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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.

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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#2.

LG G2

Average Stars Awarded:

Analysis:

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

Noteworthy:

  • 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


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#3.

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)

Noteworthy:

  • Thickness: 15.7 mm

#4.

Motorola Droid Mini

Average Stars Awarded:

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)

What We Noted:

  • 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

#5.

Samsung Galaxy Note II

Average Stars Awarded:

Analysis:

With its design and specifications, the Galaxy Note II impressed us... (more)

Noteworthy:

  • Thickness: 9.4 mm

#6.

HTC Droid DNA

Average Stars Awarded:

Analysis:

HTC packed the Droid DNA with impressive features: A 5-inch 1080p HD screen, a quad-core processor, and dual HD video recorders... (more)

Worth mentioning:

  • Thickness: 9.73 mm

#7.

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)

What We Noted:

  • 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

#8.

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)

Noteworthy:

  • Thickness: 10.35 mm

#9.

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)

What We Noted:

  • Thickness: 9.906 mm

#10.

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)

Worth mentioning:

  • 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



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