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Update: The May 2014 Android phone report is now available.
Time once again to take a tour of a handful of the best Android phones currently available on the market (April 2014). There are a few new handsets, including a couple 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 still more than likely go for Google's Nexus 5 because it's a powerful, fully featured handset that offers the purest Android experience possible. It's the only handset that will guarantee that you'll see Android updates over the course of its lifespan.
However, I have to admit that some of the features present on the Samsung Galaxy S5 make it a great choice for the BYOD crowd. Not only is it water- and dust-resistant — something Samsung doesn't talk much about — but it's also crammed with cool features and software. If you like to geek out over smartphones, this is the one to geek out over.
HTC One M8
Looking like the original HTC One, the One M8 features a unibody aluminum shell which gives it a firm feel, unlike the Samsung Galaxy S4 with its plastic shell.
Inside the shell is everything you'd expect from a modern Android smartphone — a large, high-pixel-density display, a powerful quad-core processor, plenty of storage, good cameras, and a microSD card for storage expansion which supports cards up to 128GB.
An excellent Android handset.
- KitKat (Android 4.2.2) with HTC Sense
- 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
- 5-inch Full HD, 1080p display (441 pixels-per-inch)
- 4MP rear camera
- 4MP UltraPixel front camera
- 16/32GB internal storage
- microSD card slot