There were some brilliant new smartphones released in 2014, including plenty of new Androids, a couple of new iPhones, several new Windows Phone handsets, and even a BlackBerry or two as well. But which, dear reader, is the best smartphone launched in the past year? Welcome to this week’s MakeUseOf Poll.
Unexpected Explorer Upset
To answer this week’s question please scroll down the page until you see the poll staring back at you. But first, we need to look at the results from last week, when we asked, “What Web Browser Do You Use, & Why?”
Out of a total of 1,549 votes, 36% chose Internet Explorer, 27.9% chose Firefox, 27% chose Chrome, 3.2% chose Opera, 3% chose Safari, and 3.2% chose Other.
This has to count as something of an upset. Google Chrome is now the most popular Web browser across the whole of the Internet population, and I for one thought our geeky readers would trend towards more obscure options rather than the standard, default Internet Explorer. But no, Microsoft’s browser won… perhaps everybody took our advice to give IE11 a chance.
This result also stands out against the previous occasions on which we have asked about browser usage, with Firefox or Chrome usually winning. Perhaps asking what browser people are using rather than what browser they consider to be the best made all the difference.
Comment Of The Week
I have used Internet Explorer since its inception (my first PC was DOS) and have never had a problem. I tried Chrome. On install, I told it that I did not want it to be my default browser but it did not listen to me and took over my links. I used it a bit but had trouble getting to some sites I use (which I could reach with IE). Finally, I uninstalled it and that was not pretty either. It took me a while to fix all the broken links in the registry.
I tried Firefox since several of the add-ons available appealed to me. I have to admit it is definitely not bad to use. I liked the way it worked and did not have any problems reaching any of my sites. For a while, I used it as my second browser. But… I discovered something I really did not like. It was always updating and breaking the add-ons I was using so I always had to update it and each of the add-ons. It became annoying and I finally uninstalled it.
I have noticed that some software developers appear to be releasing new software and updates without testing them on IE. I think this is shortsighted since MS still owns the largest market share. I am not talking about just us geeks but the whole commercial market. I have never not been able to get on a site that I want to use. I have never gotten an update that I have to install or that broke the add-ons. That is why I am sticking. If things change, well, we’ll see what the future brings.
We chose this comment for being one of the few which supports the voting pattern. Internet Explorer won by a comfortable margin, but the comments do not reflect that. For Eileen, IE just works, and that’s clearly as good a reason as any to stick with it.
The Best Smartphones Of 2014
It feels like there’s a new smartphone released every single week of the year. And to be fair, that isn’t too far away from being the truth. However, many of these new smartphones aren’t worth considering, and so we’re all left with a handful to choose from.
We have looked at the runners and riders, and compiled a list of some of the best smartphones released in 2014. In the spirit of fairness, we have included some outsiders which are unlikely to appear on any other best-of list. We are trusting you to sort the wheat from the chaff.
Please vote in the poll above, and then explain in the comments why you voted that way.
We would love to know your thoughts on the smartphones released into the wild in 2014. Which, if any, did you buy? Why did you choose that particular phone over the competition? What makes it the best available from the full range of smartphones launched over the past 12 months?
The best Comment Of The Week will win our everlasting admiration and affection. Well, at least until we meet back here again this time next week.
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