Motorola Moto G
Motorola’s back, and it’s kicking off its global smartphone revival with the keenly priced Moto G handset. A mid-range handset with a low-end price tag – we’re talking around £100 in some stores. On paper the Moto G looks like an excellent handset for the price, and in practice it lives up to the billing. As the Nexus 4 did with the mid-range market, the Moto G has turned the budget end on its head with features found on handsets double its cost.
It exceeds its rivals in several key areas, from the well defined 4.5-inch display to its 1.2GHz quad-core processor and the early Android 4.4 KitKat update. There’s a lot to love about the Moto G for its price. And now the Moto G has been given a 4G variant, and it comes with a microSD slot now – all for the price of just £149. It might not have the power or precision of its smartphone compatriots, but it’s still a good phone indeed.
It’s quite a tumble from the top spot for the HTC One, especially given it was our top smartphone for so long. However unless you’re desperate to pay a little less per month, the newer One M8 does everything the original did, but so much better. It’s nothing to do with the quality of the One – which is still one of the outstanding phones on the market – but more the fact that if you like Boomsound, and Ultrapixel camera, a sharp and bright screen or a powerful processor, the M8 has improved in every way there.
But let’s not forget what made this phone so great: the supreme aluminium chassis, the Full HD screen and the simplified version of Sense 5.0 sitting now on top of Android KitKat means it’s still a pleasure to use and recommend this handset – but again, only if price is your main driver and you simply must have a One. The innovations are also more than just marketing gimmicks; Zoe functionality allows the creation of delightful video highlight reels, and the Ultrapixel camera means you’ve got a much wider range of shots available thanks to being stunning in low light – and none of that is diminished with time.
Did you see this one coming? The iPhone 5S behind lots of other Android phones in our rankings? Some think it should be higher, some think lower – it depends on your level of Apple love. Never has a company polarised opinion in the smartphone world like Apple – and with the iPhone 5S, so many are quick to decry it while others know it to be the smartphone they’ve been waiting for.
And let’s make no bones about it: this is a stunning phone, with a gorgeous two-tone finish, a high-res screen with good colour reproduction, a 64-bit chip and that all-powerful TouchID sensor that lets you unlock your phone with a simple fingerprint. The iOS 7 update is one that we sorely, sorely needed and does bring a lot more power and control – as shown by the impressive and pervasive Control Center. We really like TouchID, the 64-bit processor might be a little useless now but definitely brings a touch more zip to things, and the M7 chip gives developers something to play with in terms of fitness, with the likes of FitBit taking advantage already.