1. Motorola Moto G
We were impressed by the Moto's slick design and high-speed processor, despite being marketed as a low-budget smartphone. Its 5MP camera isn't up to the same high-definition action as other smartphones, but for a budget model it's a compromise you may be willing to make. Its 4.5" screen does boast the sharpest display in its class - 1280 x 720 with a pixel densty of 329ppi - higher even than the iPhone 5s. The storage isn't great at only 8GB or 16GB, but you do get an additional 65GB with Google Drive.
2. LG Optimus G Pro
What caught our attention about the Optimus G Pro? How about the massive 5.5" display, 32GB of storage and 13-megapixel camera - and that's just for starters. There's also the superfast 1.7GHz Snapdragon quadracore processor and two impressive camera - a rear facing with 13MP, and front-facing at 2.1MP. LG's QSlide feature on this large screen works beautifully, allowing apps to run simultaneously and seamlessly. Then there's the whopping 3140mAh cell battery, which LG promises can last several days between charges, unlike many other smartphones out there. And to top it all off, you can even use it as a TV remote thanks to the infrared sensor LG have thoughtfully included.
3. HTC One M8
Here at T3 we were massive fans of the HTC One. It picked up a five star review and numerous gongs at the T3 Gadgets Awards 2013. So it’s safe to say that we’ve been pretty excited about what the Taiwanese company has in store for its 2014 model. Dubbed the HTC One M8, the new device looks pretty similar to the previous model, though it’s a little more curved and slightly larger due to the brand-new 5-inch, 1080p display. Under that aluminium unibody shell is Qualcomm’s 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 whopping 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.
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