One of my favorite Youtubers (along with Dom and Detroit Borg), @MKBHD did his year end Smartphone of the year roundup and can say I agree with almost every choice he made here. Almost.

Some small gripes however: He didn’t ding Samsung enough for its overlay in the ‘Big Phone’ category (IMO), I might have given LG more props for their camera and One Plus One shouldn’t have beat the Moto G 2014 as best budget. You can get 2 Moto Gs for the price of a One Plus – if you can even find one! That’s not to say the OnePlus isn’t a great budget phone and running Cyanogen mod almost makes it more of a game changer than the Sharp Aquos Crystal.

One other thing: I’m OK with the HTC One M8 as phone of the year as long as it is the GPE. Otherwise Moto X gets the nod

Like I said, I’m almost completely in agreement!

Spoilers below:

Big Phones (phablet):

  1. Samsung Galaxy Note 4
  2. iPhone 6 Plus

Honorable Mention – Nexus 6

Worth Mentioning: Samsung Galaxy S5, LG G3

Compact Phones

  1. Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
  2. Samsung Galaxy Alpha

Honorable Mention – iPhone 6

Best Camera

  1. iPhone 6 Plus (best for photos)
  2. Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (best for videos)

Honorable Mention – Sony Xperia Z3

Budget Smartphones (Under $400 off contract)

  1. One Plus One
  2. Moto G (2014)

Honorable Mention – Nexus 5 (2013)

Other Awards

  • Most Improved – Blackberry Passport
  • Best Windows Phone – 1st HTC One M8, 2nd Nokia Lumia 735
  • Craziest Design – Sharp Aquos Crystal
  • Bust Of The Year (Worst Phone) – Amazon Fire Phone

Best Phone of 2014

  1. HTC One M8
  2. Moto X (2014)

Honorable Mentions – iPhone 6, LG G3

Also bonus points to whomever does the math and gives me a dollar total for that spread of phones in front of him

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