Lifehacker Awards 2014: Nominate Your Favourite Smartphone

Lifehacker Awards 2014: Nominate Your Favourite Smartphone

2014 is almost over, and that means it’s time for the 2014 Lifehacker Awards! Throughout this week, we’ll be asking readers for nominations from readers across 10 categories to help build our shortlists, with voting kicking off next week. The first category we’re looking at: smartphones.

2014 was a busy year for smartphones, with major new releases on every platform: the iPhone 6, the Galaxy 5S, the Lumia 930, the BlackBerry Passport. But which models do you think deserve to be on the shortlist for the best phone of the year? Tell us in the comments.

Throughout this week, we’ll be asking for your nominations in additional categories relating to technology, organisation and productivity. Keep visiting the site every day to see when you can nominate your favourites, and make sure you’re back when voting starts on Monday 1 December.

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  • No doubts for me – Xperia Z3, hands down. I usually have some sort of phone envy for the model I didn’t get, but not this time 🙂 Best phone ever, and can’t recommend it enough.

  • I nominate the OnePlus One which I believe to be far and away the best phone of 2014. Only flaw is that it is not officially available in Australia and its lack of mainstream availability in general due to their inane distribution system. Having said that, the phone itself offers unparalleled value for money. It is a state of the art phone at a bargain basement price.

  • HTC One M7, Its old but its price has dropped so when I compare it dollar for dollar its still wins for me. Plus it will get Andriod 5 some time early next year.

    • +1 to this, still working with mine from first release and exceedingly happy with it, Yes I paid a bit more but I would make the same decision again.

  • I will be the first Apple Fanboy in 🙂 I nominate the iPhone 6 Plus *puts on his flame retardant suit and hugs his 6 plus*

  • i’ve used nexus5 that i bought at launch last year up until october this year and it was great. i have since upgraded to oneplus one and i vote the oneplus one as the best smartphone of 2014.

  • I nominate the Moto G 2014 Edition. The experience you get with that phone for the dollar is fantastic. I can’t think of too many other phones that come close.

    Mind, I’m not talking specifications so sure it doesn’t stack up in terms of numbers. The user experience is great however and I personally believe that trumps raw numbers any day.

  • I was loving the Sony Xperia Z3, till I found out that waterproof did actually not mean waterproof. As in Sony believes that “water-resistant” and “waterproof” are interchangeable, they just prefer to use the word “waterproof” though my experience and that of many others show that the phone is actually water resistant. It appears that Sony believes I should read their definition of water-proof (with provisos) not the accepted definition (with no provisos).

    • I’ve brought mine swimming in New Zealand, the Great Barrier Reef (though, it’s a no-no to put it in salt water), swimming pools and beaches and it’s definitely waterproof for me. Where did you dunk it?

  • Sony Xperia Z2… That’s right, the Z2, not the Z3, since the Z2 pretty much ‘fixed’ all of the issues I and many others had with the older models, including the new screen, reduced bezels, front-facing speakers and an improved software experience.

    The Z3 was a very minor update, but they just keep getting better and better! Oh and the Z3 Compact is awesome!

  • My nomination goes to the Galaxy Note 4. It hasn’t been in the market too long but it’s pretty awesome.

  • The Z3 and Z3 Compact are both fantastic (I’m on the compact), but phone of the year has to be the OnePlus One. For the price, easily the best phone on the market.

  • Lumia 930 – a great phone, without the gimmicky bullshit, that’s actually available in Australia.

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