Smartphone Gift Guide 2014

December 5, 2014 | Posted by: Moneymax | Gadget Protect

December 5, 2014


Smartphone Gift Guide 2014
As the year draws to a close, you may be among those people planning to buy or saving up for a smartphone upgrade. We all know how smartphones make life easier and much more exciting with high-speed Internet and a full range of apps. They are sure to carry over as a must-have in 2015. You might be also planning to buy one to give away as a gift to family or a friend.

From the timeless design of the iPhone to the dizzying selection of Android handsets on the market today, there’s now a smartphone offered at nearly every consumer price point. Here we bring you a quick overview of the very best models you can buy right now.

Apple iPhone

Taking over the lion’s share of smartphone demand, iPhones by Apple remain the top gadgets even non-techies are coveting. Really, the only question here is which version you should get. While everyone will no doubt be chasing after either the iPhone 6 or the iPhone 6 Plus, people who still own its predecessor—the iPhone 5S—should be in no hurry to upgrade to a newer model unless their everyday phone is approaching its last legs.

Samsung Galaxy

According to a recent survey by Business Insider, Samsung is the world’s second-most popular smartphone brand after the Apple iPhone. Powered by Android and bolstered by five years’ worth of phone iterations, Samsung’s Galaxy line has exhibited real staying power with highly accessible models like the Galaxy S5 and the Galaxy Note 4. If you’re looking for a top-tier smartphone that’s not by Apple, Samsung is a wildly popular choice across the globe.

HTC

Taiwan-based phone manufacturer HTC made an impressive showing in the smartphone market last year with the launch of the HTC One, an instant crowd-pleaser and handset of choice for numerous tech blogs across the Internet. Its newest iteration, the sleek and sturdy HTC One M8, is available on both Android and Windows operating systems and equipped with a sophisticated duo camera system for better, clearer images.

Motorola

A all-too familiar name in the world of cellphones, Motorola has reentered the game in a big way with the launch of its best Android phone yet, the Moto X. The new-and-improved 2014 model is both bigger and slimmer than the original, while still available at a budget-friendly price. Those in the market for something simpler should also look into the Moto G, which shares many of the Moto X’s strengths in terms of basic functionality.

Nexus

As Google’s flagship smartphone platform, Nexus is a no-brainer brand for most hardcore Android loyalists. Their latest model, the phablet-sized Nexus 6, runs on Android Lollipop and shares similarities with the current Moto X — not surprising, seeing as both were manufactured by Motorola. Still going strong, however, is the LG-manufactured Nexus 5, which has also been optimized for Android Lollipop in mid-November.

OnePlus

A relatively new player in the market, China’s OnePlus was quick to make an impact with its spanking-new flagship phone, the OnePlus One. Mod-friendly yet powerful enough to give the industry giants a run for their money, the OnePlus One is so highly sought-after that you’d need an invite from a fellow OnePlus One user just for a chance to get it. OnePlus One runs on the open-source OS CyanogenMod, which boasts a user-friendly design interface on par with Android.

Other smartphone models you should look into include the LG G3, the Sony Xperia Z3, the Nokia Lumia 930, and the upcoming Samsung Note Edge. And this is only a selection of this year’s models: 2015 is sure to bring in a whole new crop of high-end devices for the tech-savvy public.

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