We're just over three months into 2014 and already some big phones have been introduced into the smartphone market. Sony made some splash at Mobile World Congress with the announcement of their Xperia Z2 and Samsung introduced their mediocre Samsung Galaxy S5. Both devices are already impressive in their own respects, but what is there left to look forward to in 2014? A lot actually. Today we're going to be taking a brief look at the top 5 devices we are looking forward to the most. Note: Our top 5 is in no way an official top 5 and is no particular order.
1. The All New HTC One - HTC's Hail Mary of 2013 is still considered one of the most well-built devices ever. With its all aluminum chassis, 4.7 inch 1080p display and 4 MP "Ultrapixel" camera, the HTC One was an engineering marvel in the world of Android devices. In 2014, we're anxiously awaiting the official announcement from HTC of the next flagship device. However, the new HTC One is probably one of the least kept secrets of a device ever. In 2014 where the Internet has become a veritable smorgasbord of leaks and rumors, the new HTC One didn't have a chance of being kept under wraps. Latest leaks have shown that, aside from a secondary rear camera and the decision to move the capacitive buttons on screen, the new HTC One hasn't changed much compared to its predecessor. As far as what the next version of Sense, presumably Sense 6.0, will hold has yet to be seen. Either way, we are excited to see how this new variant of the HTC One fairs against competitors when it is finally released.
2. Moto X 2 - Okay, so we don't have an official name for this device but we are assuming Motorola won't change it's naming scheme all too much. The original Moto X was not for the spec snobs or the power user. It was the every man's phone, a direct competitor with the likes of the iPhone. It didn't boast the latest processor nor the most impressive screen, but Motorola made sure that the features the Moto X did have, it nailed perfectly. Motorola's Moto X featured 4.3 Jelly Bean upon its premiere and was quickly updated to the latest version 4.4.2 KitKat after KitKat's release, a big plus for consumers as Android is often accused for being fragmented with their OS updates. The skin Motorola used on top of Google's Android OS was also relatively minor in terms of aesthetics; it looked very much like stock Android with features that merely enhanced the users experience. In 2014, Motorola is under new management with Lenovo and we have yet to see the fruits of this merger. Needless to say we're excited to see what Motorola pushes out this year as a follow up to an already great device.
3. Google Nexus 6 - Late 2013 saw the release of the Nexus 5, Google's latest flagship phone. Featuring a vibrant 5 inch 1080p display, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 processor, 2 GB of RAM and Android 4.4 KitKat available right out of the box, the Nexus 5 was Google's impressive follow up to the Google Nexus 4, both which were made by LG. In 2014, we expect Google to release the next generation of the Nexus lineup with whatever dairy product they decide to release next. KitKat filled in the K portion of the alphabet so L is next in line. Lemon Meringue Pie anyone? All jokes aside, we expect Google's next flagship to improve on all of the features of the Nexus 5 and more so we are definitely excited to see what's coming.
4. iPhone 6 - You all knew this was going to be on the list. Apple's iPhone 5S and 5C were introduced in September of 2013, both appealing to different mass markets. The 5S was the more favored of the two devices and featured all of the same design elements found in the iPhone 5. New to the device was the "true tone" dual flash system, an upgraded camera system and the critically acclaimed TouchID fingerprint sensor. While no leaks or official announcements have been made regarding the iPhone 6, rumors have suggested a screen increase to roughly 4.7-4.95 inches which will put Apple into "phablet" territory. Whatever rumors become a reality, we are all looking forward to what Apple has in store with it's next iPhone
5. Oppo Find 7 - Oppo is definitely the underdog company in our list. In 2013, Oppo released the Oppo Find 5 which received extraordinary reviews from tech enthusiasts and bloggers as being both well built and well designed both in hardware and software. Though the skin on the device heavily affected how Android looked, it was fast, smooth and functional. Lately, Oppo has been tweeting hints concerning its newest device, the Find 7. Sporting the constant hashtag #AlwaysImprove, Oppo has touted specs of the device such as the world's first "2K" 5.5 inch display, a 13 megapixel camera, a Snapdragon 800 CPU, 16 GB of storage and 2 GB of RAM. These specs are enough to make anyone drool and we're definitely anticipating the release of this device.
So that's our top 5 folks. We are anxiously awaiting the official announcements of every one of these devices and will be sure to report on each as they are released. What phones are you anticipating this year? Let us know in the comments below.