The LG G3 was ranked as the top smartphone of 2014, followed closely by the HTC One M8 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, according to Time Magazine. The rankings were dependent upon factors like tech specifications, expert ratings, features and performance benchmarks.
The Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and the Nokia Lumia Icon were also featured on Time's top 10 list of smartphones from 2014. Time took into account aspects like the phone's battery life, size, price and even camera capabilities to determine the top phones of 2014. For example, the top ranked LG G3 has a 19-hour battery life as compared to the 14-hour battery life of the Apple iPhone 6, and comes equipped with the rather large 5.5-inch screen as well as is one of the more affordable smartphones available. Ultimately, purchasing a smartphone may depend on user preference, but the list provided by Time can be a great guide for comparison.