Clove’s top 10 smartphones of August 2014
Where has the time gone? It is the middle of summer here in the UK and everyone is using their photos to snap pictures of beaches, planes, far flung destinations and family members enjoying themselves.
August tends to be a quiet month in the mobile industry as people wind down after a busy few months and prepare for the run up to that big day in December….(yes we are already thinking about this).
Although things may be calming down that has not stopped a battle emerging for a space in the top 10 smartphones this month.
We have a new addition in the form of the Nokia Lumia 930 and a few movements amongst other strong contenders.
So after a bit of discussion, we have come up with the list below.
Please do remember that this list is our top 10 based on our preferences, feelings, sales and customer feedback. Others may have a very different opinion on what makes their top 10.
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10. Motorola Moto E
A less featured Moto G but below with £100 price point the Moto E brings great value performance and features to the mass market. Dual core processor, 5 megapixel camera and 3G connectivity.
It might not be all that inspiring in terms of design but it offers what the majority of us will need for communicating on the go and there are interchangeable covers for that added personalisation.
Like the Moto G the E offers all round value but does away with the added power and features that not everyone needs. As an upgrade from a feature-phone this is a good example of a first smartphone.
9. HTC One M8
Slipping down the list is the M8 which has the tendency to slip out of the hand because of the all metal chassis.
It looks a million dollars though and on first touch is still the best of all the phones on the market today.
Overall the M8 is a bit stretched and many will struggle to use it in one hand.
The camera is innovative but just how much people will use it for the purpose it was intended will become evident over time.
Hands down the best speaker/audio experience the BoomSound is simply superb and can not be beaten as yet. It is a head turner to even a seasoned audiophile. If you were to have that impromptu party based around a phone, then this would be the one you want.
It is packed with high end features and is a suitable solution for the business professional or the media lover.
8. LG G2 Mini
The G2 Mini climbs back up the list after a significant price drop.
Although still a few pounds more expensive than the Motorola Moto G 4G, the G2 Mini has a bigger screen and feels a little more sleek in the hand.
The unique rear mounted buttons also make this device a little different from the rest.
It is snappy and looks the part with some nice UI features.
7. CAT B15Q
You would not normally drop your phone from 6 feet if asked to, but with the CAT B15Q you might just do that because you can. 810G military standard certified, the B15Q is the successor to the original B15 launched in 2013.
Many of the specs have ramped up and the 15Q is actually a strong competitor to many of the more commonly seen devices.
Aimed more at the tradesman the B15Q is suitable for anyone leading a more active lifestyle. The screen is not as rich as some other phones but the benefit is battery life that makes a full days use really possible.
It is predominantly black and silver in colour with a few yellow accents, but they work!
For added peace of mind there is a 2 year warranty with this phone too, so if you need it for work you know you will get good value from it.
A new entrant to the list, the Mini sits behind its big brother the S5.
Like the larger S5, the Mini range of devices have proven popular as they often offer a more desirable handset to a different sector of the market.
The similarity is obvious but the screen size is reduced to 4.5″ and the camera megapixels are halved but there is still a strong processor and of course the Android software that many love and can customise until content.
Still the Mini makes for comfortable holding in the hand and does not cost you quite the same either.
Bigger might not always be better and the Mini range of devices is testament to that.
5. Samsung Galaxy S5
Samsung have a smartphone for everyone, there is an almost limitless number of devices in an array of colours, however one that many still seek out is the premium Galaxy devices, of which the S5 is the current king.
It has a good balance of materials, design and features to satisfy the broad customer base.
The cheaper plastics and dimpled back cover may not win any design awards, but it withstands the knocks and does not scratch like glass or aluminium.
Now IP rated the S5 is more suitable for the active lifestyle, but fiddly port covers can be somewhat of a pain to use.
Qi wireless charging alleviates this problem to some degree, but this does not come as standard so expensive accessories are necessary to enjoy the full benefit.
A 16 megapixel camera takes all round reasonable photos all be it some can appear a little over saturated than is the case in real life, but the S5 is built on a strong background and history and looks to keep a good thing going rather than shaking the mobile world up.
4. Motorola Moto G 4G
It is the upgraded version of the Moto G, now just with 4G connectivity and a microSD memory card slot.
The Moto G has always been superb value for money and the G 4G is only a few pounds more for the added functionality.
Where there was an 8 and 16GB model of the Moto G, the 4G comes in one version 8GB, but with a microSD memory card slot. Aside from this, everything is the same.
Chunky, but solid and a nippy performer with a good screen.
3. LG G3
It is an absolute power house and considering its size of screen it does not feel as big as the Note 3 and not much bigger than the Sony of HTC counterparts.
LG have learnt from the G2 and Nexus handsets and put all of this into the G3 to make it what it is today.
It has a higher PPI than the human eye can really detect, but is that not just a reason to have it, because more pixels are better?
2. Nokia Lumia 930
Charging into the top 10 is the Nokia Lumia 930. It is the only Windows Phone that makes it into the list this month and that is because this is the beauty that everyone has been waiting for.
I was personally quite taken by it after having completed a full review and could easily see what all the fuss is about.
Windows Phone still has some limitations with app availability, but depending on your needs you could come up trumps and grab yourself a very capable phone.
Users of the Windows OS will be particularly sold.
Whilst it lacks 4K video recording, wireless charging is built in and the audio quality on this device is superb, it really is.
They might not get the attention like Samsung and Apple, but Nokia (Microsoft) are still a force to be reckoned with.
1. Sony Xperia Z2
Some will argue the Sony Xperia Z2 lacks the appeal of the HTC One M8 or the LG G3, but the consistent sales and positive reviews speak volumes. As such the Z2 retains the number 1 spot again!
There is little that is excluded in the Z2, Qi charging being one feature, but IP rating, big battery, crisp display and 20.7 megapixel camera and magnetic charging port all make up for any shortcomings.
Curvy the Z2 is not, solid it is.
Powered by Android 4.4 you have access to all the Google services as well as the ability to download your favourite apps.
Stream you media from the internet using WiFi or 4G or store it on the internal 16GB memory or on a microSD card and enjoy viewing it back on the 5.2″ IPS panel.
A great all round performer, you can read our review here.
The consensus across the technology sites seems to be that the Z2 is the best of the flagships. Personal opinion of course but many are siding with Sony.