As it is coming towards the end of the year, we felt that it was only fitting to become a bit nostalgic and look back at some of the smartphones which have been making the headlines and proved to be very popular over the past 12 months.
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
It only hit shelves back in October, but the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has been one of the most impressive devices we have seen all year. In fact, as there has been a popularity in the rise of the phablet in 2014, Samsung’s offering is one of the most interesting smartphones that has been released.
The display is a very large and impressive 5.7 inches with 1440 x 2560 pixel resolution, however for over £600 for a sim free handset, we would expect nothing less! With a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 and 3GB of RAM, as well as 32GB of internal space and a microSD support of up to 128GB, it does seem that the more expensive price is fair.
Camera-wise the device offers a fine 16 megapixel sensor feature and for the all important Android 5.0 Lollipop update? Well, we can expect it to be rolled out onto the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 within the near future.
Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus
It is probably fair to say that within the year, the anticipation for Apple’s newest devices was second to none. Rumours were circulating for months and months prior to the release date and when the handsets finally arrived back in September, they sold out in record time.
We were all very happy to see Apple release two variants of their new smartphone: the 4.7 inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5 inch iPhone 6 Plus. From Touch ID fingerprint sensors, to the excellent battery life and fantastic camera, Apple really pulled it out of the bag with this one.
Even with the thinness of the handsets causing people to claim that their handsets had begun to bend, there is no doubt that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were some of the most popular smartphones of the year.
Motorola Moto X 2014
While Apple and Samsung were the companies to look out for this year, Motorola really did come up trumps with the new generation of the Moto X. With a great 5.2 inch 1080p Full HD screen and either 16 or 32GB of internal memory, it was a very well received device when it was released in September.
In fact, one of the only problems that seems to have arisen from the smartphone is the lack of a MicroSD slot. However, overall the Motorola Moto X 2014 is a really good Android phone.
We were all a little surprised when Blackberry released its newest smartphone, mainly because it has the dimensions of, well, a passport!
It’s fair to say we hadn’t seen a handset quite like this before and its 4.5 inch display with a full keyboard across the screen made it pretty much fully squared. However, Blackberry is known for creating reliable devices and the Passport is no exception. With 3GB RAM and a very impressive battery, it is the perfect device, especially for those who use their smartphone for work purposes.