Editorial by Luke Jones on Friday July 18, 2014.
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We are not really ones for calling out other tech websites, after-all, we know how tricky this job can be in a world were smartphones change almost daily. However, we'll make an exception on this occasion, and yes it is purely on the basis of stirring some controversy. Over at Engadget, they have wheeled out their latest buyer's guide for smartphones, supposedly telling us what the best devices currently available are.While the buyer's guide is a little lazy and leaves off a huge number of very good smartphones (focusing on just four or five major brands), we have more of an issue with a following article. The guys at Engadget today said that the 15 smartphones in their buyer's guide are the best 15 handsets currently available, in other words the best 15 smartphones period. Don't get us wrong, some of the heavyweights of the smartphone world are there, such as the Galaxy S5 and LG G3, the HTC One M8 and the iPhone 5s. However, can anyone really tell us that two Blackberry devices and four Windows handsets constitute the best smartphones currently available? For the purpose of the buyer's guide, two Blackberry's and several Windows devices make sense to give the consumer choice if they particularly want a BB10 or Windows handset. But, in terms of proclaiming these the best 15 smartphones available, we think not. Where is Sony? The Xperia X2 and Xperia Z1 Compact are both fantastic handsets and certainly better than anything Blackberry has coughed up in recent years. Isn't the admittedly late but still relevant OnePlus One worth consideration, especially as it is a compelling choice alongside the Nexus 5? Or what about taking the now aged iPhone 4s (not among the 15 best smartphones by any stretch) out and replacing it with something like the LG G Pro 2? We think even some of Motorola?s DROID?s deserve a mention, or a slew of Chinese devices that are worth a look. So, do you all agree with Engadget or would you include different handsets in your top 15 current smartphone lists? source: Engadget
Luke Jones is the Managing Editor at MobileBurn.com and is the person you need to speak to about the content on the site. Luke studied creative writing at degree level before carving out a reputation as a freelance tech writer. He settled here at MobileBurn, where he reviews devices and contributes to the news, as well as overseeing the site's content and direction.