Yesterday, Marco rounded up the top 5 smartphones of 2014. But if this has been the year of anything, it's impressive mid-range non-flagship devices. And that's mostly down to an impressive Snapdragon 400 chip manufactured by Qualcomm. But which phone is the king of the more affordable devices?
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The year 2014 made a huge impact on the smartphone industry. It was the year that a number of low-cost smartphones were released with great specs and aesthetic design. Thanks to the Snapdragon 400 Quad-Core processor, most of these smartphones have greatly improved their performance features.
Here are 5 of the best mid-range smartphones of the year:
#5: Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
Although it isn’t exactly considered as a mid-range phone, the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact comes with the same features and specs available as its flagship device, the Sony Xperia Z3. Despite it being a mini version of the flagship model, the Xperia Z3 Compact does not compromise the features of the Z3 version. It boasts of the same enjoyable features such as a great battery life, brilliant camera, and fantastic display. The phone is also available with waterproof and dust-proof properties available on the Xperia Z3.
Price: $500 SIM-Free
#4: Nokia Lumia 830
The Nokia Lumia 830 was announced in October 2014 and sold shortly after. It quickly became a crowd favorite as it was recognized as the best Windows Phone available. The Lumia 830 has the same qualities and design as that of the Lumia 930, minus the price tag and thicker form. Some of the most enjoyable features of the Lumia 830 include its camera, removable battery, wireless charging capability, and expandable memory. Upon purchase, the Lumia 830 runs the greatest and latest version of Windows Phone OS.
Price: $400 Sim-Free
#3: Moto G (2014)
Costing as much as $200, the Moto G (2014) model is undeniably the best value for money handset available in the market today. The phone runs the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop platform and has some impressive specs. Its 5-inch HD display, modern design and stereo speakers makes up for the Moto G’s lack of LTE connectivity and expandable storage.
Price: Below $200
#2: HTC Desire 816
As a phablet, the HTC Desire 816 is the only one included on the list. Thanks to its affordable price, there’s a lot to enjoy with the Desire 816’s large design. The device is slightly shorter than the iPhone 6 Plus but it feels great on two hands and performs really well. Available with a huge 720p display and a 13 MP camera, the Desire 816 brings graphics to life on its display. The phablet also comes with a 2600 mAh battery that can last up to 36 hours of use.
Price: $200-$300 SIM-Free
#1: OnePlus One
The OnePlus One boasts of many impressive specs and features that make it an ideal mid-range smartphone for its value. Recognized as a “flagship killer,” the OnePlus One comes with a full HD display, good camera, and fantastic battery life. With its good looks and ease of use, there’s no wonder why many love using the device. The phone runs a fluid, smooth and minimal version of Android platform.
Price: Under $300 SIM-Free
These mid-range smartphone devices are some of the best models available in the market right now. Which one is your preferred model?