Best Android smartphones (September 2014 edition)

Best Android smartphones (September 2014 edition)

Summary: Looking for a new smartphone but aren't interested in an iPhone? Don't worry because we've got you covered. Here is a selection of the best Android phones currently available on the market (September 2014). So whether you're after a handset for personal use, or one suited to BYOD, there bound to be an Android smartphone here for you.

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    Introduction

    If you're in the market for an Android handset, I have good news for you – there's never been a better time to buy. Not only are there a number of awesome handsets out there, but there's also a smartphone to suit everyone's needs, taste, and even pocket!

    Confused by all the choice? Don't worry because we've got you covered. Here is a selection of the best Android phones currently available on the market (September 2014). So whether you're after a handset for personal use, or one suited to BYOD, there bound to be an Android smartphone here for you.

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    LG G3

    Building on the success of the G2, LG looks to take on Android smartphone giant Samsung with the G3. LG has taken the good points of the G2 and made changes such as adding a microSD card slot and removable battery, features which users had asked for.

    A solid, well-rounded phablet.

    • Android 4.4.2 'KitKat'
    • 2.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor
    • 5.5-inch QHD IPS 2560 x 1440 display featuring 534-pixel-per-inch
    • 13MP rear camera
    • 2.1MP front camera
    • 16/32GB internal storage
    • microSD card support
    • 3000mAh battery offering 21 hours of talk time, up to 550 hours of standby

    Pros and Cons

    Pros:

    • Storage expansion
    • Awesome display
    • Excellent battery which is also user-replaceable

    Cons:

    • A huge handset
    • Plastic construction

Topics: Mobility, Android, Smartphones

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  • what a terrible list

    Firephone? seriously? no one likes that phone
    and the rest of the list is basically every version of the S5 and the Z2 with the M8 thrown on top as a cherry

    how about the Oppo Find 7a and 7? how about the Huawei Ascend Mate 2 which is an amazingly priced phone for phablet lovers? how about the Moto G, one of the best low range phones on the market?
    theoilman
    • more like the August list!

      So many great Android phones have come out in the first week of September, this "September" list is OBSOLETE. Should have been called the August list.

      OK, so the Note 4 isn't yet available on the market, but it's been publicly announced so no one is going to buy a Note 3. Same with the new 2014 Moto X just announced -- 5.2", 1080p, quad core Snapdragon -- which is what LAST year's Moto X should have had.
      ChazzMatt
  • G3 rules!

    "A huge handset"

    You gotta love these fanboys, still faithful to the old Church of Apple dogma. Didn't you get the new orders? Big phones are cool now that Apple is about to release one!!

    It's the same crap all over again, members of the CoA disguised as tech "journalists" used to mock smaller tablets (since God-Steve discarded them as useless...) Until Apple copied the idea and then suddenly a smaller tablet was super cool and the fanboys started to buy them by the millions...
    siskol
  • Where's the love for the unlocked phones out there?

    Some of the best phones you can find aren't being sold by US carriers you know.
    blarelli
  • G3

    unfair to call it a "huge handset". It compensates for its size by it's thinness. In the end it probably occupies the same amount of pocket space as other smaller/thicker phones.
    Icwhereurcomingfrom
  • wow who'd have thought

    That an American tech journalist would contemplate a non-apple. Now that he's discovered an outside world he might like to consider that there's also a world beyond android. Yes AKH there is such a thing as a world outside the good old USA. Reckon you might find it one day?
    KRP1950
  • I do not understand . . . .

    . . . . why anyone would contemplate the Galaxy Note device UNLESS they wanted to use the stylus, that's what the Note is all about.

    The stylus on my Note 2 is ok, by for extended use on my Notes 2/8/10.1 (2013), I use a Wacom Bamboo stylus like a 'normal' pen. It works for me, all I havee to do is remember to release the Note stylus ever so slightly so I can use the Bamboo. Either pen can be used once S-Note or my new preferred note software, OneNote for Android.
    AN O'Nymous
  • M8 not very durable!?!!? Boomsound???

    I think Adrian tested some $10 clone of an M8 bought in an alley some dark night. The M8 has even more metal in its uni-chassis than my M7, and my phone looks showroom after two years living in my pockets without a case of any kind. The build quality of HTC One models is tops in the industry and should be a "durability" pro. And, no mention of the stereo BoomSound front speakers with Beats audio?? How is the best phone speaker setup not a "Pro?" Sheesh, Adrian, I can get the specs for comparison anywhere - your value as a reviewer is to highlight features and special qualities that make a phone one of the best available.
    spyder3010
  • Quarterly instead of monthly and a seperate Phablet list

    I think Adrian puts these together too often. The market doesn't change quite that fast. I think he should do them quarterly, with special emphasis on getting one out before Black Friday.

    I also think it's weel past time he make 3 lists instead of 2, 1 for phones, 1 for tablets, and 1 specifically for phablets.
    mheartwood