PhoneArena Awards 2014: the year's best phones, apps, innovations, and more in one place

PhoneArena Awards 2014: the year's best phones, apps, innovations, and more in one place
2014 is nearing its end, but we're pretty sure you're well aware of that. What you might have missed, however, is that over the last couple of weeks, we've been highlighting the year's notable events, the most remarkable products, and the most impressive innovations that occurred throughout the mobile industry. You know, events like the acquisition of Nokia's Devices & Services division by Microsoft, devices like the outstanding Samsung Galaxy Note 4 or iPhone 6, and innovations like rapid battery charging for smartphone batteries. It is something we feel obliged to do as the year is coming to an end, just to give ourselves and our readers a clearer picture as to how much and in what direction the mobile arena has shifted over the past 12 months. 

Would you like to join us on our year-in-review journey? Then we bring to your attention the PhoneArena Awards of 2014. Feel free to scroll through the collection of links below and check the winners in each category you're excited about.  

Best smartphones, tablets, and smartwatches


These are the mobile products that defined 2014 – the best smartphones and tablets that we had the chance to review this year. And to spice things up a bit, we added a category for wearable devices – for the increasingly popular smartwatches, in particular – to this year's awards. As usual, we've also honored the best smartphone cameras and the smartphones with best bang for their buck. 


Best apps, designs, innovations, and the year's biggest flops


And here are our awards honoring not devices in particular, but their notable designs and outstanding features. Below you'll also find our selections of best apps and games for 2014. Last but not least, we're mentioning the biggest disappointments we witnessed over the past 12 months.


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40 Comments

1. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Hands down to the htc one m8 for winning the best product design, it feels so close to perfection. None of the other phones in the market can come close to its premium feel and cutting edge look

5. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

if premium feel means wasted space with fat bezel, mediocre battery life and camera, then yes hands down to the htc. I think ONEPLUS is the best smartphone of the year for the price

27. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Seems like we have a hater here. Don't start complaining when you don't even own one. Bezels are there to make the design more better and appealing. Battery life is amazing,are you f'in kidding me? Camera is wonderful and all you b***** complaining are just blind. Oneplusone doesn't even come close to the m8

31. tzuyngai

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 05, 2014

if premiums means mediocre quality image and low mp camera, then yes, hands down to the oneplus. I think Xiaomi Mi4 is the best smartphone of the year for the price (325 USD). battery life is 3 hours shorter (8 hours playtime) than oneplus (11 hrs play time), but pretty much everything else is equal or better.

30. theo14461 unregistered

Yes! Wonderful design. Camera is the worst.

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Congrats to Apple, winning best smart phone for that dazzling iPhone 6. Beautiful, powerful, thin, sleek, and that wonderful eco system.

3. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

You forgot bendable with misplaced cameras :)

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

No I didn't. I forgot best selling smartphone though :)

7. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

lol? have you seen an iPhone 6 bend? Its just the 6 Plus and they fixed that. Enough with the bendgate already your just beating a dead horse

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Well said bro, Apple quitely handled the minute issue, and all is well. Great phones. Loving my gold 128 gig 6 plus.

19. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

The regular 6 bends, too. The 6+ is just more prone to bending.

21. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Show me the smartphones that won't bend

22. walnuttt

Posts: 153; Member since: Apr 11, 2014

dont talk to that darkkjedii, he's just a retarded icrap blind fanboy

25. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Don't start sentences with lowercase letters. :D

33. tzuyngai

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 05, 2014

apple must b loving this guy (cuz he doesnt know how to compare specs. all he knew is "apple" is a good brand) LOL

28. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

Moto X, G, Droid Turbo, errr oh yeah Sony Xperia Z and so on and on...

34. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I can show you at least 500 phones that at the very least wnt bend in your pocket or bag and also shouldnt. The fact you are will to accept the fact that a phone costing $1000 does bend in your pocket just shows how shallow you are. I dont care if you like whatever phone you like its your money. I like iPhones too. But at what point do you say, Apple was wrong to release a POS to the market knowing full wellits design is subpar. How is it HTC and others who have made 100% metal phones manage to make them far less fragile and they dont cost $1000, yet the iPhone does cost nearly $1000 and its more fragile than phones that factually are better designed? Its not the point of whether a phone can or can't bend, the point is should it when it cost more than all others and the answer should be NO. I can show you 500 smartphones released since he very first and they won;t bend in your pocket and at least 1/4 of them can't be bent with bare hands too.

32. tzuyngai

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 05, 2014

you forgot iphone 6 is got lower quality than oneplus and xiaomi mi4, and they charge twice as much. and also look at the promised workplace for iphone manufacturers, its s**t. i m glad u like low quality phone with labor abuse practice :)

4. TimCook

Posts: 450; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

My personal awards, Best Smartphone, iPhone 6 Best Phablet, IPhone 6 plus Largest selling device, iPhone 6 Best Tablet, iPad Air 2 Best Hybrid, Surface Pro 3 Best Games, Vain Glory, Monument Valley and Seabeard Best Apps, Pixelmator and Ms Office suite Best Inovation, Apple Pay and Metal api for graphics Best OS, IOS

15. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

I believe you mean "best" selling device. Largest selling device would be more along the lines of a TV. And Apple Pay is not innovation. NFC payments have existed for several years now.

16. TimCook

Posts: 450; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

What NFC payments have existed for several years now? Who uses them? Nfc payments haven't been a success so far.. Apple pay is the first popular and worth using nfc payment method, the rest is just air and dust... Please respect Apple because they have changed the world more than once with their Inovation...,

35. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Best Smartphone, Galaxy Note 4 Best Phablet, Galaxy Note 4 (There is more to a phablet than size) Largest selling device - Why does this even matter? Macdon;ads sell more hamburgers, would you say itsthe best hamburger? Best Tablet, Surface pro 3 Best Hybrid - Tesla Best Games, Vain Glory, Monument Valley and Seabeard Best Apps, Pixelmator and Ms Office suite Best Inovation, Apple Pay and Metal api for graphics. APPLE PAY? SUCH A LAUGH. Best OS, ANDROID with 80% marketshare, Windows with 90% marketshare.

9. alaw.14

Posts: 426; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

The best phone and phablet is the note 4 easy.

10. TreyTreyTaylor

Posts: 728; Member since: Dec 21, 2010

Indeed my good sir.

23. walnuttt

Posts: 153; Member since: Apr 11, 2014

Best Smartphone in the world (only 2) - Note4 - Note Edge others are just runner ups.

11. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

Apple is the year's best. Hands down. Some other awards: Most models released: Sammy Most decline in % sales figure: Sammy Most disappointing flagship: Sammy Galazy s5 Most overpriced phones: Sammy Most number of delays in a smartphone release: Sammy Tizen Phone Most hated UI: TouchWiz UI Most advertisements: Sammy

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Lol, damn bro.

13. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

Things have to be said bro.

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Agreed, they do.

18. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Written like a true mentally disabled person, well played sir. Overpriced phones sammy? Should've been apple's iphone.

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