Our phones are like body parts nowadays. We take them everywhere and they function as handheld computers and even video cameras now. Tthe amount of money we spend and the time we put in on mobile phones are constantly rising.
The good news is that rates and the actual prices have gone down, as the market is saturated with phones and carriers. Since everyone wants to make the best choice when acquiring a cell phone, whether it’s for yourself or family member (the holidays are coming up), here’s a look at the best mobile phones of 2014.
Top of the Line
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
It’s fast and has a large screen, but it can be pricey, running from about $300 to $800 for the more sophisticated ones. Perks include high-end camera and a stylus, which makes it really easy to use. It’s actually the only smart phone of this caliber that comes with a stylus, so people that use their mobile phones to take notes and write stuff down on the run will love this bonus. It’s a little larger than the average smart phone, so it doesn’t always fit easily into a back pocket, but the fact that it has a split screen function makes it worth it.
Samsung Galaxy S5
This is one of those mobile phones that is very versatile and can handle a bump or two and even a splash of water and keep functioning. It offers a fast camera operation that puts out great pictures in HD resolution, long battery life and experts say it is user friendly for any level of user. That’s to say even your parents can use it without too much confusion. One of its best qualities is that its screen is HD, which makes it easier to see, even outdoors. It also has a long battery life; it can go for nearly 10 hours of normal use without running out of juice. Another plus is its S Health program, with which you can keep tabs on your diet, exercise and even measure your heart rate. And if you are a parent and need a distraction for your kid, there’s a Kids Mode that offers content that will keep a young one busy when you need it.
Apple iPhone 6/iPhone 6 Plus
Experts consider these the best iPhone versions ever; you just have to adjust to the larger size with the Plus especially. It’s also a bit pricey ($100 more for the Plus), but a lot of the carriers (such as AT&T) will practically give you the phone if you sign a two-year contract with them or use this as an upgrade from your previous iPhone. One of the perks is the larger battery inside, which means a longer battery life. These phones also boast a bigger screen with high resolution. But the most attractive quality for many will undoubtedly be that it is like a mini iPad, which makes it like a small computer. The Plus is better for watching movies and reading. Make sure that you get a protective cover that will keep it from the bending issue.
Hanging With the Best
This little baby will give you a lot of the same perks as the Apple and Samsung phones at a lower price. One new perk with this model is that it now has a removable battery and slot for a micro SD card. It’s got a lot of the same features as the Samsung and even some that are better. If you use your smart phone a lot to take photos, you’ll love the added touch of a high-resolution display and the laser-guided focus. Another perk is the LG Health, which is a built-in fitness system that tracks your physical activities. The LG3 costs a little bit less than the Apple iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy.
Motorola Moto G (4G LTE)
It comes in one version, one price just under $200. If your budget is tight, this is one of the best smart phones you can buy. It offers top-notch displays, lots of power to conduct everyday tasks and operating it is fairly uncomplicated. One expert on CNET said: “It offers the same performance for much less money.” The cool thing about this phone is that if you run out of storage space after downloading all of your favorite apps, you can add a space with a micro SD card.
How to Make the Best Choice
It’s important to make the best choice for you and not go with what’s hot or what your friends have. Different people have different needs. Also, these mobile phones are like your right arm nowadays, keeping you up to date on the weather, traffic, the time, where to go to eat or buy certain items and of course, communicating with family, friends and even business associates and clients. So how do you choose with all the options out there?
- Think about the operating system. Try to pick a phone that is compatible with your computer. For example, if you have an iMac at home, you might want to go with an iPhone.
- Choose the right size. Some of the newer phones are bigger. Make sure you pick a phone that suits your needs, whether you carry your phone in your pocket or a certain compartment in your purse. Size does matter!
- Make sure the phone’s specs fit your usage. If you use your phone a lot for music, watching videos and playing games, it might need a faster processor than someone who just basically uses his/her phone for the essentials.
- Make sure the phone you go for has the necessary battery life. If you are out of the house or office a lot and not always have access to an outlet to recharge, buying a phone with an extended battery life may be an important option.
- Pick the best carrier for your budget and needs. Consider the coverage you need, whether or not you need a lot of data storage space and of course your budget.
- Consider price. Make sure that the cost of the phone doesn’t break the bank and mess up your budget for the next couple months.
Bottom line: get what’s practical for you. When it comes to choosing a phone, think about your needs for the next two years, because that’s typically the length of a carrier’s contract and the average time that people keep their phones.