GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
      NFC
      USB OTG support
      IR blaster
      3,350mAh battery
      152 x 77.7 x 8.9 mm

      srp Php15,990.

  8. derp says:

    kadiri, walang Oneplus One.

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