One of the truly great things about the passing of each year is the projected arrival of the next batch of smartphones.  Well, 2014 is certainly no exception as there are plenty of great devices being released by the world’s top makers with each one offering up its own incentives and distinctive features.  In short, this is shaping up to be a good year to buy a new smartphone.  Assuming that you are in the market for a new machine, check these out…

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini

Certainly no stranger to successful smartphone builds, Samsung has really produced a win for themselves with the Galaxy S4 Mini.  To put it bluntly, this device has everything you need and more in terms of looks, features, power as well as its price and size.  This truly is an all-purpose sturdy smartphone which provides a sizable viewing surface yet is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand.

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

This water-proof smartphone is perfect for the more active types out there who also need performance.  Not to worry, courtesy of its Google Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) OS and 2.2 GHz Qualcomm MSM8974 Quad Core processing it can pretty much handle whatever you throw at it.  Add to that a 20.7 megapixel camera, extremely lightweight design and some rather offbeat color options and you have a resilient, powerful yet somewhat quirky smartphone that’s absolutely charming.

Apple iPhone 5S

When most people say they want a smartphone what they really tend to mean is that they want an iPhone; yes…Apple has that much clout among consumers, it would seem.  With the iPhone 5S, they seem to be pushing the envelope even further with dramatic improvements of all the basic features of previous models.  Including such things as 64-bit architecture and fingerprint identity access, the 5S is most definitely a very forward-thinking device that certainly won’t disappoint.

Nexus 5

Powered by Powered by Android 4.4, (KitKat), Google’s Nexus 5 is a serious competitor within the 2014 smartphone market.  Aside from its incredibly powerful hardware and 5” design, the Nexus 5 also includes a very intuitively-configured interface that’s extremely functional without being overly cluttered or complex.  Moreover, since this is a Google device there’s also the issue of direct compatibility with all of their critical services.

HTC One

Simply put, the HTC One wins on multiple fronts and is, for all intents and purposes, a very well-balanced and fully-featured smartphone which anyone might find attractive.  The main focus of this particular model seems to be its camera which has been specially-designed to capture more light.  It’s also worth mentioning that you can use BlinkFeed to create your own personalized home page that’s filled with all the various types of media you regularly access.  This means that you have constant, fingertip access to all the relevant information you need.