Best smartphone of MWC 2014: PhoneArena awards

Best smartphone of MWC 2014: PhoneArena awards

MWC 2014 was a tremendously exciting expo, and that's mainly thanks to the impressive flagship smartphones that got announced. Thinking about it, we can easily distinguish three top-shelf handsets that undeniably managed to make the biggest bang at the show. Those are the Samsung Galaxy S5, the Sony Xperia Z2 and the LG G Pro 2.

So, which one should we give the "Best smartphone of MWC 2014" award to? Geez, that's such a tough call! The G Pro 2... will not be our choice. It's a bit of a more niche device with its larger than life display, but it's also failed to bring as much innovation as the competition - from both hardware and software standpoint. Samsung and Sony have announced two epic smartphones that are so evenly-matched, that it almost hurts us that we have to pick just one of them. But there can be only one winner, and this time, it's going to be..... the Samsung Galaxy S5!

In a surprising turn of events, Samsung seems to have come to its senses, and decided to cut out the gimmicks and introduce a number of exciting features that actually make sense, such as a fingerprint scanner, a heart rate monitor and a significantly improved camera with unique new features, such as phase detection autofocus and real-time HDR mode.

Well, that's it for this year's MWC, folks. To tell you the truth, the Sony Xperia Z2 was incredibly close to snatching the award, but hey, Samsung has done some really notable improvements in a number of key areas of its flagship smartphone, and that secured the win for the GS5.

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Galaxy S5
  • Display 5.1" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh(21h 3G talk time)

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145 Comments

1. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

I knew it. lol But for me, the Sony Xperia Z2 is the best smartphone on MWC 2014, the second one is the Nokia XL.

10. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

+1 Z2 deserved this award, it uppercuts the S5 in almost every conceivable way, but hey the PhoneArena staff must be hurt so they need a giant band aid anyway.

33. Ashoaib

Posts: 3269; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

How Z2 uppercuts S5 in everyway? uppercut is only in the design n ram rest of all Z2 is getting uppercuts... just wait for reviews on different sites, sony is good in always fu*king something in their phones... by the way S5 is looking extreamly ugly in gold n blue only and looking quite fine in black n white...

39. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

They're too blinded to see that. If they were really "lovers of tech," they wouldn't be so damn one sided. G Pro 2 is pretty damn great, but that UI is dreadful. Z2 is awesome, but Sony always messes up on the software side, in both UI and camera.

46. hassoups

Posts: 473; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

That UI is really sad, what's more sad is that they can't seem to optimise their software for their own lenses

49. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Especially the lenses. How does Apple, LG and Samsung do a better job than they do when it comes to camera software?

47. hboy857

Posts: 367; Member since: Jun 03, 2013

Don't worry Z2 still wins PhoneArena's reader awards.

50. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

It's okay. There's always next year.

55. hassoups

Posts: 473; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

You mean 6 months lol... I wonder how it feels to be a z1 owner...

62. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

A lot worse than a S4 owner lol.

80. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Really? Let me see, what has Samsung launched after the S4 LTE, S4 Octa, S4 Mini, S4 Zoom, S4 Active, S4 LTE-A and S4 Black Edition. BTW we are blinded? Are you talking about the 80% that said they didn't like the S5?

81. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Most design for separate markets. ;)

112. Ashoaib

Posts: 3269; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

80% votes just by looking photographs... best of MWC2014 award is by looking n checking physically... so what do you think which is more credible? Views based on photos or handson experience?

120. hassoups

Posts: 473; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

But it's still an s4. The zoom is a whole different product. But still here's a star for you effort.

64. hboy857

Posts: 367; Member since: Jun 03, 2013

Yes, there's always next year and i agree with hassoups that they didn't properly optimize their software for their previous flagship phones but since with Z2 Sony has tremendously improve their display tech i'm hoping maybe this time Sony properly optimize their software for their own lenses. I'll wait and see what Erica Griffin say in her review.

67. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

+1 for Erica Griffin. I love her.

75. hboy857

Posts: 367; Member since: Jun 03, 2013

Yes, +1 for Erica Griffin. Since you love her, did you see what she said about S5 on her first impression video. She called it " Cheap toy". And what she said about the gold version " gaudy, tacky nasty thing". If you didn't see it. See now. here is the link.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSD-C2WGBCg and if you have time please kindly see what she said about Z2https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dviYRetmjTQ And i also love her. My third favorite tech reviewer.

83. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

She's up there next to Aaron from Phonedog, John R from TrchnoBuffalo and MKBHD.

89. Amir1 unregistered

she's better then all of them. she makes the most in depth and interesting reviews. they are amateurs.

97. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Aaron? Amateur? My eyes deceive me...?

107. jellmoo

Posts: 2531; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Aaron's not with PhoneDog anymore though, and their quality has *really* suffered because of it.

110. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I know. He had the best reviews, regardless of the brand.

132. Kyokado

Posts: 115; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Didnt he go join John R at technobuffalo for a short period of time? That was the period where technobuffalo was godlike.

136. osanilevich

Posts: 287; Member since: Sep 29, 2009

Anyone remember Noah from PhoneDog? Last I heard he was at technobuffalo

116. draconic1991

Posts: 200; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

+1 for Erica Griffin from me too

139. sharks

Posts: 236; Member since: Feb 16, 2013

I didn't even have the read the entire article. I already knew before clicking on it that the S5 would win, according the Samsung fanboys at PhoneArena. They have always given Samsung devices, especially the flagship Galaxy line, a top spot although this time with with S5, highly undeserving!! It's so obvious PA is getting paid to promote Samsung. I knew this for many years with the Samsung advertisements and S5 permanently featured all year long on the main page. But there is no better proof than this people!! The Z2 definitely won this time around. And still, the S5 is being hailed as the winner. This is pathetic, PA! We are not stupid!!

24. chunky1x

Posts: 270; Member since: Mar 28, 2010

This is the best trolling by Phonearena ever.

27. mail2eswar

Posts: 15; Member since: Mar 06, 2013

I also knew it before opening the page. But I wanted to know how PA is going to justify their selection. Now I am laughing. No gimmicky features? PA do you think heart rate monitor is not gimmicky? And what about finger print scanner?... And apart from these "gimmicky" features, I can't really see any innovation in S5. And what should I say about the design? Did you guys check the Camera Quality? GSM Arena posted some camera samples of indoors. The quality is worst. It is a step backward from S4. There are no details at all in the indoor shots. The out doors are much better and HDR mode brings out some very good details from shadows. But the details are bad again. There are some very high over sharpening. In the Z2 hands-on, they have posted a camera sample from Note 3. Which looks much much better than S5 sample. Do you call this Camera improvement? Irrespective of how bad the device is...Samsung is going to be there as the best device in all tech sites. This is how Samsung gains customers. In my opinion, Z2 is much better than S5 in every aspect. I cannot see single area where Z2 is lagging behind S5.

29. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

It's lagging behind customer experience. If history repeats itself, the Z2 will have a 3200mAh battery but still won't last longer than the S5.

37. Ashoaib

Posts: 3269; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

I am going to say yes to smurf this time...

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