Phones:

Best phones of 2014

Updated

With so many new phones popping up sporting a wide array of specs, it's difficult to know which one is the best for you. That's where we come in. We cast our critical eyes over everything the mobile world has to offer in order to give you the best buying advice so you don't waste your cash on a duffer. Below are some of the top phones we've reviewed.

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Apple iPhone 6

The iPhone 6 delivers a bigger screen while remaining easy to handle, with plenty of features to satisfy everyone -- and the promise of Apple Pay on the horizon to potentially sweeten the deal even further.

4.5 stars Outstanding

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

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will thrill anyone who loves a fast phone with a large screen, but it's best for compulsive scribblers willing to pay a lot for its winning stylus.

Price: £599.99 Check prices

4.5 stars Outstanding

EE Kestrel

If ultra-fast data speeds are of the utmost importance to you, but you don't really care about having the biggest, brightest screen or fastest processor, the EE Kestrel is worth checking out. It won't impress anyone with its specs and the bundled software is annoying, but it's the cheapest way to get on 4G.

3.5 stars Very good

Apple iPhone 6 Plus

The iPhone 6 Plus is too big for everyone to love it, but it's Apple's best phone this year. If your budget and your pocket can make room for it, give the iPhone 6 Plus serious consideration.

4.5 stars Outstanding

HTC One M8

The HTC One has a successor in the form of the One M8. It's a 5-inch, quad-core Android phone with a slick metal body and some neat camera tricks up its sleeve.

Price: £489.95 Check prices

4.5 stars Outstanding

Samsung Galaxy Alpha

If you love the high-end tech Samsung crams into its phones but hate the plastic bodies, the Galaxy Alpha may well be the phone for you. Its processor and camera perform brilliantly, while its compact 4.7-inch size makes it very comfortable to hold and use in one hand. Its low-resolution display is a big letdown, though, especially when you consider the high price of the phone, which does take the shine off an otherwise brilliant phone.

Price: £501.77 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Nokia Lumia 635

With its fun design and cheap price, the Lumia 635 is a decent option to consider if you're after 4G LTE on a budget. It's only marginally more expensive than its near-identical 3G-only Lumia 630 sibling, so you should certainly opt for the 635. If you want a better selection of apps however, the Motorola Moto G is still the 4G phone to go for.

Price: £119.00 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good
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