Touch phones became all the rage after the first Apple iPhone hit the market in June, 2007. To choose the best touch-screen phones, we select phones with a large touch screen and keep only the best touch phones, according to their average review score.
* Note that this best touch phone list is also offered for all other countries.
Shortly after several Android-run flagships were unveiled during the IFA 2014, Apple reveals the follow-up to the 4-inch iPhone 5. The iPhone 6 sports a larger 4.7-inch Retina HD display, lining up with most premium Androids from other brands. Along with its 5.5-inch big brother, it introduces Apple Play - a digital payment system based on NFC (Near Field Communication) technology.
Looking under the hood, its A8 processing chip and iOS 8 makes it one of the first 64-bit devices from Apple. They also re-engineered the classic iPhone design with its outward flowing iron-strengthened glass, blending seamlessly with the 6.9mm aluminum casing. Camera detail is also a classic ring for iPhone fans, as the iPhone 6's 8-megapixel camera comes with perks like Focus Pixels and Cinematic Video Stabilization. A fingerprint-dependent TouchID also adds a nice touch of security to it.
The Xperia Z3 is the third installment in Sony's Z-series, crafted with an IP65/68-certified (waterproof and dust-tight) 7.3-inch casing. Sticking to its multimedia-oriented roots, the Z3 comes with PS4 support, enabling you to use a standard PS4 controller when playing games -- with PlayStation certification to boot. It sports a 20.7-megapixel rear camera equipped with Sony's Exmor image sensor, enabled for 4K video recording. The Z3's performance also skirts the premiums, running on a 2.5GHz quad-core engine, Adreno 330 graphics, a 3GB RAM and a pretty hefty 3100mAh battery power.
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Apple's unveiling of the iOS 8- and A8-run iPhone 6 Plus also came with some fresh features for the smartphone market. Enter Apple Pay - a mobile payment system that enables your iPhone to function as a mobile wallet, with an expected support from over 200 vendor locations (USA). Its 8-megapixel shooter also comes with Focus Pixels, the same imaging technology that speeds up the autofocus time on DSLR cameras.
This 5.5-inch model is the first phablet-sized phone to come out of Apple, equipped with a 1080p Retina HD display on 401ppi. Additionally, its iron-strengthened cover glass that blends with the aluminum casing seamlessly and relatively thin 7.1mm body gives it a more sophisticated look compared to older iPhones.
Alcatel updates their Pop phablet series with the 5-inch Pop Icon. Supporting its entry-level features is a 1.2GHz quad-core processor -- many 2014 basic smartphones have similar engines. Atop its qHD (960 x 540) facade is a VGA front-facing camera, with a 5-megapixel snapper at the back. Its 4GB internal memory and 1GB RAM are also at a starter level. Its 2000mAh battery promises an up-to-8-hour talk time (3G) and up to 20 hours of music playback. Essentials, including Wi-Fi (up to 21Mbps on HSPA+), Bluetooth (v4.0) and GPS navigation are also in the mix.
Samsung's S Pen-equipped sub-series moves forward with the Galaxy Note 4, a clear attempt at another premium seat for the Korean brand. Fronting this metal-framed Android is a 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED screen, a resolution that is larger than the 1080p FHD ones on most high-end devices. A Gorilla glass panel adds a touch of durability to it as well. Underneath, we found a 2.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 805 engine paired up with an Adreno 420 (600MHz) GPU - both relatively recent versions. The Note 4's 3220mAh battery promises to maximize usage time with the Fast Charge and Ultra Power-Saving features. Its front and back cameras also saw a boost, this time with 3.7 and 16 megapixels respectively, with 4K-recording loaded as well.
Accompanying Sony's IFA flagships is this modest 4.5-inch Xperia, which to blend classic mid-range features with some high-end perks. Its hardware includes a 1.2GHz quad-core processor and a 2330mAh battery -- both lower compared to most 2014 Xperias, but are slightly higher than what we see on most mid-range Androids. Its connectivity also mimics most sophisticated smartphones, with LTE and NFC in the bag. Imaging is clearly what took the biggest blow, as the E3 only sports a 5- and a 0.3-megapixel camera, pinning itself to a mid-level shelf.
Sitting among the royals of 2014 smartphones, the LG G3 is an Android 4.4 KitKat boasting an array of high-level features. It runs on a 2.5GHz quad-core engine, doubling up the market average in processing speed in theory. It also boasts an up-to-2TB memory expansion and a 3000mAh wireless-charging-capable battery, both among the highest capacities out there. Fronting it is a 5.5-inch Quad HD touchscreen matched by a 13-megapixel OIS camera on the back. LG adds contrast to this phone by equipping it with a simple UI, as their "simple is the new smart" slogan suggests.
LG might have intended to offer their signature features with an entry-level Android, as the F60 does just that. The up-to-eight-point Knock Code, popular among LG smartphones, protects your safeguards your phone access. Despite having quite unimpressive camera resolutions (5- and 1.3-megapixel), snapping photos with hand gestures sounds like a pretty nifty touch. The F60 is also an LTE-ready device, which has somehow made its way as an entry-level standard as of its 2014 release. Its hardware includes a 1.2GHz quad-core processor and a 2100mAh battery.
Sonim follows up their ultra rugged XP6 with the 4-inch XP7, retaining several of the former's key selling points. It boasts a whopping 4800mAh battery capacity inside an IP68/69-certified shell, and supports glove usability as well. Also, just like the XP6, it comes with a relatively long 3-year warranty, covering the device for both malfunctions and accidental damages. Its native memory caps off at 16GB, with a 1GB RAM capacity alongside it. The SP7's other specs, which include a 1.2GHz quad-core processor and an 8-megapixel rear camera, land it a mid-level shelf.
Ruggedization meets the fifth-gen flagship smartphone from Samsung and gives us the Galaxy S5 Active. As their product naming suggests, its MIL-STD-810G certified casing and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 is an attempt to cater to different outdoor activities. It also has a feature that automatically launches all adventure-related apps such as maps and compasses onto the screen, which could take some pounds off your backpack. It still runs the same set of features that made the S5 a flagship model, including the 2.5GHz quad-core processor, 16-megapixel camera as well as LTE connectivity.
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