Smartphones are an integral part of our lives, especially for busy career professionals. According to Mark Spoonauer, Editor-in-Chief at LaptopMag.com, “the iPhone continues to offer the most intuitive interface and tends to get the hottest apps first.” He further advised that the Android smartphones offer consumers “larger screens, more features and more customization options.” Windows phones are a perfect fit for “smartphone newbies”. The following smartphones have been reviewed by LaptopMag.com based upon basic design, features, performance and value to the consumer. This article will highlight those 10 smartphones which are best suited to the busy career professional.
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1. Samsung Galaxy S5
The Samsung Galaxy S5 has received the “Best Overall Smartphone” recognition from Laptop Magazine’s review. Some of the new features on this phone are the built-in fingerprint sensor and heart rate monitor which utilizes an upgraded S Health app. This phone made the top of the list because it has a larger display, faster camera “with real-time HDR for better pictures” and the best factor—substantially longer battery life which is great for busy career professionals. The phone design protects against water damage.
2. Samsung Galaxy Note 4
The second phone on this list offers useful note-taking software along with a stylus that LaptopMag.com claims “feels like pen on paper”. There are multi window features which offer the definitive productivity handset. The 2560 x 1440 panel offers an excellent and sharp media display. The 16-MP camera has optical image stabilization. Busy career professionals need to find time in their packed schedules for exercise to stay healthy. This phone also has a new heart rate monitor which measures stress level, pulse and oxygen level.
3. iPhone 6 Plus
Apple’s biggest and best smartphone is the iPhone 6 Plus. For starters, the increased size is a new excellent feature. The 5.5 inch screen allows users to utilize the exclusive landscape mode while using apps in a variety of new ways. Career professionals will like the new A8 processor which is great for multitasking as well as playing high-end games during breaks and down times when traveling. According to Laptopmag.com, this new 6 Plus is the only iPhone with optical image stabilization.
4. Motorola Moto X (2014)
The Moto X is on the less expensive end at just $99. However, it does have a majority of the same features as mentioned in the first three listed. The screen size is a 5.2 inch with a 1080p OLED display and a fast 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 801 CPU. One unique feature is that the Moto Voice allows users to control the phone and apps with voice only. Busy career professionals can create their own voice prompt. According to LaptopMag.com, the Moto X “is the most customizable phone ever”. The rear panel can be outfitted in a wide variety of colors, leathers and wood or even accent colors.
5. OnePlus One
This smartphone is not yet a household name and it still made the top 10 list because of the following features. This phone is available for $299 and has a large 5.5 inch full HD screen. It also has a Snapdragon 801 processor. The battery life lasts for more than 13 hours. The Cyanogen Mod software offers users more customization and security options including the well-designed lock screen shortcuts.
6. Samsung Galaxy S5 Active
This smartphone is the best in durability. It is waterproof and highly durable so you won’t even need a case. Basically, this phone can be submerged in up to 3 feet of water for 30 minutes. Users can even take photos while under water with its 16-MP camera. The handset is durable and can withstand multiple drops from up to 4 feet in height. There is a vivid and bright AMOLED display. The battery life is long and it also offers a built-in heart rate monitor. This phone does not have the fingerprint reader that some of the other smartphones have.
7. HTC One M8 for Windows
The One M8 is a Windows Phone with a sleek aluminum design and BoomSound speakers. This phone is Android-powered but runs the dynamic Windows 8.1 software. According to LaptopMag.com, the phone utilizes Microsoft’s “powerful Cortana assistant, which is smarter than Siri in some ways.” Another feature to assist busy career professionals during their down time is the TV remote functionality through Sense TV as well as the customizable news and social reader through Blink Feed.
8. Huawei Ascend Mate 2
According to LaptopMag.com, this is one of the longest lasting smartphones. There is a “monster 3,900 mAh battery” which lasted 15 hours in the laptop Mag Battery test while web surfing over 4G LTE. Using an optical cable, you can also charge other gadgets with the Android handset. That’s how much battery power this smartphone offers. One negative factor about this phone is that it does not have the highest resolution (only 720p) or the fastest CPU (Snapdragon 400).
9. Asus ZenFone 5
This smartphone received a good review from PCAdvisor.co.uk with an excellent design and long battery life. The cost for this phone is affordable for its features. There is a 294ppi 5 inch IPS screen, 8Mp camera and a microSD slot which adds up to 32GB.
10. HTC Desire 500
The HTC Desire 500 also received a good review from PCAdvisor.co.uk. The device has a “great-looking design” along with a variety of unique “software and solid mid-range” specs. PC Advisor could not find many weaknesses with this smartphone and it has a reasonable price tag for the consumer-savvy busy career professional.
Busy career professionals have so many plates to juggle these days from work to family to various activities in their personal lives. This article has shared useful information on the top 10 smartphones which have been reviewed in 2014.