Top 10 Best Samsung Cell Phones 2014
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In our latest update, the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom, Galaxy S5 Active and Galaxy Note 3 are our recommendation as the best Samsung phones. The first one is a Android smartphone, the second one a phablet and the third one, a phablet.
#1. 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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#2. 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.
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#3. 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.
#4. 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.
#5. 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.
#6. 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.
#7. The Samsung Galaxy S4 mini
The Galaxy S3 had its mini version, so it is not so surprising for the Galaxy S4 to have its own too. As expected, it features the same design as the flagship phone, but with watered-down specifications: A 1.7GHz dual-core CPU, 1.5GB of RAM, and a 4.3 qHD Super AMOLED display. Nonetheless, Samsung reports that the mini delivers many of the features of its big brother, like special camera tools (Sound&Shot, Panorama Shot, and Story Album function), as well as other services, such as S Health and S Translator. On connectivity, it boasts 4G LTE technology capable of download speeds up to 100Mbps. Overall, the mini may not be as mighty as the Galaxy S4, but it seems quite respectable as a mid-range smartphone.
#8. The Samsung Ativ S Neo
The Ativ S Neo is the 2013 version of the Ativ S, which uses the same operating system (Windows Phone 8) and dual-core Qualcomm MSM8930AA processor (but the S Neo has a speed of 1.4GHz while the Ativ S had 1.5GHz). It comes with ATIV Beam (for file-sharing with other NFC-enabled smartphones), and has an 8-megapixel camera and a 4.8-inch TFT screen (1280 x 720, 296 ppi). It has a 2000mAh battery with up to eight hours of browsing time for 3G (nine hours for 4G and 10 hours for Wi-Fi).
#9. The Samsung Galaxy Grand 2
The Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 makes some welcome changes to the original - like the quad-core 1.2GHz processor, the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean operating system, and the 5.25-inch HD (1280 x 720) TFT screen. Its larger 2600mAh battery is said to bring 17 hours (1020 minutes) of calls, and its RAM is bumped up to 1.5GB. It still has an 8-megapixel camera that shoots high-resolution (1920 x 1080) videos at 30 frames per second and 8GB of on-board memory. It has dual-SIM support but there is no mention of LTE capability.
#10. The Samsung Galaxy Core Plus
In describing the Galaxy Core Plus, Samsung puts its S Beam (NFC-based sharing technology) and Motion UI (gesture-based control) features front and center, but seemingly glosses over the fact that the dual-core 1.2GHz Android 4.2 smartphone is working with a slightly downgraded 758MB RAM and 4GB memory. Nevertheless, the Core Plus´ other specs are relatively decent: a 4.3-inch 800 x 480 TFT screen, a 5-megapixel camera, and an 1800mAh battery.
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