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The Top 10 Phones from Verizon Wireless 2014



Giant mobile network Verizon almost always offers a lot of phone models from different manufacturers every year, but the top phones they have for 2014 so far are mostly full-feature smartphones that come with expensive price tags. You can choose from the latest iPhones, Android phones, to even some phones running on Windows Mobile. Some rugged phone brands (designed for outdoor use) have also made it to the list.

Although you might be tempted to go for a flagship phone for your contract-plan because it features the latest technology, you'd better read through this list first before making any decisions because in our experience, latest doesn't always mean the best when it comes to mobile phones.


#1.

iPhone 5s

Average Stars Awarded:

Description:

New iPhone version with a built-in identity detector and a better camera performance in low-light conditions.

Worth mentioning:

  • Performance: The iPhone 5s moved to a 64-bit architecture to increase performance (reportedly 40x faster) compared to the original iPhone (but that was a while ago)
  • Special: it improves the infamous home button with a built-in touch sensor and fingerprint sensor
  • Imaging: it claims 33% more light sensitivity on its main 8-megapixel camera than previous iPhone models




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#2.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Average Stars Awarded:

Analysis:

It is hard to criticize a phablet-smartphone that beefs up its CPU, display and camera (13 megapixels) while at the same time losing weight -- the Galaxy Note II was 12 grams heavier... (more)

What We Noted:

  • Special: it embarks a bunch of interesting sensors (including a Barometer Temperature & Humidity sensor!)
  • Imaging: it features a 13-megapixel camera with 60 fps video recording


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#3.

LG G2

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Analysis:

We are glad they included a 13-megapixel camera, NFC and a 5.2-inch display... (more)

What We Noted:

  • Performance: The LG G2 runs on a quad-core 2.26 Ghz Snapdragon processor
  • Imaging: it features a bunch of innovative camera options such as voice-controlled capture and nine auto-focus points

#4.

LG Enact

Average Stars Awarded:

Analysis:

It is certainly considerate of LG Enact to install a simpler interface for beginners (but it will probably soon be a common-enough feature), a handy QWERTY slide-out keyboard (which thickens it to 15.7 mm), and a long-lasting 2460mAh battery (although the LG G2 has an impressive 3000mAh)... (more)

What We Noted:

  • Thickness: 15.7 mm

#5.

Motorola Droid Mini

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Analysis:

In terms of camera resolution (10-megapixel), memory (2GB RAM, 16GB storage), processor (Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro), operating system (Android 4.2.2, Jelly Bean), voice control (Touchless Control app), the Droid Mini is suprisingly not so Mini and we like that it even includes the performance Motorola X8 system found in higher-end Motorola models... (more)

Noteworthy:

  • Performance: The Motorola Droid Mini uses Motorola´s X8 multi-core system for performance and battery-saving opeartion
  • Imaging: it shows off a 10-megapixel Clear Pixel (RGBC) main camera
  • Durability: it is shelled with Kevlar fiber and Corning Glass for strength and scratch-resistance
  • Thickness: 8.9 mm

#6.

Nokia Lumia 928

Average Stars Awarded:

Analysis:

Several familiar terminologies jump out when reading the specs list of this addition to the Lumia range... (more)

Noteworthy:

  • Performance: The Nokia Lumia 928 uses the PureView technology on its camera for reportedly sharper images and videos
  • Imaging: it is equipped with a Xenon flash that Nokia says is ultra bright and faster than a LED flash
  • Thickness: 10.1 mm

#7.

BlackBerry Q10

Average Stars Awarded:

Analysis:

Compared to the BlackBerry 10 OS flagship phone Z10, which has an all-touch design, the Q10 features a physical QWERTY keyboard, making it more in-line with the manufacturer´s tradition... (more)

What We Noted:

  • Thickness: 10.35 mm

#8.

LG Lucid 2

Average Stars Awarded:

Analysis:

The LG Lucid 2 might be oriented towards beginners, especially with its Starter Mode, but its features are respectable-enough for more advanced users... (more)

Noteworthy:

  • Thickness: 9.906 mm

#9.

Kyocera Hydro Elite

Average Stars Awarded:

Analysis:

On paper, the Kyocera Hydro Elite seems like a competent smartphone that is also not afraid of a little water... (more)

What We Noted:

  • Durability: it offers protection from blowing rain and immersion for a maximum of thirty minutes in up to 3.28 feet of water
  • Thickness: 10.8 mm

#10.

BlackBerry Z10

Average Stars Awarded:

Analysis:

The flagship smartphone for BlackBerry´s new OS 10 offers a full touch design with a 4.2-inch HD display instead of the QWERTY bar form factor BlackBerry is traditionally known for... (more)

Worth mentioning:

  • Thickness: 9 mm



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