HTC one M8
The HTC one M8 was one of the best smartphones of 2014 with its solid metal uni-body design, fluid user interface and dual camera. The HTC one M8 is one of the most beautiful phones ever made, and that’s a statement that’s even more impressive given that it is fighting for the same spot with the Apple iPhone 6. The improved use of metal in the chassis is brilliant, and the shape is updated without losing any of the heritage of last year’s popular model. The addition of a microSD slot is inspired, and while I can’t say I’ll ever get on board with the headphone jack being on the bottom, it’s something that you can live with.
In short, if you want a phone that looks the absolute business in the smartphone world, and builds in some top-end components, I’d wager you won’t do much better in 2014 and even the likes of the iPhone 6 have failed to show it up.
If you do not want to take up a personal loan as the M8 does cost quite a bit. The Xiaomi Mi3 is the perfect solution. The Mi3 cost around 240-280 usd and its packed with all the latest specs. The Mi 3 is pleasingly thin and angular, with a squared-off look from the front accompanied by curved plastic sides, which seamlessly round into the unibody casing. I like it. It’s minimal and futuristic looking, if not more than a little reminiscent of the Nokia Lumia 900. It does manage to avoid the common fate of looking like a Samsung Galaxy clone that afflicts many budget smartphones.
Even at this price point you’ll find the 13-megapixel camera as well as a dual-LED flash on the rear of the phone. Xiaomi’s attention to detail is also present here: you’ll find that instead of making the camera hole a circle like most other smartphones, the company took time to make it square — just a cool piece of design. Xiaomi is also well known for releasing high quality phones for extremely reasonable prices hence taking home the largest phone market share in China.
The Nexus line is Google’s line of smartphones which they partner up with well-known companies to produce a phone which usually introduces the latest Android operating software. When the Nexus line was first announced, it was praised for its low price point, making this a good choice if you are low on money or just prefer a budget phone.
The Nexus 5 comes with almost top of the line specs but due to its price point it has to make some kinds of shortcuts. Its camera is not the best in the market especially when it comes to low light shots and although it performs decently in good lighting, don’t expect to get stunning photos. The Nexus 5 does have its advantages, it will always receive the latest updates first compared to phones like the HTC one M8 and even the Mi3. If you know the recipient is keen on being up to date then this is the phone for him/her.