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Top 10 Smartphones In The World

Top 10 Smartphones In The World

Meandering into 2015, if you’re looking to buy a smart phone, here is a one-stop view of all the best smartphones that made news in 2014. With cell phone makers improving their hardware, updates to software becoming better every day, prices coming lower every month, read on to see the top 10 smartphones.

10. LG G3

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    LG G2 was a great device. G3 has just taken it up one level higher. With a display, which comes with a larger body, G3 looks good at first sight. G3 doesn’t offer the same build quality as that of HTC One. But it’s a good looking phone with an easy grip though it has a large frame. Battery life is not the best. Nevertheless LG has packed plenty of good functionalities in this device. Gestures and shortcuts make your life easier, as well as a range of functions to make use of all the display space, like dual app. A smartphone with a big screen in a manageable package. LG G3 is priced between $99 and $599.

    Pros:

    • High resolution pictures
    • NFC equipped
    • Display size

    Cons:

    • Bulky design
    • Short Battery life

    9. Motorola Moto G 4G

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      Motorola’s latest boom, the Moto G has been updated with microSD card support and 4G, making for a cracking device compared to its predecessor. The newer version is larger and loses some of the charm of the Moto G 4G. Still: Take the price out of the equation and you won’t feel disappointed. The design is great, the display is excellent and there’s plenty of power, too. Motorola Moto G 4G provides the best Android experience in a budget handset. The 8GB handset is available for $199 on Amazon.

      Pros:

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      • Optimized to work on 4G LTE
      • Robust quad-core processor
      • Good battery life

      Cons:

      • Average camera

      8. Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

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        Sony did it with Z1 and Z1 Compact. It is now trying to repeat the same with Z3 and Z3 Compact. Z3 Compact aims to offer the same power and performance as its predecessor Z3. The device is smart and will feel comfortable in your hand thanks to its pocket-sized nature. The glass front and back panels feel very comfortable and give a premium look. Sony gives its highest resolution through Z3 Compact but it’s still just not enough for the display screen size. The long battery life beats every other feature and outweighs the negatives about the Z3 Compact. A good interface, a water proof device, multiple options, and a great camera make this a very good smartphone. It is priced at $339.99 on Amazon.

        Pros:

        • Good waterproof camera
        • Powerful processor

        Cons:

        • Resolution doesn’t match the screen size

        7. Motorola Moto X

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          The Motorola Moto X has found some fresh air in its second generation device. Moto X gains its key strengths from its Android experience. Moto X’s 5.2-inch display design sits nicely in the hand, but most appealing of all are the options to customize the phone, including adding a leather back. Moto X’s battery life is very good and plenty of power is offered at a price that undercuts most rivals. The weakness is its camera, which isn’t a consistent performer. There’s also no microSD card which most Android rivals offer. Moto X with a decent storage capacity is priced at $240 and can extend up to $699.

          Pros:

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          • Sharp display resolution
          • Good battery life
          • Customizable design options

          Cons:

          • Non-expandable memory
          • Minimalist camera

          6. Apple iPhone 6 Plus

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            Other platforms got bigger and faster. Apple got criticized for sticking to smaller displays. In comparison to the iPhone 6, Apple has changed with the launch of the iPhone 6 Plus. iPhone 6 Plus offers a high-quality design, with an all metal body and a great display. There hasn’t been much done to take advantage of the large display though. The Samsung Galaxy Note handsets offer more features – but the 6 Plus offers a full HD display. And there is a lot of power, too. iPhone 6 Plus renders the big screen gaming and entertainment experience – the Apple way. The 5.5 inch display starts at a price of $299.

            Pros:

            • Good battery life
            • Brilliant display
            • Good call quality

            Cons:

            • Rear camera design
            • High pricing

            5. HTC One (M8)

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              HTC one (M8) looks to be a premium device topping the Android set of phones. The makers seem to have leveraged a lot from HTC One, enhancing M8’s design and user experience. The premium metal body offers a great feel in the hand. The kind of visuals will make you wonder for a 5-inch full HD display device. You can easily say that this is one of the few phones that could compete with iPhone with the looks and the features that you would expect of a smart phone. HTC has gone ‘better’ on every feature – screen, metal, camera, battery, power. The device is priced at $349.

