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The Best Smartphones from Verizon 2014



The best smartphones so far this year from Verizon come from various manufacturers and feature most kinds of smartphone operating systems including iOS, Android and Windows Mobile. In fact, the majority of the phones on their list are actually smartphones, ranging from the earlier, basic models to the newer ones with higher price tags.

Despite their hefty pricing, smartphones are quickly replacing basic phones because of their multitasking capabilities and additional features quite similar to that of a computer. We've established this current list of the best Verizon smartphones by choosing the models included in this list and compiling and averaging online review scores for all smartphones from this carrier.

#1. The Moto X, By Motorola

Description:

Running on a quad-core CPU (Andreo 320), the Moto X bets on its 10-megapixel camera and deep personalization features to seduce you...

What We Like:

  • The low-light ability of its 10-megapixel camera
  • The low-power notification system

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#2. The Galaxy Note 3, By Samsung

Description:

The newest Galaxy Note wins 0.2 inches of display size but loses weight, going from 180 to 168 grams...

What We Like:

  • A 13-megapixel camera fits our expectations for a 2013/2014 phablet
  • A larger display in a more lightweight package sounds irresistible
  • The quad-core 2.3 Ghz CPU looks like it speaks performance

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#3. The Galaxy S5, By Samsung

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Average Rating:
77.5%

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Description:

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)...

What We Like:

  • The 16-megapixel camera (with apparently fast auto-focus) is nothing to spit at
  • The Ultra power-saving mode could be interesting

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#4. The Moto G, By Motorola

Description:

For little money, the Motorola Moto G offers reasonably attractive specs: the Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 (quad core, 1.2GHz), the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean (may be upgraded to Kitkat 4.4 in 2014), and a 4.5-inch high-resolution display (720p HD with a fineness of 329 ppi)...

What We Like:

  • The 1.2Ghz quad-core Snapdragon 400 almost makes our hearts race (considering the low price)
  • The promised upgrade to Android Kitkat 4.4 is sweet enough to put us on a sugar coma

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#5. The G2, By LG

Description:

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...

What We Like:

  • 60 frames per second videos will be smooth -- but isn´t it just too much?
  • The 13-megapixel with its various add-on functions
  • The backside buttons actually seem to make one-handed operation easier

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#6. The Enact, By LG

Description:

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)...

What We Like:

  • Smartphone QWERTY keyboards are getting rare and we like seeing one once in a while
  • The 2460mAh battery is rather large for a mid-range smartphone
  • The simpler interface option for users that still need hand-holding !]
  • The simpler interface option for users that still need hand-holding [!The 2460mAh battery is rather large for a mid-range smartphone

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#7. The Droid Maxx, By Motorola

Description:

The big brother among Motorola´s Droid trio released on June 2013, the Droid Maxx is pretty much a twin phone of the Droid Ultra with several refinements...

What We Like:

  • The 3500mAh battery with which we may see it outdistance other phones in terms of usage and stand-by time
  • The wireless charging pad, which eliminates the need for power cords and gives a classy feel

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#8. The Lucid 3, By LG

Description:

LG releases the latest phone in their Lucid series with the Lucid 3...

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#9. The One M8, By HTC

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Average Rating:
67.5%

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Description:

HTC's flagship phone for 2014 bets on a new kind of camera called Duo Camera, which records capture depth information to allow focus change (and other tune ups) even after the picture is shot...

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#10. The Lumia Icon, By Nokia

Description:

This 5-inch 2.2GHz quad-core Windows Phone 8 phablet is saddled with an iconic name - and some seemingly fancy technology to go with it...

What We Like:

  • The 20-megapixel PureView camera with six Carl Zeiss lenses
  • The 5-inch full HD 441ppi ClearBlack AMOLED display
  • The four digital microphones for directional stereo recording have captured our attention

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