Top 10 Best Samsung Cell Phones 2014
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In our latest update, the Samsung Galaxy Light, Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S5 are our recommendation as the best Samsung phones. The first one is a recent Android 4.2.2 (JellyBean) smartphone equipped with the Quad Core processor, the second one a phablet and the third one, a 5.1-inch phablet phone.
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#1. 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.
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#2. 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.
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#3. 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.
#4. 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.
#5. 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.
#6. 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).
#7. The Samsung Galaxy Prevail 2
Sweetly serviced by the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, Samsung´s 3.4-ounce (98 grams) Galaxy Prevail 2 has a 1.4 GHz Qualcomm MSM8655 CPU, a 5-megapixel camera, 4GB of memory that is expandable to 64GB, and a 4-inch TFT screen. It has a battery capacity of 1750 mAh, reported standby time is 490 hours (talk time is up to eight hours). Evidently, its features don´t prevail as much as the name could hint - they´re just what one might expect of a more affordable entry-level smartphone.
#8. 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.
#9. 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.
#10. The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom
Reportedly the first smartphone to have a 10x optical zoom, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom (and its 16-megapixel camera) seems to want to be known as a camera that can take calls. It shoots 1080p HD videos at 30 frames per second and has a stand-by time of 330 hours. The rest of its features are mid-range: Jelly Bean 4.2 OS, 1.5 GHz dual core processor, and 4.3-inch sAMOLED display. Put plainly, it appears to be a half (high-end) camera, half (midlevel) smartphone. As if the camera grabbed all the juice...
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