Top 10 Best Samsung Cell Phones 2014
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Until our next update, the Samsung Galaxy Alpha, Galaxy K Zoom and Galaxy S5 Active are our selection for best Samsung phones. The first one is a recent Android 4.4.4 KitKat smartphone boasting the Cortex-A15 + Cortex-A7 CPU, the second one a Android smartphone and the third one, a 5.1-inch phablet phone.
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#1. The Samsung Galaxy Alpha
Samsung joins in on the octa-core sensation with the Galaxy Alpha´s two quad-core CPUs: Cortex-A15 (1.8GHz) and Cortex-A7 (1.3GHz). It also seems to pack top-notch imaging with its 12-megapixel camera´s 4K max video recording resolution. It lacks a microSD card slot, but does cap off at 32GB with 2GB RAM to boot. The Alpha also offers the fastest data rate available as of 2014, with up to 300Mbps on LTE-Cat6. All of its features, including an Ultra Power-Saving Mode (1860mAh battery) are packed within a metal frame, scrapping the plastic shell from previous Galaxy models.
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#2. The Samsung Galaxy K Zoom
As its name suggests, the Galaxy K Zoom is one of Samsung´s camera-smartphones. It sports a 20.7-megapixel BSI camera that doubles up the resolution of average smartphones, as far as specsheets go. It also packs a Xenon flash and an onboard ISP chip, which they say facilitate better imaging compared to most other Android phones (and some digicams). Two processors (1.7GHz 2-core and 1.3GHz 4-core) also place it under the Hexa-core category - and there aren´t many of them. Pinch zoom and one-touch Quick Zoom add to its camera functions, not to mention 10x optical zoom on a relatively slim body.
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#3. The Samsung Galaxy S5 Active
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.
#4. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3
The newest Galaxy Note wins 0.2 inches of display size but loses weight, going from 180 to 168 grams. It also ends up with a bigger resolution (full 1080p HD, compared to 720p for the Note 2). Even the processor gets beefed up to 2.30 Ghz (quad-core) and the camera goes from 8 megapixels to 13. It looks as though Samsung wants to get serious with the Galaxy Note and its positioning as a smartphone tablet computer combo.
#5. The Samsung Galaxy S5
The fifth generation of Samsung's flagship smartphone has a faster Quad-core processor (from 1.9 to 2.5Ghz) and a bigger camera (16 megapixels, compared to 13 for the S4). The camera also promises a faster autofocus and a high dynamic range (HDR). It also bets its future sales on LTE category 4 and an Ultra Power Saving Mode, which switches to black and white and stops unnecessary features. The four available colors are bizarre (charcoal Black, shimmery White, electric Blue and copper Gold) and rather dull, but just like that baby name your in-law chose last year, we may just get used to them.
#6. The Samsung Galaxy Light
The Samsung Galaxy Light is outperformed by most of its Galaxy family peers, but for a lighter Galaxy phone, it still has an interesting processor speed with its quad core 1.4 GHz CPU, and it works on 4G LTE. Its use of the Jellybean 4.2.2 is definitely a sweet incentive, but with almost half of the Android phones using that OS, it doesn´t give us much of a rush. The rest of its features are more in line with its Light name: 5-megapixel main camera, just VGA for a video-call camera, 4-inch display with a 480 x 800 resolution, and 1800 mAh battery.
#7. The Samsung Galaxy Grand
The 5-inch touchscreen of this smartphone gives it a grand look. It is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor with a 1GB RAM. Apart from its large screen, other features also lean towards media and entertainment, like high-speed data, an 8GB user memory with an option for 64GB expansion via MicroSD, and an 8-megapixel camera.
#8. The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active borrows heavily from the original, but gives it a water-resistant Dive Blue casing. It offers the new Aqua Mode, which allows you to take it on pool parties and capture pictures underwater at 1080p. It also mimics the performance of the S4 with the same 1.9GHz quad-core processor and 2600mAh battery, not to mention a 5-inch display (with a 1920x1080 max resolution). If you´re in the market for a high-end smartphone, but need it to live through shocks and splashes for whatever reason, this variant might just do the trick.
#9. The Samsung Galaxy Ace 3
Another addition to the Galaxy Ace line-up of mid-range smartphones, the Ace 3 runs on a dual-core 1.2GHz processor and is powered by a 1800 mAh battery with an estimated talk-time of 10 hours. It has a 5-megapixel main camera and a VGA front cam. Its main camera is capable of recording 720p HD videos at 30 frames per second. Like other Samsung smartphones, the Ace 3 has the S Voice (voice command and navigation prompt), S Translator (multiple language audio and text translator) and S Travel (travel recommendations and guide), among others.
#10. The Samsung Galaxy Express I437
This productivity-oriented phone bets on a large 4.5-inch display with a 800 x 480 resolution and a 1.5Ghz processor. The package is supported by a 2000mAh battery capable of providing 840 minutes of talk time and 312 hours of stand-by, which is more than 10 days.
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