Poll: What are your top phones for 2014


top phones of 2014

2014 was a stunning year for Chinese smartphones and we would love to know which are your top phones for 2014?

From amazing low-cost phones to some of the most feature packed mobile device on the planet! Chinese smartphone makers really did lead the tech world this year and launched some of the most desirable phones to be behold!

We all have our favourite smartphones of the year and we would love to know which 2014 Chinese smartphone is your top pick of 2014. We have brainstormed a few of the more popular devices from China in the poll below so feel free to vote on the models which you believe are the best of last year.

Obviously there is only room for a certain number of devices, but if you feel another phone should be added to the poll let me know in the comments and we will do our best to add it.

Take the poll! Which are your top phones for 2014?

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Which phone will be the GizChina fan choice of 2014?

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53 Comments

  1. marszalek1
    January 1, 2015

    Andi which phone you like mostly

    • January 1, 2015

      Vivo Xshot 😀

      • marszalek1
        January 1, 2015

        this is your number 1 phone, not meizu mx 4/pro? Because I don’t know what to buy – meizu, OPO or LG G3… Which phone has best camera

        • eliHd
          January 1, 2015

          Get lg3 its a good phone. Opo have bad camera.

        • Airyl
          January 1, 2015

          Vivo Xshot has the best camera.

        • balcobomber25
          January 2, 2015

          Of those 3 I would get the Meizu (assuming you mean the Mx4). Meizu has better software than either of them and one of the best cameras available.

      • Miko
        January 1, 2015

        If it had the same price tag with mx4 I would really be interested to buy it after all you have said about it.

      • gee
        January 3, 2015

        Waiting for my xshot to arrive. Andy which version of rom are you using on your xshot?

  2. January 1, 2015

    My vote goes to the Xiaomi Mi 4.

    • Marco
      January 1, 2015

      Yeah , bought 2 weeks ago , really happy !

      • January 1, 2015

        Congrats on your purchase! Do let us know how you think about it in the comments section. And, happy new year! 😀

        • Tony Hounsome
          January 5, 2015

          Over the moon with my Mi4. Solid build and lightning fast. Had THL T11 prior to that and was happy with it. Mi4 is awesome. Like Balcobomber mentioned, It really is a tough device.

    • MaxPower
      January 1, 2015

      I’ve got a MI4 as well and I’m overall satisfied. I was expecting from xiaomi a better screen though. The tempered glass delayed to be delivered and in a week of careful use it got a scratch. I’m so pissed!

      • January 1, 2015

        That’s strange. I love the screen on my Mi 4, and have been using it without any screen protector/case and there’s not a single scratch. Hope you get your screen protector soon!

        • MaxPower
          January 1, 2015

          I got one, plus the mofi flip case. Thankfully the scratch was very light, but you can understand how bummed I was after only one week of use

        • balcobomber25
          January 1, 2015

          Yea I have used mine since launch and don’t use a case or screen protector and have no marks or scracthes on it.

    • Hoàng Vững
      January 5, 2015

      I have just changed from Mi3 to Mi4. Love the the screen of it 🙂

  3. eliHd
    January 1, 2015

    I got oneplus one however the camera is below average. I have oppo find 7a camera is good but color os is bad its sweat your battery out like a phedophile in a nursery! Which to choose?! Hmmmm ?

    • Airyl
      January 1, 2015

      Get the Find 7A and then apply a custom ROM.

      • David Košič
        January 2, 2015

        the custom rom will ruin the camera

        • eliHd
          January 3, 2015

          Exactly! “TWEAKING” thats the big important word on android phones. The thing is
          people dont want to tweak its OS settings to camera settings. I am not a
          big fan of iphone however i need a phone that have good camera on auto
          mode, AND the only phone that have great imaging processing on AUTO MODE camera on a phone is an iphone.

          The only android phone that have good camera on AUTO mode is OPPO Find 7 series in 2014 in my opinion but they have super sh*tE OS as i said above!. I just want a phone that have a good camera to take pictures with when am Smashed out of my face in a night club that i dont need to “TWEAK” the settings! Why the fuck i want to take a RAW pictures or compensate my iso or slowdown my shutter speed! Why cant
          android phone manufacturers provide these 2 features?

          • balcobomber25
            January 4, 2015

            Plenty of Android phones do and they were all mentioned in the previous comment you made which is exactly the same as this one.

    • SnowyCat
      January 6, 2015

      or get a opo and color os and have a amazing camera ?

      i dont know what everyone has against colorOS, yes i love EMUI more but coloOS is also stutterfree smoth and nice looking ~

  4. thor2001
    January 1, 2015

    ZP999/3X which isn’t even mentioned.

    Happy new year to all

    • thor2001
      January 1, 2015

      Not to mention the FDD-LTE-band selection (for European customers) on the dualsim-phones, which only one phone (P3000/s) of your list fit at all.

      I’d really love to see more phones with FDD B3/7/20 AND dualsim.

      … now I’m finished. 🙂

  5. Yury
    January 1, 2015

    My top 3 for 2014:
    – IUNI U3
    – Vivo Xshot
    – OnePlus One

    I bought IUNI U3 2 weeks ago for myself and satisfied.

    • GS88
      January 1, 2015

      My top 3:
      – Meizu MX4
      – Nubia Z7 mini
      – Jiayu S2

      Am planning to buy the z7 mini… nice sd 801 cpu AND Dual sim!

    • Daniel Sánchez
      January 1, 2015

      Where do you bought your IUNI U3?

      • Yury
        January 2, 2015

        My chinese friends bought and sent it to me.
        But you can easily buy it on aliexpress with worldwide shipping for about 360-370$ (but without customs fees included if required).