              Pros:

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              • Powerful quad-core processor
              • Depth-sensing camera
              • Elegant design

              Cons:

              • Built-in battery
              • Picture sharpness is low

              4. Samsung Galaxy Note 4

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                Samsung has been carrying the tag of a big phone. With Galaxy Note 4, it continues to boast the tag. Samsung continues to differentiate itself by packing its big screen and hardware with multiple features and making it useful, too. Many people might not be interested in Samsung’s S-pen. Though the stylus might not be used, it still opens up features that others don’t offer. Note 4’s hardware compliments the features that is loaded into the device. Its amazing display, power and endurance packed in the device gives an edge over other competitors. The gadget is priced around $249 and the top line model costs around $825.

                Pros:

                • Brilliant high resolution screen
                • 16 MP camera
                • Robust performance

                Cons:

                • Indoor shots aren’t great

                3. Sony Xperia Z3

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                  Sony has made multiple attempts to get to a flagship device. It seems like Xperia Z3 is where they all come together. The body design has been refined. The slim body takes it to a new level where it feels very comfortable in one’s palm. Xperia’s 5.2-inch display is carried by a powerful hardware that’s pretty fast. Sony has run a number of customizations similar to Android through, but has avoided the worst of duplications. As always with Sony, there’s a great pair of cameras. The rear camera offers a great quality, options and good results. Sony Xperia Z3 offers a powerful, waterproof phone, with sharp shooting options, and an Android handset. It is slightly overpriced at around $530.

                  Pros:

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                  • Beautiful design
                  • Good battery life
                  • Brilliant display

                  Cons:

                  • Quirky camera features
                  • Average user interface

                  2. Samsung Galaxy S5

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                    Samsung has been refining its flagship model for years now. In the competitive market, it’s the minor and smaller aspects that separate one smartphone from the other. Galaxy phones are known for its big size, software and deals. S5 doesn’t disappoint you. Don’t get hooked on just by S5’s aesthetics. Samsung’s form has IP67 waterproofing. Just make sure the back panel and port covers are properly fitted. The 2014 superphone is big, has a bright screen, a lot of power and an amazing camera that will blow you away. The top line model is priced around $749.

                    Pros:

                    • Powerful processor
                    • Excellent display
                    • Custom interface

                    Cons:

                    • Cost is significantly higher than competitors

                    1. Apple iPhone 6

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                      Besides the brand name, iPhones have never topped the list of smartphones. But with iPhone 6, Apple has given the much needed screen space. Resolution might not be the best but you’ll notice a great quality display. TouchID is gaining momentum. With Apple Pay being talked out widely, Apple could give you much more than just a phone. Apple, for long has been trying to catch up with Android. But with iOS 8, Apple seems to have come up with consistency in user experience. With no wireless charging, no waterproofing, iPhone 6 still has a few points going against it. But the design and build outweighs them. The 4.7-inch iPhone 6 seems to be the best iPhone ever. iPhone 6 is available starting at $199 and goes up to $699

                      Pros:

                      • Improved wireless speed
                      • Crisp camera
                      • Good storage capacity

                      Cons:

                      • Battery life
                      • Waterproofing

                      Featured photo credit: Closeup on a man’s hands as he is sitting on a sofa and using a smartphone via shutterstock.com

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                      7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                      7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                      Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

                      Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

                      Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

                      So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

                      Joe’s Goals

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                        Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

                        Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

                        Daytum

                          Daytum

                          is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                          Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                          Excel or Numbers

                            If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                            What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                            Evernote

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                              I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                              Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                              Access or Bento

                                If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                                Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                                You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                                Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                                All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                                Conclusion

                                I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                                What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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