If you are planning to buy a new smartphone this month, then we hope that the Best Android Phones in March 2014 list would come in handy and help you choose the one that fits your needs.
We’ve looked through the offerings of the world’s biggest online retailer and based on the price and technical specifications we’ve compiled the list below.
You should know that Best Android Phones in March 2014 is not a top and that the order in which they appear has nothing to do with their price to quality ratio.
Because the the smartphones that were introduced by the big players of the smartphone market at CES and MWC tech fairs earlier this year were not yet made available for purchase we though it wouldn’t be worthy to include them in the list, because this article aims help customers decide what’s the best smartphone for them right now.
Without further ado, here are the Android smartphones that are worth buying in March 2014.
The Nexus 5 is the latest smartphone released by Google. Co-developed with the folks at LG, the Nexus 5 brings a 5-inch Full HD display with True HD IPS+ technology, a quad-core 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, 2 GB of RAM, and 16/32 GB of internal storage.
The handset also comes with a rear-mounted 8 MP camera with optical image stabilization, HDR+, and support for 1080p@30fps video recording, 1.3 MP user-facing camera, 2,300 mAh battery, WiFi, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, and microUSB 2.0. Because it’s a member of the Nexus family, the handset runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat and it will be in the first wave of devices to receive new Android updates.
On Amazon you can buy the Sprint Nexus 5 with 16 GB of internal storage for only $29.99. If you prefer the white model, you can order it at this link.
Samsung Galaxy S4
The Galaxy S5 was released April 2013 and it features a 1080p 5-inch Super AMOLED display, quad-core 1.9 GHz Snapdragon 600 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16/32 GB of internal storage, microSD, 8 MP primary camera, 2 MP secondary camera, and a 2,600 mAh battery.
It also arrives with LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy, microUSB 2.0, NFC, and IR blaster, while running Android 4.4.2 KitKat customized with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI.
If you agree to sign a two-year contract with AT&T, you will be able to buy the 16 GB model at $99. On the other hand, $49.99 and a two-year agreement will get you either the Verizon Galaxy S4 16 GB or the Sprint Galaxy S4 16 GB.
Samsung Galaxy S3
Even though it was released almost two years ago, the Galaxy S3 is still a powerful smartphone. Powered by a 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 CPU, the S3 boasts about a 4.7-inch HD Super AMOLED display, 2 GB of RAM, 16/32 GB of microSD-expandable storage and all the connectivity features worthy of a modern smartphone such as LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, and microUSB 2.0.
On the back there’s an 8 MP camera with support for full HD video recording, while the front panel accommodates a 1.9 MP shooter. The battery is a 2,100 mAh unit.
All three major carriers are selling the Galaxy S3 on contract for only $0.01. You can use the following links to order the 16 GB Sprint Galaxy S3, 16 GB Verizon Galaxy S3, or the 16 GB AT&T Galaxy S3.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is the latest high-end phablet released by the South Korean phone maker. On Amazon, the folks at Sprint are offering the 16 GB Note 3 at only $149.99 after you sign a two-year contract with them.Verizon are also selling the Galaxy Note 3 at $149.99, while the AT&T Note 3 costs $199.99.
Note 3 sports a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.3 GHz, 3 GB of RAM, 13 MP primary camera with 4K video recording, 16/32 GB storage, microSD card, WiFi, LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, IR blaster, and microUSB 3.0. The secondary camera has a 2 MP sensor while the battery is a 3,200 mAh cell. Note 3 is upgradable to Android 4.4.2 KitKat. It also has a 5.7-inch full HD Super AMOLED dislay.
Samsung Galaxy Note 2
As you probably know the Galaxy Note 2 is the predecessor of the aforementioned Galaxy Note 3 and comes with a 5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED screen, quad-core Exynos processor, has a 3,100 mAh battery, 2 GB of RAM, 16/32 GB of native storage expandable via microSD cards, and 8 MP rear-facing camera. In terms of connectivity it brings WiFi, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, and microUSB 2.0.
Motorola Moto X
Even though it’s not the most powerful smartphone out there, the Moto X will be a good choice given the fast software updates, almost stock Android interface, and features like always-on voice commands, Moto Assist, and Active Display.
The Moto X is powered by a dual-core 1.7 GHz Snapdragon processor assisted by two low-energy cores for contextual computing and natural language and a quad-core Adreno 320 GPU. It has 2 GB of RAM, 10 MP ClearPixel camera, 16/32 GB storage, WiFi, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, microUSB 2.0, and a 2,200 mAh battery. The Motorola smartphone arrives with a 4.7-inch HD AMOLED display.
Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T are all selling the Moto X for only $0.01 after you sign a two-year contract. You can use the following links to order the Verizon Moto X 16 GB, Sprint Moto X 16 GB, or AT&T Moto X 16 GB.
Motorola Droid Ultra
Being only 7.2 mm thin, the Motorola Droid Ultra features the same Snapdragon processor as the Moto X, has 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB storage, 10 MP primary cam, 2 MP secondary cam, 2,130 mAh battery, 720 x 1280 5-inch AMOLED display, plus WiFi, LTE, NFC, and microUSB 2.0. Droid Ultra is upgradable to Android 4.4.2 KitKat.
Motorola Droid Maxx
Droid Maxx is similar to the Droid Ultra in terms of technical specifications, but it’s a smartphone designed for those who want longer battery life. That’s why it packs a massive 3,500 mAh battery. Compared to the Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx also brings 32 GB of internal storage.
The Droid Max costs $49.99 with a two-year Verizon contract.
Motorola Moto G
The Moto G is the perfect choice for those who don’t want to pay too much on a smartphone. The contract-free 8 GB Motorola Moto G costs only $179.99 on Amazon, while the 16 GB model is $199.99. Now let’s look have at its technical specifications.
The smartphone brings a 4.5-inch IPS LCD display with HD resolution, has a quad-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400 CPU, 1 GB of RAM, 5 MP primary camera, 1.3 MP secondary camera, HSPA, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy, microUSB 2.0, and a 2,070 mAh battery. Furthermore, the Moto G is upgradable to Android 4.4.2.
Sony Xperia Z
The Xperia Z was released February 2013, but it’s still a powerful handset. It brings a 5-inch TFT display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, quad-core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB native storage, microSD, and 13.1 MP primary camera.
It also brings WiFi, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, microUSB 2.0, 2,330 mAh battery, and a water and dust proof body. Sony promised they will upgrade it to KitKat later this year.
Amazon is selling the contract-free Sony Xperia Z at $411.39.
Sony Xperia Z1
The Xperia Z1 has a contract-free price of $569 on Amazon.com. It has a 5-inch 1080p Triluminos display, quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor at 2.2 GHz, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB storage, microSD, 3,000 mAh battery, and an impressive 20.7 MP camera. Just like its predecessor it has a water and dust proof body.
The connectivity features include WiFi, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, and microUSB 2.0.
Sony Xperia Z Ultra
Sony Xperia Z Ultra is a massive smartphone that packs a 6.4-inch Full HD Triluminos display, quad-core 2.2 GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, 2 GB of RAM, WiFi, LTE, NFC, 3,050 mAh battery, and 16 GB of microSD-expandable storage.
The primary camera has an 8 MP sensor, but, unfortunately it doesn’t come with LED flash. Just like the other high-end Sony smartphones the Xperia Z Ultra has a water and dust proof design.
You can order the unlocked Sony Xperia Z Ultra from Amazon at $480.
The HTC One is by far the best-looking smartphone released in 2013. The flagship handset of the Taiwan-based phone maker arrives with a 4.7-inch Super LCD3 screen with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 2 GB of RAM, 16/32 GB storage, 2,300 mAh battery, and all the connectivity features worthy of a modern smartphone, including WiFi, LTE, NFC, IR blaster, and microUSB 2.0.
The rear-facing camera of the One has a 4 MP sensor with autofocus, optical image stabilization, LED flash, 1/3” sensor size, 2µm pixel size, simultaneous HD video and image recording, and full HD video recording.
HTC One Max
The HTC phablet brings a 5.9-inch full HD Super LCD3 display, 16 GB of storage expandable through microSD cards, 1.7 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, and a fingerprint sensor.
The HTC One Max technical specs features also include 2 GB of RAM, 4 MP UltraPixel camera, WiFi, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, microUSB 2.0, IR blaster, and 3,200 mAh battery.
Verizon is selling the HTC One through Amazon at $99.99 with a two-year contract.
LG G2 is the latest flagship smartphone introduced by the Korean company, being underpinned by a quad-core 2.26 GHz Snapdragon 800 processor. The G2 arrives with a 5.2-inch full HD True HD-IPS + LCD display, 2 GB of RAM, 16/32 GB of native storage, 3,000 mAh battery, 13 MP primary cam, and 2.1 MP secondary cam.
The connectivity features of the LG G2 include WiFi, LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, infra red port, and microUSB 2.0. It is upgradable to Android 4.4.2 KitKat.