Nokia Lumia 530 ( dark grey)
Since specs are decidedly basic, its low price is the major reason to seek out the Nokia Lumia 530.
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Huawei Ascend Mate 7
Although it's let down by its awkward software, the excellent battery life and big, bright screen help make the Huawei Ascend Mate 7 a decent choice for those of you looking for movies and games on the go.
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Sony XPERIA Z3 ( copper)
The Sony Xperia Z3 is Sony's most formidable to date with a formidable display and promising features that easily give Android competition from HTC, LG and Samsung a run for their money.
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact ( white)
Although it's a disappointment Sony hasn't increased the screen resolution along with its size, and the camera's quirks are rather odd, the Xperia Z3 Compact's improved design, vast amounts of power, decent battery life and waterproof body help it maintain its position as one of the best mini flagships around.
The BlackBerry Passport's bullish focus on productivity spawns a fantastic keyboard, but its blocky shape makes one-handed use difficult.
Motorola Moto X ( 2nd Generation, Black Resin)
The Motorola Moto X hits all the right notes, delivering stock Android inside a powerful high-end handset that you can customize yourself.
Motorola Moto G
Motorola's new Moto G exemplifies the budget Android phone, but if you prefer your data LTE-flavored, it's best to wait for that model.
Apple iPhone 6 Plus ( 16GB, space gray)
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.
Typical price: £619.00
Apple iPhone 6 ( 16GB, silver)
The iPhone 6 is an exceptional phone in nearly every way except its average battery life: it's thin and fast with a spacious screen and the smoothest payment system we've seen. It's the best overall phone of 2014.
Samsung Galaxy Alpha ( scuba blue)
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.