Five Best Smartphones of 2014

December 12, 2014  by Andrew Cook
Five Best Smartphones of 2014
Continuing our wrap up of 2014 we've picked the five best Smartphones released this year. Of the 43 phones released in Canada this year we feel that these are the best of the bunch. Compare all five right now through our site by clicking here.
 

Apple iPhone 6

Apple improved on last year's iPhone 5s and delivered the best and most popular smartphone on the market today.
  • 4.7" Retina display
  • 8 MP iSight camera with HD video
  • Available from Rogers (+Fido), Bell (+Virgin mobile), TELUS (+Koodo Mobile), SaskTel, MTS, Videotron, WIND Mobile (unlocked retail) 
  • Released in September

Nexus 6

We picked the Nexus 6 over the Samsung Galaxy Note 6 and Apple iPhone 6 Plus because it is slightly cheaper and comes with the new Android 5.0 Lolipop operating system. 
  • 6" Quad HD AMOLED display
  • 13 MP camera with optical image stabalization
  • Available from Rogers, Bell, TELUS, Videotron, WIND Mobile
  • Released in November


LG G3

The LG G3 has been one of the best reviewed Smartphones of 2014. It is a fairly large 
  • 5.5" quad HD display
  • 13 MP OIS camera with dual LED flash
  • Available from Rogers, Bell, MTS, SaskTel, Videotron
  • Released in May


Moto X (2014)

The new Moto X is a fantastic high end Android smartphone that's available at a low cost from TELUS and WIND Mobile. 
  • 5.2" display with 1080 x 1920 pixels, 16M colours, AMOLED Full HD
  • 13.0 MP autofocus camera with HDR, dual LED flash and 4x digital zoom
  • Available from TELUS, WIND Mobile
  • Released in September


Sony Xperia Z3

Sony continues to improve their flagship Xperia Z smartphones with the new Z3. It features one of the best cameras on the market along with being botth wateproof and dustproof.
  • 5.2Ē display with 1920 x 1280 pixels, 16M colours, IPS TRILUMINOUS with X-Reality Engine
  • 20.7 MP camera with Sony Exmor RS sensor
  • Waterproof and dustproof (IP65/IP68)
  • Available from: Rogers, Bell, TELUS, WIND Mobile, MTS, SaskTel
  • Released in October
 


Gizmodo Australia Names LG G3 'Best Smartphone' of 2014

December 11, 2014  by Allan Pulga
lgg3phoneoftheyear - Source - Gizmodo AU

2014 was a big year for flagship smartphones, as all the major manufacturers launched brand-new models. But LG's G3 was the cream of the crop, according to Gizmodo Australia.

"Not only was it practically perfect in every way, it was also quite affordable, and remains to be great value for money in the second-half of 2014 against the Galaxy Notes and iPhone 6s of the phone world," wrote Gizmodo AU's Luke Hopewell (Dec. 8).

"Itís well specced with its quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor clocked at 2.5GHz, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, and LGís emphasis on quality when it came to both the hardware and the software was second to none. Most impressive of all was its new screen. Itís a 5.5-inch QHD panel, which means that itís a packing a resolution of 2560◊1440, and an insane 538 pixels per inch. Thatís almost unheard of in a phone these days. I didnít want to look away from the panel once I started playing high-res video."

Canadian Phones & Smartphones released in 2014

December 4, 2014  by Andrew Cook
With 2015 just four weeks away we are taking a look back at all of the phones & smartphones that were released in Canada in 2014. Some of the more interesting things we found in the numbers were:
  • A total of 43 phones or smartphones were released in Canada in 2014. Down from 54 devices released in 2013.
  • Samsung & Sony released a total of 15 phones representing 35% of all new devices
  • 79% of phones were released between June and October
  • January, February, March and December saw no phones released


Phones & Smartphones released in 2014 by Month

Smartphones Released in Canada in 2014 by Month

Phones & Smartphones released in 2014 by Manufacturer

Phones & Smartphones released in Canada by Manufacturer

List of Phones & Smartphones released in 2014 by Month

APRIL


LG G Flex
LG G Flex

HTC One (M8) LG G Flex Samsung Galaxy S5

MAY


Alcatel OneTouch A392A Image
LG G3
LG G Flex

Sony Xperia M2 Alcatel OneTouch A392A LG G3 Sony Xperia Z2

JUNE

Nokia Lumia 635
Samsung Galaxy S5 Active
Moto G LTE


Huawei Ascend W2 Image
Huawei Ascend Y530

Nokia Lumia 635 Samsung Galaxy S5 Active Moto G LTE Moto E Sony Xperia E1 Huawei Ascend W2 Huawei Ascend Y530

JULY







Huawei Ascend Y330 Huawei U3900 ZTE Grand X Alcatel OneTouch Idol 2 S Samsung Galaxy Avant

AUGUST







Sony Xperia T3 Alcatel OneTouch Pop Icon Huawei Ascend Mate2 Alcatel OneTouch Idol X+ ZTE 432

SEPTEMBER








HTC Desire 510 Moto X Apple iPhone 6 Apple iPhone 6 Plus Samsung Galaxy Core LTE BlackBerry Passport

OCTOBER









Sony Xperia E3 HTC Desire 320 LG F60 Sony Xperia M2 Aqua Nokia Lumia 830 Samsung Galaxy Alpha Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Samsung Rugby 4




Sony Xperia Z3 Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Sonim XP7

NOVEMBER



Nexus 6 Kyocera DuraForce

 
Important Note: The BlackBerry Classic is expected to be unveiled no December 17th but we don't think it will be available to purchase until 2015.

