The votes have been counted, it’s time for the winners!! Throughout this week, we’ll be announcing the results across all 10 categories in the 2014 Lifehacker Awards. The first category up is best smartphone. It was a closely-fought battle, and the winner is . . .
Readers’ Choice: Nexus 5
It’s far from the newest or most powerful phone on our list of finalists, but clearly the Nexus 5’s crapware-free approach — regular updates direct from Google, no unwanted software you’ll never use — strikes a chord. The fact that it’s substantially more affordable than most of its rivals undoubtedly played a part as well.
Editor’s Pick: Galaxy Note 4
In a year which saw excellent new models from most providers, I figure the only honest way to pull out an editor’s pick is to go with the phone I actually use day-to-day — and that’s the Galaxy Note 4. As I learned during my recent Note 4 Roadtrip, it’s a properly powerful piece of gear. But I have to give an honourable mention to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, which saw a level of excitement over iDevices we haven’t experienced since the original iPhone 3G.
Thanks everyone for voting! Keep checking back throughout the week for more winners.