Top 10 Android phones (January 2014 edition)

Top 10 Android phones (January 2014 edition)

Summary: Time once again to take a tour of a handful of the best Android phones currently available on the market (January 2014). There are a few new handsets, including one for all you pure Android fans.

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    Introduction

    Time once again to take a tour of a handful of the best Android phones currently available on the market (January 2014). There are a few new handsets, including one for all you pure Android fans. Want something bigger than your average smartphone? If so, there's also a phablet for you to look at!

    No matter whether you are looking for a consumer handset or something that will be suited to a BYOD role, you're bound to find something of interest here.

    If I had to choose one of these, I'd likely go for Google's, Nexus 5 because it is a powerful, fully-featured handset packed that offers the purest Android experience possible. It's the only handset that will guarantee that I see Android updates over the course of its lifespan.

    However, I have to admit that some of the features present on the Samsung Galaxy S4 make it a great choice for the BYOD crowd. 

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    Google Nexus 5

    Not only has it been put together using some of the best components currently available, it also offers the purest Android experience possible, and gives owners access to the latest Android 4.4 KitKat. Owners also will get their updates direct from Google and won't need to wait for hardware OEMs or carriers to release customized updates (or just never receive updates, as is still the case with many handsets).

    I've always found Nexus-branded hardware to be solid and reliable, but I'd give this a few weeks for Google to shake out any potential bugs before recommending it to anyone other than hardcore Android enthusiasts.

    • KitKat (Android 4.4)
    • 2.23GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU
    • 4.95-inch 1920x1080 display with a pixel density of 445 pixels-per-inch
    • 8MP rear camera
    • 1.3MP front camera
    • 16/32GB internal storage

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  • Happy with my Nexus 5

    And my 4's ...
    Roger Ramjet
  • Grrr another gallery

    I was interested in what you have to say however I won't allow ZDNet to turn my one article interest click into 10 more just to bump up ad revenue at the expense of my time and patience.
    Admin71
    • Maybe a New Year's Resolution is in order ...

      that Author's need to commit to rid us of the scourge of the Gallery ! ;-)
      jkohut
    • Fed up with gallery

      Got to the first page, saw gallery format, left this comment and then left.
      wayne_eller@...
      • The Author is Completely in the DARK About Device on List!

        Amazing that this supposed Android adroit writers has no clue about the current state of every model listed. Proving he's only using reviews and information written by others instead of actually putting his hands on each model he mentions here.

        His complete lack of knowledge on Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 and Gear being the only match up offered is ludicrous at best. When I've had both for quite some time and the wife is still using a GS3 that also syncs with Gear. As well as now 7 other models of Samsung's phones including even the Samsung Mega, Galaxy Zoom, Galaxy Active, Galaxy Mini, etc!

        Get with it zdnet and hire some writers that aren't just content to let their fingers doing the walking on line instead of actually knowing first hand anything current about the phones on this list! ;-P .....yeah... I'm out of here too!
        KronJohn
  • Looks like the Moto-X

    is taking a trip in the way-back machine. Back to a time where multiple processing chips with specific duties worked together. I wonder if these chips have names - like Fat Agnes ... (Amiga reference).
    Roger Ramjet
    • Moto X is mid-tier phone

      released in 2nd half of 2013 with only 720p. Go away, and get 1080p to be a contender.
      ChazzMatt
      • 720p is 2011

        1080p is 2013, to be a top tier Android. PERIOD.
        ChazzMatt
    • Moto X is about style and real utility

      Classy wood covers, customization, assembled in the US. Innovative chip set for notifications and voice activation while off. Incredible battery life. Yes, they didn't bother to put more pixels than you can see. But it is still a premium phone for people who know you don't need to beat the specs to death.
      symbolset
      • you CAN see the pixels

        1080p on a smartphone means less zooming in to read text. You CAN see the difference, don't let the myth of "720p is good enough" to deter you from the best.
        ChazzMatt
  • the black 32GB nexus 5 is awesome

    something about it I just really really like. seriously the iphone cannot compete unless you just must have the iphone. The simple black slab design, big 5" 1080p screen, thin bezels, soft touch back, the new launcher, the speed, the buttons, the $399 cost. That and my ipad retina mini and I am all set on gadgets for a long time.
    drwong
    • I like mine.

      No problem recommending it to anybody. Great phone and awesome unlocked value.
      symbolset
    • Verizon

      In Verizon's infinite wisdom, they refuse to carry the Nexus 5.
      Dauplat
  • LG G2

    This list not not complete with LG G2.
    kmy144
    • Have you even used an LG G@?

      4 Samsungs on the list and the LG G@ is last? Not a real world sampling IMHO. My last 4 phones have been Samsung, Motorola, Samsung, LG G2. My G2 is supperior in build quality, camera, relianility, and ease of use to any of the other three. It feels solid in the hand, has a big bright screen, great camera, and a software shell that gets out of your way, unlike the gee whiz-try twice-then abandon nonsense on most Samsung phones. My two Samsungs were just plain flakey. I love my G2.
      tftdguru
  • LG G2

    *without
    kmy144
  • Love my LG G2

    No regrets at all with buying this phone. Excellent in every way. They ship with some of the lamest ringtones, is the only bad thing. But there's Zedge...
    NotMSUser
    • Isn't the L2 the same phone as the Nexus 5?

      Same manufacturer, same fancy stablized camera, same screen size?
      Roger Ramjet
  • HTCOne happy

    Still really, really happy with my HTC, nice to see it positioned so high still too :)
    raymer_
  • 2012 or 13?

    The Note II came out in 2012....so how did it make the 2013 Top 10 list? And what's the "new" handset on the list?
    DaMack45