    • Ben Shenzhen
      January 3, 2015

      I got mine for 2000 RMB in China and really like the phone, more so than my old Xiaomi 3.

  6. David Košič
    January 1, 2015

    Well from this list I was the most impressed by oneplus one, then both Huawei honor phones, then the Nubia z7 2K and lastly the Mi4.

    However if I had to give an award for the best android phone of 2014 it would probably go to the Note 4 easily. Yes it is expensive but for a good reason.

  7. balcobomber25
    January 1, 2015

    At different points of this year I had a Mi4, Kingzone K1, Gionee 5.5 and Nubia Z7 (2k). My favorite phone though has been one which doesn’t compete with any of those, the Doogee Turbo DG 2014.

    On paper it isn’t even in the same category as any of those phones, it has a last gen processor, not enough memory and a small battery. In the real world though there isn’t much I don’t love about this phone. It has some of the best build quality of any phone I have ever used. The 720p screen looks better than some FHD screens I have on other phones. After some tweaking the camera has been very good. And it came running what is basically stock 4.4 Android. All for $120 retail ( I got mine as a gift from a supplier).

    • victor
      January 3, 2015

      man u r so serious ! u should have written ur own china’s gadget blog , of u already hav one ?

      • balcobomber25
        January 3, 2015

        Just an enthusiast. One who also happens to work in the industry. I work for a company based in South Korea (although I work in Thailand) that acts as a middleman between suppliers (think Mediatek, Corning Gorilla Glass etc) and the OEM’s who build the phones. I work on the marketing side but I often get free or deeply discounted phones.

  8. Miko
    January 1, 2015

    Meizu MX4 was my choice. I don’t know how other phones are but I’m really satisfied with this phone.

  9. zhongtiao1
    January 1, 2015

    What I would like in a phone for 2015 is a phone with a 30mp or higher camera and maybe even 4k video recording. While it is under 4.7 inches for the screen

    • balcobomber25
      January 4, 2015

      Why 30mp or higher? It’s not going to necessarily mean a better picture. A better camera sensor will do a lot more for image quality than higher mp’s.

      • zhongtiao1
        January 6, 2015

        Yes, but a say 1 inch sensor is not cheap (look at the Panasonic dmc cm1) if they keep the size small but increase the megapixel count they can easily bring the price down as the amount of tech it would need would be less overall

  10. Eric
    January 1, 2015

    Not mentioned, but I’m loving my Nubia V5 Max the screen, speed and battery make it perfect for me.

  11. Jeep ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ
    January 2, 2015

    My Kingzone K1 Turbo is seriously one of the best phones I’ve used. The build quality is very good, the screen is outstanding and the reception & sound/call quality is super.

  12. Ben Shenzhen
    January 3, 2015

    After having phones made by Huawei, Samsung, Xiaomi and IUNI in the last 4 years I have to give my vote to the IUNI U3. I love the ROM and the quality of the phone for the price.

  13. Shashank
    January 3, 2015

    i will not Vote One Plus One and also dont see it best because what is the use of such High End Feature phone which you cant buy easily or you have to depend on other for Invitation, this is crap while others phones today or tomorrow you can buy it!

  14. Guest
    January 3, 2015

    “TWEAKING” thats the big important word of the above and below of this comment. The thing is
    people dont want to tweak its OS settings to camera settings. I am not a
    big fan of iphone however i need a phone that have good camera on auto
    mode, AND the only phone that have great imaging processing on AUTO MODE
    camera on a phone is an iphone. The only android phone that have good
    camera on AUTO mode is OPPO Find 7 series in 2014 in my opinion but they
    have super sh*tE OS!.

    I just want a phone that have a good camera to
    take pictures with when am Smashed out of my face in a night club that i
    dont need to “TWEAK” the settings! Why the fuck do i want to take a RAW
    pictures or compensate my iso or slowdown my shutter speed! WHy cant
    android phone manufacturers provide this?

    • Airyl
      January 4, 2015

      What phones have you used exactly? Most phones these days take pictures just fine, especially ones like the Vivo Xshot, Meizu MX4 and the OnePlus One.

    • balcobomber25
      January 4, 2015

      Anyone of the flagship phones Xshot, Mi4, Mx4, OPO, Honor 6, Nubia all take excellent photos without having to mess with any settings. You don’t need to “tweak” a thing with anyone of these. Even most midrange phones take very good pictures without having to ever adjust the settings. I used several 8mp camera from Gionee that were top notch in phones that cost less than $200.

      And those are just the Chinese Android phones. LG, Sony and Samsung all have great cameras too in most of their models.

  15. Alexia
    January 4, 2015

    i wonder which all here the battery phone can removable, any option for that?

  16. EvanTheLunaticWithThreeCabbage
    January 4, 2015

    THL 5000?

  17. amir
    January 5, 2015

    thl 5000

  18. sandro khokhiashvili
    January 6, 2015

    jiayu G4S??

  19. Poncan
    January 7, 2015

    Thl 5000 very good all arounder.

  20. Scoopy
    January 7, 2015

    why OnePlus on top position ? whyyyyyyy w(‘.’)w

  21. Ferkad
    January 9, 2015

    My son has a OnePlus One but he prefers his old Samsung Note because the OnePlus drains the battery in 2 days, even in idle mode (with fly mode activated) and this makes him crazy. I have looked at the OnePlus carefully and I don’t understand the fuss about that phone, except that it has a very good quality / price ratio. Price aside, I clearly prefer my Find 7 and even more my Vivo Xshot. I wait for the Vivo X5 max impatiently. I think Vivo makes the most impressive phones. At a cost, I agree. I have also started to look at the Nubia range from ZTE.

  22. January 10, 2015

    according to our sales, it is oneplus one i think.