Droid Turbo: $200 Price Tag, Amazing Battery

November 21, 2014  by Allan Pulga
Droid Turbo - Source: Engadget

Motorola's latest phone has impressed many with its affordable price ($200) and exceptional battery life. The device, however, is currently only available in the U.S. (on Verizon).

Here's what the experts had to say about the Droid Turbo:

Engadget: Motorola Droid Turbo review: better than the Moto X, but only a little (Nov. 11)

  • Rating: 90/100
  • Pros: Long battery life; attractive Quad HD screen; powerful performance; camera a clear improvement over the Moto X's
  • Cons: Less charming design than the Moto X; no expandable memory; it's exclusive to Verizon

CNET: Powerful Droid with an enduring battery, at the right price (Nov. 18)

  • Rating: 4/5
  • "Even with its hefty design, the Motorola Droid Turbo's robust battery, powerful processor and vivid display put it on the short list for Verizon customers."
Droid Turbo - Source: CNET

PC World: Droid Turbo review: Motorola's big red phone is almost unkillable (Nov. 18)

  • Rating: 4/5
  • "If youíre locked in to Big Red and are looking for an all-around great phone that can do just a little bit more than your friendísóand you donít mind its uninspiring, utilitarian designóthe Droid Turbo is worth your consideration."

The Verge: Motorola Droid Turbo review: More specs come with more compromises (Nov. 19)

  • Rating: 7.7
  • "Good stuff": Long battery life; useful software features; fast performance
  • "Bad stuff": Chunky, heavy design; lots of bloatware; slow camera

Now about that battery... Gizmodo's Darren Orf wrote (Oct. 30) that although Verizon advertised the phone as having a battery that lasts 48 hours, he tested it and said, "in my short time with the Droid Turbo, two days seems like a stretch."

Orf used the phone as he would any phone, unplugging from the charger at 8 a.m., using it throughout the workday (battery life was at 35% as he left work), a bit in the evening and didn't charge that night. "My phone was dead by 11 a.m. the next day."

So, we've been forewarned.

A Rundown of Nexus 6 Reviews

November 17, 2014  by Allan Pulga
Nexus 6 - Source: TechCrunch

All the major tech review sites weighed in on the new Nexus 6 smartphone last week. Here are some of the highlights:

 CNET: Prepare to pay for the biggest Android Lollipop powerhouse (Nov. 12)

  • Rating: 4/5
  • "Although the Nexus 6 trails the slimmer Samsung Galaxy Note 4 in processor performance and native productivity features, it's still the most powerful pure Android handset available and the largest Nexus yet."

 The Verge: Nexus 6 review: Go bigger or go home (Nov. 12)

Nexus 6 - Source: The Verge

  • Rating: 8.6/10
  • "Good stuff": Stock Android Lollipop; big, beautiful screen; fast performance
  • "Bad stuff": Camera is only average; some software bugs; unpredictable battery life

Engadget: Google shows it can make a big-screen phone (Nov. 12)

  • Rating: 86/100
  • "The Nexus 6 is Google's first attempt at a phablet, and is the most premium Nexus we've seen to date. It's powerful, high-res and comes with the latest and greatest version of Android. But be warned that it's difficult to use with one hand, and its battery life is average at best."
  • No rating.
  • Pros: Itís huge; solid battery life; beautiful screen; Lollipop (Android 5.0) is freakiní gorgeous; loud, front-facing speakers
  • Cons: Seriously, itís huge; the lack of expandable memory slot is a deal breaker for some

MKBHD, with Verge, Describes His 'Dream Smartphone'

November 17, 2014  by Allan Pulga

Self-made tech review wunderkind Marques Brownlee collaborated with the Verge Video team last week (Nov. 12) to assemble his dream "Frankenstein beast of a phone."

The 4-minute video is fascinating not just in outlining Brownlee's design and spec preferences, but in the Verge Video team's interactive diagrams - which morph and mold according to his narration. Very cool stuff. (See video below.)

Here's a brief summary of the devices from which Brownlee's "Dream Smartphone" borrows:

  • Body: HTC One M8 (with squared corners like the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and back panel texture from Nokia Lumia series)
  • Screen: LG G3
  • Specs: Quad core Snapdragon 805 processor; 3 GB RAM; Adreno 420 GPU
  • Battery: Moto Droid Turbo (has a 3,900 mAh battery)
  • Camera: iPhone 6 Plus... BUT it doesn't shoot 4K video so, he goes with the Galaxy Note 4 camera
  • OS: pure stock Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • Storage: 128 GB onboard flash storage
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