Six clicks: Top smartphones revealed at MWC 2014

Six clicks: Top smartphones revealed at MWC 2014

Summary: We saw several new smartphones launched at MWC this week, but most are evolutionary products offering a few improvements over existing devices. Here are the best.


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  • Samsung Galaxy S5

    Number 4: Samsung probably got the biggest splash at MWC when it introduced the Galaxy S5. It looks a lot like the Galaxy S4 and III with some evolutionary improvements. ZDNet's Jason Perlow thinks it is just another Android device, but I have to say it may just be the best Android device available for the enterprise customer in the first half of 2014.

    Advanced features include a fingerprint scanner, heart monitor, IR blaster, Knox 2.0 security, Gear 2 and Fit smartwatch connectivity, and the latest Snapdragon 801 processor.



  • HTC Desire 816

    Number 3: Like a few of these new smartphones, we may not see all of these new phones launched in the US. The HTC Desire line is popular outside the US and the new Desire 816 looks to bring many of the great features of the HTC One to a mid-range plastic Android smartphone.

    The HTC Desire 816 includes front facing stereo BoomSound speakers, 13 megapixel rear camera, slick Video Highlights functionality, 5.5 inch HD display, and more.

    It is possible we could see the Desire 816 launch with a prepaid carrier or two, but there are no details yet on availability.

    There were many other smartphones revealed at MWC 2014, including some from Huawei, ZTE, Lenovo, Acer, Alcatel, and more. We also expect new smartphones from HTC, Apple, Google, and others in the first half of 2014.

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  • Number 2: LG has been rolling out some fine devices over the last year and the new LG G Pro 2 improves on the Optimus G Pro with a 5.9 inch IPS display and that excellent minimal bezel design that LG is getting a reputation for.

    The G Pro 2 improves on the Knock capability with Knock Code that allows you to setup custom taps for unlocking and using the G Pro 2. The device includes a 13 megapixel camera with OIS and advanced camera software.

    It is launching in Korea, but there is no word on availability or pricing in the US at this time.

Topics: Mobility, Android, BlackBerry, Smartphones

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  • Not a bad

    list, but I would add the Yotaphone 2. Even though it will not be out before the end of the year, that phone showed some true innovation.
    • Yotaphone

      Buy a Yotaphone and the force will be with you!
  • Proof smartphones are slowing down

    Not trying to be negative, but most of the gimmicks and phones in the past year are "nice to have", but not "must have". HD displays and LTE speeds seems like it was the last major "must have" feature. In fact a Galaxy S3 and Lumia 920 from 2 years ago are still great today.
    Sean Foley
    • Agree on "nice to have" vs. "must have"

      I agree so much that I can't wait for the Galaxy S5 to launch - so I can get an S4 at crash prices. The price of last-year Samsung phones always plummets (at least here where I live) when a new model is launched. The S5 has great "nice to have" features, but it's not so much better than the S4 to make the latter at half the price less than irresistible.
    • Next big thing

      The power of these devices are finally pushing them into full computer territory. My assumption is the next big thing will be devices like a Windows RT phone or the Ubuntu Edge.

      Couple this with wearable HUDs, a ring that allows your finger to act like a mouse, the HUD superimposing a keyboard layout for your fingers while the HUD camera watches your finger typing (Jonny Nemonic comes to mind).

      I also see phones becoming sensor hubs. Put a sensor for radiation, UV, ozone, temp, pollen, etc.
      Rann Xeroxx
  • Sony Experia Z2

    That Experia Z2 is really really nice phone,(disregard the OS)
  • slideshow

    Just opened this from my email to see if it was an article or another slideshow. On to something else after dropping this comment. Probably would have read it if it was an article.
    • They fixed it

      The slide show now only updates the content on the page. It does not do complete page refreshes.
  • How much did Microsoft pay you to put their DOA phone in here?

    Ridiculously conspicuous first and most prominently displayed WindoZe 8 Sesame Street Crayola Playschool phone absolutely no one buys or cares about in this Microsoft cough cough display Advertising supposed to be editorial!!!! Article?

    Now if you had shown their new Android Phone that would have been less obvious.

    Either way that in your face Mafiasoft aka MicroKlunk Junk Phone OS with its kiddie toy flat ugly tiles so obviously positioned as the top choice which for your edification no one cares about, is total proof that you got paid for that commercial.

    How is your new BMW that the thugs from Redmond bought you?

    Get a grip please.
    • Not sure if sarcasm...

      Get a grip, please.
    • Ummm

      Perhaps you should have read the article? The Nokia X line is what was listed.... you know, the one you said "Now if you had shown their new Android Phone that would have been less obvious."

      I guess they were "less obvious".
    • Your a loser.

      You wouldn't know a great smartphone if it telephoned your butt.

      What a dweeb. Go away.
    • Obviously reading appears to be an area of lacking with you.

      2) It also appears intelligence is something else you lack.

      3) Believability is something you have zero credibility in as it's pretty obvious to anyone that you're posting just to troll, nothing more.

      Your posts make less sense then Tracey Morgan on a bad acid trip -

      "Lets see, How can I craft a sentence that lets me use 'Mafiasoft aka MicroKlunk', and all sorts of mindless insults like 'kiddie toy flat ugly tiles'.?"

      Face it, you're a two bit phony, trolling because you go through life unnoticed in the world, so being an idiot here at least gets you some attention.

      And yet you ask others to "Get a grip"? Too rich. :)
    • NOOOO!

      DO NOT FEED the troll
  • Nokia makes me laugh and cry at the same time...

    Instead of calling the Android phones something like Asha G or Asha X, they created a whole new line of phones to cannibalize both their lines.

    Why do I say so? First because the Windows Phone best seller are the 5**. These compete almost exactly on the same segment as the Nokia X and the Asha. Asha's are speciality only geared at people with Symbian.

    So... we're gonna see internal infighting for resources to keep both. In the long run it's easier to get Android people (both internal and external) than Windows Phone. Slowly but surely you'll start to see more and more services arriving first on Nokia X and later on Windows Phone. In the end, Windows Phone will be relegated to the high end where Apple and Samsung already have a leadership position.

    Windows Phone 9 will not makes things any simpler.
  • They will now have Asha, Android, and Windows Phone devices

    ...manage and maintain. Not if they're smart. If they truly are, they'll drop Windows Phone, and just create services to run on Android, BB OS, and iOS. Less overhead to maintain. There is more money to be made in services, than in an OS, that nobody wants.
    I hate trolls also
    • Who says it's an OS nobody wants?

      They sold a lot of them. Sure, not to the point that Apple and Android has, but if MS continues to makes a profit from them, why would they want to drop something that's profitable?
      • I don't know...

        Why did they drop the kin? It was only on the market for two months.
  • Lumia Icon didn't make the list?

    I find that to be a bit of an oversight since it is the best phone for creating HD video I have ever seen and offers a level of performance quite a bit above expectations. Looks good, magnificent screen and the ccd sensor is phenomenal. These other phones look like little incremental improvements while the Icon is a whole new idea in phone use. AND you can buy it in the US.
    The Heretic
    • Icon

      Came out before the MWC... It wasn't unveiled there.