Top 10 Best American Smartphone Phones 2014
After the first iPhone in 2007, smartphones became the new mobile norm. They let you surf the web comfortably on a large screen while waiting at a bus station, they make email on the go almost as easy as on a computer, smartphones make your mobile life easier. But how to choose smartphone phones? Easy. Our top smartphones 2014 in the U.S.A. list saves you all the hard work by identifying the best American smartphones in worldwide reviews and listing them here, in best rating order.
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#1. 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.Smartphone-specific specifications:
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#2. The LG G2
Packed with a slew of innovations here and there, the LG G2 starts with a 13-megapixel camera (with various functions, such as voice capture) and a video recorder capable of up to 60 frames per second. It also has its control buttons on the back cover (apparently to avoid mistakenly pressing them when grabbing the phone by its sides) and, with its 5.2-inch display, makes it to the phablet class. 22GB of memory are available to the user.Smartphone-specific specifications:
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#3. The LG Enact
Along with a beefed-up 2460mAh battery and a rare slide-out QWERTY keyboard (most new smartphones are touch only), the LG Enact offers a Starter Mode interface which is designed to ease in smartphone neophytes (and a Standard Mode for power users). It also comes with the standard mid-range fare: 4.1.2 Jelly Bean OS, dual core 1.2 GHz processor (with an Adreno graphic processor), 1 GB of RAM, 8GB memory, 5-megapixel camera (with a 1920 x 1080 video recorder), and a 4-inch TFT screen. With these modest features, it should sit comfortably well among the second-tier Android phones.Smartphone-specific features:
#4. The Motorola Droid Mini
Although handy in both size and price, the Motorola Droid Mini still offers some not-so-mini features: It carries a 10-megapixel Quick Capture camera, uses DuPont Kevlar in its body and Corning Gorilla Glass for its screen. It puts more focus on voice control with what Motorola calls its Touchless Control app. The 1.7GHz Dual-Core Krait CPU, 2GB of RAM, NFC capability, and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean should also provide decent performance, despite its mid-range 4.3-inch LCD screen -- probably the reason for its Mini name. There is no talk time rating per se, but Motorola mentions a general 28 hours of usage time. By the way, it uses Motorola´s X8 8-core control system for graphic performance and to save battery time, among other things.
It also has the usual gyroscope, proximity sensors etc, but it is one of the rare smartphones that also include a barometer.Smartphone-related specs:
#5. The Huawei Valiant
With an 800 x 400 pixel display, a 768MB RAM, and a single-core processor, the Huawei Valiant is the perfect example of an entry-level smartphone. Aside from this, the device also features a 3-megapixel rear-facing, but only a VGA front-facing camera (if you are into low-resolution video chat!). Its internal memory is 4GB, 1.9GB of which is available to users. It´s also equipped with a Lithium-ion battery that claims up to 10 hours of talk-time.Smartphone-related features:
#6. The LG Optimus F6
Another member of the LG Optimus family, the F6 sports a dual-core processor, decent front- and rear-facing cameras (1.3-megapixel and 5-megapixel, respectively), and an equally decent battery life (up to eight hours of talk-time). It also boasts of its true-to-life 4.5-inch qHD (960 x 540 pixels) IPS display. Its internal memory is only 4GB (with up to 32GB expansion) and it comes with a variety of pre-installed apps: The Vu:Talk handwritten note system, a 40-language quick translator app and an included universal remote control to use with the smartphone´s built-in infrared port.Smartphone-specific features:
#7. 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).Smartphone-specific features:
#8. The ZTE Overture
The ZTE Overture is a 1.2GHz dual-core Android 4.1 smartphone that comes from the prepaid sector, and predictably bears modest features. For starters, it is outfitted in a 4-inch TFT screen with 800 x 480-pixel resolution. It also packs a decent 5-megapixel camera, a 1GB RAM, and a 4GB storage memory. Its 1780mAh battery can last for 300 hours or 12.5 days on standby.Smartphone-related specs:
#9. The ZTE Source
The ZTE Source is a modest smartphone with respectable multimedia features: it uses SRS Enhanced Sound technology, which should work well with Muve Music, Cricket´s music download service that is integrated into its 4.1 Jelly Bean OS. Its 5-megapixel camera has a backside-illuminated sensor (a feature normally seen in more high-end smart camera phones), and it offers high-definition (720p) video recording. Also noteworthy is its above-average talk time (as claimed) of 912 minutes.Smartphone-specific specifications:
#10. The Kyocera Hydro Elite
Kyocera gives its fourth water-resistant smartphone the standard fare: a safeguard from blowing rain and 30-minute immersion in up to 3.28 feet of water (of course), the noise-cancelling Smart Sonic Receiver technology, the Eco Mode and MaxiMZR settings that prolong battery life, and the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system (which was used by all except for the first Hydro phone). But it also offers a few extras, like an optional simpler home screen (Starter Mode) and improved specs (1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1.5GB RAM, 16GB of onboard memory, 8-megapixel camera that shoots 1080p videos at 30 frames per second, 4.3-inch LCD screen with 1280 x 720 resolution, and 2100mAh battery).Smartphone-specific features:
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