In 2014 I believe the Samsung Galaxy S4 to be the best phone. However, in 2014 we have seen some amazing phones over the last 12 months. Phones like the LG G3, the HTC One M8, and the Sony Xperia Z3 were all phones that had great years, and they were all truly great phones to have picked up throughout the year. However, if there is one thing you can certainly look forward to, it is 2015. 2015 is already shaping up to be a fantastic year. The annual Samsung Galaxy and Note releases are due, as will be the iPhone 6S, but some of the biggest release of the new year may not come from these two companies. In this article, I will briefly go over just how promising the year 2015 is appearing to be for the phone market.
There are undoubtedly some headlining phones that many are expecting to be fabulous. The LG G3 caught the attention of many, and I would go as far as saying that the G3 is the most underrated phone of the 2014 year. LG is looking to squander its competition in Samsung with the rumored release of the LG G4. If the pictures floating around the internet are of the actual prototype, we could see some of the smallest bezels on a phone ever, greatly improving the design of the phone. Some are even reporting the implementation of a 2K screen resolution, 4 GB of RAM, and a Snapdragon 810 64-bit chip. Hopefully there is also an increase in battery power and camera quality.
Another good release of 2014 was the Sony Xperia Z3. There are rumors claiming that consumers could see the Xperia Z4 in January for CES 2015. This would not be that unbelievable, as the Z2 came out earlier this year as well. However, it is not 100% certain what improvements the phone will see. The Z3 already has a 20.7 megapixel camera, Android 4.4, brilliant display, and amazing battery, plus the ability to play PS4 games from your phone, if you own a PS4. “Techies” seem to have fallen in love with the Z3, as it satisfies all of the incredibly specific needs of a tech-savvy user in need of a powerful phone. Overall, it seems to have made a big splash in the smartphone market, and the Xperia Z4 should be just as smashing.
Arguably the most interesting release that may or may not happen in 2015, but it is undoubtedly a brilliant concept. Project Ara, a project initiated by Google, is designed to give consumers full customization over their phones. This conceptual design aims to give consumers the ability to take out individual pieces of their phone. This is because when your phone “breaks” and you have to get a new one, almost 99 percent of the time, it is because a single part inside of your phone is no longer operable, and as a result, you throw away the entire phone, even though you do still have good parts inside. Because of the ability to remove parts, this also opens up an extremely large door for opportunity: customization.
Let’s say you are an Instagram addict. Instead of getting the best compatible processor out there, which will likely take up a ton of physical space on your phone, why not get a better camera and battery? Or if you only use your phones for texting and calling, you can get rid of the camera and the giant processor, and you can emphasize battery life. Essentially, each phone will have capabilities like this, allowing your phone to truly be yours. Each layout and included set of parts is tailored specifically to the user. Then when your phone inevitably “breaks”, instead of replacing the entire device, you can swap out the individual part for another, and resume as if nothing had ever happened to your phone before. This is even an option for the screen, which will likely see a lot of replacements over a long life span.2015 should be nothing short of exceptional, and for once, there is way more to look forward to than just the next iPhone and Galaxy phone.
Although 2014 itself was a great year, 2015 should definitely be able to do justice. Also, be sure to pay attention to future Android releases and the next major edition of iOS: iOS 9. There are already many different competitors for “Best phone of 2015”, but I feel that this is certainly going to be a tough one to call, if you catch my drift.