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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 Apple iPhone 6

Description :

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.

Smartphone-related specs:
  • 16000MB total user memory.
  • iOS 8 operating system.
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#2. The LG Optimus Exceed 2

Description :

An Android 4.4 KitKat model featuring the Knock Code, Guest Mode and Q-slide multitasking app -- the same mix found on other 2014 LG releases. The LG Optimus Exceed 2 sports a multi-functional 5-megapixel camera, which is somehow a standard feature among middle class Androids. It could potentially outlast the first Exceed phone, as it uses a 2100mAh SiO+ battery. It did retain some features from the first model including processing power (1.2GHz) and display resolution (800 x 400), with a slight drawback on on-board memory.

Smartphone-specific features:
  • 1.2 GHz Qualcomm MSM8610 CPU.
  • 4000MB of total user memory.
  • Android 4.4 KitKat OS.
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#3. The Apple iPhone 6 Plus

Description :

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.

Smartphone-specific specifications:
  • 1.4GHz Apple A8 CPU.
  • 16000MB memory (built-in + extension).
  • iOS 8 operating system.
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#4. The LG Volt

Description :

LG´s 2014 release, the LG Volt is a mixture of arty smartphone features and mid-level specs under the hood. It sports an 8-megapixel backside-illuminated camera (same type as the iPhone), a Corning Gorrilla Glass 2 panel (found on rugged phones) and several of LG´s signature features including the Knock Code and Guest Mode. It runs on the latest Android 4.4 KitKat and a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, not to mention 4G LTE capability. It also boasts an up-to-24-hour talk time with its 3000mAh battery, which is among the highest capacities for Androids within this class.

Smartphone-specific features:
  • 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 Series MSM8926 CPU.
  • 8000MB of total user memory.
  • Android 4.4 KitKat OS.
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#5. The LG G3

Description :

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.

Smartphone-specific specifications:
  • 2.46GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processing.
  • 16000MB of total user memory.
  • Android 4.4 KitKat OS.
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#6. The BLU Advance 4.5

Description :

The Advance 4.5 is a low-budget smartphone that offers both personal and business usage at the same time with its dual-SIM capability. It is one of only few basic Android phones with a dedicated graphics processor (VideoCore IV GPU) that acts as sidekick to its 1.0GHz engine for imaging and app support. The 21mbps data capacity even beats out others within its class. It also has a 5-megapixel main camera and a 1700mAh battery, which are both pretty decent considering its modest price range. For fans of one-hand devices, its design might feel more comfortable compared to large phablets.

Smartphone-related specs:
  • 4000MB memory (built-in + extension).
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system.
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#7. The Kyocera Brigadier

Description :

Kyocera seemingly focuses their rugged phone expertise on a business-oriented niche with the Brigadier´s suit of Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) apps, which they say provides mobile security and productivity. Fronting it is also a pretty atypical Sapphire Shield screen, promising to prevent all sorts of display damages, as Sapphire is rated at 9Mohs for hardness (Diamond is 10Mohs). Also in the mix is a Glove&Wet touch operation feature and the Smart Sonic receiver technology, which uses vibration instead of actual sound to make hearing better in noisy environments. The camera yields 8 megapixels and its quad-core processor uses 2GB of RAM.

Smartphone-related specs:
  • 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8928 processor.
  • 16000MB total user memory.
  • Android 4.4 KitKat operating system.
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#8. The Motorola Moto X

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Average Rating:
78%

Description :

Google starts applying its imprint on Motorola by describing the Moto X as the first truly personalizable phone by letting you pick the front, the back and the accents. Other improvements over today´s run-of-the-mill Android devices are that quick-capture 10-megapixel camera with Clear Pixel low-light technology and a quad-core Andreo 320 graphical processing unit. There is also a low-power notification system to save battery life.

Smartphone-specific features:
  • 1.7GHz Software-optimized Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro Krait CPU smartphone CPU.
  • 16000MB memory (built-in + extension).
  • Android 4.2.2 operating system.
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#9. The HTC One E8

Description :

A more affordable version of the One M8 due to its plastic casing, but still retaining most of the flagship´s high-end features. The E8 is designed for dual-SIM use, which was not offered by the M8. The quad-core 2.5GHz processor and up-to-128GB memory expansion slot also reserve its place among other top-line smartphones. While the M8 featured an Ultrapixel snapper, the E8 only features a 13-megapixel BSI camera (still capable of 1080p capture), which is probably another factor that contributes to its cheaper price tag.

Smartphone-specific features:
  • 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 (MSM8974AC) smartphone CPU.
  • 16000MB memory (built-in + extension).
  • Android 4.4, HTC Sense 6.0 operating system.
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#10. The Samsung ATIV SE

Description :

The sequel to the Samsung ATIV S, the ATIV SE features upgrades from its predecessor such as a quad-core 2.3Ghz processor (from a dual-core 1.5Ghz) using 2GB of RAM. It adds a 5-inch 1920 x 1080 pixel Full HD main display (the ATIV S had a 4.8-inch 720p) along with its 13-megapixel rear-facing camera that could record videos in 1080p and a 2-megapixel front camera which can be used for dual recording (add yourself in the picture).

It also offers LTE support, 16GB of on board memory and a 2,600 mAh battery that can reportedly yield a talk time of up to 23 hours.

Smartphone-related specs:
  • 16000MB total user memory.
  • Windows Phone 8.0 operating system.
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