1. HTC One M8
Dubbed the HTC One M8, HTC's update to the original One is a little more curved and slightly larger than its predecessor, due to the brand-new 5-inch, 1080p display, though that's still quite compact by today's standard. Under that aluminium unibody shell is a Qualcomm 801 processor, clocked at 2.3 GHz and 2GB RAM, plus there’s 16GB storage, though this can be expanded through micro SD up to a 128GB.
One of our favourite new features though is the added depth sensor placed above the 4-ultrapixel camera; this lets you adjust the focal point of your snaps even after you’ve taken them.
Blinkfeed and Sense have both seen upgrades, with a flatter look and more customisability, while a host of gestures are included to make navigation and phone unlocking much easier.
2. LG G3
Spec hunter? Then you'll love LG's slick 2014 flagship. An update to the already impressive G2, the G3 ups the game in almost every area, with a Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB RAM, wireless charging and a large 3,000mAh battery. But it's the, frankly rather large, phablet like 5.5-inch display that steals the show. Boasting a 2K resolution, this screen is amongst the best out there and displays pictures and video in near perfect quality. Another feature we love is the new laser tech on the 13MP snapper, which speeds up auto-focus and makes capturing shots much quicker.
3. Samsung Galaxy Note 4
A big upgrade on the Galaxy Note 3, the fourth iteration of the original phablet ups the specs with a quad-HD display that boasts a PPI of 500, 16MP rear snapper with a host of OIS features and a 3.7 meg selfie cam packing a flurry of wide angle modes. The S-Pen has been improved too, with better sensitivity and the ability to select multiple items at once.
£575 | Samsung
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