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H1 2014 in review: 7 surprises from the past 6 months

H1 2014 in review: 7 surprises from the past 6 months
And so we continue our review of the year's first half with a post dedicated to the surprises that we witnessed over the past six months. Because really, who doesn't like surprises? 

One of them came out of a smartphone camera comparison that we did earlier – one that featured a couple of underdogs made in the Far East. Yet unexpectedly, the two stood their ground really well against some serious high-ends.

The Flappy Birds craze is also on our list of surprises for 2014. It is fascinating how such a simple game can keep millions attached to their smartphones. Its rise of fame was totally unexpected, and its subsequent removal from the iOS and Android app stores was no less of a surprise.

Another event that wasn't quite expected was that of Google selling Motorola only a couple of years after acquiring it. Although it wasn't shocking given that Moto couldn't generate much money while being part of Google. Anyway, Motorola is now under Lenovo's wing. 

Flick through the slideshow below to read more about 7 of the year's biggest surprises so far. Is there anything that we've missed? Let us know down in the comments!

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posted on 02 Jul 2014, 13:18

1. Neo_Huang (Posts: 1067; Member since: 06 Dec 2013)

Not really that surprising...

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 13:28

2. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)

Past few years have been pretty slow. Not necessarily in smartphones, but on other industries as well. I hope we'll see some awesome stuff in the near future.

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 15:51 2

3. Busyboy (unregistered)

PA, why would you put 2nd best device for battery and not first? Doesn't seem to make sense..

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 03:03

5. kent-gaga (Posts: 572; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)

maybe it's because the M2 is only good at battery life when the T2 ultra is also good at screen and camera quality

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 02:55

4. kent-gaga (Posts: 572; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)

i'm a fan of Sony but it's really really funny to see that the Xperia M2 is one of the "biggest surprise"

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