Whilst a lot of Android flagships release earlier in the year, manufacturers quite often release even bigger and better devices closer to the end of the year, so if you’ve waited this long to get a new smartphone, you’re in for a treat. Now that IFA is wrapping up, and Apple have unveiled their new iOS devices, I thought it would be a good time to take a look at the best phones of 2014, particularly those releasing in quarter 3 and 4. Just as a note, it all really comes down to preference here, but I’ve picked out the devices that are expected to bring home the bacon for their creators.

iPhone 6 Plus

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There was a time where it felt like all of the other manufacturers in the world were trying to play catch up to Apple, but oh boy has that changed since the huge surge in popularity for Android happened. Now, things have reversed, and Apple are trying their hardest to still stay relevant.

Last year for Apple was a little disappointing if I’m honest, but I feel like Apple are making steps in the right direction. The new iPhone 6 Plus looks like a right treat for those Apple users unaccustomed to the wonders of a phablet device, and to those scared to move up to such a large display size, there’s always the smaller 4.7 inch iPhone 6 too.

The new iPhone 6 range has better performance than it’s predecessors, larger storage options and with it a brand new, more intuitive mobile operating system that should help to keep the two new devices among the best phones of 2014.

Galaxy Note Edge

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I don’t know what you think, but the Galaxy Note Edge looks cool to me. The Galaxy Note range has always been at the peak of mobile hardware capabilities, and this is once again the case for both the Note 4 and the new Note Edge. Whilst both devices have blazing fast performance and Samsung’s latest changes to the TouchWiz UX, the Note Edge just likes a little cooler in my personal opinion.

But who knows, maybe you’d prefer the standard Note 4 to be alongside the rest of the best phones of 2014 – they are both pretty similarly internally.

Xperia Z3


For the first time ever, I actually like the appearance of the new Xperia. I’ve always been a bit afraid of grabbing an Xperia smartphone due to the abnormally large bezels found on the device, but the Xperia Z3 feels sleek and it looks great. On top of having a nice appearance, it has a range of decent features including PlayStation 4 remote play support.

The New Moto G

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Yes, the new Moto G doesn’t differ much from the original, but it’s still a bargain a year later. The internal hardware is the same as the original, however the new Moto G now supports micro SD cards up to 32GB. On the outside, the new Moto G has a larger 5 inch display. The screen is still 720P, but for it’s low, low price it is still very worth it. If price wasn’t a factor, the quad core 1.2GHz processor and 1GB of RAM would put the new Moto G miles behind the best phones of 2014, but the super cheap price tag gives it perhaps the best mobile price/performance ratio in the world.

What smartphones have taken your fancy this year?