Best Japanese Android smartphones of 2014

Ah, Japan! The mecca of tech – both ingenious and odd. Or at least that used to be the case many (but not that many) years ago. Japan is still among the leaders in tech, but the landscape sure has changed in the last few decades...
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33 Comments

1. B-power

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 22, 2014

A lot of sharp

2. Busyboy

Posts: 731; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

LG Isai beat the Z3? Lol alright

22. Tracy1988

Posts: 208; Member since: Dec 18, 2014

Why not? Look at the specs, Sony troll. Beside, LG IPS+ is way better than the crap Sony put on their phones. Sony Z1,2,3 series look very nice and designs are top notch but I haven't had any idea why they decided to use such sh1tty displays on their flagships. Those 2 Sony craps don't deserve to be on this list.

27. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

A phone from Japan with no IP certification is no phone at all :P Beside... I thought this article was going to be phones from Japanese manufacturers.

31. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

The Z and Z1 displays suck, but the newer ones are actually pretty good.

33. Tracy1988

Posts: 208; Member since: Dec 18, 2014

NO. Newer ones suck too. Sony used the cheapest and crappiest IPS on the new ones. I have the Z3C. Every time I look at its display I'm f**king pissed. Stupid touch panel with annoying grids clearly visible. f**k Sony. I hope they go out of business.

24. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

LG ruled.

3. halca

Posts: 14; Member since: Jan 01, 2015

these japanese phones are so much higher quality than the rest... i'm jealous. I want that zero bezel!

12. dimas

Posts: 3324; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Because Japanese have high standards when it comes to buying products. They don't care if it costs more than the average as long as it's of top build. That's one of the reasons why Mediatek phones are having a hard time passing their quality control.

13. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

And why HTC is here? One thing is sure Japanese is really way ahead in terms of technology.

14. Mechanized

Posts: 13; Member since: May 31, 2014

How is Japan ahead in terms of technology? Many of these seem like fine devices, but I don't see anything special about them.

17. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

Ahead at "meaningful" techs like:- 1. Ingress protection = water, dust, shock and life resistance/proofing. 2. More efficient display techs e.g IGZO. 3. Physical design from better screen to size ratio. Most older Sharp phones pushed for this 1st. 4. The friggin' country literally invented TV watching on phones since their clamshells alone can whoop any of Nokia's N series and I'm not talking about some crap buffering every 20secs kind of service either. 5. 1st country in the world to use NFC everywhere. 6. Above all look at the list again and notice that the majority of top phones are all w/ 3000mAh batt average.

19. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Thank you for elaborating "ahead" in terms of technology @suo.eno to @mechanized.

32. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

But I also have high standards :) Why can't they bring these to the West?

4. hellbread

Posts: 309; Member since: Nov 21, 2014

Those Sharp phones looks sexy!

5. hurrycanger

Posts: 1758; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

I didn't even know the LG Isai could be counted as a Japanese phone. Sure it was made for the Japanese market, but isn't LG Korean?

6. piggerz_b_piggin

Posts: 18; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

HTC is Taiwanese

15. hurrycanger

Posts: 1758; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Yup. That too

9. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

It's a variant especially made for the Japanese market just like the J Butterfly, why wouldn't they include it?

16. hurrycanger

Posts: 1758; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Because at the top of the article they mentioned Japanese companies and not phones made for Japan market? That's why I posted my comment in the first place.

18. hurrycanger

Posts: 1758; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

My bad there, man. I even read that part I mentioned wrong, lol. But anyway, it's about "best Japanese Android smartphones".

7. ziomalnik

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 03, 2015

LG paid phonearena.com LG phones are on the top of rankings at phonearena :)

8. mokhtar

Posts: 405; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

This phone better than z3 ? Waaa hahahhahah. No Seriously phonearena u are making ur self a joke now

23. Tracy1988

Posts: 208; Member since: Dec 18, 2014

No, you and the Z3 are the jokes. I bet you don't even have a Sony phone. I have the Z3C and I had to change my desk lamp to white flourescent so I don't have to see those obnoxious grids of the Z3C touch panel.

30. ziomalnik

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 03, 2015

Tracy1988 u r the joke :D

10. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Title is misleading. Had me believing it was phones from Japanese manufacturers, but it is phones sold by companies to Japanese consumers. It's still confusing. You could just as well put the iPhone 6 on the list since Apple tends to sell a lot of phones in Japan. Kick the HTC and LG off the list and do it right...

20. JC557

Posts: 1918; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

The Japanese love their media consumption on the go so it makes sense to include the HTC (speakers) and LG (screen) and the iPhone 6 is available in many countries and not limited to the island of Japan.

11. faizan-sharif

Posts: 98; Member since: Jun 26, 2013

exactly what i wanted to say

21. clarkjeferson

Posts: 67; Member since: Dec 22, 2013

well, pepper your wallets! Time to order from KyoEx for these phones. Oh Octagon phone, I'd want you!

25. HSN87

Posts: 109; Member since: Jan 09, 2015

LG Ruled ;-) BTW, those Sharp phones are cool.
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