best smartphone

Tracking down the best smartphone is like hitting a moving target. Manufacturers are continually trying to unseat their competition with the latest and greatest piece of hardware from their company. Now that announcements from Samsung and Motorola are behind us and IFA is winding down, it’s time to look at the playing field and find out which smartphone is on top.

Trying to narrow this down to just one may be a bit unrealistic since opinions vary by user. To try and get a better idea, we asked the Pocketnow team what they feel is the best smartphone for fall 2014. Here’s what they had to say.




Adam Doud

Senior Editor

“Emphasis on value, not just power”

The Galaxy Note and the Xperia Z3 are both really solid contenders for best smartphone, but over the past 18 months or so, additional emphasis has been placed on VALUE, not just power. And in that arena, Motorola is leading the charge. The Moto G is hands down the best value on the market today. Its upgrades over its predecessor while remaining at the same $180 price point are too huge to ignore. Especially as the world migrates to the next billion, the Moto G will be the king of the low-mid tier phones, hands down. So go ahead, gather your high ends specs that will be obsolete in 6 months. Spend half of a paycheck getting it. I’m going to opt for experience over power, not unlike a recent weekend debate column. Motorola gets my money.



tony-nAnton D. Nagy

Managing Editor

“Xperia all the way”

My vote goes to the Xperia Z3, for all the reasons I enjoy the Xperia 2 (and all the reasons why a Note-class phone is not something I like).


Samsung Galaxy Note 4 specs leader

jaime-rJaime Rivera

Multimedia Manager

“Was this too much of a surprise?”

For me it’s got to be the Galaxy Note 4. Was this too much of a surprise? I’m not a big fan of Samsung phones, but the Note line-up has always stood out. It’s not really because of its size or S Pen features, but really because there is no compromise with the experience. The added features are there whether you need them or not, which is better than not having them at all. It’s got the best battery life in the market, and a bevy of features that will keep you entertained for when the Note 5 comes out. This would be the third Galaxy Note that I would use, and I’ll admit I’m looking forward to it.


Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs Huawei Ascend Mate 7

Michael Fishermichael-f

Editorial Director

“Must I pick just one?”

I adore the Galaxy Alpha for fancy people, the Lumia 830 for cheap photographers, and the Ascend Mate 7 for battery lovers.



stephenStephen Schenck

Chief News Editor

“I’m not digging any new phone more than…”

Right now, I’m not digging any new phone more than I am the new Moto X. That said, it’s not without its problems, chief among them limited storage options (I simply can’t abide by 32GB any longer). But in this case, I’m won over by the customization choices and /relatively/ low price. It’s still WAY too expensive, don’t get me wrong, but it’s still too early for me to throw my weight behind a still-uncertain Nexus model. Knowing Motorola, though, I wouldn’t be surprised to see hella new Moto X deals arrive several months from now, and the moment this guy dips below $400, it’s a whole other story.


“What do you think is the best smartphone for fall 2014?”

Of course the most important opinion on the topic is yours! What do you think is the best smartphone for fall 2014, and why? Head down to the comments, let us know your thoughts. If you have an opinion that differs from what we’ve mentioned above, we’re especially interested!

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