Which smartphone maker do you think had the best line-up in 2014?

Which smartphone maker do you think had the best line-up in 2014?
This is it: the very last day of 2014! When it comes to smartphones, there was a lot to see and enjoy throughout the year (not that we were expecting anything else). While there may have not been too many surprises regarding flagships, we’re certain that most - if not all - consumers in need of a new smartphone this year did find something to their liking. As such, we’re curious to know which handset maker’s 2014 portfolio our readers liked best.

Sure enough, comparing a small line-up (like Apple’s) to vast portfolios (like Samsung’s, which includes tens of handsets, from the Galaxy S5 and Note 4, to low-end devices like the Galaxy Star 2) may seem a bit weird. But, in some ways, it’s not. After all, it isn’t the sheer number of smartphone models that counts the most, since we usually buy only one, or maybe two handsets per year (or once in a couple of years).

In case you need a reminder, here’s what the most relevant smartphone makers released this year (in alphabetical order, not all devices included):

  • Apple: iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus
  • BlackBerry: Z3, Passport, Classic
  • HTC: One (M8), One (M8) for Windows, One mini 2, Butterfly 2, Desire 820, Desire EYE
  • Huawei: Ascend P7, Ascend P7 mini, Ascend G6, Ascend Mate 2, Ascend Mate7, Honor 6
  • Lenovo: Vibe Z, Vibe Z2, Vibe X2
  • LG: G3, G3 stylus, G Pro 2, G2 mini 
  • Microsoft / Nokia: Lumia Icon / 930, Lumia 630 / 635, Lumia 530, Lumia 830, Lumia 730 / 735, Lumia 535
  • Motorola: Moto E, new Moto X, new Moto G, Droid Turbo / Moto Maxx, Google Nexus 6
  • Samsung: Galaxy S5, Galaxy S5 Active, Galaxy S5 Mini, Ativ SE, Galaxy Note 3 Neo, Galaxy K Zoom, Galaxy Mega 2, Galaxy Alpha, Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note Edge, Galaxy A5, Galaxy A3
  • Sony: Xperia Z1 Compact, Xperia Z2, Xperia T2 Ultra, Xperia T3, Xperia C3, Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact, Xperia E3
  • Xiaomi: Redmi Note, Redmi 1S, Mi 4 
  • ZTE: Grand Memo II LTE, Nubia X6, Nubia Z7 series
So, which one is it? Kindly cast your votes in the poll below!

Which smartphone maker do you think had the best product line-up in 2014?

Microsoft / Nokia



1. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

LG, Sony, HTC, Samsung, Google and Motorola had the best line-up in 2014. Nokia/MS didn't produce a proper flagship phone, this year.

5. Z3R091 unregistered

Fanboy gathering of the year! Here we come.

6. cncrim

Posts: 1586; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

LG, Sony, Samsung, Moto, HTC, Apple 2cent

26. Furbal unregistered

yeah it was dishearting, I loved my 1520 so much i got a second one. too bad its over a year old now. WP needs a real flagship.

98. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

I mean if you can't find a new flagship to buy you could always buy me a 1520 :( !

32. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Sony took my vote, for Z3

37. lebigmac506

Posts: 56; Member since: Sep 17, 2014

Moto, even though I'm using a g3.

2. erikiksaz

Posts: 170; Member since: Apr 22, 2010

Yeah LAWL @ Microsoft/Nokia. Fanboys, haha.

3. cedricthegr8

Posts: 10; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

IMO, Sony always have the best line-up. Then HTC, Samsung, LG. Hope Microsoft will make a comeback this 2015 with their Windows 10 for smartphones.

25. amasog

Posts: 552; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

Sony have the best lineup always? I dont think so. Maybe most expensive, next to apple!

99. JaroB

Posts: 112; Member since: Feb 13, 2013

Xperia Z1Compact, Z2, Z3 and Z3Compact...TOP lineup

79. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

they r preparing for best flagship in 2015 with Windows 10. wait and watch.....it will blow away

4. tedkord

Posts: 17320; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Samsung overall lineup, Motorola. Best single phone, Samsung.

66. tedkord

Posts: 17320; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I don't know what happened there. But it was supposed to read : Overall lineup : Motorola Best individual phone : Samsung

93. g2a5b0e unregistered

100% agreed. Motorola has stepped their game up. Most impressive lineup from top to bottom. Still picked the Note 4 over the Nexus 6 though.

83. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

I said the same. Happy that Motorola showed life but the Note 4 is my phone.

7. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

@PA: please separate Motorola from Google.

39. nokia12

Posts: 610; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

separate nokia from microsoft as well.. both are competitors

40. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

You wish.

8. DeDex

Posts: 121; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Motorola had a great line-up for 2014 in my opinion, hitting both ends of the market: high-end with the Moto X, low-end with the Moto E, and the G for everything in-between, at more affordable prices than the competition with the same specs. Though the Moto X probably wasn't the phone of the year, and despite the G and E having a few weaknesses as well, when it comes to the whole lineup, it covers most of the smartphone spectrum with a good bang for your buck for each device. Plus, unlike, say, Samsung's lineup, it isn't cluttered: there's one high-end phone, a mid-range one, and a low-cost one. It's simple, and works well. When it comes to individual phones, LG, Apple and Sony made very good devices; but in my opinion, the strength of Motorola this year is that they had a good phone for every wallet.

44. pavsidhu

Posts: 214; Member since: May 20, 2014

I completely agree with you, although I'm unlikely to buy a motorola phone, they have a clean, simple lineup for low to high ranges without flooding the market with unneeded phones like Samsung does.

65. GuyWolfe

Posts: 7; Member since: Dec 31, 2014

Took the words right out of my mouth, well said!

9. KinqElessaR

Posts: 45; Member since: Dec 04, 2014

Samsung with Note 4

72. TreyTreyTaylor

Posts: 728; Member since: Dec 21, 2010

It's the best phone of the year. I'm in love with this phone.

10. avinash22i

Posts: 72; Member since: Nov 07, 2013

Motorola - Sony - the rest don't know for sure...

11. somad

Posts: 169; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

Why galaxy note 3 is not included!

14. jellmoo

Posts: 2567; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Likely because it was released in 2013.

12. Speedping

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 26, 2014

OnePlus! I know it's not a lineup, but it doesn't need a lineup.

13. Darkerm

Posts: 322; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

I would like to vote oneplus please but it got only one phone.....

15. MrKoles

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

I miss Meizu. I really enjoyed their line-up of 2014. Best wishes for 2015!

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