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Best phones of 2014

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High fives all around

Samsung Galaxy S5

Just about every aspect of Samsung's marquee mobile is better than ever, with souped-up specs under the hood revving up performance at every turn.

Price: $79.99 - $749.99 Check prices

4.5 stars Outstanding

The 'win' in Windows Phone

Nokia Lumia Icon (Verizon Wireless)

Buy the Nokia Lumia Icon for its beautiful display and well-rounded features, but skip it if you require gobs of storage, are on a budget, or prefer a power user's OS.

Price: $149.99 - $599.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Buffed-up S5

Samsung Galaxy S5 Active

Though it's only marginally more durable than the original Galaxy S5, the Galaxy S5 Active's physical buttons and high-end features keep it in Samsung's hit parade.

Price: $199.99 - $749.99 Check prices

4.5 stars Outstanding

This beauty is a beast

Sony Xperia Z2

Sure, it costs a bundle, but the Sony Xperia Z2 is everything you should expect from a top-end phone. Its impressive performance rivals the Samsung Galaxy S5 for smartphone top dog, but the Z2's slick glass and metal design trumps the S5's plastic body. If you're looking for both style and substance from a phone, you've come to the right place.

Price: $552.00 - $552.00 Check prices

4.5 stars Outstanding

Stunning sequel

HTC One M8

The HTC One M8 packages powerful quad-core specs, two rear-facing cameras, and a bright 1080p screen in a beautiful, all-metal design.

Price: $79.99 - $749.99 Check prices

4.5 stars Outstanding

The write stuff

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Though its plastic skin doesn't do its high price justice, Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 makes the most compelling case yet for a supersize phone.

Price: $229.99 - $799.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Verified thumbs-up

Apple iPhone 5s

The iPhone 5S is not a required upgrade, but it's easily the fastest and most advanced Apple smartphone to date.

Price: $249.99 - $799.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Best budget Android

Motorola Moto G (4G LTE)

Although the Motorola Moto G with 4G LTE is a bit pricier than its 3G-only sibling, it still has one of the best displays in the budget arena, its processor makes operation enjoyably smooth and its rounded, compact body is both comfortable and attractive. If you're after an affordable all-round entrance into the high speeds of 4G, you've come to the right place.

4 stars Excellent
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